There’s plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City this three-day weekend. Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy at Tacoma’s annual celebration or take advantage of no entrance fees and spend your holiday at one of the Washington State Parks or National Parks. We’ve got all the fun happenings below, so plan your fun today!

photo: Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, Public Domain.


46th Annual Model Railroad Show
All aboard! This Northwest family tradition (now in its 46th year!) will feature dozens of model railroad displays and layouts, hands-on activities and crafts, history of Pacific Northwest Railway museums and rides aboard the Iron Horse Railway—a kid-sized train! Kids and parents will also enjoy learning the tricks of the trade from expert mini-engineers who have been designing model layouts for decades. Sat.-Mon. Event details

Hawaii Weekend
Put on your best Hawaiian garb and take a break from winter at the Seattle Aquarium. During this special Hawaiian-themed weekend, explore a little slice of the tropics and discover some of the unique sea life that originates only in the Hawaiian Islands. This special event will also feature Hawaiian entertainment, hands-on activities and special diver shows. Sat.-Mon. Event details

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together to celebrate as a day on, not a day off. Mon. Event details


Washington State Park Free Days
n honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, enjoy all Washington State Parks for free. On the Eastside, take in the beautiful sights and sounds of Lake Sammamish State Park, Bridle Trails State Park or St. Edward State Park without the need of a Discover Pass. Mon. Event details

Holiday Farm Tour: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
If you’ve always wanted a tour of the farm to meet our resident farm animals, this is your opportunity! You will get to meet our ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits, and even pet some of them, all while discovering what it takes to be a farmer. Mon. Event details

Forest Walk at Lewis Creek Park
There’s an entire world hiding within the layers of Bellevue’s forests. Learn what makes up the canopy and why each layer of the forest is important to resident wildlife. Afterwards, you’ll go out on a short walk with a ranger to put you new forest knowledge to the test. Best for children ages 5-10 with accompanying adult(s). Sat. Event details

—Kate Loweth


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