For 68 years the Lake City neighborhood has celebrated summer and its heritage with a festival. That makes it the second oldest in the city, and if you want to get technical, the festival started before Lake City became a part of Seattle in 1954. Not that you see anyone sporting “Free Lake City” bumper stickers on their vehicles, a la Ballard.
The Lake City Pioneer Days and Grand Parade take place Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th.
The traditional Salmon Bake is held on Friday from noon to 7 pm at the Lake City Community Center, located at 12531 29th Avenue NE.
A stage will be set up in the mini park on the corner of Lake City Way NE and NE 125th Street offering rock, folk and country rock music. A pizza eating contest takes place there at 3:45 pm.
Saturday night, the Rotary Kids Parade begins at 6 pm and the Grand Parade begins at 7 pm. The parade route runs from NE 135th Street to NE 123rd Street along Lake City Way NE.
There will be pony rides for the kids, and the local Seattle Gymnastics Academy will host a free Somersault City, “a gymnastic obstacle course for children 2-12 years of age.”
Basically, there’s plenty of old-fashioned fun for the whole family at this event.