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Fun in Seattle

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Fun in Seattle by Calendar 
It rains lots in winter (..., and spring, etc.), but summer is beautiful, and there's a lot more to do here than just sip espresso (Starbucks Coffee).   New in town? Short on ideas? Here are some of our ideas 
of a good time...

It has Space Needle in Seattle ; in the Puget Sound areas surrounding with water, mountains and lakes such as Mountain Rainier The best part was this laid-back city has festivals and season-kickoffs all year long. Here's a sampling to help you plan your visit:

January: Rain or shine (usually rain), New Year's Eve is celebrated with fireworks set off from the top of the Space Needle (400 Broad St. at Seattle Center; 206-905-2100; www.spaceneedle.com) and an evening of live music for all ages around the grounds of the Seattle Center (206-684-7200; www.seattlecenter.com).

February: The Northwest Flower and Garden Show is an exhibition full of vivid colors and renewed possibilities in the form of 11 acres packed with demonstration gardens, outdoor vignettes and more than 350 exhibits and displays. Its downtown at the Washington State Convention Center . 1515 N.W. 51st St. ; 206-789-5333; www.gardenshow.com.

In  Seattle Chinatown/the International District neighborhood in either February or March (sometimes late January; the date depends on the Lunar Calendar), the Chinese New Year is welcomed in with a parade peppered with lion and dragon dancers and all manner of cultural performances, kid-oriented activities, food, firecrackers, and fun. (http://chinatown.cwok.com,  www.cidbia.org, )  The folks at the Wing Luke Asian Museum , which celebrates multiple Asian cultures year-round, are usually up-to-date on festival plans and details. 407 Seventh Ave. S. ; 206-623-5124; www.wingluke.org.

March: Seattle doesn't just have a St. Patrick's Day Parade, it has an entire Irish Week, including a downtown parade, an Irish film festival, a two-day festival of art, food, dance, song and Irish history celebrations at Seattle Center 's Center House, a road race, and an Irish soda bread contest. www.irishclub.org.

April: Baseball blooms in town, but about 60 miles north of the city, more than 1,500 acres of tulip fields are erupting with color. The town of Mount Vernon lures you north for the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, featuring field tours, parades, and a street fair. 360-428-5959; www.tulipfestival.org.

May: Boating season in Seattle kicks off on the first Saturday in May with crew races, a sailboat race and a grand parade of decorated boats and on-board parties. Landlubbers line the shore along the Montlake Cut, between Lake Washington and Lake Union , (north of downtown) and it's all great fun even if you're never likely to leave shore. Seattle Yacht Club: 1807 E. Hamlin St. ; 206-325-1000; www.seattleyachtclub.org.  

Northwest Folklife Festival:-Around  May every year  Seattle Center - Downtown Seattle Washington

This is the largest Folk Festival in the Country... drawing thousands of people from all over the world, to come and enjoy the multitude of Ethnic Traditions showcased here, which include: Food... Dance... Art... and Crafts.

Watch hundreds of Cultural Acts on 18 Stages set up around the 74 Acres of Seattle Center . Bring the kids... find a spot on the spacious lawns... and enjoy the sights and music on a beautiful Seattle spring weekend

Seattle International Children's Festival
Around May  - Seattle Center - Downtown Seattle Washington

The Seattle International Children's Festival began as a small Arts Event for kids... and has now grown into the largest Performing Arts Festival for families in the United States. The annual Six-Day Event... featuring artists from Africa ... Asia ... Europe and the America's, has introduced more than 500,000 people to the sights, sounds, music, movement and theatre arts of our brothers and sisters worldwide.

Fun in Seattle

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The International Children's Festival is held on the grounds of Seattle Center in the downtown Seattle district, offering a wide-variety of Activities for the young & young-at-heart.
,The International Children's Festival is usually held in early May and features an international roster of children's performers who gather here to present crafts, storytelling, puppet shows, music and theater for kids and their parents. Held at the Seattle Center , some performances require tickets, but many events are free. 206-684-7338; www.seattleinternational.org/seattle.

