Summer 2011 Arts and Crafts Events in Northwest Washington

If you are looking to get outdoors with the family this summer, consider visiting a local arts and crafts festival. The events listed are relatively inexpensive to attend, and include a variety fun filled entertainment for people of all ages.

Proctor Arts Festival
North 26th & Proctor in Tacoma
Saturday August 6, 2011 from 9am – 6pm

Located in the charming Proctor District in Tacoma, is the Proctor Arts Festival, which will be running Saturday August 6, 2011 from 9am – 6pm. The event will feature several local arts and crafts vendors, and performing arts entertainment stages will be set up throughout the area. It is taking place on the same day as the annual Bite of Proctor, so there will be a variety of delicious food options to choose from at locations around the district. Please visit the website above for a detailed schedule of events and map.

Taste of Tacoma – presented by the Emerald Queen Casino
Located at Point Defiance Park in Tacoma
June 24 – 26, 2011
Friday & Saturday from 11am – 9pm; Sunday from 11am – 8pm

A favorite amongst locals, the annual Taste of Tacoma takes place at the Point Defiance Park during the last weekend of June. An extensive list of local restaurants set up booths at the festival every year, offering the public a variety of tasty cuisine to choose from. There is also a number of activities for children to enjoy, including amusement rides and games and face painting booths. For adult entertainment, there will be several stages set up throughout the park by local radio stations, featuring a number of local musicians as well as comedians. Parking is available across the street from the park in the Funland parking lot and costs $10. Traffic can get backed up at this popular event, so you may want to consider taking a shuttle bus offered by Pierce Transit. Those that choose to drive can get a free ride on the Taste Chuck Wagon, which will be making trips from the Funland parking lot to the Taste entrance throughout the day. For the complete entertainment schedule, full list of vendors and a map with directions, please visit the website above.

Family Fun Day: Mia Yoshihara Creates
Located at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience
719 S King St in downtown Seattle
Saturday May 21, 2011 from 1 – 3pm
Museum Admission: 12.95 for adults, 8.95 for youth, free for children 5 & under

Local artist, Mia Yoshihara Bradshaw , will provide students with an introductory training on creative book-arts with a focus on creating “flag-books”. Flag books are more like a paper sculpture than traditional books and they are a fun way to express yourself and your creativity. They can be used as a type of scrapbook, holding important photos or mementos or the they can be created as a special personalized card. This class is free to museum customers. Please visit the event website above for further information or for a map and directions to the museum.

etsyRAIN Spring Handmade Craft Show
Seattle Center: Intiman Theater
201 Mercer Street, Seattle
Saturday May 7, 2011 from 11am – 5pm

Handmade craft lovers are sure to enjoy the etsyRAIN Spring Handmade Craft Show, taking place at the Seattle Center’s Intiman Theatre. A number of local artisans will be presenting fun, creative and beautiful crafts that were all originally handmade right in the Northwest. This is the perfect place to shop for a last minute one of a kind Mother’s Day gift or any other special occasion, and you’ll feel good about supporting local artisans with your purchase. Admission is free and the first fifty customers in live will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies from participating vendors. Visit the website above for more information.

Redmond Town Center Annual Sidewalk Sale and Arts Festival
7525 166th Avenue NE
Redmond, WA 98052
June 25-26, 2011 from 10am – 7pm; June 27 from 12pm – 4pm

The Redmond Town Center Annual Sidewalk Sale is a popular local event that provides a day full of fun and entertainment for the whole family. The event features tons of clearance and sale items from participating retailers and art enthusiasts can browse through a large selection of handcrafted wares made by local artisans. There will also be street performers, face painting and other creative and fun activities for the kids. Admission is free! For further information visit the Redmond Town Center website.