Hear emerging Washington state bands perform outdoors at ShoreLake Battle of the Bands at Pfingst Animal Acres Park, 17435 Brookside Blvd. NE in Lake Forest Park. Semifinals are Monday & Tuesday, with finals on Saturday.
Watch 655 tennis players from all over the country compete in the Washington State Open indoors and outdoors at beautiful Seattle Tennis Club, 922 McGilvra Blvd. E in Seattle. Free, with food and drinks for sale. Matches.
The people of Newfoundland welcomed 7,000 stranded airline passengers with incredible kindness when all flights were grounded for days after 9/11. Come from Away “is a musical that changes you, heals old wounds, and lifts the spirit” at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle.
Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts “include a variety of high-energy bands playing fun music for all ages” with food vendors and a wine, beer & cider garden featuring local producers in Wilmot Gateway Park, 17301 131st Ave. NE in Woodinville. Open 5:30, band begins at 6:30, closes 8 p.m.
A $150 ticket to Brunch & The Blues includes “brunch, an entertaining program, and a live auction followed by a front-row viewing of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as they walk down and take off” from King County International Airport. Take a shuttle bus from the parking lot at Raisbeck Aviation High School, 9229 E Marginal Way S in Seattle. Tickets.
Bring a blanket or chair, and even a picnic to eat while watching GreenStage perform either a full-length play by Shakespeare (Henry V or Pericles) or an abbreviated version (Macbeth or Much Ado About Nothing) in a park. Free.
South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer & cocktail garden, food trucks, and booths for local organizations at South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N in Seattle. Free.
Taste “delicious cuisine prepared by some of Seattle’s premiere celebrity chefs paired with several of the finest whiskey tastings” during $102 Whiskey and WildBites, with access to animal exhibits at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Umoja Fest has hip-hop and soul music, a children’s village, a football scrimmage tournament, food & fashion vendors, and exhibitors at Judkins Park and Playfield, 2150 S Norman St. in Seattle. The parade on Saturday (1 p.m.) goes from 23rd & Union to Judkins Park and Playfield. Parade map. Free.
Magnolia Summerfest includes the movie “Sing 2” (Fri. 9 p.m.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), live music, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, an art fair (Sat. & Sun.), and kids’ activities (Sat. & Sun.) at Magnolia Playfield, 2518 34th Ave. W in Seattle. See website for parade route. Free.
Anacortes Arts Festival has hundreds of juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and kids’ activities on Commercial Avenue (from 1st St. to 10th St.) in Anacortes. No dogs. Free except running events.
The city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. From Hiroshima to Hope promotes peace and remembers victims of war with a gathering (6 p.m.), speakers & performers (7 p.m.), and candle-lit lanterns floated on the lake (8 p.m.) south of Seattle Public Theater (Bathhouse Theater), 7312 West Green Lake Drive N in Seattle. Free.
The Duwamish River Festival celebrates the river’s amazing restoration with kids’ art activities, dancers, musicians, and kayak rides at Duwamish River People's Park and Shoreline Habitat, 8700 Dallas Ave. S in Seattle. Free.
Lake City Summer Festival & Parade includes a car show, a children’s area, food trucks, a salmon bake, craft vendors, grandstand performances, and three parades (kids 6 p.m., dogs 6:30 p.m., grand parade 7 p.m.). The festival surrounds Lake City Branch: The Seattle Public Library, 12501 28th Ave. NE in Seattle. Free.
Experience native dancing, drumming, singing, fashion, bread, and crafts for sale at In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival at three Tacoma museums, which are all free for the day (Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass). Buttons below are for the history museum.
Enjoy beer & cider from dozens of craft brewers, a meal from local food trucks, and music from Northwest bands at Brew Five Three for age 21+ on the street outside Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway in Tacoma.
Admission to the Museum of Flight today includes Jet Blast Bash, with “fast planes, music, food vendors, and a beer garden with the closest seats to the thunder of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels’ takeoffs and landings” in the parking lot of The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle.
Family-friendly Renton City Retro offers “toys, comics, funko pops, video games, local artists, anime, and celebrities” with a free gaming area at Renton Pavilion Events Center, 233 Burnett Ave. S in Renton. Children age 5 and younger are free.
The Original Browns Point Salmon Bake includes a variety of food, a beer garden, music, and kids’ games on the water at Browns Point Improvement Club, 201 Ton A Wan Da Ave. NE in Tacoma. This event is only held in even numbered years.
Bike 24 to 41 miles car-free to the amazing mile-high summit in the Olympic Mountains during Ride the Hurricane, which begins at Port Angeles City Pier on N Lincoln St. in Port Angeles. The 24-mile route begins in Olympic National Park.
Wearing a virtual-reality headset, wander through seven zones that recreate a visit to the International Space Station, a space walk, and “mind-blowing views of earth” at The Infinite in Tacoma Armory, 1001 S Yakima Ave. in Tacoma. Video (2 minutes). Save 15% with promo code “EVENTS12” in capital letters. Closed Tuesdays.
Enjoy a dozen chocolate tastes at eight locations (including an actual chocolate factory) on the delicious $76 Seattle Chocolate Tour. Your easily accessible walk begins at Cupcake Royale, 106 Pine St. in Seattle.
Watch the Seahawks practice outdoors in Renton with a $13 ticket to Seahawks Training Camp. You ride a bus to the camp from The Pro Shop, 840 N 10th Place in Renton. Carried items must follow the Clear Bag Policy.
Hear live music, play free games, shop from food trucks, and visit the kids’ zone (Thursdays only) at Parties in the Parks for all ages until 3 p.m. Reopens at 4 p.m. with adult beverages for sale, but no kids’ zone.
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway tunes, Hamilton tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton with amazing emotion and energy at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.
The $174 Mt. Rainier Day Tour wins rave reviews for friendly and knowledgeable guides, magnificent scenery, and a comfortable ride with stops to buy lunch, take photos, enjoy the views, and go for a leisurely hike.
Your senses are heightened when you eat a three-course meal blindfolded during $80 Dining in the Dark at Cafe Nordo, 109 South Main St. in Seattle. Choice of seafood, red meat, or vegan. Tax, tip, and drinks extra.
See who saves the underwater world from disaster in The SpongeBob Musical, which “teaches audiences to persevere and rise above intolerance, and emphasizes the importance of empathy, acceptance, and inclusivity” at Village Theatre, 303 Front St. N in Issaquah.
People in the Square is a “live cabaret-style musical review” of songs and short scenes that tell the history of Pioneer Square, from tribes to gold miners to modern times at Beneath the Streets, 102 Cherry St. in Seattle. Closed Sun., Mon., Tues.
Marymoor Park Concerts include popular acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat, or for lawn tickets bring a low-back chair or a blanket up to 5 feet in size. Prohibited items. Located at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond.
Morton Loggers Jubilee includes a queen’s coronation Thurs. 8 p.m., lawn mower races Fri. 7:30 p.m., bed races Sat. 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11:30 a.m., a logging show Sat. 2 p.m. & Sun. noon, a flea market, music, and vendors at Morton Loggers’ Jubilee Arena, 451 Knittles Way in Morton.
Omak Stampede includes a daily world-famous suicide horse race down a steep slope inspired by native endurance races, plus an Indian Encampment, a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a parade (Sat 10 a.m.) at Omak Stampede Rodeo on Ferry St. in Omak.
Hear a live band play ‘60s and ‘70s music during Rockin’ on the River at Redmond City Hall, 15670 NE 85th St. in Redmond. Bring beach/camp chairs, blankets, and a picnic (or buy food onsite). Free including parking.
Shop from food trucks (Saturday only), hear live music, and get 6 tasting tokens to sample from 25 breweries and cideries during Upper Left Beerfest on Wetmore Avenue (from Everett Avenue to Wall Street) in Everett. You need age 21+ ID except for food trucks.
Day In Day Out is “a highly curated mix-tape-inspired experience” for all ages, with a dozen music acts plus DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge at Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle.
A charming love story set in the 1940s, The Elixir of Love features a “lovestruck bumpkin” who will do anything to win his love, even drink a magic potion. Sung in Italian with English subtitles at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle.
