Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer is here, so get outside and soak it all up. Consider: a ginormous kiddie parade, a party along the shores of Lake Washington, a fab neighborhood festival and a can’t-miss show for new and expectant parents. If you’re looking for even more weekend ideas, scroll down and start making plans now.

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Seattle

Albert Lee Appliance Cup Seafair Hydroplane Races (pictured)
For three full days, enjoy tons of family fun at Genesee Park. Take a hydro pit tour, watch the Boeing Air Show (and those amazing Blue Angels) and enjoy live entertainment, interactive booths, a fab Kids Zone, food vendors and, of course, the hydro races. Psst…avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
At this popular neighborhood festival (now in its 61st year!), enjoy yummy food, live entertainment and the largest children’s parade in Seattle. Other activities will include talent contests, art vendors, a gigantic sidewalk sale at Magnolia Village and a juried art show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Lake City Seafair Festival & Parade
This all-day summer street festival is going to be jam-packed with fun activities. In addition to a tasty salmon barbecue and a vintage car show, there will be an art show, live music, a Kids Zone, craft and food vendors, a new Big Truck Explorer Zone where kids can climb aboard and meet their heroes and a huge parade. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies
Grab your blankets, low-back chairs and movie snacks and settle in for a showing of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle under the starry Kirkland skies. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or grab a takeout meal and enjoy the water views. Psst…the plaza opens one hour prior to dusk for seating. Sat. Event details.

BabyFest! Seattle’s Biggest Baby Shower
The Northwest’s original and largest event for expectant and new parents returns on Saturday and you don’t want to miss it. At this one-day event, win prizes, attend seminars, get pampered, shop from more than 150 interactive booths and get educated on everything you need to know for your growing family. Sat. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Board the train in either North Bend or Snoqualmie and enjoy a 75-minute scenic ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to the Snoqualmie Falls. After your ride, be sure to explore the train depot in Snoqualmie and check out the awesome train books at the bookstore. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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