The long-running Northwest Folklife Festival packs in more than 1,000 performances of traditional and ethnic music, dance and storytelling on 17 stages, indoors and out at Seattle Center downtown. The festival usually takes place on or around Memorial Day weekend. 206-684-7300; www.nwfolklife.org.

The Seattle International Film Festival usually runs from mid-May into June and offers up hundreds of new films from around the world. Venues include various movie theaters around town. Many locals buy a full-festival pass, take vacation time and see as many films as they can, but it's perfectly acceptable to pick up tickets for single screenings. 206-324-9997; www.seattlefilm.com.

June: Summer arrives with the fun, funky, and ever-growing Fremont Fair, in the Fremont neighborhood just northwest of downtown. A gala Solstice Parade packed with whimsical floats, giant puppets and a contingent of naked bicycle riders kicks off this 30-year old neighborhood-sponsored celebration which features music, craft booths, plenty of food, dance, and lots of entertainment. North 34th St. ; 206-632-1500; www.fremontfair.com.

July: On the Fourth of July, Seattle offers two official fireworks displays in the downtown area: one on Lake Union, capping off a day of family-oriented activities at Gas Works Park (206-281-8111; www.onereel.org) and another one on Elliot Bay, which ends a day of concerts and entertainment at Myrtle Edwards Park (206-587-6500; www.keepclam.com). Choose one or ask around for a spot where you can see both.  
July 4th Celebrations

July 4, 2007 - Various Locations throughout the Seattle Washington Area

Anywhere you are in Seattle, you'll find birthday parties for the good old U.S.A. Local newspapers carry all the particulars... so you can find anything from 'huge' fireworks displays ... to small-town parades and picnics.

Myrtle Edwards Park ... near Pier 70 at the Waterfront is home to Seattle 's day-long Fourth of Jul-Ivar's celebration. Live music & entertainment begins at 12:30 and ends with a great Fireworks Display at 10 PM. 300,000 People have attended this popular 43rd annual event in the past ... plus it's free.

Hosting the largest Fireworks Show in the Seattle area, Gasworks Park will light up the beautiful Lake Union district with a 'huge' Pyrotechnic Extravaganza at 10 PM.

Bite of Seattle
Around
July  every years  - Seattle Center - Downtown Seattle Washington

First introduced to the Seattle area in 1982 at Greenlake with 26 Restaurants and 1 Entertainment Stage, the ` Bite of Seattle ' has grown into one of Seattle's largest Summer Festivals, with more than 50 of Seattle's finest Restaurants... 30 Food Product Companies... 5 Beer Gardens... live Entertainment... a Comedy Club... Piano Bar... Wine Tasting... and more!

Festival Hours: Friday & Saturday 11 AM - 9 PM; Sunday 11 AM - 8 PM.

There are so many nice restaurants in Seattle and restaurant to visit and what live music to go hear. It all comes to you at the mid-July Bite of Seattle (206-684-7200; www.biteofseattle.com). Browse restaurant tasting booths such as www.cwok.com  for Chinese and Asian restaurants and  while listening to great music on a half dozen stages at the Seattle Center downtown. In  July, there many  festivals parades is held  before  the SeaFair.  For Example, Seattle Chinatown/International District Summer Festivals (www.cidbia.org, http://chinatown.cwok.com ) is held around July every year; Miss Chinese Seattle Pageant is selected in June/July every 2 year. www.chinesechamber.net/

Around the Fourth of July, the three-day Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival features is held, more than a hundred visiting boats (wooden, naturally) of all sizes and types, toy-boat building, free boat rides, boat tours, boat-building contests, and food, music and other activities. Admission by donation. Center for Wooden Boats 

Chinatown-International District Summer Festival
Around July every year - Hing Hay Park - Downtown Seattle WA

Known to be the largest  n Washington, the International District Summer Festival offers a variety of Asian-inspired Entertainment including... Japanese Drumming, Chinese Martial Arts, Filipino Dancing, Lion and Dragon dances plus ... live concerts featuring Jazz, New Age and Pop music.

You'll find lots of hand-made Arts & Crafts, authentic Asian Cuisine, even a Karaoke Stage for those that feel inspired to showcase their vocal talents.

