Festivals in WA that you can’t miss

By Australia / Western Australia /

Have you ever considered travelling to Western Australia for festivals? Well, if you haven’t then now is the time to do it.

Different music, art and other cultural festivals run year-round, thanks to Western Australia’s generally sunny weather.

Hire a campervan from Perth Airport with DriveNow and make your way to any of these great events for your next holiday.

Perth International Arts Festival

10 February – 5 March 2017
You won’t have to travel far to be part of one of the state’s most popular events. PIAF is the longest running event of its kind and it has been going every year since 1953. Half a million people attend every year to admire new works and connect with artists from across the world.

South West Craft Beer Festival

11 February 2017
Think live music, amazing food and even better craft beer. This year will see the biggest line-up of breweries take part in this unique event. It’s held in the perfect location of Busselton, with the South West becoming one of the fastest growing micro-brewery region. Choose from more than 100 refreshing local brews, including light or dark ales, chilli beer and fruity sensations.

Castaway Festival

12 February, 2017
For one day Rottnest Island turns into the perfect outdoor setting for a party. The stage backdrop is the beautiful, postcard perfect Thompson’s Bay. The latest electronic music pumps all day as partigoers enjoy the beach vibes. This year’s line-up includes Rüfüs, Rüfüs Du Sol, the Kite String Tangle, Yuma X and Pilerats DJs.

Blues at Bridgetown

10-12 November 2017
About 270km south of Perth on the Blackwood River is the pretty country town of Bridgetown. Blues at Bridgetown has become an iconic event in this part of the world, where volunteers keep the event alive. It’s one of the first blues festivals in Australia, and it definitely earns its reputation as one of the best. Bridgetown showcases some amazing international acts as well as up-and-coming local talent.

Perth International Jazz Festival

26-28 May 2017
Perth’s premier jazz event returns for only a weekend every year, but it’s sure to be a weekend unlike any other. The thrilling jazz performances showcase the best local, national and international talent. There’s something for everyone too, with many free community events to promote the amazing world of jazz.

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Head for the country roads for Victoria events


Some of the best festivals aren’t in the big cities – they’re in the country towns. Victoria is no exception. The countryside is full of charming towns with colourful events that they proudly call their own.

Hire a campervan from Melbourne Airport and travel to some of the most scenic parts of the state to enjoy these iconic events.

Horsham Country Music Festival (pictured)

23-26 March, 2017
Horsham’s celebration of all things country began in 2006. Ever since then, the festival has been attracting country music lovers from far and wide. This year, they’ve secured New Zealand’s Jog Adams and Victoria’s Dennis Morgan. Organisers are also proud to give budding country music artists a chance to showcase their talent in front of the Horsham crowd.

High Country Harvest Festival

5-21 May, 2017
Victoria’s annual High Country Harvest is the time to feast! There’s no better place to be in Autumn, as the season brings out some of the most exquisite golden colours of the countryside. Thousands of people come to sample the incredible tastes on offer at one of the high country’s best events. Whether it’s the Italian fine wines, fruits, Myrtleford’s magnificent chestnuts or the superb cheese from Milawa’s famous factory, you won’t be let down.

The Man From Snowy River Bush Festival

30 March – 2 April, 2017
Corryong’s bush festival is world-famous. Every year the charming town surrounded by mountains celebrates everything to do with the iconic Aussie busy life. It’s an incredible display of bush poetry, music, bush skills and horsemanship. There’s also bush markets with local crafts and an exciting street parade. Everything about the festival is based on Banjo Paterson’s poem The Man From Snowy River. The festival highlight is the re-enactment of this epic poem. Don’t miss it!

Yarra Valley Wine and Food Festival

1-2 April, 2017
Rockford Winery’s green lawns set the scene perfectly for this relaxing two-day event. Sample locally produced beer, cider and wines from more than 40 wineries. Plus there’s plenty of fine food to top it all off. There’s also live music and entertainment as you enjoy the flavours from award-winning winemakers. There’s no better way to experience one of Australia’s best food and wine regions than to do it all in one place!

Riverboats Music Festival

17 – 19 February, 2017
The border towns of Echuca-Moama come alive with this unique festival! Visit this place for just a few short hours and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of the much-loved festival. Not only is Riverboats Music Fest incredibly inexpensive, but it’s also laidback. Contemporary music artists out on a show underneath the river red gums right next to the idyllic Murray River, while historic paddle steamers pass by all weekend. There’s only one stage but there’s plenty of space to dance the weekend away. Hoodoo Gurus, James Reyne and Mia Dyson are some of the big names playing this year.

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Four festivals in Adelaide and surrounds you can’t miss

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Adelaide festivals are some of the best in Australia. Next time you visit the city, make sure you pick up a great hire car deal from Adelaide Airport and tick off these awesome events during your stay.

Adelaide Fringe Festival

17 February – 19 March 2017
Fringe is internationally recognised as one of the best open-access arts events. Artists from across the world come to the city for four weeks of art celebrations. Visit the city and you’ll find pop up venues in parks, lane-ways, theatres and art galleries. The best thing about Fringe is that it’s not just for high-profile artists. Anyone can participate.


10 – 13 March 2017
The Botanic Park in Adelaide becomes the hub of WOMADelaide over the long weekend in March. Soak up performances and workshops created by the world’s renowned musicians, dancers and DJs. You’ll find a mix of traditional and contemporary music. There’s also street theatre and visual artists. People love WOMADelaide. If not for the diversity of art then definitely for the family friendly atmosphere.

Victor Harbour Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival

16 – 17 September 2017
There’s no better place to enjoy some good old Rock ‘n’ Roll! Put on your dancing shoes and head on over to the lovely seaside town of Victor Harbour. There are three stages pumping out catchy tunes with just as many dance floors. The classic car competition is also an event favourite, with anybody able to enter. One of the best things about this weekend is the people it attracts. You’re bound to have a fun time.

OzAsia Festival

26 September – 8 October 2017
It’s Australia’s premier international arts festival that focuses entirely on Asia. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and the program keeps growing every year. Enjoy a rich line up of contemporary arts from across Asia. Live international music and the Moon Lantern Festival are among the highlights of the event.



What’s hot in Wellington NZ


New Zealand’s incredible capital city, Wellington, is located on the North Island. It boasts many exciting attractions, from the exciting Weta Cave mini museum to the iconic red cable cars that take you to the top of Mount Victoria. The city also has a vibrant food and wine scene.

All you need to do is hire a car from Wellington Airport and drive yourself to one of these hot up-and-coming events.

Wellington Sky Show Fireworks (pictured)
6th November, 9pm
Every single year the Wellington Sky Show lights up the sky over the city’s harbour. This spectacular fireworks display marks Guy Fawkes Night and has been running since 1995. It’s perhaps one of the most unique displays you’ll ever witness too, with the fireworks show synchronised with soundtracks on local radio stations. Grab a bite to eat and enjoy the show from Wellington’s waterfront – one of the best vantage points in the city.

Black Moon
31st October
Another great event to add to you to-do list is to head down to Space Place to watch the Black Moon show. With the show running on the night Halloween, Black Moon is bound to alert your senses. It’s terrifying and definitely not for the faint-hearted! The show tells a gruesome tale about evil spirits related to Wellington’s night sky, all while you witness frightening visuals projected onto the planetarium dome above, This sound and visual experience is suitable for adults.

Diwali Festival of Lights
23rd October, 1:30-10pm
It’s one of the most colourful festivals you could ever imagine! Indians all across the world come together to light candles and lamps to signify triumph of light over darkness and Wellington is no exception. It’s one of the most important Hindu festivals and it’s growing on the New Zealand calendar. The event attracted more than 150,000 visitors in 2015. This year a busier and even more exciting line-up of international dance acts and art workshops is expected to see that legacy continue.

Shelly Bay Market
23rd October – 20th November
People of all ages can head to The Lodge for this gorgeous boutique style artisan, arts and crafts market. There are several different stalls where you can snatch up beautiful gifts for a good price. The stall holders are also friendly and more than happy to have a chat with you about their unique creations. This market showcases some of the best local art and creativity, which you’ll never find anywhere else.

Also try Places To Park Your Campervan In Wellington



Sydney summer events – five reasons you have to be there!

By Australia / Sydney /

Sydney events in the summer…

It’s the best and busiest time of year to visit. 

After hiring a car from Sydney Airport make sure you start checking out what’s on the Sydney events calendar during your stay. If you need more convincing, then here are five reasons why you have to be in Sydney this summer!

Sydney NYE
Sydney is the New Year’s Eve capital of Australia. From here you can be among the first major cities in the world to welcome in the New Year. The city is famous for its midnight fireworks at Sydney Harbour. Each more than one million people come to the various vantage points around the harbour to watch the colourful show and celebrate the end of the year in style.

Mardi Gras
Coming up in early March is the most colourful LGBTIQ celebration. Held in the heart of the city, the Sydney Mardi Gras draws 70,000 people from across the world. The parade is the highlight of the event, with epic costumes, loud music and colourful floats taking up Oxford and Flinders streets. It’s like a non-stop party that celebrates everything LGBTIQ while making a political and cultural statement.

Chinese New Year
From January 28 to February 12 is New Year on the Chinese calendar. More than one million people took part in Sydney’s Chinese New Year this year, as they were treated to more than 22 hours of live performances. The festival’s highlight is Lunar Lanterns, which features giant, colourful lanterns that represent the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

Australia Day
People from across the country come together every year on January 26 to celebrate what it means to be Australian. The national day commemorate the anniversary of the arrival of the First Fleet, which changed the course of the nation forever. Sydney is Australia’s oldest city, making it the ideal location for several key events across the city.

Australian Open of Surfing
Kicking off in late February, the Australian Open of Surfing is one of the most exciting sporting events on Sydney’s calendar. Manly Beach becomes the home of Australia’s largest (and best) surf, skate and music festival for 10 days. World-class athletes and artists come together to celebrate surf and skate culture at what’s considered to be the birthplace of modern surfing.

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Don’t miss these Melbourne Cup Carnival events

By Australia / Melbourne /

Springtime in Melbourne is one of the most exciting times of the year. Fashion, fine dining and racing all combine for an exciting season, which finishes with the Melbourne Cup.

Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and make sure you don’t miss these events this racing season.

Cox Plate
October 21 at Moonee Valley Racecourse
There’s a reason the Cox Plate is known for being ‘the race where legends are made’. The Cox Plate was first run in 1922. Since then, there have only been three horses who won the Melbourne Cup and went on to win the Cox Plate – Phar Lap, Might and Power and Makybe Diva. There’s something for every racegoer, whether you want a day of fine fining or a family picnic on the lawn and you watch hours of excitement on the track unfold.

Caulfield Cup
October 15 at Caulfield Racecourse
The Caulfield Cup has become one of the country’s richest Thoroughbred horse races. The 2400m race is considered one of the great horse races on the Australian calendar. It’s also the richest turf race for that distance in the world, with prize money worth $3m.

Oaks Day
November 3 at Flemington Racecourse
Crown Oaks Day has long been known as ‘ladies’ day’. Women flock to Flemington in their most expensive and majestic pieces to indulge in glamorous fashion, fine food and racing. It’s one of the biggest days in fashion, with the highlight of the day being the Myer Fashions on the Field. Apart from the social occasion, the racing highlight is the Group 1 Crown Oaks with $1m in prize money.

Emirates Stakes Day
November 5 at Flemington Racecourse
This is known as the ‘family day’ of the Spring Racing Carnival. There’s the Emirates Stakes Day Fashions on the Field for younger racegoers along with live entertainment. There are also free activities for children of all ages. While on the track it’s a packed day of exciting action, including the $2m Group 1 Emirates Stakes.

Melbourne Cup Day
November 1 at Flemington Racecourse
The Melbourne Cup is ‘the race that stops the nation’ well and truly. People from all over the country have their eyes glued on the screen at 3pm as up to 24 horses gallop more than 3,200m to take out the prestigious title. The race has been running since 1861 and even earned the title of a public holiday in 1877, truly making it a part of Australian culture.



Adelaide’s unmissable events in Spring

By Adelaide / Australia /

Adelaide is known for its amazing food, wine and culture. Spring is the best time of year to visit Adelaide, as the city comes alive to celebrate those things.

Hire a car from the Airport and get ready for these spring events.

OzAsia Festival (pictured)

The OzAsia Festival has been touted as Australia’s premier Asia-focused arts festival. It runs between September and early October. It offers the latest in dance, music, film, theatre and visual arts out of Asia. Its flagship event is the Moon Lantern Festival, where thousands of people will gather to watch Australia’s largest lantern parade.

Royal Adelaide Show

South Australians will flock to the Royal Adelaide Show every September. It’s one of the state’s biggest entertainment events of the year. There’s something for everyone at the show. Mystery showbags, live entertainments and thrilling rides are always popular. Every night there are fireworks to celebrate this iconic event on the city’s calendar.

Adelaide Fashion Festival

This fashion festival celebrates innovative design and style. The festival runs over five days in October. It showcases established and up-and-coming local designers. There are several designer runways hosting 20 events. The focus is on creativity and unique style – something Adelaide designers never shy away from.

Adelaide Film Festival

This international film festival was established in 2003. It’s held over two weeks in mid October every second year. It showcases some of Australia’s best new talent. It also launches new films and art to international audiences. This event continues to grow every year.

Victor Harbour Rock ’n’ Roll Festival

This September you can literally dance the weekend away at Victor Harbour. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival runs in the heart of one of South Australia’s most gorgeous seaside towns. This free festival is just a short drive from Adelaide. It boasts live rock ‘ n’ roll music over three stages. It also has more than 500 vehicle displays, market stalls, memorabilia and more.

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Spring sensations in Melbourne

By Australia / Melbourne /

Spring is one of the most sensational times to visit Melbourne. Not only are the flowers across the city’s gardens in full bloom, but the sun starts to come out after a long, cold winter. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and explore one of these events.

AFL Grand Final (pictured)
After a season of suspense, every footy fan in Australia has their sights set on the AFL Grand Final. The big game is full of excitement and drama, with the two top teams battling it out in front of a packed area. Be one of the 100,000 screaming fans watching the game unfold inside the MGG.

Royal Melbourne Show
The show is perhaps Victoria’s most iconic event. There are colourful lights, exhibits, rides and 450,000 people who pack the Melbourne Showgrounds for eleven days in September. There are exiting activities, plenty of competition and pop up restaurants of some of the city’s finest eateries. Of course, no visit to the show is complete without walking away with a show bag.

Melbourne Cup Carnival
The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s (and the world’s) most prestigious horse races. The first Tuesday of November sees people from all over flock to Flemington Racecourse for not only one of the world’s best horse races, but also the fashion. Colourful designer frocks light up the field. This event is also steeped in history, with the first race dating back to 1861.

Melbourne Festival
The Melbourne Festival is one of the country’s leading international arts festivals. Every year in Spring it lives up to its reputation as showcasing the latest and most creative in the arts. From theatre, music and dance to visual arts and multimedia, the festival showcases innovation and vision. The event runs for 17 days every October.

Melbourne Marathon Festival
The Melbourne Marathon kicks off at the perfect time of year. It has a full marathon, half marathon, and also a few smaller races. The Melbourne Marathon has been going every year since 1978. These days, thousands of people participate in the marathon.



10 upcoming events in South Australia you can’t miss

By Adelaide / Australia / South Australia /

Who’s up for some fun in South Australia in coming months? Start planning your holiday with these great upcoming events, book your Adelaide car rental and prepare for a blast in late Winter and Spring.

SALA Festival
1-31 August, statewide

The South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival is the largest visual arts festival in Australia. Its extensive state-wide program of visual arts involves more than 3000 artists and 500 venues that celebrate the diverse talents of South Australian artists. Don’t miss your chance to journey through some of this year’s best collections, held in various places and spaces to support the very best of visual art in the state.

Barossa Gourmet Weekend
2–4 September, Barossa

The Barossa is among the world’s great gastronomic playgrounds, renowned for its wine, fresh seasonal produce, beautiful landscapes and easy-going lifestyle. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop always a big hit, as too a spate of cellar doors and beautiful eateries.  The Barossa Gourmet Weekend is a three-day celebration of the region’s food and wine culture and features long lunches, sumptuous dinners, wine masterclasses, winery days and workshops.

Royal Adelaide Show
2–11 September, Adelaide

The Royal Adelaide Show is the longest running and largest community event on South Australia’s calendar. It is an action-packed event for the whole family and includes carnival rides and attractions, as well as handicraft, produce, livestock, animal shows, and much more! The show’s celebrations go off with a bang thanks to a nightly fireworks display.

OzAsia Festival
17 September–2 October, Adelaide

The fortnight-long OzAsia Festival features performances, events and exhibitions celebrating the artistic and cultural ties between Australia and Asia.

