This weekend is jam-packed with fun, family events to help you celebrate the dad in your life. On our radar: a summer kickoff party, an urban art fiesta, a rockin’ Father’s Day dance, a festival with lots of brew on tap, a popular Swedish celebration and a show for hot rods. If Dad loves anything and everything strawberry, be sure to hit the Wild Strawberry Festival in Burien. This year’s festival will include plenty of live entertainment along with a cool car show, arts and craft booths, a chili cook off and plenty of rides and games for the whole family. Happy Father’s Day to all of the awesome dads who read Red Tricycle!
Put on your best Hawaiian duds and kick off summer at this neighborhood community center party. In addition to bounce houses, enjoy carnival games, face painting and lots of yummy treats. Fri., 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Seattle. $.50 for individual game tickets or $10 for an unlimited wristband. All ages. Event details.
Art on the Fly
You don’t want to miss this outdoor celebration of art and dance in South Lake Union. This year’s two-day event will feature roving performances, flash mobs, a music stage, free dance classes, an artisan craft fair, kids’ activities, delish food from South Lake Union restaurants and much more. Fri., 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
KEXP Father’s Day Dance Party
Treat Dad to a rockin’ Father’s Day dance party inside EMP. Learn how to breakdance with V.P.C, move and groove with KEXP DJs Rhythma and Darek Mazzone and enjoy activities and crafts with The Adventure School. Sun., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.). Seattle. $8 (babes in arms free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
2014 Washington Brewers Festival
If the dad in your house loves beer, you know that he’s going to want to spend Father’s Day weekend drinking some. This annual festival (open to all ages on Saturday and Sunday) will feature more than 300 different beers from 88 different Washington breweries. While Dad is sampling his fave brewskis, kids will have fun enjoying the live music, craft market, keg toss contest and root beer garden. Fri., 4 p.m.–9:30 p.m. (21+); Sat., 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Redmond. $18 to $40 (under 21 free). All ages on Sat & Sun. Event details.
Vasa Park’s Midsummer Festival
Celebrate Father’s Day at this annual Swedish festival. In addition to Swedish dancers, singers and the famous midsummer maypole wrapping, there will be lots of activities for the kids including a bounce house, pony rides, interactive game bus, balloon art and face painting. Sun., 9 a.m. Bellevue. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Fenders on Front Street
If Dad is a car lovin’, engine revin’ kinda guy, you’ll want to take him to this super cool car show in Issaquah. See hundreds of classic and vintage cars and enjoy great rock n’ roll tunes, family activities, an awards ceremony and an afternoon Cruise to Triple XXX. Sun., 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned for dad (or granddad) this weekend? Let us know in a comment below
–Kristina Moy, words and photo