Animal events

Seattle Animal Shelter $5 adoptions

FRI-SUN Discounted $5 adoption fee on cats (plus pet license fee) and critters including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, birds, turtles, noon-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Seattle Animal Shelter, 2061 15th Ave. W., Seattle (206-386-7387 or

Cowgirl Spirit Open House and Tack Sale

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SAT Tour the farm, meet rescued horses, buy equipment, riding apparel, equestrian gifts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Cowgirl Spirit, 8718 Ames Lake-Carnation Road N.E., Carnation (

Mega pet adoption event

SAT Animals from Regional Animal Services of King County and two rescue groups available for adoption, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Petco, 1241 N. 205th St., Seattle (206-546-1234).

Bow Wow Meow Luau Adoption Event

SUN Seventeen animal rescue groups with dogs and cats of all ages, adoption fees vary, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Denny’s Pet World, 12534 120th Ave. N.E., Kirkland (206-486-4738 or

Auto events

Greenwood Car Show

SAT Display of 800 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles, music, Kids Zone, vendors, food; proceeds benefit community nonprofits, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Greenwood Avenue North from North 90th Street to North 67th Street, Seattle (

Car shows, Issaquah

SUN Cadillac and LaSalle Club car show, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah (425-392-1266 or


West Seattle Relay for Life

FRI-SAT Relay to support American Cancer Society, 7 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, West Seattle Stadium, 4432 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; fundraising suggested (206-674-4105 or

Asian Counseling and Referral Service Walk for Rice

SAT Walk or run 2.5 miles to support food bank, 8 a.m. Saturday, Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; free, donation suggested (206-695-7551 or

Milk Walk at Country Village

SAT Shops serve milk and cookies, proceeds benefit homeless children in the Northshore School District, free pony or train rides for kids of participants, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell; $5 suggested donation (425-483-2250 or

Eat Run Hope

SUN 5K run/walk, 3:30 p.m.; tasting event with local chefs, family festival, 4-7:30 p.m.; proceeds benefit The Fetal Health Foundation, 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $40-$95, or $25-$35/5K only, $25-$80/Chefs Pavilion only (


Suncadia Cycling Festival

FRI-SUN Mountain Bike Ride; 3:30 p.m. Friday, road ride, 8 a.m. Saturday, family ride, noon Saturday; gravel ride, 7 a.m. Sunday, Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum; $50-$130 (425-250-5533 or

Snoqualmie Tunnel Bike Ride

SAT Sound Greenway Trust 20 mile ride on John Wayne Pioneer Trails and 2-mile long tunnel at Snoqualmie Pass, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Rattlesnake Lake, North Bend; $25, preregister (206-382-5565 or

Bicycle Sunday

SUN Bicycle or walk along Lake Washington Boulevard, closed to motorized traffic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, Seattle (206-684-4075 or

Tour de Pierce

SUN Bicycle ride on 12, 30 and 50 mile loops, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $11-$18 (


Emerald City Contra Dance

FRI Beginner’s workshop, 7 p.m., dance with live music, caller, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Phinney Neighborhood Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$8 (206-440-9839 or

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Dance lesson, folk dancing; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $5-$7 (425-385-2088 or

July 3rd Street Dance

JULY 3 Music, food, beer and wine garden, kids’ zone, 6 p.m. July 3, downtown Bainbridge; free (206-842-2982 or


Taste of Tacoma

FRI-SUN Food from a variety of vendors, The Taste Cooks interactive cooking demos, wine garden, entertainment, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma (

Seafair Pirates Landing

SAT Vendors, music, inflatable rides for kids, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Seafair Pirates land on the beach sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle (

Capitol Hill Pride Festival

SAT Celebrating diversity and community pride, remembering Stonewall and local history, open to everyone, local music, food, entertainment, exhibits by restaurants, nonprofits, businesses and artists, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; pony rides 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Broadway between East John Street and Roy Street, Seattle (206-465-9601 or

Iranian Festival

SAT Performances, visual art, poetry, food, games, marketplace, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle (206-684-7200 or

Connect the Dots

SAT Celebrating community, culture, entertainment and sustainable transportation with food trucks, live music, skateboarding demonstrations, Artspace Mt. Baker Lofts open, arts and crafts showcase, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; lion dance at noon; Mt. Baker Light Rail Station Plaza, 2415 S. McClellan St., Seattle; sidewalk parade on Rainier Avenue to Claremont Apartments, 3333 Rainier Ave., S., for more activities (206-723-7333).

