Cheese, boats, birds, trucks, music, art. Your weekend around the Sound.

There's also a couple of very worthwhile Greenway volunteer ivy-removal events, but do leave yourself time to enjoy . . . CHEESE

September 14, 2018
A whole bunch of cheese

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Is there ever a "slow" weekend around the Sound? Not these days. Here's a few ideas about how you can fill your weekend with fun:


  • Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival  Saturday, 1-5pm. Showcasing a wide array of artisan and farmstead cheeses made in Washington. Meet the cheesemakers and sample some of the finest cheeses made in our state and try other artisan foods at Seattle Design Center. (Age 21+.)
  • Washington State Fair  Now through September 23. Animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. Closed Tuesdays.
  • Leon Bridges at WaMu Theatre Friday, 8pm.
  • Angel Olsen at the Moore Theatre Friday, 8pm
  • Boz Scaggs at Emerald Queen Casino Saturday, 8:30pm
  • Toby Keith at the Washington State Fair Saturday, 7:30pm
  • Lauryn Hill at ShoWare Center Saturday, 6pm
  • Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Saturday, 7pm
  • Madison Park Art Walk Friday 5 to 9pm. Thirty local artists show their work at businesses along East Madison Street, including ME – John Fisher. I and my art will be at Wicklund Real Estate, just around the corner from Starbucks at 4000 East Madison.

  • Boats Afloat Show Through Sunday. This show and sale includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts at Chandler’s Cove on Lake Union. Your ticket includes free boat rides for all ages.
  • Tango Magic Through Monday. The five-day festival includes classes from beginning to advanced, plus milongas (dances) at China Harbor Restaurant on Lake Union.
  • St. Demetrios Greek Festival Friday – Sunday. Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Church in Montlake, plus dancers performing in costume. Free admission.
  • Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) Friday – Sunday. See postage stamps, or get your collection reviewed at “What’s in Your Attic” at Stamp collector show at Tukwila Community Center. Free.
  • Puget Sound Bird Fest   Friday – Sunday. Guided birding walks, speakers, exhibits, and family-friendly activities at Edmonds Library and next door at the Frances Anderson Center. Free, except some guided walks.
  • Greenway Volunteer Event --YMCA Camp Terry Ivy Removal Saturday, 9am-1pm. The YMCA and the Greenway Trust are partnering to tackle the growing English ivy problem at CampTerry. During the volunteer event, you’ll work on removing the ivy to help improve habitat for the Chinook salmon that call the Raging River home.
  • Greenway Volunteer Event -- Restoration at Luther Burbank Park Saturday, 10am-2pm. Volunteers will be removing various invasive species such as blackberry, ivy, holly, and more to ensure the survival of the native vegetation.
  • Fishermen’s Fall Festival Saturday, 11am – 6pm. The Festival celebrates the return of the North Pacific fishing fleet to the terminal, works to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of the fishing industry as well as Fishermen’s Terminal to Seattle while raising money for the Seattle Fishermen’s Memorial Foundation. Offering seafood, live music, a beverage garden, ship canal tours, contests, and kids’ activities at Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. Free.
  • Trucktoberfest  Saturday, noon – 10pm.The Mobile Food Rodeo is proud to host Seattle's favorite curbside Oktoberfest beer festival in South Lake Union with local food trucks and libations all day long.  More than 25 local and regional breweries on the lawn of the South Lake Union Discovery Center with live music. Most of the food trucks and booths will be outside the beer garden fence area and open to the public. Limited food options will be available inside the gated beer tasting area.  You’re free to shop from food trucks outside South Lake Union Discovery Center, or buy a ticket that admits you to the fenced area for age 21+ and includes six beer samples from 30 breweries.
  • Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival  Saturday, noon – 6pm. Craft beer, live music, and food trucks at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn for age 21+. You’re welcome to bring chairs or blankets.
  • Seattle Fiestas Patrias Saturday – Sunday. Explore the cultural roots and contemporary influences of the nations of Latin America through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Dance to live mariachi music, join in a children’s soccer clinic and learn how Latin American countries celebrate independence from Spanish rule. Seattle Center. Free.
  • Renton City Comic Con (Rencon)  Saturday & Sunday. (VIP party Friday) Can’t wait for Emerald City Comic Con in March? Check out this comics convention, “a celebration for comic book geeks, technophiles, cosplayers, and nerds of all ages” at Hotel Interurban in Tukwila.
  • Issaquah International Film Festival   Saturday & Sunday. See free top art-house films at Cinebarre Issaquah 8. (Under each film click “more details” and then “get your tickets here” for two free tickets.)
  • Edmonds Art Studio Tour  Saturday & Sunday. Come for an exclusive glimpse into 15 private art studios showcasing the work of 30 local artists. This free, annual, self-guided tour is an opportunity to meet professional artists, see how they create their work, and purchase pieces directly from the maker. Free.
  • Concerts at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Sunday, 2pm. The Ballard Civic Orchestra celebrates Hispanic Cultural Heritage with a concert on the lawn. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free. 

Have a great weekend! Maybe I'll see you in Madison Park on Friday night, and I'll talk to you first thing Monday morning!