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Every Single Summer Festival in (and Around) Seattle, Now in One Calendar

Published On 05/29/2015 Published On 05/29/2015
Fremont Arts Council

Date

Event

Location

Jun 6 Sat

Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival Show off your killer trail-riding skills and sick jumps -- or just watch the pros do it while you sit back in the beer garden and hope to win a raffle prize.

Duthie Hill

Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival Duthie Hill Show off your killer trail-riding skills and sick jumps -- or just watch the pros do it while you sit back in the beer garden and hope to win a raffle prize.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 6 Sat

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival The largest Filipino arts and culture festival in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing dance, history, literature, and arts.

Seattle Center

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Seattle Center The largest Filipino arts and culture festival in the Pacific Northwest, showcasing dance, history, literature, and arts.

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Event

Location

Jun 13 Sat

Georgetown Carnival A carnival as quirky as the South Seattle neighborhood: come for the power tool race, stay for the interactive art and “spontaneous spectacles,” whatever they are.

Georgetown

Georgetown Carnival Georgetown A carnival as quirky as the South Seattle neighborhood: come for the power tool race, stay for the interactive art and “spontaneous spectacles,” whatever they are.

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Event

Location

Jun 18 Thu

HONK! Fest West A free wandering celebration of making noise while on the move: look for marching bands, drum corps, and samba lines, among others, around town.

Various locations

HONK! Fest West Various locations A free wandering celebration of making noise while on the move: look for marching bands, drum corps, and samba lines, among others, around town.

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Event

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Jun 19 Fri

Washington Brewers Festival More than 400 beers from more than 100 brewers, what more could you need? Well, the all-ages event also has ciders, food, and live music.

Redmond

Washington Brewers Festival Redmond More than 400 beers from more than 100 brewers, what more could you need? Well, the all-ages event also has ciders, food, and live music.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 19 Fri

Fremont Solstice Fair Most famous for its all man-powered parade featuring nude bicyclists, there is, in fact, a whole weekend of festivities involved in this annual event, including a music festival, art car blowout, and craft market.

Fremont

Fremont Solstice Fair Fremont Most famous for its all man-powered parade featuring nude bicyclists, there is, in fact, a whole weekend of festivities involved in this annual event, including a music festival, art car blowout, and craft market.

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Event

Location

Jun 20 Sat

Festival Sundiata The black arts festival features all types of art and music, from an international dance party to a “Jazz in the City” wine tasting.

Seattle Center

Festival Sundiata Seattle Center The black arts festival features all types of art and music, from an international dance party to a “Jazz in the City” wine tasting.

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Event

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Jun 26 Fri

Paradiso The region’s largest electronic dance music festival, featuring two days of endless dancing, with the beautiful Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop.

The Gorge

Paradiso The Gorge The region’s largest electronic dance music festival, featuring two days of endless dancing, with the beautiful Columbia River Gorge as a backdrop.

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Jun 26 Fri

Taste of Tacoma Giving new meaning to the “aroma of Tacoma,” this festival shows off more than 40 restaurant and food booths in a picnic-style environment at Point Defiance Park.

Tacoma

Taste of Tacoma Tacoma Giving new meaning to the “aroma of Tacoma,” this festival shows off more than 40 restaurant and food booths in a picnic-style environment at Point Defiance Park.

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Jun 27 Sat

Greenwood Car Show 1.5 miles of vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles revving their engines in the sunshine, interspersed with food and drink stands, plus beer gardens spilling out from local bars.

Greenwood

Greenwood Car Show Greenwood 1.5 miles of vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles revving their engines in the sunshine, interspersed with food and drink stands, plus beer gardens spilling out from local bars.

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Event

Location

Jun 27 Sat

Bellevue Strawberry Festival Think you have what it takes to win a strawberry shortcake-eating contest? Find out at this festival, while you browse the auto show and check out the clowns.

Bellevue

Bellevue Strawberry Festival Bellevue Think you have what it takes to win a strawberry shortcake-eating contest? Find out at this festival, while you browse the auto show and check out the clowns.

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Event

Location

Jun 27 Sat

Seattle PrideFest The largest free Pride festival in the country, it covers two neighborhoods over two days because this celebration of the local LGBT community can't hope to be contained in one place.

Capitol Hill/Seattle Center

Seattle PrideFest Capitol Hill/Seattle Center The largest free Pride festival in the country, it covers two neighborhoods over two days because this celebration of the local LGBT community can't hope to be contained in one place.

