Seattle’s biggest (and loudest!) weekend of the summer is here, so get out and soak it all up! For starters, we have tons of family fun along the shores of Lake Washington, a ginormous kiddie parade and a family festival with rockin’ entertainment. We also have an event that will leave you seeing blue, a guided ride for the whole fam and a production based on a popular Disney film. If you haven’t seen the Seafair Pirates or Seafair Clowns this summer, you’ll likely find them at the Umojafest parade or hanging around Judkins Park during the three-day festival.

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photo: Seafair Facebook page


Seafair Hydroplane Races (pictured)
For three full days, enjoy tons of family fun at Genesee Park. Activities include hydro pit tours, the Boeing Air Show, wakeboard demonstrations, live entertainment, interactive booths, a fab Kids Zone, food vendors and of course, the hydro races. Psst! Avoid the long lines at the gate by purchasing your tickets online. Fri.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. $10 to $35 (6 & under Free). Free on Friday. All ages. Event details.

Magnolia Summerfest & Parade
At this popular community festival, enjoy yummy food, live entertainment and the largest children’s parade in Seattle. Plus, watch the talent contests, take in the art vendors and gigantic sidewalk sale and peruse the juried art show. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m. (parade starts at 10:30 a.m. on Sat.). Free. All ages. Event details.

Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day
Bring the whole fam down to Waterfront Park for this annual summer celebration! The Metropolitan Improvement District will be entertaining families with music, balloon animals, face painting, games, prizes, sweet treats and much more. Psst! Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies take the stage at 12:15 p.m. Sun.,11 a.m.– 3 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Buzzing Blueberries
Grab your buckets and head to the Lake Hills Greenbelt Ranger Station to discover how important our bee pollinators are for blueberries and other plants. After you learn how the berries grow, head to the farm stands to pick blueberries. Fri., 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

Free Summer Bike Ride
Dust off your bikes, grab your helmets and start your morning off with a Donuts ‘n Coffee bike ride. This easy-going guided ride, designed for riders of all ages and skills, will make its way along the Sammamish River Trail to Sunrise Donuts and Kitanda Acai & Espresso (approx. 2.6 miles round trip). Sat., 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beauty and the Beast
This is your last weekend to catch this latest Studio East production based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature. Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast and sing along to all of your favorite songs. Sat., 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Kirkland. $17. Tickets required. Ages 4 & older. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy