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Photo: Lake Union Boats Afloat

Photo: Lake Union Boats Afloat

Seattle boaters take note! The 35th Annual Boats Afloat Show is September 11th to the 15th, the largest floating boat show on the West Coast. Hundreds of boats will be docked and open to tour in South Lake Union, as well as gear, kids’ events, and over a dozen rare and notable boats. Admission is $18 for the opening night VIP experience, $12 a day from the 12th to 15th or $18 for a four day pass. Read the rest of this entry »


Photo: Connor Turner
Creative Commons Licensed via flickr

Once again, Bumbershoot snuck up on me. With summer in full swing, it’s too hard to plan ahead for Labor Day Weekend and the beginning of fall. When the lineup for Seattle Center’s annual music and arts festival was released way back in May I was excited, promising myself I’d get tickets early. Now, only a few days left until the biggest end-of-summer shindig and I’ve only just decided which day to go. All three headliners are incredible but I’m most excited for Saturday to see Grynch, Kendrick Lamar, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, and Crystal Castles.

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Victoria Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat in front of Victoria Clipper
Photo: Victoria Dragon Boat Festival Society

August is one of the months in the Pacific Northwest where you can usually count on nice weather and for those looking to make the most of the end of summer, there are plenty of options to keep you busy until the start of the school year and the return to cooler temperatures.

The Seattle Opera is performing its last cycle of “The Ring” under Speight Jenkins, retiring after 30 years working to make the Seattle Opera a Wagnerian center. In Victoria, the Dragon Boat Festival is a race and festival many enjoy every year. Labor Day weekend has many options this year including Bumbershoot music festival in Seattle, Art in the Pearl in Portland, and is a great weekend to head up to Victoria where you can take in the Vancouver Island Blues Bash and the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. For fans of the outdoors, Whistler has several mountain bike and racing events.

Here is our rundown of Things to Do in August:





San Juan Island:



Bard on the Beach
Photo: Creative Commons Licensed by Irene Kehler

While we all may be familiar with the common coupling of Shakespeare in the Park, Vancouver’s “Bard on the Beach” gives a whole new meaning to this pairing. When traveling around Vancouver in the summer months you cannot miss the spectacular white tents sitting along Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront in Vanier Park. Each tent hosts world class actors preforming some of Shakespeare’s most well-known plays. Read the rest of this entry »

Guest post by Pelindaba Lavender


At Pelindaba Lavender, just outside of Friday Harbor, WA, we host the annual San Juan Island Lavender Festival at our 20 acre organic lavender farm.  For the past 10 years we have spent two days each summer when the lavender fields are at their “peak of purpleness” hosting a party for thousands of our friends from all around the world.

For the lavender connoisseur we have it all.  For those not quite there yet, they usually leave enthusiasts! Tours and exhibits survey the entire process – from field to finished product.  The Gatehouse Farm Store is open for visitors to browse and sample many of the over 250 different lavender products we handcraft.  Workshops and demonstrations cover topics from lavender cultivation, harvesting and essential oil distillation to history and uses as well as cooking with lavender (bring your appetite!).  Kids and adults can make beautiful wands, wreaths, crowns and more at the craft tent.  Visitors can harvest their own bouquets of certified organic lavender from the many varieties in bloom in the Cutting Field, and the Production Fields are open for strolling, relaxing and breathtaking photo ops. Read the rest of this entry »

Rock the Shores Lineup

Rock the Shores Set Times

Guest Post from Rock the Shores

The second annual Rock The Shores is returning to Victoria, BC and will take place over two days, July 13 and 14, 2013, at the Juan De Fuca Recreation Centre’s lower fields. As the largest concert event of the summer on Vancouver Island, Rock The Shores 2013 will host 12 artists over the two-day festival, featuring Weezer, City & Colour, Mother Mother, Sam Roberts Band, Matthew Good, Awolnation, The Sheepdogs, Jimmy Eat World, 5440, Vince Vaccaro, Reignwolf and Acres of Lions.

With the goal of creating a very special setting and experience for this legendary concert, Rock The Shores 2013 will feature expanded food vendors and beverage gardens, a smoking zone and a special VIP area. Get your tickets now and join us for this unforgettable two-day concert experience Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14!

For visitors from Seattle, two night packages to Victoria can be purchased at clippervacations.com and start at $211 including transportation on the Victoria Clipper, two nights hotel and all taxes (however, this does not include Rock the Shores admission). For complete ticket information, discount information for Clipper packages, maps, travel information and more, please visit www.rocktheshores.com.

