Is the summer weather (or lack thereof) putting a kink in your summer plans? Good thing we’ve got plenty of fun things to do, see, and hear this weekend. On our radar: a summer festival with the largest children’s parade in Seattle, a high-flying festival for kite lovers, a parade that will light up the streets of the Emerald City, an arts fair with lotsa kid-friendly activities, a production on the yellow brick road, and a show for hot rods. The always-awesome Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series kicks off on Friday. Pack a picnic basket and your beachwear and let your lil’ rockers sing and dance to tunes by the Brian Waite Band and splash around in the spray park.




Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show

This summer festival has been a part of the Magnolia community for over 55 years. Enjoy great food and entertainment, the largest children’s parade in Seattle, talent contests, live music, art vendors, and a juried art show. Be sure to stop by the Musikgarten’s booth and explore all kinds of musical instruments and receive a free warbling bird! Fri., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (parade starts at 10:30 am). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


KiteFest 2011

This annual event is designed for the whole family. Explore the Family Wellness Village, try your hand at kite building, and watch some awesome stunt kite demos. Plus, stop by the PCC Natural Markets Kids Picks Mobile and sample healthy, delicious snacks and beverages and vote for your favorite. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Torchlight Parade

This magnificent parade is a Seattle summertime fav. See giant helium balloons, incredible drill teams and equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates, and heart-pounding bands playing all your favorite tunes. Plus, stop by the Seattle Center for the Taste of Torchlight pre-parade party and get a sneak peek at the parade participants. 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), than 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 ($18 to $37 for reserved seating). All ages. Event details.




Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair

For three full days, downtown Bellevue is transformed into a massive arts festival featuring performance art, live music, artist demonstrations, a Kidsfair (inside the BAM lobby), and delicious food. From jewelry and wearables to paintings and crafts for the kiddos this artsfair has something for everyone. Be sure to check out The Bellevue Festival of the Arts and 6th Street Fair on the adjacent streets. Fri. and Sat,. 9:30 am – 9:30 pm; Sun., 9:30 am – 6:00 pm. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Wizard of Oz

Studio East’s 14th Annual Summer Teen Show brings this beloved classic to life on stage. Click your heels together and watch as the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and Toto journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard. Sat., 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm (also August 5-7). Kirkland. $15. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


Kirkland Classic Car Show

If your little one is fascinated by fast cars, big trucks, and motorcycles, than you don’t want to miss this annual car show. Stroll though downtown Kirkland and see hundreds of custom and classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Plus, enjoy street vendors, food, and live music along the way. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Kirkland. Free. All ages. Event details.


-Kristina Moy