From pirates to strawberries to cars—the last weekend of June brings summertime festivals galore! On our radar: a hands-on event for junior firefighters, a show with hundreds of lean, mean, cruz’n machines, an annual event for swashbucklers, an old-fashioned party in the park, a berry-licious festival, and an adventure through the wetlands. Also this weekend, Seattle Parks Big Day of Play has a new date and a new location. Head to the Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center for health-minded family activities, water and beach activities, fitness demonstrations, an awesome Kids Zone, and live music and entertainment.
Fire Department Day
Calling all firefighter wannabes! Here’s your chance to tour dozens of fire and rescue vehicles, climb aboard a fire engine, see how tall an aerial ladder extends, and talk with real firefighter heroes. Be sure to stop by the Safety Zone and pick up your official firefighter hat and badge and participate in fun safety activities. Fri., 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Greenwood Car Show
Hundreds of cool cars will fill Greenwood Ave. for this annual show. Stroll the mile-and-a-half long stretch and see, hot rods, collector cars, antique gems, and modern marvels, plus enjoy great food, tunes, and a super-fun Kids Zone along the way. Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Seafair Pirates Landing (pictured)
Ahoy, mates! Put on your best pirate garb and welcome the Seafair pirates to shore. There will be plenty of merriment for big and little buccaneers including food and entertainment, vendor booths, inflatable rides, and a pirate look-a-like contest. Sat., 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. (pirates land between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bridle Trails Party in the Park
This old fashioned fair will feature a family fun run/walk and Donkey Dash, pancake breakfast, kids’ activities (think pony rides, a cake walk, and face painting!), jousting knights and equestrian drill teams, and much more. Sat., 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Kirkland. Free admission (various costs for activities and run/walk). All ages. Event details.
Canoe Mercer Slough
Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Park rangers will lead this 3-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. (through Labor Day), 8:45 a.m.-12 p.m. Bellevue. Free. $16 to $18. Ages 5 and older. Event details.
Bellevue Strawberry Festival
Shortcake, and pies, and flats! Oh, my! This annual family festival will feature plenty of strawberry goodness along with live entertainment, an auto show, vendor booths, hands-on kids’ activities, and lots of family fun! Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
How will your family be spending the last weekend of June? Let us know in a comment below.
Photo credit: Seafair