Lots to do at Fan Fest and Discover Birch Bay Days


Discover Birch Bay Days is coming up and features a weekend packed with fun activities for the whole family. The annual beachside event will take place in Birch Bay on August 16, 17 and 18.

This year, the event will be combined with Fan Fest Northwest, which is coming to Birch Bay for the first time. Fan Fest is an annual gathering of fans of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team.

The combined events will result in plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, both football-related and otherwise.

On Friday, August 16, Seahawks fans can enjoy Coffee with the Mamas – a chance to meet the mothers of current and former Seahawks players. Scheduled to attend are the mothers of current players Jarran Reed and Justin Britt and former players Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and Lawyer Milloy. The meet and greet will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Woods Coffee in Birch Bay Square.

From noon until 9 p.m., Birch Bay Beach Park will host a variety of attractions including vendors, live music, a beer garden and the Beast Bus. The Kids Zone Training Camp, featuring punt, pass and kick games, will take place from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and there will be a crab competition and crab fishing derby from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All day long, there will be a chainsaw carving sculpture competition featuring more than a dozen carvers.

From 6:30 p.m. until dusk, the Blue Friday Party will take place at the Birch Bay Waterslides. The party will be hosted by the Boot Boogie Babes, a Seattle line dance team, and will feature special guests Mama Lynch and former Seahawks player Hillary Butler. Music will be provided by DJ Non-Prophet, and there will be prize giveaways. Tickets for the event cost $12.

On Saturday, August 17, activities at Birch Bay Beach Park will again take place all day, including the Washington chainsaw carving competition. The carvers’ pieces will be auctioned off at 2:30 p.m. A highlight of the day will be the Windermere Discover Days/Fan Fest Parade at 11 a.m. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a raising of the 12th man flag and a group photo.

Due to the parade and other activities, Birch Bay Drive will be closed from Harborview Road to Alderson Road from 10:15 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Alderson Road will be closed from Birch Bay Drive to Gemini Street from 9:45 a.m. until noon. Attendees can get around on the yellow Windermere bus, which will be running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For times and locations, visit the Birch Bay chamber at birchbaychamber.com or on Facebook.

On Sunday, August 18, Birch Bay Beach Park will again host the Beast Bus along with the chainsaw carving competition. Special activities will include a celebrity golf tournament at Loomis Trail Golf Course starting at 10 a.m. The tournament will also include a barbecue hosted by the Whatcom Sea Hawkers, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will also be a last-chance crab derby competition from 10 a.m. to noon, along with kids’ Olympics during the same two-hour period. Attendees can enjoy the beer garden and mimosa bar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as live music from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The final chain saw auction will take place at 2:30 p.m.

Each evening throughout the weekend, additional events will be hosted at the Silver Reef Casino. These include performances by the Lowdown Drifters, a country music band, as well as a comedy show, celebrity dinner and auction. On Sunday, the casino will also host a pre-season football watch party and auction.

For more information about Discover Birch Bay Days, visit birchbaychamber.com. Additional information about Fan Fest can be found at fanfestnw.com.


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