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Redmond Derby Days children's parade

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Summer Festivals and Fairs in the Seattle area

Parades, fair food, rides, animals, entertainment, and more!

Summer 2024 is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy fair foods, community festivals, and all the entertainment (musical, theatrical, demos, and more) that go along with these special outings. The entire family will have an amazing and memorable time. Here is a list of family-friendly festivals and fairs that feature kid parades, art, cultural celebrations, delicious foods, live dance and music performances, kid activities, and much more.

Note: Some schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check the event website for the latest details.

Brasilfest Seattle Center Festal

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Summer Festivals and Fairs Near Me in Seattle

 

Seattle Festál Cultural Festivals

June 22-August 25

Experience the many cultures of the Pacific Northwest through Festál celebrations. Most of the festivals take place in the Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheater. They are free and open to the public. Here’s the line-up for June, July and August: 

For the year’s full line of cultural festivals and their times, visit seattlecenter.com/events

 

Fremont Fair

June 22-23

Kick off summer at the Fremont Fair with 2 stages of live music, 300+ craft vendors, beer gardens, art cars, and parades. The fair will have special activities for kids and families.

 

PhinneyWood Summer Arts Festival

June 23

Come see 80 local artisans, original crafts, art, and unique finds from local artisans. There will be live music, children’s activities, food trucks, and more. Join a workshop and get hands-on artistic experiences.

 

Northwest Flow Fest 

July 5-7

Northwest Flow Fest features a full day of workshops, performances, vendors, and more. The event is free, but you can pay to access all the workshops. This is a family-friendly event and welcomes all ages.

 

Ballard SeafoodFest

July 12-14

Experience the ultimate celebration of Ballard with live music, family fun, arts and crafts, food vendors, and seafood. Check out their Festi-Bowl all-ages skateboarding event at Ballard Commons Park.

Ballard Ballard Seafoodfest food vendor.

Photo credit: MyBallard

Wallingford Kiddie Parade

July 13

Everyone is welcome to join in the Wallingford Kiddie Parade fun. This is a Kiddie Parade, designed to bring amusement to kids of all ages! (Dogs are ok, too).

 

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival

July 13-14

SOTF consists of multiple theatre companies coming together in one park to present a full weekend of live and free theatre at Volunteer Park. There will be Shakespeare performances, play readings, and a youth Shakespeare workshop.

 

Seafair Indian Days Powwow

July 19-21

Join the 35th annual Seafair Indian Days Powwow, and enjoy competitive dancing, drumming, native dress, Native art for sale, food booths, and a daily salmon bake.

 

Bon Odori Festival

July 20-21

Bon Odori is a traditional summer festival that features Japanese food booths and refreshments, live music, taiko and martial arts performances, and craft exhibits and demonstrations.

 

Wing Luke Museum Jamfest

July 26

Join Wing Luke Museum’s annual summer JamFest and enjoy musicians, performers, and artists from the local Seattle area during an evening of live performances and family-focused activities.

 

Seafair Torchlight Parade 

July 27

There will be dragon dancers, precision drill teams or marching bands to prancing horses, local favorite sports teams, military bands, and the legendary Seafair Pirates. Live entertainment, food trucks and festivities begin at Westlake Park (1 p.m.)

 

Pista sa Nayon Festival 

July 28

This family-friendly event will feature performers, food, vendor booths, music, and more. Pista celebrates the very best of being Filipino. See the full schedule here.

 

Seafair Fleet Week 

July 30-August 4

The public is invited to a week of events where the public is invited to meet the sailors and guardsmen, enjoy free music, and take ship tours. During Seafair Fleet Week free ship tours will be available August 1st – 4th on Pier 46.

 

Magnolia Summerfest

August 2-4

Join the free 3-day festival filled with fun family activities, live music, a beer/wine garden, inflatable houses/rides, craft booths, and more. The annual Seafair parade welcomes all kids to join.

Magnolia Summerfest kids parade from 2023.

Photo credit: Magnoliasummerfest

 

Seafair Weekend Festival

August 2-4

Seafair Festival Weekend is a hydroplane racing event, air show, and festival all rolled into one. Features live music, delicious food and beverage options, and various family-friendly activities.

 

Jet Blast Bash at The Museum of Flight

August 3-4

The Museum’s annual Seafair weekend outdoor festival by the flight line offers fast planes, live music, food, and a beer garden with the closest seats in Seattle to see the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ takeoffs and landings.

 

Umoja Fest NW 

August 3-4

This two-day festival celebrates the best of the African American community and African Diaspora culture in the Northwest with music, food, culture, and family fun (a children’s village with performances, dance, and more).

 

South Lake Union Block Party

August 9

Join the South Lake Union Block Party, a free festival that features music, local food trucks, a beer and cocktail garden, lawn games, and a community fair with local businesses and organizations for all ages.

 

Othello Park International Festival

August 11

The Othello Park International Festival, a free family event, will feature music, dance, games, local food, and art activities as diverse as the cultures residing in the Valley.

 

Chinatown Block Party

August 17

Join this free daylong celebration of Asian American music, arts and culture. Two stages of live music/DJs (stay tuned!), yummy food vendors, arts and craft, shopping, and more. All ages are welcome to join.

 

Waterfront Block Party 

August 30

Friends of Waterfront Seattle invites you to the fourth annual Waterfront Block Party all along the Seattle downtown waterfront. Featuring live music, dance, parades, food trucks, family-friendly crafts, and more.

 

Great Wallingford Bratwurst Festival 

September 20-21

Enjoy live music from local musical acts and bands, great food and beverages, bouncy houses, a “Fun Zone” filled with games for kids with fun prizes, crafts, vendors, a sweet shop, and an outdoor beer garden.

 

St Demetrios Greek Festival 

September 27-29

Seattle tradition since 1960 bringing Greek food, music, dancing and culture to Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood. Families can head to the children’s area, which will have activities and games ideal for the younger guests.

 

Summer Festivals and Fairs Near Me on the Eastside

 

Children’s Business Fair

June 29

Youth4us brings the Redmond Children’s Business Fair, a free opportunity for children ages 6-15 to explore their passion, ideate, create a product of their interest, and launch their own business.

 

Japan Fair 2024

June 29-30

A two-day festival showcasing traditional and modern Japanese arts & culture, music, and technology. Live music, performances, workshops, and demonstrations.

 

Hopelink Neighborhood Fair

July 12

This Fair brings the community together with local food, kid-friendly activities, music, and dance performances. There will also be face painting, balloon twisting, caricature drawings, and spin art.

 

Redmond Derby Days

July 12-13

This free summer festival celebrates the Redmond Community. Featuring a kid’s bike parade and a grand parade, food and craft vendors, carnival rides, and ends with a lighted drone show.

 

Redmond Arts Festival

July 12-14

This three-day outdoor festival features artist booths, a community art project, kids’ chalk art, and live entertainment. The festival is produced in conjunction with Redmond’s Derby Days celebration.

 

Dirtfish Rally School Summerfest

July 20

Join the 6th Annual SummerFest, located at DirtFish Rally School. This event is family—and pet-friendly and features thrill rides, car shows, special guests, food trucks, a live DJ, and much more.

 

Downtown Block Party – North Bend

July 20

Come to this free summer festival that brings Snoqualmie Valley together. It features popular music and performances, a Kid Zone (always fun and fully free), a vendor fair, and a beer and wine garden.

 

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair

July 26-28

This fair features handmade crafts and art, free programming including BAM exhibitions, an online marketplace, a Kids Fair, food trucks, and more. The BAMboozle Stage features local music and dance for kids.