Surya Sun Festival

SAT Multicultural solstice celebration, Native American cultural performance, Brazilian Capoeira, Sengalese dances and drumming, yoga sun salutation, vegetarian food, DJ hosted Bollywood music and dance, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Issaquah Highland Central Park, 1907 N.E. Park Dr., Issaquah; free (

Bellevue Strawberry Festival

SAT-SUN Celebrating the region’s agricultural heritage and culturally diverse past, hosted by Eastside Heritage Center with historic displays, entertainment, auto show, vendors, food, and family fun area, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Crossroads Park, 16000 N.E. 10th St., Bellevue; free (425-450-1049 or

Shoreline Arts Festival

SAT-SUN Two music stages, art projects, juried art show, 50 vendors, Food Truck Food Court, Cultural Rooms, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, The Gallery at the Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E., Shoreline; free (206-417-4645 or

Camlann Medieval Midsomer Festival

SAT-SUN Medieval English village theater, knightly combat, puppetry, crafts, archery, minstrels, Scribe’s Shop, medieval clothing and accessories available for rental, noon-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road N.E., Carnation; $6-$10, cash or checks only (425-788-8624 or

Seattle Pride Parade

SUN Celebrating the Northwest’s LGBTQ rights movement; Celebrity Grand Marshal George Takei, 11 a.m. Sunday, Fourth Avenue from Union Street to Denny Way, Seattle (

Seattle PrideFest

SUN Entertainment, vendors, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (

Skandia Midsommarfest

SUN Scandinavian music and dance performances, kids’ activities, craft and food vendors, costume presentation, participatory dancing, traditional pole raising ceremony, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Saint Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive N.E., Kenmore; free, $2 donation suggested (425-954-5262 or

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

PLAN AHEAD Visiting vessels, boat tours, free boat rides, toy boat building, skill demonstrations, live music, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 4-6, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle (

Food events

Field Roast Open House

FRI Opening of Field Roast Burger with food, tours, build-a-burger challenge, 2-8 p.m. Friday, 3901 Seventh Ave. S., Seattle (

Greenwood Car Show Pancake Breakfast

SAT Pancake breakfast to benefit senior center programs and services. 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Greenwood Senior Activity Center, 525 N. 85th St., Seattle; $5 (206-297-0875 or

Backyard BBQ Bash

SAT Dinner, wine and beer available; big band music with Moonlight Swing Orchestra, 5 p.m. Saturday, East County Senior Center, 276 Sky River Parkway, Monroe; $7-$9 (360-794-6359 or

Fourth of July

SeaTac Family Fourth of July

JULY 3-6 Carnival, 4-10 p.m. July 3, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. July 4, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. July 5, noon-10 p.m. July 6, $19/day; water park, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily; entertainment, 1-9:45 p.m. July 4; fireworks show, 10:15 p.m. July 4, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac (206-973-4680 or

Swedish Club Fourth of July

PLAN AHEAD Dinner, music, dancing, view of fireworks show, inside and outside seating, 6:30 p.m. July 4, Swedish Club, Seattle; $35-$50, reservations required (206-283-1090 or

Naturalization Ceremony

PLAN AHEAD Greenwood Concert Band performance, 11 a.m.; presentation of the colors, performances, more than 400 people from 80 countries sworn in as U.S. citizens, presentation of the “Spirit of Liberty” award, noon July 4, Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center), 305 Harrison St., Seattle; free (

Seafair Summer Fourth

PLAN AHEAD Games, entertainment stage, food vendors, contests, beer garden, fireworks show set to a music track, reserved seats available ($20-$25); new area of the Seafair Summer Fourth at Lake Union Park with food and wine vendors, noon-11 p.m. July 4, Gas Works Park, 2101 N. Northlake Way, Seattle (

Bellevue Collection Family Fourth

PLAN AHEAD Food vendors, games, music, fireworks show, 2-10:30 p.m. July 4, Bellevue Downtown Park, Bellevue (

An Edmonds Kind of 4th

PLAN AHEAD Children’s parade, 11:30 a.m., main parade, noon, vendors, entertainment, 7:30 p.m.; fireworks, 10 p.m. July 4, downtown Edmonds (425-670-1496 or

Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth of July

PLAN AHEAD Pancake breakfast, 7 a.m., street fair, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. July 4, classic car show, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; beer and wine garden, music, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; parade, 1 p.m., fireworks at dusk, Bainbridge (206-842-3700 or


Ballard Edible Garden Tour

SAT Walking/biking tour of dozen gardens, chicken coops, goats, within walking distance, proceeds support Sustainable Ballard community projects, 10 a.m..-3 p.m. Saturday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2400 N.W. 85th St., Seattle; $10 (206-701-7000 or

Ferns Unfurling

SAT Learn all about ferns, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942 or

