2017 Calendar of Events
Bainbridge Island is the kind of town where there's always something going on. From bike races to theater openings, outdoor concerts to our weekly farmer's market, you're certain to find lots of opportunities to fill your social calendar. Here is a selection of some of the island's best community events:
January: New Year's Day Polar Plunge
Each year, on January 1st, at exactly 12 noon, Bainbridge Islanders gather at Lytle Beach to take the plunge. These folks aren't insane, they are people just like you and me: moms, dads and kids, artists and attorneys, hi-tech developers and baristas. They join together in the frigid air to take part in the very special annual tradition of jumping into the chilly Puget Sound. Trust me, it's a sight to see and you're welcome to join them next New Year's Day, even if you just want to watch.
February: Chilly Hilly
This annual bicycle race is held on Bainbridge Island every February, kicking of the Pacific Northwest's annual riding season. Named "one of four classic rides" in the nation by Bicycling Magazine, the race starts on the Seattle side with literally thousands of bikers taking the ferry to the island where they are joined by scores more participants. They don't call it the Chilly Hilly for nothing - if you're planning to participate, dress warmly and be sure to train. Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club for more info.
March: Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market
The much anticipated opening of the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market is March 26, 2017. Join everyone you know at City Hall's Town Square from 9AM to 1PM for an incredible selection of locally grown produce, flowers, baked goodies, fresh eggs from happy hens, canned jams, and handmade artisan products made by local artists. Live music begins at 10:30 AM and there's always a tempting selection of ready-to-eat hot foods to choose from. Come and spend your morning at the market - you won't be bored or hungry! More info...
May: Trillium Trail Run
The 2nd Annual Trillium Trail Run is Saturday, May 13th, at 8:30 AM! With both a 5K and 10K route, runners collect cards along the way in this unique poker-style run to increase the chance of winning great prizes. Start training now so you are ready to run or walk the course of your choice! Proceeds support local trail construction and maintenance efforts.
Take advantage of early-bird registration rates by signing up before May 10th at Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation:
Early Bird Registration (before midnight on May 10):
$30 for the 10k Race
$25 for the 5k Race.
Morning-of Registration (begins at 7:15 on May 13):
$40 for the 10k
$35 for the 5K
June: Bainbridge In Bloom
Celebrating 29 years of exceptional gardening on Bainbridge Island, the tour is sponsored by Arts & Humanities Bainbridge. Spanning two days, June 3rd - 4th, 2017, the tour allows visitors access into exceptional private gardens around the island not normally open to the public. The event kicks off on Friday with a special package offering a chauffeur-driven tour of the gardens, includes a Pastoral Luncheon at an additional garden setting, and concludes with a gala benefit art auction. This is an event not to be missed by any garden enthusiast!
July: Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale
The best garage sale you've ever attended! Usually held annually in late June, this year it will actually happen on July 1, 2017. Last year's event broke a record, raising over $557,000 in revenue. Yep, you read that correctly. With the proceeds going directly to local and international communities, this is an event that is not only fun but also good for the island and beyond. Visit their informative website to learn more about the Rotary Auction or to volunteer your time to a worthy cause.
July: Grand Old 4th
Join the island, and thousands of other folks who love a small-town celebration, for our annual parade and street fair. Celebrating it's 50th Grand Old 4th, the parade always starts sharply at 1pm but be sure to claim your spot on the one-mile parade route early if you want to have a seat: Pancake Breakfast at Town and Country Market begins bright and early! The Grand Old 4th is produced and presented by the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce, with the help of dozens of island volunteers and the generous support of local business sponsors.
Summer: Sounds of Summer Concerts in the Park
Grab a picnic, a blanket, and a folding chair and enjoy a free concert in the park. Live bands perform everything from folk and country to jazz standards on the bandstand at Battlepoint Park every Wednesday evening in the summer beginning July 5, 2017 (7 PM - 8:30 PM), and there's plenty of lawn to go around. No time to pack a picnic? Grab an easy and delicious dinner from the pizza truck, or brat stand. For dessert, you won't want to miss the hot beignets, made to order. Sit back, kick your shoes off, and relax. You'll be so glad you came. Sponsored by Bainbridge Island Parks and Recreation.
Battle Point Park
11299 Arrow Point Dr NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
September: Harvest Fair
Sponsored by Friends of the Farm who "works to preserve and enhance local farming", this family-friendly event brings the island together to celebrate local farming on Bainbridge Island. This annual appreciation of farming is held the last Saturday in September on beautiful Johnson Farm and includes fun activities such as hay rides, pie contests, face painting, a giant slide, horse-drawn carriage rides, a zucchini contest, beer and wine garden and more. There is also live music, ready-to-eat food vendors, sheep shearing demonstrations and a live turkey raffle.
2017 dates to be announced, 11 AM - 5 PM
Fletcher Bay Road at Johnsonville Lane
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
October: Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk
A real treat for pumpkin carvers everywhere, this beloved island tradition takes place on Friday and Saturday night in mid-October at Bainbridge Gardens. The nightime walk leads visitors through the historic Nature Trail, lined on both sides by some of the most spectacular carved pumpkins you will ever see. Kids love to come in Halloween costumes and there is hot cider, baked goodies, and festive music to enjoy. The entire event benefits the Bainbridge Island Boys and Girls Club.
November: Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting
Bainbridge Island kicks off the holiday season with a weekend of downtown festivities. With creatively decorated shop windows, you're sure to get into the holiday spirit by "shopping local" in support of our unique, local stores. Complete with a hot chocolate and cookies booth and free horse-drawn carriage rides, the day culminates with the community tree lighting and Santa's arrival on the fire truck, a local tradition. This event is organized by the Bainbridge Island Downtown Association.
For a more comprehensive calendar of all the events happening on Bainbridge Island throughout the year, please visit the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce.