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.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1 - 5, 2016 (begins Aug. 31)

10 miles east

SkiBonkers is a giant sale of new merchandise at 1100 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. Free including parking.

Evergreen State Fair

September 1 - 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.

Discounts on Special Admission Days. Parking cost.


September 1 - 30, 2016

multiple locations

Discount prices include all taxes and ticket fees.

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.


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 (SOLD OUT)

0.5 mile east

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

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

Sept. 3, 2016 (some events Sept. 2 & 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.

Japanese festival

September 3 - 4, 2016

10.9 miles east

Japan Fair features Japanese art, food, vendors, entertainment, and Taiko drumming at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Free admission and parking.

Blackberry festival

September 3 - 5, 2016

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to the free 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

September 3 - 11, 2016 (2 p.m. weekends)

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in 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 beginning at 2 p.m.

Bowling event

September 9, 2016 (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.

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 (MukFest) has art, bands, beer, salmon, a parade, and fireworks. Free. Parking information.

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 (4 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.

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 for age 21+.

Design block party

September 10 - 11, 2016

1 miles south

See creative large-scale designs at the Seattle Design Festival Block Party, which includes tours, exhibits, and activities at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. It’s the highlight of Seattle Design Week. Free.

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.

Mini hydroplane race

September 10 - 11, 2016

16 miles south

Watch outboard hydroplanes race up to 100 miles per hour and visit the pit area (if you wear shoes and sign a waiver) during Frank Hansen Memorial Race Regatta at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac. Limited parking. Free.

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.

Boat sale

September 14 - 18, 2016

1.5 miles north

Boats Afloat Show includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts at Chandler’s Cove on Lake Union. Your ticket includes Family Boat Rides.

Weedstock music festival

September 15 - 18, 2016

45 miles south

Cloneapalooza is a “green” festival for age 21+ with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, and vendors at Uncle Sam’s American Bar & Grill in Spanaway.

Sketch comedy festival

September 15 - 24, 2016

Seattle locations

SketchFest Seattle features comedy films on Sept. 17 and live comedy the other nights by comedians from Canada, California, and Washington.

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 100 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.

Free trapeze show

September 17, 2016 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

The Annual Proteges Show at Emerald City Trapeze features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Paddleboard race

September 17, 2016

12 miles SE

Watch stand-up paddleboarders race 13 miles around Mercer Island for $10,000 in prizes at 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.

Dog walk & wine tasting

September 17, 2016

19 miles NE

Happy Tails Wine Walk is a casual walk to 15 wineries plus a dog zone with games and 18 vendors in Woodinville. Bring age 21 ID; a dog is optional.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 17, 2016 (5 to 6:30 p.m.)

38 miles north

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

Latin American festival

September 17 - 18, 2016

1 mile NW

Celebrate independence from Spain at Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free.

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 Mountaineering in Ashford.

Downtown social

September 21, 2016 (6 to 8 p.m.)

0.4 miles NW

Mingle with people who live downtown, visit a dozen booths with information for city dwellers, and enjoy free appetizers and a cash bar at Downtown Living 101 in the Palace Ballroom. Free if you RSVP.

Lantern parade

September 21, 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.

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.

Gypsy jazz festival

September 21 - 25, 2016

35 miles north via Mukilteo ferry

DjangoFest NorthWest is the top showcase of gypsy jazz music in North America, with performances, workshops, and informal “djam” sessions at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley.

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.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 23 - 24, 2016

48 miles SW

Friday is a $100 Cider-makers Dinner. On Saturday, sample 80 ciders from regional cidermakers, buy food, hear great bands, and visit the kids’ zone at Cider Swig in a Gig Harbor park, free if younger than 21.

Steampunk festival

September 23 - 25, 2016

0.5 miles east

Steamposium combines mad science with the Victorian era and features special guests, artists, vendors, a burlesque show, a Nerf battle on Friday, and a costume contest on Saturday at the convention center in Seattle.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 23 - 25, 2016

4 miles north

Fremont Oktoberfest offers 80 kinds of beer with bands for adults. Sunday adds a 5K race, pumpkin carving, family events, and free entry for kids & dogs.

Short-film festival

September 23 & 25, 2016

4.4 miles NE

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites.

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 - Oct. 31, 2016

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue [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 31 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.

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.

Artisan cheese festival

September 24, 2016 (1 to 5 p.m.)

4.4 miles south

Meet cheese producers, taste their cheese, and try other artisan foods at Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival at Seattle Design Center for age 21+.

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.

Seahawks car show

September 24, 2016 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

22 miles south

Visit Hawktoberfest to “cheer on our favorite Seattle football team with a vibrant display of team-themed vehicles” in downtown Kent. Free to view.

Classical music

September 24 - 25, 2016

0.5 miles south

Ludovic Morlot conducts the Seattle Symphony in two symphonies by Beethoven and two works by Prokofiev at Benaroya Hall.

Italian festival

September 24 - 25, 2016

1 mile NW

Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center. Free.

Medieval village

September 24 - 25, 2016 (12 to 5 p.m.)

27 miles east

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

Muddy obstacle course

September 24 - 25, 2016

32.7 miles SE

You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to run this five-mile muddy obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket online to attend the after-party.

French film festival

September 29 - Oct. 6, 2016

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world, special guests, and parties at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

New Orleans festival

September 30, 2016 (6 to 11 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

New Orleans Food & Funk Festival features creole food (gumbo, crawfish, shrimp, grits, po boys, beignets, hush puppies) for sale from a dozen restaurants plus funk and soul music at WaMu Theater.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

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!

Halloween at Wild Waves

September 30 - Oct. 30, 2016

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves. Open only Friday, Saturday, and Oct. 23 & 30. Hours.
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