Plenty of stuff to do in Everett this month
EVERETT — Tickle the ivories, grab a brew, try some tacos, rush through bubbly foam and dance the afternoon away this August in Everett.
Starting Wednesday, Aug. 6, the city will pack up the typewriters and roll out 16 pianos around downtown for Street Tunes, the city’s annual arts experiment.
The Street Tunes project runs through Aug. 26. All of the pianos are decorated by artists and free to play on.
“A lot of people play by ear, which is a remarkable gift,” said Carol Thomas, the city’s cultural arts manager. “A lot of people, the music pours out of their fingers.”
From “Chopsticks” to Chopin, anything goes, Thomas said. “It takes people to make art.”
People can vote for their favorite piano online at www.EnjoyEverett.org. The winning artist will be awarded the “People’s Choice Award.”
The website lists the locations of each piano downtown.
Above, brew master Pat Ringe of Mukilteo’s Diamond Knot Craft Brewing serves a glass of the brewery’s blonde ale at the Everett Craft Beer Festival in 2012. The beer festival will have more than 30 breweries here this year.
Weekend of fun
A slew of events Aug. 15-17 is being billed by the city’s tourism guru Sean Straub as the “Experience Everett Arts Festival.”
From noon to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, downtown plays host to the Everett Craft Beer Festival, where people can sample microbrews from 30 regional brewers.
The event is at Hoyt and Hewitt avenues, and tickets are $20 in advance for six tasting tokens or $25 at the door. Additional tokens can be bought for $1.50 each or four for $5. A token gets you a 5-ounce sample of one of the more than 60 beers on tap.
Designated drivers can enter for $5 and get free water and soda.
A potent lineup of three fun bands will play: Preacher’s Wife at 1:30 p.m., Everett-based Born of Ghosts at 3 p.m. and Rain City Time Machine at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, over at Everett Memorial Stadium families can tap their toes to top children’s musicians at PEPSapalooza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16. PEPSapalooza, run by the nonprofit Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS), moved to Everett from south Snohomish County a year ago and more than 600 people are expected to attend.
PEPSapalooza’s lineup includes Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its! and Rolie Polie Guacamole.
Family tickets are $35 for two adults and their children.
Beer fans, sober up for Sunday because starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 17, Hewitt Avenue near Comcast Arena will be filled with foam as the annual Bubble Run commences.
Unique and wild, the Bubble Run 5K race has people run through bubbles for a non-timed event. A little more than 3,000 people took up the challenge last September.
Entry fees start at $50 on the day of the event, see www.bubblerun.com for more information.
Soon after, a plethora of food trucks await to feed you as the Experience Everett Street Food Festival starts at 10 a.m.
The street food event is free to check out.
Last year’s food truck festival had more than a dozen trucks and 4,000 festival attendees, Straub said.
He said he’s especially excited for big Seattle favorites such as Jemil’s and Creole soul food vendor Where Ya At Matt.
Meanwhile, wriggle in some sand as the Imagine Children’s Museum, 1502 Wall St., will be hosting Sandtastic! from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
What is Sandtastic!? A giant dumptruck of sand will be all over the place to mess around in outside the museum.
Sandtastic! is free to go to, and will feature a rock climbing wall, expert sand castle builders and balloon artist company Insane Chastain Balloons.
Meanwhile, the Schack Art Center will feature a glass ball search on Jetty Island and all weekend artists will be painting up a storm at the Port of Everett waterfront marina.
Last year’s range of events attracted more than 22,000 people to Everett and hotels were booked solid, Straub said.
That means big money for the City of Smokestacks.
Based on industry standard statistics, Experience Everett estimates the events will generate more than $1 million from both day trippers and overnight visitors, Straub said.
2014 Lineup of events
more info at www.experienceeverett.com
Friday, Aug. 15
7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. - Cinema Under the Stars: “The Hunger Games - Catching Fire” (rated PG-13) - 11405 Silver Lake Road
Saturday, Aug. 16
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work at the Port of Everett - 1728 W. Marine View Drive
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. - PEPSapalooza Family Music Fest - 3900 Broadway Ave.
10:30 a.m. - Fresh Paint Float Find on Jetty Island (ferry starts at 8:30 a.m.) - 10th Street boat launch off of Marine View Drive
Noon – 7 p.m. - Everett Craft Beer Festival - Hewitt and Hoyt avenues (free parking at EverPark Garage at 2815 Hoyt Ave.)
Sunday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. - Bubble Run 5K - 2000 Hewitt Ave.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Experience Everett Street Food Festival - Colby and Hewitt avenues (free parking at EverPark Garage on 2815 Hoyt Ave.)
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Sandtastic! at the Imagine Children’s Museum - 1502 Wall St. (free parking at EverPark Garage on 2815 Hoyt Ave.)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. - Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work - 1728 W. Marine View Drive
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. - Everett Farmers Market at the Port of Everett - 1728 W. Marine View Drive