Agu and Mateo get creative with chalk at Bellevue Arts Fair

Agu and Mateo get creative with chalk at Bellevue Arts Fair

Ananda Mela Joyful Festival of India

July 27-28

The Ananda Mela Joyful Festival of India features Indian music, dance, games, face painting, food, and more. There will be plenty of inflatables and activities to engage children.

 

THING Festival at Remlinger Farms

August 9-11

A three-day family-friendly festival of music and arts that takes place at Remlinger Farms with diverse performers, food, petting zoos, amusement park, lantern parade and more for all ages.

 

Celebrate Woodinville Festival

August 10

This festival offers a pancake breakfast, a parade, a classic car show, and kids’ activities, bouncy houses, and more. Check out the Basset Bash to see which basset hound has the longest ears and loudest howl.

Celebrate Woodinville Festival annual Basset Bash contest

Photo credit: Celebrate Woodinville.

Summer Festivals and Fairs Near Me North Sound

 

Skandia Midsommarfest 

June 30

The annual Midsommarfest is a traditional Swedish celebration of the summer solstice at Saint Edward Park. This is a family-friendly event with flower crown making, lots of music, and performance dancing.

Skandia Midsommarfest presented by Skandia Folkdance Society

Photo credit: Skandia Folkdance Society

Salty Sea Days Festival 

July 12-13

The beloved tradition of Salty Sea Days is a summer block party in Downtown Everett. Featuring live music, a beer garden with Scuttlebutt Brewing, food trucks, and family-friendly activities.

 

AfroLatino Festival

July 13

Enjoy the cultural variety and musical diversity, with the participation of local musical groups and different rhythms, Salsa, Merengue, Jazz, Fusion, Reggae, Folklore Dancers, and more.

 

Mill Creek Festival and Street Fair

July 13-14

Join this annual street fair, featuring artist & vendor booths, food booths, community & main stages, and beer/wine gardens. The community stage will offer family-friendly activities and performances, see schedule here.

 

Wedgwood Art Festival 

July 13-14

Join a fun-filled weekend with more than 70 art booths, Seattle food trucks, Hellbent Brewery beer garden, face painting, free kid’s art activities, and more. Seattle firetruck will visit and let kids sit in the truck.

 

Tour de Terrace 

July 19-21

The community of Mountlake Terrace’s annual street fair includes carnival rides, music, a parade, a car show and more. Don’t miss the interactive showcase of the Army’s Mobile Usability Lab Exhibit.

 

Kla Ha Ya Days 

July 19-21

The City of Snohomish’s Kla Ha Ya Days, is a “good, old-fashioned” summer fair that includes a pancake breakfast, a Frogtastic Kids Fair, a car show, a parade, a balloon glow, a Street Fair and much more. Note, the carnival is from July 10 to July 14 and costs.

Kla Ha Ya Days Frogtastic Kids Fair arts and crafts from 2023

Photo credit: Kla Ha Ya Days Frogtastic Kids Fair

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire (5 weekends)

July 20-August 18

Cheer on brave & noble knights from all across Europe during the joust & battle performances, and enjoy the music of the times from world-renowned musical acts, improv comedy, and non-stop entertainment.

 

Lake City Festival and Parade

August 3

This annual festival features craft artists’ demonstrations, a car show, big trucks, a salmon bake, kids activities, and three parades, including a dog parade, a kids parade, and a grand parade.

 

Summer Farm Fest at Rooted Northwest

August 11

There will be lots to do for all ages including a kid’s booth with crafts, farm tours, workshops and crafts, photos with sunflowers, feed ducks, and much more. There will be fresh veggies, flowers, medicinal herbs, pigs, and chickens.

 

Celebrate Shoreline Festival

August 17

The festival features live music and shows on multiple stages, pony rides, children’s theater, toy workshop, hands-on activities, and a beer garden. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Lynnwood Luau Festival 

August 17

Come celebrate and embrace Hawaiian culture at this free summer festival. Live music, dance performances, and taste authentic Hawaiian food. This event is family-friendly and welcomes all ages.

