South Lake Union Block Party Aug. 11; Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival Aug. 12; Othello International Festival, Aug. 13; Taste of Edmonds, Aug. 11-13; Mount Rainier summer wildflowers.

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Take your pick of summer festivities this weekend, including the South Lake Union Block Party on Friday, Aug. 11, Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Othello International Festival on Sunday, Aug. 13, all in Seattle. Or check out the festivities at the Taste of Edmonds, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

South Lake Union Block Party kicks off the weekend with food vendors, a beer garden, music by local bands and activities for all ages Friday. The party continues until 11 p.m., and proceeds benefit Mary’s Place programs for homeless women and families.

The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival takes over the Columbia City neighborhood with a community parade, car show and festival on Saturday. Festivities at Othello International Festival, also in Rainier Valley, feature multicultural performances, art activities, a zip line, food vendors and a petting zoo on Sunday.

South Lake Union Block Party

Time: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Location: Denny Way and Westlake Avenue North, Seattle.

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Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival

Time: Parade, 10 a.m.; festival, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Location: Columbia City and Hillman City, Rainier Avenue South from South Hudson to South Orcas Street, Seattle


Othello International Festival

Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

Location: Othello Park, 4351 S. Othello St, Seattle.


Taste of Edmonds

Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

Cost: $5/day, ages 12 and younger free.

Location: Civic Center Playfield,

300 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds; parking and free shuttle bus from Edmonds-Woodway High School.


Mount Rainier National Park

Cost: $15/vehicle for seven days; $10/walk or bike in.

Location: Mount Rainier National Park, 39000 State Route 706 E., Ashford.

More info: 360-569-2211 or; also

Taste of Edmonds is celebrating its 35th year of crowd-pleasing with an array of food, entertainment and arts and crafts. More than 25 food vendors, from Afghan Delicious to Zieglers Bratwursts, offer something for every taste, along with lots of beverage choices at the beer and wine gardens. KidsZone keeps young fairgoers happy with an entertainment stage, bouncy house, pony rides and other activities. Proceeds from the event benefit Edmonds Chamber of Commerce community events throughout the year, as well as local nonprofits.

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Plan a trip out of town to see Mount Rainier’s famous colorful wildflowers now in bloom, perfect for a day trip or a longer stay. Mount Rainier’s wildflower season is short, through frost in late August, and Mount Rainier National Park is one of the state’s most-visited attractions, especially on summer weekends. Wait times can be long at the Nisqually and White River entrances. Road construction and repair projects in the park can also cause delays. Head out early and/or on a weekday if you can; the beautiful scenery is worth the extra time to get there.

Mount Rainier National Park’s website has a page dedicated to seasonal wildflowers, with detailed information on what’s in bloom, photo galleries and all the information needed to plan your visit.