Tag Archives: David’s Picks

July 20-22, 2018

Bite Of Seattle
FRI-SUN The Northwest’s original food festival with booths featuring 50+ Seattle area restaurants and 30+ food product companies as well as wine tasting and entertainment at the Seattle Center. Map
(www.biteofseattle.com)

SandSations Sand Sculpture Competition
WED-SUN World class sand sculpture competition and summer festival in Longbeach, WA Map
(sandsationslongbeach.com)

Sequim Lavendar Festival
FRI-SUN More than 150 crafts and lavender booths, food, music and more in downtown Sequim. Map
(www.lavenderfestival.com)

North Bend Downtown Block Party
SAT Music on 2 stages, activities and vendor booths. In North Bend. Map
(northbendwa.gov)

Duvall Sandblast Arts Festival
SAT-SUN This music showcase and fine art and craft fair will have dozens of local Puget Sound artists and crafters demonstrating, displaying and selling their work. Map
(duvallarts.org)

Capitol Hill Block Party
FRI-SUN Music from local and national bands with food and vendors along 10th Ave & East Pike. Map
(capitolhillblockparty.com)

King County Fair
THU-SUN Carnival, food, live entertainment, children’s activities, 4H and FFA animals, car show and more at the Enumclaw Expo Center. Map
(www.kingcofair.com)

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival
FRI-SUN Music, Beer Garden, Vendor booths, carnival on picturesque Vashon Island. Map
(www.vashonchamber.com/)

Mustangs Northwest Round Up
THU-SUN Judged show of classic Mustangs and Cougars. At Bellevue College. Map
(www.mustangsnorthwest.org)

Day Out With Thomas
FRI-SUN Meet Thomas the Tank Engine at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. Map
(www.trainmuseum.org)

PNA Summer Beer Taste: Brewkilau!
SAT Ten tastes from over 21 local microbreweries. Barking Alehouse Brats and pub snacks included. 21+ at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Map
(www.phinneycenter.org)

Flying Heritage Museum Skyfair
SAT Historic aircraft and tanks, bouncy house and facepainting for kids, educational activities for the entire family. At the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field. Map
(flyingheritage.com)

Darrington Bluegrass Festival
FRI-SUN Music festival with 24-hour jamming campsites at Darrington Music Park. Location
(http://www.darringtonbluegrass.com/)

Gig Harbor Art Festival
SAT-SUN Arts & crafts booths plus entertainment and a food court in Gig Harbor. Map
(www.peninsulaartleague.com)

Bon Odori Festival
SAT-SUN A celebration of Japanese Buddhism with food, cultural displays, dancing, beer garden, live music. At Seattle Buddhist Temple. Map
(seattlebetsuin.org)

White Center Jubilee Days Street Fair
WED-SUN Festival featuring live music, foods, carnival, free children’s entertainment, fireworks and a parade in downtown White Center. Map
(www.jubileedays.org)

Snohomish Kla Ha Ya Days
WED-SUN Community festival with a parade, car show, chili cook-off, soapbox derby, carnival, entertainment and more in downtown Snohomish. Map
(www.klahayadays.com)

Chinatown Seafair Parade
SUN Chinese dragon, taiko drumming, drill teams, dancing lions and other entries make their way through the International District. Map
(www.seattlechinesechamber.org)

Covington Days Festival
SAT-SUN Parade, arts and crafters, carnival games, exhibitors, kid and family activities, on stage entertainment, inflatable toys, watermelon eating contest and much more! Map
(www.covingtonwa.gov)

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July 13-15, 2018

Ballard Seafood Fest
FRI-SUN Nordic heritage displays, vendor and food booths in Ballard. Map
(www.seafoodfest.org)

Redmond Derby Days
FRI-SAT Food and vendor booths, kids’ parade, music, at Redmond City Hall campus. Map
(www.redmondderbydays.com)

Redmond Arts Festival
FRI-SUN Over 90 curated artists, nine live bands, food, a mimosa/wine/beer garden, sidewalk chalk for the kids. Free shuttle bus to the 77th Annual Redmond Derby Days. At the Redmond Town Center shopping mall. Map
(http://redmondtowncenter.com)

West Seattle Summer Fest
FRI-SUN Street fair with music, arts, food, beer garden and street dance at West Seattle Junction. Map
(www.westseattlefestival.com)

Kent Cornucopia Days
FRI-SUN Festival, street fair, carnival, parade and more in Kent. Map
(www.kcdays.com)

Mill Creek Festival
SAT-SUN Roving artists, crafts booths, new northwest bands on stage, more food vendors and an even bigger Kid’s Plaza.
Directions and Parking
(www.millcreekfestival.com)

Kirkland Uncorked
FRI-SUN Celebration of Washington wine and food plus an art show on the shores of Lake Washington at Marina Park in Kirkland. Map
(www.kirklanduncorked.com)

International Dragon Fest
SAT-SUN Non-stop cultural performances including Dragon and Lion dances, Traditional Korean drumming,and more. $3 Food Walk with over 40 restaurants. In Seattle’s International District. Map
(http://cidbia.org/)

Mercer Island Summer Celebration
SAT-SUN Arts & crafts, live music & theater, parade, fireworks, classic car show and more at Luther Burbank Park & Mercerdale Park. Map
(www.mercergov.org)

Day Out With Thomas
FRI-SUN Meet Thomas the Tank Engine at the Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie. Map
(www.trainmuseum.org)

Wallingford Family Festival
SAT Parade followed by festival with live music, a food court, wine and beer tasting. In the Seattle Wallingford neighborhood. Map
(www.seafair.com)

Timber! Music Festival
THU-SAT Three day music festival in a natural outdoor setting. Camping is permitted. At Tolt-Macdonald Park in Carnation Map
(timbermusicfest.com/)

Pacific Days
FRI-SUN Parades, activities, car show, food, music & dance at Pacific City Park. Map
(www.pacificpartnerships.org)

Olympia Lakefair Festival
WED-SUN Arts, crafts, food, live entertainment and carnival rides. In Olympia. Map
(https://www.lakefair.org/)

Skagit Valley Highland Games
SAT-SUN Celtic games, spectator sports, dancing, food and music at Edgewater Park in Mount Vernon. Map
(http://celticarts.org)

July 6-8, 2018

Seattle Polish Festival
SAT Authentic food and drink, live music and dance, exhibits, workshops, local merchants and children’s activities. At the Seattle Center. Map More Festál
(www.seattlecenter.com)

Seattle Street Food Festival
SAT-SUN Over 150 booths of street food & makers over 5 city blocks, beer garden, live music, and 70 Urban Craft Uprising vendors. At South Lake Union in Seattle. Map
(www.seattlestfoodfest.com)

Seafair Pirates Landing
SAT Kids activities, live music, vendors and appearance by the Seafair Pirates at Alki Beach Park. Map
(www.seafair.com)

Seattle Beerfest
FRI-SUN A 3-day specialty beer festival with 200+ world class brews. At Seattle Center’s Fisher Lawn and Pavilion. Map
(www.seattlebeerfest.com)

Japan Fair
SAT-SUN Japanese art, food, vendors, entertainment, and Taiko drumming at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Map
(www.japanfairus.org)

Proof Washington Distillers Festival
SAT More than 40 Washington distillers and food from local restaurants, At Fremont Studios in Seattle. Map
(proofwashington.org)

Ferrari Concours d’Elegance
SUN Dozens of Ferraris will be displayed, judged and awarded at the ending ceremony. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Families are encouraged to attend. At a private home in Renton. Map
(hwww.nwrfca.org)

Arlington Fly-In
FRI-SUN Airshow, flight demonstrations, bands, military vehicles, hot air balloons, fireworks and music at Arlington Airport. Map
(www.arlingtonflyin.org)

Georgetown Garden Walk
SUN Stroll colorful gardens, discover shops and restaurants, visit artist studios, and hear live music. Garden Walk maps are available on the day of the Walk
at the Georgetown Bank of America parking lot. Map
(georgetowngardenwalk.com)

July 4, 2018

US Independence Day
WED a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the Continental Congress declaring that the thirteen American colonies had formed the United States of America and were no longer part of the British Empire.

Seafair Summer Fourth
WED A full day including live entertainment, kids activities, 21+ beer gardens, food vendors, and exhibit booths. At Gas Works Park in Seattle. Map
(www.seafair.com)

JBLM Freedom Fest
WED Aerial demonstrations, live entertainment, food, carnival rides, and fireworks. At Joint Base Lewis/McChord. Map
(www.jblmmwr.com)

Tacoma Freedom Fair
WED Airshow, live entertainment, kids fun, food and fireworks. Along the Ruston Way waterfront in Tacoma. Directions
(freedomfair.com)

Fourth of July Events & Fireworks
WED
o Bellevue Family 4th – Bellevue Downtown Park Map
o Fourth on the Plateau – Sammamish Plateau Map
o Seatac Family Fourth Carnival – Angle Lake Park Map
o Carnation Celebration & Fireworks – Carnation Map
o Demolition Derby and Fireworks – Evergreen Speedway in Monroe Map

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June 29 – July 1, 2018

Greenwood Car Show
SAT More than 500 classic and custom cars plus bands, food and crafts along Greenwood Avenue. Map

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels
SAT-SUN Live aerobatic performances and fly-overs, dozens of planes on static display, a 200+ count car show (Sunday only), vendors, delicious food, a beer garden, and activities for the kids.. At the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Map
(freedomfair.com)

Washington State Toy and Geek Fest
SAT-SUN An interactive event for the whole family with all kinds of kids’ activities, displays, celebrity appearances and photo-ops with movie characters. At the Washington State Fair & Events Center in Puyallup. Directions
(http://toyandgeekfest.com/)

Vintage Car Races
FRI-SUN Get your horsepower fix watching vintage stock cars racing on the road course at Pacific Raceways in Kent. Map
(www.sovren.org)

Kenmore Art Show
THU-SUN Paintings, Drawings, Miniatures, Sculpture, Photography,Artisan Works, Youth Art. At Bastyr University in Kenmore. Map
(www.artsofkenmore.org/)

Puyallup Food Truck Frenzy
SAT Local food vendors and live entertainment. At Bradley Lake Park in Puyallup. Map

Urban Craft Uprising 2018 Summer Show
SAT-SUN handcrafted clothing, jewelry, toys, stationery, art, candles, housewares, and food at Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Map
(http://www.urbancraftuprising.com/)

June 22-24, 2018

Poll results are in! Stats and outcomes at the bottom of this post.

Bellevue Strawberry Festival
SAT-SUN Fresh strawberry shortcake, games, entertainment and more at Crossroads International Park. Map
(www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org)

Wings of Freedom
FRI-SUN Historic military aircraft on display. Flights available in Boeing B-17 and Consolidated B-24 WWII era bombers. See the aircraft that defended America in the world’s first and only global air war. At the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. Map
(www.collingsfoundation.org)

Taste of Tacoma
FRI-SUN Food from 30 restaurants, 20 food product companies as well as four stages of music, beer garden, carnival rides and kids’ activities at Point Defiance Park. Parking & Directions
(www.tasteoftacoma.com)

Shoreline Arts Festival
SAT-SUN Visual and performing arts, Cultural Rooms, artists marketplace and children’s activities at Shoreline Conference Center. Map
(www.shorelinearts.net)

West Seattle Garden Tour
SUN Visit some of the most beautiful and unique gardens right in our own backyard. Proceeds benefit charity.

