Summer fun! Festivals and celebrations

             Whether you’re done with school already or almost there, you can’t deny it’s time to start making summer plans! What’s that you say? You’re broke? Have no fear, because you are lucky enough to live in a city where free activities abound, especially during the summer months. And to help you take advantage of these fun events for the monetarily challenged, I have put together a series of posts to let you know about the different activities going on around Seattle. This week’s topic: festivals and celebrations.

            Festivals and celebrations are the perfect place to pass the time without spending your hard-earned dough. There’s free entertainment and often free food samples, and don’t forget about all the free gizmos the different booths give out!

First up is the 39th annual Fremont Fair, where you can eat, drink, hear music, and of course, see art cars and the naked bike riders.

Coming up is the West Seattle Summer Fest (also known as West Fest), a three-day celebration from July 9th through July 11th.

The Chinatown-International District Summer Fest takes place the same weekend at Hing Hay Park, and the Wallingford Street Fair is also on July 10th.

Then at the end of July, some of the library’s branches will be celebrating their hundred year anniversaries, including the University Branch (July 17th), West Seattle Branch (July 24th), and Green Lake Branch (July 31st). Each branch’s celebration will include live music and clothing displays from the 1910s, as well as children’s crafts, refreshments, and giveaways.

To wrap up the summer, the South Lake Union Block Party will be at the South Lake Union Discovery Center (Aug. 13th), followed by the Central Area Community Festival at the Garfield Community Center (Aug. 21st-22nd). But remember, these are only a few of the many festivals going on this summer.

For a longer list of celebrations going on around town, go to the Seattle Times’ website: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/outdoors/2011849395_nwwbestbets13.html

 Post by Callan, teen blogger

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