Seattle events calendar for August 2014. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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August 2014

Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in August 2014 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 - 2, 2014 (begins July 7)

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.

Magnolia summer festival

August 1 - 2, 2014

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.

Christian music

August 1 - 2, 2014 (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 - 3, 2014 (begins July 30)

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 - 3, 2014

2 miles east

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival has a parade, hip-hop music festival, fashion expo, community speakers, and 50 vendors at Judkins Park. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 1 - 3, 2014

5 miles SE

The Albert Lee Cup promises lots of noise and excitement for hydroplane race fans. The free Boeing Air Show includes the Blue Angels and the Patriots Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.

Salmon festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

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.

Anacortes art festival

August 1 - 3, 2014

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.

Concerts at the mural

August 1 - 22, 2014 (Fridays)

1 mile NW

Concerts at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center are family and picnic friendly, and have a beer and wine garden. Lawn fills early. Free.

Art in the Garden

August 2, 2014

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.

Ice cream festival

August 2, 2014

25 miles NE

Enjoy ice cream, floats, doughnuts, BBQ, music, a farm tour, alpacas and mini-donkeys at Snoqualmie Ice Cream-O-Rama in Snohomish.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 2, 2014

54 miles NW via ferry

Acoustic Blues Showcase Concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Ward State Park.

Renaissance fair

August 2 - 17, 2014 (weekends)

33 miles south

Mingle with medieval knights, jesters, peasants, and artisans at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Chamber music on a farm

August 2 - Sept. 7, 2014 (begins June 28)

56 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class chamber music on the lawn or in the barn at the Olympic Music Festival in Quilcene.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 3, 2014

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 on Green Lake

August 6, 2014

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 by floating candle-lit lanterns on Green Lake. Assemble lanterns in the afternoon; float them in the evening from the northwest shore. Free admission.

Logging festival

August 7 - 10, 2014

90 miles south

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

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 7 - 10, 2014

238 miles NE

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

South Lake Union Block Party

August 8, 2014

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.

Street food festival

August 8 - 9, 2014

1 miles east

Seattle Street Food Festival has a food court of 65 food trucks and booths, plus beer gardens and live music at Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill.

Kirkland summer festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

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 8 - 10, 2014

16 miles north

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

Auburn festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

29 miles south

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

Mount Si festival

August 8 - 10, 2014

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.
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Tequila festival

August 9, 2014

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 9, 2014

14 miles north

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

Bremerton wine festival

August 9, 2014

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 9, 2014 (10 a.m. to 7 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 9, 2014

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 9, 2014

84 miles SW

Dodge zombies who try to pop your balloons (or be a zombie) at the Zombie Run 5K in McCleary.

River festival & powwow

August 9 - 10, 2014

52 miles north

Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow has live music, a salmon bake, dancing, storytelling, and cultural exhibits in Arlington. Enter free. Pay to park.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 9 - 10, 2014

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.

Get painted as you run

August 10, 2014

33 miles south

Wear a white shirt and get bombarded by color as you run the Color Run 5K at the Tacoma Dome.

Jazz walk

August 12, 2014

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.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 15, 2014

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 15 - 17, 2014

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 15 - 17, 2014

2 miles NW

If you don’t know what hemp is, you probably won’t enjoy Seattle Hempfest. Music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water. Free.

Chief Seattle Days

August 15 - 17, 2014

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 15 - 17, 2014

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.

Central district festival

August 16, 2014

2 miles east

The Central Area Community Festival offers live music, food, art and cultural events, games, and crafts at the Garfield Community Center. Free.

Taste of Main

August 16, 2014

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 16, 2014 (12 to 5 p.m.)

20 miles NE

Celebrate Woodinville Festival offers a pancake breakfast, parade, farmer’s market, afternoon arts & crafts fair, beer garden, food trucks, and children’s activities at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Everett beer festival

August 16, 2014

29 miles north

The Everett Craft Beer Festival features 60 beers from 27 breweries and music.

Viking Days

August 16 - 17, 2014

7 miles NW

Viking Days starts with a daily pancake breakfast, followed by Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking village reenactment, music, and a beer garden at the Nordic History Museum in Ballard. Free.

Everett art festival

August 16 - 17, 2014

30 miles north

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

Dog show

August 16 - 17, 2014

43 miles SE

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

Brazil festival

August 17, 2014

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.

Kite festival

August 18 - 24, 2014

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 is not free.

Evergreen State Fair

August 21 - Sept. 1, 2014

33 miles NE

Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Opening day is discounted until 1 p.m.

Beer festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

1 mile NW

Choose from 200 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest. Tickets include beer tokens, or get a non-drinker ticket. Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Garlic festival

August 22 - 24, 2014

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 22 - 24, 2014

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 hike the nearby trails.

Diverse art festival

August 23, 2014

1 mile west

AMDEF stands for art, music, dance, entertainment, and fashion. This mixed-media event delivers on all counts at Neumos. Age 21+.

Hip Hop on the Water

August 23, 2014

2 miles north

Hip Hop on the Water is a 3-hour boat ride on Lake Union with hip-hop artists, breakdancers, and a bar.

Duwamish River Festival

August 23, 2014 (uncertain)

7 miles south

The Duwamish River Festival celebrates the river’s amazing comeback with music, food, kids’ activities, exhibits, kayak and boat rides, and bike repair workshops at Duwamish Waterway Park. Free.

Blues and beer festival

August 23, 2014

20 miles south

Enjoy blues music, local beer, and bratwurst at Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest in Des Moines Beach Park. No children or pets.

Tibet festival

August 23 - 24, 2014

1 mile NW

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

Medieval village

August 23 - 24, 2014

27 miles east

Harvest Festival opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, music & dance, and lunch (dinner with reservations), at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Free park day

August 25, 2014

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.

Independent film festival

August 25 - 21, 2014

35 miles south

Every year, Filmmaker Magazine names 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Meet many of them and see their films at Grand Cinema in Tacoma.

Vintage aircraft weekend

August 29 - 31, 2014

23 miles north

See vintage airplanes, autos, bicycles, and clothing at Vintage Aircraft Weekend at Everett’s Paine Field.

Video game convention

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

0.5 mile east

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

Ski & snowboard sale

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

12 miles south

Ski Bonkers is a giant sale of new merchandise in the SW parking garage at Southcenter. Free.

Ellensburg Rodeo

August 29 - Sept. 1, 2014

108 miles east

Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, with live music, a carnival, and Kittitas County Fair.


August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

1 mile NW

Celebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular music and arts festival that draws crowds to Seattle Center on Labor Day weekend. Although bumbershoot is slang for umbrella, you won’t need one because most events are indoors.

Blackberry festival

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2014

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie, or do the Berry Fun Run.

Films on the fountain

August 2014 (undated)

1 mile NW

Fountain of Light is film and video projected on the International Fountain at Seattle Center. Free.

Concerts at the locks

August 2014 (undated)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Schedule is pending.

Barn dance & dinner

August 2014 (undated)

26 miles NE

Belle Clementine Summer Barn Dance & Dinner at Oxbow Farm includes live music, a corn maze, and family fun in Carnation.
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events for 12 months

August 2014 calendar of events in Seattle. What to do in downtown Seattle today, this weekend, this month. Special events, festivals, things to do in Seattle, WA.