Even though summer break is starting to wind down, there’s still plenty of fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our weekend roundup: a Tony Award-winning show, a unique Nordic celebration, a quirky festival at the city’s only campground, a splash-tastic day at Green Lake, a festival for train fanatics and an annual celebration with hundreds of hounds. If you’re looking for even more excitement, dive into the Burke’s ichthyology collections at Fantastic Fishes or play, picnic and create at this weekend’s Summer at SAM: Family Festival.

Our Viking Days Festival is a weekend of fun for the entire family (pups included)! We kick off our festival with a 5k and Swedish pancake breakfast, and then have two days of vendors, food, crafts, and events that celebrate Nordic heritage and folktales. Saturday ends with a delicious salmon BBQ, too!

photo: Nordic Heritage Museum


Viking Days (pictured)
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 savor the Swedish pancake breakfast and salmon bake. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Arts in Nature Festival
This unique festival held at Camp Long is back and better than ever! The two-day festival, celebrating art, nature and community, will feature over 40 performances (from indie rock to bluegrass to dance and theatre performances), hands-on art and nature activities, food trucks and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake
This free community event will be jam-packed with action and adventure. In addition to a family fun fair with exciting vendors, there will be a mini rowing regatta and a variety of watersports for you to try including canoeing, paddle boarding, kayaking and rowing. Sat. Event details.


Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts presents Annie Jr.
Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. Families can expect plenty of singing, dancing and LOL moments in this production designed for all ages. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
This annual festival, celebrating the spirit and origins of this 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 and lots of kids’ activities throughout the weekend. Fri.-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. Psst! Don’t miss the annual Basset Bash competition now in its 38th year. Sat. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy