Author Archives: David's Picks

July 19-21, 2019

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)

Parkadilly Kid’s Fair
SUN Kid’s concert and fair with children’s entertainment,. outdoor activities includin a nature scavenger hunt, Junior Ranger programs, a climbing wall, arts and crafts, trampolines more. Kid-centric vendors will also be on site along with concession stands. At Lake Sammamish Park in Issaquah. Map
(www.seafair.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)

Duvall Sandblast Arts Festival
SAT-SUN Fine art and craft fair with dozens of local Puget Sound artists and crafters demonstrating, displaying and selling their work. Live music. At McCormic Park on the Snoqualmie River in Duvall.
Map
(duvallarts.org)

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)

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)

Birch Bay Sand Sculpture Competition
SAT-SUN Annual Sand Sculpture Competition in the charming oceanside town of Birch Bay. Map
(birchbaywa.org)

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

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

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

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

FHCAM Skyfair
SAT Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum’s Biggest Air & Ground Show Event of the year! See vintage aircraft take to the skies and tanks cruise the grounds. At the Flying Heritage Collection, Paine Field, Everett Map
(flyingheritage.com)

Bremerton Summer Brewfest
FRI-SAT Summer festival with 36 Washington breweries pouring more than 100 craft beers. On the Bremerton waterfront. Map Ferry Schedule
(washingtonbeer.com)

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

PNA Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock
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)

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

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

San Juan Island Lavender Festival
SAT-SUN Lavender farm tours and workshops, cooking demos, picnics and live music at Pelindaba Lavender Farm on San Juan Island. Map
(www.pelindabalavender.com)

Flying Heritage Museum Skyfair
SAT Historic aircraft and tanks, bouncy house and face painting 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/)

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)

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

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)

July 12-14, 2019

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)

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)

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)

Exotic Animal Show
SAT-SUN Commercial exposition with colorful tropical birds, petting zoo with a kangaroo, hedgehogs and other furry pets, and plenty of snakes and reptiles. At the Western Washington State Fair and Event Center in Puyallup. Map
(pacnwrs.com)

Seafair Milk Carton Derby
SAT Colorful milk-carton boats competing for prizes plus activities and food on the shore at Green Lake Aqua Park. Map
(www.seafair.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)

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)

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)

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

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

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)

McCleary Bear Festival
FRI-SUN Kid Zone with free face painting, petting zoo and pony rides, food & craft vendors, famous bear stew. 80 mi south of Seattle Map
(mcclearybearfestival.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)

May 17-19, 2019

University District Street Fair
SAT-SUN Street Festival season is here! More than 300 local arts & crafts vendors, food, street performers, music, kids’ play area and more. Map
(udistrictstreetfair.org)

Edmonds Jazz Connection
SAT Continuous performances by student jazz groups at various locations in Edmonds. Map
(www.jazzconnection.org)

Seattle International Film Festival
THRU JUN 09 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)

Bike Everywhere Day
FRI Celebration stations and experienced riders along major routes will ensure that encouragement, support, and fun are never in short supply. Station Map

Bothell Block Party & BrewFest
SAT Sample beer from local breweries, eat at delicious locally owned food trucks, and experience six of Seattle’s hottest up-and-coming bands. In downtown Bothell. Map
(www.bothellchamber.com)

Kent International Festival
SAT Cultural displays, food, entertainment, World Dance Party and finale concert at ShoWare Center. Map
(kentinternationalfestival.com)

Minefaire
SAT-SUN Everything Minecraft at this official gaming community event. At CenturyLink Field. Map
(www.minefaire.com)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

Seattle Beer Week
THRU MAY 19 Events at 22, bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries celebrating craft beer. Events Locations
(seattlebeerweek.com)

Fisherman’s Village Music Festival
THU-SAT Everett Music Initiative presents Fisherman’s Village Music Festival | 50+ Bands / Multiple Stages — Downtown Everett Map
(www.thefishermansvillage.com)

Anacortes Boat & Yacht Show
THU-SUN Featuring 300 new and brokerage boats on display in-water, on land, and at nearby boatyards, plus a 10,000 square foot tent of accessories and service providers. At Cap Sante Marina in Anacortes. Map
(anacortesboatandyachtshow.com)