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Location

Jun 28 Sun

Skandia Midsommarfest The Northwest, it turns out, is home to some of the best Scandinavian dancers in the Western Hemisphere. Watch them strut their stuff -- and raise a traditional majstĂĄng (garlanded midsommar pole) -- while you sample food and browse crafts.

Bothell

Skandia Midsommarfest Bothell The Northwest, it turns out, is home to some of the best Scandinavian dancers in the Western Hemisphere. Watch them strut their stuff -- and raise a traditional majstĂĄng (garlanded midsommar pole) -- while you sample food and browse crafts.

The Capitol Hill Block Party

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Event

Location

Jul 3 Fri

Old Mill Days Show off your lumberjack skills in the hotsaw competition or just watch the pros show you how it’s done in the carving competitions or the Kitsap’s Toughest Timberman contest at this lumberjack festival.

Port Gamble

Old Mill Days Port Gamble Show off your lumberjack skills in the hotsaw competition or just watch the pros show you how it’s done in the carving competitions or the Kitsap’s Toughest Timberman contest at this lumberjack festival.

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Event

Location

Jul 3 Fri

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Celebrate the region’s maritime heritage by learning about boatbuilding (or even trying it yourself) and sailing historic boats.

South Lake Union

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival South Lake Union Celebrate the region’s maritime heritage by learning about boatbuilding (or even trying it yourself) and sailing historic boats.

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Event

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Jul 5 Sun

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Any festival is quickly improved when there’s an airplane going 300mi per hour down the middle of it. Hop a bi-plane or just watch warbirds and aerobatic airplanes do demos over the car show from the ground.

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels Gig Harbor Any festival is quickly improved when there’s an airplane going 300mi per hour down the middle of it. Hop a bi-plane or just watch warbirds and aerobatic airplanes do demos over the car show from the ground.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 10 Fri

Seattle International Beerfest Looking to taste something out of the ordinary? This is the festival for you: extreme, adventurous, rare, and pricey beers are the specialty of this event, whose slogan is “Taste the greatest beers you’ve never heard of.”

Seattle Center

Seattle International Beerfest Seattle Center Looking to taste something out of the ordinary? This is the festival for you: extreme, adventurous, rare, and pricey beers are the specialty of this event, whose slogan is “Taste the greatest beers you’ve never heard of.”

Date

Event

Location

Jul 10 Fri

Kent Cornucopia Days The Valley is a competitive place, as this Seafair festival features a skateboard tournament, dragon boat races, a soccer tournament, and a 5K run/walk, on top of the usual festival goodies: carnival rides, food, and a beer garden.

Kent

Kent Cornucopia Days Kent The Valley is a competitive place, as this Seafair festival features a skateboard tournament, dragon boat races, a soccer tournament, and a 5K run/walk, on top of the usual festival goodies: carnival rides, food, and a beer garden.

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Event

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Jul 10 Fri

West Seattle Summer Fest If there were an award for the neighborhood festival with the best bands playing, this would likely cruise to an easy victory. Stroll the shut-down streets to the tunes of The Thermals and The Cave Singers, among others, while you shop, drink, and stuff yourself silly on the best of the West.

West Seattle

West Seattle Summer Fest West Seattle If there were an award for the neighborhood festival with the best bands playing, this would likely cruise to an easy victory. Stroll the shut-down streets to the tunes of The Thermals and The Cave Singers, among others, while you shop, drink, and stuff yourself silly on the best of the West.

Date

Event

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Jul 11 Sat

Polish Festival Seattle Come for the food. Stay for the food. In between there will be dancing and arts & crafts and such, but Polish pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, and gofry (waffles) take this festival to the top of our list.

Seattle Center

Polish Festival Seattle Seattle Center Come for the food. Stay for the food. In between there will be dancing and arts & crafts and such, but Polish pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, and gofry (waffles) take this festival to the top of our list.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 11 Sat

Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest The largest pan-Asian festival in the Northwest is an amazing display of dragon and lion dances, martial arts, Japanese drumming, and the night market, which, with its $2 food walk, is one of the best ways to sample the huge variety of great foods from all over Asia sold in Seattle -- without breaking the bank.

ID

Chinatown-International District Dragon Fest ID The largest pan-Asian festival in the Northwest is an amazing display of dragon and lion dances, martial arts, Japanese drumming, and the night market, which, with its $2 food walk, is one of the best ways to sample the huge variety of great foods from all over Asia sold in Seattle -- without breaking the bank.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 11 Sat

Ballard SeafoodFest One of the city’s older neighborhood events, the festival harkens back to a time when the area was a little fishing village. But even now, as a hipster hot spot, it somehow makes sense to spend the day sampling salmon barbecue as you wander the streets, stopping at live music stages and beer gardens.

Ballard

Ballard SeafoodFest Ballard One of the city’s older neighborhood events, the festival harkens back to a time when the area was a little fishing village. But even now, as a hipster hot spot, it somehow makes sense to spend the day sampling salmon barbecue as you wander the streets, stopping at live music stages and beer gardens.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 11 Sat

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival Three stages, 14 performances, and eight local theater groups come together for this free weekend-long festival.

Capitol Hill

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival Capitol Hill Three stages, 14 performances, and eight local theater groups come together for this free weekend-long festival.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 11 Sat

Kla Ha Ya Days It’s not entirely clear what a “Frogtastic kids fair” is or what bed races are, but they both sure sound like things that would be good to watch from the beer garden between airplane rides and the salmon barbecue.

Snohomish

Kla Ha Ya Days Snohomish It’s not entirely clear what a “Frogtastic kids fair” is or what bed races are, but they both sure sound like things that would be good to watch from the beer garden between airplane rides and the salmon barbecue.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 15 Wed

White Center Jubilee Days Just outside city boundaries, this piece of unincorporated King County likes to be a little different, so come out for a week of eclectic activities such as a dance-a-thon, garden tour, and robotics competition.

White Center

White Center Jubilee Days White Center Just outside city boundaries, this piece of unincorporated King County likes to be a little different, so come out for a week of eclectic activities such as a dance-a-thon, garden tour, and robotics competition.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 16 Thu

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Everything sounds better outdoors, and Timber! celebrates that by combining great music with camping, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and, of course, s’mores.

Carnation

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Carnation Everything sounds better outdoors, and Timber! celebrates that by combining great music with camping, hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking, and, of course, s’mores.

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Event

Location

Jul 16 Thu

King County Fair When it’s your 153rd year of an event, you don’t mess with tradition. Look for classic fair food, carnival rides, and farm animals.

Enumclaw

King County Fair Enumclaw When it’s your 153rd year of an event, you don’t mess with tradition. Look for classic fair food, carnival rides, and farm animals.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival A small-island tradition, it’s as good an excuse as any to ferry out to Seattle’s strangest island and not in the least because there’s a pancake breakfast waiting for you when you get there and a firemen challenge to watch before you leave.

Vashon Island

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival Vashon Island A small-island tradition, it’s as good an excuse as any to ferry out to Seattle’s strangest island and not in the least because there’s a pancake breakfast waiting for you when you get there and a firemen challenge to watch before you leave.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

Sequim Lavender Festival Proclaiming itself the largest lavender festival in North America builds some pretty big expectations. But then you start with the lavender-flavored margaritas and it all makes sense. Find lavender infused in lotions and soaps, stuffed into eye pillows, sold as culinary ingredients, and, curiously, pet apparel.

Sequim

Sequim Lavender Festival Sequim Proclaiming itself the largest lavender festival in North America builds some pretty big expectations. But then you start with the lavender-flavored margaritas and it all makes sense. Find lavender infused in lotions and soaps, stuffed into eye pillows, sold as culinary ingredients, and, curiously, pet apparel.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

Darrington Bluegrass Festival If 24-hour jammin’ is your jam, this is the festival for you. Camp out in the mountains by the river and spend the weekend listening to amateurs and professionals alike make music in a laid-back atmosphere.

Darrington

Darrington Bluegrass Festival Darrington If 24-hour jammin’ is your jam, this is the festival for you. Camp out in the mountains by the river and spend the weekend listening to amateurs and professionals alike make music in a laid-back atmosphere.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

United Indians' Seattle Indian Days Pow Wow If you haven’t spent time at a pow wow before, you don’t know what you’re missing -- it brings together the traditional dancing and regalia of tribes from all over the West. You’ll find cooking, jewelry making, and music representing the people who lived here long before there were cities.

Magnolia

United Indians' Seattle Indian Days Pow Wow Magnolia If you haven’t spent time at a pow wow before, you don’t know what you’re missing -- it brings together the traditional dancing and regalia of tribes from all over the West. You’ll find cooking, jewelry making, and music representing the people who lived here long before there were cities.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

Bite of Seattle Want to eat at more than 50 restaurants, try 30 food products, and wander among many beer and wine gardens? Ambitious eater, this is the event for you. If you’re more about quality over quantity, though, check out The Bite Cooks! with Thierry Rautureau or The Alley with Jason Wilson.

Seattle Center

Bite of Seattle Seattle Center Want to eat at more than 50 restaurants, try 30 food products, and wander among many beer and wine gardens? Ambitious eater, this is the event for you. If you’re more about quality over quantity, though, check out The Bite Cooks! with Thierry Rautureau or The Alley with Jason Wilson.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 17 Fri

Kirkland Uncorked A waterfront wine festival is pretty much all you need to say to see why people stream into this Eastside event, but there is even more, including a burger brawl, grilling demos, and a food truck fest.

Kirkland

Kirkland Uncorked Kirkland A waterfront wine festival is pretty much all you need to say to see why people stream into this Eastside event, but there is even more, including a burger brawl, grilling demos, and a food truck fest.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 18 Sat

Seattle Bon Odori A traditional Japanese Buddhist event that celebrates ancestors who have passed on is far less serious than it sounds. For the uninitiated, look for kimono-clad festival goers, Japanese food and beverage booths, taiko drumming and martial arts demonstrations, and craft stalls.

Central District

Seattle Bon Odori Central District A traditional Japanese Buddhist event that celebrates ancestors who have passed on is far less serious than it sounds. For the uninitiated, look for kimono-clad festival goers, Japanese food and beverage booths, taiko drumming and martial arts demonstrations, and craft stalls.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 18 Sat

Beerzilla Summer Beer Taste Small but mighty could be the motto of this neighborhood beer fest. It doesn’t have as huge a number of beers as the bigger events, but that gives it the flexibility to feature micro- and nano-breweries located just blocks from the event.

Phinney Ridge

Beerzilla Summer Beer Taste Phinney Ridge Small but mighty could be the motto of this neighborhood beer fest. It doesn’t have as huge a number of beers as the bigger events, but that gives it the flexibility to feature micro- and nano-breweries located just blocks from the event.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 18 Sat

Bremerton Summer Brewfest Boats and beer go together (for everyone but the driver), so it makes sense that this year’s Brewfest is now walking distance to the ferry dock. Hop the boat over and get your fill of local hops!

Bremerton

Bremerton Summer Brewfest Bremerton Boats and beer go together (for everyone but the driver), so it makes sense that this year’s Brewfest is now walking distance to the ferry dock. Hop the boat over and get your fill of local hops!

Date

Event

Location

Jul 19 Sun

Food Truck Fest Leave it to the suburbs to make it easy to taste all of your favorite trucks -- and try new ones -- all in one place. The city is bringing in both local trucks and a few making longer trips, so everyone can find something new.

Tacoma

Food Truck Fest Tacoma Leave it to the suburbs to make it easy to taste all of your favorite trucks -- and try new ones -- all in one place. The city is bringing in both local trucks and a few making longer trips, so everyone can find something new.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 24 Fri

Capitol Hill Block Party Shut down the streets and rock the block with Ratatat, TV on the Radio, and Built to Spill (plus like 50 more bands). The three-day festival is one of the few that brings amazing bands to the heart of the urban venues that support them.

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill Block Party Capitol Hill Shut down the streets and rock the block with Ratatat, TV on the Radio, and Built to Spill (plus like 50 more bands). The three-day festival is one of the few that brings amazing bands to the heart of the urban venues that support them.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 24 Fri

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair A premier art, craft, and design fair, featuring unique handmade pieces from jewelry to fine art, available for purchase. But don't worry, exhibits and other features offer opportunities for non-shoppers to enjoy the arts as well.

Bellevue

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair Bellevue A premier art, craft, and design fair, featuring unique handmade pieces from jewelry to fine art, available for purchase. But don't worry, exhibits and other features offer opportunities for non-shoppers to enjoy the arts as well.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 25 Sat

Bull Moose Festival Not your average neighborhood festival, this kooky mini-fest boasts a sustainability focus and offers sheep shearing, a moose call contest, and historic performances.

