The food! The festivities! The crowds! Sounds like the summer festival season is here. And Seattle’s got plenty of ‘em to keep families entertained from now until your crew heads back to school. Flip through the gallery to see our area faves, with your calendar at the ready.
Celebrating its 69th year, Seafair is one of Seattle's biggest and most beloved festivals, attended by almost two million residents each summer. The Seafair Festival Kick Off starts the ball rolling mid-June, followed by two months of various events, races, parades and localized festivals (think Tour de Terrace, Hispanic Festival, Pista sa Nayon, Salmon Fest, UmojaFest and Kirkland SummerFest).
We’ll list the most popular events below, but definitely check out the official Schedule of Events to see it all, as there is likely an event near you.
June 14: Seafair Kick Off Celebration
June 24: Greenwood Car Show
July 4: Seafair Summer 4th at Gasworks Park
July 7-9: Ballard Seafood Fest
July 8: Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach
July 8: Wallingford Family Parade
July 8-9: Mercer Island Summer Celebration
July 14-16: Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow
July 15: Seafair Milk Carton Derby
July 15-16: Chinatown International District Dragon Fest
July 15-16: Seattle Bon Odori
July 21-23: Des Moines Waterland Festival
July 22: West Seattle Grand Parade
July 23: Seafair Triathlon & Kids Triathlon
July 23: Chinatown Seafair Parade
July 29: Seafair Torchlight FanFest, Run and Parade
Aug. 4-6: Seafair Weekend featuring the Seafair Hydroplane Races, the Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, music and entertainment, food and more!
Aug. 5-6: UmojaFest African American Heritage Festival
Aug. 11-13: Kirkland Summerfest
Don’t Miss: Does your kiddo dream of being IN a parade? Then head over to the Magnolia Summerfest’s Seafair Kids Parade, where the little ones are the star attraction. It’s on August 5, 2017 at 10 a.m., and last year over 500 children participated! A group of kids can even create a float for the parade and win a prize!
Locations are throughout the greater Seattle-area
photo: Seafair’s Facebook
Does your family have a favorite summer festival that we didn’t include in our roundup? Tell us about it in the comments below!
— Allison Sutcliffe, Myriam Gabriel-Pollock & Kristina Moy