Somehow, we’re inching through August already, yet it feels like summer just started. How does that always happen? Luckily, there are tons of fun activities going on this weekend to keep your mind off your back-to-school to-do list. Consider: an awesome neighborhood block party, a fun-filled day of healthy play, an event for LEGO lovers and a hometown festival with tons of activities for the kids. The Taste of Edmonds also returns this weekend with three days of food, fun and festivities. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Northwest Folklife

Seattle

South Lake Union Block Party
Celebrate the great community of South Lake Union at this annual block party. In addition to live entertainment, a burger grilling competition and food trucks, there will be awesome activities for families and a Steamroller Smackdown. Fri. Event details.

Our Big Neighborhood: Global Playground
Presented by Northwest Folklife and the Seattle Center, Global Playground will feature exciting playground games, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment, plus interactive dance workshops to get the whole family moving, learning and playing! Sat. Event details.

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Rainier Valley Heritage & Othello International Festival
This free Seafair sanctioned community festival will feature great food, plenty of fun and festivities that reflect the community’s diverse cultures. Take in the live performances, participate in hands-on visual art activities led by local artists and explore an array of tents and booths showcasing local businesses. Sun. Event details.

Eastside

LEGO Americana Roadshow
Calling all brick lovers! This one-of-a-kind experience will celebrate and honor the history of the United States through iconic buildings and architectural structures, all of which are made entirely of LEGO bricks by LEGO master builders. Ooh and ahh over the amazing models and enjoy hands-on activities such as a LEGO Play Area and a Follow the Map Find the Model activity. Psst…a make and take build event will be held on Sat. & Sun. from noon-4 p.m. on the 2nd level outside Kizuki Ramen. Fri.-Sun. (through Aug. 19). Event details.

Kirkland SummerFest
Take the whole fam to downtown Kirkland for this annual arts and music fest featuring multiple entertainment stages, a fab Kids Zone (think: rides, games, inflatables, face painting) as well as art vendors, food trucks and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Camp Burbank Community Campout
At this annual family campout, you supply the tent, personal items and sleeping bags and the City of Mercer Island will provide the cooking, cleaning and fun things to do like water activities, games, dinner, s’mores and more. Psst..be sure to register ahead of time. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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