331 Things to Do – #13 Fall Event Extravaganza in Port Angeles

(updated September 2021)

Eat, drink, ride and run this autumn during an event extravaganza in Port Angeles!

Hey, foodie and fitness fans! You’ll want to head to Port Angeles this fall for 5 events you absolutely can’t miss— the Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival, The Big Hurt, the GOAT Run, the Forest Storytelling Festival, and the Harvest Wine Tour.

The fall weather and foliage will be at its best for leaf-peeping, exploring downtown Port Angeles, running, hiking and biking around the Olympic Peninsula and in the Olympic National Park so make a plan to head to Port Angeles, Washington this fall!

1. Goat Run (Great Olympic Adventure Trail Run) – September 11, 2021

Come run the scenic Olympic Adventure Trail!  The GOAT Run is a half marathon and full marathon trail run in Port Angeles, Washington along the Olympic Adventure Trail. This point-to-point course traverses Kelly Ridge and ends at sparkling Lake Crescent inside Olympic National Park. As you run, you’ll take in the amazing autumn colors along forested trails and creek crossings. Plus, hero views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic mountains, and perhaps a well-deserved dip in Lake Crescent after you cross the finish line.

2. The Big Hurt – September 25, 2021

If you dig duathlons, this multi-sport race will challenge you like no other. The name really says it all. The four legs of this race consist of a 1) 16.5-mile single-track trail mountain bike course, 2) a 3-mile kayak race at Hollywood Beach, 3) a 30-mile road bike course from Hollywood beach to Freshwater Bay and along the Elwha River Road, and finally, 4) a 10K run along the paved portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Join the big party at the finish line in downtown Port Angeles!

Bring the kiddos along for The Little Hurt happening Sunday, September 26, 2021. This athletic event is open to kids in the 4th grade through the 9th grade.

The Big Hurt Photo by Jay Cline

3. Dungeness Crab Festival – October 8-10, 2021

The Dungeness Crab Festival is one of the most acclaimed food festivals in the country!  This annual crab and seafood festival comes with free admission and celebrates the world-famous Dungeness Crab, named after the nearby village of Dungeness, and the bounty of the sea here on the Olympic Peninsula. Featuring over a dozen restaurants, cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, a Chowder Cook-Off, the Grab-a-Crab Derby, local wine, spirits and craft beer, crafts and merchant vendors, live music, and of course, plenty of fresh crab to eat! Purchase your fresh whole crab dinner tickets in advance now.

The Largest Crab and Seafood Festival in Port Angeles, WA Every October

Port Angeles’ CrabFest Photo by M. Krueger Photography

4. Forest Storytelling Festival Virtual Event – October 15-17, 2021

The Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles, on Washington’s famous Olympic Penninsula, is typically a 3-day storytelling festival meant for the modern storyteller, but this year’s event will be a virtual event. Held at the Peninsula College’s Little Theater, you will see five master storytellers from across the nation — and even internationally — perform on stage and entertain you with stories spun from fiction to reality. There’s even a pre-festival writing and storytelling workshop for attendees to master their storytelling techniques. Register here and look for more updates on the Facebook page.

The annual Forest Storytelling Festival on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles

Photo by M. Krueger Photography

5. Harvest Wine Tour – November 12-14, 2021

The Harvest Wine Tour is coming back in 2021. Sip at nine small-batch wineries throughout the Olympic Peninsula on a self-guided tour  — from Port Angeles to Chimacum. Each winery will prepare delectable bites to pair with their featured wines.

Harbinger Winery Photo by LuLish

BONUS: Haunted Underground Heritage Tours – Canceled for 2021

In between food and wine festivals, sporting events and exploring the Olympic National Park, make time to take a spooky tour of Port Angeles’ Underground. Every October, the Port Angeles Underground tour is transformed to tell the ghostly — and ghastly — tales of our city’s past. Reserve your spot for a haunted tour of Port Angeles.