Poulsbo Viking Fest
FRI-SUN Annual parade, Viking Village, carnival, food and crafts in Poulsbo. Map
(www.vikingfest.org)

Gig Harbor Beer Fest
SAT The Gig Harbor Beer Festival is a fund-raiser benefiting the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Foundation.
Map
(www.gigharborbeerfestival.com/)

Port Townsend Rhody Festival
SAT-SUN Craft fair, flower show and carnival in picturesque Port Townsend. From Seattle metro area take the Kingston Ferry at Edmonds and head north on Hwy 104. Map
(www.rhodyfestival.org)

Bremerton Armed Forces Day Parade
SAT Annual parade honoring our military with flag corps, marching bands and drill teams in downtown Bremerton. Pancake breakfast before the parade and bbq after. Map
(www.bremertonchamber.org)

Children’s Story Program at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library
SAT Programs are presented one Saturday a month for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. 10:30 AM at the UW Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Map
(depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml)

May 10-12, 2019

Mother’s Day
SUN Honoring Moms everywhere
o Pike Place Market Flower Festival Map
o Free Mother’s Day Parking at Seattle’s Waterfront
o Mother’s Day Social presented by the Bellevue Botanical Garden Map
o Find More Mother’s Day Events

Sequim Irrigation Festival
THRU MAY 12 Craft fair, car show and events for the entire family in historic Sequim. Oldest continuously running festival in Washington State. Map
(irrigationfestival.com)

Seattle Beer Week
THRU MAY 19 Events at 22, bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries celebrating craft beer. Events Locations
(seattlebeerweek.com)

Seattle Maritime Festival
SAT Free harbor tours, fireboat demonstrations, kids’ activities and a chowder cook-off. Seattle’s largest maritime industry celebration. At the Seattle Maritime Academy in Ballard. Map
(www.seattlepropellerclub.org)

UW Taiwanese Night Market
SAT A celebration of Taiwan’s rich culture through delicious food, activities, and entertainment. At the University of Washington Red Square. Directions and Parking
(www.tsauw.com)

Northwest Paddling Festival
FRI-SAT Featuring more than 60 paddle sports businesses offering canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, paddling equipment, accessories and gear. At Lake Sammamish State Park in Issaquah. Map
(northwestpaddlingfestival.com)

Backyard Wildlife Festival
SAT Celebrate wildlife and nature with a variety of exhibitors, vendors, and nature enthusiasts. Features a presentation from local experts Ciscoe Morris and Marianne Binetti. At the Tukwila Community Center
Map
(backyardwildlifefestival.org)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

May 3-5, 2019

Cinco De Mayo
SUN In Mexico, the celebration of the Mexican victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. In the US, May the 5th has become an ad-hoc commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage. Events Specials

Sequim Irrigation Festival
FRI-MAY 12 Craft fair, car show and events for the entire family in historic Sequim. Oldest continuously running festival in Washington State. Map
(irrigationfestival.com)

Issaquah Wine + Art Walk
SAT Enjoy music, art and wines from local boutique wineries poured in various designated tasting locations up and down Front Street, Issaquah. Map
(http://www.downtownissaquah.com/)

Cinco De Mayo Food Truck Festival
SAT Live music, street tacos, beer garden and more at Volunteer Park in Seattle. Map
(www.fiesta5kole.com)

Opening Day of Boating Season
SAT Crew races, decorated boat parade, Navy Band concert on the Montlake Cut in Seattle. Map
(www.seattleyachtclub.org)

Bacon and Beer Classic
SAT Craft beers, gourmet bacon dishes from local chefs, music and games. At T-Mobile Park. Map
(www.baconandbeerclassic.com)

Northwest Green Homes Tour
SAT-SUN Register online for the self-guided Northwest Green Home Tour to see solar-powered, energy-efficient, and sustainably built homes. Locations include Seattle, Shoreline, Bothell, and Carnation. Free. Tour Map
(http://www.nwgreenhometour.org/)

Lakewold Gardens Mayfest
THRU MAY 25 Lakewold’s MayFest is a great time to enjoy the beauty of the gardens in bloom and also enjoy great displays, exhibits and activities for kids and toddlers. In Lake City just south of Tacoma. Map
(http://www.lakewoldgardens.org)

