Creative play for all at the Arts in Nature Festival, August 25 & 26

Art and music in the summer lushness of a beautiful park – you can’t beat the combo! Community members of all ages are invited to take part in the festivities at the 19th Annual Arts in Nature Festival on August 25 and 26 at Camp Long.

Presented by the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, the Festival’s theme this year is “Convergence.” Artists and audience members are encouraged to participate with each other and with various art disciplines while enjoying the natural surroundings.

Of note this year is a performance on August 25th by Reverend Pat Wright’s Total Experience Gospel Choir, a must-see before the Reverend’s retirement. Music from artists Naomi Wachira, De Cajon, and Gamelan Pacifica, and others will also be presented over the weekend, along with poetry readings and visual installations by local artists. See the full schedule here.

Attendees can create their own works of art by participating in interactive, family-friendly activities, including performance by Northwest Puppet Center, linocuts, capoeira demonstrations & a labyrinth. Food trucks and a beer garden are also on hand to fuel the creativity.

The festival runs from noon to 9 pm on Saturday, August 25th, and from noon to 6 pm on and Sunday August 26th.  One-day tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day-of. Students/Seniors are $8 in advance or $10 day-of. Kids aged 10-17 are $5 advance, $6 day-of. Kids under 10 are free. Tickets can be purchased here. For scholarship information, please call 206-923-0917

Full weekend passes are also available, as well as the opportunity to sponsor a low-income youth to experience the festival who would not be able to attend otherwise. Sponsors receive a Full Weekend Pass, “Friend of the Festival” button, a special gift, and an exclusive invitation to our VIP Lodge Lounge event on Saturday, August 25.

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2018 Emerald City Open Water Swim

Saturday, August 18th
Andrews Bay, at Seward Park
9:00 a.m.

It’s time once again for the 34th Annual Emerald City Open Water Swim! Swimmers 10 to 110 years old can participate in this popular event at Andrews Bay in Seward Park, which includes half mile out-and-back and one-mile open water races. This year there will be a new Open category (no wetsuit, no age, no gender scoring) as well.

Lifeguards will be stationed along the course. Check in and day of race registration are available beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Register for the race online at (SPARC) or over the phone/in-person at Medgar Evers Pool (206) 684-4776. Registration barcodes are:

  • ½ mile (10 and older) – 182856
  • 1 mile (10 and older) – 182857
  • BOTH RACES (10 and older) – 182858


Single Race Fees:– Early Bird Fee- Adult $30.00
– Early Bird Fee – Youth $25.00
– Regular Adult Fee $45.00
– Regular Youth Fee $40.00

Early bird registration ends 8/10/18. Registration Fee is Non-Refundable.

Fee for participating in BOTH races:
– Early Bird Fee- Adult $40.00
– Early Bird Fee – Youth $35.00
– Regular Adult Fee $55.00
– Regular Youth Fee $50.00

Early bird registration ends 8/10/18. Registration Fee is Non-Refundable.

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Big Events in Parks, July 14 – 19, 2018

The following list contains major events that are taking place in parks across the city and will impact park use. Be safe, have fun, and plan your park visits accordingly.

Run Like a Viking 5K
Burke-Gilman Trail in Ballard
Saturday, July 14, 9 am start

Dragon Fest 2018
Hing Hay Park
Saturday, July 14, noon – 8 pm

West Seattle Summer Fest 2018
Junction Plaza Park
Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15

Ballard Seafood Fest 2018
Marvins Garden
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 13-15

STP Bicycle Classic 2018
Seward Park
Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15

Salsa Dance on Alki Beach 2018
Alki Beach Park
Saturday, July 14, 5 – 10 pm

TUF Fest 2018
Judkins Park
Saturday, July 14, noon – 10 pm

The Primrose Players present The Tempest
Pritchard Island Beach
Saturday, July 14, 6 – 9 pm

Eastlake Movie Night 2018
Rogers Playfield
Saturday, July 14, 7:30

Shakespeare in the Park 2018
Seward Park
Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival 2018
Volunteer Park
Saturday & Sunday, July 14 & 15, 11 am – 9 pm

Bicycle Sundays 2018
Lake Washington Blvd (portions)
Sunday, July 15, 10 am – 6 pm

Magnuson Pop-up Market
Magnuson Park
Thursday, July 19, 4 – 9 pm

Seattle Chamber Music Society Free Concert
Volunteer Park
Thursday, July 19, 7:30 pm

Summer Picnic in Volunteer Park
Volunteer Park
Thursday, July 19, 6 – 8 pm


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Floating Art Races at Green Lake July 14, for Seafair Milk Carton Derby

This Saturday, July 14, Green Lake visitors are in for a treat as creativity, science and boatmanship join forces at the Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby. Dozens of floating milk carton contraptions of all sizes and shapes, helmed by their makers, will compete for prizes and a winning title. A popular tradition since 1972, the event attracts watercraft built by kids, adults, families, schools and businesses, and is always an exciting salute to summer in Seattle. This year’s prizes include $3000 in prizes from Altitude Trampoline Park, Ivar’s, Sand Point Sailing, A la Mode Pies, Ezell’s Famous Chicken, and others.

Registration for boaters opens at 9 a.m., and the races begin at 10:30 a.m. Admission for non-participants is free. Vendor booths offering food, drinks and exhibits will be available near the racing site, which is staged this year so attendees can have better views from Green Lake Aqua Theatre. The Seafair Milk Carton Derby is presented by Safeway and Albertsons.

For more details, please visit the Seafair Milk Carton Derby website.

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Community invited to Garden Party fundraiser at Seattle Japanese Garden, July 12

The Seattle Japanese Garden’s big summer event, named ‘Festival in the Evening Sun’ for 2018, welcomes the public on Thursday, July 12 for a traditional Japanese dinner and drinks in sublime surroundings. From 6 to 9 pm, guests will celebrate the garden by evening light while listening to a jazz trio and watching the koi.

In its eighth year, the Garden Party’s proceeds support affordable public access to the garden, as well as the specialized needs of the garden, including cultural events, garden stewardship volunteer programs, and community outreach.

Seattle Parks and Recreation, which manages the Seattle Japanese Garden, reached an agreement in 2016 with the non-profit Arboretum Foundation for the Foundation to be the primary support organization for the Garden.

This year the Arboretum Foundation is pleased to unveil a new donor circle to acknowledge those who contribute $500-$10,000 annually in support of the Garden. As a Camellia Circle member, donors will help steward and enhance the landscapes and programs of this beloved public space for future generations.

Sponsors in 2018 of the Garden Party are the Arboretum Foundation, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Prentice Bloedel Unit 86, Tahoma Fuji Sake, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Steve Alley & Amy Scott, Skip Vonckx and Zanny Milo Noriko and Doug Palmer, Jeff Lehman & Katrina Russell, Yuka Shimizu, Joan Affleck-Smith and Nepier Smith.

Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

The Seattle Japanese Garden is located at 1075 Lake Washington Blvd. E. For more information, please contact Jessa Gardner, Seattle Japanese Garden Support Manager, at


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