Seattle events calendar for August 2015. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events 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 in the city

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.

Dragon Boat Festival

August 1, 2015

1 mile north

Seattle Dragon Boat Festival has entertainment, kids’ activities, food, vendors, and exciting dragon boat races at South Lake Union Park. Free.

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.

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 and parade of aircraft in the sky, followed by ship tours Thursday to Saturday for ages 8 and older on the Seattle waterfront. 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 the Patriots Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 1 - 2, 2015

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kirkland summer festival

August 7 - 9, 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.

Taste of Edmonds

August 7 - 9, 2015

16 miles north

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

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 6 blocks to the waterfront. Free.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 8, 2015 (uncertain)

15 miles east

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

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.

Street food festival

August 8 - 9, 2015

Location uncertain

Seattle Street Food Festival has a food court of 100 food trucks and booths, plus beer gardens and live music.

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, and cultural exhibits in Arlington. Free, including parking.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 13 - 16, 2015

238 miles NE

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

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.

South Lake Union Block Party

August 14, 2015

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.

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.

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.
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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 entrance.

Woodinville festival

August 15, 2015 (uncertain)

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 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.

Wine weekend

August 15 - 17, 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.

Bellevue taste

August 15 or 22, 2015 (uncertain)

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.

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.

Neah Bay celebration

August 21 - 23, 2015

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 22, 2015

Location uncertain

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

Duwamish River Festival

August 22, 2015

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.

Sammamish evening fest

August 22, 2015

21 miles east

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

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.

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. Discounts on Special Admission Days. Parking cost.

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.

Video game convention

August 28 - 31, 2015

0.5 mile east

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

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.

Medieval village

August 29 - 30, 2015

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.

Magnolia summer festival

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Salmon festival

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Brazil festival

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Concerts at the mural

August 2015 (undated)

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.

African heritage festival

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Art in the Garden

August 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

15 miles NE

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

Tequila festival

August 2015 (undated)

5 miles north

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

Brewery festival

August 2015 (undated)

14 miles north

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

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 2015 (undated)

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

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

Beer and blues festival

August 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

40 miles SE

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

Jazz walk

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Tattoo exposition

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Tacoma film festival

August 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Everett beer festival

August 2015 (undated)

29 miles north

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

Fire festival

August 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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.

Dog show

August 2015 (undated)

43 miles SE

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

British cars

August 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

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 2015 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Vintage aircraft

August 2015 (undated)

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.

Salmon dinner

August 2015 (undated)

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. Buy tickets onsite or at Seatown.
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August 2015 calendar of events in Seattle, WA. Best events, fairs, festivals, and things to do in Seattle, Washington.     steve.adams@events12.com