Around the Sound this weekend: Festivals and more festivals for your family

Something about this weekend makes it a big one for summer neighborhood festivals in every direction

July 13, 2018
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This July weekend will be a perfect combo of great weather and tons to do outdoors.

Here are a few highlights -- no excuse for not getting out there and soaking up the sunshine!

  • Everett Aquasox are welcoming the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes allweekend at Everett Memorial Stadium. Friday and Saturday 7:05pm, Sunday 4:05pm. 
  • Seattle Storm host the Dallas Wings Saturday at Key Arena, 6pm.
  • The Tacoma Rainiers host the Fresno Grizzlies this weekend at Cheney Stadium.  Friday & Saturday at 7:05pm, and Sunday at 1:35pm. 
  • Lakefair Friday through Sunday, noon – 11pm. The Olympia Summer Festival at Capital Lake includes carnival rides, food booths, entertainment, a car show, running events a parade (Saturday at 4:45 p.m.), and fireworks (Sunday at 10 p.m.). Free. 
  • Timber! Outdoor Music Festival -- 30 music artists, a 5K run Sunday, family activities, and camping all weekend in forested Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. No dogs.
  • Redmond Derby Days Friday and Saturday. A summer festival, rooted in the spirit of competition; that celebrates the uniqueness of Redmond through parades, races, contests, game booths, carnival rides, arts, music, food and much more.  Free. 
  • Ballard SeafoodFest Friday through Sunday.Eat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the BeerFest at this free Scandinavian event.
  •  West Seattle Summer Fest Friday through Sunday. A neighborhood street fair around the West Seattle Junction at California and Alaska, packed with all kinds of family fun --  arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids play area. Free.
  • Kirkland Uncorked Friday through Sunday. Art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show at the Kirkland wine festival on the lakeshore at Marina Park. The tasting garden requires a separate ticket and ID.
  • Redmond Arts Festival Friday through Sunday at Redmond Town Center. Shop over 90 curated designers, artists, and craftspeople offering unique and beautifully crafted fine art, sculpture, jewelry, and handmade crafts. Live bands, a mimosa/wine/beer garden, sidewalk chalk for the kids, food concessions, a community project, and more.
  • Sammamish Valley Celebration of Farms and the Arts  Friday through Sunday. Visit farms and businesses all around the valley to enjoy food and farm demonstrations; take a class; chat with a farmer; enjoy farm inspired art.
  • Kent Cornucopia Days Friday through Sunday.This year’s theme is Memories, Moments and More – remembering past festivals, creating new memories and living in the moment. A street fair with vendors from across the region --  handmade jewelry and yard art to homemade sauces and 12th Man-themed accessories. Food courts, a beer garden, music stages, a 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, the Cornucopia Dragon Boat Races at Lake Meridian and a Grand Parade to wrap up the weekend at 2pm on Sunday. Also, for the first time, a car show.  Free.
  • Summer Concerts at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. The Woodinville Bluegrass Classic, Friday at 6:30pm.  Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Del McCoury Band, and The Jerry Douglas Band. Children 2 and younger are free.  
  • Wallingford Family Parade Saturday. It all happens at 11am in the heart of Wallingford!  Since that date just happens to be Bastille Day,  join two French Lovers, Maxime & Camille, as they celebrate French Independence, the storming of the Bastille and the Wallingford community.  They'll dance down 45twith their miniature French flags and sing French songs. They'll eat French fries, croissants and baguettes. They'll stop to pet French poodles & French bulldogs, they'll sip French champagne & finish the day off with macarons and cafe au lait.  Also in the parade: children, families, dogs, drill teams, marching bands, and floats. It starts at Meridian Playground, goes south on Bagley Avenue N. and then west on N. 45th Street. Here’s how to participate. Free.
  • Seafair Milk Carton Derby Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.See 100 boats made of milk cartons plus stand-up paddleboards compete for speed and style prizes at Green Lake. Free.
  • Doug Baldwin Family Combine -- Saturday 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon. Participants of all ages will test their skills in this interactive and family-friendly event. Run the 40-yard dash, catch passes, hit the tackling dummy, test your jumping skills and more.  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin host , whs as you participate in 10 skills activities (such as running, jumping, throwing, and catching) at Renton Memorial Stadium.  Proceeds from the event will help Doug and the City of Renton build the new Family First Community Center.
  • Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk Saturday, 4 to 8pm. Walk through 150 year-old streets. Surround yourself with history. Encounter architecture and attitudes of yesteryear. Stroll from shop to shop and sample delicious regional wines. (A different winery is featured in each participating shop.)
  • Goatalympics Saturday. Watch pet goats compete in foot races, obstacle courses, and contests with food vendors at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free admission and parking.
  • World Cup viewing party Sunday 8am. Watch the final game of the FIFA World Cup live from Russia on a giant outdoor screen, with a beer garden at Next 50 Plaza, next to the Museum of Pop Culture at Seattle Center. Bring a chair or blanket since seating is limited. Free.  Then stick around for the Sounders match at Atlanta United at 11am.

Have a great weekend, and here's a heads-up about some big road construction that could slow you down as you make your way to some of these events.