Seattle events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Seattle, Washington.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 with this calendar of events.

Events are listed by starting date, and all dates are confirmed. Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Chamber music in the city

August 1 - 2, 2014 (begins July 7)

0.5 miles south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. Repeats in Feb.

Magnolia summer festival

August 1 - 2, 2014

5 miles NW

Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show includes an art show, merchants’ sidewalk sale, live music, food vendors, pony rides, inflatable rides, clowns and magicians, and a beer garden. Adult and children’s parades on the last day. Free.

Christian music

August 1 - 2, 2014 (begins July 30)

216 miles SE

Creation Festival Northwest offers live music, kids’ activities, and a worship tent in Kennewick.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 3, 2014 (begins July 30)

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Wednesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay and parade of aircraft in the sky, followed by ship tours Thursday to Saturday for ages 8 and older on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

African heritage festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

2 miles east

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival has hip-hop music, a fashion expo, community speakers, vendors, and a Saturday parade to Judkins Park. Free.

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.

Salmon festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

9 miles north

SalmonFest Seattle features a Friday dance and salmon bake; Saturday car show, kids’ parade and grand parade; and weekend art fair, beer garden, street dances, and kids’ activities in Lake City. Free.

Anacortes art festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

80 miles north

Anacortes Arts Festival has juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and activities for kids that stretch 6 blocks to the waterfront. Free.

Concerts at the mural

August 1 - 22, 2014 (Fridays)

1 mile NW

Concerts at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center are family and picnic friendly, and have a beer and wine garden. The lawn fills early. Free.

Concerts downtown

August 1 - 29, 2014 (July 9 - Sept. 5)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music at Out to Lunch Concert Series on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. See schedule.

Art in the Garden

August 2, 2014

8 miles NW

Art in the Garden features artwork, acoustic music, food trucks, a pie auction, a bake sale, and a beer garden at Ballard P-Patch. Free.

Exotic cars

August 2, 2014

15 miles NE

Check out the cars parked in the south lot of Redmond Town Center during Porsche Day. Free.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 2, 2014

54 miles NW via ferry

Acoustic Blues Showcase Concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Ward State Park.

Tacoma salmon bake

August 2 - 3, 2014

31 miles south

The Original Browns Point Salmon Bake includes a variety of food, a beer garden, music, and kids’ games on the water at 201 Ton A Wan Da Ave NE.

Renaissance fair

August 2 - 17, 2014 (weekends)

33 miles south

Mingle with medieval knights, jesters, peasants, and artisans at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Concerts at the locks

August 2 - 31, 2014 (May 29 - Sept. 1)

6 miles NW

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

Chamber music on a farm

August 2 - 31, 2014 (June 28 - Sept. 7)

56 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class chamber music on the lawn or in the barn at the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene. Prices.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 3, 2014

88 miles NW by ferry & toll bridge

Bike 24 or 36 miles car-free to the summit in the Olympic Mountains during Ride the Hurricane from Heart Of The Hills Campground in Port Angeles.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2014

5 miles north

The city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. From Hiroshima to Hope promotes peace and remembers victims of war with music, speakers, and candle-lit lanterns floated on Green Lake at dusk. Free.

Zoo concerts

Aug. 6 - 24, 2014 (dates below)

5 miles north

ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child 12 or under per adult. June 18, 22. July 2, 6, 30, 31. Aug. 6, 10, 17, 20, 21, 24.

Logging festival

August 7 - 10, 2014

90 miles south

Morton Loggers Jubilee in historic Morton has a logging show, parade, lawnmower races, bed races, flea market, music, and vendors. Free.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 7 - 10, 2014

238 miles NE

The Omak Stampede includes a world-famous suicide horse race plus rodeo, art show, motorcycle show, and carnival in Omak.

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.

Kirkland summer festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

14 miles NE

Kirkland Summerfest is a popular festival of the arts, live music, entertainment, beer, food, and family fun on the shore of Lake Washington. Free.

Taste of Edmonds

August 8 - 10, 2014

16 miles north

A Taste of Edmonds is all about good food, free entertainment, kids’ activities, and arts and crafts.

Auburn festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

29 miles south

Auburn Days has a dinner and 5K Friday, parade and street dance Saturday, car show Sunday, plus music, art, and food all weekend at Auburn Way & Main St.

Mount Si festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

31 mile east

The Festival at Mount Si is a small-town arts and crafts fair with food booths, a beer garden, free live music, eating contests, and fireworks in North Bend.

Tequila festival

August 9, 2014

5 miles north

The Northwest Tequila Fest features a beer & cocktail garden, Mexican restaurant food, and live music at the Phinney Neighborhood Center.
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Brewery festival

August 9, 2014

14 miles north

Admission to 4-Corners Brewfest includes tastes of craft beer, food, and live music at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 9, 2014

15 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge in Marymoor Park, Redmond.

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 9, 2014

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the Bremerton ferry, which docks near Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park.

Sammamish evening fest

August 9, 2014

21 miles east

Enjoy a beautiful sunset, food, wine, art, and a show band at Sammamish Nights. Bring age 21 ID.

Native American festival

August 9, 2014

33 miles south

Experience native dancing, drumming, singing, and crafts for sale at In the Spirit Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Free.

Beer and blues festival

August 9, 2014

34 miles south

Enjoy beer from 30 craft brewers, a meal from local food trucks, and music from Northwest blues icons at Brew Five Three on Broadway in Tacoma.

Zombie Run

August 9, 2014

84 miles SW

Dodge zombies who try to pop your balloons (or be a zombie) at the Zombie Run 5K in McCleary.

Polo Party

August 9 - 10, 2014

40 miles SE

Watch matches and socialize at the Polo Party at Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club in Enumclaw.

River festival & powwow

August 9 - 10, 2014

52 miles north

Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow has live music, a salmon bake, dancing, storytelling, and cultural exhibits in Arlington. Free, including parking.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

103 miles NW

Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, an art gallery wine reception, and children’s activities. Free.

Get painted as you run

August 10, 2014

33 miles south

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color Run 5K at the Tacoma Dome.

Jazz walk

August 12, 2014

11 mile north

Stroll along 15th Avenue NE to hear free jazz under the stars at North City Jazz Walk. Indoor music and food are available in the nearby clubs.

Wine weekend

August 14 - 16, 2014

Seattle locations

Sample wines, savor fine food, attend an auction, and visit winemakers at the pricey Auction of Washington Wines, which also has a 10K run and 5K run/walk.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 15, 2014

0.3 mile SW

Enjoy the best of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at Sunset Supper at the Market, and then dance to live music under the stars.

Community barbecue

August 15, 2014

6 miles north

Summer BBQ has a western theme in Greenwood.

Tattoo exposition

August 15 - 17, 2014

1 mile NW

Admire art on skin at the Seattle Tattoo Expo, with competitions, seminars, exhibitions, and vendors at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Hemp festival

August 15 - 17, 2014

2 miles NW

Seattle Hempfest celebrates the potential benefits of the cannabis plant with music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water. Free.

Chief Seattle Days

August 15 - 17, 2014

19 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Suquamish Tribe hosts Chief Seattle Days with a traditional salmon bake, canoe races, softball, 5K run, drumming, dancing, and a memorial service at the graveside of Chief Seattle in Suquamish.

Railroad festival

August 15 - 17, 2014

29 miles east

Snoqualmie Railroad Days draws 10,000 people for train rides, a pancake breakfast, fun run, parade, kids’ entertainment, music, arts & crafts, car show, wine and beer garden, and food. Free entrance.

Tacoma film festival

August 15 - 20, 2014

35 miles south

Every year, Filmmaker Magazine names the 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Meet many of them and see their films at the Grand Cinema in Tacoma.

Tomato fight

August 16, 2014

1.7 miles south

Toss tomatoes, drink beer, and hear live music at Tomato Battle at Pyramid Alehouse. Bring age 21 ID.

Central district festival

August 16, 2014

2 miles east

The Central Area Community Festival offers live music, food, art and cultural events, games, crafts, and prizes at the Garfield Community Center. Free.

Bellevue taste

August 16, 2014

13 miles east

Taste of Main is a food extravaganza on Bellevue’s Main Street for charity. Taste entrees, desserts, snacks, wine, and more at local businesses.

Woodinville festival

August 16, 2014

20 miles NE

Celebrate Woodinville Festival has pancakes at the fire station, a parade on 175th Street, a farmer’s market, arts & crafts fair, beer garden, food trucks, and children’s activities at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Everett beer festival

August 16, 2014

29 miles north

The Everett Craft Beer Festival features 100 beers of 30 breweries and music at Hoyt & Hewitt Avenues.

Fire festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

1 mile south

See antique fire trucks, watch firefighters compete, see the Kids’ Firefighter Challenge, visit the nearby Last Resort Fire Department Museum, and hear live music at the Pioneer Square Fire Festival. Free.

Viking Days

August 16 - 17, 2014

7 miles NW

Viking Days features a daily pancake breakfast, a 5K and salmon dinner Saturday, Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking village reenactment, beer garden, and music at Nordic History Museum in Ballard. Free.

Everett art festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

30 miles north

Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work turns the Port of Everett Marina into a big outdoor studio. Free.

Dog show

August 16 - 17, 2014

43 miles SE

Watch competitions and shop vendors at Olympic Kennel Club Dog Show at Enumclaw Expo Center.

Brazil festival

August 17, 2014

1 mile NW

BrasilFest offers traditional and contemporary music and dance, workshops in Brazilian martial arts and samba, arts and crafts exhibits, and mask-making and painting for children, at Seattle Center. Free.

Kite festival

August 18 - 24, 2014

170 miles SW

It’s free to watch kite fliers compete at the Washington State International Kite Festival (or fly your own) in Long Beach on the windy Pacific Coast. The nearby kite museum has an admission fee.

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. Discounts on Special Admission Days. Parking cost.

Hip-hop boat ride

August 22, 2014

2 miles north

Hip Hop on the Water is a 3-hour boat ride on Lake Union with hip-hop artists, breakdancers, and a bar.

Three-dimensional printing

August 22 - 23, 2014

10 miles east

3D Printer World Expo offers seminars, exhibits, and demonstrations at Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.

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.

Garlic festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

87 miles south

Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show celebrates garlic cuisine and has beer and wine, music, arts & crafts, antiques, and kids’ activities. No pets or smoking.

Neah Bay celebration

August 22 - 24, 2014

153 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Makah nation welcomes you to the 87th annual Makah Days Celebration on the tip of Washington to see traditional singing, dancing, canoe races, and games. Free, or pay $10 to visit beaches and trails.

Nonstop entertainment

August 23, 2014 (7 p.m. to 2 a.m.)

1 mile west

AMDEF stands for art, music, dance, entertainment, and fashion. This mixed-media event delivers on all counts for hours at Neumos. Bring age 21 ID.

Duwamish River Festival

August 23, 2014 (12 to 4 p.m.)

7 miles south

The Duwamish River Festival celebrates the river’s amazing comeback with music, lunch, kids’ activities, exhibits, art, kayak and boat rides at Duwamish Waterway Park. Free.

British cars

August 23, 2014 (9 to 11 a.m.)

15 miles NE

Admire Bentleys, Jaguars, and MGs in the south lot of Redmond Town Center on British Car Day. Free.

Blues and beer festival

August 23, 2014 (12 to 8 p.m.)

20 miles south

Enjoy blues music, beer from 20 local breweries, and bratwurst at Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest in Des Moines Beach Park. No children or pets.

Ice cream festival

August 23, 2014 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

24 miles NE

Enjoy ice cream, craft beer, local food, farm animals, and live music at the Snoqualmie Ice Cream-O-Rama in Maltby.

Tibet festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

1 mile NW

Tibet Fest showcases the music, dance, and food of Tibet in the Armory at Seattle Center. Free.

Medieval village

August 23 - 24, 2014 (12 to 5 p.m.)

27 miles east

Harvest Festival features craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, music & dance, and lunch (dinner is available by reservation) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Free park day

August 25, 2014

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Vintage aircraft

August 29 - 31, 2014

23 miles north

See vintage airplanes, autos, bicycles, and clothing at Vintage Aircraft Weekend, which includes food, music, and rides at Everett’s Paine Field. See schedule.

Video game convention

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014 (sold out)

0.5 mile east

Play video games or see gamers in costume at PAX Prime Seattle in the Seattle convention center.

Ski & snowboard sale

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

12 miles south

Ski Bonkers is a giant sale of new merchandise in the southwest parking garage at Southcenter on Labor Day weekend. Free.

Ellensburg Rodeo

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

108 miles east

Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, and it also offers live music, a carnival, and the adjacent Kittitas County Fair all Labor Day weekend.

Car show

August 30, 2014

44 miles south

See 1000 vintage vehicles and a car auction at LeMay Car Show at Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, plus the nearby LeMay home via a shuttle bus.

Bumbershoot

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.

Blackberry festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie, or do the Berry Fun Run.

Car festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

32 miles south

Tacoma Carfest has restored trucks, modified cars, live music, salsa dancing, and Monday car sale at Le May Car Museum in Tacoma on Labor Day weekend.

Salmon dinner

August 31, 2014 (12 to 6 p.m.)

0.3 miles SW

Tom Douglas and his chefs serve grilled salmon with side dishes, live music, and a view of Puget Sound at Salmon Chanted Evening in Victor Steinbrueck Park.
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