Christianson’s Nursery Rose Festival

SAT Keynote speakers Ciscoe Morris and John Christianson, class on Sustainable Rose Growing, 11 a.m.; Rose Show and lecture hosted by the Tri-Valley Rose Society, Ice Cream Social, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Christianson’s Nursery, 15806 Best Road, Mount Vernon; free (360-466-3821 or

Whidbey Island Garden Tour

SAT Visit five gardens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Whidbey Island; $10-$20 (360-321-4191 or

Flower and Garden Photography Made Simple

SUN How to photograph flowers and plants in your garden and cut flowers, all skill levels welcome, 11 a.m. Sunday, Swansons Nursery, 9701 15th Ave. N.W., Seattle; $40, preregister (206-782-2543 or

Open Days Program Garden Tour — Bainbridge Island

SUN Self-guided tour of six private gardens in Bainbridge Island, Indianola, and Kingston, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Skyler Garden, 9734 Manitou Place, Bainbridge Island; $5-$30 (888-842-2442 or


Seattle Retro Gaming Expo

SAT-SUN Classic video games and other geek culture, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington State Convention Center, 800 Convention Place, Seattle; $15 day/at the door (

Museum events

Kids’ Safety Day

FRI Kids of all ages welcome to see fire equipment displays, climb aboard a fire engine, meet fire fighters and learn fire and life safety skills, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; $11-$19 (206-764-5720 or

“Coast Salish Canoes: A Journey with our Ancestors”

SAT Grand opening of new exhibit of canoes, how they’re constructed, traditions of canoe races, journeys and festivals, through June 2015, noon Saturday; open noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave N.E., Tulalip; $6-$10 (360-716-2600 or

Mary Olson Farm

SAT-SUN Meet cows, chickens, horses, goats on 67-acre 1887 farm, tour farmhouse, noon-5 p.m., Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; free (253-288-7433 or

Music in the Sculpture Garden

SUN Acoustic music concert series, 2 p.m. Sunday, History House of Greater Seattle, 790 N. 34th St., Seattle; free (206-675-8875 or

Free First Thursday, MOHAI

JULY 3 Free admission, activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 3, MOHAI, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle (206-324-1126 or

First Thursday, Museum of Flight

JULY 3 Free admission, 5-9 p.m. July 3, Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle (206-764-5720 or

First Thursday, SAM

JULY 3 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; reduced admission price to special exhibits, $6-$9, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle (206-654-3100 or

First Thursday, the Burke

JULY 3 Free admission, activities, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 3, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle (206-543-5590 or

Free Day, the Wing

JULY 3 Free admission, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. July 3, Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, 719 S. King St., Seattle (206-623-5124 or

SAAM free day

JULY 3 Free admission, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. July 3, Seattle Asian Art Museum, 1400 E. Prospect St., Seattle (206-654-3100 or

Park events

Beach Naturalists

FRI-SUN Explore the beach at low tide with Seattle Aquarium naturalists, drop in 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Constellation Park/South Alki, Lincoln Park, Olympic Sculpture Park pocket beach, Seattle; Richmond Beach, Shoreline; Des Moines Beach Park and Saltwater State Park, Des Moines; free (

Exploring tidepool life, Carkeek

SAT Explore tide pools at low tide, for all ages, wear shoes that can get wet, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Carkeek Park, 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Road, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or

Bell Street Park Saturday Fun Days

SAT Chalk art activities, games, imagination playground for kids, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Bell Street between Second and Third Avenues, Seattle (

Ancient Forests, Rockport State Park

SAT Tour of old growth forest with forestry professor Dr. Jerry Franklin and author William Dietrich, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Rockport State Park, Milepost 96.5, Highway 20, Rockport; no reservations required; parking by Discover Pass or $10 day use fee (360-853-8461).

Beach Safari, Me-Kwa-Mooks and Discovery Park

SAT-SUN Search for sea creatures on one of the lowest tide days of the year, learn about beach ecology, for ages 3 and older, children accompanied by adult, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, 11:45 a.m. Sunday, Me Kwa Mooks beach, Southwest Jacobsen Road and Southwest Beach Drive, Seattle and Discovery Park, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle; free, preregister (206-386-4237 or

Big Day of Play

SUN Paddling and boating demonstrations, music, entertainment, activities, creative play, cooking demonstrations, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center, 43rd Avenue South and Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle (

Arboretum Walk

SUN Walk to see the Pacific Connections Garden, display gardens of Chile, China, Australia, New Zealand, native Cascadia, 1 p.m. Sunday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle; free (206-543-8800 or

