Seattle events calendar for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in August 2015 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

August 1, 2015 (begins July 6)

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.

Gender-bending comedy

August 1, 2015 (also July)

1 mile east

Sidewinders an existential and transgender wild Western at Richard Hugo House. Discount tickets $11.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 1, 2015

54 miles NW via ferry

Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Worden State Park.

Christian music

August 1, 2015 (begins July 30)

216 miles SE

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

All-American musical

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

0.3 miles SE

Take a rollicking trip back to the 1950s when high school kids are learning to be cool in Grease at the 5th Avenue Theatre.

Discount tickets $69.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 29)

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Wednesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Thursday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront for ages 8 and older wearing flat-heeled shoes. Free.

Tennessee Williams' play

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

1 mile east

Orpheus Descending is a Southern riff on Greek mythology about a small town disrupted by an outsider, at 12th Ave. Arts. Discount tickets $11.

Seattle Art Fair

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 30)

1.2 miles south

Seattle Art Fair is a new event co-sponsored by Paul Allen that showcases art from 60 top galleries around the world at CenturyLink Field. Discount tickets $10.

African heritage festival

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

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.

Magnolia summer festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

5 miles NW

Magnolia Summerfest opens Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. parade. It includes an art show at the ballfield, live music, food vendors, a beer garden, pony rides, inflatable rides, and a kids’ stage. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 31)

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 Breitling Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.

Craft fair

August 1 - 2, 2015

8 miles NE

Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Free.

Cabaret in Everett

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

29 miles north

Step back in time to the decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany as colorful singers serenade you in Cabaret at the Village Theatre. Discount tickets $33.

West Side Story

August 1 - 2, 2015 (also July)

38 miles south

See the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, with catchy songs like “America” and “Maria” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

103 miles NW

Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, children’s activities, and a Friday Wine Reception and Juried Art Gallery.

Drama from India

August 1 - 9, 2015

1 mile east

Dance Like a Man is a popular English-language play from India about the power of tradition, the allure of rebellion, and the dynamics of family in Bullitt Cabaret at ACT.

Wine & chocolate

August 1 - 15, 2016 (also July)

15 miles SE

Taste 4 premium wines and 4 artisan chcolates at Wine and Chocolate Pairing at Sweet Decadence Wine and Chocolate Bar in Renton. Discount tickets $15.

Renaissance fair

August 1 - 16, 2015 (weekends)

33 miles south

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

Fiddler on the Roof

August 1 - 22, 2015 (begins July 31)

11.3 miles north

Fiddler on the Roof is a play about Jewish tradition in a Russian village, featuring classic songs, free in the Shoreline City Hall courtyard. Reserved seats $3.

Zombie escape

August 1 - 30, 2015

1.4 miles north

You and 11 others are Trapped in a Room with a Zombie on a chain and have only one hour to solve clues & escape, at 603 Roy St.

Discount tickets $19.

Concerts at the locks

Aug. 1 - Sept. 7, 2015 (begins May 31)

6 miles NW

Ballard Locks has free 2 p.m. concerts on the lawn.

Music on a farm

Aug. 1 - Sept. 13, 2015 (weekends)

42 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

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

Waterfront family day

August 2, 2015 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

0.5 miles SW

Waterfront Whimsea Family Fun Day is a small event with family entertainment at Waterfront Park. Free.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 2, 2015

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.

Cruise & salmon bake

August 2 - Sept. 4, 2015

0.7 miles SW

Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Cruise includes a 45-minute boat ride from Pier 55 to Blake Island, a salmon buffet, and Indian dancing. Discount adult tickets $62.

Dinner show at Teatro ZinZanni

August 2 - Sept. 13, 2015 (also July)

1.6 miles NW

Return of Chaos is an aerial and acrobatic cirque show performed around you as you enjoy a full five-course dinner, at Teatro ZinZanni north of Seattle Center. Discount tickets $80 + tax + tip.

Drag show

August 2 - Dec. 27, 2015 (Sundays 2 p.m.)

1.1 miles NE

Female impersonators in outrageous costumes put on a show at Julia’s Queen of the Brunch Drag Show on Capitol Hill. Optional brunch.

Discount tickets $15.

Cruise & salmon bake

August 2 - Sept. 4, 2015

0.7 miles SW

Tillicum Village Salmon Bake and Cruise includes a 45-minute boat ride from Pier 55 to Blake Island, a salmon buffet, and Indian dancing. Discount adult tickets $62.

Concerts downtown

August 4 - Sept. 4, 2015 (begins July 9)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Out to Lunch Concert Series. Location varies.

Vintage aircraft

August 5 - 6, 2015 (VIP event Aug. 4)

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.

Rock guitar wizards

August 6, 2015 (7:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

Hit guitarist Gary Hoey plays blues rock and surf rock at The Triple Door. Opening act is Johnny Smokes. Discount tickets $15.
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Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2015

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.

Logging festival

August 6 - 9, 2015

90 miles south

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

South Lake Union Block Party

August 7, 2015

1 mile north

South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer garden, and evening food trucks at South Lake Union Discovery Center. Free. Savor SLU is a tasting requiring tickets.

Kirkland summer festival

August 7 - 8, 2015

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.

Salmon festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

9 miles north

SalmonFest Seattle features a salmon bake every day, car show Saturday, parade Saturday at 7 p.m., and weekend art fair, beer garden, live music, and kids’ area in Lake City. Free.

Mount Si festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

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.

Anacortes art festival

August 7 - 9, 2015

80 miles north

Anacortes Arts Festival has juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and activities for kids that stretch 8 blocks to the waterfront. Free.

Concerts at the mural

August 7 - 28, 2015 (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.

Urban scavenger race

August 8, 2015 (11 a.m.)

0.6 miles north

Teams solve puzzles and face challenges in various neighborhoods on CitySolve Urban Race, starting at Whole Foods on Westlake Ave. Discount tickets $20.

Brewery festival

August 8, 2015 (3 to 7 p.m.)

14 miles north

Admission to 4-Corners Brewfest includes 10 tastes of craft beer, food, and live music at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 8, 2015

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 8, 2015 (2 to 5:30 p.m.)

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

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

Native American festival

August 8, 2015

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 8, 2015 (1 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Polo Party

August 8 - 9, 2015

40 miles SE

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

River festival & powwow

August 8 - 9, 2015

52 miles north

Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow has live music, a salmon bake, dancing, storytelling, vendors, a 5K, and kids’ zone in Arlington. Free except parking.


August 8 - 22, 2015

1.3 miles NW

Nabucco is Verdi’s dramatic opera about a Babylonian king and his Hebrew slaves, in Italian with English. subtitles at McCaw Hall. Discount tickets $39 to $127.

Garage sale day

August 9, 2015

1.5 miles NE

Capitol Hill Garage Sale at Cal Anderson Park has 30 sellers, plus dozens of neighborhood sales. Free.

Get painted as you run

August 9, 2015 (8 a.m.)

33 miles south

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and glitter as you run the Color Run 5K that starts at the Tacoma Dome.

Jazz walk

August 11, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

11 mile north

Stroll along 15th Avenue NE to hear jazz in 10 venues using one ticket to North City Jazz Walk in Shoreline.

Wine weekend

August 13 - 15, 2015

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.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 13 - 16, 2015

238 miles NE

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

Romantic drama of India

August 13 - 30, 2015

1.5 miles NW

The play Indian Ink explores a brief and mysterious relationship between an adventurous English poet and an Indian artist in the 1930s at Center Theatre. Contains nudity. Discount tickets $13.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 14, 2015

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.

Tattoo exposition

August 14 - 16, 2015

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 14 - 16, 2015

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.

Taste of Edmonds

August 14 - 16, 2015

16 miles north

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

Chief Seattle Days

August 14 - 16, 2015

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.

Auburn festival

August 14 - 16, 2015

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.

Railroad festival

August 14 - 16, 2015

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 admission.

