This year, summer events in Seattle Southside may look a little different. There are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy the region (as long as you practice social distancing), but many of the local events will be held virtually. From a scenic waterfront farmers market, to a virtual parade, mark your calendars and get outside this summer in Seattle's Backyard!

  • Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
  • Fourth of July Running of the Flags
  • Virtual Waterland Grand Parade

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market – June 1 – September 28

Sunflowers at Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Shop local, eat local, and practice social distancing at Seattle Southside’s iconic farmers market! Situated along Puget Sound at the Des Moines Marina, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market brings fresh fruit and veggies from local farmers, art and craft vendors from the Northwest, and a variety of delicious food trucks to Seattle’s Backyard.

Fourth of July Running of the Flags

Running of the Flags
Although most of the annual Fourth of July events have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Destination Des Moines is holding a virtual, patriotic event called Running of the Flags on Independence Day! Run, walk, or bike across Des Moines and Normandy Park in your best red, white, and blue, and share your journey with the community at this virtual event. It's a great way to practice social distancing and stay healthy, while connecting with the local community.  

Virtual Waterland Grand Parade - July 18

Wide angle view of the Waterland Parade with an old firetruck leading the way
The historic Waterland Parade is back...virtually! Since 1959, the community of Des Moines has come together to celebrate their fun and unique beach town. This year is a little different in that it'll be a virtual event on Facebook, but participants have been encouraged to get creative so be sure to tune in and enjoy!