It’s the last full weekend of summer, so get outside and soak it all up. This weekend’s roundup includes a huge birthday bash, a kid-friendly Bavarian festival, an event with lots of creepy-crawlers, a guided salmon tour, an awesome party for superheroes and a family event at SJCC. Also this weekend, the City of Seattle is launching its second Seattle Summer Parkways and Annie, the world’s best-loved musical, returns in time-honored form to The Paramount Theatre.

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photo: Lora Shinn


The Museum of Flight 50th Birthday Celebration
The Museum of Flight is celebrating a BIG birthday and you’re invited to the fun-filled celebration. Participate in an anniversary-themed scavenger hunt and a 60’s throwback costume contest, design-your-own astronaut coloring project, attend a paper plane workshop or go on a mini-mission in the Challenger Learning Center. Psst! To commemorate the 50th anniversary, the Museum will be offering 50 cent admission for the entire day. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. $.50/person. All ages. Event details.

Freemont Oktoberfest
Back by popular demand, the Village at Freemont’s Oktoberfest will be open to all ages on Sunday. There will be face painting, crafts, bouncy houses, The Zucchini 500 (think zukes on wheels!), chainsaw pumpkin carving, food vendors and plenty of (root) beer. Plus, catch the popular Dogtoberfest contest at 3 p.m. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 to $30 (under 21 free with paying adult). All ages. Event details.

Bug Blast (pictured)
Get your bug on at this annual event at the Burke Museum. Examine bugs from the Burke’s collections, learn about beneficial bugs and enjoy buggy music, crafts and lots of creepy-crawly fun with The Reptile Man.  Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. (reptile shows start at 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.). Seattle. $7.50 to $10 (under 5 free). All ages. Event details.


Redmond Town Center Superhero Block Party
Calling all superheroes! Put on your cape and head to RTC for tons of superhero-themed activities. Meet everyday superheroes, test your endurance on the bouncy house and bouncy slide, pose in the Gotham photo booth, create a superhero mask and test your strength with agility games. There will also be face painting, balloon artistry and a rockin’ concert with Recess Monkey. Sat., noon-5 p.m. (Recess Monkey concert at 4 p.m.) Redmond. Free. All ages. Event details.

Shabbat Unplugged
Unplug from technology and plug into community and family at the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Every Shabbat Unplugged features a variety of activities open to the entire community including family yoga, a gym obstacle course, art projects and more. Sat., 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Mercer Island. Free. All ages. Event details.

Salmon SEEson in Issaquah
Take the fam to the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery to see the salmon return and to take a guided tour with a trained docent from Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery (FISH). Sat.-Sun. (weekends through Nov. 15). 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Issaquah. Free. All ages. Event details.

What fun things do you have planned this weekend? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy