We’re wrapping up the end of August with a super-sized dose of family fun. Consider: an artsy festival in the woods, a day devoted to big and little cyclists, a rockin’ summer concert and a fundraiser for your four-legged pal. Also on tap: The Evergreen State Fair kicks off on Thursday with free gate admission until 3 p.m. and all national and state parks are free to enter on Friday. Read on for even more family fun.

photo: Columbia Watershed Council 


Maker Day: Woodworking
Take your crew to MOHAI to learn the basics of woodworking from the skilled educators at Kids Carpentry Seattle. During this special event, kids will learn about the types of materials and tools that woodworkers use to important safety skills to practice at home or in the shop. Everyone will also have the opportunity to play with wooden toys made by Kids Carpentry and even make their own wooden toy to take home. Sat. Event details.

Arts in Nature Festival
This extremely unique festival, held at our city’s only campground, is back this year and better than ever. The two-day festival, celebrating art, nature and community, will feature tons of live performances (from indie rock to bluegrass to dance and theatre performances), hands-on art and nature activities, food trucks, a beer garden, vendors and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers and training wheels and enjoy four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. Psst! There’s only a few more Bicycle Sundays left until next summer. Sun. Event details.


Eastside Kids Dentistry 2nd Annual Summer Concert
Eastside Kids Dentistry is celebrating its patients and the community with a free summer concert with kindie rocker, Caspar Babypants! Arrive early to enjoy the pre-concert fun with the Bubbleman and then dance your little heart’s out to a set of singable, catchy tunes about bugs, babies and butterflies. Sat. Event details.

Lace up your tennies, grab your pooch and join hundreds of families and their four-legged pals at PAWS’ largest community fundraiser of the year. Activities include a 5k run and separate 5k walk, animal-friendly food trucks, dog agility demonstrations, adoptable PAWS dogs, a mimosa garden and more. Sat. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
Explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Park rangers will lead this three-hour canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck—catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife living in Mercer Slough. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

How will your family be spending the last weekend of August? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy