Summer is here, which means another Queen Anne Days is fast approaching.

The neighborhood celebration runs from Friday to Sunday evening, July 12-14.

A festival kick-off runs 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 12, with live music, food trucks and a wine, beer and cider garden at the West Queen Anne Playfield. Paul McCartney tribute band Wings N Things and Styx tribute band Borrowed Time will perform.

The Queen Anne Helpline is hosting its annual fun run, now called Run for Home, on Saturday, July 13, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Queen Anne Lutheran Church. The run raises money for the nonprofit’s homelessness prevention programs available to Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union residents.

The Run for Home began in the ‘80s, said Helpline executive director Cara Lauer, who expects the 5.5K will raise $35,000 this year. The run’s proceeds come from sponsors and about 400 runners, walkers and stroller chauffeurs who participate.

“Not only is there something you can do to prevent homelessness in your neighborhood, but … you can literally take steps. Walking or running, or stroller or wheelchair around Queen Anne Hill to have a direct influence on that issue,” Lauer said.

Queen Anne Helpline’s three staffers and numerous volunteers make possible annual events, such as its Run for Home and Taste of Queen Anne gala, which raised $177,815 in October, she said.

The Kids ‘N’ K-9 Parade, which is sponsored by Wag N’ Wash, starts at McClure Middle School at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13. A new event this year is a dog agility course, provided by Savvy Dog Training and sponsored by All the Best, that will be set up from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the south end of the playfield.

Businesses along Queen Anne Avenue and West McGraw Street also will participate in a sidewalk sale Saturday and Sunday.

The Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce organizes the festival, and proceeds are used for funding the chamber and its events, said executive director Charley Shore.

Queen Anne Days evolved from an annual barbecue started by the Queen Anne Community Center about 20 years ago, Shore said, adding community members are encouraged to volunteer.

“It’s for them, so we really encourage people to get out and be with us,” Shore said.

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