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

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September 2014

Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do in September 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.

Video game convention

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

0.5 mile east

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


September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 30)

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.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

12 miles south

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

Blackberry festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 30)

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.

Evergreen State Fair

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 21)

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.

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

108 miles east

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

Cider tasting

September 5 - 6, 2014

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 NW Festival at South Lake Union Discovery Center. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Bird festival

September 5 - 7, 2014

17 miles north

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

Lighthouse festival

September 5 - 7, 2014

25 miles north

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

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 5 - 7, 2014

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 Sept. 6 - 7.

Westport Blues Festival

September 5 - 7, 2014

131 miles SW

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

Design Festival

September 5 - 19, 2014

Seattle locations

Seattle Design Festival has 60 talks, tours, films, and exhibitions about design plus a fair at Occidental Mall.

Puyallup fair

September 5 - 21, 2014

36 miles south

Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at what is now called Washington State Fair. It’s the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state.

Harvest festival

September 6, 2014

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.

Esoteric book fair

September 6 - 7, 2014

1 miles NW

Hear authors, see art, and browse esoteric and occult books for sale at Esoteric Book Conference in the Northwest Rooms at Seattle Center.

Japanese festival

September 6 - 7, 2014

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.

Chamber music on a farm

September 6 - 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.

Hawaiian festival

September 7, 2014

1 mile NW

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

September 7, 2014

6 miles SE

Watch stand-up paddleboarders race 13 miles around Mercer Island in Round the Rock, which includes a 3.5 miler, a kids’ race, retailers, food, and music at Seward Park.

Stamp collector show

September 12 - 14, 2014

10 miles south

See postage stamps all weekend; get your collection evaluated Saturday at the Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) at Tukwila Community Center. Free.

Beer on a farm

September 13, 2014

23 miles south

Hops & Crops Brew Festival features craft beer, live music, food & craft vendors, and a kids’ zone at Mary Olson Farm in Kent.

Green River festival

September 13, 2014

28 miles SE

Rock the Green is a day of music, brews, food booths, and a 5K or 10K run/walk on trails at Green River Community College in Auburn.

Blues festival

September 13, 2014

119 miles east

Enjoy mountain scenery and live music at the Leavenworth Blues Festival.

Pumpkin festival

September 13 - 14, 2014

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.

Fringe theater festival

September 17 - 21, 2014

Seattle locations

See unpredictable and uncensored plays in small theaters at the Seattle Fringe Festival.

Fremont Oktoberfest

September 19 - 21, 2014

4 miles north

More than 70 kinds of beer will pour in three beer gardens at the 17th annual Fremont Oktoberfest, which includes entertainment and a 5K run.

Monroe Oktoberfest

September 19 - 21, 2014

33 miles NE

Oktoberfest Monroe serves beer, brats, a 5K dash, entertainment, and a kids’ zone at Evergreen State Fairgrounds. Adults only after 7 p.m.

Robot expo

September 20, 2014

1 mile NW

Amateur robot enthusiasts exhibit new technologies, share ideas, show off robotic creations and compete at Robothon in the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Maritime festival

September 20 - 21, 2014

35 miles south

Tacoma Maritime Fest celebrates the rich maritime history of Tacoma at Thea’s Park. Free.

Tour homes and boats

September 21, 2014

81 miles north

Spend an afternoon touring interesting homes and boats at Anacortes Home & Boat Tour, which supports charity.

Kirkland Oktoberfest

September 26 - 28, 2014

11 miles NE

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

Lumberjack festival

September 26 - 28, 2014

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Port Gamble Old Mill Days features a lumberjack show, chainsaw carving, ice sculptures, camel rides, car show, carnival, and live music. Repeats in July.

Beer and hydroplanes

September 27, 2014

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

September 27, 2014

27 miles NE

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

Free park day

September 27, 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.

Italian festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

1 mile NW

Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center and is free. Paid wine tasting on Friday.

Muddy obstacle course

September 27 - 28, 2014

33 miles SW

You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to run this 10+ mile muddy obstacle course in Black Diamond. Buy a spectator ticket online, and attend the post-party.

Bike swap

September 28, 2014

1 mile NW

Vendors sell new and used mountain, road, and track bike equipment at Cascade Bicycle Club’s Seattle Bike Swap in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Repeats Feb.

Fall farm festival

September 28, 2014

24 miles east

Fall HoeDown Festival & Pumpkin Patch Party has live music, a parade, hayrides, cider pressing, farm games, and food trucks at Oxbow Farm in Carnation.

Concerts at the locks

September 2014 (undated)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are every day of this three-day weekend at 2 p.m. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Schedule is pending.

Asian night festival

September 2014 (undated)

1 mile SE

Night Market & Moon Festival features lion and dragon dances, a dance party, food trucks, and a beer garden at Union Station Plaza near Chinatown.

Guitars under the stars

September 2014 (undated)

32 miles NE

Bring a blanket or lawn chair for a night of blues, jazz, country, and rock plus a beer/wine garden at Monroe MusicFest in Monroe’s Lake Tye Park.

Chicken wings & fast cars

September 2014 (undated)

35 miles SE

Wing ‘n Brew Fest features hot wings, microbrews, live music, drag racing, and streetcars at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

High-tech conference

September 2014 (undated)

0.2 miles east

GeekWire Summit unites top engineers, entrepreneurs, and business leaders for panel discussions at the Sheraton Seattle.

Goddess Festival

September 2014 (undated)

4 miles north

Goddess Festival has live music, art vendors, a beer garden, and a kids’ zone to benefit charity at Lower Woodland Park.

Sketch comedy festival

September 2014 (undated)

Seattle locations

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

Eastside jazz

September 2014 (undated)

12 miles east

Hear outstanding artists at the Eastside Jazz Extravaganza at Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue.

Talent show

September 2014 (undated)

17 miles north

Kollaboration Seattle is a competition of Asian and Pacific Islanders performing acoustic solo, contemporary rock, hip-hop dance, emcee, and spoken-word at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Electronic music festival

September 2014 (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 for 25,000 attendees.

Ballard green festival

September 2014 (undated)

6 miles NW

Sustainable Ballard Festival is a day of art, music, environmental workshops, food carts, and family fun in Ballard Commons Park. Free.
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September 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.