Blue Angels, Seaplanes and More: Seafair Weekend Festival and Other Fun Around Seattle


What happens August 5-11?

Puget Sound’s Unofficial Summer Vacation, Sea party weekend Festivalreturns this year for the first time since 2019 to cap off a summer full of Seafair events – and this year it will be bigger than ever!

Perhaps the biggest update from the Seafair Weekend Festival this summer is the launch of the Blue Angels’ F/A-18 Super Hornet, the Navy’s newest jet billed as “bigger, louder and faster.” than ever “. The Super Hornet won’t be the only new aircraft making its debut, but keep an eye out for the US Navy’s new C-130 J Hercules, affectionately nicknamed the Fat Albert.

This Seafair Weekend also marks the 75th anniversary of the US Air Force, and the F-35 Lightning II Demonstration Team will make a rare appearance to commemorate the anniversary.

As for crowd favourites, this year’s Seafair Weekend will once again feature the Boeing Seafair Air Show, HomeStreet Bank Cup (where seaplanes run at speeds over 220 mph), Seafair Log Pole, a family entertainment zone and more. Additionally, the Golden Knights (the US Army Parachute Team) will return to fall from the sky once again.

“It is only fitting that with the return of Seafair Weekend in 2022, we are also bringing back the Golden Knights to showcase the skills and professionalism of your U.S. Army,” said Lt. Col. Lee Spencer Wallace, Commanding Officer from the Seattle Army Recruiting Battalion, in a press release, adding that the Army will be represented both in the air and on the ground at this year’s festival.

For the 2022 Boeing Seafair Air Show, the Golden Knights landing zone will be located at Genesee Park (4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle), renamed Alaska Airlines Park during Seafair Weekend. Fans will have the opportunity to help the Golden Knights pack their parachutes, as well as a meet and greet with members of the display team. Also at the park, visitors can experience local food, music, wakeboarding, cars and more.

If you can’t make it to the lake, tune in to KONG TV to watch live coverage of the races and air show. On the radio, tune into 88.9 FM The Bridge for Log Boom Radio, Mercer Island High School’s radio station, which will be broadcasting all weekend.

The Seafair Weekend Festival will take place August 5-7 on the shores and waters of Lake Washington. Find more information on:

What else is going on

Here are some other events happening August 5-11 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to [email protected]

Bakers Against Racism Citywide Bake Sale – August 4-7

Bakers Against Racism is hosting a bake sale to benefit abortion access with more than 14 bakeries and restaurants, including Seattle favorites such as Temple Pastries, Cafe Besalu and Mamnoon. The event kicks off at 4 p.m. on August 4 at The Pastry Project. Free. 165 S. Main St., Seattle;

Going All City – August 4-7

Artists from across the United States and Mexico will come together for a four-day painting event to create more than 30 murals throughout the city of Everett. This family event will provide an opportunity to meet the artists, watch graffiti art battles, enjoy music, food trucks, a children’s mural and more. Free. Downtown Everett;

South Lake Union Block Party – August 5

After a two-year hiatus, the South Lake Union Block Party returns from noon to 11 p.m. Browse booths hosted by 50 local businesses, take part in a printmaking workshop hosted by Partners in Print, sample local food and drink, and play with local bands. Free. 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle;

Magnolia Summerfest — August 5-7

Enjoy this three-day festival focused on volunteering, family activities
and responding to local needs. The festival will include live music, an outdoor movie, bouncy houses, children’s games, food trucks and more. 2518 34th Ave W., Seattle;

BritCon – August 5-7

BritCon 2022 features a reunion of the cast and creative team of the 1996 TV movie ‘Doctor Who’, the North West premiere of the documentary ‘Doctor Who Am I’, British Steampunk, panels and programming showcasing aspects of the media and popular British culture and more. Register on line; prices vary. 300 112th Ave SE, Bellevue;

From Hiroshima to Hope – August 6

Lanterns will illuminate Green Lake at From Hiroshima to Hope on August 6, the 77th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The event honors the victims of the atomic bombings and all victims of violence. Pre-program activities (including lantern preparation) will begin at 6 p.m. The Reverend Dr. Kelle J. Brown of Plymouth Church will open the program at 7 p.m. with a blessing, and Tara Villalba, a nuclear disarmament campaigner from the North West, serves as emcee. Free. the northwest shore of Green Lake at West Green Lake Drive North and Stone Avenue North; 206-928-2590; from

IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Indigenous Arts Exhibition and Northwest Indigenous Festival 2022 — August 6

Washington State Museum of History, Tacoma Museum of Art and Museum of Glass Present 17th Annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival, Celebrating Diverse Cultures natives of our region. Shop for crafts and art; watch performances by Indigenous singers, dancers and musicians; participate in artistic creation; watch the fashion show of indigenous designers at the TAM; and more. Free. 1701 Pacific Ave, Tacoma; 253-272-4258;

Jet Blast Bash – August 6-7

Join the Museum of Flight’s annual Seafair Weekend open-air festival line, featuring fast planes, activities, meet-and-greets, history talks, music, food and more with the hottest seats. relatives in Seattle of the Blue Angels. take-offs and landings 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with admission to the museum. 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle; 206-764-5700;

Hansel and Gretel — August 6-7

StoryBook Theater presents a series of free outdoor theatrical performances of “Hansel & Gretel” beginning at 11 a.m. on August 6 and 7 at the Bellevue Youth Theater amphitheater. The original musical, aimed at children ages 3 to 10 and their families, follows two rowdy siblings who get lost in the forest and the devious chef they encounter along the way. Free. Location varies;

Camp — August 6-7

San Juan Island National Historical Park hosts this multi-day living history program where visitors get a glimpse of the past as living history interpreters dressed in period clothing represent employees of the Company of Hudson’s Bay, American soldiers and British Royal Marines from the mid-1800s. See demonstrations of mid-19th century looms, metalworking, fur trade and games. Free. 3905 West Valley Road, Friday Harbor; 360-268-4698;

Argosy Cruises Seafair Blue Angels Viewing Cruise — August 7

Watch the Boeing Air Show from the water from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy stunts and aerobatics performed by multiple jet teams, including the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels, plus a live DJ and a full service bar ready with drinks, snacks and pre-packaged food for purchase. To buy tickets on line; $150. Departs from AGC Marina on South Lake Union; 206-623-1445;

Jazz in the Garden — August 9

Bring a picnic and listen to the sounds of the Emerald City Jazz Ensemble floating in the Kubota Garden. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. 9817 55th Ave S., Seattle; 206-684-4584;


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