August 2-August 4
Seafair always packs the shores of Lake Washington during the annual hydroplane races, and why not? Unless you've got a boat, the park -- with music, food vendors, and more -- is the place to be.
Cost: Tickets start at $25
Channel your inner elementary schooler at Adult Recess, which features all your favorite schoolyard games, DJs spinning your favorite old school jams, food trucks and more.
Cost: Tickets start at $20
South Lake Union Park
In contrast to the wilder Cap Hill Block Party, South Lake Union's is a nice day out on the grass with relatively accessible food vendors, and music from the Dandy Warhols.
Woodland Park Zoo
The Seattle zoo's annual concert series mostly features acts that appeal to your parents, but there is one exception: indie pop singer Feist & mysterious chillwave/R&B act Rhye. Plus, there are the animals!
Cost: Tickets start at $39.50
August 16-August 18
Myrtle Edwards Park
The country's largest celebration of hemp attracts massive crowds who, even though marijuana is legal in Washington, aren't supposed to use it at the festival. Wink.
Pike Place Market
One hundred of the city's best chefs, winemakers and brewers are hooking you up under the canopy overlooking the waterfront at the Market's annual Sunset Supper.
August 22-September 2
A throwback to traditional state fairs, The Evergreen State Fair gives you a chance to try some carnival rides, see some livestock, and listen to live music your parents probably like.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Head to the Tap Room & Beer Sanctuary for all the beer (the first one's on them!), food trucks and music you’d expect at a beer fest. But wait, there’s more -- look around and you’ll see over 100 burlesque dancers, aerialists, and other performers.
August 30-September 22
Washington State Fair Grounds
The Fair, as it's technically called now, features 20 days of concerts, wild carnival rides, a rodeo, and tons of amazing food. But you're really just going for the scones.
Cost: General admission is $14 but concerts and other things cost more.
August 30 - September 2
Labor Day weekend in Seattle still means Bumbershoot, which ends every summer with some of music's biggest acts… none of which we can share with you since they haven't announced the lineup yet.
August 30-September 2
Washington State Convention Center
PAX West -- the country's largest gaming expo -- is back, bringing all manner of geeks, cosplayers, and regular, everyday people who happen to like video games to Downtown Seattle.
Cost: Single day passes start at $55