File photo: In this file photo from 2019, crowds gather to celebrate the festivities at Magnolia’s Summerfest. The annual event returns to the neighborhood beginning Friday and ending Sunday.
File photo: In this file photo from 2019, crowds gather to celebrate the festivities at Magnolia’s Summerfest. The annual event returns to the neighborhood beginning Friday and ending Sunday.

After a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Magnolia’s Summerfest, presented by the Magnolia Chamber of Commerce, is returning. 

The three-day event begins at 2 p.m. Friday and concludes at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Playfield.

Doug Kaimakis, chairman of the event, said roughly 10,000 to 12,000 people mostly from Magnolia, Queen Anne, Interbay and Ballard, attend the event, which takes place during Seafair weekend.

“This is the family friendly version of Seafair,” he said.

The event features a bounce house, a beer garden, arts and crafts, booths, 17 food vendors, bands, a talent show and more. Saturday kicks off with a children’s parade at 10 a.m., which dovetails into the regular parade at 10:30 a.m. The route begins on 34th Avenue in front of the community center to McGraw Street and then turns down 32nd and ends at Albertsons.

The event requires a lot of community participation to run smoothly, and people who want to volunteer can sign up at https://www.magnoliasummerfest.org/be-a-volunteer. To find out more about Summerfest, go to www.magnoliasummerfest.org.