Summer in Seattle
Before climate change altered our weather patterns, summer in Seattle used to start after the Fourth of July. This year we’re getting a taste of warmer weather in June, which was great news for the Seattle Pride Parade last weekend, finally back in person for the first time post-pandemic. Our local conventions have marched in the parade in previous years, but this year just held a viewing meetup.
June means fresh local produce is starting to flow into our markets. Of special importance are our local strawberries. Smaller than grocery store berries and intensely flavorful, they’re worth heading out to a U-Pick field or local farmer stall. Later in the summer we’ll be swimming in stone fruits, and as August comes on, blackberries. The outdoor swimming pools are open now too, for those who want to cool off but aren’t ready for the still-chilly salt water of Puget Sound.
Now that we’re just past the solstice, our days are as long as they get. Locals are taking advantage of the extra daylight hours to get out on the water and into the woods, with boating, hiking, and camping being popular pastimes in the region. Up on Mount Rainier we are still a month away from peak wildflower season, which is spectacular and well worth the drive. Late July and early August brings Seafair, an annual 10-week festival featuring a torchlight parade, hydroplane races, arial performances by the Blue Angels, and a host of smaller local parades and festivals. Norwescon does an annual camping trip in August, which this year takes us to Larrabee State Park, on Puget Sound.
Seattle summers are great, and we hope that many people will choose to extend their Worldcon trip to take in some of the unique, seasonal opportunities in the area.