The Emerald City is going festival bonkers this weekend! From the Ballard Seafood Fest to the Pioneer Square Fire Festival to the Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest, there is something fun to see, do, and eat, on just about every street corner. We’ve got a roundup of our faves, which include a street festival in West Seattle, a kiddie parade in Wallingford, and pirates landing at Alki Beach. We’ve also got a derby festival in Redmond, a day for Thomas-the-Tank lovers in Snoqualmie, and a medieval summer celebration on Mercer Island.



West Seattle Summer Street Fair
West Seattle’s most popular neighborhood festival features dozens of local bands, arts and crafts vendors, yummy food, and a Kids Area that rocks (complete with giant inflatables, a rock climbing wall, and games!). Bonus: take the little ones to a free Caspar Babypants concert on Friday night and get the wiggles out before bed! Fri., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – midnight; Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm., Seattle, Free. All ages. Event details.


Wallingford Kiddies Parade & Street Fair
Come enjoy one of  Wallingford’s signature events featuring clowns, marching bands, fire trucks, and lots and lots of kiddies. Grab a seat along 45th Street or join the parade (it’s free to participate) and celebrate this Seafair tradition. After the parade, make sure you hit the street fair featuring bouncy houses, pony rides, balloon artists, face painting, food, and live music. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (parade starts at 11:00 am), Seattle, Free. All ages. Event details.

Seafair Pirates Landing (pictured)
Ahoy, mates! Come dressed with your best eye-patch and watch as the Seafair Pirates sail in from the seven seas and land on Alki beach. Just don’t be gettin’ in their way! The cutthroat Seafair Pirates have made a deal with their Captain Kidd and are comin’ to collect the bounty they left behind last year! Enjoy lots of piratical merriment including singin’, dancin’, eatin’, and shoppin’. Ready, Aim, Fire! Sat., 9:30 am – 2:00 pm, Seattle, Free. All ages. Event details.



Redmond Derby Days
This annual event features the nation’s longest running bicycle race (kiddos race free!) as well as a kids parade and grand parade, family entertainment, Eco-fair, live music, carnival rides, and a fireworks finale! If the kiddos need to cool off, be sure to hit the Wet & Wild Sprinkler Park at City Hall. Fri., 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sat., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm, Redmond, Free. All ages. Event details.


Day Out with Thomas the Tank!
Calling all Thomas the Tank lovers! Ride aboard a Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, take souvenir photos with your favorite friends from the island of Sodor, and enjoy live music, vendors and food. Hint: this event fills up fast so be sure to reserve your tickets now. Fri.-Sun. (also July 15-17), 9:00 am – 3:45 pm, Snoqualmie, $19. Reservations required. All ages. Event details.


Mercer Island Summer Celebration
This weekend-long bash is going medieval this year with a “Renaissance Revelry” theme. Expect non-stop excitement with jousting knights on horseback, sword fighting action, and roving entertainers.  The fun doesn’t stop there.  Enjoy renaissance themed magic shows, Shakespeare performances by Wooden O’ Theatre, food vendors, a grand parade, and fireworks show on Saturday night! Sat., 11:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Mercer Island, Free. All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy