Saturday (July 12)
It’s going to be feast for the senses at the annual Tacoma Rose Society’s Rose Show from noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday. With the theme of “Oceans of Roses, Waves of Color” the show features rose arrangements, horticultural competitions, a photo contest and other rose lovers on hand to give advice. Head out to Jackson Hall, 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma for the free show and delve into the world of roses. For more information go online to tacomarosesociety.org.
This weekend’s Sumner Rhubarb Days is a small-town festival with a love for the tart fruit. It features a pancake breakfast, rhubarb walk, kids’ games in Heritage Park, petting zoo, tractor display, pie-eating contest, entertainment and more. Hours are 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Sumner. Go to sumnerdowntown.com/rhubarb_days.html for a schedule of events.
If you’re a boat lover, especially of Fairliners, then make a trip to the Dock Street Marina, 1817 Dock St., Tacoma, for the annual Fairliner Rendezvous. Boat owners and Fairliners lovers will convene from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, come out and join in the fun. It is free to the viewing public.
The Washington Distillers Guild is the largest of its kind in the nation, with 40 distilleries, and it is hosting the PROOF: Washington Distillers Festival on Saturday. Sample craft spirits from Washington distilleries from 5-9 p.m. at Fremont Studios, 155 N. 35th St., Seattle. Enjoy bites from local restaurants, and learn from expert mixologists, including how to set up the ideal home bar and how to mix cocktails. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP admission. Get the lowdown at proofwashington.org
It’s a blast from the past with the annual Fircrest Derby Days on Saturday. The classic gravity-driven soapbox races are divided into classifications based on the type of car – a home-built custom model or an “elite” traditional car – and age groups. Find your spot to watch the cars race by on Electron Way starting at 8:30 a.m. To find out more, go to derbyday.org.
Sunday (July 13)
Going for epic in its 16th year, Art on the Ave bills itself as Tacoma’s biggest arts festival. This year the one-day festival has expanded an extra city block, added carnival rides, a circus tent, four art installations and more than 120 arts and crafts vendors, plus the Grub Crawl, wine and beer tastings, and five-stage band lineup. It will close Sixth Avenue in Tacoma from Cedar to State streets including Jason Lee’s baseball field which will be filled with carnival rides (the only thing that requires paid tickets in this otherwise free festival). It’s a day full of activities, hands-on art projects, music, food and drink. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information go online to artontheave.org.
The Ballard Seafoodfest offers two days of fun in the heart of this Seattle neighborhood. Celebrating its fishing heritage, there will be live music, a salmon barbecue, a beerfest, a skateboard event, arts and crafts, and vendors providing family-friendly activities. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Get a schedule of events at seafoodfest.org.
Help your children explore the world of trains at Day Out With Thomas: Thrill of the Ride Tour. The family event all about Thomas the Tank Engine includes an opportunity to take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends-themed activities. It’s happening at the Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie. There will also be motor car rides, live steam models, and model trains to check out. It starts at 9 a.m. Sunday as well as July 18-20, with tickets starting at $23. Go to trainmuseum.org/thomas/main.html for the details.
The Olympia Film Society is going beyond just showing the food industry documentary “Fed Up” this week. At the film’s 5 p.m. Sunday premiere, holistic health counselor Jennifer Ganey will conduct a Q&A after the screening. Katie Couric narrates the film that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. If you can’t make the Sunday screening, the film also shows at 6:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 9 p.m. Tuesday, and 4 and 9 p.m. Thursday. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org.
For more event information go to online events calendar