July 4: Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk
Kickstart your Independence Day celebrations with a morning 4K with your favorite four-legged friend. At 9 a.m., dogs and owners will jog and walk a noncompetitive route near Ashwood Park in Downtown Bellevue. At the finish line, there will be music, a pet costume contest, photo booths, vendors, and more. bellevuedowntown.com
July 8–12 and July 15–19: Bridge for Youth
Who says kids can’t like bridge? If you have a kiddo between 10 and 17 who likes playing games, solving puzzles, and learning new games, they might like Bridge Day Camp on Mercer Island. The first week is for new and beginner players; the second is for players who already know the basics. $125 per five-day session. Register through Eventbrite.
July 9: Improv 100
Want to get to know the basics of improv? This class, which will take place for eight Tuesdays starting July 9, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Redmond, will teach you how to listen actively, create stories, conquer fears, and more. Register for the two-month course for $235 through Eventbrite.
July 12–13: Redmond Derby Days
This annual celebration, which has been happening for 79 years, is a bike race, carnival, 5K, and parade that features art, music, food, and more. There will be a cornhole tournament and a pancake breakfast, to boot. redmondderbydays.com
July 12–14: Redmond Arts Festival
Check out the work of more than 85 designers, artists, craftspeople, and nine live bands while enjoying hands-on activities from sidewalk chalk for kids to a community project. A shuttle bus runs between the arts festival and Redmond Derby Days so you can make a weekend out of it. redmondtowncenter.com
July 12–14: Kirkland Uncorked
Enjoy more than 70 Washington wines from the state’s finest and newest wineries. General admission tickets include 10 tastes of whites and reds and a commemorative glass. If you purchase your pass at a Fred Meyer in Kirkland, Issaquah, Redmond, Bellevue, Renton, Lynnwood, or Bothell, you will receive four more free wine-tasting tokens. kirklanduncorked.com
July 12–14 and 19–21: Day Out with Thomas
Do you have kids who love Thomas the Train Engine? Take a ride in the iconic blue engine, and enjoy a day full of Thomas & Friends activities. Train rides depart from Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie every 45 minutes. Tickets range from $25 to $28 for ages 2 and up. trainmuseum.org
July 13: BabyFest!
Calling all expecting parents! This is the biggest baby shower in the Pacific Northwest, where you can win prizes, attend seminars, get pampered, shop, and learn. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bellevue’s Meydenbauer Center. Tickets range from $15 to $90 and are available through Eventbrite.
July 13: Run for Beer
Head over to Four Generals Brewing in Renton at 11 a.m. for a 5K-ish run topped off by local beer. The course stretches from Four Generals and Dubtown Brewing, and no matter what pace you take, there will be beer waiting for you at the finish line. Register through Eventbrite.
July 13–14: Seattle to Portland
This is the largest multiday bicycle ride in the Northwest: More than 8,000 participants pedal all the way from Seattle to Portland, through valleys, forests, and farmlands. Register for the ride of your life, or set up a folding chair on the side of the road to cheer along the brave cyclists. cascade.org
July 17: Diversity Employment Day Career Fair
More than 90 major employers in the Seattle area will be at the Meydenbauer Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for this annual event. The event is free and open to all those over 18 years old. People of color, people with disabilities, women, veterans, LGBTQ, and mature candidates are encouraged to attend.
July 19–21: Sammamish Valley Celebration of Farms and the Arts
Head out to the gorgeous Sammamish Valley to visit farms and businesses, enjoy food demonstrations, take a class, and chat with a farmer. Lots of hands-on activities will be available, like tasting fresh food and local wine and digging into the soil. All ages are welcome, and some activities are free. sammamishvalley.org
July 19–21: Sequim Lavender Festival
This festival will be celebrating its 23rd year with more than 150 craft and lavender booths, live music, a food court, and more. Admission and parking are both free. lavenderfestival.com
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July 20: Historic Tiger Mountain Mine Hike
Tiger Mountain, located just a few miles south of downtown Issaquah, is full of stories about crime, deception, and coal mining. This is the newest addition to the Issaquah History Museum’s series of history hikes. The hike will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will cover about 2.5 miles. Tickets start at $10 and are available through Eventbrite.
July 22: Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish
This free event for kids includes both a concert and a fair at Lake Sammamish from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last year, 3,000 people attended to enjoy an exciting lineup of children’s entertainers, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, trampoline jumping, story time, and more. lakesammamishfriends.org
July 26–28: Kirkland Summerfest
This three-day event, now in its third year, boasts a wide variety of live performances, drinks and bites, and interactive activities. More than 35,000 people attend the event each year, making it one of Kirkland’s most popular signature festivals. kirklandsummerfest.com
July 26–28: Bellevue art fairs
For three days, Bellevue becomes the epicenter of art with its two arts festivals: BAM ARTSFAIR and 6TH STREET ARTS FAIR. Enjoy the works of hundreds of artists, live music, and more. bellevuearts.org/artsfair and bellevuefest.org
July 27: Sip Kirkland
Get a taste of the best wineries and breweries in the PNW. Sample from a wide variety of wines, beers, and ciders, and take advantage of the opportunity to chat with the makers themselves. Tickets start at $25 and are available through Eventbrite.
July 27: 3rd Annual Anderson Summer School Brewfest
Don’t miss this annual education in local brews at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell. Take a tour of the brewery, and enjoy live music outdoors. $28 tickets include a brewfest glass and 12 tasting tokens. mcmenamins.com
July 27: The Great Inflatable Race
Be a part of this fun run with inflatable obstacles that will make you feel like a kid again. Jump, dive, and bounce around the running course with your friends and family. Tickets are $75 per person — but check the website to see if they’re having a sale. thegreatinflatablerace.com
July 27–28: Saint James Faire
Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation invites you to the St. James village faire, which will feature knightly combat, puppetry, music, archery, minstrels, and more. You’ll step back into England in 1376 and enjoy a weekend of total whimsy. Admission is $10. camlann.org
July 29: Golf for Kenya
All proceeds from this annual golf tournament in Redmond support medical clinics in Kenya. Cost to attend is $200, which includes 18-hole golf, goodie bags, and a catered dinner. Register in advance through Eventbrite.