We’re wrapping up the last weekend of July with a super-sized dose of fun! On our radar: an artsy affair along Alki, a stupendous parade through the streets of Seattle, a high-flying extravaganza on Kite Hill, a ginormous art fair in the heart of Bellevue, a super-fun community festival in Renton, and a doggone festival along the shores of Lake Washington. If you’re looking for a super-fun musical filled with spirited flappers and a dragon-lady of a villainess, be sure to check out the Studio East production of Thoroughly Modern Millie playing this weekend only!


Alki Art Fair
This annual event along Alki Beach will feature lots of arts and craft vendors, local musicians, performing artists, food, and activities for the kiddos. Insider Tip: Pack your beach bag and let the kiddos explore the tide pools on Alki Beach after the Fair. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Seafair Torchlight Parade
This magnificent parade (now in its 63rd year!) will feature giant helium balloons, incredible drill teams and equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates, and heart-pounding bands playing all your fav tunes. Plus, stop by 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 available $20 to $50). All ages. Event details.

Kitefest 2012
At this annual event, explore the Family Wellness Village, try your hand at kite building, and watch some awesome stunt kite demos! Plus, turn the kiddos loose in the Kids Zone and enjoy great food, music, and giveaways! Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bellevue Arts Museum KIDSfair
Everyone’s fav summer event 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 fab food! Fri. & Sat., 9:30 am – 9:30 pm; Sun., 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

IKEA Renton River Days (pictured)
Enjoy tons of fun at this multi-day family festival including a Rubber Ducky Derby, the Nibble of Renton, a fab parade, and an awesome Kids Zone with inflatables, putt putt golf, a petting zoo, LEGO Playzone, and Dizzy’s Tumble Bus! 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.

Go Dog, Go! Festival
Take your fav four-legged friend on a stroll through the park and enjoy live music and entertainment, delicious treats (for you and Fido!), canine exhibitors, the Emerald City K9 freestyle dancers, clinics, demonstrations, and contests! Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (dog walk starts at 10:30 am). Kirkland. Free admission ($20/family for dog walk). All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy

photo credit: IKEA Renton River Days Facebook page