The Emerald City is going festival bonkers this weekend. Consider: a quirky festival in Ballard, a ride aboard our favorite blue train, an annual parade featuring tons of kids and a popular music fest designed for the whole fam. If that’s not enough excitement, the always-popular Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby returns to Green Lake this weekend along with Kent Cornucopia Days and the Vashon Strawberry Festival. Scroll down to learn more!

photo: Day Out With Thomas


Ballard SeafoodFest
This unique and quirky community festival (now in its 47th year!) will have a little something for everyone. Enjoy fab entertainment, the annual Lutefisk Eating Contest, a salmon barbecue, juried arts and crafts, food vendors and kids’ activities galore. Fri.-Sun. (family activities on Sat. & Sun. only). Event details.

West Seattle Summer Fest
The biggest party of the year hits the streets of West Seattle this weekend. During the three-day fest, take in tons of vendor booths, arts and crafts and live music on multiple stages, plus enjoy delish local grub and an awesome kid’s area with games and rides. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Wallingford Family Parade
Grab a curbside seat along 45th St. and watch marching bands, drill teams, Seafair clowns, fire trucks and tons of kiddies travel through Wallingford. Want to join the parade? Come in costume and bring your decorated bikes, wagons and scooters. Sat. Event details.


Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Back by popular demand, this awesome music fest will include three days of family-friendly folk, rock and pop performances along with all-ages activities like camping, kayaking, hiking and more. If you’re ready for a weekend of fun, music, nature and community, this festival is for you. Thurs.-Sat. Event details.


Redmond Derby Days
This annual summer festival, rooted in the spirit of competition, will feature tons of family fun! Celebrate the uniqueness of Redmond through parades, races, contests, game booths, carnival rides, arts, music, food and much more. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour (pictured)
Calling all Thomas the Train fanatics! Take a 25-minute train ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, enjoy live storytelling, music and lots of activities with Thomas and his friends. Fri.-Sun. (also July 19-21). Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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