A detailed, categorized calendar of events all over Seattle and Western Washington, Sept. 11-17, 2015.

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Animal events

Happy Birthday to Seattle Humane

FRI-MON Seattle Humane celebrates 118 years of adopting out more than 7,000 dogs, cats and critters each year; $25 off any pet adoption fee, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Seattle Humane Society, 13212 S.E. Eastgate Way, Bellevue (425-649-7563 or seattlehumane.org).

Pooch Plunge

SAT Dogs only in the lap and wave pools, lazy river; one-hour sessions on the hour 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Henry Moses Aquatic Center, 1719 S.E. Maple Valley Highway, Renton; $10 (425-430-6780 or rentonwa.gov).

Dog Gone Run/Pooch Pool Party

SAT Run/walk for people and their pets, followed by pool party for dogs before Stewart Heights Pool is drained and cleaned for the year, 8 a.m. Saturday, Stewart Heights Park, 402 E. 56th St., Tacoma; $20-$35 (253-278-3972 or metroparkstacoma.org/races).

All About Beavers

WEDS Why beaver dams are good for wildlife habitat, IMAX short film “Beavers,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Northwest Stream Center, 600 128th St. S.E., Everett; free, reservations required (425-316-8592).

Auto events

West Seattle Car Show

SUN Classic, custom and creative cars, Southe Seattle Northwest Wine Academy tours, wine and beer sale; Southe Seattle Automotive Technology Program tours and information; vintage and modern hydroplane displays, food truck, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, South Seattle College, 6000 16th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $15-$20/participants, free for spectators (westseattlecarshow.com).

Car show

SUN Trucks, Pickups and 4x4s Show, 8 a.m. Sunday, Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, 98 N.E. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah; free (triplexrootbeer.com).


Rainbow Bingo Tiki Luau

FRI Hawaiian shirts encouraged, drag queen MC Sylvia O’Stayformore, beverages, dinner, bingo and prizes, benefits programs for seniors, 6 p.m. Friday, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St., Seattle; $25-$28 (206-722-0317 or sessc.org).

Swim Across America

SAT Open Water Swim with Olympic medalists, proceeds support research and pancreatic cancer treatment at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), 7 a.m. Saturday, Luther Burbank Park, 2040 84th Ave. S.E., Mercer Island; $75 (swimacrossamerica.org/seattle).

Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival

SAT Local craft brews and ciders, performances, craft and farmers marketplace, games, food vendors, for ages 21 and older only, proceeds benefit farm’s educational programs, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn; $10-$20 (wrvmuseum.org/hopsandcrops.html).

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Pink Boat Regatta

SUN In support of breast cancer research and cures, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Shilshole Bay Marina, 7001 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle; $500 (pinkboatregatta.org).

Walk For Wishes

SUN 5K walk and fun run for all ages to benefit Make A Wish to grant wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions, 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; free, fundraising encouraged (206-623-5300 or akwa.wishes.org).

Oktoberfest on Lake Union

SEPT. 17 Beer, bratwurst, strudel, wine, pretzels, proceeds benefit clean water and hygiene projects in Ethiopia, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; $35-$55 (206-437-6872 or Docktoberfest.org).

Discover the Past, Issaquah

SEPT. 17 Issaquah history by costumed figures from the past, beer, wine, appetizers, desserts, auction, historical costumes encouraged, proceeds benefit Issaquah History Museums, 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Issaquah Depot Museum, Issaquah; $75 (425-392-3500 or issaquahhistory.org).

Bob’s Bowl-a-Rama

PLAN AHEAD West Seattle Bowl and Georgetown Brewing Company host bowling and beer, donating 90 percent of proceeds to the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, includes bowling, shoe rental, beer for up to 8 people, 7 p.m. Sept. 18, West Seattle Bowl, 4505 39th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $200 (206-932-3731 or wsbowl.com/bobs-bowl-a-rama).

Vintage Washington 2015

PLAN AHEAD Premium vodka and gin tasting, cocktails, food, music, Washington beer and wine, proceeds support preservation programs of Washington Trust, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18, Stimson-Green Mansion, Seattle; $75 (206-624-9449 or preservewa.org/Vintage-Washington.aspx).

Seattle St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer

PLAN AHEAD Part of nationwide fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to find cures and save children battling cancer and other life-threatening diseases; 5K, family activities, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19, Mural Amphitheatre, Seattle Center, Seattle; $10, fundraising/donations suggested (stjude.org/walkrun).

Send in the Clowns 5K and Kids’ Dash

PLAN AHEAD Run/walk, all skill levels welcome, dunk tank, games, benefits Room Circus Medical Clowning therapeutic humor at Seattle Children’s Hospital to alleviate stress for children and families, 10 a.m. Sept. 19, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle; $35, additional donation/fundraising suggested; Kids Dash $5 (clowns5k.org).

LWSO Fundraiser/Wine Tasting

PLAN AHEAD Wine auction, tastings with Canlis’ Cellar Master and Sommelier Elton Nichols, chamber music performed by members of the orchestra; proceeds benefit Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra, 4 p.m. Sept. 19, The Bravern, Bellevue; $55-$100 (206-307-7418 or lwso.org).

Tacoma Free to Breathe 5K Run/Walk

PLAN AHEAD 5K run/walk, one mile walk to benefit Free to Breathe lung cancer research and advocacy organization, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19, Wright Park, Tacoma; $15-$30, suggested fundraising goal $100 (freetobreathe.org/tacoma).


Free Helmet Fitting & Giveaway

SAT Free bike helmets available for children ages 1 to 18 at Community Open House, wearers must be present and be fitted, quantities limited, 10 a.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s South Clinic, 34920 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way; free (206-987-3293 or MakeSureTheHelmetFits.org).

Bicycle Sunday

SUN Scenic boulevard for cyclists and walkers closed to vehicle traffic, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park, Seattle (seattle.gov/parks/bicyclesunday).

Cycle the WAVE

PLAN AHEAD Women Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE) Foundatio celebratory and empowering noncompetitive ride for women of all ages to raise awareness and funds for victims of domestic violence, 6:30 a.m. Sept. 20, Bellevue College, Bellevue; $80-$85 (thewavefoundation.org/cycle-the-wave).


Lake Union Boats Afloat Show

WED-SEPT. 20 Boats for sale, sailboat rides, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 19-20; free sailing lessons for ages 8-16, for families, 1, 2:30, 4, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18; kids only, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sept. 19-20; kids and parents, 2, 3:30, 5 p.m. Sept. 19-20, sign up in advance online; giveaway of 500 kids’ life jackets Sept. 19 and 20, Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $12/adults, $5/ages 12-17, ages 11 and younger free; $5/5-7 p.m. Sept. 16-18 (206-748-0012 or boatsafloatshow.com).


Introduction to Salsa Dancing Class

FRI LaVida Studio instructs basics of salsa, no partner required, wear shoes that slide or glide; sponsored by the Bellevue Friends of the Library., 6:30 p.m. Friday, Crossroads Community Center and Park, 16000 10th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-450-1765).

Sno-King International Folk Dance Club

SAT Folk dancing, including dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. most sessions; 7 p.m. Saturday, Cedar Valley Grange, 20526 52nd Ave. W., Lynnwood; $7 (206-524-7360 or sno-king.org).

Seattle Thrillers rehearsals

SUN Learn the Thriller dance to participate in worldwide event Oct. 24 in Seattle’s Occidental Park, 1 p.m. Sunday, Artspace Hiawatha Lofts, 843 Hiawatha Place S., Seattle; free (seattlethrillers.com).

Mountaineers Folkdance

TUE Informal teaching, no partner necessary, waltz, tango, polka, line dancing, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Peter Kirk Community Center, 352 Kirkland Ave., Kirkland; $7-$10 (425-746-2328 or mountaineers.org/seattlefokdance).


