Washington may be known as one of the wettest places on earth, but when summer rolls around, things start looking a lot brighter. No one appreciates fair skies quite like Washingtonians—so now’s the time to dry things off and enjoy the warmer weather.
While Bellingham is nationally known for attracting masses of skiers, once the slopes have melted, what's left is a charming coastal town chock full of events that embody the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. One of Bellingham's main seasonal draws is Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema, now in its 12th season. Grab your blanket or lawn chair and come down to Village Green in Bellingham to enjoy not just open-air screenings, but games, prizes, trivia and more. Musical acts including Pretty Little Feet, Evolution Trio and Damon Dmitri Jones will get the party started; once the sun sets, it’s truly showtime. This year's lineup will include newer releases like Eat, Pray, Love, American classics Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Jaws, and fun family films such as Despicable Me and The Goonies. Refreshments, popcorn and pizza from local favorite Fairhaven Pizza Company will be available if you find yourself with a case of the munchies. Find schedules and more information at www.epicap.com/fairhaven-outdoor-cinema.
For 19 years and counting, Comcast Bite of Seattle
has satisfied Washington's cravings for the best food in the region. One of the state's largest summer festivals, this delicious event features local cuisine from over 50 of the Evergreen state's best restaurants and top 30 food production companies. Wash it all down with a cold one at one of five on-site beer gardens or delight your palate with a wine tasting. For a little entertainment to go along with all this delicious fare, take in a show at the comedy club or one of many live music options. The event takes place July 15 through 17. Visit www.comcastbiteofseattle.com for additional information.
Parades are one of America's most beloved summertime traditions, and none light up the night quite like the Northwest's largest illuminated parade, Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade on July 30. This is “one of Seattle's biggest nights for family tradition,” attracting over 300,000 attendees last year. You'll be awe-struck at the massive “Macy's-style” helium balloons floating overhead. Swash-buckling Seafair pirates and crazy clowns will delight the whole family, and the magical illuminated floats will dazzle after dark. Among this year's features are drill teams and a variety of live local music acts—all hosted by celebrity actor and comedian Drew Carey, this year's Grand Marshall. The parade starts at the Seattle Center at approximately 7:30pm, but for spots with good views it's best to get there early. For ticketing and additional details, visit www.seafair.com.
From bazaars boasting the freshest of produce and finest in local fare to live music, parade spectaculars and movie screenings under the stars, Washington serves up a wealth of warm sun and summer fun. Plan now to get out and enjoy it all.