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Spend Sunny Days Outdoors Along the Puget Sound

Travel Tips for Puget Sound Visitors | Spring and Summer 2015

Up and down the Puget sound, people are eager to get outdoors and make the most of spring's sunny days – especially since they can be few and far between. Still, from Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon in the north, and down south to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Tacoma, and Gig Harbor, there's so much to do along the Puget Sound, even the rain couldn't put a damper on your good time.

It's the perfect time of year to board the Puget Sound Express ferry and cruise the Sound for the chance to get a close-up look at Minke whales, Orcas, and a colorful array of birds. Ferries are also the only way to get to the San Juan Islands and Friday Harbor's popular annual Memorial Day Weekend Parade.

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Oak Harbor and Mount Vernon visitors welcome spring blossoms at the 2015 Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, which stretches throughout the months of April and May. Take a shuttle tour along the Skagit Bay, stopping in picturesque La Conner and the Tulip Town tulip fields, and get the chance to see the Snow geese as they make their way back to Canada for the summer.

Make your way to beautiful Bainbridge Island to have your pick of the best of local produce and artisanal goods when the Bainbridge Island Farmers' Market hosts their annual Summer Market Saturdays. Browse the offerings of vendors like Butler Green Organics and Holly Lane Gardens to the sound of soothing live music in a picturesque setting, now through the end of October.

From car shows to a children's fair – Gig Harbor's biggest event of the summer has it all. The 2015 Maritime Gig Festival fills Harborview Drive, signaling the start of summer with parades, music, great food, the Classic Yacht Festival, and so much more on June 6th and 7th.

Tacoma and Lakewood become destinations for golf fans in June, when the 2015 US Open Championship comes to Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, just 15 minutes west of Tacoma. Be there for the excitement of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world, June 15th through 21st.

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Puget Sound Events

April 2015

April 11 - November 14, 2015
Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Find the best in produce and products from the Puget Sound Region at Bainbridge Island's Town Square.

September 2015

September 26, 2015
2015 Washington Cheese Festival

Join Seattle residents as they sample and savor artisan cheeses from the region's best cheesemakers, with plenty of craft beers and wines on hand as well. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Seattle Design Center.

September 23-27, 2015
2015 Decibel Festival

An annual electronic music and performing arts festival held at the Capitol Hill District in Seattle. The festival will feature more than 75 artists, workshops, performances, and more. Event times vary by day.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Oak Harbor Music Festival

A fun-filled music festival held in historic downtown Oak Habor, featuring two stages and over 20 artists and bands. Set times vary by day.

September 11-13, 2015
2015 Pacific Northwest Concours D'elegance

America's Car Museum presents Concours d'Elegance, a unique car show specializing in automotive art and design, held at the Le May Museum in Tacom. Event times vary by day.

October 2015

October 1, 2015
2015 Beer Tasting at the Zoo

Head over to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where roughly 30 breweries will be showcasing their best handcrafted creations alongside music, food, and exotic animals. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

October 17, 2015
2015 South Sound Craft Beer Festival

Over 50 tasty selections from 24 breweries will be available at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall & Plaza. The event start time is TBA.

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