Author Archives: David's Picks

January 24-26, 2020

Chinese New Year
SAT Chinese cultural celebration of the year of the Rat. Find Celebrations

Seattle Boat Show
FRI-FEB 01 Display and sale of all kinds of watercraft and seminars at the CenturyLink Field Event Center (Map) with a free shuttle to a second location at Chandler’s Cove
(www.seattleboatshow.com)

Northwest Remodeling Expo
FRI-SUN Experts showcase everything for the home including cabinetry, flooring, additions, basements, energy efficiency and more at the Washington State Convention Center Map Directions and Parking
(www.homeshowcenter.com)

Skagit Eagle Festival Week 4 Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT Guided walks, photography workshops, arts & crafts sales, tours, raft trips, dance performance and music. At the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Concrete, WA about 2 hrs north of Seattle. Map
(http://concrete-wa.com)

Northwest Model Hobby Expo
SUN-MON Hobby swap meet, vendors and judged model competition at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe, WA Map Directions
(www.nwmhe.com)

Washington Sportsman’s Show All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
WED-SUN Fishing, hunting, camping equipment and vendors plus kids’ activities and seminars at the Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup Map
(www.otshows.com)

Belgian Fest Beer Tasting Beer and wine available for purchase
SAT Washington breweries pouring 100+ Belgian-style beers in the Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion Map
(www.washingtonbeer.com)

I Dig Dinos at Burke Museum All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SUN Demonstrations and hands-on activities for budding paleontologists of all ages. Included with admission to the Burke Museum at UW. Map

Maker Day: Making Train Cars All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT Learn how to assemble, paint, and weather unique model railway components with local artist and model train builder Thomas Stephenson. Included with admission to the Museum of History and Industry at South Lake Union. Map
(www.mohai.org)

Stormy Weather Story Time Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT When storms come, how do animals and plants react? Hear a fable and two science-based tales of stormy weather. After the stories, kids can make a winter branch art project. All ages are welcome. 10:30am – 11:30am at the Elisabeth C. Miller Library on the UW Campus. Map
(depts.washington.edu/hortlib/index.shtml)

Ursulmas Medieval Faire All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-SUN A full weekend of events including combat exhibitions, crafts, Bards, archery, youth activities and merchants at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe Map
(www.aquaterra.antir.sca.org)

January 17-19, 2020

Tết in Seattle – Vietnamese Lunar New Year Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-SUNA family-oriented event celebrating the arts and culture of Vietnam. At the Seattle Center Armory. Map
(www.seattlecenter.com)

Ellensburg WinterHop BrewFest Beer and wine available for purchase
SAT $40 ticket includes commemorative tasting glass, five tastings from 20 microbreweries, and live music in downtown Ellensburg. For age 21+.
Map

Leavenworth Bavarian Icefest Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
Outdoor events like snow sculpture, ice-cube scramble, snowball tossing, and the famous smooshing contest at Bavarian Icefest in Leavenworth.
Map

Hawaii Weekend at the Seattle Aquarium All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-MON Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows. Aloha wear encouraged. Included with admission at the Seattle Aquarium Map.
(www.seattleaquarium.org)

Skagit Eagle Festival Week 3 Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside
SAT Guided walks, photography workshops, arts & crafts sales, tours, raft trips, dance performance and music. At the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Concrete, WA.about 2 hrs north of Seattle Map
(http://concrete-wa.com)

The Great Train Expo All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-SUN Full working display railroads plus interactive kids’ displays and trains and accessories for sale. At the Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup Map
(www.greattrainexpo.com/)

Model Train Show All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-MON A Northwest family tradition for over 30 years, the Model Railroad Show brings many creative layouts and different scales of models for you to enjoy at the Pacific Science Center Map

Astronaut Training Family Workshop All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT-SUN Kids participate in astronaut training activities and learn about the skills astronauts need for traveling in space. Free with admission at the Museum of Flight. Map

Exotic Animal Show All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
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 Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup. Map
(pacnwrs.com)

Tacoma RV Show
THU-SUNHundreds of RV’s on display and more than a 100 brands at the show at the Tacoma Dome Map
(www.otshows.com)

