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Best events all year

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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January 2015
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Polar Bear Plunge

January 1, 2015

8 miles NE

Join 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 east

See the best and brightest in international cinema for children ages 3 to 12 at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle at Northwest Film Forum.

Boat show

January 23 - Feb. 1, 2015

1.5 miles south

Seattle Boat Show, which features 1000 boats and 140 boating seminars, is located at CenturyLink Field, with boats for sale on South Lake Union.

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February 2015
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Flower and garden show

February 11 - 15, 2015

0.5 mile east

February 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.

Home show

February 14 - 22, 2015

1.5 miles south

The 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 NW

Taste 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.

Bluegrass festival

February 26 - March 1, 2015

11 miles east

Wintergrass includes 30 acts on four stages, workshops, and impromptu jams in Bellevue.

Beer at Museum of Flight

February 28, 2015

9 miles south

Enjoy 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.

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March 2015
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Saint Patrick’s Day

March 14 - 15, 2015

Seattle locations

St. 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 east

The 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 east

Emerald City Comicon is a large comic book, game, and pop culture event at the convention center.

Taste Washington

March 28 - 29, 2015

1.5 miles south

Sample from 225 wineries and 50 restaurants, and attend seminars, at Taste Washington in the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

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April 2015
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Tulip festival

April 1 - 30, 2015

60 miles north

Skagit 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 north

Taste 80 varieties of beer, Scotch whisky, wine, and spirits at the annual Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival in Fremont Studios.

Daffodil parade

April 11, 2015

33 miles south

The 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.

Jazz festival

April 15 - 18, 2015

6 miles NW

The annual Ballard Jazz Festival offers world-class musicians, a Swedish pancake jazz brunch, and a classic Volvo/Saab car show.

Spring Fair

April 16 - 19, 2015

37 miles south

Spring 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 NW

The 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 NW

Immerse yourself in more than 100 drum and dance workshops and performances at the World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. Free.

Restaurant Week

April 2015 (undated)

Seattle locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 150 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which repeats in October.

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May 2015
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Opening day of boating season

May 2, 2015

4 miles NE

Watch 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.

Beer week

May 7 - 17, 2015 (uncertain)

Seattle locations

Bars and breweries host more than 100 beer-tasting and food-pairing events during Seattle Beer Week.

Film festival

May 14 - June 7, 2015

multiple locations

Seattle 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 NE

Seattle’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 NW

Northwest 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 locations

Mobile Food Rodeo offers great food at a reasonable price, with a beer garden and free entertainment.
  • Saturday - International District (1 mile south).
  • Sunday - Fremont (4 miles north).

Concerts at the locks

May - Sept, 2015 (undated)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are free. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol.

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June 2015
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Fremont parade and fair

June 19 - 21, 2015

4 miles north

  • Fri. & Sat. - Concert series.
  • Sat. - Fremont Solstice Parade is wacky, weird, and world-famous for painted nude bicyclists. Begins at 3rd Ave. NW and NW 36th St. and ends at Gas Works Park in a wild festival.
  • Sat. & Sun. - Fremont Fair offers art and craft booths, local bands, food vendors, a beer garden, funky painted cars, and a Sunday dog parade.

Redmond beer festival

June 19 - 21, 2015

15 miles east

Washington 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 north

Artists display paintings, photos, sculptures, and jewelry in a park at Edmonds Arts Festival. Enjoy food, entertainment, and activities. No pets. Free.

Car show

June 27, 2015

8 miles north

The 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.

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July 2015
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Fourth of July - Seattle

July 4, 2015

4 miles north

The 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 south

Tacoma 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 NW

Eat 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 NW

Buy 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 east

Bellevue 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.

Torchlight parade

July 25, 2015

1 mile NW

Colorful 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.

Capitol Hill Block Party

July 2015 (undated)

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day rock festival of 80 bands and DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

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August 2014
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Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 1 - 3, 2014

5 miles SE

Watch 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 north

South 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 east

Seattle 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 NE

Meet 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.

Beer festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

1 mile NW

Choose 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 NW

Celebrate 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.

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September 2014
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Puyallup fair

September 5 - 21, 2014

36 miles south

Find 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 east

See unpredictable and uncensored plays in small Capitol Hill theaters at the Seattle Fringe Festival.

Fremont Oktoberfest

September 19 - 21, 2014

4 miles north

Fremont 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.

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October 2014
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Home show

October 3 - 5, 2014

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Home Show has exhibits about building, remodeling, decorating, and landscaping homes, at CenturyLink Field. Discount tickets for two.

Salmon festival

October 4 - 5, 2014

17 miles east

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival celebrates the salmon’s return with arts and crafts, a kids’ play area, food, and entertainment. Free.

Greek festival

October 10 - 12, 2014

3 miles NE in Montlake

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume.

Jazz festival

October 10 - Nov. 11, 2014

Seattle locations

The Seattle Earshot Jazz Festival features more than 50 concerts by local and worldwide jazz greats.

Auto show

October 15 - 19, 2014

1.5 miles south

The Seattle Auto Show at CenturyLink Field showcases new cars and trucks every year.

Seattle Restaurant Week

October 19 - 23 & 26 - 30, 2014

multiple locations

Get a special deal on a three-course meal at 150 restaurants during Seattle Restaurant Week, which excludes Friday and Saturday. Repeats in April.

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November 2014
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Parade & star lighting

November 28, 2014

downtown Seattle

Macy’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.

Christmas play

November 28 - Dec. 28, 2014

0.3 miles east

ACT Theatre performs Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol about the miraculous transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge.

Nutcracker ballet

November 28 - Dec. 28, 2014

1 mile NW

This 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 south

Bundle 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 east

Enjoy zillions of colorful lights and displays at Garden d’Lights in Bellevue Botanical Garden. Some nights are free but more crowded.

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December 2014
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New Year’s Eve at the Needle

December 31, 2014

1 mile NW

Put 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.

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