Washington State Fair Kickoff Parade

FRI Rodeo breakfast, 8 a.m. Friday, Pioneer Park, Puyallup, $2; cattle drive and parade, 10 a.m. Friday, Meridian Street from Main Street to Seventh Avenue, then south on Second Avenue Southwest to the fairgrounds, Puyallup (253-841-5045 or thefair.com).

Newcastle Days

FRI-SAT Entertainment, food, car show. 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, car show, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake Boren Park, Southeast 84th Avenue and Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, Newcastle (425-649-4444 or newcastle.wa.us/calendar.htm).

San Gennaro Festival of Seattle

FRI-SUN Italian festival, Italian cuisine, beer and wine garden, activities for kids, vendors, live music and dancing, 6-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, South Angelo Street and Ellis Ave South, Seattle (sangennarofestivalseattle.org/).

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival

FRI-SUN 5k/10K run, art, music, food, beer garden, 3 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Mukilteo Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St., Mukilteo; Children’s Parade and Grand Parade, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Harbour Point Boulevard North, Mukilteo (425-353-5516 or mukfest.com).

Washington State Fair

FRI-SEPT. 27 Concerts, carnival rides, 4-H animals and displays, vendors, food, concerts, Star Trek: The Exhibition, Beer Haven bar with 60 taps of local craft beers, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Sept. 27; Fireworks Extravaganza, 10 p.m. Fridays; Asia Pacific Cultural Day entertainment Sunday; Beer Festivals, sample microbrews, meet brew masters, games, entertainment, noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 19, 27, $40; Super Pumpkin weigh-off for cash prizes, 5:30 p.m. Friday; Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. S.W., Puyallup; $7.50-$12.50; Star Trek: The Exhibition, $8 in addition to fair admission; concert prices vary; free admission 9 a.m.-noon Friday with canned food donation (253-841-5045 or thefair.com).

Leschi Art Walk and Community Festival

SAT Arts and crafts vendors; food, children’s activities, music stage, children’s parade, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lakeside Avenue, Seattle (facebook.com/pages/Leschi-Business-Merchants/150907554996770).

Harvest Fair

SAT Marketplace and organic farmers market, workshops, cooking demonstrations, food vendors, music, children’s garden, puppet show, children’s parade at noon, urban livestock, book talks and signings, beer garden, cider pressing, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Meridian Park, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Seattle (seattletilth.org).

Thai Fest

SAT Thai food, performances, Thai kickboxing, arts and crafts, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Northgate Mall parking lot (near Macy’s), 401 N.E. Northgate Way, Seattle (thaiwashington.org/).

Chinatown International District Night Market and Autumn Moon Festival

SAT International market, all-ages dance party, food trucks, 6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Hing Hay Park, 409 Maynard Ave. S., Seattle (nightmarketseattle.com).

Arts-A-Glow Lantern Festival

SAT Lantern making, artist installations, food trucks, music, lantern procession at dusk, 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dottie Harper Park, Fourth Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street, Burien (206-988-3700 or burienwa.gov/glow).

SummerSet Arts Festival

SAT Live music, art-making, labyrinth walk, arboretum tour, natural materials sculpture exhibition, information on local bogs, meet turtles and learn about local wildlife, Native American dance and drumming performances, noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Ronald Bog Park, 2301 N. 175th, Shoreline (shorelinehistoricalmuseum.org).

Skagit River Salmon Festival

SAT Ffeaturing youth activities, artisans, recreational and educational information, music, food, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Swinomish Casino, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes; free (360-542-7912 or skagitriverfest.org).

Seattle Design Festival Block Party

SAT-SUN Street fair for all ages celebrating the ways design affects our lives as kickoff to the two-week Seattle Design Festival, design installations, performances, design activities centered on Festival Design for Equity theme; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Occidental Park, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; free, donation suggested (seattledesignfestival2015.sched.org/tag/Block+Party).

Aki Matsuri

SAT-SUN Japanese cultural arts event, martial arts demonstrations, performing arts stage, arts and crafts exhibits and vendors, Japan Business Fair exhibits, flea market, workshops including taiko drumming, origami, calligraphy, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle S.E., Bellevue; admission and parking free, fees for some workshops and seminars (enma.org).

International Festival

SAT-SUN Celebrate the cultural diversity of our community through music, food, arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, children’s area and entertainment start at noon Saturday-Sunday, Volkswalk Sunday, Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., SeaTac (206-973-4680 or CityOfSeaTac.com/InternationalFestival).

Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl and Medieval Faire

SAT-SUN Teams hurl pumpkins with trebuchets, medieval history re-enactors including knights on horseback in jousts and battles, medieval village with craft demonstrations, minstrels, food, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alexander Farm, 43rd Avenue Southeast and Ebey Island Road, Everett; $8, ages 4 and younger free; parking $5 (festivalofpumpkins.org).

Kelso Highlander Festival

SAT-SUN 5K fun run/walk, 8 a.m. Saturday; festival parade from downtown Kelso to the park, 10 a.m. Saturday; Highland Games, Highland dance competition, Scottish and Celtic craft and food vendors, Scottish music, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Tam O’Shanter Park, Kelso; free (highlander.kelso.gov).

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

SUN Traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music performances, hula performances, children’s hula workshop, children’s craft activities, Hawaiian food and products vendors, Hawaiian music, language and quilting workshops, documentary film, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).


SUN King County local food and sustainable living festival, celebrity chef cooking demos, gardening workshops, kids’ activities including bike rodeo, Ethnic Folk Stage; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond (chomplocal.org).

Fred Hutch 40th Anniversay Block Party

TUES Tours of new Visitors Center, special guests, science demos, food trucks, beer garden, 4-7 p.m., photos with the Mariner Moose, 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, 1100 Fairview Ave. N., Seattle (fredhutch.org/en.html).

Fremont Oktoberfest

PLAN AHEAD Tasting Garden with 100 beer varieties, 5-oz samples, German pretzels, bratwurst and other fair food, Buxom Beer Garden, 6 p.m.-midnight Sept. 18, 11 a.m.-midnight Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 20, ages under 21 with adult and dogs welcome Sept. 20 only; Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, 1 p.m. Sept. 20, Fremont neighborhood, Seattle; $20-$40 (fremontoktoberfest.com).

Piper’s Orchard Festival of Fruit

PLAN AHEAD Friends of Piper’s Orchard celebrate Carkeek Park’s historic orchard, informational presentations, cider pressing and tasting, live music, apple pie contest, activities for kids, guided tours of the historic orchard, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Sept. 19, Nancy Malmgren Environmental Center, Carkeek Park, Seattle (206-684-8020 or pipersorchard.org).

Fiestas Patrias

PLAN AHEAD Parade with low riders, dancing horses, 11 a.m. Sept. 19, South Park, Seattle; Latin American food, children’s activities, visual arts display, health fair, mariachi music, noon-6 p.m. Sept. 19-20, Seattle Center, Seattle (206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com).

Food events

Mercer Island Art UnCorked — Wine, Art, Food, Music

FRI Wine from local wineries, meet up with local artists, music, food trucks, 5 p.m. Friday, Mercer Island Sculpture Garden, 78th Avenue Southeast and Sunset Boulevard, Mercer Island; $25-$40 (mercerislandartuncorked.com).

Gold Medal Wine Experience

SAT Washington/Oregon wine awards, appetizers, benefits West Seattle Food Bank, 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Waterfront Marriott, Seattle; $59-$89 (eventbrite.com/e/2015-gold-medal-wine-experience-tickets-17033780496).

Swedish Pancake Breakfast

SUN Swedish pancakes with lingonberries, ham, live music, dancing, pancakes, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; $5-$9 (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).

Vegetarian Monthly Dining Event

WED Catered multicourse vegetarian meal (egg and dairy-free), non-vegetarians welcome, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Baker Community Club, 2811 Mount Rainier Drive S., Seattle; $16.95-$21.95, ages 6-12 half price, ages 5 and younger free (206-706-2635 or vegofwa.org/monthlydining.aspx).

Food Literacy Month

SEPT. 17 Exhibits and demonstration from chefs and local food organizations, panel discussion with local chefs and authors, children’s book authors, 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle (206-386-4636 or spl.org).

Happy Tails Wine Walk

PLAN AHEAD Benefit for Homeward Pet Adoption Center, walk through Wine District with samples at 18 wineries, dogs welcome, Dog Zone activities and vendors, 1-5 p.m. Sept. 19, Woodinville; $25-$45 (homewardpet.org/).


FallAbundance Plant Sale

SAT Trees, shrubs, perennials, including drought-tolerant species, grown by Arboretum Foundation volunteers and from three local nurseries, growing information available, proceeds benefit the Arboretum; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Graham Visitor Center, 2300 Arboretum Dr. East, Seattle (206-325-4510 or arboretumfoundation.org).

Harvest Festival, Children’s Garden Fair, Plant Sale

SAT Make dry flower arrangements, take home dahlia bouquets, taste and vote on the best tasting tomatoes, and guess potato poundage, plant sale, children’s activities, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Master Gardener Demonstration Garden, 15416 S.E. 16th St., Bellevue; free (425-485-5942).

The Odd Plant Show & Sale

SAT-SUN Cascade Cacti & Succulent Society show and sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Sky Nursery, 18528 Aurora Ave. N., Shoreline (206-546-4851 or skynursery.com).

Culinary Herbs

MON Info on growing, propagating and using a variety of herbs for cooking and landscape plants all year, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St., Seattle; free, preregister (206-685-8033).

Flower Show by Auburn Garden Club

TUE Theme “Over the Years with Notes and Blooms,” 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Auburn Senior Activity Center, 809 Ninth St. S.E., Auburn (253-939-8834).


Puget Sound Bird Fest

FRI-SUN Speaker Dr. John Marzluff, 7:30 p.m. Friday, free; guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, educational activities for all ages adults, hours vary Saturday-Sunday, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds and other Edmonds locations; preregister for some activities (425-771-0227 or pugetsoundbirdfest.org).

Washington State Political Items Collectors

SAT Show and sale, buy/sell/trade political and nonpolitical buttons, free appraisals, 1 p.m. Saturday, Bellevue Fire Station #9, 12412 Newcastle Way, Bellevue; free (253-945-2041 or washingtonstatepoliticalitemscollectors.yolasite.com).

Fantastic Fly-In

SAT Paragliding floats and fly-ins, food trucks, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Paragliding Landing Zone, Issaquah Hobart Road on Tiger Mountain, Issaquah; free trolley from parking at Issaquah Community Center and Issaquah Christian Church (downtownissaquah.com).

Meeker Mansion Psychic Fair

SAT Discover your future or uncover your past, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $5 admission, readers’ fees additional (253-848-1770 or meekermansion.org).

Anacortes Antique Machinery Show

SAT Display of static and operating antique agricultural, maritime, forestry and industrial artifacts including horses, steam fire engine, steam tractor and antique gas and steam engines, children’s activities, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., parade 11 a.m. Saturday, downtown Anacortes (amshow.org).

Museum events

Seattle Children’s Museum Grandparents Day

SAT Free admission for grandparent with paying grandchild, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s Museum, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $7.25-$8.25 (206-441-1768 or thechildrensmuseum.org).

Grandparents Grand Excursion

SAT-SUN National Grandparent’s Day, grandparent rides free when accompanied by a paying grandchild of any age on vintage train ride through Cascade foothills, 11:30 a.m., 1, 2 and 3:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie; $10-$18 (425-888-3030 or TrainMuseum.org).

Crafts of the Past, Fort Nisqually

SAT-SUN Demonstrations of crafts of the 1800s; Native American beadwork, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $4-$8 (fortnisqually.org).

History Cafe: The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop

SEPT. 17 Discussion about local history, topic Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org/).

A New Deal for Washington State Parks

SEPT. 17 Program on legacy of Great Depression-era work relief programs on State Parks, 6 p.m. Sept. 17, Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma; free museum admission 2-8 p.m. (washingtonhistory.org).

Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing

PLAN AHEAD Sea Chanteys and other sea songs, easy to sing for all ages singalong aboard the Historic Steam Ferry Virginia V at Lake Union Park, 8 p.m. Sept. 18, Virginia V Steamer, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-447-9800 or nwseaport.org).

Legacy of Seattle Hip Hop Opening Family Day

PLAN AHEAD Celebrate the opening of The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop with family-friendly activities, music, dancing, art, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19, Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $14-$17, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

50th Birthday Celebration

PLAN AHEAD Museum admission for original price of 50 cents all day, ceremony at noon, scavenger hunt, 1960s throwback costume contest, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19, Museum of Flight, Seattle (museumofflight.org).

Bug Blast

PLAN AHEAD See thousands of specimens from the Burke collection, meet live bugs, taste buggy treats, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; live reptile show in conjunction with “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” exhibit, 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 20, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or burkemuseum.org/.

Rebel, Jedi, Princess, Queen: Star Wars and the Power of Costume

ONGOING More than 50 handcrafted costumes from the first six Star Wars films including the mask of Darth Vader, gilded suit of C-3PO, robes of Jedi masters, Imperial Stormtrooper and other uniforms, armor, and royal gowns, with information and activities on the how they were created, through Oct. 4, entrance by timed ticket, EMP Museum, 325 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle; $23-$29 (206-770-2702 or empmuseum.org).

Paddle sports

Paddle for Plants

FRI-SUN Naturalist-guided kayak tours sponsored by Agua Verde Paddle Club, proceeds benefit Arboretum education programs; 3 and 5 p.m. Sept. Friday, 9 and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr. E., Seattle; $35 preregistration required (206-545-8570).

Dragon Boat Paddling — Kenmore

ONGOING Experience dragon boating. beginners welcome, 12 and older. no registration needed. all equipment provided, noon Sundays, 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Kenmore Waterfront Activities Center, 7353 N.E. 175th St., Kenmore; free (425-954-3129 or seattleflyingdragons.org).

Vashon Island “Raft-Up” Festival

PLAN AHEAD Human powered boats including kayaks, canoes, dinghies, rafts with music, food, races and games, benefits Vashon Youth and Family Services, 10 a.m. Sept. 20, Jensen Point Boat Launch, Vashon Island; $25 (206-463-5511 or vyfs.org/raftup).

Park events

Seattle Summer Parkways

SAT Explore the Central District neighborhood via a three-mile long route that connects to four neighborhood parks full of fun activities, including dance and fitness, music, chalk art, 11 a.m. Saturday, Powell Barnett Park, 352 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Seattle, and events at Pratt Park, Judkins Park, Garfield Playfields (facebook.com/events/135722130101068/); community spaces; stories, music and outdoor activities, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Douglass-Truth Library, 2300 E. Yesler Way, Seattle (206-684-4704).

What does it take to be a Kokanee?

SAT Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery event to learn about protecting local salmon populations, for ages 5 and older, 1 p.m. Saturday, Lewis Creek Park and Visitor Center, 5808 Lakemont Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; free, no registration required (425-452-4195).

Forest Nature Walk in Bridle Trails State Park

SAT Guided forest walk to learn about plants and animals of this natural area, 10 a.m. Saturday, Bridle Trails State Park, Northeast 53rd Street and 116th Avenue Northeast, Kirkland; free, by advance registration; Discover Pass required for parking (bridletrails.org).

Frog Frolic

SAT Celebrate 19 years of habitat preservation, restoration, and environmental education with guided bog tours, children’s activities, entertainment, food, raffle, silent auction to benefit continued wetland and habitat preservation, restoration, and environmental education in South King County, 1 p.m. Saturday, Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Avenue SE, Renton; free (425-432-4914 or shadowhabitat.org).

Planetarium Show “Ceres and the Asteroids”

SAT Follow the Dawn spacecraft for a look at the largest asteroid in the Solar System; Special Kids Show, 6 p.m.; if the sky is clear, astronomers will be on hand with telescopes for public stargazing afterward, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Edwin E. Ritchie Observatory, 11299 Arrow Point Dr. N.E., Battle Point Park, Bainbridge Island; $2 (206-842-9152 or bpastro.org).

Camp Long Mountain Festival

SUN Climbing opportunities including bouldering clinic on Schurman Rock, constructed by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and believed to be the first man-made structure in America, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; preregistration required for some activities (206-423-3460 or seattle.gov/parks/environment/rock.htm).

Night Walk at Mercer Slough

PLAN AHEAD Learn about nocturnal creatures, walk in the forest, for families with children ages 6 and older, 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center, Bellevue; $10, preregister (206-443-2925).


Revealing Coast Salish Cultures

SAT In celebration of the Duwamish River’s First Peoples, canoe families from around the region paddle in for a welcoming landing at Terminal 107 Park, 2 p.m., celebration at the Duwamish Longhouse with Tribal songs, dances, storytelling, artist demonstrations, noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way S.W., Seattle; free (duwamishrevealed.com/event/revealing-coast-salish-cultures/).

Family Concert

SAT Kids’ band The Not-Its! to benefit Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies campaign, 2 p.m. Saturday, Springfree Trampoline, 1875 N.W. Poplar Way, Issaquah; free, donations of school supplies requested (425-654-1306 or springfreetrampoline.com/family-concert-series).

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival Concert

SUN Chamber music, 3 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or spl.org).


Good Karma 5K

SUN Choose your own charity for proceeds, 5K run, 4K walk, and 15K run/walk, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Seward Park, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S., Seattle; $35-$55 (goodkarma5k.com).

Women of Wonder Run 10K & 5K

SUN Female-only 10K and 5K run and walk, benefits Team Survivor Northwest, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle; $35-$50 (promotionevents.com/WOW/Info.html).

Run Wild at Northwest Trek

PLAN AHEAD 5K and 8K runs, 5K walk, 8:30 a.m. Sept. 19, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville; $40-$45 includes park admission for the day, shirts while they last (nwtrek.org/run-wild).

Tough Mudder

PLAN AHEAD Team obstacle course races, proceeds support Wounded Warriors, Sept. 19, Palmer Coking Co., Black Diamond; $185-$205, $20/spectators (toughmudder.com).

Fremont Oktoberfest 5k

PLAN AHEAD All-ages run and walk ends at Fremont Oktoberfest festival entrance, 10 a.m. Sept. 20, Solstice Plaza, North 34th Street and Fremont Avenue North, Seattle; $25-$35 (206-633-0421 or fremontoktoberfest.com).


Lake City Lion Flea Market

SAT Antiques, vintage, new, used by 60 vendors, watch and jewelry repairs, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Ave. N.E., Seattle (206-362-4378 or lions-club.org).

Big Book Sale

SAT-SUN Friends of The Seattle Public Library sale of thousands of books, DVDs, CDs, most priced $1-$2; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (206-682-7567 or friendsofspl.org/booksales/).

Swedes Read Book Sale

SUN Books at bargain prices to benefit club programs, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle; (206-283-1090 or swedishclubnw.org).

Special interest

Celebrating Our Seniors: A Healthy Aging Fair

FRI Entertainment, games, giveaways, Active Senior Showcase, representatives from Northshore Senior Center and local retirement communities, noon-6 p.m. Friday, Country Village, 23732 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell (425-483-2250 or countryvillagebothell.com/).

