Worth the Drive: Art, lighthouses, pride

It’s back!

Now in its second year, Seattle Art Fair, Aug. 5-7, features galleries presenting modern and contemporary art. The fair at CenturyLink Field Event Center has more than 80 exhibitors plus a schedule of projects, talks and events both on and off site.

Celebrate Seattle’s thriving art scene and the diversity of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Galleries are from cities including New York, San Francisco, Paris, Seoul, Buenos Aires and Tokyo.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6; and noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets are $20 or all three days for $50. More at seattleartfair.com.

Celebrate National Lighthouse Day: The state Parks and Recreation Commission is throwing a party at Admiralty Head Lighthouse at Fort Casey Historical State Park on Whidbey Island.

The National Lighthouse Day celebration is 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 6, at the park, 1280 Engle Road, near Coupeville. The free family-friendly event includes craft making for children, music by the 133d Army National Guard Band Brass Quintet, food vendors, a tailgate barbecue and Sweet Momma’s Cotton Candy. The lighthouse will be open for exploring during the event. More at http://parks.state.wa.us/505/Fort-Casey

Anacortes Arts Festival: The arts and crafts and music festival is Aug. 5 through 7 on Commercial Avenue in downtown Anacortes. Meet artisans in their booths, enjoy a world-class invitational art show, lots of music, entertainment for kids and food. More at anacortesartsfestival.com

Coming up:

Queer Pride on Whidbey Island, Aug. 12-14. Also known as QPOW! What started out as a parade in 2014 has grown into an entire weekend of celebratory events hosted in Langley. Festivities kick off with an all-ages open mic and poetry slam held at the Whidbey Children’s Theater Blackbox space at 7 p.m. Aug. 12. Saturday Night Soirée, featuring drag, burlesque and cabaret for mature audiences, is 8 p.m. Aug. 13 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. The parade is 2 p.m. Aug. 14. More at www.queerparade.com.

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