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Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

A month-by-month guide to the best Seattle-area events with kids

Published on: January 09, 2019

Every Family's Northwest Bucket List

Salmon at Ballard Locks
Salmon-viewing at the Ballard Locks. Credit: Ingrid Taylor via Flickr CC


  • Chamber Creek Park Kite Festival. There's flying a kite in the park and then there's this annual gathering of serious kite enthusiasts, showing off their skills and leading the first 250 kids who show up in free kite-making.
  • Umoja Fest. This Seafair-sanctioned community festival celebrates the local music, food, dance, fashion and families with roots in the African diaspora.
  • Evergreen State Fair. In late August and early September, the fair in Monroe revs into action with animals on display, midway rides and the rodeo. 
  • Salmon-watching at Ballard Locks. From July to October (best viewing in August and September), the fish ladder at the locks offers a spectacular view into the life cycle of our iconic fish. 

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