Let's party, Federal Way



Festival Days, trumpeted by organizers as bigger and better than ever, is back this weekend to entertain Federal Way and put a fun stamp on the tail end of the community’s summer.

The event began 15 years ago and has had different names, but the goal has always been “activities, entertainment and events for the entire family,” said Bob Hitchcock, president of this year’s festival.

True to form, Festival Days will start Friday and kick into high gear Saturday and Sunday with performers, games and exhibits. The full schedule is listed in a special section in today’s Mirror, but a brief rundown includes a fun-run/walk, a juried art exhibit, an outdoor 3-on-3 basketball tournament, vendors of food and other products, and a parade Saturday morning down Pacific Highway South and South 312th Street to Steel Lake Park.

The park, as in past years, is a hub of festival activities. But this year they’ll expand into downtown, including SeaTac Mall. Hitchcock said the business community has embraced the festival “like it never has before.”

Festivalgoers have minimal traffic worries. The parking is free, along with shuttle service at and between venue sites.

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