Central district festival

August 15, 2015

2 miles east

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

Dog festival

August 15, 2015

18 miles SE

Frogs & Dogs is a family-friendly pet festival with an 11 a.m. dog parade, dog wash, dog obstacle contest, and human leapfrogging near Issaquah Brewhouse.

Woodinville festival

August 15, 2015

20 miles NE

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

Everett beer festival

August 15, 2015 (12 to 7 p.m.)

29 miles north

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

Street food festival

August 15 - 16, 2015 (party Aug. 14)

0.7 miles north

Seattle Street Food Festival has food trucks and food booths, a beer garden, live music, and 75 Urban Craft Uprising vendors in South Lake Union. Free.

Everett art festival

August 15 - 16, 2015

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 15 - 16, 2015

43 miles SE

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

Shakespeare in the forest

August 15 - 30, 2015

28 miles east

As You Like It is a romantic comedy of mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry, and hilarious happenstance performed outdoors at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater in Fall City. Discount tickets $9.

Brazil festival

August 16, 2015

1 mile NW

Hear classical guitar, traditional folk music, and samba at BrasilFest. Watch a demonstration of capoeira martial arts; see glittering costumes; and eat authentic food at Seattle Center. Free entry.

Zoo concerts

August 16 & 19, 2015 (begins June 19)

5 miles north

ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child 12 or under per adult.


August 16 & 28 & 30, 2015

1 mile NW

Watch the women of Seattle Storm play a game with heart & soul in KeyArena.

Discount tickets $20.

Kite festival

August 17 - 23, 2015

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.

Family musical

August 18 - Sept. 6, 2015

0.3 miles SE

Based on a book by Roald Dahl, Matilda the Musical is about a girl who takes a stand to change her destiny, at 5th Avenue Theatre. Discount tickets $55 - $120.

Snoqualmie bike festival

August 21 - 23, 2015

29 miles east

Gigantic Bicycle Festival offers live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, guest speakers, comedy, outdoor films, and 77 & 100 mile bike rides. Discount tickets $11.

Bellevue taste

August 22, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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.

Sammamish evening fest

August 22, 2015 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

21 miles east

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

Sausage & cider festival

August 22, 2015 (4 to 8 p.m.)

26 miles SE

A ticket to Sausage and Cider Fest gets you tastes of sausage, foods made with sausage, Northwest hard ciders, and live music at Covington Community Park.

Art in the forest

August 22 - 23, 2015

6 miles SW

Wander the trails and visit the cabins at Camp Long in West Seattle to experience music, dancing, puppet shows, art exhibits, craft-making, and food vendors during family-friendly Arts in Nature Festival.

Viking Days

August 22 - 23, 2015

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.

Medieval village

August 22 - 23, 2015 (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, 2015

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.

Creepy magic

August 27, 2015 (7 p.m.)

0.8 miles south

Expect dark and edgy magic and amazing feats amid the macabre artifacts of Spooked in Seattle Museum at Acts of Desperation.

Discount tickets $15.

Evergreen State Fair

August 27 - Sept. 7, 2015

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.

Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick

August 28, 2015 (6:30 p.m.)

14 miles NE

Grammy-winner Peter Frampton (Do You Feel Like We Do) performs with Cheap Trick (I Want You to Want Me) at Marymoor Park. Discount lawn tickets $25.

Weedstock music festival

August 28 - 30, 2015

77 miles east

Cloneapalooza III is a “green” festival for age 21+ with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, food and craft vendors, and camping on a ranch in Easton.

Garlic festival

August 28 - 30, 2015

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 28 - 30, 2015

153 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Makah nation invites you to Makah Days Celebration, with a street fair, canoe races, dances, Fri. fireworks, Sat. parade, and Sat./Sun. salmon bake at the tip of Washington. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails.

Video game convention

August 28 - 31, 2015 (sold out)

0.5 mile east

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

Tomato fight

August 29, 2015

1.7 miles south

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

Blues and beer festival

August 29, 2015 (12 to 8 p.m.)

20 miles south

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

Car show

August 29, 2015

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.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.