Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer is here, so get outside and soak it all up. Consider: a ginormous kiddie parade, a party along the shores of Lake Washington, a three-day festival with an awesome Kids Zone or a show with a walloping surprise. If you’re looking for even more weekend fun, scroll down and start making plans now.

photo: Seafair


Seafair Hydroplane Races (pictured)
For three full days, enjoy tons of family fun at Genesee Park. Take a hydro pit tour, watch the Boeing Air Show (and those amazing Blue Angels) and enjoy live entertainment, interactive booths, a fab Kids Zone, food vendors and of course, the hydro races. Psst! Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
At this popular neighborhood festival (now in its 60th year!), enjoy yummy food, live entertainment and the largest children’s parade in Seattle. Other activities include talent contests, art vendors, a gigantic sidewalk sale at Magnolia Village and juried art show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

SalmonFest Seattle
This three-day summer fest, formerly known as Pioneer Days, is kicking it up a notch with a host of fun activities all weekend long. In addition to a tasty salmon barbecue, enjoy a vintage car show, art show and live music, plus a Kids Zone with pony rides, inflatables and games, a street fair with craft and food vendors and a huge Kid’s Parade and Grand Performance Parade. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Carillon Point Outdoor Movies
Grab your blankets, low-back chairs and movie snacks and settle in for a showing of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them under the starry Kirkland skies. Arrive early to eat at one of the fab restaurants or grab a takeout meal and enjoy the water views. Psst… the plaza opens one hour prior to dusk for seating. Sat. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Board the train in either North Bend or Snoqualmie and enjoy a 75-minute scenic ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to the Snoqualmie Falls. After your ride, be sure to explore the train depot in Snoqualmie and check out the awesome train books at the bookstore. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Once Upon a Mattress
If you thought you knew the story of The Princess and The Pea, you may be in for a walloping surprise when you see this latest (and hilariously funny) musical from the Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater. Psst… bring your moula and enjoy a delish barbecue meal prepared by professional chefs in between shows. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned for the first weekend of August? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy