What’s this THING about?
A new thing. A fun thing. An arts thing. A fresh multidisciplinary event for music and arts enthusiasts located at historic Fort Worden in scenic Port Townsend, WA. Derived from the medieval term “Ting” meaning “an assembly of free people to reduce feuds and avoid social disorder.” THING will feature three primary stages including a decommissioned balloon hangar (McCurdy Pavilion), the charming and intimate art-deco Wheeler Theatre, and the Parade Grounds overlooking Puget Sound. Pack an open mind and positive attitude for a weekend of eclectic programming in an epic natural setting.
Getting to Fort Worden
It’s an easy two-hour trip from Seattle, and just three hours from Vancouver, B.C.
If ferries aren’t your thing, take the scenic Highway 101 route from Olympia or Tacoma. Please note: there are no Uber or Lyft rideshare services in the area. Limited taxi service will be available.
Dungeness Bus Line – daily service between Port Townsend & Seattle
If you will be arriving to Port Townsend by boat, slips may be reserved here.
Just 56 miles from Seattle, explore along the way as you make your way to historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA:
Please consider the environment when making your travel plans - carpool with friends! The closest event parking is located on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, just a short half mile walk from Fort Worden ($30). Limited free event parking is available at the Blue Heron Middle School, located just under a mile from Fort Worden, on a first come, first served basis. Guests are also welcome to park at the Port Townsend Transit Center. A THING shuttle will be making stops at all aforementioned event parking sites to transport guests to and from Fort Worden. Only ADA, staff, and Admirals Club members may park on site at Fort Worden.
ADA Parking & Seating
Vehicles carrying ADA placards or license plates should enter through the front gate where Fort Worden Way meets Cherry Street. Staff will be there to guide you to designated parking areas on site. Please note that the holder of the placard must be a passenger in the vehicle.
ADA viewing platforms for disabled patrons are located at both main stages to the side of the sound board.
General Admission tickets are available in either a one-day or two-day option. Kids 13 and under get in for FREE!
UPDATE: Single day tickets are now sold out. Two day passes still available.
Prices are dependent on date of purchase (not including applicable fees):
Tickets purchased April 26 – May 2 are $99.50 (one-day pass) / $189.50 (two-day pass).
Tickets purchased May 3 – August 17 are $109.50 (one-day pass) / $209.50 (two-day pass).
Tickets purchased August 18 – August 25 are $129.50 (one-day pass) / $249.50 (two-day pass)
Save on fees and purchase tickets in person at any of the following locations:
Fort Worden (200 Battery Way in Port Townsend, go to Front Desk in the Commons building, open 7am-8pm. Hours extend to 11pm starting May 1st.)
Quimper Sound Records (1044 Water Street in Port Townsend, open Wed-Sun til 5pm)
Paramount Theatre Box Office (911 Pine Street in Seattle, open Mon-Fri, 10am - 6pm)
For a premium experience, Admiral Society tickets are available for $525 and include a two-day pass. Visit the Tickets page for more info!
Hard tickets will be issued only. No mobile delivery. There will be a delivery delay on all tickets.
All sales final, no refunds or exchanges.
All guests with valid wristbands are welcome to come and go as they please from the event. Entry and re-entry will be granted by wristband at various event entry points on site.
Camping / Accommodations
Limited Fort Worden on-site accommodations are available on a first come, first served basis. Learn more here.
Both standard camping and RV camping will be on Jefferson County Fairgrounds and will be available for purchase along with your THING ticket. All camping is good for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Arrive as early as 12 pm on Friday, August 23rd! Various RV hookup options include power/sewer/water, power/water, and power. Spots are designated on a first come, first served basis. All camping sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
Each campsite at Jefferson County Fairgrounds is roughly 25' x 15', and typically accommodates 1 car, 2 tents + 4 people. Only one camping ticket is necessary per site.
RV campsites at Jefferson County Fairgrounds are roughly 25' x 19', and typically accommodate 1 RV + 6-8 people. Only one RV camping ticket is necessary per site.
Information on State Park camping is available here.
Explore various Port Townsend hotel options at enjoypt.com.
Additional accommodations can also be found in neighboring cities like Silverdale, Port Angeles, and Sequim.
Full list of vendors to come – check back soon! (Interested in being a food vendor? Click here for more info! Night Market spots are now full.)
Food vendors will be open from noon – midnight, and some of Fort Worden’s on-site restaurants will also be cooking up delicious things!
Alcohol will be available for sale at various points of purchase throughout the event site. The sale and consumption of alcohol will take place inside designated event areas only. You must have a valid ID and be 21+ to purchase. No outside alcohol is permitted on site at any time.
Commemorate your THING experience by taking home a piece of official merchandise! Merch details and booth hours to come.
Activities specifically designed to enhance your THING experience ranging from yoga, guided hikes, hands-on art and more will be available – check back for more info!
Box office: Friday check-in will be available beginning at 2pm, ending at 10pm. Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 10pm.
Gates: noon – midnight
All artists, set times + stages are subject to change. Event schedule forthcoming.
Bring These THINGS!
Empty reusable water bottles – filling stations will be available on site
One bag per person
Small handheld cooler (no larger than 16” X 12”), food items (non-glass containers only)
Blankets (maximum size 6’ x 8’)
In the event of rain, handheld umbrellas will be permitted - however, they must not obstruct the view of others
Low seat chairs welcome – under 24” H. Please note: there will be a chair-free zone located in front of each stage
Small baby beach cabanas
A few more things to keep in mind: Fort Worden is a large state park, and the various event sites are dispersed throughout the property. Travel light to maximize your mobility and increase your experience! Please remember to always reduce your trace of waste.
Don’t Bring These THINGS!
NO Professional cameras w/ detachable lenses
NO Harassment of any kind
NO Weapons of any kind – this includes box cutters, tools (including Leathermen), pepper spray, mace or any item that could be used as a weapon
NO Glass containers, cans, bottles or outside beverages
NO Large coolers or ice chests
NO Chairs over 24” H
NO Aerosol cans
NO Animals or pets are allowed in any of Fort Worden’s venue spaces, common use buildings or wristbanded event areas (except licensed service animals)
NO Chains or studded bracelets
NO Illegal drugs
NO Laser pens / pointers
NO Pamphlets, handbills
NO Pop Up Tents
Any other item deemed inappropriate by the event at its sole discretion
All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.
All artists, set times, and stages are subject to change without notice.
Event is rain or shine. If event and its staff deem weather severe enough to impair the safety of guests, programming will be interrupted and announcements regarding safety procedures will be made.
All patrons and personal belongings are subject to security inspection prior to entering the event.
Event reserves the right to remove any guest it deems disruptive of the event and the enjoyment of fellow patrons. The event and its staff will make all efforts to ensure the satisfaction and safety of guests.
THING strongly encourages a smoke-free / vape-free environment. If you need to smoke, please do so in an isolated area where it won’t affect the health of your fellow patrons, and dispose of your butts properly. Smoking is prohibited under tents and inside buildings.
Interested in applying for a media pass? You can do so here.
Please note: a limited number of media passes are available, and only accredited members of the media who are on assignment from an editor will be considered.