Seafair’s planes, hydroplanes and ships, festivals of culture, art shows, fairs and renaissance theatre! Here’s what makes being in Seattle the first weekend in August so great!

Seafair Fleet Week, Hydroplane Races and Airshow
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 3, 4 and 5
Seattle, WA

Public tours of Naval, Coast Guard and Canadan military ships along the Seattle Waterfront. Plus, the Blue Angels and other planes perform in the Boeing Airshow and hydroplanes race on the water from Stan Sayres Pits at Genessee Park. For the entire August 3, 4 and 5 Seafair schedule, click HERE.

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival and African American Day Parade
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
August 3, 4 and 5
Judkins Park
2150 S Norman Street
Seattle, WA 98144

The spirit of the Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade is one that spans more than six decades. A tradition since the 1940s, Seattle has hosted the annual African American community festival and parade as a celebration of the city’s ethnic diversity. Umoja (“unity”) Fest African American Heritage Parade March will take place on Saturday, August 4 at 1:00pm. The parade will go from 23rd & Union to Judkins Park. There will be three days of musical entertainment of all varieties, children’s group performances, dance, oration national recording artists, food, bargains, and plenty of fun.

Magnolia Summerfest and Art Show
Friday and Saturday
August 3 and 4
Seattle (Magnolia), WA 98199

The festival includes the annual Art Show, the annual Merchants’ Sidewalk Sale, live music, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, pony rides, inflatable rides, clowns and magicians, and a beer garden. And, of course, the Seafair Parade and Kid’s Parade.

Sharks! Celebration
Saturday, August 4
5400 N Pearl St
Tacoma, WA 98407

Visitors can sink their teeth into a full menu of shark fun this Saturday at Sharks! The sharks will receive special treats to devour called enrichment. Special activities will be held in both the North and South Pacific Aquariums. In the South Pacific Aquarium, a shark feed is scheduled at 11:00am with the sharks chomping on some of their favorite treats. There will also be two divers down at 2:00pm at the North Pacific Aquarium. All Sharks! activities are FREE with admission.

Lake City Pioneer Days
Friday and Saturday
August 3 and 4
12345 30th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98125

It’s time to kick up your heels and have a great time! Street Fair, car show, vendor booths, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, pony rides, kids’ parade, salmon bake, model railroad, grand parade and lots more!

Sunday, August 5
Seattle Center
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The lively world of Brazilian arts and culture will fill Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style. This one-day extravaganza will offer continuous music, dance, workshops and performance that represent a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions as well as traditional folkloric performers. Experience all that this exuberant and vivid culture has to offer, from Capoeira demonstrations and workshops for all ages (Brazilian martial arts), Samba workshops, children’s activities (mask-making, painting), Brazilian instruments, arts and crafts, photo exhibits and films. BrasilFest is the first annual celebration of Brazilian culture in Washington State, drawing a significant audience.

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Saturday and Sunday
August 4 and 5
The Kelley Farm
20021 Old Sumner-Buckley Highway
Bonney Lake, WA 98391

Listen for the pounding of hooves as the Knights joust for Queen and Country, hear the BOOM of the Pirate’s cannon, join in with the Ale House Wenches for a song and a cold Ale! Watch the Puppets and the Magic and dance on the green with the Fairies! Come for a fun-filled weekend of interactive family fun!

Thurston County Fair
Wednesday – Sunday
August 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
3054 Carpenter Rd SE
Olympia, WA 98503

The annual fair is a community celebration that educates, promotes, and showcases the agricultural, business, industry, and home life of Thurston County citizens of all ages. Carnival, Home Arts, Hobbies, Entertainment, Baked Goods and more!