Although we’re wrapping up July (how did that happen?), there’s still plenty of summer fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our radar: a festive race with ancient roots, a spectacular parade through the streets of Seattle, a cultural festival with loads of entertainment, a stage performance based on a classic motion picture, an annual art extravaganza and a fun family night at the J.

torchlight parade 2014

photo: 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, food and more. Sat. 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! On the way to the parade, stop by the Seattle Center for Seafair Torchlight FanFest and get a sneak peek at the parade participants. Sat. Event details.

Pista Sa Nayon
This one-day festival, celebrating Filipino American culture, will feature something for everyone. Enjoy yummy food, arts and craft booths, live entertainment, a basketball tournament and children’s games.Sun. 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. Event details.

Studio East: The Wizard of Oz
In this latest summer production (based on the classic motion picture), watch as Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Outdoor Summer Movie at SJCC
Mark your calendars for the special night at SJCC. Kids will get to enjoy a super fun Zumba workout, followed by an outdoor screening of UP and s’mores by the campfire. Psst… be sure to bring cash for the concessions. Sat. Event details.

— Kristina Moy