This weekend, the Emerald City is going festival bonkers! For starters, we have a popular summertime festival in West Seattle, a wild and wet competition on the lake and a cultural celebration with loads of entertainment. We also have an event with our favorite blue train, a festival with tons of family activities and a celebration for swashbucklers. Also on tap: the 41st annual Ballard SeafoodFest, Kent Cornucopia Days and the Wallingford Parade and Festival.
photo: Northwest Railway Museum
West Seattle Summer Fest
This weekend, the biggest party of the year hits the streets of West Seattle. During this three-day festival, take in tons of vendor booths, arts and crafts and live music on multiple stages. Plus, come hungry and enjoy delish local grub and let the kiddies get their wiggles out in the awesome YMCA Kids Area. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Seafair Milk Carton Derby
At this wildly popular Seafair event, watch as nearly 100 milk carton boats race to the finish line or sink trying. In addition to this entertaining competition, there will be lots of interactive displays and exhibits on shore as well as photo opps with the Seafair clowns and Seafair princesses, food booths and tons of kids’ activities. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Chinatown International District Dragon Fest
The Pacific Northwest’s largest annual Asian American celebration is back and better than ever. Expect to find lion and dragon dances, rhythmical Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, Asian drill teams and Indian dance performances, plus a large-scale outdoor Asian market, cultural activities and a $2 Chinatown-ID Food Walk. Sat., noon-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Day out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015 (pictured)
Calling all Thomas the Train fans. Take a 25-minute train ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and enjoy live storytelling, music and lots of hands-on activities with Thomas and his friends. Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.–3:45 p.m. (also July 18-19). Snoqualmie. $23 to $24 (under 2 free). Advance tickets recommended. All ages. Event details.
Redmond Derby Days
This summertime festival in the heart of Redmond will feature tons of family fun. Enjoy live entertainment, an awesome kids’ carnival with bouncy houses and games, arts and crafts and delish food. Psst! Grab a curbside seat on Saturday morning to watch the Kids Parade and Grand Parade and be sure to stick around for the fireworks finale on Saturday night. Fri., 10 a.m..–10 p.m. (carnival runs 4 p.m.-11 p.m.); Sat., 8 a.m.–11 p.m. (fireworks start at 10 p.m.). Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mercer Island Summer Celebration!
This popular family festival is welcoming back the pirates from 2007. Expect to find lots of pirate-themed entertainment and activities including black powder explosions, sword fighting, pirate musical performances and parrot shows along with festival highlights like boat rides, a parade, Children’s Fun Zone, car show, arts and crafts and a spectacular fireworks show. Sat., 10 a.m.–11 p.m. (fireworks start at 10 p.m.); Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.
Which festivals will you and your crew be hitting this weekend? Do you have a favorite? Let us know in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy