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Tacoma kite day
July 2, 2022 (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
University Place (43 miles SW)
Watch professionals perform kite tricks, visit food trucks, and fly your own kite on Come Fly a Kite Day in the central meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Drive W in University Place. Free unless you buy a $5 kite kit on the website.
Billed as the “dopest car show in the nation,” Wekfest Seattle displays pre-screened aftermarket builds and hosts aftermarket vendors at Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St. in Seattle. Children younger than age 12 are free.
Unknown director Steven Spielberg invades a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod and faces hostile locals, storms, and a malfunctioning mechanical shark while filming his blockbuster movie Jaws in the musical Bruce at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. in Seattle.
The Taste Northwest [formerly Taste of Tacoma] offers restaurant food, craft vendors, live entertainment, cooking competitions, kids’ activities, and beer & wine & tequila tasting at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Free except parking.
Mamma Mia! is a rousing dance musical that features popular Abba songs and tells a story about love and family in modern Greece at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah. [Repeats in Everett July 15 - Aug. 7.]
Watch 500 people from 80 countries become Americans at the emotional naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center, which includes patriotic music, speeches, and a ceremony at Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Free.
Fourth of July Fireworks Cruise includes a buffet dinner and three hours on Lake Union, departing from Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Tickets are $231 adult or $139, and boarding begins at 8:30 p.m.
Take a four-hour $174 Red, White, and Boom cruise for age 21+ to see the big fireworks show on Lake Union with DJ music and a no-host bar, departing from Carillon Point, 3760 Carillon Point in Kirkland.
Take the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot to Grand Old Fourth of July for a pancake breakfast, car show, foot race, street fair, beer/wine garden, activities for kids, and a parade at 1 p.m. Some events are at Waterfront Park, 301 Shannon Drive SE on Bainbridge Island. No fireworks in 2022.
Wear sunscreen and head to Summer Blast for tribute bands, food trucks, a beer garden, a craft market, and 10 p.m. fireworks. See the events list for Cummings Park and for Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park, 5361 Yacht Club Road in Tacoma. Free.
Hear live music, play free games, shop from food trucks, and visit the kids’ zone (Thursdays only) at Parties in the Parks until 3 p.m. Reopens at 4 p.m. with adult beverages for sale, but no kids’ zone.
The $174 Mt. Rainier Day Tour wins rave reviews for friendly and knowledgeable guides, magnificent scenery, and a comfortable ride with stops to buy lunch, take photos, enjoy the views, and go for a leisurely hike.
Enjoy a dozen tastes of chocolate at eight locations (including an actual chocolate factory) on the delicious $76 Seattle Chocolate Tour. Your easily accessible walk begins at Cupcake Royale, 106 Pine St. in Seattle.
A $150 ticket to Jungle Party: Forever Green, Forever Living Northwest includes a reception with complimentary appetizers and specialty drinks, live animals, and a silent charity auction in the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. The $400 option includes dinner and a live auction.
Redmond Derby Days has a carnival, craft vendors, and a beer/wine garden at Redmond City Hall Campus (Fri. & Sat.), a 5K (Fri.), a kids’ parade (Sat. 10 a.m.) followed by a grand parade, and a lighted drone show (Sat. 10 p.m.).
Enjoy art, food, wine, and shopping from craft vendors at Kirkland Uncorked on the water at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. The craft market is open to all ages. The separate tasting garden has live music and a “Saturday Food Truck Feast” for age 21+.
Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food vendors, a soccer tournament, dragon boat races (Sat.), a 5K (Sat.), and a parade on 4th Avenue (Sun. 1 p.m.). The main stage is at Town Square Plaza, 115 2nd Ave. N in Kent. Free.
A ticket to Mt. Rainier Wine Festival includes eight samples of Washington wine with tapa appetizers and live jazz (beginning 3 p.m.) in a tent on the lawn of Alpine Inn Restaurant, 33818 Crystal Mountain Blvd. Bring age 21+ ID.
Northwest Pirate Festival welcomes costumes and promises “music and shanties, entertaining battles, cannons, shenanigans, rum, grog, baubles, and trinkets” at Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE in Lacey. Children age 12 and younger free.
Marymoor Park Concerts include popular acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat, or for lawn tickets bring a low-back chair or a blanket up to 5 feet in size. Prohibited items. Located at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond.
Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts “include a variety of high-energy bands playing fun music for all ages” with food vendors and a wine, beer & cider garden featuring local producers in Wilmot Gateway Park, 17301 131st Ave. NE in Woodinville. Open 5:30, band begins at 6:30, closes 8 p.m.
Eat seafood and more, watch a lutefisk-eating contest (Saturday 3 p.m.), hear music, browse art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the beer garden (also open July 10) at the Ballard SeafoodFest on Market Street in Ballard. Free.
