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'THING' festival returns to Fort Worden next weekend

Cap off your summer with a visit to "THING" in pretty Port Townsend, there's someTHING for everyone!

"THING" is a three-day music and arts fest produced by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) & Adam Zacks. After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the event is back for its second year at historic Fort Worden on Aug. 26-28. You can travel to Port Townsend by car, bike, shuttle or one of three ferry routes. And great news for families: kids 12 and under are free. Find ticket options here.

This year's jam-packed festival features Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Jungle and tribal storytellers from Jamestown S'Klallam and Skokomish tribes. With an emphasis on inclusivity, half the artists featured are BIPOC. There will also be ASL interpreters and sensory-sensitive areas.

Adam Zacks, known for his work producing the Sasquatch music festival, is collaborating with STG and said, "Everyone is welcome at THING. It’s important to impact culture and be thoughtful with our programming choices. We want everyone to be able to see a version of themselves onstage."

In addition to performances, you can also chow down on delicious food from local vendors and browse unique items from PNW makers.

Bring the family since kids 12 and under get in for free, and enjoy activities like paper lantern-making and the natural wonders of Fort Worden State Park, which features plenty of beaches and hiking trails.

You can catch a ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend or board the boat in Kingston or Bainbridge. Whichever you route you choose, it's a beautiful trip on the way to an unforgettable festival.

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