Photo Recap: Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

Words by Abby Williamson
Photos by Abby Williamson

If you’ve ever been to a music festival and thought, “Wow this is way too crowded and intense and loud,” you might be the perfect patron of the Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, now going on its 6th year held out at the Tolt Macdonald Park and Campground in Carnation. This year’s festival featured the likes of Car Seat Headrest, Thao Nguyen (of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down), Brothers from Another, Naked Giants and many more.

Timber is always a treat of a festival, one that Kevin Sur and the rest of Artist Home has curated to be a warm and inviting atmosphere where kids and families feel free to run around, all the while enjoying a variety of genres. It’s basically a big ol’ family reunion camping trip, but then there’s also music, and food trucks, and a beer garden. And on top of all that, there was a ton of camp cooking gear provided by REI at campers’ disposal to cook with all weekend.

A particular highlight from the weekend was when NW Tap Connection teamed up with local jazz group Industrial Revelation for a wicked set of killer tap dancing. Closing out the main stage for the weekend was a doubleheader of Naked Giants and Car Seat Headrest, who brought out all kinds of fans, including a handful of particularly enthusiastic 10-year-olds who made their way up to the front of the stage and sang their little hearts out during Car Seat’s set. You don’t get to see that every day.

While the weekend’s temperatures easily got into the 90s, the river that runs through Tolt Macdonald Park helped alleviate much of the heat, as well as the wide array of refreshments from the Rainier Beer Garden.

Artist Home has a lot coming up, not just up here in the Northwest, but Timber definitely stands out as a destination you should add to your summer schedule for years to come.

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Snoqualmie River Bridge - One particularly lovely centerpiece of Timber Fest is the big wooden walking suspension bridge that hovers over the Snoqualmie River.
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