Chinatown -International District Summer Festival hours are: Saturday, 11 AM - 8 PM; Sunday, 11 AM - 6 PM. Admission is Free.
e south end of Lake Union ): 206-382-2628; www.cwb.org.

Torchlight Parade at Seafair
around
July , 2007 - Seattle Center - Downtown Seattle Washington

Come celebrate the Northwest's largest lighted parade in Downtown Seattle! The famous Torchlight Parade at Seafair is one of Seattle's biggest nights for family tradition, so you won't want to miss the Macy's-style helium balloons, local bands, drill teams, beautifully illuminated floats, and naturally the Seafair Clowns and Pirates.

The parade begins at 7:30 PM at Seattle Center , and continues south down Fourth Ave. to Second Ave. and King Street . Over 300,000 people lined the parade route last year... so we suggest you get here early for the best viewing spots

 

August:  Seafair 2007        ( see 2007- seafair pictures )
July 7 - August 5, 2007 - throughout the Seattle area

For over a 1/2 Century in Seattle ... Seafair Seattle has been an annual tradition for both locals & visitors alike. Celebrated for just about a month ... usually until the first Sun in August, Seafair Seattle is the largest Festival in the Northwest and is rated one of the Top 10 Events in the Country.

There's always something for everyone at Seafair Seattle, from Arts & Crafts to live Music... huge Parades... Triathalons... Festivals and more!. Major Events include the Milk Carton Derby, Torchlight Run & Parade, the KeyBank Air Show featuring the famous Blue Angels, and General Motors Cup Unlimited Hydroplane Races held on beautiful Lake Washington .
 Seafair, a well known giant community-wide festival, is celebrated each summer with events all that include everything from milk-carton boat races and air shows to pageants and parades. In July, there many festivals parades are held before the SeaFair.  The celebration tops off with the grand Seafair Torchlight Parade through downtown and a weekend of hydroplane racing on southwest Lake Washington . 206-728-0123; www.seafair.com.

Bumbershoot Festival
August/September  every years- Seattle Center - Downtown Seattle Washington

Bumbershoot Seattle is a huge 4-Day Party that celebrates the end of Summer with a really-spectacular showcase of with more than 2500 Artists, displaying their Eclectic and Cultural Masterpieces from all over the world.

Seattle Center plays host to this year's Bumbershoot Festival ... creating a 74-Acre Playground where folks can celebrate all of the festivities. You can enjoy a world-class Film Festival, learn some new Dance Steps, rub shoulders with renowned Authors & Artists, or just sit-back on the side-lines and enjoy one the fun Parades.
September: Bumbershoot, a giant arts and culture festival, takes over the grounds of Seattle Center each Labor Day weekend. The schedule includes folk, rock, jazz and world music of local, national, and international notoriety, as well as theater and dance performances, a film festival, great food and more. At the Seattle Center . 206-281-8111; www.bumbershoot.org.

The Western Washington State Fair, better known as the Puyallup Fair, is a 17-day end-of-summer blowout complete with a rodeo, all manner of barnyard animals, amusement rides, product and craft exhibits, lots of food, and plenty of music Puyallup is 35 miles south of Seattle.253-841-5045; www.thefair.com.

October: The annual Earshot Jazz Festival runs several weeks and presents more than 100 different local and internationally known artists in performance and educational settings at venues around town, ranging from concert halls to community centers. 206-547-9787; www.earshot.org.

November: Winterfest  kicks off the holiday season at the Seattle Center (just west of downtown) with a five-week festival featuring a carousel, a train exhibit, and more than 1,000 performers. It runs from the last weekend in November through early January. 305 Harrison St. ; 206-684-7200; www.seattlecenter.com.

December: Whether or not you officially celebrate Christmas, these local seasonal traditions help spread mid-winter cheer. From early December until just before Christmas, there's a nightly parade of seasonally decorated boats. You can join the festivities aboard an Argosy cruise ship or bundle up and watch from the shore. 800-642-7816; www.argosycruises.com/specialevents/xmas.cfm

Downtown, Westlake Park (Pine Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues) makes space for a vintage holiday carousel, while the Four Seasons Olympic Hotel (411 University St.) welcomes kids and their parents to visit with the cuddly and finely stitched Teddy Bear Family in their specially decorated holiday suite

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