Festival for May at Camlann Medieval Villiage
SAT-SUN Medieval maypole dancing, longbow archery, games, minstrels, blacksmithing, candlemaking, Maypole dance and May Queen at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation. Directions
(www.camlann.org)

April 26-28, 2019

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Mobile Food Rodeo
SUN 30 local food trucks serving their best street food. In Fremont. Map
(Hosted by Mobile Food Rodeo)

Sheep Shearing at Kelsy Creek Farm Park
SAT Watch the sheep being shorn of their winter coats. Enjoy spinning demonstrations, children’s crafts, tractor/wagon rides, pony rides, food, animal viewing areas and more. At Kelsy Creek Farm Park in Bellevue. Map
(www.farmerjayne.com)

Lake Wilderness Fishing Derby
FRI-SAT “Hooked On Fishing” Opening Day Trout Derby with prizes for everyone. Includes kid’s activities, grilled hamburgers, pancake breakfast and more. At Lake Wilderness in Maple Valley. Map
(www.maplevalleychamber.org)

Washington State Trout Fishing Derby
SAT Opening day for this statewide trout fishing derby. Lakes across Washington are stocked with tagged trout, Catch one and win a prize worth up to $1000. Contest runs through October. Find a lake
(fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov)

Camp Lakeview Kid’s Fishing Derby
SAT Trophies and prizes for age 14 and under. Raffle and pancake breakfast. At Camp Lakeview in Graham. Map
(www.camplakeview-wa.com)

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 Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
FRI-SUN Live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and marketplace. Map More Festál
(www.seattlecenter.com)

Master Gardener Plant Sale & Learning Fair
FRI-SAT Plant marketplace, veggies, annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees plus seminars, garden art and more at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. Map
(www.mgfkc.org)

World Rythm Festival
THRU APR 30 Drum, dance, listen and learn in more than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East and more for youth and adults at Seattle Center. Map
(www.swps.org)

Walk’n Wag at Lake Sammamish State Park
SUN 3K walk, pet-friendly vendors, Seattle Fly Dogs/Disc Dogs performance, obedience demonstration, pet portraits, live music and more. All proceeds will benefit Lake Sammamish State Park. Map
(www.lakesammamishfriends.org)

April 19-21, 2019

Easter Sunday
SUN Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus

Kid’s Easter Activities
o SAT Redmond Town Center Spring Eggstravaganza Bunny petting zoo, bouncy house, crafts and more. Map
o SAT Gillman Village Issaquah Easter Eggstravaganza Treats for kids and photos with Easter Bunny. Map
o SAT Bunny Bounce and Easter Baskets for the Animals at the Woodland Park Zoo! Hop, skip or jump to Bunny Bounce for Easter Egg hunts, Easter baskets for the animals and more. Map
o SAT Kent Station Egg Hunt Hunt eggs filled with candy and prizes from local merchants. At the Kent Station mall. Map
o SAT Snohomish Easter Parade Easter bonnet contest, kids’ egg hunt and the only major Easter parade in the state. Map
Find more Easter fun near you

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
THRU APR 30 Tulip and Daffodil fields in bloom around Mt. Vernon and LaConner. Directions and parking
(www.tulipfestival.org)

Seattle Scotch & Beer Fest
FRI-SAT Scotch, Whiskey and Beer tasting, seminars and sales. Proceeds benefit the Seattle Humane Society. At the Fremont Studios in Seattle. Map
(scotchbeerfest.com)

State Parks Free Day
SAT In honor of Spring day, Saturday is a State Park “free day” and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park Find a Park
(www.parks.wa.gov)

National Parks Free Entrance Days
SAT Free admission at Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and all other National parks. In celebration of National Park Week. Find a Park
(http://www.nps.gov/index.htm)

Sakura-Con
FRI-SUN The 7th largest North American anime convention with merchants and cultural exhibitors. At the Washington State Convention Center. Map
(www.sakuracon.org)

World Rythm Festival
SAT-APR 30 Drum, dance, listen and learn in more than 100 performances and workshops with music of Africa, Asia, Cuba, Brazil, India, America, Middle East and more for youth and adults at Seattle Center. Map
(www.swps.org)

Children’s Story Program at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library
SAT Programs are presented one Saturday a month for children ages 3 to 8 and their families. All ages are welcome. 10:30 AM at the UW Elisabeth C. Miller Library. Map
(depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml)