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Best of This Weekend in Puget Sound June 29 – July 1

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What is there to do this weekend? Festivals, kids’ activities, water play, music, dancing, food and wine tasting and so much more! Get the kids rounded up and head out to one of these Puget Sound summer events!

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
Saturday – Wednesday
June 30 – July 4
1010 Valley Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.cwb.org/2012festival

The 2012 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival will be the biggest and best The Center for Wooden Boats has held yet. The 36th annual festival opens Saturday June 30th and runs every day through the 4th of July. Come see the boats, build a toy boat, go for a ride on a classic piece of Northwest maritime history and stick around for fireworks.

Festival Sundiata
Saturday and Sunday
June 30 and July 1
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.festivalsundiata.org

Come to the 32nd Annual Celebration of Festival Sundiata. Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of African-American culture through live performances, hands-on activities, food, fashion and worldly gifts. Join in African dance workshops, learn traditional drumming ryhthms, and take in the richness of black culture during a weekend filled with continuous entertainment.

Jetty Jam
Saturday, June 30
Jetty Island
10th Street Public Boat Launch at W. Marine View Dr.
Everett, WA, 98201
http://www.everettwa.org

Experience the human-powered water sports of kiteboarding and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) along the sandy beaches of Jetty Island. Competitive races, demonstrations, food vendors and free live music on Saturday night. Free Ferry Service to and from the island. Bring your friends, it will be a funilled day of board sports play!

Lakewood Summerfest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
June 29, 30 and July 1
Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Ave SW
Lakewood, WA 98499
http://www.lakewoodparksandrec.com

See entertainment on the main stage, art show, Kid Zone, movie at dusk, 5K fun run, SummerFEST Triathlon, market and more!

Taste of Tacoma
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
June 29, 30 and July 1
Point Defiance Park
4702 S 19th St
Tacoma, WA 98405,
http://www.tasteoftacoma.com

The Taste of Tacoma, now in its 24th year of continuous operation, features regional restaurants, food product companies, 5 outdoor entertainment stages, beer and wine gardens, the Wine & Roses Wine Tasting Exhibit benefiting the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, a Comedy Club and a covered dining area. The Taste also has a carnival and amusement rides. In addition, Art a la Carte features over 100 juried arts and crafts vendors. The setting for the events is in a beautifully-landscaped park boardering the Puget Sound.

America’s Classic Dixieland Jazz Festival
Thursday – Sunday
June 28 – July 1
Saint Martin’s University
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
http://www.olyjazz.com

Enjoy the “greatest” America’s Classic Jazz Festival at St Martins University’s Marcus Pavilion! Set in the shadows of beautiful majestic Mt. Rainer, this university campus is where jazz lovers can hear and dance to the music of 11 favorite and leading circuit jazz bands. Great bands, a big dance floor and dance lessons, too!

Gig Harbor Garden Tour
Saturday and Sunday
June 30 and July 1
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
Ebb Tide Gallery
7809 Pioneer Way
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
http://www.gigharborgardentour.com

Tour Gig Harbor gardens lavish and quaint, fabulous water views, vegetable and flower gardens. Something for every gardener and garden lover including lectures and demonstrations. This is a self-guided tour of gardens, so please wear your walking shoes and bring your friends for a wonderful day of gardening ideas!

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