Festivals in Auburn


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  • Northwest Folklife
    Chocolate lovers unite at the Northwest Chocolate Festival, an annual event dedicated not just to eating chocolate in its many forms, but to tracking its journey from cocoa bean to confection. Visitors hone their expertise through seminars on trade equity and cocoa farming, chocolate-making workshops led by confectioners, and tastings where palates learn to distinguish between milk chocolate and a chocolate bar clumsily forced inside a milk jug. A portion of the proceeds from the event benefits local nonprofits aligned with the festival?s mission. Recipients are announced yearly.
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    305 Harrison St
    Seattle, WA US
  • Seattle International Children's Festival
    The SIFF team scours the globe in search of extraordinary films. Their mission is to bring the community—and the world—together through quality international showings, and they host premieres, classic films, and revivals at the SIFF Cinema Uptown, SIFF Cinema Egyptian, and the SIFF Film Center 365 days each year. As one of the largest and best-attended film festivals in the U.S., the Seattle International Film Festival reaches more than 150,000 moviegoers each year. The 25-day festival presents more than 250 features and 150 short films from more than 70 countries during its run, giving people a perfect excuse to try out an all-popcorn diet.
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    305 Harrison Street
    Seattle, WA US
  • Emerald Downs
    Emerald Downs possesses all the beauty, glory, and betting that occurs at America's classic horse tracks. Jockeys ride thundering horses toward victory as families picnic on the manicured grounds or view the action from grandstand seats or tables at The Rainier Restaurant. Yet there's more to do than watch and wager. Every Saturday, facility managers conduct free tours of the stables during the races. They can also point visitors toward The Gift Horse, a shop in which to pick up equestrian related souvenirs.
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    2300 Emerald Downs Dr.
    Auburn, WA US
  • Seattle Festival Orchestra
    The group formerly known as Musicians Emeritus Symphony Orchestra hasn't changed its mission?it's just dropped a few syllables. Under their new moniker, these musicians continue to tunefully bow, blare and percuss their way through polished programs that celebrate the joy of performing. Music Director Anna Edwards leads the musicians?who range in age from teenagers to nonagenarians?as they sonically tear into timeless pieces and new compositions alike.
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    19800 108th Ave SE
    Kent, WA US
  • A Victorian Country Christmas
    Those who find themselves near the Washington State Fair Events Center in early December may feel as though they've been transported straight into a Dickens novel. For five days, the events center transforms into a Victorian village that celebrates the sights, sounds, and spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas. Guests can stroll past twinkling lights and old-timey storefronts, peering into the windows of more than 500 shops selling goods such as ornaments, handmade sweaters, and fudge. Kids can ride on the Christmas carousel or head to the North Pole, where they can take a tour of Santa's house, write a letter in Santa's post office, make toys in Santa's workshop, and do yoga in Santa's barely-used home gym, before posing for a photo with the big guy himself. Of course, one of the most important aspects of A Victorian Country Christmas is music: the festival welcomes more than 100 singers, musicians, and dancers performing throughout the event for the whole family to enjoy.
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    110 9th Ave. SW
    Puyallup, WA US
  • Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
    A gypsy rides through the crowd while standing upon two horses. Following behind him are more members of his troupe, who do backflips off their steeds and then regale spectators by juggling and breathing clouds of fire. Performed by the seventh-generation acrobats of Cavallo Equestrian Arts, this spectacle?called Ma'Ceo?often draws standing-room-only crowds during the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire. It's these kinds of glimpses into the Elizabethan era that fulfill the mission of bringing a bygone Europe to life. Turning the Kelley Farm into the Village of Merriwick, entertainers of all types, from courtiers to peasants, engage fairgoers with a range of acts. Flanked by her entourage, Queen Elizabeth travels through the streets, perhaps on her way to watch the jousters compete for her phone number, or perhaps to watch sprightly performers such as the piccolo puppet players or The Dread Crew of Oddwood, who play "mahogany metal"?a mix of hard rock, Celtic punk, and traditional Irish tunes. Elsewhere, merchants peddle their wares to passersby, talking up goods such as hand-forged weapons and roasted turkey legs. Camel rides and bubble-filled buckets cater to kids, and adults can duck into two alehouses where quick-witted wenches pour draft microbrews and ciders. For guests who want to spend the whole weekend immersed in the festivities, organizers reserve a section of the grounds for tent and RV camping.
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    20021 Sumner-Buckley Highway
    Bonney Lake, WA US

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