If you didn't get enough fresh air gaping at fireworks last weekend, three Eastside cities hope bicycle races, classic cars, arts and crafts...
If you didn’t get enough fresh air gaping at fireworks last weekend, three Eastside cities hope bicycle races, classic cars, arts and crafts, a wine garden and an “Iron Potter” competition will convince you to put off your chores for one more weekend.
• Redmond Derby Days
Redmond’s annual summer festival got its start in 1939, when the winner of the annual Criterium bicycle race took home a $2 grand prize. After a brief break during World War II because of supply shortages, the city’s celebration has endured for decades.
A parade of costumed kids on bikes, tricycles and wagons along Redmond Way kicks off the festivities at 10 a.m. tomorrow, followed by a grand parade and then the Derby Days Criterium races from 2-8 p.m.
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At the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, there will be live music, magicians, food and bike stunt shows by the Northwest BMX Stunt Team. Bands scheduled to perform include Soul’d Out, New Blues Brothers and Big Dog Revue.
• Summer Celebration!
Loved those July 4th fireworks? Get a second fix tonight at Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration! fireworks party starting at 6 p.m. over the Interstate 90 Park on the Lid.
Eastside weekend festivals
Kirkland’s Summerfest 2005
Today-Sun Festival of art and wine, with artist demonstrations, “Iron Potter” competition, wine-tasting garden, live music, children’s activities and food, 4-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Marina Park, Lake Avenue West and Market Street. Cost: $10-$15 for wine-tasting scrip. Information: 425-822-7161 or www.kirklandartscenter.org
Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration!
Today-Sun Live entertainment, grand parade, fireworks, arts and crafts, arts show, children’s activities, Elizabethan-period play area, classic-car show and Food Faire, 5:30-10:30 p.m. today, with fireworks at dusk at the Interstate 90 Lid Park, West Mercer Way and I-90; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. tomorrow, with parade at 10 a.m. and Shakespeare in the Park at 7 p.m.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Mercer Island and at the Mercerdale Park, Southeast 32nd Street and 77th Avenue Southeast. Information: 206-236-7285 or www.ci.mercer-island.wa.us/summercelebration
Redmond Derby Days
Tomorrow Kids parade and grand parade along Redmond Way, 65th annual Bicycle Criterium, music and entertainment including J.P. Patches, games, rides, crafts, beer and wine garden, stunt bicycle show and food, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. Parking and shuttle available from Redmond Town Center, 16495 N.E. 74th St. Information: 425-556-2299 or www.redmond.gov CQ
Today-Sun Amusement rides, carnival games, activities and food, 5-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St. Information: 425-556-2299 or www.redmond.gov
Compiled by Nyssa Rogers
A three-on-three basketball tournament kicks off the island’s annual weekend summer festival this afternoon, followed by live music, face painting and food. The party shifts downtown tomorrow, with a street fair featuring scores of handmade arts and crafts, and there’s a pancake breakfast and classic car show Sunday.
Tomorrow begins with a parade of classic cars, clowns, costumed kids, dogs and hometown heroes, and ends with a performance of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” at 7 p.m. on the Mercerdale Park stage. Kid-friendly activities will abound at Mercerdale Park, where an Elizabethan-period playground will feature giant puppets, magic shows and a castle maze.
• Summerfest 2005
It’s time for Summerfest, Kirkland’s annual three-day celebration of fine arts, wine and culture at Marina Park on the shores of Lake Washington. This year’s event includes a wine-tasting garden that features 10 regional wineries, plus the opportunity to glaze pots, create bronze tiles and dance to live soul, salsa and world music.
See scads of original paintings, photography, jewelry and sculpture, and watch professional ceramic artists duke it out in the “Iron Potter” competition, à la “Iron Chef,” the popular Food Network television show where chefs go head-to-head in a battle for kitchen supremacy.
Karen Gaudette: 206-515-5618 or firstname.lastname@example.org