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Monday, July 27, 2009

Don't Miss All the Fun this Weekend

Seafair Hydroplane Races

For those of you who have been in Seattle long enough, you must be aware about Seafair Hydroplane Races that are happening in the summer. This year, the race is happening at South Lake Washington, Stan Sayres Pits, starting from Friday through Sunday (July 31st - Aug 2nd). There will be an admission fee apply to this event. More information about admission fee.

In addition to the high-speed action on the water that draws thousands of fans to Lake Washington, there is also a wide-variety of entertainment options for the whole family on land. Returning in 2009 will be music all weekend in Genesee Park; plus an awe-inspiring pyrotechnic air show performance followed by a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday evening!

UmojaFest | African Heritage Festival and Parade

Another event that's coming up this coming weekend is Seattle's UmojaFest | African Heritage Festival and Parade. It's happening at Judkins Park - Seattle, WA.

"Umoja" is a Swahili word which means "unity", is the main theme of the festival. An artistic and cultural extravaganza that uniquely touches the spirit of the community, the Umoja Fest has historically been the most unifying celebration in the community, bringing people of all ethnic backgrounds together for a celebration of culture, education, social festivities and networking.

Event highlights :
include the African American Day Parade, Children's Day, African Drum & Dance, Jazz, Soul, Reggae, Spoken Word & Poetry, Hip-Hop Fest, Basketball Tournament, Soccer Tournament, Gospel Fest, Voter Registration, Bite of Africa, Vendor Marketplace & Community Resource Fair.

Shakespeare in Discovery Park

GreenStage will present the 21st annual Shakespeare in the Park series at Discovery Park on two dates this summer. The Comedy of Errors is set for Sunday, July 26 at 3pm and King John is Sunday, August 2 at 3pm.

GreenStage’s mission is to inspire audiences to engage with live theater. The productions are free, fun, and family oriented. They present Shakespeare’s plays simply, focusing on the text, story, characters and relationships in the play. The plays are free (though donations are welcome) and you don’t need reservations. Just show up and watch the show. They do recommend that to get a good spot you should arrive at least 20 minutes early.

Bring a blanket or a chair. They ask that audience members with chairs sit towards the back so as not to block the view of those on the ground. You are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch, dinner, or snack. The show goes on in all weather. They say that if an audience is willing to sit in the rain, they are willing to give them a show. This of course depends on just how wet it gets, and how much of an audience there is. The show will be cancelled in the case of lightning.