We’re wrapping up the end of August with a super-sized dose of family fun. On our radar: an exciting tournament at the beach, a Japanese tradition in the garden, a cruise around the lake, a movie night under the stars, a fundraiser for your four-legged family member and a grand opening celebration with international flair. Also on tap: The Evergreen State Fair (pictured) kicks off on Thursday with FREE gate admission until 1 p.m. Yee-haw!

Evergreen State Fair

photo: Kenna Konoske


National Volleyball League Seattle Championships
Take your crew to Alki Beach to catch the NVL Seattle Championships tournament. For three days, watch as 16 teams compete for the championship title and $75,000 grand prize. Psst! Be sure to bring your buckets and shovels and make it a beach day. Fri. & Sat., 9 a.m.-dusk; Sun., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (VIP tickets available). Seattle. All ages. Event details.

Moon Viewing Festival
In keeping with Japanese tradition, the Seattle Japanese Garden will light up with lanterns, luminaries and floating boats to welcome the full moon. This after-hours event in the garden will include traditional Japanese dances and music as well as a haiku writing contest, a special look at the full moon through telescopes and tea ceremonies. Sat., 7 p.m.-10 p.m. (gates open at 6 p.m.). Seattle. $15 to $25. Advance tickets required. All ages. 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., 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Mercer Island Movies in the Park
Pack your blankets, low-back chairs and movie snacks and grab a spot on the lawns of Mercerdale Park to see Ratatouille on a giant inflatable screen. Psst! Be sure to arrive an hour early to enjoy special chef-themed activities, games and crafts related to the movie. Fri., 7:15 p.m. (movie starts at 8:15 p.m.). Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Lace up your tennis, grab your pooch and join hundreds of Seattle 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., 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Redmond. $25/person (suggested pledge). Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate Sponge’s New Site with an Around the World Party
Say Bonjour to Sponge’s newest location in Kirkland’s Houghton Village. This global fete will include two fun-filled days of singing, dancing and playing, free mini-language classes, an array of crafts, tasty international treats and the chance to win door prizes and free language classes. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Kirkland. Free. Registration required. Ages 0-10. Event details.

How will you be spending the weekend? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy