With the start of August and Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer, it’s a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy some summertime fun! For starters, we have tons of activities along the shores of Lake Washington, the largest children’s parade in Seattle, and a festival with lots of speed. We also have an event for future Olympians, a totally awesome day for the Littles, and a super-sized consignment sale! Seafair Fleet Week kicks off on Wednesday in the Port of Seattle. Show your support by welcoming the ships and let your lil’ sailors climb aboard a Canadian or United States Navy vessel. And, be sure to look skyward this week for the sights and sounds of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured) and watch as they perform their breathtaking maneuvers over Lake Washington.

Seattle

Seafair Hydroplane Races
For three full days, enjoy tons of family fun at Genesee Park including hydro pit tours, the Boeing Air Show (highlighted by the Blue Angels!), wakeboard demonstrations, entertainment, and food vendors. Plus, take the kiddos to the Kids Zone for rides, giant inflatables, and games! Insider tip: Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri., and Sat., 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sun., 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $40. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
Take the kiddos to Magnolia for fab food and entertainment, a HUGE kiddie parade, talent contests, live music, and art vendors and be sure to hit the huge sidewalk sale at Magnolia Village! Fri., 11:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:30 am – 10:00 pm (parade starts at 10:30 am). Free. All ages. Event details.

Need for Speed Festival
This family festival (inspired by Seafair and the Blue Angels!) will take place next to the Blue’s launching pad and will include lots of activities centered around fast planes, fast boats, and fast cars as well as plenty of live music, food vendors, and kids activities! Sat., and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $9 to $17 (4 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Funtastic Friday: Wacky Olympics
Do you have what it takes to be an Olympic athlete? Find out at Mercer Island’s version of a wild and totally outrageous Wacky Olympics competition! Fri., 1:00 pm. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Awesome August Kids’ Day
This super-fun event for kids will feature clowns, pony rides, train rides, games, prizes, and face painting! Bonus: To keep lil’ hands busy, most of the vendors will be offering crafts and fun make and takes! Plus, preschools from all around the Northshore area will be on-hand to answer questions and help you find the right school for your little one in the fall. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

The Kids Sale
Looking for some summer bargains for the kiddos or a good excuse to clean out your little one’s closet? This sale (and consignment opportunity!) will offer the best selection and lowest prices on pre-loved baby gear, books, infant to pre-teen clothing, toys, and more! Fri., 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm (half-price sale). Snoqualmie Ridge. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Joe Orsillo