If some of your favorite summer activities include outdoor concerts, family festivals and community parades, you’ll find all these (and more!) at Celebrate Woodinville—a family-oriented summer event series leading up to the second annual Woodinville Festival. From free concerts in the park and local wine and beer tastings to a lively community parade and always-popular Basset Bash, we’ve got the inside scoop on this not-to-miss summer celebration.
The lovely Wilmot Gateway Park along the Sammamish River sets the stage for five concert dates from July 16 to August 16, 2014. With plenty of lawn for all, the first four concerts will take place on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., while Saturday, August 16, will feature two artists performing from noon till 5 p.m. The best part? All of the concerts will feature family-friendly, high-energy music that will get your groove going — or at least your kiddo hula hooping near the stage!
Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and pack a picnic, or check out the food trucks offering up fabulous local fare. It will be hard to resist the tasty bites and beverages from popular food trucks such as Barking Frog, Pompeii Wood-fired Pizza, Snoqualmie Ice Cream, and At the Vineyard French Bakery. There’s nothing better than live music and a cold, icy treat on a warm summer evening.
A Wine and Beer Garden for All
An added bonus for parents at Celebrate Woodinville is a wine and beer garden that not only has an excellent view of the stage, but allows the whole family to sit and enjoy the concert together. Guests must be 21 to purchase alcohol and each concert date will feature a different set of local wineries and breweries, such as J Bookwalter Winery, Lauren Ashton Cellars, Patterson Cellars, and Dirty Bucket Brewing.
Check out Celebrate Woodinville’s site to see who is pouring on the night you’re going. Psst! Bring your own glass and save on the wine and beer pours — it’s an eco-conscious event, after all.
Celebrate Woodinville Festival
Mark your calendars for the big festival that will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2014. Last year, 5,000 visitors attended this one-day event, so come early and plan to stay a while. The festival will kick off with a Woodinville Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast where you can meet some of the local firefighters and check out their awesome rides. The 36th Annual Community Parade follows, and then it’s the beloved Basset Bash — yes, it’s true, a Basset Hound-centered event with prizes such as “Best Waddle” and “Longest Ears.”
All afternoon, there will be plenty of fun things to keep you and the kiddos happy and entertained. In addition to the wine and beer garden and food trucks on site, you can check out the Woodinville Farmer’s Market and the Arts & Crafts Fair. For the Littles, there will be bouncy houses, face painting, soccer clinics, and martial arts demonstrations at the Woodinville Fields across the street. We guarantee the kiddos will wear themselves out without even trying!
Good to know
Wilmot Gateway Park and Woodin Creek Park (just south of Wilmot Gateway Park) also feature a playground and plenty of places to explore, stroll, or get some shade. Not a bad place to retreat to if your wee one gets overwhelmed, or just needs some quiet time.
Wilmot Gateway Park
17301 131st Ave. N.E.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
Online: celebratewoodinville.com or on Facebook
July 16: Hook Me Up
Jazz standards, instrumental pop, Latin tunes, vocal tunes, and original music.
July 23: Creme Tangerine
Performing hit after hit from arguably the best-loved rock band of all time, The Beatles!
July 30: Ko Ko Jo
A unique mix of original songs and cover tunes from The Beatles, Elvis, and Sugar Ray.
August 6: North Country Bluegrass Band
High-energy, acoustic bluegrass music.
August 16: Daniel Kirkpatrick
Fun blend of music that’s being called “vintage rock.”
August 16: FastLane
Dance to their blend of rock, R&B, funk, reggae, country, and pop.
August 16 Festival Schedule:
Woodinville Fire & Rescue Pancake Breakfast
8 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Fire Station 31
36th Annual Community Parade
11 a.m.-12 p.m.
175th St., downtown Woodinville
1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Woodin Creek Park
12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Wilmot Gateway Park and Woodinville Fields
Are you planning on attending any of the Celebrate Woodinville events? Tell us which one is your favorite in a comment below.
– Myriam Gabriel-Pollock
Photos courtesy of: Celebrate Woodinville and Carol Hook Photography