Make it a green two-fer this weekend: Green Festival & Alki Summer Streets

The Green Festival, the “premier sustainability event in the nation,” is this Saturday and Sunday at Qwest Event Center, next to Qwest Field. The Festival has something for everyone: 300 eco-friendly exhibitors; workshops; live music; a Green Kids’ Zone; local vegetarian cuisine; samples of organic chocolates, wine and beer; and over one hundred speakers.  Stop by the City of Seattle booth for info on the Walk Bike Ride Initiative, Walk Bike Ride Challenge and SDOT’s efforts to green our business practices; bike maps; and more. Students, seniors, cyclists and transit riders receive discounted admission, and if you’re under 18, you’re free.

On Sunday make it a full green day by combining the Green Festival, Alki Summer Streets and a ride on the West Seattle Water Taxi. Actually, that’s a green three-fer, isn’t it?  Alki Summer Streets is packed with activities: volleyball, a 5k run/walk, tons of kids’ activities, face painting, henna tattoos, skateboarding ramps and competitions, live music, Irish dancers, an ultimate Frisbee demo, free test rides on electric bicycles, Brazilian music, a surf machine, children’s photography, pet massages, free stand-up paddleboard demos, Seal Sitters, a kid’s talent show and so much more.  Of course you could simply come and relax at the beach without the sound of traffic.

The Water Taxi leaves downtown from Pier 50 just south of Colman Ferry Dock, a short walk from the Green Festival. Once off the boat in West Seattle, take the free Water Taxi shuttle to Summer Streets or stroll, bike or skate along the beautiful Alki Trail. The two miles from the Water Taxi to Summer Streets is entirely along the water with views of almost every Seattle icon, including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the Space Needle, both mountain ranges and boats galore. You can rent inline skates just steps off the Water Taxi at Seacrest Park.

And oh, yes, we guarantee it will be sunny this weekend!