With the start of August and Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer, it’s a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy some summertime fun. For starters, we have tons of activities along the shores of Lake Washington, the largest children’s parade in Seattle, and a festival with lots of hands-on activities. We also have a free day at the museum, a movie night for the whole fam, and an educational walk through the park. If you haven’t seen the Seafair Pirates or Seafair Clowns this summer, you’ll find them this weekend at the Lake City Pioneer Days Festival and Parade. In addition to more than 100 vendor booths, there will be a vintage car show, kids’ activities and crafts, fab food, and live entertainment as well as an awesome parade through the streets of Lake City.

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Seattle

Seafair Hydroplane Races (pictured)
This summer pastime is more than just a boat race. For three full days, enjoy tons of family-friendly fun at Genesee Park including pit tours, the Boeing Air Show, wakeboard demonstrations, entertainment, interactive booths, and food vendors. Plus, take the kiddos to the Kids Zone for giant inflatables, rides, and games. Insider tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri., and Sat., 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $40 ($12 extra for Fun Zone rides). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
At this popular community festival, enjoy yummy food, live entertainment, a huge kiddie parade, talent contests, and art vendors plus a gigantic sidewalk sale and juried art show. Fri., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:30 am – 10:00 pm (parade starts at 10:30 am). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Need for Speed Festival
This fast and furious festival, (next to Seafair’s Boeing Air Show launch pad) will combine lots of family activities centered around fast planes, fast boats, and fast cars with live music, food vendors, and kids’ activities. Sat., and Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free with admission. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Free First Friday at BAM
Take a break from the sunny skies and head over to BAM to see the latest exhibits for free! Fri., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Renton’s Moonlight Movies: How to Train Your Dragon
Catch this popular family flick on a big screen…under the stars. Be sure to arrive early for the pre-movie entertainment and remember to bring along your blankets, low-back chairs, and movie snacks. Fri., 7:00 pm (movie starts at dusk). Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Lewis Creek Ranger Walk
Put on your sturdy walking shoes and join a Bellevue park ranger to explore Lewis Creek Park. In addition to learning about the park’s natural history, look for signs of local wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild. Sat., 10:30 am – 11:30 am. Bellevue. Free (donations accepted). All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Seafair Facebook page