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Best of This Weekend Around the Sound August 17 – 20

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There’s no end of fun and entertainment around Seattle this weekend. Pack up the kids, sunscreen and snacks and head out to Viking Days, a Renaissance Faire, Community Festivals, Railroad Days, the NW Sand Festival and more!

Viking Days
Saturday and Sunday
August 18 and 19
10:00am – 5:00pm
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117
206.789.5707
http://www.nordicmuseum.org

This free event features all the Nordic entertainment, food, crafts, and Vikings you can handle! Swedish Pancake Breakfasts, Swedish meatballs, Norwegian lefse, and Danish aebleskiver. Live music, demonstrations of weaving, knitting, and wood carving. Visit the Viking Encampment, set up all weekend to show what a day in the life of a Viking was really like — and a battle or two may even erupt! Free admission.

Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend
Sunday, August 19
12:00pm – 6:00pm
Othello Park
4351 S Othello Street
Seattle, WA 98118
http://www.seafair.com

Come experience this unique community through a weekend of parade, party and festival fun. Live performances, hands-on youth and art activities, food from area restaurants and various food vendors, music and dance performances that highlight Southeast Seattle’s diverse styles and cultures.

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Saturday and Sunday
August 18 and 19
24713 Sumner Buckley Highway
Buckley, WA 98321
360.471.6597
http://www.washingtonfaire.com

Come enjoy all the food, costumes, games and fun of Renaissance times! Be a part of Her Majesty’s Royal Masquerade, too! Enjoy face painting and mask maker’s booths to become part of the magic. With dancing, singing and all forms of merriment, it’s a family friendly festival of color, mystery, coquetry and amusement. Children 5 and under are free, and there’s free parking.

Central Area Community Festival
Saturday, August 18
11:00am – 7:00pm
2323 E. Cherry Street
Seattle, WA 98144
http://www.cacf.com

The Central Area Community Festival is an event that provides a venue for the Community to share in arts, cultural and educational information. Come for music to charm the soul, food to pleasure the taste buds and fun to delight the spirit.

Woodland Park Zoo: Pigs on the Pavement
Saturday, August 18
10:30am – 6:00pm
5500 Phinney Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98103
206.548.2500
http://www.zoo.org

Let your imagination go hog wild with Woodland Park Zoo’s Pigs on the Pavement 3-D chalk art highlighting the zoo’s three new pig species! See Camano Island Jack Gunter craft a unique visual experience for visitors, displaying the zoo’s pigs in three-dimensional chalk art at the West Entrance. Plus, bring your budding artists to join in the fun! Space will be provided, along with plenty of chalk, to let youngsters try their hands at decorating the pavement. Free with zoo admission.

Celebrate Shoreline
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 17, 18 and 19
Shoreline, WA 98133
http://www.cityofshoreline.com

It’s a birthday party for the entire City of Shoreline to celebrate 17 years! Join the fun at community events including a parade, festival, and sandcastle contest.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 17, 18 and 19
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
http://www.railroaddays.com

The 74th edition of Snoqualmie Railroad Days will feature traditional favorites: Train Rides, the Grand Parade, Fun Runs, 3 stages packed with entertainment, the Legends Car Club Show and lots of vendors. Arts at the Depot, featuring artists-in-action, the Plein Air Paintout, wine and beer gardens, motor car rides and historic equipment demonstrations. Fun for the whole family.

Everett Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, August 18
12:00pm – 8:00pm
Hoyt Avenue & Hewitt Avenue
Everett, WA 98201
http://www.washingtonbeer.com

The Inaugural Everett Craft Beer Festival will feature 26 WA Breweries pouring over 60 different beers. Must be 21+ with valid ID. Tickets available online.

NW Sand Festival
Thursday, August 16 – Monday, September 3
Federal Way Commons
1909 South Commons
Federal Way, WA 98003
http://www.nwsandfestival.com

The Tournament of Champions is a select group of today’s top stars in the world of temporary, museum-quality art and will showcase their talents in the largest exhibition of its kind in North America. Plus, sand sculpting lessons daily, learn techniques from the Masters. And a giant sand box for the kids, full of toys, buckets and fun.

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