Kites on the coast, cars, bikes, paddleboards & garlic: Your weekend around the Sound

It looks like it might be safe(er) for outdoor fun than it has been all week. Here are a few suggestions if you're going stir-crazy

August 24, 2018
Kites at the beach

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If you're ready to venture outside again after this very smokey week, there's lots to do. And if the air still isn't fresh enough for you, head out to Long Beach on the coast for the Kite Festival -- fresh ocean air, guaranteed.


  • Seattle Reign Women’s Soccer Saturday, 1pm vs the North Carolina Courage on the UW Medicine Pitch at Memorial Stadium.
  • Tacoma Rainiers Baseball Friday – Sunday at Cheney Stadium. The Rainiers are home against the El Paso Chihuahuas Friday and Saturday nights at 7:05pm, Sunday at 1:35pm.
  • Evergreen State Fair now through 9/3 in Monroe.
  • Smashing Pumpkins Friday, 7pm at Key Arena.
  • Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite Friday, 7pm at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
  • Ed Sheeran Saturday, 7pm at CenturyLink Field.
  • Pain in the Grass Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm at White River Amphitheatre. Alice in Chains, The Cult, Stone Temple Piolts, and Bush.
  • Steve Miller/Peter Frampton Saturday and Sunday, 6:30pm at Chateau Ste. Michelle winery.
  • Dispatch and Nahko & Medicine for the People Saturday, 6pm at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
  • North Bend Film Festival Through Sunday. See some surprisingly sophisticated films, attend filmmaker talks, and check out a virtual-reality attraction.
  • Washington State International Kite Festival Through Sunday. It’s free to watch kite fliers compete  (or fly your own) at the Kite festival in Long Beach on the windy Pacific Coast. Fireworks are Friday at 9:45 p.m. The nearby kite museum has an admission fee. Schedule.
  • Evergreen State Fair   Now through Sept. 3. Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show in Monroe.
  • Gigantic Bicycle Festival   Friday – Sunday. Live music, hand-built bicycles, art, food, workshops, films, Saturday rides (25, 50, 100 miles), and shorter Sunday rides at Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie.
  • Washington State Garlic Fest Friday – Sunday. (formerly Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show.) Garlic cuisine, beer & wine, music, arts & crafts, antiques, and kids’ activities. No pets or smoking.
  • Makah Days Celebration Friday – Sunday. The Makah tribe invites you to a street fair, canoe races, dances, Fri. fireworks, Sat. morning parade, and Sat./Sun. salmon bake at the tip of Washington. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails.
  • HangarFest  Saturday, 6 to 10pm. A ticket to this party includes 10 tastes of beer, wine, or spirits, plus two bands, food truck fare for sale, and exhibits at the Museum of Flight for age 21+.
  • Stand Up for the Cure  Saturday, 8am – 2pm. Register for the Paddleboard race to get a T-shirt, lunch, live music, free lessons, and participation in kid or adult races at Lake Sammamish State Park. This is a free entrance day at Washington state parks. All proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Puget Sound.
  • Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest  Saturday, noon – 8pm. Blues, beer from 16 local breweries, and food for sale in Des Moines Beach Park. (No children or pets)
  • LeMay Car Show   Saturday, 9am -5pm.See 1500 vintage vehicles and a car auction at the Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, plus the nearby LeMay home via a shuttle bus.
  • Arts in Nature Festival  Saturday and Sunday. Wander the trails and visit the cabins at Camp Long in West Seattle to experience music, dancing, puppet shows, art exhibits, craft-making, beer, and food trucks during family-friendly Forest arts festival.
  • Concerts at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Saturday and Sunday, 2pm. Concerts on the lawn in beautiful Ballard. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free. (Saturday: Lynnwood Community Band – Big Band Music, Sunday:  The Tempos – Lively Big Band Music)
  • Seattle SambaThon Sunday, 11am – 4pm. Dance around Seward Park to the beat of live drums at Samba at Seward Park, followed by a traditional Brazilian meal. Costume and drums optional. No experience needed!

Have a great weekend!