Roosevelt

Bull Moose Festival Roosevelt Not your average neighborhood festival, this kooky mini-fest boasts a sustainability focus and offers sheep shearing, a moose call contest, and historic performances.

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Event

Location

Jul 25 Sat

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival We’re not sure how Gig Harbor convinced the Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, to come down and emcee this event, but it bodes well for the food and drink coming out of the kitchen -- and if you’ve ever driven through, you know the scenery on Gig Harbor’s waterfront will be spectacular.

Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival Gig Harbor We’re not sure how Gig Harbor convinced the Chef in the Hat, Thierry Rautureau, to come down and emcee this event, but it bodes well for the food and drink coming out of the kitchen -- and if you’ve ever driven through, you know the scenery on Gig Harbor’s waterfront will be spectacular.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 25 Sat

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Can you toss the caber or put the stone? Do you even know what that means? Learn about it (to the tune of bagpipes and the taste of fine Scottish ales), along with myriad other traditional athletic pursuits, dances, instruments, and imported goods.

Enumclaw

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Enumclaw Can you toss the caber or put the stone? Do you even know what that means? Learn about it (to the tune of bagpipes and the taste of fine Scottish ales), along with myriad other traditional athletic pursuits, dances, instruments, and imported goods.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 25 Sat

Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival Promoting the mushroom is the goal, and it doesn’t just mean pairing mushroom hors d’oeuvres with wine (though that will happen). Tour farms, taste mushroom dishes, and learn about mushrooms from expert speakers while supporting the local Rotary club.

Lacey

Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival Lacey Promoting the mushroom is the goal, and it doesn’t just mean pairing mushroom hors d’oeuvres with wine (though that will happen). Tour farms, taste mushroom dishes, and learn about mushrooms from expert speakers while supporting the local Rotary club.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 26 Sun

Pista sa Nayon Certainly one of Seattle’s best-tasting annual festivals, this one really gives the community feel that its name implies: it’s Filipino for “town festival.” Much of the food is provided by home cooks volunteering for local non-profit organizations, which means it’s good eats you otherwise can’t find in town.

Seward Park

Pista sa Nayon Seward Park Certainly one of Seattle’s best-tasting annual festivals, this one really gives the community feel that its name implies: it’s Filipino for “town festival.” Much of the food is provided by home cooks volunteering for local non-profit organizations, which means it’s good eats you otherwise can’t find in town.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 31-Aug 2

Seafair Weekend A long-standing tradition for locals and visitors, the event theoretically centers around the hydroplane races on Lake Washington, but in reality becomes a neighborhood- (and city-) wide party, with everyone clamoring to find a spot on a boat in the middle of the lake.

Seward Park

Seafair Weekend Seward Park A long-standing tradition for locals and visitors, the event theoretically centers around the hydroplane races on Lake Washington, but in reality becomes a neighborhood- (and city-) wide party, with everyone clamoring to find a spot on a boat in the middle of the lake.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 31-Aug 2

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade Previously called the “East Madison Mardi Gras,” it’s been credited as the inspiration behind Seafair. The name means “unity” in Swahili, and is all about bringing the community together with African drum and dance, hip-hop, a basketball tournament, and a community resource fair.

Central District

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade Central District Previously called the “East Madison Mardi Gras,” it’s been credited as the inspiration behind Seafair. The name means “unity” in Swahili, and is all about bringing the community together with African drum and dance, hip-hop, a basketball tournament, and a community resource fair.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 31-Aug 2

Watershed Festival The Northwest is generally known for grunge and indie rock with a bit of conscious rap thrown in, but at this festival, country fans in the region finally get their turn to dance the night away at the gorgeous gorge in George.

The Gorge

Watershed Festival The Gorge The Northwest is generally known for grunge and indie rock with a bit of conscious rap thrown in, but at this festival, country fans in the region finally get their turn to dance the night away at the gorgeous gorge in George.

Hempfest Central

Date

Event

Location

Aug 1 Sat

Magnolia Summerfest A simple but cute neighborhood festival, mostly driven by the sidewalk sale of local businesses, but with treats like pony rides and a beer garden (though we advise against a combination of those two).

Magnolia

Magnolia Summerfest Magnolia A simple but cute neighborhood festival, mostly driven by the sidewalk sale of local businesses, but with treats like pony rides and a beer garden (though we advise against a combination of those two).

