This weekend our fair and lovely city is going festival crazy! There’s something fun going on in every nook and cranny, from the Ballard Seafood Fest to Redmond’s 70th annual Summer Festival-Derby Days. We’ve  got a roundup of our faves, which include a kiddie parade in Wallingford, pirates landing at Alki Beach and some Islander fun. We’ve also got a super cool chicken coop tour, a day out with your kiddos’ favorite tank engine and an herb farm celebration. We’re betting you’ll be festival crazy by weekend’s end, too.

PS: On Weds. July 7th, don’t miss the Child Safety Expo at Tot Spot Cafe in Woodinville…cupcakes, massages, raffles and more!


Curious Minds

Seattle Tilth Chicken Coop Tour Sometimes outings work out for parents and kids alike. In this special tour, you can learn how Seattleites are creating fabulous urban chicken coops while the kids will get to see lots and lots of chickies. Sat., 11am to 4 pm, Various locations around Seattle, $30 for family of four.  Read more

Community Communing

Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair Celebrate Wallingford by joining the parade (costumes encouraged!) or simply watching the marching bands, firetrucks and clowns, and then enjoy the street fair’s live music, crafts and rides. Sat., 10 am to 6 pm, Wallingford, Free. Read more

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Seafair Pirate Landing at Alki Beach  This annual West Seattle event is the ultimate summer tradition: watch the Seafair pirates land (from 11:30 to 12:30 pm) and then have a blast on inflatable, rides, and jamming to good tunes. Don’t forget about the kids’ pirate look-alike contest, so come dressed with your best eye-patch. Sat., 9 am to 6:30 pm, West Seattle, $6 to $10. Read more


Better Than TV

Day Out With Thomas at Snoqualmie Depot There are still tickets available for this much-anticipated annual event that’s sure to please the Thomas-the-Tank lover  in your fam. Along with the 25 minute trainride, there’s storytelling, music and other activities. Fri.-Sun. and July 16 to 18, Snoqualmie, $18, reservations required. Read more

Out and About

Dr. Maze’s Botanical Celebration Dr. Maze’s Farm kicks off its first season with a weekend of hayrides, goat- and alpaca-feeding, u-pick lavender and herbs, live music, kettle corn and crafts. Way too much fun to miss. Fri -Sun., 10 am to 6 pm, Redmond, Free. Read more

Community Communing

Mercer Island Summer Celebration The Islanders are celebrating 50 years with a weekend-long bash filled with a hoop tourney, live music, boat rides, arts and crafts and the ever-entertaining Kids Zone. PS: If you missed fireworks last week, you can catch them here on Saturday night!  Sat. 8 to 10:30 pm; Sun., 8 am to 5 pm, Mercer Island, Free. Read more

-Kavita Varma-White