An intern from the University of Washington, Katie Anastas tunes into a youthful demographic as she writes features for The Seattle Times.

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1. Kick off the season by finding a new favorite food truck, browsing the creations of local artists and designers, and listening to talented street musicians at the University District Streetfair — the longest-running street fair in the United States — on May 20 and 21.

Seattle Summer Guide 2017

(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)
(Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times)

2. Celebrate pride with more food trucks and live music at the Volunteer Park Pride Festival on June 10, and then join the party downtown at Seattle’s 43rd annual Pride Parade on June 25.

3. Soak up the sun and the scenery from a rowboat at the Washington Park Arboretum, home to blooming lily pads, some alarmingly friendly ducks and several nice spots to stop for a picnic.

4. Enter a pie-eating contest, listen to live music and watch the fireworks with over 65,000 of my closest friends during Seattle’s Fourth of July festivities at Gas Works Park.

5. Get my groove on while watching bands such as Cherry Glazerr and Lord Huron perform outdoors at the Capitol Hill Block Party from July 21 to 23.