Fall might be on the horizon, but there’s still plenty of late summer fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our radar: a cultural festival with Aloha spirit, a neighborhood celebration with a bit of nostalgia, a fun excursion for big and little swashbucklers and a high-flying fundraiser. The Seattle Design Festival Block Party also kicks off this weekend in Pioneer Square and that’s not all. Read on for even more family weekend picks.


14th Annual Sustainable Ballard Festival
Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future… that’s everything the Sustainable Ballard Festival is all about. Join other Seattle families at Ballard Commons Park to learn about the daily practices and steps toward more sustainable living. Press apple cider, pet farm animals, peek under the hood of an electric car, test ride an electric bike, make your own bubble wand, compare solar cookers and much more. Sat. Event details.

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
This annual festival (now in its 10th year) returns with live entertainment, Hawaiian crafts and goods and Hawaiian cuisine. Families can also take lei making workshops and enjoy keiki activities throughout the day. Sun. Event details.

Mount Baker Day in the Park Festival
You don’t want to miss this annual festival celebrating the Mount Baker community. There will be games, live performances, great food and a kid’s parade. Psst… wear your silly hats and come prepared to either walk or bike the parade route. Sun. Event details.


Tall Ships Return to Carillon Point
Ahoy, mateys! Take a tour of the historic tall ships at Carillon Point, including one used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Plus, watch mock battles and tall ship handling demonstrations, enjoy sea shanty singing and storytelling and take a sail around Lake Washington. Thurs.-Mon. Event details.

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
We know this festival isn’t exactly on the Eastside, but it’s too good not to include. During the three-day event, enjoy live entertainment, vendor booths, yummy food and lots of children’s activities, plus a parade, rides, lighthouse tours, two spectacular nights of fireworks and much more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

8th Annual Pants Party for Eastside Baby Corner
Mark your calendars for this huge party and fundraiser. Bring a pair of new or gently used pants to donate to a local child in need for the back-to-school season and enjoy face painting, games, pony rides and a performance by Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth. Plus, tumble around Dizzy’s Tumblebus, meet local firemen (and tour their truck) and jump on 12 Springfree Trampolines. Sat. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

— Kristina Moy