We’re cruising into the first weekend of June with a healthy dose of family fun. On our radar: an annual event for trail lovers, a two-day cultural festival under the Needle, a popular 5K at Marymoor Park and a celebration with tons of hands-on activities. If you’re looking for even more excitement, celebrate the power of play at Kidimu’s Play Day. In addition to a festive family walk and parade led by a marching band, enjoy a full day of activities and museum play time. Scroll down to learn more!

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Beacon Hill Festival
Celebrate the Beacon Hill community and help raise funds for the Jefferson Advisory Council Scholarship Fund. This fun, family event will feature food vendors, carnival games, drill team and drum line performances, folk dance, food trucks and more! Sat. Event details.

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
At this annual two-day festival, learn all about the arts and culture of the Philippines through music, dance performances, arts and craft booths, food, games and exhibits, plus kids’ activities and martial art demonstrations. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Orca Action Month Kick Off Festival
Join Orca Salmon Alliance and help kick off Orca Action Month. This lively festival will feature live music performances, including KEXP DJ Michele Myers, art activities, an orca sound station, storytelling, food, drinks, a beer garden and much more. Sun. Event details.


Northwest Railway Museum Train Rides
Step back in time and experience rail travel as it used to be aboard historic railway cars. During your scenic excursion, travel through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and discover how railroads influenced settlement and everyday life in Washington state. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

National Trail’s Day & Letterboxing at Pioneer Park
Celebrate National Trails Day and learn all about letterboxing at this annual event on Mercer Island. Kids can make their own stamp, pick up their clue book for the summer and hit the trails of Pioneer Park. Psst…all Washington state parks are free to visit on Saturday in honor of National Trails Day. Sat. Event details.

Big Backyard 5K
Round up the fam (dogs included, of course), and head out to King County’s Marymoor Park to participate in the annual Big Backyard 5K benefiting King County Parks. As always, the Kid’s Dash is free with a paid parent entry and open to all kids 10 & under. Psst…be sure to stick around after the race for refreshments, great tunes and prize giveaways. Sun. Event details.

—Kristina Moy


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