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What’s Good This Weekend | August 5–7

It's a big festival weekend — get out and enjoy the fun!

August 4, 2016

It's that time again: Seafair 2016 is in full swing this weekend. The Blue Angels are back, along with an array of fun activities. And, if you're looking to mix things up a bit, we've got some other great (FREE) events for you to check out this weekend as well! 

Featured Image Credit: flickr user Clemons Vasters/Creative Commons

All Weekend
Friday, August 5–Sunday, August 7


A Seattle tradition since 1950! Get ready for boats, planes, helicopters, kid activities, food, interactive booths and live music. Everything you expect from Seafair! (See more)

Time: 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. — all weekend
Location: Genesee Park/Lake Washington
Cost: Single-day Friday Pit Pass (with free pit tour) is $10; General one-day admission: $10–$30

Seattle Art Fair

Founded by Paul G. Allen, the Seattle Art Fair showcases vibrant culture and diversity in the PNW. Now in its second year, the fair features modern and contemporary art galleries. Enjoy special activities, performances and installations! (See more)

Time: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. — all weekend
Location: Century Link Field Event Center
Cost: $50 for entire weekend; $20 for one day, $5 19 and under; free for 65+ and children 12 and under with adult admission.

Magnolia Summerfest

Head to Magnolia this weekend for some fun in the sun! This Summerfest comes fully equipped with beer gardens, food trucks and music. Friday will feature an outdoor screening of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Continue the fun on Saturday with a parade, music, art and a teen carnival. Make it a three-day run on Sunday and attend the free Zumba workout, watch Polynesian dancers, and listen to more music. THERE’S EVEN A PET PARADE. (See more)

Time: See Event Schedule — all weekend
Location: West Magnoila Playfield 
Cost: FREE

Umoja Fest

A great event for the whole family! Umoja Fest will feature a parade, children activities, fashion, music, food and dancing to celebrate the African American community and African Diaspora culture in the Northwest. “Umoja” is a Swahili word meaning “unity” — the theme of the festival. (See More)

Time: See Event Schedule — all weekend
Location: Judkins Park and Playfield 
Cost: FREE

Friday, August 5

Movies in the Park: Jurassic World

Bring your chairs, blankees and plenty of snacks for this outdoor movie event. Movie starts at dusk but arrive early to scope out a good spot. (See more

TIme: 7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Location: Westlake Park
Cost: FREE

Saturday, August 6

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Premium entertainment for everyone! Take a trip over to the Renaissance Fair, any weekend this month (note: themes vary by weekend). This week's theme is Piratical Plunder — feel free to dress up. Camping is also an option. Free parking, animals welcome. Ahoy, maties! (See more)

Time: See event schedule and map
Location: The Kelley Farm, Booney Lake 
Cost: $21.04 for adult daypass; $39.97 for entire weekend; discounts available for children, students with ID, military and seniors. 

Lantern Ceremony

From Hiroshima to Hope is an annual peace event in Seattle that honors the atomic bombing victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Witness the beautiful sight of handmade paper lanterns floating across the lake in remembrance of the event’s 71st anniversary. Pre-program activities begin at 6:00 p.m., which include lantern calligraphy and folding of peace cranes. Music and speakers will also be present. Lanterns float at dusk. (See more)

Time: 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Location: Green Lake Park
Cost: FREE

Sunday, August 7

Anacortes Arts Festival 

Celebrating its sixth decade, the Anacortes Arts Festival showcases 250 diverse booth artisans along six blocks of the historic downtown, extending straight to the waterfront. There will be hands-on youth activities, plenty of food and three concert stages for music. This event runs all weekend. (See more)

Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Anacortes
Cost: FREE


Kelsey Hamlin

Kelsey Hamlin is a former intern with Spark Public (formerly What's Good 206). Hamlin attends the University of Washington, majoring in journalism and law, societies  and justice. She completed an internship with The Seattle Times as an Olympia legislative reporter and is currently interning with South Seattle Emerald as well. See her other work on her website, or find her on twitter @ItsKelseyHamlin.

Fun Fact: When Kelsey was three years old, she had to have emergency eye surgery after her eye swelled itself shut. To this day, the doctors have no idea what caused it.

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