This weekend, the Emerald City is going festival bonkers! For starters, we have a quirky fish festival, an event for little firefighter wannabes and a parade with tons of kids. We also have a popular summertime celebration on Mercer Island, a festival with a spectacular fireworks show and a cultural celebration with loads of entertainment. Looking for even more excitement? Head to Alki Beach to watch the Seafair Pirates storm the shore or head to the Ballard Locks to watch a marine parade of historic vessels travel from Salmon Bay into Lake Union in honor of the Locks’ centennial celebration.
photo: Seattle Fire Festival
This unique and quirky community festival (now in its 43rd year!) will have a little something for everyone. Enjoy fab entertainment, the annual Lutefisk Eating Contest, a salmon barbecue, juried arts and crafts, food vendors and kids’ activities galore. Fri.-Sun. (family activities on Sat. & Sun. only). Event details.
Seattle Fire Festival (pictured)
Mark your calendars for this annual fire-themed event (formally known as the Pioneer Square Fire Festival). Kids can enjoy a story time with a child’s fire book author, try on firefighter gear, use old-fashioned pump cans to knock down “flames” in a house and enjoy a variety of firefighting skills contests and games. Plus, Smokey Bear will be visiting and everyone can explore modern and antique fire engines and fire trucks and tour Seattle Fire Station 2. Sat. Event details.
Wallingford Family Parade
Grab a curbside seat along 45th St. and watch marching bands, drill teams, Seafair clowns, fire trucks and tons of kiddies travel through Wallingford. Psst! Want to join the parade? Come in costume and bring your decorated bikes, wagons and scooters. Sat. Event details.
Redmond Derby Days
This summertime festival in the heart of Redmond will feature tons of family fun. Enjoy live entertainment, an awesome carnival for kids, arts and crafts and delish food. Plus, grab a curbside seat on Saturday morning to watch the Kid’s Parade and Grand Parade and be sure to stick around for the fireworks finale on Saturday night. Fri.-Sat. Event details.
Japan Fair 2017
Celebrate the traditional and pop culture of Japan at this free, two-day festival. Enjoy live music and dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, hands-on workshops and a marketplace featuring over 80 exhibitors with handmade items and products from Japan. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Mercer Island Summer Celebration
This annual summertime celebration is going to be tons of fun. Fire up your rockets and zoom down to this year’s space-themed festival to have a blast with robotics, drones, rockets, space exhibits, intergalactic visitors and more. Plus, there will be crafters, entertainers and vendors from all sectors of the galaxy as well as inflatables and activities for the youngest earthlings and a variety of specialty events such as a parade, car show, fireworks and boat rides. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Which festivals will you be attending this weekend? Does your family have a favorite? Tell us in the comments below.
— Kristina Moy