NS Everett, WA Festivals Arts

    Art museums in the Seattle area include the cleverly named Seattle Art Museum, the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Museum of Northwest Art, and the Frye Museum (the Frye is free, thanks to an endowment). There are several other museums in the area - a little looking around should turn them up.

    The Whidbey Island Kite Festival is a two-day celebration for kite lovers put on by the Whidbey Island Kite Fliers club each year. Beyond many different kinds of kites being shown off, there are individual and team sportkite competitions, kitemaking for kids, and beginner sportkite lessons.

    Whidbey Island's Choochokam Music and Arts Festival features original music by mostly local performers across 3 stages and two days, complete with a street fair filled with arts and crafts vendors and a traditional Saturday night street dance.

    The Evergreen State Fair, in Monroe, is one of a few Washington State fairs, runs from late August to Labor Day, and includes rides, livestock displays, a carnival, a rodeo, fair food, vendors, and all the usual fair fun.

    The Puyallup Fair, about 45 minutes south of Everett, is one of the largest fairs in the country, and has to be seen to be believed, with lots of rides, vendors, exhibits, and general fun. Puyallup is also well known for antiquing and the many local antique stores, for people with a love of the old and well-preserved.

    Performing arts are also represented in Everett, and very well represented in Seattle. Everett has the Everett Theatre, one of the oldest theaters on the West Coast, recently remodeled and upgraded and now once again home of live theater, and several music organizations, including the Snohomish County Music Project, the Music Hall Orchestra, and several other groups associated with Music Hall Everett, and the Everett Philharmonic Orchestra.