This page lists the biggest and best Seattle events, festivals, and fun things to do in 2014 - 2015.
Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.
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Polar Bear Plunge
January 1, 2015
8 miles NEJoin 1000 people wading into Lake Washington to celebrate the new year at the Polar Bear Plunge, or just watch from shore. Costumes are encouraged. Matthews Beach Park has limited parking. Free.
Children’s Film Festival
January 22 - Feb. 1, 2015
1 mile eastSee the best and brightest in international cinema for children ages 3 to 12 at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum.
January 23 - Feb. 1, 2015
1.5 miles southSeattle Boat Show, which features 1000 boats and 140 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field, with boats for sale on South Lake Union.
Flower and garden show
February 11 - 15, 2015
0.5 mile eastFebruary is a great time to be indoors at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show. Six acres of show gardens and 300 vendors fill the Seattle convention center. Opening night party benefits the arboretum.
February 14 - 22, 2015
1.5 miles southThe Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field. Repeats in October.
Wine and food
February 22, 2015
1 mile NWTaste a world of wine, beer, coffee, and fine food at the Seattle Wine and Food Experience at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Adult ID. No beverages to go.
February 26 - March 1, 2015
11 miles eastWintergrass includes 30 acts on four stages, workshops, and impromptu jams in Bellevue.
Beer at Museum of Flight
February 28, 2015
9 miles southEnjoy the Northwest’s best craft brews, catered food, live music, and airplanes on display at Hops & Props in the Museum of Flight. Buy tickets in Dec. Sells out.
Saint Patrick’s Day
March 14 - 15, 2015
Seattle locationsSt. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday and goes north on 4th Ave. from Jefferson Street. St. Patrick’s Day Dash is Sunday morning at Seattle Center. The Irish Festival is free both days at Seattle Center Armory.
Comedy and variety acts
March 19 - April 20, 2015
4 miles NW or 1 mile eastThe Moisture Festival is billed as the world’s largest comedy/variety festival. Most of the 50 shows are at Hale’s Palladium and Broadway Performance Hall. The 3 p.m. shows are suitable for families.
Comic book convention
March 27 - 29, 2015
0.5 mile eastEmerald City Comicon is a large comic book, game, and pop culture event at the convention center.
March 28 - 29, 2015
1.5 miles southSample from 225 wineries and 50 restaurants, and attend seminars, at Taste Washington in the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
April 1 - 30, 2015
60 miles northSkagit Valley Tulip Festival features spectacular fields of blooming tulips and daffodils (field map). The free Tulip Festival Street Fair in Mount Vernon is April 17 to 19, 2015.
Beer and Scotch festival
April 3 - 4, 2015
4 miles northTaste 80 varieties of beer, Scotch whisky, wine, and spirits at the annual Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont Studios.
April 11, 2015
33 miles southThe free Daffodil Parade includes daffodil-covered floats, marching bands, clowns, and pirates that travel through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, and Orting. It’s the highlight of the Daffodil Festival.
April 15 - 18, 2015
6 miles NWThe annual Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians, a Swedish pancake jazz brunch, and a classic Volvo/Saab car show.
April 16 - 19, 2015
37 miles southSpring Fair features baby animals, pig races, fair food, a garden show, and a demolition derby at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center.
Cherry Blossom Festival
April 24 - 26, 2015
1 mile NWThe Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival celebrates Seattle’s friendship with Japan and Japan’s gift of 1000 cherry trees in 1976. Enjoy Japanese art, dance, music, and food at Seattle Center. Free.
World Rhythm Festival
April 2015 (undated)
1 mile NWImmerse yourself in more than 100 drum and dance workshops and performances at the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. Free.
Opening day of boating season
May 2, 2015
4 miles NEWatch boats parade through the Montlake Cut near University of Washington on opening day of boating season from 12 - 2:30 p.m., with races earlier. Free.
May 7 - 17, 2015 (uncertain)
Seattle locationsBars and breweries host more than 100 beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.
May 14 - June 7, 2015
multiple locationsSeattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is billed as the largest film festival in the U.S. Join top directors, actors, and critics who attend festival premieres and screening by getting a single ticket or a pass.
University street fair
May 16 - 17, 2015
4 miles NESeattle’s earliest street fair of the year is the laid-back University District StreetFair. Food vendors and arts & crafts booths line University Way NE. Music, dance, and comedy is onstage. Free.
Folklife music and dance
May 22 - 25, 2015
1 mile NWNorthwest Folklife Festival fills the Seattle Center grounds Memorial Day weekend. Celebrate traditional arts with hundreds of dance and musical performances, workshops, and panels from around the world. Donation suggested.
Food truck festival
May 2015 (undated)
Two locationsMobile Food Rodeo offers great food at a reasonable price, with a beer garden and free entertainment.
Concerts at the locks
May - Sept, 2015 (undated)
6 miles NWSummer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are free. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol.
Fremont parade and fair
June 19 - 21, 2015
4 miles north
Redmond beer festival
June 19 - 21, 2015
15 miles eastWashington Brewers Festival offers 250 beers from 74 Washington breweries, music, and a children’s play area at Marymoor Park in Redmond. No dogs.
