Summer is in full swing in the Puget Sound, which means there is no shortage of things to do over the warm weekends. Here are 11 different festivals to enjoy:
The 76th annual festival calls itself the "granddaddy of all logging shows" featuring logging tricks, lawnmower races, and "bed races" wheeled around a city block. A food court and flea market will be open all weekend so be sure to catch all of the eclectic events.
August 10, noon-11 p.m.
Music, food, and beer highlight the neighborhood of South Lake Union during this community-oriented event. This year, all proceeds will be donated to Plymouth Housing, a group that works to eliminate homelessness. Want to get hands-on? Watch the poster competition and learn how to print with a steamroller.
Comedy and music galore during SPF 30, Subpop's 30th anniversary celebration! Head out to Alki Beach (and don't forget your SPF 30) and listen to several high-profile bands across four stages. the best part? All the music is free!
Three days of music and art head to downtown Kirkland. As a whole the festival is free to enjoy but $40 weekend passes give you unlimited access to the entertainment stages and beer garden. But there are plenty of free events including a kid's zone, street fair, and rubber duck dash.
A fundraiser for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce, Taste of Edmonds offers three days of food and entertainment, now in its 36th year. You can even play while you snack: a kids area offers activities. You can enter into the cornhole tournament for $50 for a team of two, which includes festival admission, T-shirts, and drink tickets, one for each player.
Wife carrying, chili cooking, blueberry pie eating, and so much more set against the beautiful backdrop of Mount Si. This free weekend-long festival features food and entertainment for the entire family. Don't miss out on Saturday's grand parade.
August 11, 11 a.m-7 p.m.
This mini-fair popping up in downtown Auburn has it all: rides, food, music, face painting, bocce ball, and a car show. A special literary fair will also feature local writers and small press books and zines. The Auburn Days parade will kick off the festival at 11 a.m.
August 11, 1-8 p.m.
Over 35 Washington beer and cider companies and food trucks will line the streets of Tacoma. Tickets are $35 and include six tasting tokens and a pint glass, but if you're the designated driver for the evening just pay $10 for admission and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages. Several bands are on the line-up providing plenty of music while you sip and snack.
Dozens of musical acts will perform over two days at River Meadows County Park. At the pow-wow, festival goers will be able to learn more about the Stillaguamish through storytelling, discover the importance of salmon at the salmon obstacle course, and participate in a river walk.
With 185 artists everyone is sure to find something one-of-a-kind at this weekend festival. Paintings, ceramics, jewelry, and more will be on display and available for purchase, and there will even some artisan treats available to try and buy. A juried art gallery will be on display for everyone to enjoy.
While the fair spans three weekends in August, each weekend has a specific theme with unique events, with this weekend's theme being "Faeries, Dragons & Unicorns." Enter a mystical world of fairy realms and even meet renowned fairy artist Amy Brown. A wide-ranging schedule features both musical entertainment and tournaments to watch.