Seattle events calendar for September 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 with this calendar of events.

Mileage is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Concerts downtown

September 1 - 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.

Evergreen State Fair

Sept. 1 - 7, 2015 (begins Aug. 27)

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.

Concerts at the locks

Sept. 2 - 7, 2015 (begins May 31)

6 miles NW

Hear a 2 p.m. concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Free.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 4 - 6, 2015

90 miles north

Oak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer gardens, food vendors, and arts & crafts on Whidbey Island. Free.

Acoustic music in Eastern WA

September 4 - 6, 2015

203 miles SE

Tumbleweed Music Festival has 5 stages with 75 acts, workshops, a contra dance, food and craft vendors in Richland on the Columbia River. Most events free.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 4 - 7, 2015

12 miles south

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

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 4 - 7, 2015

108 miles east

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

Vintage aircraft

Sept. 5 - 6, 2015 (dinner Sept. 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.


September 5 - 7, 2015

1 mile NW

Celebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular festival of music, film, comedy, and arts on Labor Day weekend in 17 venues at Seattle Center, including a main stage in Memorial Stadium.

Films at Bumbershoot

September 5 - 7, 2015

1.2 miles NW

Watch short films and documentaries at 1 Reel Film Festival at the Seattle Center, included at no extra cost if you have a Bumbershoot ticket.

Blackberry festival

September 5 - 7, 2015

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.

Music on a farm

Sept. 5 - 13, 2015 (weekends 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.

Local film festival

September 8, 2015

6.3 miles north

See 8 locally made films, cheer for favorites, and buy bites & brews at Cine-City: Community Film Exposé at Naked City Brewery & Taphouse in Greenwood.

Sheepdogs in action

September 10 - 13, 2015

21 miles SW via ferry

Brings a chair or blanket to watch highly trained dogs compete in the field at Vashon Sheepdog Classic, and shop food & fiber arts vendors. Weekend shuttle.

Cider tasting

September 11 - 12, 2015

0.5 mile north

Try 100 artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, eat fine food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle outdoors at South Lake Union Discovery Center. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Italian festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

5 miles south

Enjoy Italian cuisine, a beer and wine garden, an Italian-American band, and a kids’ area at the San Gennaro Festival on Angelo St. in Georgetown. Free.

Stamp collector show

September 11 - 13, 2015

10 miles south

See postage stamps, or get your collection reviewed at “What's in Your Attic” at Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) at Tukwila Community Center. Free.

Bird festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

17 miles north

Puget Sound Bird Fest includes guided birding walks, speakers, and exhibits at 700 Main St. in Edmonds.

Lighthouse festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

25 miles north

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival has art, bands, beer, salmon, a parade, and fireworks. Free. Parking rules.

Car show

September 11 - 13, 2015

32 miles south

See rare restored cars at the Pacific Northwest Concours d’Elegance at LeMay Museum in Tacoma, with optional Friday road trip and Saturday dinner.

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 11 - 13, 2015

54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

See 300 boats and boating demonstrations, and meet expert craftsmen and wooden boat enthusiasts at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. Just down the street is Crafts By The Dock crafts fair Sat. & Sun.

Westport Blues Festival

September 11 - 13, 2015

131 miles SW

Hear a dozen top blues acts at Westport Blues Festival in the historic fishing town of Westport.

Puyallup fair

September 11 - 27, 2015

36 miles south

Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair. It’s the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. See deals & discounts.

Asian night festival

September 12, 2015 (6 p.m. to midnight)

1 mile SE

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival has 30 food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and an all-ages dance party at Union Station Plaza near Chinatown. Free.

Nonstop entertainment

September 12, 2015 (8 p.m.)

1 mile east

AMDEF stands for art, music, dance, entertainment, and fashion. This mixed-media event at Neumos delivers on all counts for 6 hours. Bring age 21 ID.

Harvest festival

September 12, 2015

4.5 miles north

Seattle Tilth’s Harvest Fair is a community festival with good food, cider pressing, live music, farm animals, workshops, cooking demos, and a noon parade with marching band at Meridian Park. Free.

Lantern festival

September 12, 2015 (5 to 10 p.m.)

11 miles south

Arts-A-Glow offers entertainment, food trucks, an 8 p.m. lantern procession with a band, and a dance party at Dottie Harper Park in Burien. Free.

Paddleboard race

September 12, 2015

12 miles SE

Watch stand-up paddleboarders race 13 miles around Mercer Island for $10,000 in Round the Rock, which includes a 3.5 miler, a kids’ race, retailers, and food at Newcastle Beach Park in south Bellevue.

Beer on a farm

September 12, 2015 (12 to 6 p.m.)

29 miles south

Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival features craft beer, live music, barbecue, and craft vendors at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn. Bring age 21 ID.

Design block party

September 12 - 13, 2015

1 miles south

See creative large-scale designs plus live entertainment at the free Seattle Design Festival Block Party at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. It’s the highlight of Seattle Design Week, which ends Sept. 25.

Book sale

September 12 - 13, 2015

7.2 miles NE

Browse 100,000 titles starting at $1 at the Big Fall Book Sale by Friends of The Seattle Public Library, indoors at Magnuson Park. Free.

Japanese festival

September 12 - 13, 2015

12 miles east

See Japanese artists in action, martial arts, culinary arts, and a tea ceremony at Aki Matsuri fall festival at Bellevue College. Free entry and parking.

Medieval pumpkin fest

September 12 - 13, 2015

32 miles north

Launch a pumpkin 1000 feet, watch knights battle, and play in a medieval village at the Snohomish Pumpkin Hurl & Medieval Faire at Alexander Farm.

