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SEATTLE HAPPENINGS

Headed to Seattle? The following are some of the not-to-be-missed festivals and events in the Seattle area.

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Chinese New Year
International District
(206) 382-1197

Dragons and food. All the color of the Orient. Parade through the streets.

Martin Luther King Celebration
Seattle Center
(206) 684-7200

Major Gospel music groups and speakers that present King's speeches as MLK himself.

March
Seattle Fringe Festival
(206) 322-2018
Fringe theatre and performance in venues all over the city. End of March for about 30 days.
April
All Fools Parade and Basset Bash (1st Sunday )
Woodinville
(425) 481-8300

An offbeat bit of America that can't be beat. Dressed up bassets and people. One year, a group was dressed as Wizard of Oz characters. Another entry was a drill team with shopping carts.

Easter egg hunt at Pike Street Market
(206) 587-0351
Try to find the decorated eggs hidden in the rambling, old market building.

May
Seattle Maritime Festival
(206) 674-3499

Tugboat races and entertainment on the water. Chowder cook-off.

Northwest Folklife Festival
(206) 684-7300

Song, dance and crafts from all over the world. Ethnic, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, taiko, calypso. A lively show.

Seattle International Film Fest
(206) 324-9996

Month-long orgy of films from all venues in several different theaters around town, sponsored by Cinema Seattle.

June
AT&T Summer Nights at the Pier
Pier 62/63
(206) 281-7788

One Reel Arts Organization presents famous performing artists around sunset. Enjoy music, food and scenery all in one package. Tickets www.summernights.org or ticketmaster.com or ticketweb.com

Columbia Summerfest
Columbia Winery
(425) 488-2776

Tidbits of specialty foods and wine samples. Eat, drink, celebrate summer.

Fire Festival
Pioneer Square
(206) 622-6235

A celebration of the 1889 fire that leveled the area. Parade of antique and contemporary fire equipment, special musical events, arts and crafts, and a dedication of the Firefighters Memorial sculpture that stands in Occidental Park.

July
Summer Festival on the Green at Chateau Ste. Michelle (winery)
Woodinville
(425) 488-1133

Major music events on the lawn July through early September.

Shakespeare in the Park,
Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
(206) 236-3545

Friday to Sunday performances. Concerts in the Park other days.
Island Days & Street Dance
Bainbridge Island, downtown Winslow
(206) 842-1982

Several days of dancing, eating, and revelry. Take the ferry from Pier 52.
Pacific NW Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering
Enumclaw
(206) 522-2541

Twirling kilt-clad dancers and acrobatic games, colorful plaids, bagpipes. Lots o' Scots in the Northwest, some left over from Hudson's Bay Company days.
Seafair
(206) 728-0123

Top class hydroplane events, a not-to-be-missed torchlight parade through downtown, usually about the third week. Locals moor their boats to logs on Lake Washington for entire days of watching the hydro races while lounging in the sunÛfor it rarely rains in July.

WOMAD USA (World of Music and Dance)
Marymoor Park, Redmond
(206) 281-7788

Three days of music, dance, workshops and more.

August
Music in the Meadow
Vashon Island
(206) 463-2592

Jazz, bluegrass, Elvis impersonations. Dinners by a local woman revered for her home cooking. Proceeds support a major scholarship for a graduating student to travel anywhere in the world.

Lake City Pioneer Days
(206) 363-3287

Most of events are near Lake city Way NE and NE 125th St., Lake City (NW side of Lake Washington)

September

Bumbershoot--The Seattle Arts Festival (Labor Day Weekend)
Seattle Center and around town, Labor Day Weekend
(206) 281-7788

2,500 artists, authors, craftspersons, performers of all shapes and sizes gather for one of the top arts festivals in the entire country.

November
Hmong New Year's Celebration
Seattle Center
(206) 684-7200

Dance and performance by a cultural group somewhat uncommon in other cities.
December
Seattle Christmas Ships
Lake Union, Lake Washington, Puget Sound
(206) 623-1445

Christmas is a big deal in Seattle. Elaborately decorated ships, yachts and tugs on parade and in private forays onto the waterways. Watch from lakeside or Sound-side restaurants while you dine. Not to be missed.

AT&T New Year's at the Needle
Seattle Center
(206) 443-2100

Seattle's towering Space Needle was left from the 1962 World's Fair. Fireworks set off from the Needle at midnight are enjoyed by hordes of gaping celebrants below. Other Seattle Center events that same night keep everyone busy.

Particularly local special events scheduled in the Fremont district include:

Fremont Friday Nite Outdoor Movies
In the Adobe Parking Lot at 801 N. 34th Street
Movies start at dusk in the summer. Other Fremont area outdoor cinemas including the original Fremont Outdoor Cinema at 600 N. 34th, the West Seattle Walk-in Theatre, and Gas Works Park show movies on Friday and Saturday nights for $5 per person.

Solstice Parade, June
Celebrate the true coming of summer. Wacky and fun.
Fremont Fair, June
Concert at Gas Works Park among other activities.
The "20% More" Day, April.
Others advertise sales at "20% Off," the Fremont district advertises products at "20% more" as a spoof. Of course, it's not for real.

For more info in Fremont area events call (206) 632-1500

 

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