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Your Ultimate Family Play List for August 2021

Best summer events and activities for Seattle-area families

Devon Hammer

Published on: July 30, 2021

boy holding a frog with a creek and other kids in the background

Summer days are long, but the months are short. Pack in some more family fun this August before it’s back to alarm clocks and set schedules. Our summer redo continues to deliver with more annual festivals, beloved fairs and outdoor entertainments returning. Rejoice in warm-weather merriment while you still can!

Jam out before naptime at Kirkland’s summer Kids’ Concerts, happening on three Tuesdays, Aug. 3–17, at 10 a.m. at wonderful Juanita Beach Park. Catch kiddie faves The Brian Waite Band (Aug. 3), Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth (Aug. 10) and The Not-Its! (Aug. 17). Free. 

Enjoy the expansive waterfront views from Point Ruston while shopping for handmade goods, snacking on delicious food and celebrating all things summer. Tacoma Spring Fest returns for 2021 as Tacoma Summer Fest, Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 7–8. Free. 

Celebrate and support our African American community at Umoja Fest, featuring a parade and march, music, culture, yummy food and kids’ fun. The march starts at 23rd and Union and ends at Jimi Hendrix Park, where the rest of the festivities take place. Saturday, Aug. 7. 

Book a short foot-ferry ride to unique Jetty Island. This human-made sandy beach paradise is the perfect place to spend a warm summer day. Ferry runs Wednesday–Sunday through Sept. 5. $3 per person, 2 and younger free. 

Enjoy a classic Shakespeare tale while lounging at a Seattle-area park. GreenStage presents tons of outdoor, family-friendly performances for free. Through Aug. 14; check online for times and locations. 

Meeker Days Art and Music Festival is back this year in downtown Puyallup and Pioneer Park. Enjoy live music, bouncy houses, tasty fair food and family fun aplenty. Friday–Sunday, Aug. 13–15.. Free. 

Come by Redmond Town Center to check out incredible chalk art at the Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest. Stick around for live music and kids’ activities. Friday–Sunday, Aug. 13–15. Free. Editor's note: We just learned this event has been canceled due to the resurgence of COVID cases.

Pack your picnic lunch and jam with the fam. Turn up for Auburn’s adorably named Peanut Butter & Jam! concert series at Les Gove Park. Wednesdays at noon, through Aug. 18. Free. 

Cool off in a dark theater while watching a free matinee. North Bend Theatre screens kids’ movies Wednesday–Friday at noon, through Aug. 27. Check the website for what’s playing. Show up early for first-come, first-served entry. 

Celebrate local food and sustainable living at the Chomp! Festival at Marymoor Park. Families will enjoy live music (Caspar Babypants!), hands-on activities and more. Saturday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free. 

Ease into camping at this supported overnight camping experience at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place. Your ticket includes meals, kid-friendly activities and an outdoor showing of the movie “Raya and the Last Dragon.” Bring your own tent and gear. Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 21–22. $25 per adult, $20 per child, 1 and younger free. Preregister. 

Another beloved summer staple is back! The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe offers a carnival, competitive livestock exhibits, fair food and lots more family fun, Aug. 26–Sept. 6. Prices TBA. 

Take your little train conductor to delight in all things trains at Snoqualmie Railroad Days. Check out a century-old steam engine, watch the parade and more. Saturday–Sunday, Aug. 28–29. Free. 

See the historic Mary Olson Farm in a whole new light when the Lusio Lights Festival presents its light-art installations at the farm. Friday–Saturday, Aug. 27–28, 7–11 p.m. LED light-up attire encouraged! Free. 

Frolic with frogs at a 5,000-year-old peat bog. Shadow Lake Nature Preserve presents its annual Frog Frolic, featuring kids’ crafts and activities, a bog scavenger hunt, live music and more. Saturday, Aug. 28, 1–4 p.m. Free. 

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