We’re wrapping up the last weekend of July with a supersized dose of family fun! On our radar: a cool way to kick off your TGIF, a spectacular parade through the streets of Seattle, an awesome cultural festival, a ginormous fair in the heart of Bellevue, a popular festival with tons of kids’ activities, and a rockin’ concert the whole family will enjoy. If you’re looking for some “big” fun, take the kiddos to the Touch a Truck: Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair for a hands-on look at a variety of big rigs and emergency responders and to meet the people who drive them.



Family Happy Hour
Along with free activities for the kiddos like a fully stocked bubble bar, a toddler obstacle course, and the Tumblebus, there will be delish food, plenty of beer for mom and dad, and free ice cream. Fri., 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Free (food prices vary). Seattle. All ages. Event details. 

Seafair Torchlight Parade (pictured)
This magnificent parade will feature giant helium balloons, incredible drill teams and equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates, and heart-pounding bands playing all your fave tunes. Stop by the Seattle Center for the Seafair Torchlight Spectacular and get a sneak peek at the parade participants. Insider Tip: If you want to take the little ones to the parade (but don’t want to camp out all day for a curbside seat), purchase reserved seats at Westlake Park. This is where the TV crews set up so you’re guaranteed the best seat in town! Sat., 7:30 pm. Seattle. Free (reserved seats $20 to $50). All ages. Event details.

Hispanic Seafair Festival
At this annual festival, celebrate Hispanic culture through food, music, and dancing. The Littles will especially love the vendor booths and seeing lots of family-friendly entertainment throughout the Seattle Center grounds. Sun., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm. Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.


Bellevue Arts Museum KIDSfair
Everyone’s fave summer art fair is back and better than ever. Kiddos can participate in a variety of exciting art projects to build and highlight their creativity as well as enjoy the festivities of the BAM ARTSFair including juried artist booths, performance art, live music, artist demonstrations, and yummy food. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (KIDSfair). Fri.-Sat., 9:30 am – 9:30 pm; Sun., 9:30 am – 6:00 pm (ARTSFair). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

IKEA Renton River Days
Enjoy tons of fun at this multi-day family festival including the always-popular Rubber Ducky Derby and Nibble of Renton plus a fab parade, vendor booths, and an awesome Kids Zone with inflatables, putt putt golf, LEGO Playzone, and Dizzy’s Tumblebus. Fri., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Renton. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

Redmond Town Center Family Concert
Do a little shopping, grab a bite to eat, and take in a free concert by Busted Radio. This classic rock cover band will play popular tunes from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s so you and the Littles can sing and dance the afternoon away. Sat., 4:00 pm. Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

How will you be spending the last weekend of July? Let us know in a comment below.

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Seafair Facebook page