We’re moving into the end of July with a supersized dose of family fun. On our radar: a race with roots in ancient China, a spectacular evening parade, an awesome cultural festival, a stage performance based on a popular beast, an annual art extravaganza and a popular festival with rubber ducky races. If you’re looking for big time fun this weekend, head to Tukwila’s Touch a Truck Safety & Emergency Preparedness Fair for a hands-on look at some of Tukwila’s heavy-duty rigs and emergency responders and to meet the people who drive them.

torchlight parade 2014

photo: Dean Rutz for Seafair


Seattle Dragon Boat Festival
Grab a spot along South Lake Union to cheer on the local and visiting athletes participating in the annual dragon boat races. In addition to the thrilling competitions, enjoy plenty of excitement on shore including live entertainment, craft booths, children’s activities and a food and beverage garden. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Seafair Torchlight Parade (pictured)
This magnificent parade will feature giant helium balloons, incredible drill teams and equestrian units, comical clowns, swashbuckling pirates, and heart-pounding bands playing all your fave tunes. Psst! Stop by the Seattle Center for Seafair Torchlight FanFest and get a sneak peek at the parade participants. Insider Tip: If you want to take the little ones to the parade, but don’t want to camp out all day for a curbside seat, purchase reserved seats at Westlake Park. This is where the TV crews set up so you’re guaranteed the best seat in town! Sat., 7:30 p.m. (Torchlight FanFest noon-6 p.m.). Seattle. Free (reserved seats $25 to $50). All ages. Event details.

Pista Sa Nayon
At this annual festival, celebrate Filipino culture through delish food, live music and dancing, children’s activities and craft booths. Psst! Pack a blanket and your low-back chairs and make a day of it. Sun., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.


Bellevue Arts Museum KIDSfair
Everyone’s favorite summer art fair is back and better than ever. Kids can participate in a variety of exciting art projects to build and highlight their creativity as well as enjoy the festivities of the BAM ARTSFair including juried artist booths, performance art, live music, artist demonstrations and yummy food. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m. (BAM ARTSfair open Fri.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m; Sun., 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.). Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beauty and the Beast
In this latest Studio East production, step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, this stage version will include all your favorite songs along with Belle and the young prince trapped under a spell of an enchantress. Sat., 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. (also Aug. 1-2). Kirkland. $17. Tickets required. Ages 4 & older. Event details.

IKEA Renton River Days
At this annual three-day festival, enjoy tons of family fun including the always-popular Rubber Ducky Derby and Nibble of Renton, vendor booths, parade and awesome Kids Zone with inflatables, putt putt golf, a LEGO Playzone and Dizzy’s Tumblebus. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Renton. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy