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The summer solstice happened on June 21, and it looks like the rain clouds have finally caught on. The Pacific Northwest has been toasty with warm, sunny weather over the past week, and forecasts call for more sunshine in the coming weeks.
No one can deny it anymore: summer has arrived, and that means it’s time to enjoy some of the biggest and best events the Plateau has to offer.
Freedom Day: Grace Point NW Church holds its annual Independence Day celebration on July 1 at the Enumclaw Expo Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and there will be food trucks, family activities, a petting zoo, an inflatable obstacle course, live worship music, comedy, and freestyle motocross. Learn more at gracepointnw.org/freedomfest.
Red, white and BOOM!: Celebrate Independence Day two days early at Ten Trails in Black Diamond. This one-day event on July 2 begins at 11 a.m. and offers activities for families. It ends at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display. Visit tentrails.com for more information.
Summer Blast at Maris Farms: Maris Farms in Buckley opens the farm for a farmer’s market, classic car show, beer and wine garden, cornhole tournament and light show July 2-3. Attendance is limited, so buy a ticket early if you want to attend by visiting marisfarms.com/summer-blast.
Sawyer Lake Fun Run and Walk: The Lake Sawyer Community Club holds its annual 5k for free at Lake Sawyer Park, starting at 10 a.m. There is also a half mile Kid’s Dash this year which starts just before the 5k. The start lines are just steps from the park entrance. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult to participate in the 5K and medals will be awarded by age group.
Enumclaw Independence Day Parade: Cole Street closes on Monday for the annual Fourth of July Parade, organized by the Enumclaw Chamber of Commerce. The festivities start at noon, but you’ll want to show up earlier to secure a good seat.
Fishing Derby: The Sawyer Lake Community Club hosts an Independence Day Fishing Derby at Sawyer Lake Pier #187. From 5 a.m. to 11 a.m., compete to see who can catch the biggest fish for a prize and bragging rights.
Fireworks at Sawyer Lake: Pyro Spectaculars, Inc. will light fireworks at 10:15 p.m. at Lake Sawyer. The show will be best viewed from the Boat Launch Park. If you want to see it by boat, stay at least 400 feet away from the fireworks raft and be sure to obey boating laws and regulations. The Black Diamond Marine Patrol will be on hand to provide security. Donations for the show can be made online at lakesawyer.org.
King County Fair: Tens of thousands of people flocked to the Enumclaw Exhibit Center for the King County Fair last year, and you can bet there will be plenty of people this year too. Open July 14-17 this year, the fair features live music, rodeo competitions, roller coasters, stunt shows, mechanical bulls and more. There will also be a junior breeding show at noon on July 12 in the indoor arena. Buy your tickets online at enumclawexpo.com/p/tickets.
Black Diamond Miners Day: Celebrate the history of the historic coal town on July 16 in downtown Black Diamond. There will be a street fair with arts and crafts, food trucks, face painting and live music. There’s a 5K race starting at 9 a.m. and a donut contest three hours later. The events end around 5 p.m. Visit facebook.com/blackdiamondminersday for more information.
22nd of July
Maris Farms Sunflower Days: Opening July 22 and closing August 7, Maris Farms opens the sunflower-filled farm for summer fun, including wagon rides, the Human Foos Ball, and a farmer’s market full of vendors. Visit marisfarms.com/sunflower-home for more information.
Rotary Enumclaw Street Fair: Head to Cole Street from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 22 and 23 for live music, family activities, food and dozens of vendors, from jewelry to soaps and freshly roasted coffee. There is also a 5k race on Saturday at 9 a.m. To learn more, visit enumclaw streetfair.com.
Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games: Clans come to Enumclaw from July 22-24, celebrating the history of the Scottish people and taking part in sporting events ranging from caber throwing to sheaf throwing. The festival opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and the events will continue into the night. Events run from morning until 8 p.m. on Saturday and from morning until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Even children can sign up to compete with their age group. Amid transport and throwing, you can also witness the parade of clans and performances of live music bands, sword fights and stage fights. Tickets and more information are available at sshga.org/2022-ticket-sales.
Wilkeson Handcart Races: An iconic tradition on the Plateau and a reminder of the region’s coal mining history, handcart races pit teams of competitors against each other to see who can pump a handcart the fastest down a track 410 feet. The event begins July 30 with a parade through the city at 11 a.m., and races start at 1 p.m. at Coke Oven Park. Teams must have at least two people and the cost of the race is $5 per person. The Wilkeson Eagles are hosting a beer garden and post-race party in the Eagles Hall.
MUSIC AND MOVIES
Sheet Cinema: The town of Buckley is hosting five free film events at Glacier Middle School’s Sheets Field. The next one is July 8 with Encanto; July 22 with Shrek; August 5 with The Goonies; and Harry Potter on August 19.
Trail Melodies: The town of Buckley hosts 10 musical events over five days in July and August – events begin with a children’s concert at 11 a.m., followed by an evening family concert at 6 p.m., all on the Youth Center lawn near from 251 S River Ave. Featured on July 14, Alex Zerbe and Beat Frequency; Kupono and BroHamM on July 21; Eric Nuss and Hot Rodster on July 28; Reptile Isle (a reptile show) and Abbagraphs on August 4; and the Brian Waite Band and Good Co Bank on August 11.
Enumclaw Plateau Farmers Market: The local farmer’s market opens from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday throughout the summerending September 29. You can get fresh flowers, produce, and more at the First Street Market between the Enumclaw Library and Tractor Supply.
Sundays on Cole: Now that the weather is nicer, Cole Street will turn into a mess every Sunday until August with local vendors, live music, fresh flowers and food.
Coffee with the mayor: Coffee with the Mayor of Enumclaw is held at City Hall on every first Monday of the month (Tuesday if it is a public holiday) from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. This is an informal session for citizens to meet with Mayor Jan Molinaro to discuss issues, concerns and projects.
Brewskis with a Newsie: Come and meet your local journalists on every first Wednesday of every month at Cole Street Brewery (1627 Cole Street, Enumclaw) from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This is an informal event where residents can pitch stories, check out items and talk shop. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-802-8220.
WIBIT party: Enumclaw Aquatic Center Hosts WIBIT Party every first Saturday of the month, and features large obstacle courses in an inflatable pool. Call 360-815-1188 to reserve your spot. Tickets for reservations are $7.75 per hour; walk-in visits are $9 per hour.