January 10-12, 2020

Ballard Art Walk Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside
SAT Live music | Art Demonstrations | Local Artists at various locations within walking distance in downtown Ballard. Map
(www.visitballard.com)

Skagit Eagle Festival Week 2 Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
Guided walks, photography workshops, arts & crafts sales, tours, raft trips, dance performance and music. At the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center in Concrete, WA, about 2 hrs north of Seattle Map
(http://concrete-wa.com)

Reading with Rover Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
Children can practice their growing literacy skills by reading to a trained therapy dog
SAT 11am to 12pm
o Lake Stevens Library, Lake Stevens Washington
o Oak Harbor Library, Oak Harbor WA
SUN 1:30pm to 2:30pm
o Bothell Library, Bothell WA
o Mercer Island Public Library, Mercer Island WA

Marine Discovery Day at MaST Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT Head to the marine biology and aquarium facility of Highline College and visit the many tanks holding over 250 species of marine animals native to the Puget Sound. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marine Science and Technology Center, Des Moines.

Free Concerts at Crossroads Mall Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
FRI-SUN Free live music performances are hosted at the Crossroads Market Stage every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. At Crossroads Mall in Bellevue.
(www.crossroadsbellevue.com)

January 3-5, 2020

Skagit Eagle Festival Week 1 Free Admission Kid Friendly
SAT Guided walks, photography workshops, arts & crafts sales, tours, raft trips, dance performance and music. At the Skagit River Bald Eagle Interpretive Center, about 2 hrs north of Seattle in Concrete, WA. Map
(http://concrete-wa.com)

Puyallup Home & Garden Show
FRI-SUN Find the latest in kitchen, bath, garden and decor. At the Washington State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup. Map
(www.puyalluphomeshow.net)

Bainbridge Island Mochi Tsuki Festival Free Admission Kid Friendly
SAT Traditional Japanese New Years celebration with making and eating the sweet rice treat mochi. With kid’s crafts and activities. At the Woodward Middle School on Bainbridge Island. Map Ferry Schedule
(www.bijac.org)

Scratch Retro-Gaming: Pac-Man All ages welcome, with features appealing to younger children
SAT Write and debug scripts, learn basic coding rules and jargon, and use simple game theory to create one of the most famous arcade games of all time: Pac-Man. Included with admission to the Living Computers Museum + Labs. Map

Seattle Wedding Show
SAT-SUN Wedding vendors including florists, bakeries, ministers, musicians, gowns and more at the Washington State Convention Center Map
(www.weddingshow.com)

Holiday Festivals & Displays
Last weekend for holiday displays
SAT only
o Lumaze – Lost In Lights [Map]
SAT-SUN
o Woodland Park Zoo Wildlights [Map]
o Point Defiance Zoolights [Map]
o Seattle Aquarium Winter Fishtival [Map]
o Redmond Town Center Winter Wonderland [Map]
o White River Valley Museum Festival of Trees [Map]

Quadrantids Meteor Shower Gate admission is free, additional items may be available for purchase inside
FRI-SAT Annual meteor shower peaks the night of Jan 3-4

Dec 27, 2019 – Jan 1, 2020

New Year’s Fireworks at the Needle
TUE
Wear a winter coat and join 20,000 people gathered below The Space Needle to watch a free fireworks show at midnight. At the Seattle Center. map
(www.seattlecenter.com)

New Year’s Eve Free Concert
TUE Free blues, soul and swing concert by 11-piece band Left Turn on Blue. 8pm to midnight at the Seattle Center Armory.
Map
(www.seattlecenter.com)

Fountain of Light Dance Party
TUE Free dance party with DJ and light show. 10pm to midnight at the Seattle Center International Fountain.
Map
(www.seattlecenter.com)

State Parks Free Day
WED January 1 is a State Parks “free day” and the Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. In honor of New Year’s Day. Find a Park
(www.parks.wa.gov)

Enchant Christmas
THRU DEC 29 The world’s largest light maze, ice skating trail, photos with Santa, shopping, food, entertainment and more at at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Map
(enchantchristmas.com)

Gingerbread Village
THRU JAN 01 A larger than life gingerbread creations inspired by scenes from your favorite wizarding world. In the Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby. Map
(www.sheratonseattle.com)

