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Erika's weekend picks for August 11-12

Lots of great events this weekend, many of them taking place in gardens or emphasizing the outdoors.

Nature and fun get top billing Saturday at Magnuson Children's Garden.

Art with Arni​​
10 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sat Aug 11 
Seattle Children’s PlayGarden

Join the amazing Ms. Arni for an exploration of art this Saturday for two sessions. Great for all kids. $10 suggested donation. Pre-register.


International Youth Day Celebration
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat, Aug. 11
Magnuson Children’s Garden FREE

Bring the family for a fun day helping out at the Magnuson Children’s Garden. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., participate in a community stewardship event. Tools and gloves provided for all kids and adults. From 11 a.m.-noon, join the last Family Garden Class of the year, and from noon- 1 p.m. take part in garden and nature-exploration activities for Family Garden Day.


The Festival at Mt. Si
10 a.m.-10  p.m. Sat/Sun Aug 11/12
Si View Park. FREE

The popular Mt. Si festival is back and better than ever. Head on over for a weekend of live entertainment, arts and crafts, awesome food, a rockin’ kids’ area, youth and adult competitions, and more. Admission is free, fees for some activities.


Garden Party Jamboree
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. Sat Aug 11
West Seattle Branch of SPL. FREE

Join Northwest singer-songwriter Nancy Stewart for a singing celebration of the plants and animals living in your own garden. Come dance with the spiders, sing with the birds, and discover hidden life above and below the ground. Great for kids up to 5 years old and their caregivers.


PopUp StoryWalk
​11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, Aug. 11
Rhododendron Park, Kenmore. FREE

Walk the Rhododendron Park trail while enjoying a story with author Nina Laden as she reads her fun, new book "Yellow Kayak." Wear walking shoes, bring water and dress for the weather. The StoryWalk will be available for another two weeks.


Rainier Valley Heritage Festival & Othello International Festival
noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Aug 12
Othello Park. FREE

Celebrate Southeast Seattle and its many cultures with music, arts, entertainment, a petting zoo and delicious food! Admission is free but bring $ for incidentals.

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