We have a bunch of fun things to attend this week with the family. Including a few festivals, fairs and movies in the park! Don’t forget to check out our posts for NW Summer Outdoor Movies and Fairs and Festivals in the Pacific NW to few our complete list.
Make sure to check out these fun ideas around the Northwest:
- Fairs & Festivals in the Pacific Northwest 2018
- Portland Staycation Ideas
- Seattle Staycation Ideas
- NW Weekend Getaway Ideas on a Budget (updated weekly)
And if you find a fun, frugal event that’s not listed, feel free to leave a comment so we can add that event to our list.
Cheap Event Tickets for Seattle Area
Head to Goldstar and select Family events to easily find these. Some of the tickets sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to buy ahead if you see an event your family would want to attend!
- Peter Pan – Redmond; Comp – $7.50 (reg. $15)
- The Little Mermaid Jr – Redmond; Comp – $$7.50 (reg. $15)
- AMC Yellow Tickets – Anywhere Except CA, NY, NJ; $9
- Dance This – Seattle; $10 (reg. $18)
- Discount Mariners Game Tickets – Seattle; starting at $20!
- The Great Inflatable Race – Issaquah; $19
- Baby Fest! Seattle’s Biggest Baby Shower – Seattle; Comp – $12.50 (reg. $15 -$25)
- Vernardos Circus: High Flying Fun – Tacoma & Lake Stevens; $12.50 (reg. $25)
- Find more Cheap Event Tickets for Seattle area on Goldstar HERE.
Cheap Event Tickets for Portland Area
Head to Goldstar and select Family events to easily find these.
- Improv for Kids – Portland; Comp – $4-$6(reg. $8 – $12)
- Portland Pickles – Portland; $13.35
- Portland Thorns FC: National Women’s Soccer League – Portland; $11 – $16 (reg. $15 – $21)
- Portland Timbers 2 Soccer – Portland; $6 – $15
- Willy Wonka Jr – Camas; $5 – $6
- Find more Cheap Event Tickets for Portland area on Goldstar HERE.
Things To Do in Seattle Area
Friday, July 13th, 2018
West Seattle Summer Festival – Seattle; 10am – 6pm; Free; This 3-day-event will feature music, crafts, vendors, kids area and more.
Tiptoe Through the Tidepools – Tacoma; 11am – 2pm; Free; Explore the beach with the family during low tide.
Seussical KIDS – Seattle; Noon; Free; Enjoy a musical adventure into the world of Dr. Seuss every Friday now through August 10th.
Community Kite Painting – Seattle; 12pm – 2pm; Free; Attend this free event to paint a kite now through August 24th and be included in the Freeway Parks 6th Annual Kite Installation.
Capital Lakefair – Olympia; Noon – 11pm; Free; Food, arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, carnival (fee), parade, and more. No pets. Foods, vendors, entertainment, parade and more. Pets are not allowed. The carnival part does have a fee.
Summer Bash & Movies in the Park – Tacoma; 5pm; Free; Enjoy a movie in the park! This weekends movie is Coco, which begins at dusk. Activities before the show start at 5pm.
Outdoor Movies at Cascade Playground – Seattle; 6pm – 11pm; Free; Show up at 6pm and enjoy some activities before the movie. The movie this week is Wonder Woman and it begins at dusk.
Redmond Art Festival – Redmond; Noon – 8pm; Free; Shop 80+ designers, craftspeople, jewelry and more. Plus they’ll have live music, activities for children and more.
Explore the Beach with Naturalists – Seattle; 9:30am – 1:30pm; Free; Join volunteers during the low tides and learn about the different marine plants and animals. Check out the link to find out what beach locations.
Sailing on the E-Scow – Seattle; 5:30 pm; Free; Every Friday from June to September you can out and enjoy a nice little boat ride with the family.
Open Art Studio – Seattle; 10 am – 5 pm; $15 age 6 and older, $10 age 5 and younger; This sounds like fun to do, they even provide the materials! I have to admit I’m interested in checking out this “splatter” room they have.
Gage Art Studio – Seattle; 4 pm – 7 pm; Free; Your teens will get to learn and engage in new techniques of art and be creative. You’ll want to pre-register for this workshop.
Mommy Matinees at the Movies – Seattle; 9:30 am; Children 5 and Under Free, Adult tickets are Matinee Pricing; Every Friday show up with your young children and don’t have to worry about interrupting anyone with a crying or antsy little one. Actually, enjoy yourself, worry-free. Current movies playing!
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
Viking Days – Seattle; 11am – 9am – 5pm; Free; Enjoy a pancake Swedish pancake breakfast, viking marketplace, Scandinavian entertainment, food and more.
PopUp StoryWalk – Woodinville; All Day; Free; Now through July 15th you can stroll along the trail at Brightwater with the family and read the story The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield on post boards throughout. Great way to introduce reading and exercise to your children!
Wedgewood Art Festival – Seattle; 10am – 5pm; Free; This weekend enjoy this art festival with vendors, entertainment, children activities and food trucks.
2018 Goatalympics – Monroe; 10am – 4pm; $2 Suggested Donation; Watch or participate in activities and contests featuring goats!
Mercer Island Summer Celebration – Mercer Island; 10am – 7pm; Free; Bunch of various activities to enjoy during this celebration like live music, crafts, inflatables, food trucks and much more. Also a Luau on the Lake 6:30pm to 10pm, fireworks at 10:15pm.
Ballard Seafood Festival – Seattle; 11am – 11pm; Free; This is a 3-day-event featuring crafts, food, entertainment and kids activities. They do have a small fee for some activities.
Dragon Fest – Seattle; Noon – 8pm; Free; This 2-day-event will feature lion and dragon dances, drumming, martial arts to name just a few.
Wallingford Family Parade – Seattle; 11am; Free; Enjoy a parade with the family, it begins at the corner of Interlake Avenue & North 45th Street.
Drop-in Skateboarding Lessons – Seattle; 10am – Noon; Free; Free drop-in skateboarding lessons for children 12 and younger. Spots are on a first come first serve basis. Check out the link for location and other days/times.
Summer Music Festival – Seattle; 11am – 1pm; Free; Enjoy Childrens music from The Harmonica Pocket.
Alki Point Lighthouse – Seattle; 1pm – 4pm; Free; Take a tour inside a functioning lighthouse. Only 7 and older are allowed to go inside.
Saturday Farmers Market – Anacortes; 9 am – 2 pm; Free; Come rain or shine to enjoy live music while browsing fresh vegetables, hot food, and kids activities. Dogs are welcome too. Click here if you want to check and see if you have a Farmer’s Market in your area that maybe we don’t have listed.
Lawn Yoga – Seattle; 11 am – Noon; Free; This would be a nice relaxing thing to do with family, they even provide the mats. It also looks like they’re doing it every Saturday in June!
Sunday, July 15th, 2018
LA Conner Live Summer Concert – LA Conner; 1 pm – 4 pm; Free; Meet up with the family and enjoy a free live concert every Sunday during the summer. This Sunday they’ll have roots, blues n soul original music from Janie Cribbs and the T Rust Band.
Sunday Public Sail – Seattle; 10 am – 3 pm; Free; Enjoy a nice 45-minute boat ride. Sign up for a slot in person, they have several trips throughout the day and space is limited.
Things to Do in the Portland Area
Friday, July 13th, 2018
Waterfest Family Picnic – Junction City; Noon – 5pm; Donations Suggested; World Wheelchair Sports will be hosting this year’s event. People with physical disabilities can try sailing, paddle-boarding, swimming, fishing, tubing, and also enjoy a BBQ. Space is limited so RSVP ASAP to assure your spot. Call (541)-521-2876 or (616)-990-3621.
Wilshire Park Movie – Portland; 6:30pm; Free; Enjoy a free showing of the movie The Secret Life of Pets.
Lady Bug Nature Walks – Portland; 10 am; $3-$8 per child (sliding scale); Take your 2-6-year-olds on a nature walk to discover trees, plants, insects, animals, and much more.
Saturday, July 14th, 2018
2018 Mississippi Street Fair – Portland; 10am – 9pm; Free; Enjoy vendors, food, bands, dunk tank and more.
9th Annual First City Celebration – Oregon City; 11am – 8pm; Free; Fun family friendly event with music, food, vendors to name a few things. They’ll even have a kids zone!
2018 ArtSplash Art Show – Tualatin; 11am – 8pm; Free; This 3-day-event will feature artists, live music, kids art activities and more.
Champoeg Barn Dance – Saint Paul; 5pm – 8:30pm; Free; Listen to foot-stomping music, dance traditional folk dances as someone teaches it to you.
Movies in the Park – Milwaukie; 8:30pm; Free; Enjoy a showing this weekend of the newer Disney movie Beauty and the Beast. Bring a picnic and a blanket if you’d like! They will have Zappo’s Pizza and Kona Ice for purchase as well.
Movies in Glenhaven Park -Portland; 6:30pm; Free; Enjoy a free showing of the movie Star Wards: The Last Jedi at dusk. Before the movie enjoy a concert that starts at 6:30pm.
Open Saturdays at Philip Foster Farm – Eagle Creek; 11 am – 4 pm; $5 per person, or $20 per family; This event sounds fun and educational about pioneer life. Explore and learn all about the Oregon Trail. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to make it even more exciting!
POP Club (Power of Produce) – Portland; 9 am – 12:30 pm; Free; This is definitely a great way to get a little education into your day while school is out for summer. This runs every Saturday from June to September 1st. Children will get to participate in activities based on foods.
Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Summer Days in Dairyville – Portland; 1pm – 4pm; Free; Every Sunday now until August 26 you can attend and explore this wonderful event! You can explore a western themed town, pioneer exhibit and more! Just don’t forget to stop at the Ice Cream Parlor to enjoy some ice cream before you leave.
Sunday Family Matinee – Beaverton; 2pm – 4pm; Free; Enjoy a free showing of Peter Rabbit at the Beaverton City Library auditorium.
Art Spot Stay and Play – Portland; 9am – 1pm; $10 first child, $8 each additional child; If your feeling artsy this weekend, head here for a few hours of drawing, painting and more. It’s basically a child’s art playground!
Monday, July 9th, 2018
Golf for Kids – Portland; 7am – 3pm; Free; Every Monday in the summer beginning June 25th kids can golf for free!
Adventure Play Summer Camp – Portland; 9am – 3pm; Free; Children can enjoy open-ended outdoor play. Beginning July 9th through the 13th.
Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
Twilight Tuesday Oregon Zoo – Portland; 5pm – 8pm; $5; Experience the zoo in the evening with activities for kids, food, live music, animal events to name just a few!
Barnes & Noble Saturday Storytime Enter your zip code to see special storytime events at your local Barnes & Noble store.
Michaels’ Kids Club – every Saturday from 10am-noon; $2 for children ages 3 and up with all supplies included. There are also special projects for spring break. Check your local Michael’s store to see if they are participating in this weeks’ project.
Lakeshore Learning Stores– every Saturday from 11am-3pm there are fun free crafts at Lakeshore Learning Stores for ages 3 and up. Check with your local store to see if they are participating.