Search form

What’s Good This Weekend | August 26–28

Spark Public

What’s Good This Weekend | August 26–28

Garlic Fest, Mambo dancing, free national parks admission and more!

August 23, 2016

Whether you’re a hungry, broke college student or a full-grown, content adult who just pretends they have their stuff together, this weekend has something for everyone. From the mountain highs to the valley lows, anyone can inhale some fresh air, get a spice of life, and pop in for some delicious food. But we’re having one of the hottest months on record! Stay hydrated, my friends.

Friday, Aug. 26

National Park Service Centennial

It’s the 100th birthday for our National Parks Service! That means you can get in FOR FREE at ANY national park in the entire United States this weekend. Washington has 18 beautiful places for you to explore. Make a road trip! Bring your dog! Get some exercise! Have a picnic! The weather’s nice and the mountains are calling.  (See more)

Locations: National Parks in Washington
Cost: FREE

Friday, Aug. 26

Makah Days Fair

Take a road trip to celebrate thousands of years of Native American history with the Makah Tribe of Neah Bay. It’s the 26th anniversary of the celebration, honoring when these truly original Americans were finally granted citizenship and the right to vote in 1924! Enjoy a street fair with arts and crafts, pageants, warriors, a Grand Parade, dances and a coronation of the Makah Royal Court. There’s even an endurance challenge for those with too much adrenaline.  (See more)

For your Facebook calendar: The event page
Time: Noon–7:00 p.m.
Location: Neah Bay
Cost: FREE


Saturday, Aug. 27

‘90s Bar Crawl

21+ only! Trying to make a record for the nation’s largest ‘90s event, a young group of hooligans are simultaneously going around Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Charleston, Cincinnati, and Louisville. Join the Seattle crowd at Pyramid Brewery (where you register between 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.), Fuel Sports, 88 Keys, Moe Bar, Chieftain Irish Pub, Raygun Lounge, Trinity Night Club and Central Salon. Throughout the evening, take advantage of food specials and marked-down drinks! Get ready for nostalgia because all locations will be playing throwbacks. And come in your ‘90s attire: time to pull out those butterfly clips, baggy flannels and platform shoes! (See more)

For your Facebook calendar: The event page
Time: 2:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Locations vary
Cost:  Tickets start at $20, and increase in price the longer you wait.

Saturday, Aug. 27

Sustainable Ballard Festival

This year, “People Power” has been chosen as the festival theme. The Mayor kicks off the fest. Bring your two-wheeler for a bike parade. Also listen to the cultural sounds of African drums, enjoy live musical performances, learn about more sustainable habits, and eat lots of yummy food from local vendors! (See more)

For your Facebook calendar: The event page
Time: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Location:  Commons Park, Ballard
Cost:  FREE


Sunday, Aug. 28

Mambo Pica Pica

Show off your salsa and mambo moves at Dance Underground Studio, hosted by Cesar Sanchez and Roy Ruiz! This happens every last Sunday of the month. Dance class begins at 7:00 p.m., social dancing at 7:45, and the last dance starts at 11:00 a.m. If you show up early, you can have dinner or grab a drink at a nearby restaurant. Mambo Pica Pica was founded to bring together music, dance and community through Mambo, a Latin-American dance. (See more)

For your Facebook calendar: The event page
Time: 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Location: Dance Underground Studio
Cost: $9 cover charge, $10 with the workshop

Sunday, Aug. 28

Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show

Even if you don’t like garlic, you’re sure to satisfy your taste buds with the large variety of food to be found at this Shoreline attraction — there’s also a beer garden! Chef demonstrations and band performances will be happening on two stages. It’s an all weekend event! (See more)

For your Facebook calendar: The event page
Time: Friday: Noon-7:00; Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.; Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location:  N. National Ave, Chehalis
Cost:  General admission is $5; seniors and members of the military pay $4; kids under 8 years old are free.


Kelsey Hamlin

Kelsey Hamlin is a former intern with Spark Public (formerly What's Good 206). Hamlin attends the University of Washington, majoring in journalism and law, societies  and justice. She completed an internship with The Seattle Times as an Olympia legislative reporter and is currently interning with South Seattle Emerald as well. See her other work on her website, or find her on twitter @ItsKelseyHamlin.

Fun Fact: When Kelsey was three years old, she had to have emergency eye surgery after her eye swelled itself shut. To this day, the doctors have no idea what caused it.

More stories by Kelsey Hamlin