It’s the last weekend of June which means summertime events are in full swing around the city. On our radar: a hands-on event for lil’ firefighters, a show with hundreds of lean mean cruz ’n machines, a family celebration, a purrrfect workshop for kids, an adventure through the wetlands, and a scenic journey to the Falls. If you’re looking to hit a festival (or two), the International Festival will feature plenty of ethnic music and entertainment; the Shoreline Arts Festival will showcase a variety of juried art exhibits and demonstrations; and the super popular Taste of Tacoma will feature delish dishes from more than 30 local restaurants.

Fire Department Kids's Day at The Museum of Flight


Fire Department Day (pictured)
Calling all firefighter wannabes! Here’s your chance to tour dozens of fire and rescue vehicles, climb aboard a fire engine, see how tall an aerial ladder extends, and talk with real firefighter heroes. Be sure to stop by the Safety Zone and pick up your official firefighter hat and badge and participate in fun safety activities. Fri., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Greenwood Car Show
Hundreds of cool cars will fill Greenwood Avenue for this annual show. Stroll the mile-and-a-half long stretch and see, hot rods, collector cars, antique gems, and modern marvels plus enjoy great food, tunes, and a Kids Zone along the way. Sat., 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pridefest Family Day
Take the fam to Cal Anderson Park for this first-ever Pride event. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the kiddies as well as a rockin’ concert with Recess Monkey, magic shows, bouncy houses, story times, free ice cream, and much more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Get Crafty Saturdays!
Stop by BAM this weekend to explore the Maneki Neko: Japan’s Beckoning Cats – From Talisman to Pop Icon exhibit. Then, create your own beckoning cat during this special Saturday workshop. Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Bellevue. $2 materials fee per child or free with admission. Ages 4 to 12. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
Rain or shine, explore Mercer Slough Nature Park by boat. During your guided tour, learn how this amazing ecosystem functions and look for otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife who call the Slough home. Sat. & Sun., 8:45 am – 12:00 pm. Bellevue. $16 to $18. Registration required. Ages 5 and older. Event details.

Scenic Train Rides
Take the fam on a day trip to Snoqualmie where you can hop on board an antique railway coach and travel through the Cascade Foothills. During your scenic 75-minute round-trip excursion, travel to Snoqualmie Falls and along the banks of the Snoqualmie River before stopping at both the Snoqualmie and North Bend depots. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:45 pm. Snoqualmie. $10 to $15 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

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

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Museum of Flight