DigiPen Institute of Technology Joins Kirkland Summerfest to Create TechZone at the Weekend Festival


Kirkland Summerfest is excited to announce a partnership with DigiPen Institute of Technology as the presenting sponsor for the science and technology demonstrations for the upcoming 2013 summer festival.

Kirkland Summerfest is Kirkland’s largest festival of music, art, food, and culture, taking place August 9, 10, and 11, in downtown Kirkland. Admission to Kirkland Summerfest is free.

DigiPen Institute of Technology, a dedicated, world-renowned leader in education and research in computer interactive technologies, will be creatingTechZone as part of Kirkland Summerfest 2013. TechZone at Kirkland Summerfest will feature information about game development opportunities and hands-on demonstrations in technology of student developed video games.

TechZone will give the public an opportunity to interact with educational exhibits, multi-player game playing, and provide a foray into fine art with easels for bringing drawings to life. TechZone is a part of the festival Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11.

About DigiPen Institute of Technology

DigiPen Institute of Technology is a global leader in game design and development, hardware and software engineering, computer science, fine arts and digital art, and sound design education. For more than two decades, DIT's educational programs – ranging from bachelor's and master's degrees to continuing education programs and Summer Workshops for K-12 – have helped students become world-class programmers, engineers, designers, and artists. DIT students make innovative, award-winning games, and when they graduate, they take their expertise, creativity and vision into the workplace, where they help produce groundbreaking titles like Portal and Guild Wars 2. For more information, visit www.digipen.edu.

Because of the generosity of DigiPen Institute of Technology, and sponsors like them, Summerfest is able to provide the community with a weekend festival transforming downtown Kirkland and Marina Park into a lively arts destination with music (featuring more than 50 performances), dancing, street performances, family entertainment, amazing art, and an incredible selection of food. Sponsors also help Summerfest maintain free general admission to the festival.

Kirkland Summerfest, August 9, 10, 11 2013. Admission is FREE

Kirkland Summerfest at a glance:

Friday, August 9

  • Summerfest kicks off 2013 bigger than ever with an opening night special theatrical presentation of The Tempest in the ever-popular Shakespeare in the Park at 7pm at Marina Park. Admission is free.

Saturday, August 10

  • Live music on four stages, artists in action, food trucks, robotics demonstrations, TechZone, Moss Bay Cardboard Boat Regatta, bouncy toys, Touch-A-Truck, Young Artists Exhibition, beer and wine gardens. Festival opens at 11am. Admission is free.

Sunday, August 11

  • Live music programming presented by Northwest Folklife, artists in action, Rotary Duck Dash, Bot Battles, TechZone, bouncy toys, Touch-A-Truck, Young Artists Exhibition, beer and wine gardens. Festival opens at 11am. Admission is free.


Kirkland Summerfest is a Seafair Sanctioned Community Event and is presented by the Kirkland Events Foundation. More information atwww.kirklandsummerfest.com


About the Kirkland Events Foundation

The Kirkland Events Foundation is a non-profit organization created to improve the quality of life for the people of Kirkland through educational and community events, volunteerism, and funding nonprofits serving our community. Last year, Summerfest generated donations of over $7,500 which went directly to local nonprofits including the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.


An image gallery of last season's Summerfest highlights is available in our online photo gallery featuring images taken by Bob Gassen/Humanature.