Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Fairs, Festivals, Fans and Ferries

By Nicola Zanchi

Fourth of July has come and gone, but in the Evergreen State that means our summer is just getting started. As always, it's a time of year full of events, starting this weekend when we expect thousands of people to flock to our ferries as a great way to reach the fun. With the sunshine out at times (we hope!), and plants in full bloom, locals and visitors alike will be sailing to several locations in the Puget Sound (pdf 520 kb) to celebrate local crops, food, and fun.

It's hard not to smile with this view on your next weekend adventure.

Here's a run-down of this weekend's fairs and festivals accompanied by a map of the best ferry routes to get you there:
  1. Sequim Lavender Festival
    July 15 – 17
    Street Fair: Friday and Saturday, 9 am – 7 pm; Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm
    Self-Guided Free Farm Tours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 am – 5:30 pm

    Best routes: Port Townsend/Coupeville and Edmonds/Kingston
    Best times to travel:Port Townsend/Coupeville and Edmonds/Kingston

  2. Vashon Island Strawberry Festival
    July 15 – 17
    Friday, 5 pm – 9 pm
    Saturday, 7 am – midnight
    Sunday, 7 am – 7 pm

    Best routes: Fauntleroy/Vashon, Southworth/Vashon and Point Defiance/Tahlequah
    Best times to travel: Fauntleroy/Vashon, Southworth/Vashon and Point Defiance/Tahlequah

  3. Bite of Seattle
    July 15 – 17
    Friday and Saturday, 11 am – 9 pm
    Sunday, 11 am – 8 pm

    Best routes: Seattle/Bainbridge and Seattle/Bremerton
    Best times to travel: Seattle/Bainbridge and Seattle/Bremerton

  4. Bremerton Summer Brewfest
    July 15 - 16
    Friday, 4 pm – 9 pm
    Saturday, Noon – 6:30 pm

    Best route: Seattle/Bremerton
    Best times to travel: Seattle/Bremerton

Sports, sports, and more spectator sports
Don't forget that the Mariners, Storm and Reign are in town this weekend and we'll see plenty of fans headed to the stadiums via ferry:
  1. Mariners at Safeco Field
    Friday, July 15: 7:10 p.m. versus the Houston Astros
    **NOTE** An extra sailing has been added on Friday to accommodate fans. It will leave Bremerton at 10:15 p.m. and leave Seattle at 11:30 p.m.
    Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17: 1:10 p.m. versus the Houston Astros
  2. Storm at Key Arena
    Friday, July 15: 7 p.m. versus the Washington Mystics
    Sunday, July 17: 4 p.m. versus the Chicago Sky
  3. Reign at Memorial Stadium
    Saturday, July 16: 7 p.m. versus the Western New York Flash

Expect to see Mariners fans throughout the weekend at Colman Dock heading to the games.

Tips, tricks, and travel bits
If you're joining in on the festivities and traveling on Washington State Ferries, be sure to plan ahead and make vehicle reservations as needed. 

Now, let's all hope that the weekend looks like this:

Seattle's Colman Dock on a sunny day.