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Travel Tips for Puget Sound Visitors | Early Fall 2015

As summer makes its last stand, communities Bainbridge Island and Gig Harbor to Seattle and Tacoma promise plenty of ways to enjoy what’s left of the most beautiful weather of the year. Special events, community festivals, and family-friendly activities – it’s the perfect time to visit the Puget Sound.

It’s not too late for a little whale watching. Oak Harbor residents enjoy especially easy access to Port Townsend, where they can embark on the Port Townsend-San Juan Island Whale Watching Tour aboard the Puget Sound Express, now through September 26th.

Photo Credit: Konrad Roeder

Whale Watching aboard the Puget Sound Express

September 26th also brings the 2015 Washington Cheese Festival to the Seattle Design Center. Join Seattle residents as they sample and savor artisan cheeses from the region's best cheese makers, with plenty of craft beers and wines on hand as well. The cheese is cut and the pours start at 1 p.m.

Music lovers make their way to Seattle’s Capitol Hill District for the 2015 Decibel Festival, September 23rd through 27th. It’s five days of performances by more than 75 artists, along with workshops and other festive fun.

Everyone knows craft beer culture is burgeoning in the Pacific North West, and this season is a great time for visitors to savor some suds along the Sound. The 2015 Beer Tasting at the Zoo is October 1st. Head over to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where roughly 30 breweries will be showcasing their handcrafted creations amid the park’s exotic animals, with music, food, and more. It all starts at 5:30 p.m.

The 2015 South Sound Craft Beer Festival boasts an even bigger bevy of beverages on October 17th. Sample more than 50 tasty selections from 24 breweries at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall & Plaza, where there will also be food and live music. The fun goes from noon to 6 p.m.

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Puget Sound Events

June 2016

Jume 30 - August 24, 2016
2016 BECU ZooTunes

On select days all summer, artists ranging from Weird Al Yankovic to the B-52s to Jeff Beck will be performing at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Check the schedule and grab your tickets while you still can.

August 2016

August 20-21, 2016
4th Seattle Street Food Festival

Grab a taste of west Seattle in South Lake Union as over 100 local food vendors set up shop for two straight days. 

September 2016

September 17, 2016
2016 Ride Around the Sound

Just like it sounds – enjoy unmatched views of the Puget Sound on this group bike ride. Register today; there are starting points in Seattle, Tacoma, and Normandy, with courses totaling 38, 73, or 92 miles.

September 2-4, 2016
2016 Oak Harbor Music Festival

A three-day music festival featuring over 30 bands, arts and crafts vendors, beer gardens, and more, all in Historic Downtown Oak Harbor. It's free!

September 24, 2016
2016 Hard Cider Festival

Sample nearly 70 tasty hard ciders, enjoy some grub, groove-out to live music, and let the young ones let loose at the kids' zone in Gig Harbor.

October 2016

October 6-13, 2016
2016 Tacoma Film Festival

Regional independent filmmakers come together for over a week at Grand Cinema in Tacoma. Check it out!

November 2016

November 25 - January 1, 2016
2016 Christmas Lights - Tacoma Zoo

Bring the whole family and enjoy the vibrant light displays at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma all holiday season long. The lights come on at 5 p.m.

November 1-11, 2016
2016 Earshot Jazz Festival

More than 50 concerts light up the Seattle area during this two-week jazz festivals. Check out the festival schedule and tap your toe to the jams this November.

December 2016

December 5 & 6, 2016
2016 Winter Beer Fest

Some of Seattle's best breweries come together for a massive tastying party, complete with games and muchines, all at Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Grab your tickets today.

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