Great festivals and free movie showings happening this weekend and don’t forget about the Bite of Seattle happening as well. They’ll even have the Nintendo Switch Road Trip Truck visiting! Have a fantastic weekend everyone.
Make sure to check out these fun ideas around the Northwest:
- Fairs & Festivals in the PNW: Puget Sound Edition 2019
- 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!
- Family Concerts: Carnival of the Animals – Seattle; $6 (reg. $12)
- The Little Mermaid Jr – Newcastle; $6.50 – $7.50 (reg. $13 – $15)
- AMC – Multiple Locations; $9 (reg. $13.50)
- Comedy Sportz – Seattle; $7.75 (reg. $15.50)
- 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.
- Portland Timbers 2 Soccer – Portland; $6 (reg. $10)
- Find more Cheap Event Tickets for Portland area on Goldstar HERE.
Things To Do in Seattle Area
Friday, July 19th, 2019
Bite of Seattle – Seattle; 11am – 9pm; Free; 60 or more restaurants, five entertainment stages, family fun zone, and more.
Capital Lakefair – Olympia; Noon – 10pm; Free; Food, crafts, vendors, entertainment, carnival w/fee, parade, car show, and more. July 20th is kids day featuring entertainment and activities.
Sequim Lavender Festival – Sequim; 9am – 5pm; Free; All things celebrating lavender. Crafts, food court, live music, and more.
Northwest Raspberry Festival – Lynden; 10am – 8pm; Free; Music stages, food court, ice cream, raspberries, yum! They’ll have a kids zone with games and activities.
Family Pop-Up Play in the Park – Redmond; 10am – 1pm; Free; Family-friendly games, activities, and fun in the park.
Free Friday Night – Everett; 5:30pm – 9pm; Free; Enjoy free admission to the Imagine Children’s Museum.
Outdoor Movies Cascade Playground – Seattle; 6pm – 11pm; Free; Pre-movie activities at 6pm the movie begins at dusk. They’ll be playing the Disney Movie Up.
Dig Fun Fridays -Tacoma; 10am – 1pm; Free w/suggested $3 donation; Drop-in at the conservatory for dino-related activities.
Summer Bash & Movies in the Park – Tacoma; 7pm; Free; Bring snacks, blankets, lawn chairs and enjoy a movie together in the park. They’ll have pre-show activities at 7pm and movie begins at dusk. They’ll be playing Disney’s The Incredibles 2.
Live at Lunch Concert Series – Bellevue; Noon – 1:30pm; Free; Enjoy free live music with the family.
Community Kite Painting – Seattle; Noon – 2pm; Free; Paint a kite to be included in Freeway Park’s Annual Art Kite Installation.
Garden Tots – Shoreline; 10am – 1pm; $10 per family; Fun nature exploration in the garden. Simple plant activity and craft project. This weekends theme is lovely ladybugs.
Mommy Matinees at the Movies – Seattle; 9:30am; Children 5 and Under Free, Adult tickets are Matinee Pricing; Every Friday you can 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.
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
Awesome Kids Day – Burien; 10am – 2pm; Free; Educatioal activities, bouncy houses, games, face painting, healthy treats, and a live concert.
Renton History Museum – Renton; 10am – 4pm; Free; Enjoy free admission to the museum.
Kids’ Club: Paint Garden Rocks – Seattle; 10am – 2pm; $5; Paint your very own rocks for your garden.
Family Flick – Tacoma; 10am – Noon; Free; Take the family to watch a movie at The Grand Cinema! Movies start at 10am and seats are first-come, first-served. They’ll be showing Space Jam!
SandBlast Festival of the Arts – Duvall; Noon – 8pm; Free; Live music, artist booths, sand sculptures and more.
Food Truck Festival – Tacoma; Noon – 7:30pm; Free; Plenty of food trucks to choose from such as Boss Mama’s Kitchen and HamHock Jones Soul Shackk to name a few.
Covington Days Festival – Covington; 10am – 7pm; Free; Two-day summer festival with a parade, vendor booths, food, live music, a kids zone, and a watermelon eating contest!
Cinema Under the Stars – Seattle; 7:30pm – 10:30pm; Free; Enjoy a free showing of the movie Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Columbia Park.
Visit the Burke Museum – Tacoma; 10am – 1pm; Free w/$3 suggested donation; Check out specimens, objects, artifacts, and more.
Redmond Saturday Market – Redmond; 9am – 3pm; Free; Farm-fresh family fun to be had at the market. They have local farmers, gardeners, artists, crafts, food, and more.
Mary Olson Farm Day – Kent; Noon – 5pm; Free; Your family can take a trip back in time while meeting cows, chickens, and mini donkeys. Pack a picnic to enjoy while visiting.
Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Fremont Sunday Market – Seattle; 10am – 4pm; Free; Fun European-style street market with food trucks, handcrafts, produce and more.
Auburn Farmers Market – Auburn; 10am – 3pm; Free; Shop for fresh foods, enjoy live entertainment, activities, and demonstrations.
Sunday Public Sail – Seattle; 10am – 4pm; Free; Center for Wooden Boats offers 45-minute rides on Lake Union. Sign up for a slot in person. They have several trips throughout the day.
Alki Point Lighthouse Tours – Seattle; 1pm – 4pm; Free; Get a chance to look inside a lighthouse. Children ages 7 and younger are allowed to visit the landing, but only 8 and older can visit the top. This will be open now from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Ballard Farmers Market – Seattle; 10am – 3pm; Free; Do some shopping, get some fresh vegetables and fruits. Maybe even try some of the food!
Things to Do in the Portland Area
Friday, July 19th, 2019
2019 Gresham Arts Festival – Gresham; 6pm – 10pm; Free; This 2-day event has so much going on both days! Sunday is Art Under the Stars featuring a concert with The Norman “Boogie Cat” Sylvester Band and more. Then Saturday is kids village from 9am – 5pm along with a few other things. Check out the schedule.
West Linn Old Tiem Fair – West Linn; Time Varies Each Day; Free; 3-day weekend fair with various activities to enjoy as a family such as food booths, entertainment, music, parade, car show, old-time baseball game.
Robin Hood Festival – Sherwood; Time Varies Each Day; Free; They’ll have food vendors, parade, a family stage for performances, garage sale, petting zoo and so much more to discover during this 3-day festival.
Shaba-lah Family Shabbat BBQ – Portland; 3:30pm; $15 per family; Bring your family or child at camp for a special Shabbat. Shabbat will be set to the theme of camp with stories, songs, and more.
Portland Parks Ladybug Walk – Portland; 10am – 11:15am; $3 – $8 (sliding scale); Get a chance to introduce plants, insects, creeks, birds, and animals to your children during this walk.
Toddler Time – Portland; 10am -11am; $5; Toddler morning time bring them in to craft a little something special.
Tillamook Forest Center Programs – Tillamook; 11:30am – 2pm; Free; Two different themed time slots. 11:30am – Noon is Bald Eagles. Learning all about this beautiful animal. The 1:30pm – 2pm is Skullduggery. Learning about how pirates are not the only skull enthusiasts. Learning all about clues skulls give you to in an animals identity.
KiLoFriDay Ft. Zazzy Zoe and Mr. Ben – Portland; 5pm – 6pm; $10 per family; Enjoy live children’s music.
Saturday, July 20th, 2019
46th Annual Troutdale SummerFest – Troutdale; 10am – 4pm; Free, $5 kids activities bracelet; Parade, entertainment, food, family fun, game booths, and more!
NW Family Concert & Instrument Zoo – Portland; 10am – Noon; Free; Fun instrument petting zoo for kids and families! As well as a family concert!
Fairy House Crafting – Portland; 9am – 1pm; $10; Make a fun fairy house! Don’t forget to head downstairs after crafting to get a special Fairy Hair at Village Kids.
Mary Charlotte’s Garden Party – Eagle Creek; 1pm – 4pm; $5 per person or $20 per family; Celebration of Phillip Fosters wife Mary Charlotte. They’ll be reenacting the wedding of his son. Set in the 1860s, you can do pictures, try some authentic pioneer refreshments, explore fashions, and more.
POP (Power of Produce) Club – Portland; 9am – 12:30pm; Free; Fun kids program to help kids make healthy food choices.
Pearson Education Center – Vancouver; 10am – 5pm; Free; Open Saturday is this weekend at the Pearson Field Education Center. The youth of all ages can experience STEM education through aviation.
Sunday, July 21st, 2019
Sunday Family Matinee – Portland; 10am – 11am; Free; Enjoy a family showing of the movie How to Train Your Dragon.
Drop-in Exploration Day: Animal Tracks – Sherwood; Noon – 2pm; Free; Free activities and crafts in the environmental education classroom. Explore animals and plants.
Tillamook Forest Center Programs – Tillamook; 11:30am – 2pm; Free; Two different themed time slots. 11:30am – Noon is Scared of bats. They’ll talk more about these fascinating creatures. Then 1:30 – 2pm is Bald Eagles. Learn about these amazing birds.
Summer Movie Express at Regal Theaters – Various Locations; Enjoy an array of fun movies this summer for just $1 a ticket. Check out our post for more detailed information.
Bank of America Museum Admission – Various Locations; Any cardholders with Bank of America can enjoy FREE admission to various museums! Check out the list in your state to check out which museums are participating.
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.