A Seafair tradition for more than 50 years, Magnolia Summerfest will heat up the village from Aug. 2-4.

The Magnolia Chamber of Commerce organizes the  free neighborhood summer festival, with strong volunteer support over the course of the Seafair weekend.

“The core group, we started meeting back in January on a monthly basis,” said chamber director Jason Thibeaux.

Doug Kaimakis and Cindy Pierce took the lead for the chamber back in 2015, when producing the event had become financially challenging.

“That was when it was really kind of on the ropes,” Thibeaux said, adding community support has since been reinvigorated. “Now, it’s probably some of the best it’s ever been.”

Summerfest starts Friday, Aug. 2, with a full musical lineup from 1:15-8 p.m. A bounce house opens at 2 p.m., followed by a beer garden for the adults at 2:30.

A movie will be shown on the backside of the Magnolia Community Center at 9 p.m., the audience taking their seats in the Magnolia Playfield.

“The movie night out is a big deal,” Thibeaux said. “This year will be the original ‘Mary Poppins.’ That’s always one of the big debates every year: What do we show? What movie?”

People looking to burn some calories during Summerfest can hit the festival stage at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a Barre3 class. A Zumba class will start Sunday’s festivities at 9 a.m.

“We’ve done that at least the last three years,” Thibeaux said about the morning exercise classes during Summerfest. “We’ve done Zumba or something along those lines all those three years.”

The kids parade will make its way two blocks down West McGraw Street at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, ending at 32nd Avenue West, followed by the Magnolia Summerfest Seafair Parade.

More bands will take the stage from noon to 8 p.m., starting with SixFootSavage, led by local music instructor Jennifer SavageCrane, who helped put together Summerfest’s music lineup.

“We do try to hold on to as many of the great musical acts as we can,” Thibeaux said. “Prom Date Mix Tape, we had them last year, and they were great, and we’re glad to have them back again this year.”

A kids stage will be set up from 12:45-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and from 12:15-3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4.

A community talent show starts at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, and is primarily focused on children, but open to anyone wanting to perform.

Thibeaux said there had been talk of moving the Summerfest date in the past, but organizers don’t want to conflict with the Seafair Torchlight Parade, which takes place this year on Saturday, July 27.

“We found that the first weekend of August is kind of the sweet spot and the best weekend for us,” he said.

While raising funds to recover the costs that come from putting on the weekend festival has become easier, the highest need every year is for volunteers, Thibeaux said, including setup on Friday morning and breaking down everything when it ends at 5 p.m. Sunday.

“I think most people don’t realize that 95 percent of Summerfest is volunteers from their community,” he said, adding a lot of young families are moving into Magnolia, which is why the kids stage and parade are popular. “We’re hoping a lot of these moms and dads take this over.”

A full schedule of events, food and beer vendors, and how to get involved or donate are available at magnoliasummerfest.org.