Things to do this summer in Everett
EVERETT - Free family fun is just a drive away this summer.
The Rotary Centennial Water Playground at Forest Park is open for the little ones to cool off. The playground features a giant Orca tail sprayer and 15 interactive fountains, including a mini-splash pad for toddlers.
Restrooms, picnic benches and drinking fountains are available nearby, and an ice cream vendor often stops by on warm days. Rotary Centennial Water Playground operates 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, May 24-Aug. 25, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Aug. 26-Sept. 22. Forest Park is located at 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd.
The city will have at least five concert series going on this summer, and returning activities such as Jetty Island, the petting zoo and pianos on downtown’s streets are coming soon.
Jetty Island opens Friday, July 5. Take a boat ride over to explore marshlands, wade in the water and dig on the beach of Everett’s man-made island. The island is open through September.
The longstanding weekend Music on the Waterfront concert series opens on Saturday, June 29 at the Port Gardner waterfront, 1700 West Marine View Dr. The free concerts go from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and a blanket or chairs, no alcohol allowed. Americana band The Mark DuFresne Band opens the series. The series closes Aug. 31.
On Thursdays at the waterfront, a separate concert series starts June 27 with Americana/roots rock band The Wild Snohomians opening the series.
On Sundays at the same place, the Sunday afternoon concert series starts June 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. with jazz singer Eugenia Jones opening the series. Concerts are scheduled through July 25.
On Sundays, the nearby Everett Farmers Market is open. A satellite south Everett farmers market is set to open Friday, July 19 at the Everett Mall in the parking lot between Sears and Best Buy.
Meanwhile, a 10-week Wednesday afternoon concert series at the downtown Wetmore Theatre Plaza kicks off July 10 from the men behind the monthly Everett Music Initiative concert series. The concerts start at 5 p.m. at the plaza, which is next to the Everett Performing Arts Center at the corner of Wetmore and Everett avenues.
A Thursday children’s concert series starts July 11 at Thornton A. Sullivan Park, 11405 Silver Lake Rd., with rock group the Not-Its! Tim Noah and Caspar Babypants play July 18 and July 25, respectively.
For the Fourth of July, while there will be no walking tour of Naval Station Everett, there will be a flurry of events celebrating the Fourth. Check out next week’s Tribune for more information.
The animal farm at Forest Park, 802 E. Mukilteo Blvd., opens Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Aug. 25. Get a close-up look at friendly goats, ducks, pigs, sheep and other farm creatures.
Pianos will be back on the streets in August. Most of the highly decorated pianos wheeled out for Everett’s annual Street Tunes experiment were donated by everyday people and decorated by artists. Everett started the project four years ago.
For five Fridays in July and August, families can enjoy free movies under the stars at Thornton A. Sullivan Park in south Everett. The movie series kicks off 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 19 with the movie “The Pirates!” followed by “Wreck-It Ralph” on July 26. “Oz the Great and Powerful” caps off the series on Aug. 16.
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