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Best of This Weekend in Seattle July 27 – 29

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Seattle is bustling with activities this weekend! From Seafair’s Torchlight Parade, to Scottish Highland Games and Aquafest, to car shows, art shows and music festivals, there’s something for everyone!

Seafair Torchlight Spectacular, Run and Parade
Saturday, July 28
Downtown Seattle, Seattle Center
http://www.seafair.com

Seafair’s Torchlight Night will kick off at 2:00pm with a performance from Disney’s rising star Coco Jones at the Seattle Center. Jones was originally discovered and featured on Radio Disney’s popular show the “N. B. T. (Next Big Thing)”. Plus the Torchlight 5K and 8K runs send runners right through the parade route! The Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade is the pinnacle of the eight-week Seafair festival for thousands of people who line up along the parade route in downtown Seattle! Parade gets started at 7:30pm.

8th Annual Bull Moose Festival
Saturday, July 28
11:00am – 7:00pm
64th from Roosevelt Way NE to 9th Ave NE
Seattle, WA
http://www.rooseveltseattle.org

The Roosevelt Bull Moose Festival is an annual celebration of the people, businesses, and organizations in Seattle’s Roosevelt neighborhood. Kids’ activities, live music, beer garden, local food and lots of fun.

Bellevue Festival of the Arts
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
10300 NE 8th St
Bellevue, WA 98004
http://www.bellevuefest.org

Now in its twenty-eighth year, this juried arts and crafts fair is located just outside Seattle. The annual open air festival is held in the Cost Plus World Market lot and allows attendees access to all the wonderful arts activities available in the city during the summer. Over one-hundred-eighty talented and popular artisans and craftpeople from the immediate area and beyond showcase their work, with proceeds benefiting local charities. Live entertainment, too!

Aquafest
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
Lake Stevens, WA 98258
http://www.aquafest.org

Established in 1960, Lake Stevens Aquafest is one of the longest running festivals in Snohomish County. Live entertainment, Grand Parade, kids’ carnival, an arts-and-crafts show, water ski/wakeboard tournament and more!

Renton River Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
1055 S. Grady Way
Renton, WA 98057
http://www.rentonriverdays.org

A community event featuring an expanded KidZone (inflatables and numerous activity stations just for kids), two entertainment stages, Nibble of Renton, Art Market (arts and crafts booths), Renton Annual Art Show (juried fine art show at the Renton Community Center), Community Booths, Quilt Show (inside the Library), Chalk Art Contest (on the tennis courts), plus much more. Liberty Park, in the heart of Renton, is the focal point for the festival. Cedar River Park is also host to many events in and around the Renton Community Center.

Celebrate Spanaway Community Fair and Car Show
Saturday and Sunday
July 28 and 29
LeMay Family Collection at Marymount
325 152nd St E
Tacoma, WA 98445
http://www.celebratespanaway.com

Celebrate Spanaway is an annual weekend event recognizing the history, culture, and people of the community. It consists of a fair and car show which is free to the public. There is something for all ages. In addition to the free fair and car show, visitors can pay a fee to see 500 vehicles making up a portion of the world famous LeMay collection!

19th Annual Tour de Terrace
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
Evergreen Playfield
22289 56th Avenue West
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043
http://www.tourdeterrace.org

Tour de Terrace is the Seafair-Sanctioned, summer festival for Mountlake Terrace & neighboring communities. Presented by the Nile Shrine Center, this festival was created in 1993 to generate community spirit and pride. Families, businesses and visitors are welcome to celebrate in this family oriented, fun-filled festival.

Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, July 28
11:00am – 7:00pm
Battle Point Park
11299 Arrow Point Drive NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
http://www.bainbridgebluegrassfestival.com

Catch a ferry, hop on your bike, saddle up your pony or jump in the car and get to the 6th annual Bainbridge Bluegrass Festival! This year is bigger and better than ever with fun for the whole family. Lots of activities for the kids, local artists, and even a beer garden. And it wouldn’t be a music festival without the music! The Clumsy Lovers, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys, The Oly Mountain Boys, and Side Saddle and more. Bring a blanket, chairs, or sunbrella.

Bite of Skagit
Saturday, July 28
12:00pm – 4:00pm
First Street, between Kincaid and Myrtle Streets
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
http://www.biteofskagit.org

Local Restaurants, Live Music, Beer & Wine Garden, Graham Kerr, Children’s activities, Best Bite of 2012 Contest. Bite of Skagit is a fund raising event for Skagit Food Share Alliance.

Gig Harbor Car Show
Sunday, July 29
9:00am – 3:00pm
Gig Harbor Uptown Plaza
4701 Point Fosdick Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
http://www.gigharborcruisers.org

66th Annual Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 27, 28 and 29
Enumclaw Expo Center
45224 – 284th Avenue SE
Enumclaw, WA 98022
http://www.sshga.org

Be amazed by the titans who deftly toss the caber and put the stone, matching skill and strength against the odds on the athletic field of battle. Delight in the soothing sound of the Celtic harpists as they compete and then join together for a Harpers’ Circle jam session. Thrill to the bourdon of the bagpipes and the cadence of the drums as you witness, first hand, the fine array of talented pipers and drummers competing before judges of worldwide renown. Behold the grace and elegance of the Scottish dancers as they regale you with the Highland and National dances of Scotland.

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