Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

In its 35th year, the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival again offers a surefire roster of family activities. In addition to all the vessels on display, there will be free rides on boats powered by sail, oar, paddle, steam, and electricity. Beginning today, in a 24-hour sprint, local teams will be building small boats to race in a Sunday mini-regatta. Kids may appreciate the educational demonstrations of rope making and navigation; or they can grab a nosh from one of the food vendors and listen to the live music. Parents, take note: There's a beer garden, too. And, of course, the three-day fest ends with the evening fireworks show on Monday, which you can view from one of the best vantage points on Lake Union. JULIA WATERHOUS

July 2-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2011

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