Seafair Indian Days Powwow includes competitive dancing, drumming, native dress, native art for sale, food booths, and a daily salmon bake outdoors at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. No pets. Children younger than age 12 are free, and all ages are free Friday evening. Frequently asked questions.
Summer Solstice Night Market for age 21+ has artists, food trucks, live music, and dancing at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. Some ticket options include 2 drinks or 12 beer samples. [Confirm prior to attending because this event has a history of cancellation.]
Celebrate and support old dogs that need foster care at Old Dog Haven Festival, with vendor booths, food trucks, lawn games, a DJ, a silent auction, and a costume contest at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N in Shoreline. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Music & art lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave (from State to Alder) for live music, local restaurant food, and art installations. The main stage is usually at TAPCO Credit Union, 2802 6th Ave. in Tacoma. Free.
The non-competitive 200-mile Seattle to Portland (STP) bike ride is one of America’s best, with 10,000 participants departing from north of Husky Stadium and taking one or two days to make the trip south.
Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has a zany parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), a street dance (Sat. 7 p.m.), a car parade (Sun. 11:45 a.m.), a music stage, carnival rides, a beer garden, and 200 vendors. The shuttle bus from ferry boats is $2 each way. The main stage is at Vashon Market IGA, 17639 100th Ave. SW in Vashon. Free.
Sundae Runday is a 5K run or 2-mile walk on park trails and closed roads along the shores of Lake Washington, plus a kids’ dash and costume contest, followed by an ice cream sundae. It begins at Genesee Park, 4316 S Genesee St. in Seattle.
Parkadilly features high-energy concerts with catchy songs for children, a petting zoo, African dancers, arts & crafts projects, kid-focused vendors, and food trucks at Lake Sammamish State Park. Free (except $10 for parking if you do not have a state park pass).
The people of Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 stranded airline passengers with incredible kindness when all flights were grounded for days after 9/11. Come from Away “is a musical that changes you, heals old wounds, and lifts the spirit” at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle.
Timber Outdoor Music Festival has 26 music artists, a 5K run Sunday, family activities, and camping in forested Tolt River–John MacDonald Park, 31020 NE 40th St. in Carnation. Children age 12 and younger are free. No dogs.
A short walk from the ferry terminal is Bremerton Summer BrewFest, with 30 Washington breweries, food vendors, and live music on the Bremerton Boardwalk, 243 2nd St. in Bremerton. Bring age 21+ ID. No pets.
Tour de Terrace has a street fair, carnival rides, entertainment, food vendors, a beer garden, a parade (Friday 6:45 p.m. on 56th Ave. W), a car show (Saturday until 3 p.m.), fireworks (Sat. 10 p.m.), and a pancake breakfast (Sat. & Sun.) at Evergreen Playfield, 22205 56th Ave. W in Mountlake Terrace.
West Seattle Grand Parade includes pirates, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, floats, and pageantry on California Avenue SW (from Lander Street to Edmunds Street). The PAWrade of pets begins at the same time farther south on California Avenue SW (from Genesee Street to Edmunds Street).
Couture & Cars Fashion Show showcases clothing and accessory designers from the northwest in a runway show followed by an after party at LeMay – America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D St. in Tacoma. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Saint James Faire opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and lunch (dinner by reservation), at Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road NE in Carnation.
MotoAmerica has qualifying events on Friday, six classes of races on the weekend, go karts, food vendors, and camping at 170-acre Ridge Motorsports Park, 1060 W Eells Hill Road in Shelton. Race schedule. Children age 12 and younger are free.
Watch the Seahawks practice outdoors in Renton with a $13 ticket to Seahawks Training Camp. You ride a bus to the camp from The Pro Shop, 840 N 10th Place in Renton. Carried items must follow the Clear Bag Policy.
Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s best. The museum is free during the fair and has art projects for children ages 3 to 10 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Bellevue Square mall hosts the top curated artists in its west parking garage and offers two entertainment stages (in the mall + outdoors at the east entrance) at 575 Bellevue Square in Bellevue. Free.
Sails & Ales Beer Fest promises “100+ of the best beers, ciders and wines in the Northwest, Tiki lounges, games, competitions, live entertainment, and food (grass skirts optional)” at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland.
Bluegrass from the Forest Festival features national headliners, contests, a band scramble, mandolin tasting, youth programs, vendors, and jamming, with camping available, at Shelton South Mason Soccer Park, 2102 E Johns Prairie Road in Shelton.
Jazz Port Townsend main-stage concerts are held at Fort Worden State Park, with additional jazz in nearby clubs on Fri. & Sat. night and workshops all week. The park is at 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend.
Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or low-back chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.