In honor of National Get Outdoors Day (which falls on Saturday), we’ve put together a fantastic weekend roundup to get you and your crew out and about. Consider: a family festival on the water, an annual Swedish celebration, an ocean-tastic event at the Aquarium, two 5K races for you and your furry friend and a mountain bike extravaganza. If you’re looking for even more excitement, explore a Washington state park for free, take in the annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic or hit the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show.
photo: Angela Barton
Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay
Want to venture into the world of boating but don’t know where to start? This fun family event will feature tons of free activities both on and off the water. Take a sailboat or powerboat ride, try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding, watch a Seattle fire boat display and enjoy live music, vendor booths and delish food trucks. For the kiddies, there will be plenty of sea-themed activities, a bouncy house and even kids’ mini sailing lessons. Sat. Event details.
World Ocean Weekend
Take your crew to the Seattle Aquarium to celebrate the world’s one big ocean and to learn how to be an ocean hero. There will be a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations, plus diver shows, story times, games, special feedings and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Seattle Furry 5K
Lace up your tennies, grab your jogging stroller and join other Seattle families and their four-legged friends at The Seattle Animal Shelter’s 18th Annual Furry 5K run and walk. In addition to the run/walk, enjoy a Pet-a-Palooza where you can visit vendor booths, learn about pet products and service companies, watch amazing dogs demonstrate their talents and enter your pooch in the City Dog Magazine’s Cover Model Search. Sun. Event details.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival
Take the fam to King County’s Duthie Hill Park to join riders of all ages and abilities for this annual, two-day festival. In addition to more than 50 vendors, test ride bikes from some of the top brands, participate in bike skills clinics, watch pros huck in the Jump Show and enjoy riding demos, raffle prizes, special kids’ events (both on and off bikes), food concessions and the chance to check out the latest mountain biking gear. Psst… all trails will be open, so come prepared to ride! Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Big Backyard 5K
Round up the fam and your favorite four-legged friends and head to Marymoor Park to participate in this annual race benefiting King County Parks. In addition to the 3.1 mile run/walk and super-fun Kids Dash, there will be plenty of post-race festivities and free goodies for you and Fido. Sun. Event details.
Vasa Park’s Midsummer Festival
This annual Swedish celebration (marking the start of summer) will include tons of family fun. In addition to Swedish dancers, singers and the famous midsummer maypole wrapping, there will be lots of kids’ activities including pony rides, face painting, a bouncy house and old-time children’s races and games. Psst! Don’t forget the playground, swimming beach and waterslides will be open all day for free play. Sun. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!
— Kristina Moy