Even though summer is starting to wind down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our weekend roundup: a unique Nordic celebration, a quirky festival at our city’s only campground, a splash-tastic day at Green Lake, a festival for train fanatics and a party with hundreds of hounds. But that’s not all. Read on for even more family picks.

photo: Windermere Summer Splash


Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake (pictured)
Together with Seattle Parks and Recreation and the George Pocock Rowing Foundation, Windermere Real Estate is hosting its fourth annual Summer Splash at Green Lake. This free community event will be jam-packed with fun including live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, food booths, free giveaways and the opportunity for families to try out canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding. There will also be a Corporate Cup Regatta that will set twelve Seattle companies against one another for the chance to take home the Corporate Cup trophy. Sat. Event details.

PSBA Kids’ Day
Come explore the world of bees and pollination with the Puget Sound Beekeepers at the annual PSBA Kids’ Day! All activities will take place at the West Seattle Bee Garden and will include a live hive demonstration, a story time hosted by Seattle Public Library and a plant identification scavenger hunt, plus arts and crafts, pollination simulation, honey tasting, games and more. Sat. Event details.

Viking Days
Celebrate the Nordic Heritage Museum’s annual Viking Days festival with a host of family-friendly activities. Enjoy unique Nordic entertainment, arts and crafts and a larger-than-life Viking Encampment. Plus, nosh on culinary treats from Nordic countries and enjoy a Swedish pancake breakfast and salmon bake. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Snoqualmie Railroad Days
This annual festival, celebrating the spirit and origins of Snoqualmie’s railroad and logging town, will feature train, wagon and railway motor car rides, live entertainment, a car show, model train show, vendor booths and yummy food. Plus, catch the grand parade on Saturday morning and lots of kids’ activities throughout the weekend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Pacific NW Chalk Fest
Mark your calendars for this first-ever event featuring 14 internationally, nationally and regionally renowned chalk artists. Watch as the artists transform parts of Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces and enjoy a merchant Sidewalk Sale, sips and bites from RTC merchants, kids’ activities and live music. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Celebrate Woodinville
Families can expect to find live music, delish food, arts and crafts, a community parade and loads of kids’ activities at this annual celebration in downtown Woodinville. Psst! Don’t miss the annual Basset Bash competition now in its 39th year. It’s always a howling good time! Sat. Event details.

What exciting activities do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

— Kristina Moy