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The Weekend Report: What's Cookin' July 16-18

Welcome to the Weekend Report, where we tell you what's up in Seattle this weekend — the things you definitely don't want to miss. Washington has officially reopened as of June 30 (learn more about what this means here). As we head into our state's "new normal," we will also see the return of events we love. We're guaranteed to miss some, so definitely email us at if there is something wonderful we need to know about!

Friday, July 16

Zip Wild. As of Thursday, July 14, Zip Wild, the three ziplines and challenge courses at Northwest Trek, is back!

  • Open through the summer
  • Adventure/Aerial Runway: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
  • Sensation: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily
  • Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Friday to Sunday, July 16-18

North Bend Film Festival 2021. This film festival is back with a hybrid format. Choose from a limited amount of in-person feature film/short screenings and a variety of virtual screenings, talkbacks and other experiences. View the schedule and lineup online.

  • Times vary per day and activities chosen
  • $95; buy passes online.
  • North Bend Theatre

Saturday, July 17

Vashon Strawberry Festival 2021. Featuring events, activities, a parade and lots of live music — the Vashon Island Chamber of Commerce is also striving to make this a zero-waste festival!

  • Music and beverage garden from noon to midnight; Parade from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Free admission
  • Vashon Island

Bubble Factoria. The Marketplace at Factoria in Bellevue has created a new event series called "Bubble Factoria," featuring THOUSANDS of bubbles synced up to upbeat pop songs. These shows will take place in the courtyard between Ulta and Nike each hour on the hour between noon and 6 p.m. every Saturday through August. It's free and open to the public — no registration necessary!

  • Noon to 6 p.m.
  • Free
  • Marketplace at Factoria

Sunday, July 18

Kenny G. The one and only Kenny G, Seattle's own Grammy-winning saxophonist, will perform in Jazz Alley. Most shows are sold out, so get your tickets fast!

  • 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
  • $70.50 + handling fee; purchase online.
  • Dimitriou's Jazz Alley

ZooTunes. ZooTunes, Woodland Park Zoo's annual live music series, is officially back to the meadow for a 37th season this summer — starting this Sunday! To kick off the season, catch The Posies and Tres Leches performing! Tickets are going fast with limited availability. If you don't make this show, there are plenty of chances to experience ZooTunes this summer.