Art, beer, wine, music and a BIG parade: Around the Sound this weekend

Two summertime traditions - the Seafair Torchlight Parade and the Bellevue Arts Fair -- plus tons more to do this weekend

July 27, 2018
Parade marching band

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​Who likes music, wine, art or a parade? You?  This is your weekend then!

Here's what's happening around the Sound on this hot July weekend:

  • White River Amphitheatre concerts Friday7pm. Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.
  • Marymoor Park Concerts Saturday at 3pm. Sublime and Rome w/ Special Guests.    
  • Summer Concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery.Friday and Saturday, 7:30pm: Jackson Browne.Sunday 3pm:  Wine Country Blues Festival.  TajMo:  The Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, John “Greyhound” Maxwell, Alicia Michilli in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville.
  • ZooTunes concerts at Woodland Park Zoo Sunday at 6pm. Psychedelic Furs and X. (Doors open at 4:30.
  • Seattle Sounders vs New York City FC, Sunday at 2pm at CenturyLink Field.
  • Bellevue Arts Fair Friday – Sunday.One of America’s biggest and best. Find the top curated artists in the parking garage on the west side of Bellevue Square at ground level.   Shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art.  Free.
  • Seafair Torchlight Run Saturday at 6pm.Run the iconic 5K or 8K Torchlight Parade course with tens of thousands of people cheering you on, beginning and ending at Westlake Park.
  • Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday at 7:30pm.Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates move down 4th Avenue (from Seattle Center to Westlake Center). At noon, preview the floats, see exhibits, and meet participants at FanFest south of the International Fountain at Seattle Center. Free, or buy a grandstand parade seat for $35 to $60.
  • Red, White & Brew Friday 7 to 10pm, Seattle Center.Tastings from more than 60 award-winning wineries and breweries and bites from restaurants and food trucks, with music at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center for age 21+. 
  • Tasting Flight  Friday at 6pm, VIP 5pm, Woodland Park Zoo. Bring a glass and ID to taste boutique wines from 50 wineries on the North Meadow of the zoo, with animal encounters, food trucks, and access to some zoo exhibits after 7 p.m.
  • Jazz Port Townsend Friday and Saturday.Soak up a weekend of jazz in a seaside paradise and participate in a wide array of mainstage and nightclub performances.  Main-stage concerts are held at Fort Worden State Park.
  • Renton River Days  Friday – Sunday.The annual Renton multi-day family festival that features arts and crafts, a parade Saturday morning at 10, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities in Liberty Park. Free
  • Pacific Northwest Nationals Friday – Sunday. See 2,500 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Vintage car show at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.
  • Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience Friday – Sunday. The weekend includes “Pier to Table Dinner” a cocktail hour & dinner & dancing on Friday, a waterfront block party in 22 locations on Saturday, and champagne brunches in four restaurants on Sunday.
  • NW SolarFest  Saturday 10am-5pm. Shoreline Community College hosts the renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see exhibitors and vendors, plus electric vehicles. Free.
  • Alki Art Fair Saturday and Sunday.Browse arts and crafts, buy food, and hear live music near the shoreline. Check out the silent art auction in the Alki Beach Park Bathhouse. Free shuttle bus from West Seattle Park & Ride.
  • Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Saturday and Sunday. The Seattle Scottish Highland Games Association’s annual athletic competition with colorful pipe bands, Celtic music, Scottish dancers, Scottish farm animals, Scottish food and drink, and vendors, at the Expo Center in Enumclaw. No pets.
  • Kirkland Classic Car Show Sunday 10am – 4pm. See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles and visit the vendors in downtown Kirkland. Free.

Don't forget the sunscreen and the water bottle. It's going to be a hot one!