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Event

Location

Aug 6 Thu

Morton Loggers Jubilee The “Grandaddy of All Logging Shows” invites everyone up to its tiny hometown to watch lawnmower races, the Jubilee Queen Coronation, and, of course, logging show events such as choker setting, axe throw, log rolling, and more.

Morton

Morton Loggers Jubilee Morton The “Grandaddy of All Logging Shows” invites everyone up to its tiny hometown to watch lawnmower races, the Jubilee Queen Coronation, and, of course, logging show events such as choker setting, axe throw, log rolling, and more.

Date

Event

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Aug 6 Thu

Summer Meltdown “The Biggest Little Festival in the Northwest,” is a grassroots community gathering that is all about bringing danceable music into the mountains, which means funk, jam, reggae, bluegrass, etc. AND  river rafting, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

Darrington

Summer Meltdown Darrington “The Biggest Little Festival in the Northwest,” is a grassroots community gathering that is all about bringing danceable music into the mountains, which means funk, jam, reggae, bluegrass, etc. AND  river rafting, rock climbing, and horseback riding.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 6 Thu

Doe Bay Festival A four-day music festival that creates a mini-community (think Burning Man, but not quite as many drugs) out of attendees crowded into the small resort to eat, drink, camp, and listen.

Orcas Island

Doe Bay Festival Orcas Island A four-day music festival that creates a mini-community (think Burning Man, but not quite as many drugs) out of attendees crowded into the small resort to eat, drink, camp, and listen.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 7 Fri

South Lake Union Block Party A neighborhood-wide party with trivia from MOHAI, an outdoor movie, and a best-burger competition.

South Lake Union

South Lake Union Block Party South Lake Union A neighborhood-wide party with trivia from MOHAI, an outdoor movie, and a best-burger competition.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 7 Fri

SalmonFest Seattle Formerly the Lake City Pioneer Days, this festival has changed its focus to the important stuff: food. Specifically, the annual salmon bake. Also new this year is the emerging artists market, showcasing the workmanship of local artisans.

North Seattle

SalmonFest Seattle North Seattle Formerly the Lake City Pioneer Days, this festival has changed its focus to the important stuff: food. Specifically, the annual salmon bake. Also new this year is the emerging artists market, showcasing the workmanship of local artisans.

Date

Event

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Aug 8 Sat

Iranian Festival Sip tea at a temporary Iranian tea house, listen to Rumi poetry, watch puppet shows, and let the day fade into an evening dance party -- as all Iranian celebrations are wont to do.

Seattle Center

Iranian Festival Seattle Center Sip tea at a temporary Iranian tea house, listen to Rumi poetry, watch puppet shows, and let the day fade into an evening dance party -- as all Iranian celebrations are wont to do.

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Event

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Aug 14 Fri

HEMPFEST Calling itself a “protestival,” HEMPFEST is one part festival, one part rally for cannabis reform laws, and one part education about marijuana. Basically, squeezed in between the food booths are informational booths, and there’s a heavy fog of scented smoke over the Seattle waterfront for the weekend.

Belltown

HEMPFEST Belltown Calling itself a “protestival,” HEMPFEST is one part festival, one part rally for cannabis reform laws, and one part education about marijuana. Basically, squeezed in between the food booths are informational booths, and there’s a heavy fog of scented smoke over the Seattle waterfront for the weekend.

Date

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Aug 14 Fri

Chief Seattle Days Celebrate the city's wise namesake at this three-day festival that incorporates canoe races, a royal pageant, golf tournament, salmon dinner, and pow wow.

Suquamish

Chief Seattle Days Suquamish Celebrate the city's wise namesake at this three-day festival that incorporates canoe races, a royal pageant, golf tournament, salmon dinner, and pow wow.

Date

Event

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Aug 15 Sat

Everett Craft Beer Festival There are a lot of beer festivals out there, so one might wonder why it’s worth driving to Everett for this one. The answer is Randall. While that might sound like a shifty guy you went to high school with, it’s actually an organoleptic hop transducer module -- meaning it allows brewers to infuse flavors quickly into beers as they are being poured.

