We’re wrapping up the end of August with a super-sized dose of family fun. Consider: an artsy festival at our city’s only campground, a rockin’ summer festival, a golf event for the whole family and a grand opening celebration. Also on tap: The Evergreen State Fair kicks off on Thursday with free gate admission until 3 p.m. and all state parks are free to enter on Saturday. Scroll down to learn more and to see what else is happening around the city.

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Kidchella Seattle
This weekend marks the first-ever Kidchella Seattle, a family-friendly Pacific Northwest spin on the California-based music festival. Grab your mini VIPs and rock out to a star-studded lineup (think: Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey and The Not-Its!) and enjoy bouncy houses, carnival games, face painting and more. Sat. Event details.

Arts in Nature Festival
This unique festival, held at our city’s only campground, is back this year and better than ever. The two-day festival, celebrating art, nature and community, will feature live performances (from indie rock to bluegrass to dance and theatre performances), hands-on art and nature activities, food trucks, vendors and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers, and training wheels and enjoy four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. Psst! There’s only a few more Bicycle Sundays left until next summer, so enjoy them while you can. Sun. Event details.


Boeing Classic Family Day
Take the fam to The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge to see our region’s premier golf event and to enjoy special family activities. During Family Day, kids can participate in the First Tee Youth putting contest and earn great prizes, get their pic taken with their favorite mascots, participate in interactive activities and follow their fave pros around the course. Sat. Event details.


Canoe Mercer Slough
Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Park rangers will lead this three-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck—catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife living in Mercer Slough. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Around the World Grand Opening at Sponge Issaquah
Sponge, an award-winning children’s language provider, is celebrating the opening of its new center in Issaquah and you’re invited. Spark your little one’s budding imagination and love for language through a Japanese puppet show by Mimibunko and a world dance performance by Thistle Theatre, plus sign up for mini language classes and make arts and crafts from around the world. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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