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Weekend Event Picks: Festivals, Beach Naturalists, Torchlight Parade

Hey, what's that in the sky? It looks like the sun (at least for the moment)! There's so much going on this weekend, from Bellevue's big three-festival arts blowout, to Hispanic, Indian and Filipino cultural festivals, to Kirkland's classic car show and more.

See a full list of weekend festivals here. Plus:


Beach Naturalists

Summer low tides are a great chance for kids to learn about the thousands upon thousands of small creatures that live in the intertidal zone. The Seattle Aquarium's beach naturalist program puts well-trained volunteers on local beaches during low tides to help visitors identify sea stars, jellies, nudibranchs, crabs and the occasional octopus -- and to show them how to interact with them without harming them.

Naturalists will be at nine beaches this weekend: Richmond Beach in Shoreline; Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, Lincoln Park, South Alki, and Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle; and Des Moines Beach Park, Redondo Beach and Seahurst in Des Moines.

Saturday, July 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.;  Sunday, July 31, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. // Free  // All ages // Info

Seafair Torchlight Parade

Stake your curbside spot early (and we mean early) in downtown Seattle for one of Seafair's biggest to-dos, a procession of drill teams, giant balloons, Seafair princesses and pirates, community groups and Grand Marshall Drew Carey. Taste of Torchlight -- a chance to meet parade participants and take a close-up look at the floats -- happens between 2-6 p.m.

Saturday, July 30, parade at 7:30 p.m. //  All ages // Info

KiteFest 2011

Kitophile families flock to Kite Hill at Magnuson Park for the annual kite celebration in Seattle -- fly a kite, watch stunt-kite demos, visit the kite-building booth, enjoy music and storytelling, and get information about wellness from local orgs.

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. // Free // 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle // All ages // Info

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