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.

Chamber music

August 1, 2016 (begins July 5)

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.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 2, 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.

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.

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.

Kirkland summer festival

August 5 - 7, 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.

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

Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of 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.

Logging festival

August 11 - 14, 2016

90 miles south

Morton Loggers Jubilee in historic Morton has a logging show, parade, lawnmower races, bed races, flea market, 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

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.)

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.

Auburn festival

August 12 - 14, 2016

29 miles south

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

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 5:15 p.m.)

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 13, 2016

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.

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 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.

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.

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. HighLarious Comedy Festival is a cannabis comedy festival the same days 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.

Bellevue taste

August 20, 2016

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 20, 2016

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.

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.

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+.

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.

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.

Lumberjack festival

August 24 - 28, 2016 (uncertain)

24 miles NW via Bremerton ferry

Old Mill Days Americana has a lumberjack show, ice sculpting, chainsaw carving, music, beer garden Fri. & Sat., and fireworks 10:15 p.m. Sat. at Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Free state parks

August 25, 2016


Today is one of the State Parks Free Days, so you can spend it picnicking and playing at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

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.

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 [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.

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.

Wine weekend

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Video game convention

August 2016 (undated)

0.5 mile east

Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX Prime Seattle in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

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.

Urban scavenger race

August 2016 (undated)

0.6 miles north

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

Street food festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

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.

Tomato fight

August 2016 (undated)

1.7 miles south

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

African heritage festival

August 2016 (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.

Central district festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Magnolia summer festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Zoo concerts

August 2016 (undated)

5 miles north

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

Forest arts festival

August 2016 (undated)

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 2016 (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.

Craft fair

August 2016 (undated)

8 miles NE

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

Volleyball tournament

August 2016 (undated)

8 miles SW

Watch professional teams compete on a sandy beach during Seattle Championships at Alki Beach Park. Free to watch, except VIP seats.

Salmon festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Jazz walk

August 2016 (undated)

11 mile north

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

Kids’ obstacle race

August 2016 (undated)

15 miles east

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

Dog festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Medieval village

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Everett beer festival

August 2016 (undated)

29 miles north

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

Railroad festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

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.

Tacoma beer festival

August 2016 (undated)

31.4 miles south

Taste 50 IPAs from 24 breweries in two sessions at South Sound IPA Festival at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall.

Get painted as you run

August 2016 (undated)

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.

Native American festival

August 2016 (undated)

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.

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.

Short plays in Tacoma

August 2016 (undated)

38 miles south

Watch 11 brand-new plays in one evening during Summerplay at Tacoma Musical Playhouse.

Polo Party

August 2016 (undated)

40 miles SE

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

Free park day

August 2016 (undated)

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.

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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