Arts and Entertainment

Something for free: Community concerts and outdoor movies

The crowd gathers at one of last year
The crowd gathers at one of last year's Concerts on the Bay in Port Orchard.
— image credit: Courtesy Photo/Port Orchard Chamber

Despite lack of funding all the way around, Kitsap communities rally to offer free outdoor movies and concerts this summer.

Last year, when budget constraints forced the Kitsap County Parks Department to no longer fund and organize a slate of free outdoor concerts in communities around the county, some the communities rose up.

In Port Orchard, a group of business owners combined forces with the Port Orchard Chamber, the Port Orchard Marina, the City of Port Orchard and the chairing group of Fathoms O’ Fun to not only continue the series but to expand the schedule this year.

The effort goes to show how important free communit events can be.

Last year in Bremerton, when out of town developers Ron Sher and Company wanted a way to introduce themselves to the community and help revive the image of downtown, they set up a slate of free movies atop the old JC Penney building — which they’ll be doing again.

Similarily, longing for free family entertainment, Liberty Bay Books owner Suzanne Droppert is again organizing a month of free outdoor movies in downtown Poulsbo.

Here’s a list of just some of the free happenings in Kitsap communities:


Rooftop Movies in Bremerton

July 17 — "Groundhog Day"

Jly 24 — "Independence Day"

July 31 — "Back to the Future"

August 7 — Bremerton’s Choice

Live music starts at 8:30 p.m., beer & wine garden and more. Movies start at dark. hosted by developer Ron Sher and Co. atop the Old JC Penney building.

Free Family Films in Poulsbo

July 8 — “Wall-E”

July 15th — “Sound of Music” (with sing along led by Sound of Music Ensemble, fundraiser for Fishline)

July 22nd — Poulsbo’s Pick

July 29th — Poulsbo’s Pick

E-mail ideas for the Poulsbo’s picks to

ALSO CHECK OUT: Bainbridge Island's outdoor movies at Waterfront Park coming up in August.


Concerts on the Boardwalk

Bremerton, 6-8 p.m Fridays

July 10th — Jr. Cadillac

July 17th — Soul Purpose

July 24th — Spirit of Ojah

July 31st — Navy Band NW Cascade

Info: www.

Summer nights on the Bay

Poulsbo, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays

July 14 — One Shot Molly

July 21 — Tres Hombres

August 4 — Four Plus Band

August 11 — The Blues Counselors

Info: Poulsbo P&R (360) 779-9898

Concerts by the Bay

Port Orchard, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

July 4 at noon — Solid Rock Jam Band

July 4 at 8:30 p.m. — Usual Suspects

July 9 — Classic Ride

July 16 — Trombanga

July 23 — Ranger and the Rearrangers

July 30 — michael Anthony Pratt Band

Aug 6 — Silverport Sound

Aug. 13 — Dew Grass

Aug. 20 — Usual Suspects

Aug. 27 — The Illusion of Elvis Danny Vernon

Aug. 29 — Cedar Cove Days Sock Hop with Jr. Cadillac.


Concerts on the Cove

Kingston, 7-9 p.m. Saturdays

(Harbor Days Weekend)

July 30 — KHS Jazz Ensemble

July 31 — Julie Holt and the Crazy Family Band

Aug. 1 — House of Cards

(Summer Concert Series)

Aug. 8 — locust Street Taxi

Aug. 15 — Blues Counselors

Aug. 22 — Elvis, Memories of a King

Aug. 29 — Buz Whitely Band w/ the KHS jazz ensemble

Beer & wine garden, food vendors and more every Tuesday at Mike Wallace Park.

ALSO CHECK OUT: The Clearwater Casino's fourth season of Performances at the Passage at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Most are free shows, see for a full list.

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