Friday - Sunday, August 28 - 30, 2020
All Ages / Beer garden access with I.D.
Kids 13 & under are free!
Following its sold-out inaugural year, THING, a new multidisciplinary event located at Fort Worden in scenic Port Townsend, WA, is adding a third day of programming as it returns for a second year August 28-30, 2020. Produced by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Adam Zacks—STG’s Chief Programming Officer and founder of the acclaimed Sasquatch! Festival—the event features a unique and eclectic offering of tightly curated programming including music, comedy, dance, food, podcasts, visual arts and more. Last year’s event featured performances by a wide range of musical acts including the Violent Femmes, De La Soul, Café Tacvba and Jeff Tweedy, film events including Napoleon Dynamite Live! and a live reading of An Officer and a Gentleman (featuring John C. Reilly), speaking engagements with Natasha Lyonne, Lindy West and others, comedy sets, live podcast tapings, art installations, a mentalist and exciting surprise guest appearances by Andrew Bird and David Grisman. The complete programming lineup will be unveiled soon.
“We’re excited to evolve this unique event, born out of a desire to create something fresh and unexpected, into an indelible part of the arts and culture scene in the Pacific Northwest,” notes Adam Zacks. “THING strives to live up to STG’s mission to create enriching experiences in the arts and engage diverse communities.”
The origin of the name “THING” comes from the medieval term “Ting,” which is described as “an assembly of free people to reduce feuds and avoid social disorder,” a definition that inspired the creation of this new venture.
THING features four primary stages including a decommissioned balloon hangar (McCurdy Pavilion), the charming and intimate art-deco Wheeler Theatre, Littlefield Green, and the Parade Grounds overlooking Puget Sound. A variety of camping, parking and housing accommodations will also be available for purchase. The event is open to all ages and will feature multiple beer gardens with valid ID required for entry. Kids 13 & under are free.