Walk aboard the ferry in Seattle for a one-hour ride to Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park, 251 1st St. in Bremerton. Your ticket includes 10 wine samples, and you can buy food from vendors. Bring age 21+ ID.
Celebrate Woodinville Festival [scroll down their web page] has pancakes at the fire station, an 11 a.m. parade on 175th Street, a farmer’s market, an arts & crafts fair, a wine & beer garden, food vendors, and kids’ activities mostly at Wilmot Gateway Park, 17301 131st Ave. NE in Woodinville. Free.
Watch matches (2 & 4:30 p.m.), socialize, stomp the divots, join the hat parade, and visit the beer & wine garden at the Seattle Polo Party for age 21+ at Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club, 25901 SE 400th St. in Enumclaw. Video (1 minute).
The Festival at Mount Si is a small-town arts and crafts fair with food booths, a family zone, a beer garden, live music, contests, and Saturday parades (kids 10 a.m., grand 10:30 a.m.). All except parades at Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Drive in North Bend. No fireworks in 2022. Free.
Race in rugged terrain, and conquer obstacles in the Seattle Spartan Trifecta Event Weekend, which begins at Meadow Wood Equestrian Center, 18601 Sky Meadows Lane in Snohomish. Races range from 1K to 21K, and they include 20 to 30 obstacles.
Brigade Encampment recreates the bustle and excitement when fur traders first visited Tacoma, with demonstrations, puppet shows, and live music at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5519 Five Mile Drive in Tacoma.
The free Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has 185 artisans selling handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, and children’s activities on the streets surrounding Coupeville Recreation Hall, 901 NW Alexander St. in Coupeville. Free.
Bring your ticket, a glass, and age 21+ ID to Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk for eight tastes in different shops. Check in at John L Scott, 108 Union Ave. in Snohomish. Held monthly June to September. [On the tickets page, click the “+” next to “0.”]
See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, and shop from vendors and food trucks at Kirkland Waterfront Car Show on the streets surrounding Kirkland Downtown Association, 400 Urban Plaza in Kirkland. Free.
It’s free to watch kite fliers compete at the Washington State International Kite Festival (or fly your own) in Long Beach on the windy Pacific Coast. The nearby World Kite Museum at 303 SW Sid Snyder Drive in Long Beach has an admission fee.
Your $309 ticket to Celebrity Steak-Out supports Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and includes a silent auction with cocktails, followed by a live auction with a classic steak dinner from John Howie Restaurants, at Sparkman Cellars, 14300 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. The host is TV star Joel McHale.
Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or low-back chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.
Emerald City Comic Con is a giant comic book, game, and popular-culture event that encourages attendees to wear costumes. No selfie sticks or realistic firearms. Children younger than age 16 require a guardian. Located at Washington State Convention Center, 705 Pike St. in Seattle.
Enjoy the best of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at the $209 Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market for age 21+, and then dance to live music under the stars at the Pike Place Market, 85 Pike St. in Seattle.
Taste Edmonds features food trucks, live music, a kids’ zone with free bounce houses, arts & crafts booths, and a beer & wine garden in the field at Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. Free for children age 4 or younger.
Celebrate Shoreline promises two stages of live music, children’s theater, pony rides, hands-on activities, food vendors, and a beer garden at Cromwell Park, 18030 Meridian Ave. N in Shoreline. See schedule. Free.
Seattle Wine & Film Festival usually offers wine tasting, cheese, chocolate, a world-class guitarist and violinist, a winemaker talk, and dozens of films at Carco Theatre, 1717 Maple Valley Hwy in Renton.
Focused on local farms, chefs, and restaurants, Chomp! has a farmer’s market, healthy food, ecological activities, recycled art, cooking demos, live music, a parading band (4 p.m.), farm animals, and a beverage garden (beer, cider, wine) at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Free except parking.
Cajun Food & Music Festival [formerly Cajun Fest] promises Cajun food, a beer garden, music performances, a second line parade, vendors, and kids activities outdoors at Burlington Green, 101 Railroad Ave. N in Kent. You are welcome to bring costumes, folding chairs, and blankets. Free.
Snoqualmie Days [formerly Snoqualmie Railroad Days] has a pancake breakfast, train rides for sale, a 5K race (Sat. 8:30 a.m.), a parade (Sat. 11 a.m.), music, vendors, and historic actors on car-free streets surrounding Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie. Free.
River’s Edge Brewfest includes live music, lawn games, a silent auction, food trucks, and 10 tickets to sample drinks from local craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries at Stocker Fields, 27 Pine Ave. in Snohomish.
Arlington SkyFest “begins before sunset [7 p.m.], and continues into darkness with spectacular effects” including aerobatic pilots, hot-air balloons, and lighted drones flying in formation, with narration over FM radio. Buy a $20 to $60 ticket online that includes up to 8 people and a giant parking/picnic space at Arlington Municipal Airport, 18204 59th Ave. NE in Arlington. Pre-show entertainment, exhibits, and vendors.
Beer has a long history in the Olympia area because of its natural springs. Taste 100 northwest beers at Tumwater Artesian Brewfest, with wine, food vendors, and games, at Tumwater Valley Golf Club, 4611 Tumwater Valley Drive SE in Tumwater. Bring age 21+ ID. No pets.
Enjoy large art installations, performances, and design activities at Seattle Design Festival Block Party, a street fair that is the highlight of Seattle Design Festival. Located at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle. Free.
Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work turns downtown Everett into a big outdoor studio with 100 artists’ booths, live entertainment, food vendors, and glassblowing demonstrations. Located near Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. Free.
Hear classical guitar, traditional folk music, and samba at BrasilFest. Watch a demonstration of capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes, and eat authentic food in the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Some performances are in the outdoor amphitheater. Free.
Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, see monster trucks, visit the carnival, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair, which is located at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 11405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe. Closed Wednesday.
Scott Holt headlines the Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival, which begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday under large tents at Port of Peninsula, 3311 275th St. in Ocean Park. Food, beer, and wine for sale. The visitors bureau suggests you bring chairs. Bring age 21+ ID.
Celebrating colorful toy ponies featured in videos & movies, family-friendly Everfree Northwest promises parties, games, activities, meals, a music concert, a Grand Galloping Gala, vendors, and a full schedule of programs at Hyatt Regency Bellevue, 900 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue.
Arts in the Garden features “27 artists and a wide variety of 3-D garden art available for purchase among the flower beds and woodlands of the Bellevue Botanical Garden” at 12001 Main St. in Bellevue. Live music and food trucks on Sat. & Sun. Free.
Thing promises 40 acts of “music, comedy, visual arts, and speakers” for all ages at Fort Worden State Park, 200 Battery Way in Port Townsend. Optional camping at fairgrounds. Free for children age 12 and younger.
Washington State Garlic Fest has garlic cuisine, beer & wine, vendors, live music, a 5K race (Sat.), chain-saw carving, kids’ activities, and a vampire market at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1909 S Gold St. in Centralia. No pets or smoking. Children younger than age 5 are free.
The Makah tribe invites you to Makah Days Celebration, which includes a street fair, canoe races, dances, Fri. fireworks, Sat. morning parade, and Sat./Sun. salmon bake in Neah Bay. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails. Schedule.
A $65 ticket to HangarFest includes unlimited tastes from local breweries, wineries, cideries, and a distillery; food truck fare for sale; live music; yard games; space-themed activities; and access to the space gallery and aircraft exhibits at The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle for age 21+.
Wear a white shirt to Chase the Rainbow Run 5K [formerly Chambers Color Run 5K], and expect to be bombarded with handfuls of colored cornstarch at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Drive W in University Place.
Admire classic cars and trucks, shop from food trucks, and set up your lawn chairs to watch “live entertainment from local musicians and bands” at Spana’Jam at Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway.
Scooped is an “all-you-can-eat ice cream festival” with local bands and DJs, creative mixologists, food carts, giant games, kids activities, and a milkshake throw down near the fountain at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Expect lines.
Bring a blanket or chair to Confluence Music Festival, which offers art, food, beverages, and “local and internationally renowned musicians such as Savanna Woods and Rae Gordon Band” at Confluence Park, 595 Rainier Blvd. N in Issaquah. Free.
Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days includes a demolition derby (Thurs.), a rodeo (Fri. to Sun.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), a carnival, vendors, exhibits, and concerts at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St. in Walla Walla.