Weekend Highlight

Get inspiration to enhance your outdoor spaces this summer at the Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival Friday through Sunday, June 7-9, at Everett’s Legion Memorial Park.

The “sort of art, sort of horticulture” event features art for the garden and specialty plant vendors in an arboretum setting with display gardens, music, a food court and wine garden all three days. Kids activities include flowerpot painting and mosaic projects, and the Everett Animal Shelter will be on hand with adoptable pets.

On-site parking at Sorticulture is by ADA permit only. Free parking and shuttles are available at Everett Community College.

Also this weekend, entertainment, vendors and a carnival fill Lake Wilderness Park at the 60th annual Maple Valley Days festival Friday through Sunday, June 7-9.

Events feature a food-bank-drive Carnival Special, a $20 unlimited ride bracelet with donation of four nonperishable food items, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday only, and a community parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Maple Valley Creative Arts Council hosts ArtsFest exhibits, performances and art demonstrations and activities Saturday and Sunday and MV Idol Jr. performances Saturday after the parade at Lake Wilderness Lodge.

If getting out on the water this weekend sounds like fun, check out the Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay event Saturday, June 8, in Seattle, for sailboat and powerboat rides, kayaking, paddleboarding and tours of live-aboard boats. Activities are for all ages, including some just for kids, and it’s free.



Sorticulture Garden Arts Festival

Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9

Location: Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett; parking at Everett Community College lots H, J, K, L, with free shuttles at the Student Fitness Center, 2206 Tower St., Everett

More info: everettwa.gov/823/Sorticulture-Garden-Arts-Festival

Maple Valley Days

Time: 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 7, carnival until 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9; parade, 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, from Lake Wilderness Elementary School on Witte Road Southeast to Lake Wilderness Park; Arts Festival, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Lake Wilderness Lodge

Location: Lake Wilderness Park, 23601 S.E. 248th Place, Maple Valley; limited parking, $10 cash only; parking and shuttles at Lake Wilderness Elementary School and Rock Creek Elementary School, Maple Valley

More info: maplevalleydays.com/attend

Shilshole Boatfest

Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8

Location: Shilshole Bay Marina, 7001 Seaview Ave. N.W., Seattle

More info: portseattle.org/events/shilshole-boatfest