Somehow, we’re halfway through August already, yet it feels like summer just started. How does that always happen? Luckily, there are lots of fun activities going on this weekend to keep your mind off your back-to-school to-do list. Consider: a neighborhood block party, a fun-filled day of healthy play, a hometown festival with tons of entertainment or a family campout in the city. Scroll down to see what else is on our weekend radar.

photo: Kirkland Chamber of Commerce


South Lake Union Block Party
Celebrate the great community of South Lake Union with a fab block party. In addition to live entertainment, a burger grilling competition and food trucks, there will be a Discovery Center filled with awesome activities for families and a Steamroller Smackdown. Fri. Event details.

Movies at the Marina
Grab your low-back chairs and comfy blankets and catch The Secret Life of Pets under the starry skies. Psst… be sure to arrive early to get your spot on the lawn and enjoy the Coney Island Avenue Woodfired Pizza food truck. And bring Fido along. This outdoor flick is dog-friendly!  Fri. Event details.

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade & Festival
This free family festival will feature lots of good old-fashioned fun. Enjoy a community parade, food from local restaurants, games and art projects, plus kids’ activities, a car show and more. Sat. Event details.


Kirkland SummerFest (pictured)
Head to downtown Kirkland for this annual arts and music fest featuring multiple entertainment stages, an awesome Kids Zone with games, inflatables and face painting, delish food and plenty of art including a Young Artists Exhibition. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

The Kind Fest
We know this event isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. At this playful and inclusive community celebration, learn about the power of kindness through the arts, music, interactive experiences and heart centered speakers. For the kiddies, there will be face painting, art activities and giveaways, plus food trucks, vendor tents and more. Sat. Event details.

Camp Burbank Community Campout
At this annual family campout, you supply the tent, personal items and sleeping bags and the City of Mercer Island will provide the cooking, cleaning and fun things to do like water activities, games, dinner and s’mores around the campfire. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy