Mill Creek Festival will be a celebration for the senses

Jul 06, 2018
Courtesy of: GA Publications NW

Almost since its inception, the Mill Creek Festival has featured three stages of live entertainment: the Main Stage, the Pet Arena and the Community Stage. Due to the growth of the Kid and Family area and the Community Stage, festival organizers have decided to move this area for local talent to where the Pet Plaza has traditionally been located.

The move will make it easy to find the Community Stage and all the kid’s vendors will be in sight of the bouncy toys and rock-climbing wall in the Bank of America parking lot.

The Community Stage will feature a variety of local performers and entertainers. The stage’s sponsor, Columbia Athletic Club, will join the fun with several fitness and athletic demonstrations.

The stage will feature many dance styles and studios performing this year, including the return of Bollywood dancers Nupor Dancing Superstars, dancers from Reflections Studio and a mix of singing, dancing and acting from Applause Studio.

Also returning will be a live magic show by Rich Waters and fighting demonstrations by members of White Tiger Martial Arts.

The community stage will feature new acts to entertain all ages, including traditional Chinese arts from the Melody Institute, Latin ballroom dancing from NIKA Academy, Polynesian routines by Tamali’l, and routines by Pink Zebra Cheer.

The Pet Plaza will be just off of Mill Creek Blvd. in the Stealth Areo parking lot. This area is well contained for our four-legged visitors and their humans with plenty of grassy areas nearby.

“I always recommend checking out the acts at the Pet Arena where visitors will see some amazing dogs, including some that work for our local police,” said Greg Harris of GA Publications NW. “You also might want to check out the Reptile Man to meet an African desert tortoise, an American alligator, a cobra or perhaps a large Burmese. You never know who will be on display with this zoologist.

There will always some fresh water for your pooch in the pet area, as well as bags for waste pick-up. Many of the vendors also hand out treats.

This year’s Festival will feature the return of a legendary singer and musician. The Walking Elvis will roam the grounds of the festival to pose for photos and take requests for his performance.

Bring Your Appetite

This summer, there will be a plate-full of vendors coming to meet everybody’s feasting needs. For those looking for exotic fare, check out Caribbean Cuisine. If you want something on the sweeter side, grab some Gelato or bite down on an elephant ear or perhaps a donut from Hawaiian Donuts. Spot’s Hot Dogs will be on hand offering franks and Zieglar’s Brats will supply the brats, dogs, and curly fries.

Save some room with wake up with some coffee from DR Espresso then head down to the Taco Truck for a burrito.

There will be more than enough tables and chairs for dinners just south of the food vendor booths for dining. For those who are old enough, visitors are welcome to bring their eats into the Beer and Wine Garden.

Plan To Shop

The festival is also a great place to meet local business owners and learn more about what they have to offer. Visitors will find tents up and down Mill Creek Blvd. from the Beer Garden and Food Booths to the Fire Trucks and emergency vehicles for the kids to explore on the other end of the street.

There will be 161 arts and crafts booths that will be judged on which applications they will accept to give festival visitors a fun shopping experience.

All the artisans chosen are required to have their offerings made by hand, or in some cases, by scratch. With more than 50 vendors, the festival is a great opportunity to purchase a special gift, a piece of art for your home or garden, or something special for the kitchen.

Rock and Roll

The festval’s main stage offers some of the best local cover bands in the area. On Saturday, ride the New Wave with the tribute band The Retros as they bring some dance-worthy ‘80s favorites.

Or stay in the same decade with Platinum Spandex as they play classic hair metal pieces note for note. For more of a roots reggae and dance hall vibe, check out Unified Culture. If you just want to party in the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s, then The Machine is for you.

On Sunday, eat up the tasty groove improvisation of JC and His Invisible Band. You can also get your groove on with Afrodisiacs, catch another new wave with The Spazmatics, or listen to the country rock “crunge” sounds of Megs McLean. If that’s not enough, check out what Seattle Weekly voters called the best cover band of 2011, The Davanos.

Local Nonprofits

There will be a litany of non-profits organizations represented this year. A sampling of this year’s representation include: Mill Creek Women’s Club, Heartland Institute of Financial Education, the Snohomish County Labor Council, Girl Scouts of America, Cedar Park Christian School, and more.

When You Visit

Take advantage of the festival’s shuttle bus when you visit. The shuttle leaves from Jackson High School to the Festival, making continuous loops during the hours of 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday and 10 until 7pm on Sunday.

Additional parking will be available on Sunday festival visitors in the Mill Creek Post Office parking lot.

The Mill Creek Festival will be open for from on Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 until 5 pm on Sunday. The Beer and Wine Garden will remain open until 7 p.m. on Saturday and until 6 p.m. on Sunday. You must be 21 or older to visit the Beer and Wine Garden and everyone must show valid ID to enter.

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