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Guide to Seafair Community Events July 17 – 22

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Carnivals, food and wine, art and entertainment… Seafair brings Seattle communities together all summer long! Here are some of the festivals and fun happening in your neighborhood!

White Center Jubilee Days
Wednesday – Sunday
July 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22
White Center, WA 98146
http://www.jubileedays.org

Jubilee Days is a Seafair Sanctioned weeklong festival celebrating the rich diversity of the White Center community. Wed. is the start of the five-day carnival and larger than life fireworks show. On Saturday, July 21 the festival launches into high gear with its 3rd annual Car Show ’n’ Shine, and the start of the two-day street fair featuring a unique variety of craft, farmer and more than 50 international food vendors, a Kids Center and family-oriented entertainment. Indulge in refreshments while enjoying the bands on the main stage, and then groove the night away at the street dance Sat. night. Sun. begins with the annual parade, continues with the second day of the street fair and closes out with headliner music.

Seafair Treasure Hunt Promotional Event
Thursday, July 19
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Beach House Bar + Grill
6023 Lake Washington Boulevard Northeast
Kirkland, WA 98033
http://www.seafair.com

Each Thursday during the festival the Seafair Street Team visits a new location with a new clue and opportunity to win one of many priceless prizes! Meet H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Driver J.W. Myers! Visit Seafair.com for more details.

Covington Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 20, 21 and 22
Cedar Heights Middle School
19640 SE 272nd St
Covington, WA 98042
http://www.covingtonfestival.com

Covington Days Festival has been a longstanding Seafair Sanctioned community event in Covington. All types of vendors, food court and an art show. Pony rides, along with a kid zone. Enjoy live entertainment all three days! No admission fee.

Kirkland Uncorked
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 20, 21 and 22
Marina Park
25 Lakeshore Plaza
Kirkland, WA 98033

Kirkland Uncorked is a Seafair Sanctioned regional showcase of art, food and wine of the picturesque shores of Lake Washington. Benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, Kirkland Uncorked features artist showrooms, a boat show and dog modeling contest in the Promenade and Tasting Garden with grilling demonstrations, wine tasting and live music.

Kla Ha Ya Days Festival
Saturday and Sunday
July 21 and 22
Snohomish, WA 98290
http://www.klahayadays.com

The Kla Ha Ya Days Festival is celebrating it’s 99th anniversary in 2012. Kla Ha Ya Days is the official Seafair Sanctioned community celebration for the historic City of Snohomish. More than 30,000 guests come out during the five day festival. On Saturday, the River Run and Parade (1st Street starting at Ave D to Willow St.) kick off the weekend events with the famous Kiwanis Salmon BBQ feeding the crowds at Hill Park (1610 Park Ave.) throughout the weekend. The Street Fair (1st Street between Union and Cedar) attracts over 100 arts, crafts & commercial vendors. Following the parade are the classic silly contests such as the renowned Frog Jumping contest, a real crowd favorite, as well as bed races, firefighters waterball, pie eating, cherry pit spitting , sawdust treasure hunt and ice cream and watermelon eating. Through out the weekend there are skydiving and helicopter demonstrations at Harvey Field (9900 Airport Way) and on Sunday at Harvey Field the Classic Car Show is held with over 200 classic cars from around the Northwest and even Canada.

West Seattle Grand Parade Sponsored by the American Legion Post 160
Saturday, July 21
11:00am – 2:00pm
California Ave between SW Admiral Way & SW Edmunds St
Seattle, WA 98116
http://www.thewestseattleparade.com

This is the oldest continuously held parade in Seattle, celebrating the West Seattle community and Puget Sound.A Seafair Sanctioned Community Event, it’s been a favorite of young and old alike for 80 years.

Des Moines Waterland Parade
Saturday, July 21
5:30pm
Downtown Des Moines
Marine View Dr S
Des Moines, WA 98198
http://www.seafair.com

The annual Waterland Parade is back with full force and is Seafair Sanctioned. The route travels through the heart of Des Moines. Before the parade, you have the opportunity to view some classic cars and boats at the 6th Annual Des Moines Classic Car & Wooden Boat Show.

Seattle Bon Odori
Saturday and Sunday
July 21 and 22
1427 S Main St
Seattle, WA 98144
http://www.seattlebetsuin.org

Come celebrate the sights, sounds and dancing for out 80th Seattle Bon Odori celebration! Bon Odori is a centuries old Japanese Buddhist festival that celebrates and honors the lives of deceased family and friends. We consider this a happy time as we remember the contributions of those who came before us with a deep sense of gratitude and thanksgiving. All are welcome to join in the dancing!

Benaroya Research Institute Seafair Triathlon & Kids Triathlon
Sunday, July 22
6:30am
Seward Park
5898 Lake Washington Blvd. S.
Seattle, WA 98118
http://www.seafair.com

Athletes from all around the Pacific Northwest are swimming, cycling and running their way to fitness and athletic excellence in preparation for the Benaroya Research Institute Seafair Triathlon. Seward Park on Lake Washington served as a pristine venue for this triathlon and offered an incredible experience for athletes of all ability levels. Minimum age for participation in the adult triathlon is 13. Kids (ages 6 -12) can “tri”, too, on a fun, custom-designed course just for them at 10:30am on July 22! Register online HERE before Friday, July 20.

ChinaTown Seafair Parade
Sunday, July 22
7:00pm – 9:00pm
S King St from 10th Ave S to 5th Ave S,
S Weller St from 5th Ave S to 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98114
http://www.seattlechinesechamber.org

The Seafair Sanctioned parade will feature colorful and traditional Asian community parade with over 60 units of drill teams, lion dancers, bands, floats, and a 100 foot dragon. There are numerous restaurants that line the parade route offering tasty Asian cuisine for families before or after the parade.

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