From live music, to movies, trail runs and more, there is a seemingly endless variety of great family activities available this summer in King County Parks.
From live outdoor music at Marymoor or Tolt-MacDonald parks, to a quiet horseback ride on Taylor Mountain, or just a quick run along a regional trail, King County Parks offers plenty of options for summertime fun.
Trail and parks use is at its highest this time of year, and visitors are encouraged to help keep these public places enjoyable for all by following leash laws, pet scooping laws, and speed limits for wheeled trail users.
And don’t forget: Fireworks are prohibited at all King County Parks properties. Fans of professional fireworks shows in a beautiful, small-town setting are invited to come to Tolt-MacDonald Park for the City of Carnation’s annual July 4th celebration.
Here is a sample of what’s going on in the 200-plus parks, and 28,000 acres of open space – be sure to visit the King County Parks website for even more possibilities.
Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park
SCOTT Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series
Saturday, July 9 – Five kilometers, 10.8 miles or 19.5 miles
The 14th-annual trail run series resumes July 9 with a choice of races spanning five kilometers, 10.8 miles or 19.5 miles along Cougar Mountain’s beautiful backcountry trail network. Join with family and friends on a run through cool forests and past historic artifacts that make Cougar Mountain such a treasured part of King County Parks’ 28,000-acre network of parks and open space. Race details, including registration, are available online.
First Tech Movies@Marymoor
The 12th season of Wednesday evening movies kicks off July 6 with “Back to the Future,” and a special appearance by the Zambini Brothers giant puppets. “Jurassic World” follows on July 13.
Movies are shown on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. All events are “bring your own seating,” dog friendly and smoke free. Event entry is $5 per person for all activities, and kids age 5 and under are free. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m., and movies start at dusk. Parking is $5 per vehicle.
All Movies@Marymoor events feature a movie trivia contest and a variety of performers, including stilt walkers, acrobats, jugglers and giant puppets. Every event also offers a selection of King County’s best food trucks, including Wicked Pies pizza, Charlie’s Buns n’ Stuff, Buddah Bruddha, Roll OK Please, Express Mexican Kitchen, Caramia’s Sweetie Treaties, kettle corn and more.
Marymoor Park Concert Series
All shows at King County’s Marymoor Park feature general festival seating on the lawn, with some shows offering reserved seating. Performances take place regardless of weather. Ticket information is available at www.MarymoorConcerts.com.
Food options for the 2016 season will include many popular food trucks: Athenas, Ben & Jerry, Biscuit Box, Bread & Circuses, Buddha, Candy Butcher Hot Dogs, Caravan Crepe, Charlie's Buns N Stuff, Dirty Dog, Dumpling Tzar, Full Tilt Ice Cream, Gai Box, Grilled Cheese Experience, Hallava, Kiss My Grits, Napkin Friends, Now Make Me A Sandwich, Nosh, Pompeii, Rancho Bravo, Raney Bro's, Roll OK, Sam Choy's, Street Treats, Streetzeria, Tokyo Dog, Tummy Thai, Veraci, Veritas, Wicked Pie, Woodshop BBQ, Where Ya’ At Matt. For a complete list of food vendors for the summer 2016 series, visit www.marymoorconcerts.com/venue-info/food-beverage.
Saturday – July 16 – 6 p.m.
Barenaked Ladies with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Howard Jones
Perennial favorites Barenaked Ladies bring their quirky, catchy songs to the Marymoor stage for the second-consecutive year, this time as part of their “Last Summer on Earth” tour. The band just released a live album, recorded during last year’s tour. Synth-pop pioneers Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and ‘80s hitmaker Howard Jones open.
Friday, July 22 – 6 p.m.
The String Cheese Incident
The impossible-to-define, bluegrass-rock-funk-psychedelic band with a penchant for immersive visual presentations bring their show to the Marymoor stage. In their two-plus decade run, the band has created legions of faithful fans who simply won’t miss an SCI concert.
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Back for a third-consecutive summer, the wildly popular Timber! Outdoor Music Festival comes to beautiful Tolt-MacDonald Park with a tremendous lineup of more than two dozen artists, including Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, the Moondoggies, Lemolo and so many more. There’s even lots of special music and activities for kids.
This immersive weekend of music, activities, great food and beverages is quickly becoming a must-do summertime activity. Learn more at timbermusicfest.com.
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
Get in shape for the summer by becoming a regular at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, where you’ll find a full slate of open and family swims. Can’t swim? No problem! Lessons with certified teachers are available for all ages and skill levels. The Aquatic Center is a legacy venue from the 1990 Goodwill Games, and has hosted numerous club, state, collegiate, national and international competitions for nearly a quarter century.
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King County Parks—Your Big Backyard—offers more than 200 parks and 28,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails, and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate, and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs. Learn more at kingcounty.gov/parks/.