In honor of National Get Outdoors Day (which happens to fall on Saturday), we’ve put together a fantastic roundup of events to get you out and about. Consider: a family festival on the water, a mountain bike extravaganza, a celebration at the Seattle Aquarium and a performance with a mischievous fairy. If you’re looking for even more excitement, visit a Washington state park for free or take in the 10th annual Vashon Sheepdog Classic. Scroll down to learn more!
photo: Shilshole Boatfest
Shilshole Boatfest: Seas the Bay (pictured)
Want to venture into the world of boating but don’t know where to start? This fun family event will feature tons of free activities on and off the water. Take a sailboat or powerboat ride, try your hand at kayaking or paddleboarding and enjoy live music, vendor booths and delish food trucks. For the kiddies, there will be plenty of sea-themed activities and even kids’ mini sailing lessons. Sat. Event details.
Bear Affair: Living Northwest Conservation Day
Take your crew to Woodland Park Zoo to learn what steps you can take to bear-proof your campsite this summer. Hear keeper talks, watch the bears, wolves and raptors receive special enrichment treats and learn what these Pacific Northwest animals need in order to survive in the wild and peacefully co-exist with humans. Sat. Event details.
World Ocean Weekend
Head down to the Seattle Aquarium to celebrate the world’s one big ocean and to learn how to be an ocean hero. There will be a variety of hands-on activities and special demonstrations, plus diver shows, story times, games, special feedings and more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Peter Pan: The Musical
In this latest Studio East performance, watch as Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Lake to Lake Bike Ride
Dust off your bikes and trailers and enjoy a non-competitive, recreational ride for the whole family. The ride has two unique loops–the mostly flat, nine-mile Greenbelt Loop and the Lake Loop, which is a more challenging 22-mile route. Sat. Event details.
Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival
Take the fam to King County’s Duthie Hill Park to join riders of all ages and abilities for this annual, two-day bike extravaganza. In addition to interacting with more than 50 vendors, test ride bikes from some of the top brands, participate in bike skills clinics, watch pros huck in the Jump Show and enjoy riding demos, raffle prizes, special kids’ events (both on and off bikes) and more. Psst…the trails will be open, so come prepared to ride! Sat.-Sun. Event details.