Redmond at the End of the Ice Age: What the Bear Creek Site Tells Us

SAT Redmond Historical Society hosts program on the discovery of an ancient toolmaking site near the mouth of Bear Creek dating from over 10,000 years ago, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, 16600 N.E. 80th St., Redmond; free (425-885-2919 or redmondhistoricalsociety.org).

Seattle Children’s South Clinic Community Open House and Fair

SAT For families with children, activities, live music, tour of the new clinic, bring a doll or teddy bear for a checkup, fitted free bike helmets for ages 1-18 while supplies last; wearers must be present; learn about water safety and healthy eating, obstacle course, Zumba dance fitness instruction, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Seattle Children’s South Clinic, 34920 Enchanted Pkwy. S., Federal Way; free (seattlechildrens.org/classes-community/community-programs/health-fair/).

Snohomish Zombie Walk

PLAN AHEAD Zombies gather for walk, 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19, downtown Snohomish; nonperishable food bank donations requested (festivalofpumpkins.org).


Seattle Architecture Foundation

FRI Walking tours; Architecture 101 with focus on use of glass, 10 a.m. Friday; Art Deco Skyscrapers, 10 a.m. Saturday;, Seattle Architecture Foundation, 1333 Fifth Ave, Rainier Square Atrium, Seattle; $15-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org/).

Cascade/South Lake Union

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of neighborhood architecture and history, 10 a.m. Saturday, REI, 222 Yale Ave. N., Seattle; $10-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org/).

Pike/Pine Corridor

SAT Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tour of neighborhood buildings and history, 10 a.m. Saturday, Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle; $10-$25 (seattlearchitecture.org/).

Civil War Train

SAT Historic train through scenic foothills, living history event with brief Civil War battle re-enactment, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe; $18-$32 by reservation (360-569-7959 or mrsr.com).

Whidbey Island Farm Tour

SAT-SUN Explore 12 working farms, purchase locally-grown produce, visit farm animals, variety of activities and demonstrations, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. two farms are open only one day; free (whidbeyfarmtour.com).

Metro Employees Historic Vehicle Association (MEHVA)

PLAN AHEAD Trolley buses 3-hour tour of Seattle’s distinctive and varied nightlife neighborhoods; Pioneer Square, Broadway, Lower Queen Anne and the University District, stops for photos and coffee, 7 p.m. Sept. 18, Second Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle; $5 (mehva.org).

Adventures in Forest Ecology

PLAN AHEAD Discover hidden connections in the forests and share how we restore biodiversity and habitat in young forests of the Watershed, 9 a.m. Sept. 19, Cedar River Watershed Education Center, North Bend; $15 (seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/OurWatersheds/CedarRiverWatershed/ProgramsTours/index.htm).

Twilight Towns of the Watershed: Taylor

PLAN AHEAD Walk to learn history of Taylor, town now hidden beneath the forests of the Cedar River Municipal Watershed, walking on uneven terrain, 1 p.m. Sept. 19; directions upon registration; $10 (206-733-9421 or seattle.gov/util/EnvironmentConservation/OurWatersheds/CedarRiverWatershed/ProgramsTours/index.htm).

Travel events

Travel seminars

SAT Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Spain, 10 a.m.; best of Europe in three weeks on a budget, 1 p.m. Saturday, Savvy Traveler, 112 Fifth Ave. S., Edmonds; free, by reservation (425-744-6076 or savvytravelerstore.com).


Snohomish County Fight Against Hunger

SAT Help in one-hour shifts to pack nutritious, nonperishable meals for families in need, 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Snohomish Events Center, 1011 Second St., Snohomish; preregister (livingthedreamfoundation.com/)


Seattle Writes: The Art of Dialogue

SUN How to effectively use dialogue when writing novels, plays, screenplays and poems, 2 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Hill Branch Library, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Seattle; free, preregistration required (206-684-4725).