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.

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.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 3 - 7, 2016

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.

Christian music

August 4 - 6, 2016

216 miles SE

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

Seattle Art Fair

August 4 - 7, 2016

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.

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, 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, car show Sunday, and weekend art fair, beer garden, live music, and kids’ area in Lake City. Pioneer Days Parade on Lake City Way is Aug. 6 at 7 p.m. 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.

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

54 miles NW via ferry

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

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.

Discount tickets $11.

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. Begins at 2 p.m. except June 10 & 29 begin at noon. Free.

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 11 - 14, 2016

90 miles south

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

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 11 - 14, 2016

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.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 12, 2016 (6 to 10 p.m.)

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

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 12 - 13, 2016

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 12 - 14, 2016

16 miles north

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

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, free live music, eating contests, and fireworks in North Bend.

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.

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

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 (reception Aug. 12)

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.

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.

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.

Jazz walk

August 16, 2016

11 mile north

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

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.

Central district festival

August 19 - 20, 2016

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.

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 [slow website] celebrates the cannabis plant with free music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water. HighLarious Comedy Festival is a cannabis comedy festival Aug. 18 to 21, at Seattle Center.

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.

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., parade Sat. 11 a.m., fun run Sat., car show Sun., kids’ entertainment, music, arts & crafts, wine and beer garden, and food. Free admission.

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

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 20, 2016

20 miles NE

Celebrate Woodinville Festival has pancakes at the fire station, a 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

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 20, 2016

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.

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.

Tumwater beer festival

August 20, 2016

63 miles south

Beer has a long history in Olympia because of its natural springs. Taste 40 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

0.7 miles north

Seattle Street Food Festival has 50 food trucks and food booths, a beer garden, live music, and 50 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 5K and salmon dinner Saturday, Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking village reenactment, 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 11 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

statewide

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

Free park day

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. See Special Admission Days. Parking cost.

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.

Basketball

August 26 - Sept. 18, 2016 (from May)

1 mile NW

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

Discount tickets $8 to $25.

Ballard Festival

August 27, 2016

6 miles NW

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

Blues and beer festival

August 27, 2016

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.

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.

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.

Concerts downtown

August 2016 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

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

Waterfront family day

August 2016 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

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

Garage sale day

August 2016 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

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

Snoqualmie bike festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Campground music festival

August 2016 (undated)

37 miles SE

Where the Wild Things Rave is a music festival with food vendors and a beer garden at a private campground in Auburn for age 18+. Music Fri. & Sat.

Weedstock music festival

August 2016 (undated)

77 miles east

Cloneapalooza 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.
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