A long list of things to celebrate the weekend of Sept. 9, along with the Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds: Mukfest, Sept. 9-11, Mukilteo; Newcastle Days, Sept. 10, Newcastle; San Gennaro Italian street festival, Sept. 9-11, Georgetown neighborhood, Seattle.

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Join the flock of bird fans heading to Edmonds this weekend for the Puget Sound Bird Fest — a celebration of birds and nature with speakers, guided walks, exhibits and activities for all ages — Friday through Sunday (Sept. 9-11).

Saltwater, fresh water, wetlands, fields and woods in the Edmonds area provide habitats for more than 200 bird species, year-round and migrating, making the area a favorite for local bird-watchers. Bird Fest draws bird fans from around the Puget Sound region for the popular annual event that’s been drawing fans since 2005. Along with speakers, exhibits and activities Saturday at Frances Anderson Center, Pilchuck Audubon hosts outdoor events Saturday and Sunday at several locations in the Edmonds area. Some events require fees and advance registration; check before you go, as several are sold out.

Many outdoor events are free and are open to all, no advance registration needed, including guided walks for beginning birders at 8 a.m. Saturday at Scriber Lake in Lynnwood and Pine Ridge Park in Edmonds and an 11 a.m. Saturday guided beach walk at Brackett’s Landing North Park near the ferry terminal. Edmonds Marsh hosts bird watching and welcomes families with activities for all ages all day Saturday.

Puget Sound Bird Fest

Frances Anderson Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 700 Main St., Edmonds

Edmonds Marsh: Guided walk, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday; bird viewing and activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 180 W. Dayton St., Edmonds

Scriber Lake Park: Guided walks, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5601 198th St. S.W., Lynnwood

Pine Ridge Park: Guided walk, 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 83rd Avenue West and 204th Street Southwest, Edmonds

Yost Park: Owl prowl walk, 7:30 to 9 a.m. Sunday, 9535 Bowdoin Way, Edmonds

More info: 425-771-0227 or pugetsoundbirdfest.com

Bird Fest Tour: 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Puget Sound Express, 500 Admiral Way, Edmonds; $55-$80, by reservation (360-385-5288 or pugetsoundexpress.com/tours/birdwatching-tours/puget-sound-bird-fest-tour)


Time: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-11; hours vary for some events; parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Location: Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo

More info: 425-353-5516 or mukilteolighthousefestival.com

Newcastle Days

Time: “Broadway at Boren, Singing Under the Stars” show, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9; parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, festival, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10

Location: Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle

More info:www.ci.newcastle.wa.us

San Gennaro Festival

Time: 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9-11

Location: 1225 S. Angelo St., Seattle

More info:sangennarofestivalseattle.org

A bird photo exhibit, kids activities, citizen science presentations on neighborhood birds and a live raptor demonstration are among activities Saturday at Frances Anderson Center. The festival opens with keynote speaker Julia Parrish of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Edmonds Plaza Room, and concludes with field events Sunday including an Owl Prowl at 7:30 a.m. at Yost Park and a guided walk that is great for beginners at Scriber Lake at 8 a.m. Sunday (all free). Puget Sound Express boat tours partner with Bird Fest for a three-hour bird-watching tour of Puget Sound at 3 p.m. Sunday, by reservation.

Other local festivals this weekend include Mukfest, or the Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival with food and craft vendors, beer garden, entertainment, parade and fireworks Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 to 11, in Mukilteo; Newcastle Days parade, plus vendors, historical displays, petting zoo and car show Saturday; and San Gennaro Italian street fair with authentic Italian food, beer and wine garden, kids activities and cooking demonstrations, Friday through Sunday in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood.