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.

Discount tickets $24.

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 Sunday for ages 8 and older on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

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 & 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.

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.

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.

West Side Story

August 1 - 2, 2015 (begins July 10)

38 miles south

See the classic Broadway musical West Side Story, with catchy songs like “America” and “Maria” at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Discount tickets $15.

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 art gallery wine reception.

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.

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 from June 27)

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.

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.

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 at Denny Way & Westlake Avenue has food, beer, a children’s play area, and a movie after dark, all for charity. Free.

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 6 blocks to the waterfront. Free.
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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.

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

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

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

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.

Zoo concerts

August 9 - 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.

Jazz walk

August 11, 2015

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.

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 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.

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 the Garfield Community Center. Free.

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 trucks, and kids’ activities at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Everett beer festival

August 15, 2015

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

1 mile north

Seattle Street Food Festival has a food court of 100 food trucks and booths, beer garden, live music, and craft vendors at South Lake Union.

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

Brazil festival

August 16, 2015

1 mile NW

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

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.

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.

Bellevue taste

August 22, 2015

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Tomato fight

August 29, 2015

1.7 miles south

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

Blues and beer festival

August 29, 2015

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 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.