Summer is nearly upon us, and with it comes long days spent boating on Lake Washington, a seemingly endless lineup of quirky and cool outdoor festivals, and the return of all of our warm weather favorites from farmers’ markets to food trucks.
To soak up this wonderful surge of sunshine (Seattle sees the longest hours of summer daylight in the Lower 48), here’s a look at the season’s most noteworthy events and happenings—be it at our hotel, in our community, or in the nearby Emerald City. Enjoy!
Photo Credit: Kirkland Uncorked
July 15 to 17 | Hours Vary Daily
Marina Park in Kirkland
Kirkland’s culinary classic returns this July with a fresh, new menu of Washington wines from more than 20 wineries, bite-sized fare from several illustrious Eastside restaurants, and appearances by the Northwest’s most prestigious celebrity chefs and culinary personalities—whose names will be announced in the coming weeks. The weekend-long summer wine and food festival will take place in Marina Park in two distinct areas: the 21 and up Tasting Garden, which will offer all of the wine tastings and a beachfront grilling stage, and the all ages Promenade, where guests will find the Boat Show and Uncorked Market. There will be music happening all weekend as well as artist pop-up boutiques to explore and several fun chef showdowns. The fest will be open on Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. A $25 ticket gets you a commemorative glass, 10 tastes of wine, and the event’s signature cocktail.
Photo Credit: Kirkland Wednesday Market Yelp
Wednesdays from June to September | 2 to 7 p.m.
Marina Park in Kirkland
Fresh, local farm produce awaits at the Kirkland Wednesday Market along with a selection of homemade desserts, hot food, and artisanal crafts. Buy your produce straight from the farmers and then sit down for dinner with a fleet of food trucks featuring Asian cuisine, barbecue, pizza, Mexican fare, and more. A leisurely stroll through the market will introduce you to some of the area’s most talented artisans selling their wares, including hand-crafted furniture, handbags, and gifts. And don’t leave before trying a fresh batch of delicious kettle corn.
Photo Credit: Kirkland Art Walk
Second Friday of each month year-round | 5 to 8 p.m.
Experience an array of different art mediums each month during the Kirkland Art Walk, as oil paintings, acrylic paintings, watercolors, photography, and much more spills out of local art galleries and onto the streets. From mixed media creations to ceramics to inks, this is the perfect place to find that new piece for your home—or catch an impromptu show by local musicians and entertainers around every street corner. The Art Walk takes place on Park Lane, Central Way, Kirkland Avenue, and Lake Street.
July 4 | 12 p.m.
Photo Credit: Celebrate Kirkland
Our favorite old-fashioned, annual downtown parade returns this summer for a spectacular 4th of July celebration. The theme for the parade’s 16th year is “It’s a Small World,” promising a colorful array of patriotic floats and marchers lining the streets of downtown as early as mid-morning. The parade starts at the intersection of Market Street and Central Way at noon, and marchers will make their way through the streets of downtown. There will also be children’s activities and a children’s parade at Marina Park prior to the main event. After the parade, head to the park for live music and local food vendors, and in the evening, look skyward for the holiday fireworks.
Photo Credit: Chateau Ste. Michelle Concert Series
May 28 to September 16
Ever since 1984, the Chateau Ste. Michelle Concert Series has been hosting some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music from James Taylor to The Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder. This summer is no different, as the winery’s outdoor amphitheater welcomes Bob Dylan, The Goo Goo Dolls, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Bonnie Raitt, and many more notable artists. Consider coming early for a tour of the winery and to purchase wine on-site. You can also bring your own picnics and non-alcoholic beverages.
Photo Credit: Seattle Seafair
June 15 to August 21
Seattle Seafair is an iconic, ten-week summer festival that has been bringing people together for more than 67 years. Over the course of the summer, there will be parades, marathons and triathlons, airplane exhibitions, air shows, boat races, a large scale scavenger hunt, and, of course, the ever-popular 4th of July celebration. The Navy and the Coast Guard are present during many of these events, which take place in various locations throughout Seattle or occasionally citywide. Many of the Seafair gatherings are free, while others are individually ticketed.
Photo Credit: Seattle Seafair Facebook
July 4 | 12 to 11 p.m.
Gas Works Park
Independence Day in Seattle calls for a larger-than-life celebration and fireworks show. Seafair Summer Fourth answers the call, kicking off at noon with live entertainment, food vendors, beer gardens, exhibits, and all-American games such as hula-hoop contests, pie eating contests, and sack races. There will be skydivers in the sky during the day and a massive fireworks show over Lake Union after dark – a display that can be seen from all over the waterfront. The free celebration is one of the largest in the city and is not to be missed.
Photo Credit: Bite of Seattle
July 15 to 17 | Hours Vary Daily
Foodies will delight in the delectable offerings of 60 plus restaurants and vendors at the Groupon Bite of Seattle this summer. The free annual event features flavors ranging from all-American to ethnic and provides a generous selection of craft beer, cider, and wine. The Bite Cooks! stage will see local chefs (to be announced!) preparing their signature dishes and competing in mystery ingredient cook-offs in which the audience judges, while five outdoor music stages and a family fun stage offer additional entertainment. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Make sure to attend the free Bite Movie Night on Friday to see local star Chris Pratt in Jurassic World.
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