A guide to Seafair Weekend Festival 2023

The Blue Angels, hydroplane races, and more


Each hydroplane can hit about 220 mph during their races.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

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It’s almost August, which means we’re getting even closer to one of the biggest weekend festivals in Seattle — Seafair.

Even though there are a few activities beforehand, the main Seafair events will happen between Friday, Aug. 4-Sunday, Aug. 6 on Lake Washington and at Genessee Park. Here’s what you may not want to miss.

Festival highlights

Alaskan Airlines Torchlight Parade
This event featuring more than 100 entries happens by the Westlake Center downtown on Saturday, July 29 at 3 p.m, a weekend before the rest of the fun. Expect drill teams, marching bands, appearances from our local sports teams, and other cultural performances.

Boeing Air Show
The Navy’s Blue Angels are definitely the most talked-about demonstration, but the show also includes performances by the Air Force, the US Army’s Golden Knights, US Coast Guard, aerobatic teams + a select number of Boeing planes. Aerial demonstrations happen all three days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Or if you’re trying to stay away from the Blue Angels and their noise — check out our itineraries for trips to Whidbey Island and the Olympic Peninsula.

RELEASED—MCC Eric Harrison Fleet PACEN Det. NW LCPO credit as a U.S. Navy Photo by Eric Rowley

Each hydroplane can hit about 220 mph during their races. | Photo via Wikimedia Commons

MC2 Eric J. Rowley/U.S. Navy

HomeStreet Bank Cup
These hydroplane races are fast + furious — the vehicles all have the capabilities to travel 220 mph on the water. The first race begins Fri., Aug. 4 at 8:55 a.m. with the final scheduled for 2:35 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 6.

Seafair Log Boom
Each day of the fair, tons of boats link together to create one giant party on the lake. Registration is still open for the log boom, with prices starting at $625 per boat under 23 ft long.