From active sports like swimming and paddling to leisure pursuits like festivals and garage sales, it’s all about being outdoors as temperatures near 80.

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Word has it temperatures will near 80 this weekend around Puget Sound. Here are eight suggested ways to make the most of the sun, pulled from our even more mondo list of weekend community events.


Northwest Paddling Festival: Meet paddle experts, test out a boat or paddle board, SUP jousting, kayak polo exhibition, swap meet, 2-7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Lake Sammamish State Park, 2000 N.W. Sammamish Road, Issaquah; $7 (206-634-0911 or


All Things Saturn: Planetarium show on Saturn, the ringed wonder of the solar system; if the sky is clear, telescopes available, 8 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or

West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day: Communitywide sale at 200 locations Saturday (


Pike Place Market Flower Festival: Flower vendors line the Pike Place cobblestone street, kids’ Mother’s Day card-making, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (

Wild Waves Theme Park: Rides only, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and May 16-17, Wild Waves Theme Park, 36201 Enchanted Parkway S., Federal Way; $9.99, parking $10-$20 (253-661-8000 or

Mounger Pool: Opening for the season, outdoor pool with corkscrew slide and warmer, shallow Little Pool, open swims, water exercise, swim lessons, Saturday-Sunday, Mounger Pool, 2535 32nd Ave. W., Seattle; $2-$6.50 (206-684-4708 or


Ride around Lake Sammamish: Cascade Bicycle Club 34 mile ride, leisurely and moderate pace groups, 11 a.m. Sunday, Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville (

State Parks free day: Discover Pass not required to visit any Washington State Park Sunday (