Hawaiian festival

September 13, 2015

1 mile NW

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival has songs, performances, films, historical exhibits, food, and traditional arts and crafts at Seattle Center. Free.

Boat sale

September 16 - 20, 2015

1.5 miles north

Boats Afloat Show is at Chandler’s Cove, Lake Union.

Films by women

September 17 - 24, 2015

1.5 miles NW

See films by women filmmakers from around the world and meet some of them afterward during Women in Cinema at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Sketch comedy festival

Sept. 17 - 26, 2015 (party Sept. 13)

Seattle locations

SketchFest Seattle features comedy films one night and live comedy the other nights.

Bowling event

September 18, 2015 (7 to 10 p.m.)

6 miles SW

A ticket to Bob’s Bowl-o-rama includes bowling and beer for 8 people at West Seattle Bowl for charity.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 18 - 20, 2015

4 miles north

Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer with bands for adults. Sunday adds a scavenger hunt, 5K, family events, and free entry for kids and dogs.

Puget Sound bike ride

September 19, 2015

Seattle and Tacoma

Ride Around The Sound has three starting points from Seattle to Tacoma totaling 38, 73, or 92 miles.

Pirate party

September 19, 2015 (7 to 11 p.m.)

1.8 miles NE

Shipwrecked Pirate Party offers DJ music, dancing, singing, and drinking (first drink included) aboard a boat on Lake Union for age 21+. Costume required.

Lantern parade

September 19, 2015 (7 p.m.)

4.7 miles north

Celebrate the equinox with lanterns, glowing costumes, and music-making at Luminata parade of lights that begins at Green Lake Small Craft Center (south end of the lake). Free.

Ballard Festival

September 19, 2015

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.

Wine country half marathon

September 19, 2015 (7 a.m.)

18 miles NE

Woodinville Wine & Beer Country Half Marathon begins at Chateau Ste. Michelle and includes a post-race festival with wine, beer, and music.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 19, 2015 (5:30 p.m.)

38 miles north

Zombies roam the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Free.

Mini maker fair

September 19 - 20, 2015

1 mile NW

Seattle Mini Maker Faire celebrates technology, innovation, creativity, and learning. Young children need supervision due to moving parts, electricity, and fire, at Experience Music Project (EMP).

Festival at Mt. Rainier

September 19 - 20, 2015

84 miles south

Rainier Mountain Festival has BBQ, microbrews, live music, used equipment for sale, and mingling with mountaineers at Whittaker base camp in Ashford.

Electronic music festival

September 23 - 27, 2015

Seattle locations

Decibel International Festival of Electronic Music Performance, Visual Art and New Media offers live performances, interactive multimedia art, and state-of-the-art sound and technology-based education.

Fashion week in Bellevue

September 23 - 27, 2015

9 miles east

See fashion on the runway during Fashion Week, which includes both ticketed and free events.

Food and drink tasting

Sept. 25, 2015 (6:30 to 10:30 p.m.)

2.8 miles south

Get 10 drink tickets and unlimited food samples from 40 local producers at the Taste of Seattle Made Party at Metropolist for age 21+.

Oktoberfest in Renton

September 25 - 26, 2015

12.5 miles SE

Enjoy German beer, bratwurst, pretzels, live music, a mechanical bull, and a Miss Oktoberfest contest at the Renton Oktoberfest at Renton Pavilion. Cash only.

Steampunk festival

September 25 - 27, 2015

0.7 miles west

Combine mad science with the Victorian era and you have Steamposium, which features special guests, a burlesque show, vendors, and a family-friendly circus at Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Irish film festival

September 25 - 27, 2015

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films at Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Film Center, with opening gala and closing party.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 25 - 27, 2015

11 miles NE

Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, wiener dog races, costume contests, games, and live music at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Haunted house

September 25 - Nov. 1, 2015

4 miles south

KUBE 93FM Haunted House [sound] is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. See schedule.

Free museum day

September 26, 2015


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 30 Washington museums on Museum Day Live.

Urban adventure race

September 26, 2015 (noon)

Downtown Seattle

XPLORE Seattle is a 5K race to solve clues and complete challenges as you travel around the city.

Artisan cheese festival

September 26, 2015

4.4 miles south

Adults can meet cheese producers, taste their cheese, and try other artisan foods at Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival at Seattle Design Center.

Pioneer festival & quilt show

September 26, 2015

27 miles NE

See how pioneers lived and worked; tour a pioneer farm; and hear folk music at the Heritage Festival. The Quilt Show is the same day. Both free in Duvall.

Hard cider festival

September 26, 2015 (12 to 5 p.m.)

48 miles SW

Sample 70 ciders from 23 regional cidermakers, buy food, listen to great bands, and visit the kids’ zone at Cider swig in a Gig Harbor park. Free under age 21.

Free park day

September 26, 2015

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Go early to avoid lines and find parking.

Italian festival

September 26 - 27, 2015

1 mile NW

Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center and is free. Taste of Italy is a wine tasting Saturday night.

Odd book fair

September 26 - 27, 2015

4 miles NE

See art, and browse esoteric and occult books for sale at Esoteric Book Conference at the University of Washington. Free except author presentations.

Medieval village

September 26 - 27, 2015

27 miles east

Michelmasse Festival features craft shops, puppets, cider pressing, music, dance, and lunch (or reserve dinner) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Film festival

September 30 - Oct. 3, 2015

1.1 miles east

Local Sightings Film Festival shows new films, awards prizes, throws parties, and helps Northwest filmmakers to network at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill.
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