Everett

Everett Craft Beer Festival Everett There are a lot of beer festivals out there, so one might wonder why it’s worth driving to Everett for this one. The answer is Randall. While that might sound like a shifty guy you went to high school with, it’s actually an organoleptic hop transducer module -- meaning it allows brewers to infuse flavors quickly into beers as they are being poured.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 15 Sat

Seattle Street Food Festival Starting as the Mobile Food Rodeo, the Street Food Festival has grown into one of the largest in the country, offering a huge area of tastes from all over the city -- and the world. Famous for being a big event, this one requires going early, and planning for some time in line.

South Lake Union

Seattle Street Food Festival South Lake Union Starting as the Mobile Food Rodeo, the Street Food Festival has grown into one of the largest in the country, offering a huge area of tastes from all over the city -- and the world. Famous for being a big event, this one requires going early, and planning for some time in line.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 15 Sat

Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend There are many neighborhood events in Seattle, but at how many others can you pet a camel? Beyond the usual beer garden and pie-eating contest, expect a party as culturally diverse as the area: Somali performers, Vietnamese lion dancers, and a bouncy house.

Rainier Valley

Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend Rainier Valley There are many neighborhood events in Seattle, but at how many others can you pet a camel? Beyond the usual beer garden and pie-eating contest, expect a party as culturally diverse as the area: Somali performers, Vietnamese lion dancers, and a bouncy house.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 16 Sun

BrasilFest Brazilian culture is quick to capture peoples’ imaginations, and this festival gives Seattleites a chance to see capoeira, samba, and other colorful, exuberant Brazilian expressions in person.

Settle Center

BrasilFest Settle Center Brazilian culture is quick to capture peoples’ imaginations, and this festival gives Seattleites a chance to see capoeira, samba, and other colorful, exuberant Brazilian expressions in person.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 22 Sat

Tibet Fest Always wanted to make your own sand mandala? Or at least learn what one is? This is your chance, as you learn about Tibet’s culture, people, and crafts -- while eating a bit of their traditional food.

Seattle Center

Tibet Fest Seattle Center Always wanted to make your own sand mandala? Or at least learn what one is? This is your chance, as you learn about Tibet’s culture, people, and crafts -- while eating a bit of their traditional food.

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Aug 27-Sep 7

Evergreen State Fair A big, traditional fair without the immense size of The Washington State Fair, Snohomish County’s largest annual event features the usual area of carnival rides, foods you can eat until the sugar rush launches you off the ends of the earth, and farm exhibits.

Monroe

Evergreen State Fair Monroe A big, traditional fair without the immense size of The Washington State Fair, Snohomish County’s largest annual event features the usual area of carnival rides, foods you can eat until the sugar rush launches you off the ends of the earth, and farm exhibits.

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Aug 29 Sat

Arab Festival Celebrate the culture of 22 Arab nations from the comfort of Seattle Center by shopping at the traditional bazaar and drinking “deliciously strong coffee.”

Seattle Center

Arab Festival Seattle Center Celebrate the culture of 22 Arab nations from the comfort of Seattle Center by shopping at the traditional bazaar and drinking “deliciously strong coffee.”

Ellensburg Rodeo

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Sep 4 Fri

Ellensburg Rodeo An old-school rodeo -- and the final of the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour, Ellensburg brings national-caliber rodeo competition and combines it with a small-town festival feel.

Ellensburg

Ellensburg Rodeo Ellensburg An old-school rodeo -- and the final of the PRCA’s Xtreme Bulls Tour, Ellensburg brings national-caliber rodeo competition and combines it with a small-town festival feel.

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Sep 5 Sat

Bumbershoot The city’s iconic arts festival is headlined by globally renowned musicians like The Weeknd and Hozier, but also features the country’s best comedians, a short-film festival, and music-related visual art.

Seattle Center

Bumbershoot Seattle Center The city’s iconic arts festival is headlined by globally renowned musicians like The Weeknd and Hozier, but also features the country’s best comedians, a short-film festival, and music-related visual art.

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Sep 5 Sat

Bremerton Blackberry Festival This festival has more kinds of blackberry foods than Bubba has shrimp dishes and the blackberry wine only costs $0.25 to taste. You’ll also find blackberry beer, Jell-O shots, and moonshine on the bar, as well as sausage, sundaes, and scones in the food section.

Bremerton

Bremerton Blackberry Festival Bremerton This festival has more kinds of blackberry foods than Bubba has shrimp dishes and the blackberry wine only costs $0.25 to taste. You’ll also find blackberry beer, Jell-O shots, and moonshine on the bar, as well as sausage, sundaes, and scones in the food section.