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Best of This Weekend in Puget Sound May 11 – 13

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There’s no end to the activities going on around the Sound this weekend. With the weather forecast looking spectacular – head out to one of these events for a memorable weekend!

Mom and Me at the Zoo
Saturday, May 12
9:30am – 3:00pm
Woodland Park Zoo
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
http://www.zoo.org

Moms will be honored with half price admission to the zoo on the day of the event. There will be live entertainment from “The Zaniac” Alex Zerbe, children’s dance groups and The Bears Upstairs. Come for Cougar Mountain Cookies, bounce houses, crafts, face painting, and more on the North Meadow for moms and families.

Gig Harbor Beer Festival
Saturday, May 12
12:00pm – 7:00pm
Gig Harbor Uptown Pavilion
4701 Point Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
http://www.gigharborbeerfestival.com

Come to the Inaugural Gig Harbor Beer Festival and support the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation! Award-winning brewers from the Puget Sound area will be pouring their finest brews at the first Gig Harbor Beer Festival. 21+.

Seattle Maritime Festival Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 12
12:00pm – 3:00pm
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
http://www.seattlepropellerclub.org

The 27th Annual competition is the largest tugboat race in the world. This year, more than 30 boats are expected to participate. Racing is from the Grain Terminal, Pier 86, to the finish line at Pier 66. Chowder cook-off, free harbor tours, free Wooden Boat building for kids, Kids Activity Center, Free Admission to the Maritime Events Center and other family fun.

Youth Fitness Expo
Saturday, May 12
9:00am – 5:00pm
Comcast Arena
2000 Hewitt Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
http://www.youth-fitness-expo.com

The Youth Fitness Expo is a FREE event sponsored by the YMCA for youth and their families. Find and define what activity motivates your energies. An inspirational day to interact and find the known, new, and out of the box ideas to awaken or expand your kids’ interests. Register online for this FREE event HERE.

Northwest Paddling Festival
Saturday, May 12
9:00am – 5:00pm
2000 NW Sammamish State Park
Issaquah, WA 98027
http://www.northwestpaddlingfestival.com

Try the latest sea kayaks and stand-up paddle boards (SUP), vendors, displays, tours, Northwest Paddling Challenge SUP/Kayak/Outrigger race on Sunset Beach at Lake Sammamish State Park. The Northwest Paddling Festival is a Free event. If you are interested in paddling the gear, there is a nominal $5/per person charge for those interested in demoing boats or Stand Up Paddleboards.

A Day For Moms at Point Defiance Zoo
Saturday, May 12
9:30am – 5:00pm
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407
http://www.pdza.org

To kick off an exciting weekend at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, all moms will receive half off general admission on Saturday, May 12! Bring mom (and the whole family) to celebrate the opening the popular Budgie Buddies exhibit and the premier of the zoo’s NEW live animal show.

Spirit of West Africa
Saturday and Sunday
May 12 and 13
12:00pm – 8:00pm
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com

Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of West Africa through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a tempting marketplace. This lively and colorful festival features traditional dance and music by world-class artists from Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Congo, Uganda and Afro-Peruvian. Presented in partnership with Spirit of West Africa Committee.

Buds and Blooms Tour
Saturday and Sunday
May 12 and 13
10:00am – 4:00pm
2525 South 336th Street
Federal Way, WA 98003
http://www.budsandbloomstour.org

A two-day horticultural festival with guest speakers, music, children’s activities, demonstrations, exhibits and more! Buds & Blooms presents a Northwest Garden Tour for the whole family. The tour includes the Federal Way Farmers Market, Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, and Sacajawea Middle School. Buds & Blooms is a Washington State non-profit organization.

Olympia Wooden Boat Fair
Saturday and Sunday
May 12 and 13
Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday, 11:00am – 5:00pm
Percival Landing Park
http://www.olywoodenboat.org

It’s the 33rd Annual Olympia Wooden Boat Fair! A traditional community and family fun event, with wooden boats of all sizes and types, new and old, power and sail, row boats, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Kids’ activities, International Food Alley, arts and crafts, live music and more.

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