With the start of August and Seattle’s biggest Seafair weekend of the summer, it’s a fantastic time to get out and enjoy the city! For starters, we have tons of family fun along the shores of Lake Washington, an urban campout for the whole fam, and a historic summer festival. We also have a magical story hour, a back-to-school consignment sale, and an awesome celebration for kids. Seafair Fleet Week kicks off on Wednesday in Elliot Bay. Show your support by welcoming the ships and sailors at Bell Harbor and let your lil’ sailors climb aboard a Canadian or United States Navy vessel. And starting on Thursday, look skyward for the sights and sounds of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (pictured) and watch as they practice their spectacular passes and breathtaking maneuvers over Lake Washington. Happy Seafairing!

Seattle

 

Seafair Hydroplane Races
For three days, watch as the Unlimited and Unlimited Light hydros race for the Albert Lee Cup. Purchase a day or weekend pass and enjoy all of the festivities at Genesee Park including 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. All ages. Event details.

Urban Campout at the Beach
Pack your tent, flashlight, and sleeping bags and head over to Magnuson Park for an old fashioned campout. Pitch your tent near the shores of Lake Washington and enjoy campfire songs, a hot dog roast, s’mores, and bat and bird watching. Fri., 7:00 pm. Seattle. $7 (under 2 free). Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Lake City Pioneer Days & Parade
Come join in the fun and celebrate Pioneer Days at the second oldest ongoing festival in Seattle. In addition to great food and tunes, enjoy a vintage car show, art show, live music, and a Family Fun Area with pony rides, inflatables, and games. Be sure to take the kiddies to Summersault City for some tumbling fun and grab a curbside seat on Saturday evening to watch the Rotary Kid’s Parade and Grand Performance Parade. Fri., 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm (parade starts at 7 pm). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Tales of the Trickster
Looking for a new story time adventure? Explore tales of magic from Africa, Europe, and the United States through multicultural stories, music, instruments, and artifacts. Seating may be limited so plan on arriving early. Fri., 1:00 – 2:00 pm. Sammamish. Free. Ages three and older. Event details.

Jack & Jill Fall Consignment Sale
Are you thinking about back-to-school shopping? Find some amazing deals on gently used items (and some new items!) at this fall sale. Shop for children’s clothing and shoes, furniture, toys, and baby equipment. Plus, stop by the Made by Mom boutique area and check out dozens of items and services provided by local moms. Insider tip: Bring a donation for the Baby Food & Diaper Drive on Friday and shop the sale one hour early or shop the Half Price Tag Sale on Saturday from 1- 4 pm. Fri. and Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Lynnwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Awesome August Kids Day
Come out and celebrate all things kids at County Village. Activities include magic and dance shows, arts and crafts, music, outdoor toy demonstrations, free snacks, pony and train rides, cookie decorating, and much more! Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Joe Orsillo