Gads! Summer is almost over and you haven’t done anything fun yet with your family! Don’t panic, because there is a lot more stuff to do during this last dog days that the whole family will appreciate. Here are five of the best:

Harvest Fair 2016
Meridian Park
4850 Meridian Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-0606
www.seattletilth.org

Seattle Tilth presents its annual Harvest Fair on August 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This year’s event is packed full of activities for the whole family including craftmaking, cider-pressing, urban zoon petting, music listening, raffle-playing, workshop attending, cooking demonstrating plus plenty of tasty food to boot. Children are encouraged to join in on the parade but must arrive by 11:00 a.m.

Arts In Nature Festival
Camp Long
5200 35th Ave. SW
Seattle, WA  98106
(206) 923-0853
www.fest.naturec.org

Camp Long presents the Arts in Nature Festival on August 20 and 21 celebrating the arts, nature and community. The family-friendly event fuses performance art in Seattle’s only camp ground with a mixture of music consisting of jazz, classical, indie rock, bluegrass, contemporary dance, marching bands, and outdoor stage concerts. In addition, you’ll enjoy a variety of food trucks and beer garden. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 and under or $16 for a weekend pass.

Evergreen State Fair
14405 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA  98272
(360) 805-6700
www.evergreenfair.org

The Evergreen State Fair runs for 12 days from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. Everything you love about a country fair will be here including scones, carnival rides, farm animals, the latest and greatest gadgets, lots of free performances, horse show, logger’s show, pig races and more. Concert performances include Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Hunter Hayes, Theory of a Deadman, Old Dominion and LOCASH, Jeremy Camp and MercyMe. Fair tickets (not including special concerts) are $9 for adults age 16 and up and $7 for children and senior citizens.

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Seattle Street Food Festival
217 9th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA, 98109
www.seattlestfoodfest.com

The Seattle Street Food Festival is one of the country’s largest street food festivals that runs from August 19 to 21. More than 40 different food trucks and booths will be set up for your dining adventure. Live music performance will enhance your visit at the “food rodeo” and beer garden. In addition, over 70 local artists will be represented at the Urban Craft Uprising selling their wares of jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, art, kits, candles etc. The free event runs from 3:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Aurora Theatre Company presents “OLIVER!”
Shoreline City Hall Outdoor Amphitheatre
17500 Midvale Avenue North
Shoreline, WA 98133
206-714-5045
www.auroratheatreshoreline.org

The Aurora Theatre Company proudly presents free outdoor performances of Lional Bart’s “Oliver!” which is based on Charles Dickens’ “Oliver Twist.” Eight performances will be held at the Shoreline City Hall Outdoor Amphiteatre. The family-friendly show features a large cast and live music. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. each night. Guests are allowed to bring in food and drink or they can purchase some before the performances.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.


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