It's time for some SPF this weekend—and we're not just talking about SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party. There's also a host of sunny weekend activities around Seattle and surrounding cities for families, foodies, music lovers, and everyone in between. We've rounded them all up here, including the intersectional identity-focused arts extravaganza festival:festival, the Snohomish Hard Cider Festival, the South Lake Union Block Party, and Tacoma's In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival. See them all below, check out our festivals calendar for future dates, or check out our list of 119 cheap & easy things to do this weekend.
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Belltown Chalk Art Festival
Artists will create large-scale chalk murals all over the park. Admire them and enjoy live music, food, drawing, prizes, and more.
Saturday-Sunday, Bell Street Park
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival
This annual festival features a juried art gallery, live music, and arts and crafts vendors.
Saturday-Sunday, Coupeville (Whidbey Island)
This multidisciplinary festival, with contributors selected by Mario Lemafa, Sara Porkalob, and Amina Maya, offers the chance for photographers, multimedia artists, dancers, and others to create artwork on intersectional identities. Their lineup this year is dynamite: artist Christopher Paul Jordan, Khadija Tarver, Natasha Marin, Benjamin Gale-Schreck, Simba Mafundikwa, and Matt Offenbacher, musicians Goodsteph, Guayaba, Déjà Speaks, mmuumm, and performers David Rue, Randy Ford, and Hanan.
Friday-Saturday, Various locations (Capitol Hill)
Orcas Island Artists' Studio Tour
Take a jaunt around the islands and find metalwork, paintings, stone, encaustics, textiles, jewelry, prints, and more to buy from 30 creative Orcas residents.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations
Auburn's summer festival features two stages of live music, a beer garden, food and craft vendors, a car show, a small press book fair, and more outdoor activities.
Saturday, Les Gove Park
Delridge celebrates its community's cultural diversity with special performances, live music, a community bike ride, and more.
Saturday, Delridge Community Center Park & Skate Park
The Festival at Mount Si
Shop from regional arts and crafts vendors, munch on corn on the cob and elephant ears, and sip libations in a beer and wine garden on the scenic mountain overlooking North Bend.
Friday-Sunday, Si View Park (North Bend)
Head to downtown Kirkland for two days of live music from bands like Tres Leches and the Black Tones, juried art shows, kids' activities, a beer garden pouring local brews, and food.
Friday-Sunday, Heritage Park
Morton Loggers Jubilee
Billing itself as the "granddaddy of all logging shows," the 76th edition of the Morton Loggers Jubilee features competitions in log rolling, choker setting, axe throwing, speed climbing, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Morton Loggers' Jubilee Arena
Enjoy three days of food, music, vendors, rides, and beer and wine.
Friday-Sunday, Civic Playfield
Caribbean Sea Fest 2018
This family festival celebrates both Caribbean culture in the Northwest and the environment. Ruminate on the theme, "Solar Energy Powers our Culture and our Future," as you take in dancers, Moko jumbies (ghostly stilt walkers), and music.
Sunday, Seward Park
In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival
In conjunction with the In the Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts exhibit, there will be an accompanying free festival co-hosted by the History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum, featuring dancing, drumming, a fashion show, vendors, music from Khu.eex', and more.
Saturday, Washington State History Museum & Tacoma Art Museum
Learn about Iranian culture through performances and poetry, and enjoy face painting and traditional cuisine.
Saturday, Seattle Center
Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Othello International Festival
This 26th annual celebration of Southeast Seattle's cultural diversity will include food, arts, and live entertainment. This year, it's joining up with Othello International Festival for double the fun.
Sunday, Othello Park (Beacon Hill)
Seattle Gullah Geechee Festival
This series of social justice events and activities celebrates indigenous and marginalized cultures, featuring Taste of the Gullah: Catfish Fry and Chicken Dinner (Friday), Gullah Geechee Day of Culture & African Market (Saturday), and an African diaspora block party and family day (Sunday).
Friday-Sunday, Various locations (Seattle)
Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow
This festival offers musical performances, a circus, a fun run, a salmon bake, a pow wow, and more, courtesy of the Stillaguamish tribe.
Saturday-Sunday, River Meadows Park (Arlington)
FOOD & DRINK
Enjoy food, live music from the Richmond Beach Ramblers, and 10 five-ounce tastes of craft beer or cider from 20 local brewers. A portion of proceeds will benefit Hopelink.
Saturday, Innis Arden Clubhouse (Shoreline)
Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer & Music Festival
This Tacoma block party will have beer from more than 30 Washington State breweries, tasty food trucks, and live music from local blues, Americana, and rock acts. The fest will take place on Broadway between 9th and 11th St.
Saturday, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
Jazz & Wine: SODO Urbanworks Summer Block Party
Taste offerings from 10 Northwest wineries (and a brewery) while you listen to jazz, check out classic cars, and graze on bites.
