Summer is in full swing and with temps hovering around 70 degrees (finally!). It’s a great weekend to get outdoors and make the most of it. Our line-up of fun includes a festival for food lovers, a colorful derby on the lake, a super-fun pow wow, a fragrant celebration at the farm, a kiddie folk rock concert, and the ultimate grand opening for girly girls! Want to get out of the city this weekend, but don’t want to travel far? Catch a ferry to Vashon Island and enjoy a jam-packed weekend of uniquely old-fashioned fun at the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. And if you’re looking for a fun community celebration, check out White Center Jubilee Days where The Kids Center will feature tot-sized carnival games and rides.

Seattle

Bite of Seattle
This weekend is the perfect time to get your bite on! Sample food from more than 50 Seattle area restaurants and more than 30 food product companies. Plus, enjoy live music, arts and crafts, cooking demos, beer and wine gardens (for Mom and Dad) and much more! Be sure to take the kiddos to the Family Fun Zone for lots of kiddie music and entertainment, inflatables, free samples, and fun interactive activities. Hint: pack the kiddo swimming suits and cool off in the International Fountain when the temps begin to sizzle. Fri. & Sat., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event Details.

Pirate’s Booty Seafair Milk Carton Derby (pictured)
Watch as nearly 100 colorful milk carton boats (yes, we said milk cartons!) of all shapes and designs compete for cash and prizes on the waters of Green Lake. On shore, enjoy plenty of activities including interactive displays and exhibits, autographs and picture opportunities with the Seafair Clowns, Seafair Princesses and Sea Gals, a pig petting area, and food booths. Plus, have some fun with Phineas and Ferb and the Radio Disney Road Crew and score some free movie passes to a special sneak peek of the new Phineas and Ferb movie. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

 

Seafair Indian Pow Wow
This annual event, celebrating the richness of the Native American culture, showcases hundreds of dancers in full regalia, drum groups, a salmon bake, food vendors and a wide array of Native American arts and crafts. Plus, watch the crowning of the new Seafair Pow Wow Princess. Sat., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

 

Lavender & Herb Celebration @ Dr. Maze’s
If you and the fam are looking for a fun farm getaway this weekend, than head to Dr. Maze’s. Take a hay ride tour of the farm, explore the mazes, and try your hand at the rubber ducky races. Plus, go on an adventure with Farm Tots and shop for fresh lavender and herbs at the farm stand (or pick your own from the field!). And be sure to stop by the Kids Crafts Table and make a woolly caterpillar or a special craft titled “Dad’s and Drums.” Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Redmond. Various costs per activity. All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Tim Noah
Enjoy a fun evening singing, dancing, and dreaming with folk rocker Tim Noah. Arrive early and enjoy a pizza dinner and stay late and explore the Museum at night. Sat., 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Bellevue. $8 to $12. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

American Girl Grand Opening
Come celebrate the newest American Girl store with a grand opening extravaganza! Shop for the latest dolls and accessories, take your American Girl to the Doll Hair Salon, enjoy crafts and doll drawings, and dine in the AG Bistro. Hint: pack your patience, arrive early, and plan on making a day of it. Tickets will be distributed (starting at 6 am on Saturday and 7 am on Sunday) for access into the store. Sat., 9:00 am – 9:00 pm; Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Lynnwood. Free. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy