Get your fest on this weekend in South Lake Union, Rainier Valley and Edmonds

South Lake Union Block Party Aug. 11; Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival Aug. 12; Othello International Festival, Aug. 13; Taste of Edmonds, Aug. 11-13; Mount Rainier summer wildflowers.

Take your pick of summer festivities this weekend, including the South Lake Union Block Party on Friday, Aug. 11, Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, and Othello International Festival on Sunday, Aug. 13, all in Seattle. Or check out the festivities at the Taste of Edmonds, Friday through Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

South Lake Union Block Party kicks off the weekend with food vendors, a beer garden, music by local bands and activities for all ages Friday. The party continues until 11 p.m., and proceeds benefit Mary’s Place programs for homeless women and families.

The Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival takes over the Columbia City neighborhood with a community parade, car show and festival on Saturday. Festivities at Othello International Festival, also in Rainier Valley, feature multicultural performances, art activities, a zip line, food vendors and a petting zoo on Sunday.

South Lake Union Block Party

Time: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11.

Location: Denny Way and Westlake Avenue North, Seattle.

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Rainier Valley Heritage Parade and Festival

Time: Parade, 10 a.m.; festival, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Location: Columbia City and Hillman City, Rainier Avenue South from South Hudson to South Orcas Street, Seattle


Othello International Festival

Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

Location: Othello Park, 4351 S. Othello St, Seattle.


Taste of Edmonds

Time: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11-13.

Cost: $5/day, ages 12 and younger free.

Location: Civic Center Playfield,

300 Sixth Ave. N., Edmonds; parking and free shuttle bus from Edmonds-Woodway High School.


Mount Rainier National Park

Cost: $15/vehicle for seven days; $10/walk or bike in.

Location: Mount Rainier National Park, 39000 State Route 706 E., Ashford.

More info: 360-569-2211 or; also

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