Sunday, Sodo Urban Works
Kitsap Wine Festival
Bremerton's annual Kitsap Wine Festival promises live music, bites from regional food purveyors, outdoor games like cornhole and ladder golf, and a wide variety of vino.
Saturday, Harborside Fountain Park (Bremerton)
Milk Bar Ice Cream Social & Bake Sale
Following their smash-hit parking-lot pop-up with Shake Shack, Canlis will next team up with illustrious New York pastry chef and junk-food queen Christina Tosi, whom you might know from her Momofuku Milk Bar empire, notorious treats like cereal milk soft-serve and crack pie, and from her recent episode on Chef's Table: Pastry. Milk Bar will serve that famous soft-serve and crack pie as well as a selection of truffles and cookies, and Canlis chef Brady Williams will put his spin on such country-fair classics as turkey legs, corn on the cob, corn dogs, fried cheese, and popcorn. Guests can scarf the bounty of summertime snacks while listening to music from the Tallboys and participating in activities and carnival games, and there will even be an opportunity to snap a Polaroid with Tosi herself and decorate it in a craft tent (where you can also snag a Milk Bar-branded friendship bracelet). All proceeds benefit Queen Anne Farmers Market.
Sunday, Canlis (Queen Anne)
Snohomish Hard Cider Festival
This festival will showcase "cidermakers from around the Pacific NW and beyond." Wander in and out of the barn enjoying eight four-ounce tastes and grazing from food trucks.
Sunday, Thomas Family Farm
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Lovers of Renaissance-era chivalry have already witnessed noble knights' heroic jousting and met her majesty Queen Elizabeth at Bonney Lake (pardon us, we mean Merriwick), and now lovers of mythical creatures can visit magical faerie realms and discover other fantastical beings. The artisan marketplace will continue to sling trinkets and baubles, and courtly food like meat pies and turkey legs will abound.
Saturday-Sunday, Kelley Farm (Bonney Lake)
6th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival
The sixth annual Columbia City Blues Festival allows the Royal Room to do what it does best: spotlight important historical music developments and put them into contexts that 21st-century folks can comprehend. The event’s three nights will explore the crucial impact of certain cultural icons, with each night focusing on different themes and periods of their lives as legendary blues musicians. DAVE SEGAL
Friday-Sunday, The Royal Room (Columbia City)
107.7 The End Summer Camp 2018
Summer Camp is 107.7 The End's version of Warped Tour: all the bands you hear on your favorite Seattle rock station, but actually in the flesh on stage at Marymoor Park, playing all the hits. This year's lineup features AWOLNATION, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Manchester Orchestra, Robert DeLong, Elle King, Alice Merton, Dreamers, lovelytheband, Moon Taxi, and Pale Waves.
Saturday-Sunday, Marymoor Park (Redmond)
Kick back on the rocky beach with relaxing electronic music. Lounge around, picnic, play summer games, or even read if you like. DJs will include The Good Reverend Riz (KEXP), Erin O'Connor-Drew (Seattle Church of House Music), WD4D (Care Package), Noel Brass Jr (Afrocop), Cindy Reichel (Patchwerks), and Julian O'Keefe (Human Sound), and Chillography residents Leave Trace, Eckoe, and Dane Garfield Wilson (Re-bar, Blue Spectral Storm, Dirty Ice Crew).
Sunday, Myrtle Edwards Park (Downtown)
Olympic Music Festival
The Olympic Music Festival features classical programming almost every weekend of the summer, from Beethoven and Mozart to Schubert and Ravel. This festival brings artists of the highest caliber (like internationally acclaimed Spanish cellist Pablo Ferrandez, violinist Tessa Lark, and bassist Michael Thurber) and of varied musical traditions to the Pacific Northwest.
Saturday-Sunday, Joseph F. Wheeler Theater (Port Townsend)
Port Gamble Maritime Music Festival
Kick back on the grass for five hours of live music from Shanghaied on the Willamette, Mariide, Alex Sturbaum, McKenzie Briar, Spanaway Bay, and others. Plus, there'll be food to eat and live animals to pet.
Saturday, Port Gamble Amphitheater
South Lake Union Block Party
Every year, South Lake Union throws itself a party featuring diverse musical pleasures from local bands (Deep Sea Diver! Built to Spill!). There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, a free print-your-own-poster station, a "letterpress steamroller smackdown," and a "Community Village" featuring booths from local businesses. The event is co-sponsored by Amazon and will benefit a local charity.
Friday, South Lake Union Discovery Center
SPF30: Sub Pop’s 30th Anniversary Party
Sub Pop Records will celebrate their 30th birthday in West Seattle with live sets from bands on their label, food, booze, and a record sale. The current lineup includes Beach House, Clipping, Kyle Craft, Fastbacks, Jo Passed, Loma, LVL UP, METZ, Moaning, Mudhoney, Shabazz Palaces, and Wolf Parade, plus Caspar Babypants, the Not-Its, and the School of Rock West Seattle House Band.
Saturday, Alki Beach