 

Summer Festivals and Fairs Near Me South Sound

 

Kent Cornucopia Days 

July 12-14

Kent Cornucopia Days offers a variety of vendor booths, including homemade items, a food court, a grand parade, crafts and activities for the young ones, a car show, and live entertainment. View the full schedule and all locations here

 

Beacon Arts Street Fair

July 13, August 10, Sept 14

Join the Beacon Arts Street Fair every Second Saturday of each month through September. It features a pop-up market, family fun, garden workshops, live music, and more.

 

Covington Days Festival 

July 20-21

The festival kicks off with a parade, and then festival grounds come alive with arts and crafters, family activities, on-stage entertainment, inflatable toys, a watermelon eating contest, and more.

 

Waterland Festival in Des Moines

July 20-21

The Waterland Festival in Des Moines includes a Grand Parade, a Junior Parade, and the Wheels Car Show, along with food trucks, with live music and a beer garden.

 

Slimy Slug Fest at Northwest Trek

July 20-21

The event will include the popular human slug races, tentacle headbands crafts, slug trivia, and earning stamps for a passport by participating in slug activities throughout the wildlife park.

 

Renton River Days

July 26-28

This annual multi-day family festival features a variety of events, special features, arts and crafts, a parade, recreation, food trucks, and live entertainment for the whole family. check here for the schedule.

Renton River Days Parade.

Photo credit: The City of Renton.

Duwamish River Festival

August 3

Celebrate the diversity and the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River and enjoy interactive educational booths, youth art activities, free food, dancing, music, and hear from special guests.

 

Brick Fest Live 

August 10-11

At Brick Fest Live will be hosting over a million bricks – LEGO bricks. Bring your builders of all ages and see life-size LEGO models, engage with hands-on attractions, and build a Guinness World-Record Setting Mosaic.

 

BUFO – Burien UFO Festival

August 17

BUFO features live music, fun activities for kids, vendors and food trucks and much more. They will have a screening of the Burien Film Festival films. See the full schedule here.

 

Tukwila Hullabaloo Festival 

August 17

Join the first annual Hullabaloo, a community festival in Tukwila that celebrates unity with entertainment, delicious food, unique arts and crafts vendors, and fun games for all ages. More information coming closer to the date.

 

Summer Festivals and Fairs Near Me West of Seattle

Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach

July 6

The pirates will be landing around 1:30 p.m. with festivities beforehand. Once on the beach, the Pirates will entertain kids of all ages with treasures galore to share.

 

West Seattle Summer Fest

July 12-14

West Seattle’s 3-day summer festival features music, food, arts & crafts, a beer garden for 21+, and a kids area, including stem activities, “The Balloon Guy”, soccer area, a foam party, robotics and more.

 

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival 

July 19-21

This old-time tradition is perfect for the family. It is just a ferry ride away and has live music, a parade, a car show, the Reptile Man, family and kid zones, and more!

Photo credit: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Photo credit: Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber

Sequim Lavender Festival

July 19-21 (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)

Sequim celebrates all things lavender and offers the local community, and the many visitors free lavender farm tours, a street fair with artisan booths, live music, and food and community events.

 

Alki Beach Art Fair 

July 19-21

Alki Beach comes to life with artist booths, live music, interactive kid’s activities, food carts, and more at this family-friendly art fair. The art fair offers lots of fun and creative activities for kids.

 

Bremerton Blackberry Festival 

August 31 – September 2

The Blackberry Festival is the longest-running festival in the City of Bremerton. It celebrates all things “Blackberry.” It features entertainment, a beer garden, over 15 blackberry-themed foods, a kid’s stage, and a craft area on 2nd Street. Stroll along the many booths lining the Bremerton Boardwalk.

 

Seattle’s Child editorial assistant, Yulia Fiala, contributed to this article.

 

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