What to do in Green Lake: August 15-17

August 15, 2014 5:52am


Greenlakers this may be one of the most amazingly diverse event weekends on record -from boating to bat watching, to a pop-up market and a dog-only swimming pool day. There’s lots to choose from. Enjoy the weekend!

Friday August 15

Take a Bat Walk with Bats Northwest
When: 7:30 p.m.
Where: The grassy hill near the Green Lake Theatre (7312 West Green Lake Dr N)
Price: Free

Let’s get this out of the way first. No, “they are not all vampires,” says John Basset from Bats Northwest. “Of the 1,000 species of bats found world-wide only three make a living consuming blood.”

What you can plan to see is at least a few species that live in the Green Lake area including: Big Brown, Silver-haired and Small Myotis bats. And don’t let the “walk” get in the way as an excuse for not going. The walk is more of a viewing area at dusk by the Green Lake Bath House Theatre where the group can watch the bats at their favorite nightly foraging areas.

For more information, go to

Saturday August 16

Windemere Summer Splash 
When: 9 a.m .to 4 p.m.
Where: Most activities are located in the Southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center (5900 West Green Lake Way N)
Price: Free

A junior rowing competition and corporate cup regatta, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. The day includes uber healthy food vendors (no, seriously look at the vendor list, not an elephant ear in sight), children’s activities/entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit

Sunday, August 17
3rd Annual Maple Leaf Pop-Up Market
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Where: The parking lot located at 9127 Roosevelt Way NE
Price: Free

The pop-up market features art, photography, glasswork, food and quirky collectibles. Last year’s Market had 34 vendors and this year they have a mix of  new and returning sellers.  Some of the products confirmed this year include fused glass, metal and garden art, upcycled wood products, jewelry and accessories, handmade home décor, face-painting and henna tattoos, paintings & vintage books and handbags & organizers.

Pups in the Pool  

When: 1- 3 p.m.
Where: Helen Madison Pool (13401 Meridian Ave. N)
Price: $15

Since dogs aren’t allowed in Green Lake, bring your four-legged friend to the Helen Madison Pool. While humans are not allowed in the swimming pool, they can watch as dogs get to swim with all their canine friends.

A few guidelines: dogs must be at least six months old and have proof of licensing and up-to-date vaccinations. (Licenses can also be purchased at the event.) Dogs must also “under-go a ‘pre wash'” with the help of the Seattle Parks staff and Animal Shelter officials before they go into the pool. And if your pup is a on the tiny side, not to worry, stairs will be available for dogs to enter and exit the pool.

A lifeguard will be on duty just in case the doggy paddle goes south.

After the event, the pool will be drained and cleaned and will undergo its regularly scheduled pool maintenance. The pool will be closed to the public during this time and will reopen on Sept. 2. For more information, please call the pool at 206-684-4979.

Want to see more? Curious about how this works? (We were!) Here’s a video from last year: