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Weekend Event Picks: Festivals, Beach Naturalists, Torchlight Parade

Published on: December 30, 2013

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:

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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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