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

Sept. 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29; sold out)

0.5 mile east

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

Bumbershoot

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.

Concerts at the locks

September 1, 2014 (begins May 29)

6 miles NW

Summer concerts on the lawn at the Ballard Locks are free. Bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

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.

Car festival

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 30)

32 miles south

Tacoma Carfest has restored trucks, modified cars, live music, salsa dancing, and a Sunday car sale at Le May Car Museum in Tacoma.

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. See Special Admission Days. Parking cost.

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 1, 2014 (begins Aug. 29)

108 miles east

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

Concerts downtown

September 3 - 5, 2014 (begins July 9)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music at Out to Lunch Concert Series on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. See schedule.

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.

Italian festival

September 5 - 7, 2014

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.

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 block party at Occidental Park in Pioneer Square on Sept. 6 and 7.

Puyallup fair

September 5 - 21, 2014

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 Special Deals.

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.

Lantern festival

September 6, 2014 (5 to 10 p.m.)

11 miles south

Arts-A-Glow includes entertainment, food trucks, a 7:45 lantern procession with samba music, and a dance party at Dottie Harper Park in Burien. Free.

Beer festival

September 6, 2014

29 miles east

Snoqualmie Valley Brew Fest includes beer samples, food, live bands, and a kids’ area on Falls Avenue.

Kids’ consignment sale

September 6 - 7, 2014

1 mile NW

Buy kids’ used clothes, toys, and more at Perfectly Outgrown at Seattle Center Pavilion. Repeats May.
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Odd book fair

September 6 - 7, 2014

4 miles NE

Hear authors, see art, and browse esoteric and occult books for sale at Esoteric Book Conference at the University of Washington.

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.

Paddleboard race

September 7, 2014

6 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, food, and music at Seward Park.

Car show

September 7, 2014

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.

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.

Asian night festival

September 13, 2014 (6 p.m. to midnight)

1 mile SE

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival has break dancing, a dance party, food trucks, and a beer garden at Union Station Plaza near Chinatown. Free.

Beer on a farm

September 13, 2014

23 miles south

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

Tacoma Zombie Run

September 13, 2014 (4:30 p.m.)

34 miles south

Be a zombie or run from them at the 2-mile Zombie Run, with a beer garden at Wright Park in Tacoma.

Blues festival

September 13, 2014

119 miles east

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

Medieval pumpkin fest

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

1 mile east

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

Sketch comedy festival

September 18 - 27, 2014

Seattle locations

SketchFest Seattle features comedy films one night (Sept. 20) and live comedy the other nights.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 19 - 21, 2014

4 miles north

The Tasting Garden at Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and main-stage bands to adults with tickets. The free weekend Village has family activities plus an adult beer garden that serves Rainier beer.

Oktoberfest in Monroe

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. on Fri. & Sat.

Fashion show

September 20, 2014

0.3 miles NE

Downtown Seattle Rocks the Runway is a fashion show with appetizers & drinks at Paramount Theatre.

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

Celebrate Tacoma’s rich maritime history with tours, tall ships, music, magicians, and food vendors at Tacoma Maritime Fest at Thea’s Park. Free.

Lantern parade

September 21, 2014 (7 p.m.)

4.7 miles north

Celebrate the equinox with a fire performance and Luminata parade of lights that begins at Green Lake Small Craft Center (south end of the lake). Free.

Anacortes tour

September 21, 2014

81 miles north

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

Electronic music festival

September 24 - 28, 2014

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.

Film festival

September 25 - Oct. 4, 2014

1.1 miles east

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

Haunted house

Sept. 26 - 27, 2014 (also Oct. & Nov.)

4 miles south

No lights in September, just a tiny flashlight for your group at KUBE 93FM Haunted House at 5000 E Marginal Way S in Georgetown. Age 12 and up.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

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.

Artisan cheese festival

September 27, 2014 (1 to 5 p.m.)

4.4 miles south

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

Eastside jazz

September 27, 2014 (6:30 p.m.)

12 miles east

Eastside Jazz Extravaganza [scroll down] features top artists at Courtyard by Marriott in Bellevue.

Beer and hydroplanes

September 27, 2014 (6 to 9 p.m.)

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 27, 2014

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.

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. Taste of Italy is a wine tasting Saturday night.

Short-film festival

September 27 - 29, 2014 (varies by theater)

Seattle locations

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites. See it at the Admiral Twin, or Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, or Kirkland Performance Center.

Lumberjack festival

September 27 - 28, 2014

28 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Port Gamble Old Mill Days has a lumberjack show, chainsaw carving, ice sculptures, beer garden, music, car show, carnival, and Sat. fireworks. Repeats July.

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, or buy a spectator ticket online to attend the after-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.

Ballard green festival

September 28, 2014

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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