Seattle events calendar for August 2016. 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 with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 2 - 7, 2016

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Wednesday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront for ages 8 and older wearing flat-heeled shoes. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 2 - 24, 2016 (begins June 30)

5 miles north

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

Concerts downtown

August 2 - Sept. 2, 2016 (begins July 7)

Downtown Seattle

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

Taste of Snoqualmie

August 5, 2016 (6:30 to 9:30 p.m.)

30 miles east

SipFest is a wine, beer, and food tasting event in picturesque Snoqualmie to benefit charity.

Seattle Art Fair

August 5 - 7, 2016 (preview Aug. 4)

1.2 miles south

Seattle Art Fair is a new event co-sponsored by Paul Allen that showcases art from 80 top galleries around the world at WaMu Theater.

African heritage festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

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 5 - 7, 2016 (starts Fri. evening)

5 miles NW

Magnolia Summerfest includes a parade Saturday at 10:30 a.m., live music, food vendors, a beer and wine garden, weekend art fair, and kids’ activities. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 5 - 7, 2016

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.

Salmon festival & parade

August 5 - 7, 2016

9 miles north

SalmonFest Seattle has a salmon bake every day, parades Saturday (kids 6 p.m., grand 7 p.m.), car show Sunday, and weekend art fair, beer garden, live music, and kids’ area in Lake City. Free.

Drag racing

August 5 - 7, 2016

38.4 miles SE

Watch stars of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) compete at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

Anacortes art festival

August 5 - 7, 2016

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 5 - 26, 2016 (5:30 p.m. 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.

Harvest festival

August 6, 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

4.5 miles north

Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair is a community festival with good food, cider pressing, live music, farm animals, workshops, cooking demos, and a 12:30 p.m. children’s parade at Meridian Park. Free.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2016

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.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 6, 2016 (1:30 p.m.)

54 miles NW via ferry

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

Cider in Port Townsend

August 6, 2016 (12 p.m., VIP 11)

57 miles NW including ferry boat

A ticket to Summer Cider Day gets you 8 tastes from among 80 local ciders, with food for sale and music at Northwest Maritime Center in Port Towsend. Kids free.

Tacoma salmon bake

August 6 - 7, 2016

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 6 - 21, 2016 (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 6 - Sept. 17, 2016 (begins May 29)

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard beginning at 2 p.m.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 7, 2016

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.

Logging festival

August 12 - 14, 2016

90 miles south

Morton Loggers Jubilee in historic Morton includes lawn mower races Friday, bed races Sat. 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11:30 a.m., weekend logging show, flea market, music, and vendors. See schedule.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 11 - 14, 2016

238 miles NE

The Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races plus a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a Sunday 10 a.m. parade in Omak. Schedule.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 12, 2016 (7:30 p.m., VIP 7)

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.

South Lake Union Block Party

August 12, 2016 (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)

1 mile north

South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer garden, and food trucks at South Lake Union Discovery Center. Free.

Kirkland summer festival

August 12 - 13, 2016

14 miles NE

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

Taste of Edmonds

August 12 - 14, 2016

16 miles north

A Taste of Edmonds features good food, beer and wine gardens, free entertainment on three stages, a kidzone, and arts and crafts booths. Festival map.

Mount Si festival

August 12 - 14, 2016

31 mile east

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

Cupcakes & beer

August 13, 2016 (12 to 4 p.m.)

1.6 miles south

Family-friendly Pyramid’s Beer-Infused Cupcake Competition features baked goods made with beer (and without), a beer garden, live music, and games at Pyramid Alehouse.

Brewery festival

August 13, 2016 (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 13, 2016

15.4 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lake Sammamish State Park. Parents race for free.

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 13, 2016 (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.

Auburn festival

August 13, 2016 (5K run on Aug. 12)

29 miles south

Auburn Fest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. At noon, it adds a car show, two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, arts & crafts, and kids’ activities at Les Gove Park.

Native American festival

August 13, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

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 13, 2016 (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 for age 21+.

Polo Party

August 13 - 14, 2016

40 miles SE

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

River festival & powwow

August 13 - 14, 2016

52 miles north

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

Whidbey Island art festival

August 13 - 14, 2016

103 miles NW

Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

August 13 - Sept. 11, 2016 (2 p.m. weekends)

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival, which moves in 2016 to Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Lawn party

August 14, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

0.6 miles north

Tom Douglas and his restaurant Dahlia Lounge are throwing a charity Lawn Party & Croquet Tournament with food tents, cocktails, beer, music, and prizes at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+.

Garage sale day

August 14, 2016

1.5 miles NE

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

Get painted as you run

August 14, 2016

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.

Kite festival

August 15 - 21, 2016

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. Brochure.

Jazz walk

August 16, 2016 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

11 mile north

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

Dance in the park

August 16 - 25, 2016 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)

multiple parks

Dancing til Dusk offers dance lessons, music, and dancing in downtown Seattle parks. Free.

Wine weekend

August 18 - 20, 2016

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.

Everett distillery festival

August 19, 2016 (12 & 3 & 6 p.m.)

31 miles north

Meet local distillers, taste their products, eat appetizers, and hear music at Washington on the Rocks at Everett Yacht Club.

Tattoo exposition

August 19 - 21, 2016

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.

Marijuana festival

August 19 - 21, 2016

2 miles NW

Seattle Hempfest celebrates the cannabis plant with free music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water.

Chief Seattle Days

August 19 - 21, 2016

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. Schedule.

Railroad festival

August 19 - 21, 2016

29 miles east

Snoqualmie Railroad Days draws 10,000 people for train rides, a pancake breakfast Sat. 7 to 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11 a.m., a car show Sun., kids’ entertainment, music, arts & crafts, beer and wine garden, and food. Free admission.

Central district festival

August 20, 2016 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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.

Duwamish River Festival

August 20, 2016 (12 to 6 p.m.)

7 miles south

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

Bellevue taste

August 20, 2016 (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.

Dog festival

August 20, 2016 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

18 miles SE

Frogs & Dogs features dog games, dog washes, and family fun near Issaquah Brewhouse.

Woodinville festival

August 20, 2016

20 miles NE

Celebrate Woodinville Festival has pancakes at the fire station, an 11 a.m. parade on 175th Street, and a farmer’s market, arts & crafts fair, wine & beer garden, food vendors, and kids’ activities at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Sammamish evening fest

August 20, 2016 (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.

Cider & sausage festival

August 20, 2016 (4 p.m., VIP 3)

26 miles SE

A ticket to Sausage and CiderFest includes 10 tastes of cider, plus sausage samples, music, and lawn games for age 21+ at Covington Community Park.

Everett beer festival

August 20, 2016 (12 to 7 p.m.)

29 miles north

The Everett Craft Beer Festival features 100 beers from 30 breweries and music at Hoyt & Hewitt Avenues. Bring age 21 ID.

Tumwater beer festival

August 20, 2016 (1 to 8 p.m.)

63 miles south

Beer has a long history in Olympia because of its natural springs. Taste 100 northwest beers at the nearby Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, with wine, food trucks, and games, on a golf course for age 21+.

Street food festival

August 20 - 21, 2016 (preview party Friday)

0.7 miles north

Seattle Street Food Festival has 50 food trucks and food booths, a beer garden, live music, and 70 Urban Craft Uprising vendors in South Lake Union, along 9th Ave. N. from Denny Way to Harrison St. Free.

Forest arts festival

August 20 - 21, 2016

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 the family-friendly Arts in Nature Festival.

Viking Days

August 20 - 21, 2016

7 miles NW

Viking Days features a daily pancake breakfast, a salmon BBQ 1 p.m. Saturday, Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking village reenactment, a beer garden, and music at Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Free.

Everett art festival

August 20 - 21, 2016

30 miles north

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

Short plays in Tacoma

August 20 - 21 and 27 - 28, 2016

38 miles south

Watch 10 brand-new plays in one evening during Summerplay at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Brazil festival

August 21, 2016

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.

Free state parks

August 25, 2016


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Unusual art show

August 25, 2016 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

1.3 miles north

Art and science intersect at the outdoor Scientific Image Art Walk, which features beautiful photos taken by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Free if you RSVP, including parking.

Free national parks

August 25 - 28, 2016

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.

Evergreen State Fair

August 25 - Sept. 5, 2016

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.

Kirkland wine tasting

August 26, 2016 (6 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in Kirkland shops during Kirkland Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel. In 2016, this event was held in both June and August.

Garlic festival

August 26 - 28, 2016

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 26 - 28, 2016

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.

Cuba party

August 27, 2016 (6 p.m. to midnight)

2.8 miles south

A ticket to Havana Nights gets you entertainment, a salsa dance class, a Cuban dinner, your first mojito or other drink, and DJ music (Latin, old-school hip hop, R&B, and dance tunes) at Metropolist. Bring age 21 ID.

Pub crawl

August 27, 2016 (2 to 5:30 p.m.)

4.2 miles NW

Wear green to the Ballard Brewshed Pub Craw, which features discounts and tours at three Ballard breweries for age 21+ to support wilderness.

Ballard Festival

August 27, 2016 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

6 miles NW

Sustainable Ballard Festival offers music, food, beer, environmental exhibits and workshops, and a kids’ bike parade in Ballard Commons Park. Free.

Samba at Seward Park

August 27, 2016 (12 to 2 p.m.)

6.8 miles SE

Dance around Seward Park to the beat of live drums at Seattle Samba-Thon. Costume and drums optional.

Blues and beer festival

August 27, 2016 (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 27, 2016

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.

Brunchy booze festival

August 27 - 28, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes samples of a dozen beers and ciders, cocktails, bacon brunch bites for sale, lawn games, and dueling pianos at CenturyLink Field for age 21+. Repeats in March.

Medieval village

August 27 - 28, 2016

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.

Air show

August 27 - 28, 2016 (11 a.m.)

43 miles south

Watch the Thunderbirds (jets) and Golden Knights (parachutists) in the air, and see historic airplanes and vehicles on the ground at JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo at McChord Field. ID required if age 16+. Free.

Wine & beer festival

August 28, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Taste wine and beer from 17 breweries and wineries, shop from food trucks, and hear live music at Belltown Crush Block Party on Bell Street between 2nd & 4th.

Ski & snowboard sale

August 31 - Sept. 5, 2016

10 miles east

SkiBonkers is a giant sale of new merchandise at 1100 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. Free including parking.
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