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Visit King County’s parks and trails this summer for music, movies and more

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The height of summer in the Pacific Northwest means plenty of great activities and opportunities to explore King County Parks – Your Big Backyard.

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The height of summer in the Pacific Northwest means plenty of great activities and opportunities toMarymoor_concert_supported_cause explore King County Parks – Your Big Backyard.

Whether it’s a relaxing evening at a concert or movie under the stars, or something a little more strenuous (anybody up for a 26-mile trail run?), there’s always something interesting going on.
 
Here are a few suggestions:

Marymoor Park

First Tech Movies@Marymoor presented by Overlake Medical Clinics

Wednesday, July 16

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
One of director John Hughes’ most-beloved films, this mid-80s classic chronicles a day in the charmed life of Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) and his pals as they ditch school and romp through Chicago.

Pre-movie seating is $5, starting at 7 p.m., and movies show at dusk. Bring blankets and warm clothes for a comfortable evening, and don’t forget the dog! Be sure to get there early to take part in the weekly trivia contest and watch local performance group The Cabiri perform aerial acrobatics, stilt walking, fire eating and more. Food trucks are also available.

Marymoor Park Concerts presented by Swedish Medical Center Redmond

Thursday, July 17

Tedeschi Trucks Band and The Wood Brothers
Blues-rock bands don’t come with better pedigrees than the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Formed four years ago when husband-and-wife guitarists Derek Trucks (formerly of the Allman Brothers Band) and Susan Tedeschi (who fronted her own highly regarded band) came together, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2011 Grammy-winning debut album was proclaimed “a masterpiece” by Rolling Stone magazine. The band has gone on to release a live album and another studio album, 2013’s “Made Up Mind.”
 
Opening act The Wood Brothers are a prolific Americana- blues band that features brothers Chris on upright bass and Oliver on acoustic and electric guitar, plus multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix. The band has released seven records since their founding in 2005, including 2013’s “The Muse,” which charted on no fewer than six different U.S. music charts.

Saturday, July 19

Cheech & Chong and War
Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong have seemingly been part of the counterculture scene for about as long as there’s been a counterculture scene. They achieved widespread popularity for their outrageous comedy albums of the early 1970s, then went on to make a string of successful movies before calling it quits in the 1980s. Marin went on to star on Nash Bridges, and the duo reunited for a handful of projects before resuming their collaboration on a full-time basis in 2008.

Opening act War has a string of hit songs stretching back to the late 1960s, starting with “Spill the Wine” – a song from the Eric Burdon-fronted version of the group that lasted exactly one album and half of a European tour. The un-Burdon-ed group found success on subsequent albums with hits like “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Low Rider” and “The Cisco Kid.”
 
Friday, Aug. 1

Foreigner and Styx
Two powerhouse bands from the 1970s and ‘80s come to Marymoor Park Aug. 1 Foreigner’s self-titled debut album in 1977 yielded numerous hits and sold more than 4 million copies. The band reeled off a remarkable string of hugely popular songs over the years, including “Hot Blooded,” “Dirty White Boy,” “Cold as Ice,” and “Jukebox Hero.” To date, Foreigner has sold an estimated 80 million albums.

No slouches in record sales themselves, Styx was one of the early superstars of the album-oriented rock format on FM radio, with four multiplatinum albums and more than a dozen Top 40 singles, including “Lady,” “Come Sail Away,” and “Babe.”

Saturday, Aug. 2

The Voice Tour
Here’s a great opportunity to see tomorrow’s singing stars today, in Marymoor Park’s intimate outdoor concert setting. This eclectic lineup of talented singers features standouts from six seasons of the popular TV show, “The Voice,” including season six winner Josh Kaufman, season five winner Tessanne Chin, plus Jacquie Lee, Will Champlin, Dia Frampton, Christina Grimmie and others.

Tolt-MacDonald Park

July 24-26

Timber! Music Festival

The highly anticipated second Timber! Music Festival features a great lineup of respected artists, including Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, guitar god and Dinosaur Jr front man J Mascis, Seattle singer/songwriter Damien Jurado and nearly two dozen more performers. Small stages in a gorgeous, rural setting provide festivalgoers with a unique opportunity to experience music in a whole new way.

Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

Saturday, Aug. 9

Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series
Trail racing returns to Cougar Mountain on Aug. 9 with three separate runs: 14 miles, 26 miles and a 5K. Participants will start at 8:30 a.m. (5K runners begin at 8:45 a.m.) from the Sky Country Trailhead and head out along a portion of Cougar Mountain’s 36 miles of well-maintained trails. Participants in the Cougar Mountain Trail Run Series have raised more than $130,000 for King County Parks, while volunteering hundreds of hours in trail maintenance work since the series began in 2003.

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About King County Parks
King County Parks - Your Big Backyard - offers more than 200 parks and 26,000 acres of parks and natural lands, including such regional treasures as Marymoor Park and Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park, 175 miles of regional trails, 180 miles of backcountry trails and a world-class aquatic center. By cultivating strong relationships with non-profit, corporate and community partners, King County Parks enhances park amenities while reducing costs.