Seattle events calendar for September 2016. 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 2, 2016 (begins July 7)

Downtown Seattle

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

Evergreen State Fair

September 1 - 5, 2016 (starts Aug. 25)

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.


September 2 - 4, 2016

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 2 - 4, 2016

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.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 2 - 4, 2016

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 2 - 4, 2016

203 miles SE

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

Video game convention

September 2 - 5, 2016

0.5 mile east

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

Ski & snowboard sale

September 2 - 5, 2016

12 miles south

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

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 2 - 5, 2016

108 miles east

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

Puyallup fair

September 2 - 25, 2016 (closed Tues.)

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.

Vintage aircraft

September 3 - 4, 2016 (dinner Sept. 2)

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.

Blackberry festival

September 3 - 5, 2016

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.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

Sept. 3 - 11, 2016 (2 p.m. weekends from Aug. 13)

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.

Concerts at the locks

September 3 - 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.

Cider tasting

September 9 - 10, 2016

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 9 - 11, 2016

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 9 - 11, 2016

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 9 - 11, 2016

17 miles north

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

Lighthouse festival

September 9 - 11, 2016

25 miles north

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

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 9 - 11, 2016

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.

Asian night festival

September 10, 2016

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.

Lantern festival

September 10, 2016 (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.

Beer on a farm

September 10, 2016 (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.

Odd book fair

September 10 - 11, 2016

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 pumpkin fest

September 10 - 11, 2016

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 11, 2016

1 mile NW

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


September 11 & 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 $15.

Boat sale

September 14 - 16, 2016

1.5 miles north

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

Sketch comedy festival

September 15 - 24, 2016

Seattle locations

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

Puget Sound bike ride

September 17, 2016

Seattle and Tacoma

Ride Around The Sound to Bremerton has three starting points (Seattle, Tacoma, Normandy Park) totaling 28, 73, or 92 miles.

Nonstop entertainment

September 17, 2016 (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.

Paddleboard race

September 17, 2016

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.

Wine country half marathon

September 17, 2016

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.

Mini maker fair

September 17 - 18, 2016

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).

Edmonds art tour

September 17 - 18, 2016 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

16.9 miles north

Visit 19 private studios and 2 galleries on the self-guided Edmonds Art Studio Tour. Free.

Festival at Mt. Rainier

September 17 - 18, 2016

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.

Fashion week in Bellevue

September 21 - 25, 2016

9 miles east

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

Experimental art & film

September 21 - Oct. 2, 2016

multiple locations

Black Box festival features new work by contemporary artists. It includes exhibitions, screenings, discussions, workshops, installations, and performances.

Lantern parade

September 22, 2016

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.

Film festival

September 22, 2016 - Oct. 1, 2016

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.

Oktoberfest in Renton

September 23 - 24, 2016

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 23 - 25, 2016

0.5 miles east

Combine mad science with the Victorian era and you have Steamposium, which features special guests, a burlesque show, vendors, and a family-friendly circus near the Seattle convention center.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 23 - 25, 2016

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.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 23 - 25, 2016

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 23 - Nov. 5, 2016

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 24, 2016


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

Free state parks

September 24, 2016


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

Artisan cheese festival

September 24, 2016

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.

Fishermen’s festival

September 24, 2016

4.4 miles NW

Fishermen’s Fall Festival offers seafood, live music, a beer garden, canal tours, contests, and kids’ activities at Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. Free.

Beer and hydroplanes

September 24, 2016

15 miles south

Sample beer, bratwurst, and pretzels while hearing live music and touring the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum at Roostertails and Ales in Kent.

Pioneer festival & quilt show

September 24, 2016

27 miles NE

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

Hard cider festival

September 24, 2016

48 miles SW

Sample 70 ciders from 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. The Cidermakers Dinner is Sept. 23.

Free national parks

September 24, 2016

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 24 - 25, 2016

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.

Medieval village

September 24 - 25, 2016

27 miles east

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

Food truck festival

September 30 - Oct. 2, 2016

0.6 miles north

Drink Oktoberfest beer from 30 breweries and eat food from 30 food trucks during Trucktoberfest at South Lake Union Discovery Center.

Leavenworth Oktoberfest

September 30 - Oct. 15, 2016 (Fri. & Sat.)

119 miles east

Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Lake Stevens haunted farm

September 30 - Oct. 31, 2016

33 miles north

Halloween at Carleton Farm includes Zombie Farm, Zombie Paintball, Haunted Swamp, and a Dark Maze. See schedule.

Electronic music festival

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Design block party

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Films by women

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Pirate party

September 2016 (undated)

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.

Food and drink tasting

September 2016 (undated)

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+.

Bowling event

September 2016 (undated)

6 miles SW

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

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 2016 (undated)

38 miles north

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