What to Do in Seattle
Burien Farmers Market
Looking to pick up some fresh veggies for a salad or soup recipe? Or what about some scrumptious baked goods? Well, all of the above and so much more can be found at the Burien Farmers Market on Thursdays during May and running through mid-October. www.discoverburien.org/burien-farmers-market
Northwest Symphony Orchestra
The notes of some of the most talented musicians in the nation fill the air at the Northwest Symphony Orchestra. Located in Burien, the venue currently stages four concerts each year plus other special events. www.northwestsymphonyorchestra.org
Sports—Seattle Sounders, Seattle Seahawks, and Seattle Mariners
Those who live in the Pacific Northwest love their sports. From the Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks to the Seattle Sounders and Seattle Mariners, there is always a team to root for and sport to enjoy. www.seahawks.com; www.soundersfc.com; www.mariners.com
For those who enjoy the great outdoors, there are multiple parks to roam. Seahurst Pond, Angle Lake, North SeaTac and Fort Dent parks, to name only a few, offer a little of everything for everyone. With places to walk, boat, fish, picnic, and more, nature calls all local outdoor adventurers.
The Seattle Southside area has perfected the art of the festival. The Burien Wild Strawberry Festival takes place in June, bringing entertainment, food vendors, art, and treats for all ages.
At the Burien Father’s Day Car Show, wow Dad by taking him to browse through beautifully restored classic cars to the sound of ‘50s and ‘60s music. Before moving on, be sure to delve in at the chili cook-off. www.discoverburien.org
Presented by Argosy Cruises, the annual Christmas Ship Festival is a beloved Northwest tradition dating back to 1949. During the holiday season, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to Puget Sound waterfront communities, bringing caroling, bonfires and Santa himself. www.argosycruises.com
Spend a spectacular Independence Day at the Family 4th at the Fort. Taking place at Fort Dent Park in Tukwila, this all-day event is ideal for the entire family. With food, fun and fireworks, there is not a better way to celebrate America.
The Burien UFO Festival is an out-of-this-world adventure. Taking place in Olde Burien each April, the festival—known locally as BUFO—features dancing, alien sightings, costume contests, and of course, UFOs. www.bufofest.com
Put on by the Des Moines Rotary Club, the Poverty Bay Wine Festival is a real treat for connoisseurs in March. More than 20 winemakers from Washington state vineyards provide tastings. Festivalgoers will also enjoy live music and have access to designated drivers. www.facebook.com/rotaryDesMoinesWA
Another popular event, also presented by the Des Moines Rotary Club, is the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival taking place in August. Spend the day along the Puget Sound swaying to the tunes of local musicians with a refreshing brew—also local—in hand. www.drinktomusic.org
Kickoff the holidays at Winterfest in Burien. This annual community event held each December invites everyone to come shop locally. Other attractions include free horse and carriage rides, hot treats, in-store specials, and photos with Santa. www.discoverburien.org
Summer Concert Series
When the temps heat up, locals head outdoors for a little rest and relaxation. In SeaTac, music enthusiasts bring blankets and picnics and settle in for some tunes. The series takes place at two locations, North SeaTac Park on Wednesdays and Angle Lake Park on Fridays. Admission is free. www.ci.seatac.wa.us/
Burien Arts Gallery
Delve into culture at Burien Arts Association’s gallery featuring beautiful masterpieces created by local artists in a variety of platforms. The venue is free and open to the public. Be sure to stop by for open mic night featuring poetry and prose readers every third Wednesday. www.burienarts.org
Want to skydive, but don’t want to jump out of an airplane? Thanks to iFLY Seattle, thrill seekers can get their adrenaline rush without all the anxiety. The venue uses the most advanced technology in its climate-controlled, recirculating vertical tunnel. Guests don’t have to worry about parachutes, so they can relax and have a good time. No experience is necessary and people of all ages can fly. www.iflyworld.com/seattle
Burien Actors Theatre
Enjoy a night on the town at the charming Burien Actors Theatre. Theatergoers will laugh, cry, and most importantly, have a time they won’t soon forget. www.burienlittletheatre.org
Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden
Get up close to the beauty of nature at Highline SeaTac Botanical Garden. Spanning more than 10 acres, this site preserves some of the area’s most treasured flora. For those who want to improve their own cultivation abilities, the garden offers classes throughout the year too. www.highlinegarden.org
Shopping and Dining
Those looking for deals, the latest looks, and one-of-a-kind finds can do it all at Westfield Southcenter. Nationally recognized retailers in fashion, electronics, and more can all be found right here. There is also a movie theater on-site, so be sure to check out the newest Hollywood blockbuster. Just minutes from the mall, Southcenter Square Shopping Center offers budget-friendly stores like Nordstrom Rack. When it’s time to refuel, the Seattle Southside area fits the bill as a foodie’s paradise. From fresh-caught fare to delicious exotic cuisine, each city dishes up mouthwatering favorites and so much more.