Friday, June 4, 2010

Seattle Festivals

The rain may make you feel like Summer will never come, cheer up ! There is plenty to do in Seattle, rain or shine.

We are currently enjoying our annual film festival,so let it rain, we will go to the movies ! There will be more than 250 films shown at SIFF this year. A special tribute to Edward Norton will include a viewing of his new movie, Leaves of Grass and then he will speak after the viewing.

There will be an opportunity to see three more of his films as well. This is this evening, so don't miss it.

Silent films will also be show, the 1916 version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, with music being played by Magnetic Fields. Riders of the Purple Sage with music being provided by the Maldives. Also included is a rare version of the 1931 Chinese film , A Spray of Plum Blossoms.

Three movies honoring Leonard Bernstein's unforgettable scores, West Side Story, On the Town , and On the Waterfront, will also be included in the festival this year

Fifty Documentaries will be screened, including films about people from William S Burroughs to Condoles Rice. There is a documentary with a social message called , count Down to Zero

or a fun look at a David Byrnes concert called Ride, Rise , Roar.

Feeling nostalgic ? Martin Scorsese's Foundation has restored four films that will appear on Saturday afternoons.

Along with scores of new American Indie films and first run international movies there will be a 3D flick about Australian Cane Toads.

You can log onto to get a full agenda of everything playing and where and when it is being

And stay dry in the process.

Prefer to get outside? The street fairs ,festivals and parades are just beginning. Edmonds Waterfront Festival is this week end. There is a classic yacht show , a marine art exhibit, booths of Arts and Crafts, music and lots of food.

Free shuttle busses will both deliver and return people to the annual open house at the Willow Creek Fish Hatchery on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11:00-4:00 pm. There will be free fishing for kids under 12 and they will clean them for you as well.

Two tall ships will be moored in the Marina on J and I dock, admission is free and you can see the famous Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain. For more infromation log onto

The street festival to end all street festivals is in Fremont on June 19th and 20th. this is the 37th annual fair and Solstice Parade. It is not to be missed. Fremont is the self described center of the Universe and on these two days I believe it, we all do. It is kicked off with the parade like no other , if you want to be in the parade just join it, if you want to watch it is a sight to behold.
There are floats with dancers , clowns kids and dogs , each year a troop of "naked bicyclers" joins
the merriment. People are dressed in all forms of costumes made from feathers to paper. Little kids on decorated trikes, dragons, dogs and joyful dancers dancing every imaginable dance. Cool off in the many beer gardens , tour the blocks long booths full of Art and Crafts. Food from every corner of the world. fortune tellers, buskers, magicans and jugglers.The festival lives up the Fremonts motto : Delibertus Quirkus.... freedom to be peculiar.

Look for more in July.


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