Families and their four-legged friends congregate in the grass at Waterfront Park, in downtown Port Angeles, during the 2016 Jammin’ in the Park celebration and fundraiser organized by Nor’Wester Rotary. (Peninsula Daily News)

Families and their four-legged friends congregate in the grass at Waterfront Park, in downtown Port Angeles, during the 2016 Jammin’ in the Park celebration and fundraiser organized by Nor’Wester Rotary. (Peninsula Daily News)

Jammin’ in the Park offers a day on the waterfront

PORT ANGELES — The event’s catalyst has always been community. And it’s free.

Jammin’ in the Park will return to Waterfront Park at West Railroad Avenue and North Oak Street in Port Angeles on Saturday for live music, food, carnival games and a Volkswagen car show from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Our whole goal is to bring the community down here,” said organizer Steve Zenovic, Nor’Wester Rotary special events officer. “Not everyone is going to dig into their pockets.”

And for the most part, you don’t have to. Hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, beer and wine will be available for purchase, but everything else — including performances by Dan & the Juan de Fuca Band, Ches and Friends, Black Diamond Junction and Bread & Gravy — will be free for the family.

Proceeds from the event’s sponsors will fund about $10,000 in scholarships for local high school seniors, Zenovic said. The approximate 20 to 22 scholarships Nor’Wester Rotary doles out each year go to students pursuing college or post-secondary career and technical education, he said.

Most are awarded to Port Angeles High School students — somewhere in the ballpark of 90 percent, he said.

About 1,200 to 1,500 folks are expected to turn out for this year’s summer event, Zenovic estimated.

Kids’ activities, aimed for ages 3 to 11, will include carnival games, such as the bean bag toss; face painting; and balloon making. Free sno-cones will be available for the taking, too. As in previous years, Pacific Rim Hobby might bring motorized toys; last year, children flew drones, Zenovic said.

If you own a Volkswagen, you can participate in a car show. No entry fee required.

A raffle drawing will take place around 4:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and can be purchased anytime before the drawing for the chance to win one of five $1,000 prizes.

Probably the greatest draw in making your Saturday plans will be the lineup of live music at Jammin’ in the Park:

10:30 a.m. to noon — Dan & Juan de Fuca Band.

Noon to 1:30 p.m. — Ches and Friends.

1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. — Black Diamond Junction.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Bread & Gravy.

Jammin’ in the Park took its current name in 2015, when Nor’Wester Rotary members saw an opportunity to hold a summer event at the new Waterfront Park. Before then, Arts in Action, an annual street fair, took place for about 40 years.


Reporter Sarah Sharp can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56650, or at ssharp@peninsuladailynews.com.

More in Entertainment

From left, Martha Collins, Christian Speidel, Roberta Cooper and Liz Harper join 20 other artists displaying a wide variety of creativity at the Artworks² third annual Invitational Art Show, set for Friday and Saturday in Port Townsend. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Annual show to feature variety of artisans at Fort Worden

Juried exhibition free on Friday, Saturday

The De Koch family at the Quilcene Lantern on May 29. From left to right are Willem, Laurie, Bergen and Steve. (Elijah Sussman/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Owners of historic property to present Tarboo Fest

Independent music event slated early next month

The Bunker to host final session before summer break

The Bunker, a free teen art studio hosted by… Continue reading

Assemblage artist Steve Parmelee, pictured at his workbench, will come to Port Townsend’s Northwind Art School to teach a workshop July 9-10. (photo courtesy Steve Parmelee)
Summer classes under way at nonprofit art school

Three kinds of joy come from found-object art, said… Continue reading

Matthew Daline and Kristin Smith, forground, will perform with the Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra’s chamber concert orchestra on Sunday. (Karl Perry)
Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra concert Sunday

The Port Townsend Symphony Orchestra will present a chamber… Continue reading

The Fulton Street Chamber Players including, from left, Rachel Swerdlow, Walter Gray and Cordula Merks, will be joined by Stephen Balderston and John Weller, not pictured, at Concerts in the Barn this weekend.
Fulton Street Chamber Players to perform at Concerts in the Barn

The Fulton Street Chamber Players will perform cello quintets by… Continue reading

Garden tour, opera highlight Peninsula events

A garden tour, an opera and an outdoor concert highlight this weekend’s… Continue reading

The Jesse Roper band, pictured at the Juan de Fuca Festival in May, will play the Concerts on the Pier series Aug. 7 in Port Angeles. (Juan de Fuca Foundation for the Arts)
Free outdoor concert series brings new acts to Peninsula

‘Fun becomes addictive’ at events in Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim

Elora Wilson, 10, and her mother, Eria Wilson of Sequim, create solstice crowns to wear on their heads at a craft table in Webster’s Woods Sculpture Park at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center during Saturday’s Summertide Solstice Art Festival. The event featured music entertainment, poetry reading, crafts, food and games as a celebration of the upcoming beginning of summer and the longest day of the year. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Summertide festival

Elora Wilson, 10, and her mother, Eria Wilson of Sequim, create solstice… Continue reading

Errin Duane Brooks.
Port Angeles Symphony to present ‘La Bohème’ this weekend

Sunday performance will take place at Field Arts Events Hall

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats to play at Palindrome

Rick Estrin and The Nightcats will perform at 7:30… Continue reading