Ceduna OysterFest
30 September–2 October, Eyre Peninsula

The Ceduna Oysterfest is Australia’s largest oyster festival. Ceduna comes alive with entertainment for all ages, and an abundance of oysters on offer. OysterFest will delight taste buds and surpass expectations with a celebration worthy of its colourful past.

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
1–31 October, Limestone Coast

The Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend is rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed! Choose from more than 30 exciting events and exclusive tastings at Coonawarra’s outstanding cellar doors. The weekend will be filled with great food, sensational wine, live music and once in a life time experiences for you to indulge in. Come and meet the locals, share in the community spirit and open your eyes to life under the big sky.

Renmark Rose Festival
15–24 October, Riverland

If you are a rose or garden lover you will thoroughly enjoy the Rose Festival in Renmark. Treat yourself to this delightful display of nature through the festival’s program including open gardens, activities, shows and demonstrations that will enthuse and enchant all who attend.

Adelaide Fashion Festival
October, Adelaide

The Adelaide Fashion Festival showcases modern, innovative and relevant fashion from established and emerging designers. It celebrates what’s special about South Australia – its creativity and design – while expanding the state’s fashion industry locally, nationally and internationally.

October, Adelaide

CheeseFest is a celebration of Australian specialty cheeses. Cheese lovers will enjoy every element of the festival – sampling, cooking, cheese making demonstrations and master classes – while overlooking the picturesque Rymill Park in Adelaide.

Australian International 3 Day Event
3–6 November, Adelaide

The Australian International 3 Day event is Australia’s premier equestrian competition and Adelaide is delighted to host the three days of dressage, show jumping and cross country in its city parklands. This event is unique to the world as it is the only one staged in the heart of a busy city.

Also try Four Great Things To Do In South Australia or Five Things To Do Near McLaren Vale




What’s hot on the Melbourne food scene

By Australia / Melbourne /

Food brings friends together for memorable experiences. True foodies know exactly where to head on Melbourne’s food scene to uncover some of the city’s most delicious treats. Hire a car from Melbourne Airport and add these five tasty experiences to your list.

Flower Drum (pictured)
This Chinese restaurant oozes fine dining and Cantonese cuisine. Situated in Market Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, the restaurant’s executive chef Anthony Lui ensures fresh ingredients are purchased daily from the nearby market. They’re then skilfully served onto your plate. Make sure you try the signature dish, the Peking Duck. It’s a delicious combination of plum sauce, spring onion, cucumber and tender pieces of roast duck.

Republica is seaside dining at its best. This casual restaurant sits on the waterfront in the St Kilda Baths and boasts central open fireplaces. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine while admiring views of Port Phillip Bay. There are many flavorsome entrees to choose from. We’d highly recommend the chilli tiger prawns or the grilled Victorian lamb for the main course.

Piggery café
Shannon Bennett’s Piggery Café draws people from all over Melbourne. Some of the café-bakery;s best offers include charcoal barbecue chicken, Wagyu burgers and zesty salads. Grab some delicious breads and pastries from the adjoining Burnham Bakery. Sit inside this rustic venue and enjoy flavours from around the world. Only then will you wonder why you didn’t discover this place sooner.

Italian Wine and Food Festival
Flavours of Italy will fill the Royal Exhibition Building for one day only in May. This Italian feast is like heaven! Choose from creamy pastas and gourmet pizzas to homemade meatballs that melt in your mouth. There are also little treats, including gelati. But wine-lovers unit! There are more than 250 wines to sample and there’s even a wine masterclass.

Good Food and Wine Show
Make the most of the Good Food and Wine Show this year. It’ll run from June 3-5 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Purchase a general admission ticket and you’ll be able to browse hundreds of local and international exhibitors. Famous culinary experts will also take the stage. Watch closely as they share tips and cook delicious dishes live.