I Dig Dinos at Burke Museum
SUN Demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages at Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture at UW. Map
(www.burkemuseum.org)

Lakewold Gardens Fairyfest
THU-SUN Art, music, dance, storytelling, fairy princesses, and 60 fairy houses to find on the grounds of Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood. Children 12 and younger are free. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

Kids Day in Auburn
FRI Kids ages 4 to 11 love the inflatable rides, pony rides, face painting, games, arts & crafts, music, and food vendors at Kids Day in Les Gove Park. Map
(www.auburnwa.gov)

Skandia Folkdance Society’s Midsommarfest
SUN Traditional Swedish celebration of the summer solstice, with authentic costumed muscians and dancers. At St. Edward State Park in Kenmore. Map
(www.skandia-folkdance.org)

Camlann Medieval Village Harvest Festival
SAT-SUN The lord of Camlann invites you to attend his Midsomer Festival, with new Summer Games, crowning the King & Queen of Summer, puppetry, magic, crafts, archery, and minstrelsy. At the Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation. Directions
(www.camlann.org)

Slug Fest at Northwest Trek
SAT-SUN Educational crafts, games and other kid activites. At Northwest Trek near Eatonville. Map
(www.nwtrek.org)

Kirkland Wine Walk
FRI June’s Wine Walk is a 21+ event of local wineries offered at downtown Kirkland businesses and commences at The Heathman Hotel, Kirkland Avenue, Kirkland. Map
(kirklandchamber.org)

Seattle Pride Parade and Festival
SUN Annual Seattle Pride Parade, held at 11:00 AM, June 24 along 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle. Map
(www.seattlepride.org)

Thank you for your poll responses! Here are the results

  • Kid Friendly: 80%
  • Not enough, give me more: 50% About Right: 50% Too much: 0%
  • Ads are annoying: 36%

Outcomes: Based on answers to Q1, I am keeping the current mix of family vs wine & beer events. From Q2 answers I see that most of you are OK with longer posts so I am adding back some of the smaller events that I have been letting fall off. Regarding the ads I do apologize, the current behavior is normal for the free WordPress platform. I will look into either moving to another platform or switching to an ad-free subscription, perhaps with an opportunity for donations.

As always your comments are welcome.

David

June 8-10, 2018

Maple Valley Days
FRI-SUN Parade, classic car show, food, arts & crafts, radio-controlled hydros and more at Lake Wilderness Park. Map
(www.maplevalleydays.com)

Cannon Beach Sandcastle Festival
SAT Dozens of teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families will construct remarkable creations in the sand. In Cannon Beach,OR. Map
(www.cannonbeach.org)

Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon
SAT-SUN Runners will experience iconic Seattle sights as they rock out to live bands every mile.
(http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/seattle)

Georgetown Carnival
SAT Art, music, Power Tool Races, carnival and games in Georgetown Historic District. Directions
(www.georgetowncarnival.com)

Seattle International Film Festival
THRU JUN 10 With over 400 features, short films, and documentaries, the Seattle International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the United States. Venues
(www.siff.net)

Fall City Day
SAT Pancake breakfast, fun run & walk, arts & crafts, food, pony rides, carnival and a parade in Fall City. Map
(www.fallcity.org)

Free Fishing Weekend
SAT-SUN Fishing licenses are not required of to fish anywhere in Washington State. Details
(wdfw.wa.gov)

State Parks Free Days
SAT-SUN Saturday and Sunday are State Park “free days” and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. In honor of National Get Outdoors Day and Fishing Day. Find a Park
(www.parks.wa.gov)

Vashon Sheepdog Classic
THU-SUN National sheepdog competition, sheep shearing, crafts and more. At the Misty Isle Farm on Vashon Island. Shuttles from the ferry terminal for walk on passengers. Directions
(www.vashonsheepdogclassic.com)

Deming Logging Show
SAT-SUN Loggers’ feats and maneuvers, equipment and truck displays and a barbecue in Deming. Map
(www.demingloggingshow.com)