With Sasquatch! Festival no longer blessing memorial day weekend, ultimately being cancelled in 2019, it was uncertain if there would be another project for founder Adam Zacks to spearhead. This was all until THING. Following its sold-out inaugural year, the multidisciplinary event located at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA, returns for its second year, adding a third day and is set to run August 28-30, 2020.
Produced by Seattle Theatre Group (STG) and Adam Zacks (STG’s Chief Programming Officer), the event features an eclectic offering of music, comedy, dance, food, podcasts, visual arts and more. Last year’s event featured musical performances by the Violent Femmes, De La Soul, Café Tacvba and Jeff Tweedy, which leads one to be hopeful for this year.
Film events including Napoleon Dynamite Live! and a live reading of An Officer and a Gentleman (featuring John C. Reilly), and others, comedy sets, live podcast tapings, art installations, a mentalist and a surprise guest appearances by Andrew Bird and David Grisman.
“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 in a press release. “THING strives to live up to STG’s mission to create enriching experiences in the arts and engage diverse communities.”
THING will feature four primary stages including a decommissioned balloon hangar (McCurdy Pavilion), and 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.