Summer is in full swing and with it comes plenty of activities to keep everyone in your crew happy and entertained! Our lineup includes a three-day food extravaganza, a wild and wacky race, a cultural festival with fab entertainment, a ride with our favorite blue train, a popular family tour and an adventure on the lake. If you’ve got a family of strawberry lovers, be sure to hit the annual Vashon Island Strawberry Festival. This sweet three-day festival will be loaded with strawberry goodness along with uniquely old-fashioned fun.

Thomas the train

photo: Northwest Railway Museum

Seattle

Groupon Bite of Seattle
Bring your appetite and savor “bites” from more than 60 local restaurants at this annual three-day food festival. While you’re there, hit the Family Fun Zone for hands-on activities and enjoy live entertainment, chef demos and tons of food product samples. Fri.-Sun. 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 the entertaining competition, there will be interactive displays and exhibits on shore as well as photo opps with the Seafair clowns and princesses, food booths and kids’ activities. Sat. Event details.

Seafair Indian Pow Wow
Celebrate the richness of the Native American culture at this three-day festival. See hundreds of dancers in full regalia and more than 20 drum groups, plus enjoy food vendors and a wide array of Native American arts and crafts including jewelry, carvings, intricate beadwork and artwork. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Eastside

Day out with Thomas: The Ready, Set, Go Tour 2016  (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. Event details.

Family Watershed Tour
Looking for a fun family adventure? This one-hour version of The Watershed Tour is popular with families of all ages and is bound to delight young ones with curious minds. The tour will include a drive through historic Cedar Falls and a walk on Masonry Dam. Sat. & Sun. 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.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below!

— Kristina Moy