GET OUT: Boats Afloat Show, Def Leppard and the Washington State Fair

Take in hundreds of boats on display at the annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show.
Take in hundreds of boats on display at the annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show. Staff file, 2000

Wednesday (Sept. 16)

Seattle’s Lake Union Boats Afloat Show opens

It’s opening day of the annual Lake Union Boats Afloat Show with more than 200 new and used vessels to check out. From cabin cruisers to sailboats, performance ski boats to hundred-foot mega-yachts, the show is billed as the largest floating boat show on the West Coast. Talk to industry professionals about marine lenders and insurance, parts and services and the latest innovations in accessories. There are also free boat rides, docking lessons, kids sailing lessons and more. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends, continuing through Sunday. For ticket information and complete schedule of events go to boatsafloatshow.com.


Def Leppard will rock the White River Amphitheatre

Come out for the rockin’ sounds of Def Leppard when they perform in a 7 p.m. concert Wednesday. Head out to the White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn. Tickets start at $29.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.


What’s happening at the Washington State Fair

The pop and R&B group Fifth Harmony will be performing with special guest Bea Miller at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Stand. Tickets are $28-$55 and include fair admission.


Gate hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $12.50 adults, $9 ages 6-18 and seniors 62 and older, free for kids 5 and younger. Parking in the fair lots is $10 Mondays-Fridays and $15 Saturdays and Sundays.


Transit options include:


Pierce Transit’s Fair Express service begins daily at 9:15 a.m. with the last trip leaving the fair at 11:30 p.m. Service is provided from the Tacoma Mall, Lakewood Towne Center and South Hill Mall; parking is free at these sites.

Fares are $2 one way for adults, $0.75 for seniors and disabled and youth 18 and younger. Up to four children, ages 13 and younger, may ride free when accompanied by a fare-paying customer.


Sound Transit Express Route 578 also runs between Seattle and Puyallup daily.

Check the schedule at soundtransit.org/schedules/ST-Express-Bus/578