With a different look than past events, Celebrate Woodinville plans to return this year for a four-week summer concert series. These free community gatherings will feature high-energy bands for all ages at Wilmot Gateway Park on July 14, 21, 28 and Aug. 4.
The previous summer series was canceled as a result of COVID-19. However, the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce, which organizes these events alongside the city, is determined to get people outside and supporting local businesses again.
“We look forward to bringing our Celebrate Woodinville summer concerts back to the community,” said Kimberly Ellertson, chamber executive director. “Not only are these events a fun and safe way to gather, but they provide opportunities for us to support our local businesses as well.”
The four Wednesday evening concerts in the park will all feature wines poured by Woodinville Wine Country wineries, with local craft beers and ciders on tap. Attendees are invited to bring a picnic or purchase savory and sweet foods from local restaurants and food trucks. Ellertson said the line-up of bands, wineries, breweries, cideries, and restaurants will be announced over the next few months.
“Our summer concerts provide opportunities for the kiddos to visit with sponsors, learn about their businesses and play games at their booths,” she said. “We’ve seen sponsors bring ladder golf, cornhole, popsicles and more.”
Music will be performed from 6:30-8 p.m., with games for the whole family prior to each musician going live on stage. GSC Productions will also put on a show with line dancing, water balloon tossing and more.
“We encourage visitors from out of town to make a vacation of it,” Ellertson said.
For those who are driving in for the day, she said, parking will be available at the Woodinville Sports Fields.
The chamber, in partnership with Woodin Creek Village, is also hosting a virtual 5k for runners, walkers, joggers and strollers. The 5k (3.1 miles) can be completed on a trail, road or treadmill any day between Aug. 21-31.
The race registration fee includes a Celebrate Woodinville tank top, finisher medal, swag bag and special offers from local businesses. Ellertson said the chamber plans to include dog bandanas for furry friends to participate as well. Participants can pick up 5k packets from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 11, 13, 18 and 20.
“When out of town visitors are joining us for the 5k packet pickup events, we invite you to park at Woodin Creek Village and spend some time visiting the businesses on site,” she said.
Proceeds from the 5k benefit the Woodinville Chamber and Northshore Schools Foundation. Funds raised for the foundation will go directly to the Removing Barriers Fund, which provides personalized support for students in the Northshore School District.
Visit the website www.celebratewoodinville.com to learn more.