This weekend, we have a great mix of outdoor events to keep you and the little ones happy and entertained. On our radar: a huge block party in the city, an evening with lots of Japanese culture, an artsy affair at Seattle’s only campground, a three-day festival with tons of hands-on activities, a rockin’ good time with a popular singer/songwriter, and a family flick under the stars. If you’re looking to try some new foods this weekend, A Taste of Edmonds returns with 35 food vendors, arts and crafts, live music and entertainment and plenty of activities to tire the kiddos out.

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Seattle

South Lake Union Block Party
Celebrate this great community (in the city) with a fab block party. In addition to live entertainment, a grilling competition, food vendors and an outdoor movie, there will be an awesome play area with carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, and more. Fri., 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Nihonmachi Nite 2013
Seattle’s historic Japantown is celebrating Nihonmachi Nite with tons of family activities. Kiddos (and parents) can compete in the kiddie kimono (and yukata) contest, try their hand at water yo-yo fishing, goldfish catching, and kite making and enjoy delish local cuisine, Obon dancing, and a ukulele band. Sat., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Arts in Nature Festival
This annual festival held at Camp Long will feature an eclectic mix of music, dance, and interactive arts. Enjoy live entertainment by Caspar Babypants, indie rockers Cloud Cult and a variety of jazz, bluegrass and folk groups, see dance, aerial and puppet show performances, and participate in lots of hands-on activities. Sat., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $10/person or $25/family (suggested donation). All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Kirkland SummerFest (pictured)
This three-day arts and music festival will feature five entertainment stages, a fab Kids Zone with rides, games, inflatables, face painting and family-friendly entertainment, art vendors and food trucks plus dragon boat races and the super popular Duck Dash. Fri., 4:00 pm – 11:45 pm (no Kids Zone activities); Sat., 11:00 am – 11:45 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Kirkland. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats Concert: Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies
Enjoy a delightful mash up of pop, indie rock, doo-wop, country, jazz, punk rock, classical, and just about anything else in-between at this family-friendly concert. Sing and dance to catchy classics and tunes from Brian’s new album, Let’s Go! Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $9 to $14 ($3 extra for pizza & lemonade). Pre-registration recommended. All ages. Event details.

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Carillon Point Outdoor Movie: Avengers
Take the fam to Carillon Point to enjoy some superhero action on the big screen. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or order takeout and enjoy the water views. At dusk, grab a spot in the Plaza to watch this fave movie under the stars. Sat., 9:00 pm (opens one hour before dusk). Kirkland. $5/person to benefit Hopelink. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend?

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Kirkland Summerfest Facebook page