No matter what time of the year it is, Roslyn WA and Cle Elum WA constantly have events taking place throughout the greater area. Whether it is traditional events like fireworks on the 4th of July or Corned Beef and Cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day or the unique annual events like Moose Festival or the Spittoon Boat Races at The Brick – you can find something to do nearly every weekend of the year. There are also ongoing events like the Roslyn Art Walk on the last Friday night of the month or the Roslyn Sunday Market – every Sunday throughout the summer months and into September. Generally, we blog about them here, but if you need a calendar of events farther into the future, I generally check http://www.roslynrooms.com/local_attractions under “Upcoming Events in Roslyn” which lists events in Cle Elum, Roslyn, Ronald and beyond.
Roslyn Black Pioneer Picnic is this Saturday, August 6th, at the Roslyn City Park. The picnic commemorates the black pioneers who first came to Roslyn WA in 1888 to work in the coal mines. The all day event is where families, friends, and newcomers celebrate with good food, fun games for kids, displays and exhibitions.
The Roslyn Moosefest is the annual fan festival for the 1990’s television show Northern Exposure. For those that do not remember Northern Exposure, the show was about a newly graduated doctor who has to start a practice in a small Alaskan town. While the town in the show was in Alaska, it was actually filmed in Roslyn Washington.
The Moosefest this year (2011) is informal (every other year is informal). Thus there is no scheduled events other than a gathering of approximately 30-40 Northern Exposure fans in Roslyn. This is how it is described on the official website (see first link above):
Informal Moosefest 2011 is the off-year without an organized Northern Exposure fan festival. Keeping with the last-full-weekend in July tradition, it will be July 29-31, 2011. The only activities at an informal Moosefest are hanging out and being reminded “There is no plan”. But then, there is no registration cost either. The Moosefest Committee and whatever fans feel like joining us that weekend hang out in Roslyn. There generally are 30 to 40 fans that show up. We live “in the moment” on what to do next: eat, watch episodes, visit filming sites, drink, talk, sleep or something else. All are welcome!
If you are interested in going, I am sure you can contact the organizers through their contact page or just show up in Roslyn and track down fellow Northern Exposure fans.
Roslyn and Cle Elum area has plenty of places to have fun around the water. Normally this time of year is a great time to have fun in the rivers in the area – although you always should be careful. This year because of the heavy snow fall in the mountains the rivers are running fast and cold. Thus take extra precaution if you plan to be around the rivers or better yet maybe just enjoy the beach at Lake Cle Elum. Just last week a kayaker lost his life in the river northwest of Roslyn. Be safe!
Suncadia Summer Nights in the Village are free summer outdoor concerts that take place at the Village Amphitheater every Friday night from June through August. This Friday, June 25th, the featured artist is Clumsy Lovers, a rock/bluegrass group. This weekends concert starts at the typical time: 7 PM. Tonight’s weather is going to be cold and possibly wet, so come prepared.
The Roslyn Arts Walk’s Sunshine Series begins Saturday, May 28th. Come visit Roslyn galleries and businesses who will display art! Begin the walk at the Mountain Mermaid/Ewing & Clark building at 102 E Pennsylvania and get a map to guide you on your walk.