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 featured four primary stages including inside and outside of 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. No local 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.
Free THING Shuttle!
Two free shuttle routes will be in operation between 11am and midnight on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. Each stop will be serviced approximately every 15 minutes. View a map of the shuttle routes here!
Route 1: from Haines Park and Ride
*Haines Park and Ride
*F Street - Taco Truck
*Blue Heron Middle School
*Jefferson County Fairgrounds - at 45th and San Juan Avenue
*Fort Worden - Flag Pole
Back to Haines Place
Route 2: from the Chase Bank on Kearny Street
*Chase Bank on Kearny Street
*Ferry Stop on Water Street
*Adams & Water Street
*Skatepark on Monroe Street
*Aldrich Market on Lawrence Street
*Fort Worden - Flag Pole
Back to Chase Bank
An ADA Access Van will also be available to be dispatched by phone. Please call 206-707-5259 to request ADA Access Van transportation. Patrons will be accommodated in the order that calls are received.
Just 56 miles from Seattle, explore along the way as you make your way to historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA:
Event Parking + Road Closures
There is no event parking at Fort Worden, except for ADA and Admirals Society ticket holders. Roads will be blocked for local use only. Do not plan on driving on site (note: this includes beach parking). Information on local parking options are listed below. Please note: there are NO Uber or Lyft rideshare services in the area. No local taxi service will be available. Please consider the environment when making your travel plans - carpool with friends or consider using Waze Carpool! There will be a Bike Depot on site at Fort Worden, so you can bike to the event if that’s your thing.
All event parking is first come, first served. Please be respectful of Fort Worden neighbors and abide by posted No Parking signs.
The closest event parking is located on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, a half mile walk from Fort Worden. If you pre-purchased parking with your tickets, this is where your parking is located. If you purchased with advance delivery, please bring all of your parking tickets with you (if you bought two-day parking, you should have two tickets - bring both!). You will exchange your parking tickets for a hang tag to display in your vehicle. If your parking tickets are at will call, a fairgrounds attendant will assist. Limited event parking is available on a first come, first served basis at the Blue Heron Middle School, located just under a mile from Fort Worden. Guests are also welcome to park at the Peace Lot, Old Gas Station on San Juan Avenue, and at the Haines Place Park and Ride. A THING shuttle will be making stops at all aforementioned event parking sites to transport guests to and from Fort Worden. Please see the Getting to Fort Worden section above for shuttle route details.
Please using the following addresses to map your route if you plan to arrive by car! All parking is first come, first served.
Jefferson County Fairground ($30, available online when purchasing a two-day pass or in person with cash only, while spaces last, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING)
Parking entrance: 4907 Landes Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Camping entrance: 4400 Jackman Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Blue Heron Middle School ($20, cash only, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING)
Parking: 3939 San Juan Avenue, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Peace Lot ($20, cash only, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING)
101 Discovery Road, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Old Gas Station ($20, cash only, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING)
2767 San Juan Ave, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Haines Place Park and Ride (free, NO OVERNIGHT PARKING)
440 12th Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368
Free shuttles will run from all parking locations listed above to THING at Fort Worden every fifteen minutes between 11 am and midnight on Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th. Shuttle routes and stops are listed above in the Getting to Fort Worden section of this page.
To allow for safe travel by foot between Jefferson County Fairgrounds and THING at Fort Worden, we are working with local officials to implement the following road closures:
- Traffic Closure at Redwood and W Street to all westbound traffic, in the direction of San Juan Avenue.
- Traffic Closure at Spruce and W Street to all westbound traffic, in the direction of San Juan Avenue.
- Traffic Closure at San Juan Avenue and Admiralty Avenue – only open to eastbound local, shuttle and bus.
- Local Access Only to Cherry Street from Redwood to W Street.
- Parking Diversion and Local Access Only at Cherry Street and F Street, diverting parking traffic to San Juan Avenue.
Note: all THING Parking except for the Haines Place Park and Ride is accessible from San Juan Avenue.
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: THING 2019 is now SOLD OUT. Thank you!
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 13', 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 35' x 15', and typically accommodate 1 RV + 6-8 people. Only one RV camping ticket is necessary per site.
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds camping entrance is located at 4400 Jackman Street in Port Townsend. Please bring your photo I.D. and your camping ticket with you. If your camping ticket is at will call, a fairgrounds attendant will assist. You will exchange your camping ticket for a hang tag, which must be displayed in your vehicle at all times.
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds camping area is a roughly 7-10 minute walk from Fort Worden. Please be respectful of Fort Worden neighbors when walking to and from the campgrounds. You can also take the THING shuttle from the parking side of Jefferson County Fairgrounds if you prefer!
The Jefferson County Fairgrounds Camp Store will be open Friday (4pm - 10pm), Saturday (8am - 1am), Sunday (8am - 1am) and Monday (8am - 11am), with beverages, snacks, sunscreen and other items for purchase. They accept cash and cards. The Fair Restaurant will be open Friday (4pm - 10pm) and Saturday (7am - 7pm) only. They accept cash and checks - no cards.
Please note: No Pets and No Fires at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.
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.
Night Market vendors are listed in the Night Market section of our Programming page! Night Market vendor spots are now full.
Fort Worden restaurants will be open as listed below. Please note: Reveille will be closed, but guests are encouraged to explore the Food Tent outside of the Commons.
Taps at the Guardhouse – open from noon - 11pm
Cablehouse Beach Canteen – open from 11am – 7pm
Food Tent outside of the Commons - open from 12pm to 3pm, and from 4pm to 10pm. Food and drink tickets can be purchased for use in the Food Tent.
Food trucks will be open from noon – midnight! Enjoy delicious things from the following:
Pane de Amore Grilled Cheese
Bruno Brusha (Pizza)
Kokopelli Grill (Seafood)
The Pizza Cart
Blue Jay Kombucha
Athenas Food Truck
Howell’s Sandwich Co
Flying Mug Coffee
Little O's Donuts
Drink tickets for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for sale near the two box office tents at Fort Worden, as well as at Taps at the Guardhouse and the Commons. The consumption of alcohol will take place inside designated event areas only. You must have a valid I.D. and be 21+ to purchase drink tickets. No outside alcohol is permitted on site at any time.
Commemorate your THING experience by taking home a piece of official 2019 merchandise! We've partnered with a handful of local artists to create a variety of fun & unique merch items. Quantities are highly limited so swing by the merch booth (open Saturday + Sunday, 12pm - 12am) early to secure your favorites!
Activities specifically designed to enhance your THING experience ranging from yoga, guided hikes, hands-on art and more will be available – more info here!
Box office: Friday check-in will be available at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds only, beginning at 12pm and ending at 8pm. Box offices at Fort Worden will be open Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 10pm.
Gates: noon – midnight
All artists, set times + stages are subject to change. Event schedule here!
Please note: events at the McCurdy Pavilion, JFK and Wheeler Stages have limited capacity and are first come, first served. Plan ahead!
Bring These THINGS!
Empty non-glass 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 destination for arts, culture, and education in an iconic state park with miles of beaches, trails, and recreational opportunities. The various event sites are dispersed throughout the property. Travel light to maximize your mobility and increase your experience!
Please embrace “Leave No Trace.” Bring it from the back country to the forefront with Fort Worden.
Make it your thing to be an environmental steward with us.
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 will have police, security, medics, fire and production staff on site. In the event of an emergency, please follow their instructions accordingly. General Information Tents and red medic tents will also be onsite and available for help and lost items when needed.
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.