Model Train Festival
THRU JAN 01 Miniature villages transport you back to the days when the iron horse was king. At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Map
(www.washingtonhistory.org)

December 20-24, 2019

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir. Many shore viewing sites will have bonfires(*).
FRI:
o 7:50 Matthews Beach Park
SAT:
o 6:35* O. O. Denny Park
o 2:10* Kirkland Marina
o Park

o 7:40* Meydenbauer Bay
SUN:
o 2:30Log Boom Park (Kenmore)
o 3:35* Waverly Beach Park (Kirkland)
o 6:45* Juanita Beach Park
o 8:05* Luther Burbank Park (Mercer Island)
(www.argosycruises.com)

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
FRI-SUN Musical performances, strolling carolers, costumed Christmas characters, Bavarian themed dining and shopping, and more. In Leavenworh. Map
(www.leavenworth.org)

Winter Solstice Night Market
FRI-SAT Indoor festival with 150+ craft booths and food trucks throughout, plus winter beer festival to celebrate the holidays. Magnuson Park Hanger 30 in Seattle Map
(Hosted by the Fremont Sunday Market)

Native Art Market
FRI-SUN Authentic Native American arts, crafts and foods wirh free entertainment by Native performing artists at 1:00 p.m. At the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. Map
(www.unitedindians.org)

Enchant Christmas
THRU DEC 29 The world’s largest light maze, ice skating trail, photos with Santa, shopping, food, entertainment and more at at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Map
(enchantchristmas.com)

Gingerbread Village
THRU JAN 01 Opening weekend for the larger than life gingerbread creations inspired by scenes from your favorite wizarding world. In the Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby. Through Jan 1. Map
(www.sheratonseattle.com)

Model Train Festival
FRI-JAN 01 Miniature villages transport you back to the days when the iron horse was king. At the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Map
(www.washingtonhistory.org)

Swansons Nursery Reindeer Festival
THRU DEC 24 Holiday decorations, visiting reindeer, model train display, more. At Swansons Nursery in Ballard. Map
(www.swansonsnursery.com)

December 13-15, 2019

Santa’s Fly-In at the Museum of Flight
SAT A day of holiday events lands at the Museum with the airplane arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus! The jolly couple will hear children’s’ wishes in the Museum, with music from The Boeing Concert Orchestra, the Boeing Band, and special guests Caspar Babypants. Outdoor event FREE, indoor events included with Museum admission. Map
(www.museumofflight.org)

Christmas Ship onshore viewing
See the lighted and decorated Christmas ship and listen to the live choir. Some shore viewing sites will have bonfires(*).
FRI: Parade of Boats night
o 7:20 Lake Union Parade of Boats Show (center of Lake Union)
o 8:10* Fremont Cut (rolling show)
SAT:
o 2:10* Hyatt Regency Lake Washington
o 3:05* Seward Park
o 7:45* Mt. Baker Beach
o 8:15* Stan Sayres Park
o 8:50* Ferdinand Street Park
SUN:
o 2:30* Pritchard Island Beach Park
o 8:15* Newcastle Beach Park
(www.argosycruises.com)

Enchant Christmas
THRU DEC 29 The world’s largest light maze, ice skating trail, photos with Santa, shopping, food, entertainment and more at at the T-Mobile Park in Seattle. Map
(enchantchristmas.com)

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival
FRI-SUN Musical performances, strolling carolers, costumed Christmas characters, Bavarian themed dining and shopping, and more. In Leavenworh. Map
(www.leavenworth.org)

Gingerbread Village
THRU JAN 01 Opening weekend for the larger than life gingerbread creations inspired by scenes from your favorite wizarding world. In the Sheraton Seattle Hotel lobby. Through Jan 1. Map
(www.sheratonseattle.com)

Swansons Nursery Reindeer Festival
THRU DEC 24 Holiday decorations, visiting reindeer, model train display, more. At Swansons Nursery in Ballard. Map
(www.swansonsnursery.com)

Geminid Meteor Shower Peaks
FRI-SAT Strong annual meteor shower centered on the constellation Gemini. Look to the southwestern sky to the left and above Orion.