Seafair Pirates Landing / Photo: Joel Telling Creative Commons Licensed via flickr

Seafair Pirates Landing / Photo: Joel Telling Creative Commons Licensed via flickr

July is kicking off summer with sun and warm weather and is going to be a great month to be outside in the Pacific Northwest. In Victoria, events include Rock the Shores, the Chinatown Night Market, Victoria Ska Fest and Northwest Deuce Days. In Seattle, Seafair is in full swing including the Pirates Landing and the Torchlight Parade or try Bite of Seattle to get a taste of Seattle dining. In Vancouver, visit the Shipyards Night Market or the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. In Portland, have fun with the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Oregon Brewers Festival or take in one of the Portland Festival Symphony’s Concerts in the Park. In Whistler, visit for the Whistler Longboard Festival or Believe Freedom Festival. In the San Juans, visit Friday Harbor for the Lavender Festival or Summer Arts Fair.

Victoria Things to Do:

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SAM Remix

SAM Remix

Cultural events have a bad reputation with people in their 20s and 30s of being boring, stuffy and definitely not the thing you want to be doing on Friday or Saturday nights. A couple years ago, Seattle Art Museum started hosting SAM Remix, an event targeted at those 18-35, to try and change that reputation. I’ve been meaning to go since the event started and I finally had the opportunity to attend their spring Remix hosted in the downtown museum. The late night event includes DJs, performances and lots of activities.

At this Remix, there were two DJs and lots of things to do including legos, creating artist trading cards, poetry with word magnets and much more. The event was co-hosted by Seattle Opera’s BRAVO! Club which presented minimalist opera. BRAVO! Is for opera lovers 21-39 and membership includes 50% off opera tickets, special events, networking and more.

Remix has a cash bar for those 21+ and is perfect for a date or a fun night out with friends. The event was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to art lovers and anyone looking for a fun night out trying something different than the usual bar/club/live music scene.

Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park

The next SAM Remix is the annual Remix in the Park hosted in the Olympic Sculpture Park August 9. Usually Remix is hosted at SAM’s downtown location, but in August it is outdoors in the Sculpture Park. The Sculpture Park also has tons of other fun events planned for the summer including Thursdays at the Park featuring local food trucks, live bands, art activities, tours and Dancing ’til Dusk on August 29th. There are also free Yoga classes Saturday from 10:30-11:30 am (bring a mat and water) and Zumba from 2-3 pm (bring tennis shoes and water). If you’re looking for some free, outdoor fun in Seattle, the Sculpture Park is the place to be this summer.

For more info on SAM Remix, Summer at SAM and many of the other events happening in conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum this summer, visit http://www.seattleartmuseum.org

If you’re from out of town, visit clippervacations.com to book a Seattle Vacation package around some of these great events.



Portland Rose Festival

By Jason McHuff from Portland, Oregon, via Wikimedia Commons

We’ve compiled a list of amazing events and festivals that the Pacific Northwest is offering this June.  You don’t need to go far to find things to do!  Between Seattle, Victoria, Portland, Vancouver, Whistler, and the San Juan Islands, there are a wide range of wonderful activities and attractions, well worth checking out.

Seattle Things to Do:

Become a critic at the renowned Seattle International Film Festival, or find fun for the whole family at the Bellevue Strawberry Festival.  Celebrate the season at the Fremont Solstice Parade.  Take part in the Seattle Pride Parade festivities. Washington Brewers Festival, a Mariner’s Game, or one of the fantastic car shows are great places to celebrate Father’s Day.  Or take a trip over to the Bluegrass Festival and enjoy live music while you float the Wenatchee River!

Fremont Solstice Parade Poster

Fremont Solstice Celebration Poster

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Guest post by Jordan Stratford from Victoria Steam Expo

VICTORIA STEAM EXPO IVvictoriasteamexpoposter MAY 31 – JUNE 2
The Martial Art of Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk Beer Launch featuring Bucan Bucan, Burlesque Diva Lydia DeCarllo, and More!

The premiere steampunk event in the Dominion of Canada is back for a fourth year in Victoria, British Columbia. Where previous years have been encased in palaces of cut-crystal and gleaming brass, this year it’s the gritty back-alleys of the 19th century colonial capital which are brought to the fore – after-hours corners and upstairs dives where the paths of explorers and inventors cross with those of airship scoundrels & duplicitous courtesans.

At the Exposition’s old-brick 1909 headquarters there will be merchants, outfitters, panels, artists and authors, speakers and performers, history lections, and craft activities for families.

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