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Victorian Heritage Festival

WHAT: The festival celebrates Port Townsend’s maritime traditions and history. Organized by Olympic Peninsula Steam with support from Victorian Society: Northwest, the event herald’s Port Townsend’s role as a preserved historical seaport surviving and thriving as a modern city.

WHEN: March 20-22.

WHERE: Port Townsend.

HIGHLIGHTS: For adults, the festivities kick off Friday night with a pub crawl featuring saloons, “Shanghai tunnels” and vintage cocktails at a number of Port Townsend’s watering holes. There also will be historic exhibits, steam boats, a fashion show, firearms presentations, an insiders tour of historic building, a walking tour of the downtown, sea shanty singers and Victorian tea service.

Events on Saturday look back to Port Townsend’s maritime tradition along Water Street and includes the Victorian Ball at 7 p.m. and contra dance at 9 p.m.

Attendees at the ball can wear their Victorian attire and dance to one of the region’s best dance ensembles. Desserts will be available for sale, while non-alcoholic beverages are includes in the admission price. The contra dance recalls the dance events of the blue-collar residents, with simpler dress and faster-paced dances.

TICKETS: An early bird general pass, also good for the Victorian ball, is $25. The pass alone is $15, while a ticket to the ball itself is $10. The cost for the Victorian tea service is $25. For ticket details, go to the festival website.

INFORMATION: vicfest.org.