Ranger Program: Beavers

SUN Learn about beavers at Mercer Slough and how they shape the habitat around them, 2 p.m. Sunday, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, 1625 118th Ave. S.E., Bellevue; free (425-452-2565 or


Third Place Commons

FRI-SAT Mark Lewis Cool Jazz Trio, 7:30 p.m. Friday; Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive swing, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Third Place Commons, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (

China Pearls

SAT “Language of Food” ancient traditions and contemporary art of China; cooking class, 2-5 p.m., $35; performing arts, 7 p.m. Saturday, dinner available, 5:30 p.m.; Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave., Langley; $70/dinner and performance, $35/performance only (360-321-2101 or

Concerts at the Locks

SAT-SUN Outdoor concerts, Professor Gadget Sax Quintet, 2 p.m. Saturday; 85th Street Big Band swing, 2 p.m. Sunday, Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, 3015 N.W. 54th St., Seattle; free (206-764-3464).


Firecracker 5000 5K

JULY 3 Fourth of July themed 5K run, 11:55 p.m. July 3rd, Memorial Stadium, 401 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $35-$45 (206-729-9972 or

Seafair Pirate Themed Adventure Run

JULY 3 Run with “Seafair Pirate” theme, 6 p.m. July 3, Road Runner Sports, 7020 Woodlawn Ave. N.E., Seattle (

Bellevue Dog Jog & Walk

PLAN AHEAD Noncompetitive dog jog and walk, 9 a.m. July 4, Ashwood Park, Bellevue; $25-$30 (425-453-3110 or

Edmonds 4th of July 5K

PLAN AHEAD 5K walk/run, awards for winners in men’s and women’s age groups, 10 a.m. July 4, Edmonds City Park, Edmonds; $30 (

Special interest

Coal Creek Family YMCA Olympic Day

SAT Opening ceremony, open gym for kids to try multiple stations of Olympic rowing, throwing and jumping, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Road, Newcastle; free (425-282-1500).

Summer Boat Show, BBQ, Music & More

SAT Learn more about boats, music, activities for all ages, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; free hot dog lunch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or while supplies last Saturday, Cabela’s, 9810 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip; free (360-474-4880 or

Organic Valley Farm Discovery

SAT Learn about organic farming at farm with rabbits, goats, chickens, milking cows, organic vegetable garden, 11 a.m. Saturday, Edelweiss Dairy, Everson; visit farm with cows, calves, antique trucks, 11 a.m. Saturday, Styger Family Dairy, Chehalis; free, by reservation (

Free Summer Fitness classes

TUE-WED Zumba high-energy dancing to music, all welcome, no experience required, wear comfortable sneakers, 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fisher Pavilion Rooftop; gentle yoga for all fitness levels to increase flexibility and range of motion, bring yoga mat, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Exhibition Hall lawn, Seattle Center, Seattle; free (


Green Lake Open Water Swim

SUN Half-mile and one-mile races, 9 a.m. Sunday, Green Lake Community Center, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N., Seattle; $25-$55 (206-684-0780 or

Seattle Beaches

ONGOING Lifeguards on duty, noon-7 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, weather permitting, Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.; Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E.; Mount Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S; Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.; and West Green Lake, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr.; East Green Lake, 7201 E. Green Lake Dr. N.; Magnuson, Northeast 65th Street and Sand Point Way Northeast; Madrona, 853 Lake Washington Blvd.; and Pritchard Beach, 8400 55th Ave. S., Seattle (206-684-4075 or


Hidden Spaces/Public Places

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of downtown parks, plazas and open spaces, 10 a.m. Saturday, City Centre, 1420 Fifth Ave., Seattle; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or

Mount Pleasant Cemetery Tour

SAT Queen Anne Historical Society tour of historic cemetery, 10 a.m. Saturday, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 700 W. Raye St., Seattle (

Purple and Gold

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of campus history and architecture, 11:30 a.m. Saturday, University of Washington campus, University of Washington, Seattle; $15-$25 (800-838-3006 or

Alki Point Lighthouse Tours

SAT-SUN Tours of functioning, fully automated aid-to-navigation on an active U.S. Coast Guard site, 1-3:45 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, Alki Point Lighthouse, 3201 Alki Ave. S.W., Seattle; free (

Snoqualmie train

SAT-SUN Ride a vintage train from Victorian-era depot museum, noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie; $10-$18 (425-888-3030 or

Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA)

JULY 4 4-hour tour of the city’s unique trolley bus system, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. July 4, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5, ORCA, Metro passes or tickets not accepted; ages 5 and younger free; no reservations (206-684-1816 or

Travel events

Rick Steves’ Europe

SAT Travel seminars, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 10 a.m. Saturday, Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds; free, preregistration required (425-771-8303 or