Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer is here, so get outside and soak it all up. On our radar: a ginormous kiddie parade, a party along the shores of Lake Washington and a can’t-miss neighborhood festival. If you’re looking for even more fun, head to The Paramount Theater to catch Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Scroll down for the sweet deets.

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Seafair Hydroplane Races (pictured)
For three full days, enjoy tons of family fun at Genesee Park. Take a hydro pit tour, watch the Boeing Seafair Air Show (and those amazing Blue Angels) and enjoy live entertainment, interactive booths, a fab Kids Zone, food vendors and, of course, the hydro races. Psst! Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
At this popular neighborhood festival (now in its 62nd year!), enjoy yummy food, live entertainment and the largest children’s parade in Seattle. Other activities will include talent contests, art vendors, a gigantic sidewalk sale at Magnolia Village, outdoor movie and a juried art show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Lake City Seafair Festival & Parade
This all-day, summer street festival is going to be jam-packed with fun activities. In addition to a tasty salmon bake and vintage car show, there will be an art show, live music, an awesome Kids Zone and huge parade, plus craft and food vendors and the return of the Big Truck Explorer Zone where kids can climb aboard a variety of big rigs and meet their heroes. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Northwest FamilyFest
This fun and fabulous event, in the heart of Redmond, will be filled with games, crafts, kids’ activities, live music and yummy food. The best part? Proceeds from the festival will benefit Special Delivery and the Seattle Union Gospel Mission Emergency Women’s Shelter. Sat. Event details.

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Ranger-Led Hike at Lewis Creek Park
Join a Bellevue park ranger to explore the natural and cultural history of Lewis Creek Park. Look for signs of local wildlife and learn what to do when encountering animals in the wild. Psst! Be sure to dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Sat. Event details.

Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. Board the train in either North Bend or Snoqualmie and enjoy a 75-minute scenic ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to the Snoqualmie Falls. After your ride, be sure to explore the train depot in Snoqualmie and check out the awesome train books at the bookstore. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy

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