5 hot events in Queensland this winter

By Australia / Brisbane / Queensland /

THE winter chill has arrived in the south but there’s always a way to warm up in Queensland. Looking to head north for a winter escape? Nap a Brisbane car rental for some Queensland exploration and to try any of these five great reasons to ditch the southern freeze and enjoy some northern exposure …

One … Relish Food and Wine Festival (June 4, pictured)

From the Hinterland to the Bay, the Fraser Coast has an awesome array of fresh produce, locally made food products and unforgettable dining experiences. The Fraser Coast Food Story – Relish Fraser Coast is about connecting local growers and producers with the area’s restaurants and cafès to create some magic. What started with the food and wine festival in 2013 has grown into something that encompasses the year round offerings of the Fraser Coast. For all the details, head to

Two … Broadbeach Country Music Festival (June 17-19)

Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae and the Adam Eckersley Band are just some of the massive country music stars heading for the sunny Gold Coast for the fourth annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival. Combining ‘Country with the Coast’, the beachside event is free and will showcase premier country performers outdoor stages and in venues throughout the entire Broadbeach precinct. The incredible line-up will feature more than 30 artists. For more visit

Three … The Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival (June 24-July 2)

Lights, camera, action. Nine days, 30 films, 1000 scenes. Winton’s Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival is a film festival like no other, celebrating Australian film and culture under the stars of Winton in Outback Queensland. The Festival will combine an incomparable program of classic and contemporary Australian films under the stars in the historic, open air Royal Theatre in Winton’s main street; plus conversations, yarns, masterclasses, film making competitions, tag-a-long tours and social activities. Join them on the red carpet for opening night. More visit

Four … Mary Poppins Festival in the Park (July 2)

With the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers, born in Maryborough in Queensland, it’s little wonder the city celebrates it’s unique link to the iconic nanny with the world’s only Mary Poppins festival – a week long explosion of colour, art, culture and “practically perfect” fun for everyone. Maryborough’s heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins novels. Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd. The entertainment includes professional street theatre performers, sidewalk artists, jugglers, roving Penny Farthing, grand costume parade, kite display, vintage cars, carnival rides and old fashioned games and workshops. Visit

Five … Rockhampton River Festival (July 15-17)

This amazing river festival in July brings the incredible past, creative present and bright future of Rockhampton together for a massive three day celebration. At the 2016 festival expect to dream big and escape the ordinary under the ‘River Revery’ theme. Festival goers can dream the impossible, wander the mysterious, play to the spontaneity and feast on delicious delicacies, leaving your mind boggling, taste-buds tingling and your imagination soaring. The three day festival has free entertainment, interactive arts, contemporary tunes, delicious food, great people and superb winter sunshine. With more than 30,000 people expected at the festival this year, book early before accommodation sells out. Visit

ALSO try Trips within two hours of Brisbane or Unmissable events in Queensland




Fabulous festivals in Seattle and surrounds

By United States /

Seattle is one of the most exciting and colourful destinations. In this world-class city, fabulous festivals running almost every weekend.

When you touchdown at Seattle Airport, grab a hire car and explore these exciting festivals this July.

Fourth of July in Bainbridge
Fireworks, parades, street fairs, car shows, kids activities… you name it! Fourth of July celebrations are huge across the United States. It’s definitely worth spending this year’s national holiday on Bainbridge Island. Other highlights include live music, a classic car show, foot race and a beer garden. Bainbridge Island proves there’s something for everyone on the Fourth of July!

Seattle International Beerfest
From July 8 to 10 you can choose from 220 beers at Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Centre. This event specialises in unique and hard-to-find beers. It also aims to encourage visitors to try something they’ve never tried before. Organisers go to a lot of trouble to source the very best exotic drinks “that you’ve never heard of” and will satisfy as you listen to great bands play.

Bite of Seattle
This festival runs from July 15 to 17. Bite of Seattle is the north west’s premier food and beverage showcase. It features more than 60 restaurants and vendors, where you can sample craft beer and cider and also take part in live cooking demonstrations. There are also five outdoor music stages where you can enjoy live music.

Chinatown International District Dragon Festival
The Dragon Festival is the largest annual Asian American celebration in the Pacific Northwest. It’s set in the heart of Seattle’s historic Chinatown over two days starting on July 16. The streets come to life with colourful multi-cultural performances and food and walking tours. It also treats you to non-stop Japanese drumming, martial arts, and Filipino and Indian dancing, to name a few activities.

Go Klondike Legacy Day
This unique, one-of-a-kind festival takes you back in time. Re-live the 19th Century, when people from all over came to the goldfields in search of fortune. On July 17 the whole family can celebrate the first gold arriving in Seattle. You can try your hand at gold panning, a scavenger hunt and dog-sledding while listening to old-time music.