Fall might be on the horizon, but there’s still plenty of late summer fun to be had around the Emerald City. On our weekend radar: a popular harvest fair, a festival with tons of games, a new event for climbing buffs, a three-day extravaganza, a rockin’ bash in Issaquah and a triathlon for pint-sized athletes. Also on tap: the annual Washington State Fair kicks off on Friday with free admission from 9 a.m. to noon (with a non-perishable food donation) and the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival returns on Sunday with live entertainment, Hawaiian crafts and local Hawaiian food.
photo: The Not-Its!
Seattle Tilth Harvest Fair
Celebrate harvest season at this annual urban farm festival. There will be plenty of hands-on activities in the children’s garden along with a parade, a puppet show, cider pressing, cooking and planting demos, tasty food, live music and more. Sat., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (arrive by 11 a.m. for the parade). Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mount Baker Day in the Park Festival
This annual festival at Mount Baker Park will feature an awesome kid’s parade, field games, live music and food trucks. Plus, participate in the watermelon eating contest, watch Seattle families show off their stuff in the talent show and enjoy a fun treasure hunt. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Camp Long Mountain Festival
At this day-long festival, everyone (from novices to hard-core enthusiasts) are invited to Camp Long to get their hands on the rocks and their feet off the ground. Test yourself on the high ropes course, scale a climbing rock, take a bouldering clinic and enjoy vendor booths, mountain games and interactive workshops for all ages and abilities. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. 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 (now in its 50th year), enjoy entertainment, vendor booths, yummy food and lots of children’s activities, plus a parade, rides, lighthouse tours, fireworks and more. Fri., 3 p.m.–midnight.; Sat., 8 a.m.–midnight; Sun., 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Mukilteo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Springfree Trampoline Family Concert Series with The Not-Its! (pictured)
Take your crew to Springfree Trampoline in Issaquah to jump on their awesome trampolines and enjoy a set of high-energy tunes from The Not-Its! This rockin’ show will include plenty of movement for the kiddies and snacks for everyone. Psst! This month’s concert will benefit Hopelink’s Kids Need School Supplies campaign. Instead of admission to the concert, please donate school supplies (crayons, pencils, paper, backpacks, etc.) to help our neighbors in need. Sat., 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Issaquah. Free with school supply donation. Ages 0-12. Event details.
Kirkland Kids Triathlon
Who says kids can’t tri too? In this mini version triathlon, kids can see what it’s like to compete in a triathlon, test their endurance or simply get their feet wet. The triathlon will include a 50-yard swim/splash, half-mile bike ride and 400-meter run. All athletes will receive a t-shirt, swim cap and finisher’s ribbon. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Kirkland. $32. Preregistration required. Ages 3-12. Event details.
What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy