What do you get when you mix lots of singing and dancing with some fun-loving pirates and a bunch of hot rods? A weekend packed full of family fun! On our radar: a fun party with banjo tunes, a swashbuckling event on Alki, an all-day Japanese festival, a wildlife adventure, a program for budding astronomers, and a super-cool show for car enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a fun Seafair event for the Littles, the Wallingford Kiddies Parade & Festival has been a family fav for more than 62 years! In addition to marching bands, drill teams, and the crazy Seafair clowns, see lots (and lots!) of kiddos on decorated bikes and scooters and enjoy plenty of family fun after the parade.


Professor Banjo CD Release Party
Lace up your dancing shoes and help Professor Banjo celebrate his newest CD, Live in Seattle at this super-fun (and very interactive!) show. Sat., 10:00 am. Seattle. $5 to $15. All ages. Event details.

Seafair Pirates Landing (pictured)
Put on your best pirate garb and welcome the Seafair pirates to shore. There will be plenty of merriment for big and lil’ buccaneers including food, music, and vendors plus inflatable rides and a pirate look-a-like contest! Sat., 9:30 am – 2:00 pm (pirates land at noon). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate the Japanese star festival at both The Wing and the Seattle Japanese Garden. After you enjoy crafts and stories at the Museum, take a shuttle over to the Arboretum for Japanese calligraphy, a tea ceremony, and traditional dance performances. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. $8.95 to $12.95 (under 5 free). All ages. Event details.


Secret Place
Join a Lewis Creek Park ranger to look for the secret place along the river where ducklings and other wildlife friends hang out. Plus, make a birdie clip ornament to take home. Fri., 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Bellevue. $2/person. Pre-registration required. Ages 3 and older. Event details.

Portable Planetarium Show
At this special Science on Wheels program, explore giant connect-the-dot pictures in the sky! Sat., 11:00 am & 12:30 pm. Sammamish. Free. Online registration required. Ages 4 to 8. Event details.

Return to Renton Car Show
This family-friendly event will include lots of classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles as well as live music and entertainment, activities for the kids, vendor displays, and a cruise-in! Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Renton. Free. All ages. Event details.

— Kristina Moy