Signature Events


Polar Bear Plunge

TBD | Matthews Beach

The Pacific Northwest’s first-ever plunge has inspired countless others. Come support the plunge that started it all.


Bicycle Sundays

May - September 2020 (select Sundays) | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Seward Park

The country’s first-ever Bicycle Sundays was launched in Seattle in 1965. Be part of this iconic Seattle tradition. People pedal, stroll, and jog along the 2.8-mile closed portion of Lake Washington Boulevard, from the Seward Park entrance to Mount Baker Beach.


Beacon Hill Festival

June 6, 2020 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Jefferson Community Center

This popular fair brings together friends, neighbors, and families in this diverse Beacon Hill neighborhood for a day of food, fun, and community building.


Big Day of Play

August 21, 2021 | Noon - 4 p.m. | Rainier Community Center

Part of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative, Big Day of Play is a great way for families to be active together and learn about healthy lifestyles. This free community event draws people from across the Rainier Valley.


Pathway of Lights

December 11, 2021 | 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. | Green Lake & Green Lake Community Center

Seattle Parks and Recreation continues a beloved Seattle tradition with the Pathway of Lights. This free event features over 2.8 miles of luminaries set along the lake, free hot refreshments, live music and carolers. For the past two years, this popular community event has drawn tens of thousands of people to the lake to enjoy the warm glow of five hot air balloons backlit against the city skyline.