We’re cruising through July with a supersized dose of family fun. On our radar: a ginormous food fest, a spectacular parade through the streets of West Seattle and a Seafair festival with tons of kids’ activities. If you’ve got a family of strawberry lovers, be sure to hit the annual Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. This three-day fest will be loaded with strawberry goodness along with uniquely old-fashioned fun. Whatever you choose, read on and start making weekend plans now.

photo: Kristina Moy

Seattle

Albert Lee Bite of Seattle
Bring your appetite and savor “bites” from more than 60 local restaurants at this annual three-day food extravaganza. While you’re there, hit the Family Fun Zone for lots of hands-on activities and enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, chef demos and tons of food product samples. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Seattle Grand Parade (pictured)
This annual parade has all the bells and whistles of the Torchlight Parade, but without the crowds and parking chaos. Grab a curbside seat along California Ave. to see marching bands, drill teams and plenty of community floats, plus those wild and crazy Seafair Pirates and Seafair Clowns make their way down the parade route. Sat. Event details.

Chinatown Seafair Parade
Grab a seat on South King St. and settle in for this annual evening parade held in the heart of Chinatown. The nighttime parade will feature lion and dragon dances, martial arts, the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, Seafair Pirates and many more local community groups from the greater Seattle area. Sun. Event details.

Eastside

Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventure Tour 2018 (pictured)
Calling all Thomas the Train fanatics! Take a 25-minute train ride with a full-size Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live storytelling, music and activities with Thomas and his friends. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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North Bend Downtown Block Party
At this community block party, enjoy an action-packed lineup of all-ages entertainment, a free Kid Zone, vendor fair, delish food, merchant specials and more. Sat. Event details.

Parkadilly at Lake Sammamish
This exciting Seafair community event will feature a kids’ concert with popular kindie rockers (think: Recess Monkey and The Not-Its!), a petting zoo, trampolines, arts and crafts and games, plus face painting, junior ranger programs and more. Psst…more than 40 kid-centric vendors will also be on hand to share information about schools, after-school activities, health care, children’s products and local non-profits and food trucks will be on site to feed your grumbling tummies. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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