MLK Day

Join the parade—all it takes is a piece of poster board, some markers, and a dream.

Yes, it’s a holiday weekend again. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is just a week away, which means free outings and experiences all over Puget Sound on Monday, January 16. (We could make a "Free at last" joke here, but the bounds of good taste stop us.)

• Enter without paying at National Parks all weekend as part of their Fee Free Days. You’ll need tire chains to drive inside Rainier, but once you’re at Paradise, rangers offer free guided walks (snowshoes included!).

• Tacoma’s Washington State History Museum throws open its doors for free on Monday. It’s the final weekend for Black Wings: American Dreams of Flight, an exhibit celebrating the aeronautical contributions of African Americans. One of the Tuskegee Airmen will be on hand for a reading and book signing.

• It’s not quite free at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma; they call it "pay what you will," so you’ll shell out cash or guilt. The grand reopening of the new facility is on Saturday, January 14, so expect crowds all weekend.

• Don’t travel far for the 30th annual MLK Seattle March and Rally. Activists, businesses, and local organizations parade from Garfield High School to the Federal Building on Second Avenue. Check the MLK Seattle website for information on a special Hip-Hop show on Saturday.