Edmonds art fair
June 19 - 21, 2015
16 miles northArtists display paintings, photos, sculptures, and jewelry in a park at Edmonds Arts Festival. Enjoy food, entertainment, and activities. No pets. Free.
June 27, 2015
8 miles northThe Greenwood Car Show is 1.5 miles of classic cars, hot rods, antique wonders, live bands, kids’ activities, and vendors on Greenwood Ave. N. Free.
Fourth of July - Seattle
July 4, 2015
4 miles northThe Seafair Summer Fourth opens at noon in both Gas Works Park and South Lake Union Park with family activities, entertainment, a beer garden, and food vendors. Show starts at 10:10 p.m. Bring no alcohol, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets. Free.
Fourth of July - Tacoma
July 4, 2015
36 miles southTacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features six music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and big fireworks show. Donation requested.
Ballard seafood festival
July 11 - 12, 2015
6 miles NWEat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the beer garden at the Ballard SeafoodFest. You may even spot a Viking at this free Scandinavian event.
Bite of Seattle
July 24 - 26, 2015
1 mile NWBuy tastes from 50 restaurants at the Bite of Seattle, which also has cooking demos, wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment. The Alley near Key Arena has a package of 7 gourmet tastes to support charity. Friday is least crowded. Free entry at Seattle Center.
Bellevue art fair
July 24 - 26, 2015
11 miles eastBellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find top artists in the covered parking garage west of Bellevue Square. Free.
July 25, 2015
1 mile NWColorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill Seattle’s streets at 7:30 p.m. for Seafair Torchlight Parade. Attend the pre-parade FanFest at Seattle Center to see exhibits, view floats, and meet participants. Free.
Seafair air show & hydroplane races
August 1 - 3, 2014
5 miles SEWatch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Cup. The free Boeing Air Show overhead includes the Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.
South Lake Union Block Party
August 8, 2014
1 mile northSouth Lake Union Block Party at Denny Way & Westlake Avenue has food, beer, a children’s play area, and a movie after dark, all for charity. Free.
Street food festival
August 8 - 9, 2014
1 mile eastSeattle Street Food Festival has a food court of 100 food trucks and booths, plus beer gardens and live music on Capitol Hill.
Evergreen State Fair
August 21 - Sept. 1, 2014
33 miles NEMeet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. See Special Admission Days. Parking cost.
August 22 - 24, 2014
1 mile NWChoose from 200 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest. Tickets include beer tokens, or get a non-drinker ticket. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.
August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014
1 mile NWCelebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular music and arts festival that draws crowds to Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend. Although bumbershoot is slang for umbrella, you won’t need one because most events are indoors.
September 5 - 21, 2014
36 miles southFind animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair. It’s the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. See Special Deals.
Fringe theater festival
September 17 - 21, 2014
1 mile eastSee unpredictable and uncensored plays in small Capitol Hill theaters at the Seattle Fringe Festival.
September 19 - 21, 2014
4 miles northFremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer with bands for adults. Sunday adds a scavenger hunt, 5K, family events, and free entry for kids and dogs.
October 3 - 5, 2014
1.5 miles southThe Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field. Discount tickets for two.
October 4 - 5, 2014
17 miles eastIssaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the salmon’s return with arts and crafts, a kids’ play area, food, and entertainment. Free.
October 10 - 12, 2014
3 miles NE in MontlakeEnjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume.
October 10 - Nov. 11, 2014
Seattle locationsThe Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.
October 15 - 19, 2014
1.5 miles southThe Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field showcases new cars and trucks every year.
Seattle Restaurant Week
October 19 - 23 & 26 - 30, 2014
multiple locationsGet a special deal on a three-course meal at 150 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which excludes Friday and Saturday. Repeats in April.
Parade & star lighting
November 28, 2014
downtown SeattleMacy’s Holiday Parade & Star Lighting begins with a 9 a.m. parade of marching bands, costumed characters, floats, and Santa. It ends with a 5 p.m. lighting of the 161-foot star, followed by fireworks. Free.
November 28 - Dec. 28, 2014
0.3 miles eastACT Theatre performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.
November 28 - Dec. 28, 2014
1 mile NWThis is the last year for Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Nutcracker, a holiday tradition for Seattle families and ballet lovers, with a live orchestra, magnificent sets and costumes, and a huge cast of professional dancers and students in McCaw Hall at Seattle Center.
Tacoma Christmas lights
November 28, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
40 miles southBundle up to admire half a million holiday lights and displays at Zoolights. Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo.
Bellevue Christmas lights
November 29, 2014 - Jan. 3, 2015
11 miles eastEnjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. Some nights are free but more crowded.
New Year’s Eve at the Needle
December 31, 2014
1 mile NWPut on a winter coat and head to Seattle Center for the West Coast’s best New Year’s Eve fireworks. The Space Needle is the tallest structure in the world that launches fireworks. The upstairs party sells out early, but you can watch from the ground for free.