We’re wrapping up the end of August with a super-sized dose of family fun. On our radar: a huge party in the streets, a race for pint-sized runners, a cruise around the lake, an annual extravaganza for big (and little) swashbucklers, a celebration with tons of games and a fundraiser for your four-legged pal. Also on tap: The Evergreen State Fair (pictured) kicks off on Thursday with FREE gate admission until 1 p.m. and all National Parks are FREE to enter this weekend.

Evergreen State Fair 2012

photo: Kenna Konoske


Seattle Summer Parkways: Ballard
For one day, Ballard’s city streets will be transformed into park-ways for families to enjoy. There will be delish food trucks on site, a tea garden, live music, petting zoo and scavenger hunts, plus the 13th annual Sustainable Ballard Festival, face painting and much more. Sat. Event details.

Seattle Marathon Kids Fun Run
Kids ages 5 to 14 are invited to run this 1 mile course (with shorter options for the little ones), held at Gas Works Park. In addition to the run, kids will receive a t-shirt, goody bag and award for participating. Psst… special prizes may include shoe giveaways from Super Jock ‘N Jill and awards for completing the fun run games. Sat. 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 left until next summer. Sun. Event details.


Tall Ships Return to Carillon Point
Ahoy, mateys! Take a tour of the historic tall ships at Carillon Point, including one used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus, watch mock battles and tall ship handling demonstrations, enjoy sea shanty singing and storytelling, learn fun facts about these amazing ships and sail around Lake Washington. Thurs.-Sun. Event details.

DigiPen Day
Celebrate, play and see for yourself what DigiPen is all about at this annual family event. Explore the world of gaming through hands-on activities (including games designed by DigiPen students) and enjoy delish food, an inflatable obstacle course and much more. Sat. Event details.

Lace up your tennis, 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 walk, a fun interactive Kids’ Zone, canine agility course and contests for you and Fido as well as vendor booths, samples and a beer and mimosa garden. Sat. Event details.

How will you be spending the last weekend of August? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy