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Seattle events August 2020

Chamber music

August 1, 2020
(begins July 6)
0.5 miles south
Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. The one-day Chamber Music in the Park is free at Gas Works Park on Aug. 1, 2020. Repeats in Jan.

Art in a Ballard garden

August 1, 2020
7.1 miles NW
Art in the Garden features arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, two food trucks, a beer garden, and music at Ballard P-Patch. Free.

Obstacle race

August 1, 2020
15.4 miles east
Feel like a kid again at The Great Inflatable Race, which includes at least eight blow-up obstacles you must get over, under, around, or through at Lake Sammamish State Park. Pay $10 for parking unless you have a Discover Pass for state parks.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 1, 2020
54 miles NW via ferry
Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Worden State Park.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 1, 2020
88 miles NW by ferry & toll bridge
Bike 24 to 41 miles car-free to the amazing mile-high summit in the Olympic Mountains during Ride the Hurricane in Port Angeles.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
0.5 miles SW
Seafair Fleet Week includes a Parade of Ships on Elliott Bay (Monday 1:15 p.m.), followed by ship tours Tuesday to Saturday on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

Tennis tournament

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begin July 27)
3.9 miles NW
Watch 575 tennis players from all over the country compete in the Washington State Open indoors and outdoors at beautiful Seattle Tennis Club. Free, with food and drinks for sale.

Magnolia summer festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
5 miles NW
Magnolia Summerfest includes a parade Saturday at 10 a.m., live music, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, weekend art fair, and kids’ activities. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begin July 31)
5 miles SE
Seafair Weekend Festival features hydroplanes racing on Lake Washington, the Blue Angels flying overhead in the Boeing Air Show, and classic cars on display (Saturday).

Tacoma salmon bake

August 1 - 2, 2020
31 miles south
The Original Browns Point Salmon Bake includes a variety of food, a beer garden, music, and kids’ games on the water at 201 Ton A Wan Da Ave NE. This event is only held in even numbered years.

Drag racing

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
38.4 miles SE
Watch stars of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) compete at the NHRA Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent.

Anacortes art festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
80 miles north
Anacortes Arts Festival has 270 juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and kids’ activities. Free. The running events are not free.

Country music festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
150 miles east
Hear top music artists at Watershed, with camping available at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George.

Free Shakespeare

August 1 - 9, 2020
(begins July 9)
multiple locations
See a play by William Shakespeare in many Puget Sound parks during Wooden O. You can bring blankets, chairs, and food. Free.

Kids’ event at Seattle Center

August 1, 8, 15, 2020
1 mile NW
Children ages 7 to 13 will enjoy outdoors games, entertainment, culture, and hands-on-activities under the Space Needle at Global Playground. Free.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2020
5 miles north
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 music, speakers, and candle-lit lanterns floated on Green Lake at dusk. Free.

Logging festival

August 6 - 9, 2020
90 miles south
Morton Loggers Jubilee in historic Morton includes lawn mower races Friday 7:30 p.m., bed races Sat. 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11:30 a.m., a logging show Saturday & Sunday, a flea market, music, and vendors.

South Lake Union Block Party

August 7, 2020
1 mile north
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. Free.

African heritage festival

August 7 - 9, 2020
2 miles east
Umoja Fest has hip-hop and soul music, a children’s day (Friday), a basketball tournament, food vendors, exhibitors, and a parade (Sat. 1 p.m.) from 23rd & Union to Judkins Park. Free.

My Little Pony convention

August 7 - 9, 2020
10.2 miles east
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.

Brewery festival

August 8, 2020
14 miles north
A ticket to 4-Corners Brewfest includes 12 tastes of locally made craft beer, complimentary food, and live music at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline for age 21+.

Small-town wine tasting

August 8, 2020
28 miles NE
A ticket to Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk gets you 8 tastes in downtown Snohomish shops for age 21+. Held monthly from June to September.

Auburn festival

August 8, 2020
29 miles south
AuburnFest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. Les Gove Park has two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, and arts & crafts. Free, but some kids’ activities require a $10 wristband. A few events are held Friday (5K) and Sunday (car show).

River festival & powwow

August 8 - 9, 2020
52 miles north
Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow has live music, a salmon bake, dancing, storytelling, vendors, a 5K, and a kids’ zone in Arlington. Free admission and parking.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 8 - 9, 2020
103 miles NW
The free Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has 185 artisans selling handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, and children’s activities. The art gallery reception on Friday is a ticketed event.

Free roller skating

August 9, 2020
7.5 miles NE
The all-ages Community Fun Skate includes free skate rental and music at Magnuson Community Center.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 13 - 16, 2020
238 miles NE
The Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races down a very steep slope inspired by native endurance races, plus a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a parade (Sunday 10 a.m.) in Omak.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 14, 2020
0.3 mile SW
Enjoy the best of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at the $175 Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market, and then dance to live music under the stars.

Tattoo exposition

August 14 - 16, 2020
1 mile NW
Admire art on skin at the Seattle Tattoo Expo, with competitions, seminars, exhibitions, and vendors in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Marijuana festival

August 14 - 16, 2020
2 miles NW
Seattle Hempfest celebrates the cannabis plant with free music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water.

Airplanes & balloons in Arlington

August 14 - 16, 2020
43 miles north
See 1,000 home-built, classic, vintage, and military airplanes with live music, a beer garden, a children’s area, a drone light show (Fri. & Sat. 9:30 p.m.) and a balloon glow (Sat. 8:30 p.m.) during Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Duwamish River Festival

August 15, 2020
7 miles south
The Duwamish River Festival celebrates the river’s amazing restoration with live music, kids’ activities, cultural presentations, and kayak and boat rides at Duwamish Waterway Park. Free.

Woodinville festival

August 15, 2020
20 miles NE
Celebrate Woodinville Festival [scroll down their 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 at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Tumwater beer festival

August 15, 2020
63 miles south
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, on a golf course for age 21+. No pets.

Everett art festival

August 15 - 16, 2020
30 miles north
Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work turns the Port of Everett Marina into a big outdoor studio with 100 artists’ booths, two entertainment stages, food vendors, and glassblowing demonstrations. Free.

Brazil festival

August 16, 2020
1 mile NW
Hear classical guitar, traditional folk music, and samba at BrasilFest. Watch a demonstration of capoeira martial arts, see glittering costumes, and eat authentic food at Seattle Center. Free.

Cider & sausage festival

August 16, 2020
26 miles SE
A ticket to Sausage and CiderFest includes 10 tastes of cider (beer & wine available), with music, lawn games, and food for sale at Covington Community Park for age 21+. No pets.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

August 16, 2020
54.7 miles east
Run downhill through forests and a former train tunnel in one of the Tunnel Marathons, which qualify 40% of runners for the Boston Marathon, beginning at Hyak ski area. Held in June, August, and September.

Kite festival

August 17 - 23, 2020
170 miles SW
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. Fireworks are Friday at 9:45 p.m. The nearby kite museum has an admission fee. Schedule.

Paddleboard race

August 22, 2020
15.4 miles east
Register for Stand Up for the Cure to get a T-shirt, lunch, live music, free lessons, and participation in kid or adult races at Lake Sammamish State Park.

Family football event

August 23, 2020
12.6 miles SE
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin hosts Doug Baldwin Family Combine, where you participate in 10 skills activities (such as running, jumping, throwing, and catching) at Renton Memorial Stadium.

Evergreen State Fair

August 27 - Sept. 7, 2020
33 miles NE
Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Blues and beer festival

August 29, 2020
20 miles south
Enjoy blues music, beer from 16 local breweries, and food for sale at Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest [sound] in Des Moines Beach Park. No children or pets. See their web page for Giant Beer Pong if interested.

Car show

August 29, 2020
44 miles south
See 1500 vintage vehicles and a car auction at LeMay Annual Show at Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, plus the nearby LeMay home via a shuttle bus.

Samba at Seward Park

August 30, 2020
(noon)
6.8 miles SE
Meet at 11 a.m., then dance at noon 2.4 miles around Seward Park to the beat of live drums at Seattle SambaThon, followed by a traditional Brazilian meal. Costume and drums optional. No experience is OK.

Black pride

August 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
You don’t have to be gay to attend parties, shows, talks, workshops, and wellness events during Black Pride Week, which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Dance in the park

August 2020
(undated)
multiple parks
Dancing ‘til Dusk offers dance lessons, music, and dancing 14 evenings in downtown Seattle parks, plus two salsa dances. Free.

Free movies in Seattle parks

August 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Scroll down their web page to see the film list for Center City Outdoor Cinema, which has activities at 6 p.m. and films at dusk every Friday (plus Saturdays in August). Free.

Free national park day

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Wine weekend

August 2020
(undated)
Woodinville & Seattle area
Sample wines, savor fine food, attend an auction, and visit winemakers at Auction of Washington Wines [website has sound].

Wine & beer festival

August 2020
(undated)
0.5 miles NW
Taste wine, beer, and cider from 20 producers, watch grape stomping (4:30 p.m.), hear a Brazilian band, and buy food at Belltown Crush at Bell Street Park for age 21+.

Concerts at Seattle Center

August 2020
(undated)
1 mile NW
Concerts at the Mural at Seattle Center’s amphitheater are family and picnic friendly, and have a beer and wine garden. The lawn fills early. Free.

Free movies at Seattle Center

August 2020
(undated)
1 mile NW
Watch movies on a 40-foot screen at Movies at the Mural on the lawn at Mural Amphitheatre, with captions. Bring low-back chairs, blankets, or bean bags. Free.

Outdoor game day for adults

August 2020
(undated)
1.5 miles NE
Adult Recess Seattle offers a beer garden, food trucks, a graffiti zone, games (dodgeball, kickball, four square, tetherball, hopscotch, jump rope, cornhole, ladder golf, giant Jenga), and live & DJ music at Cal Anderson Park for age 21+. Free.

Chinatown block party

August 2020
(undated)
1.8 miles south
Enjoy “Asian Pacific American arts, culture, and food” at the Chinatown-International District Block Party, plus live music, a beer garden, and an import car show on S. King Street where it passes under Interstate 5.

Lighted art at Volunteer Park

August 2020
(undated)
2.6 miles NE
Browse 30 art installations that incorporate light and sound at the free family-friendly Lusio Festival in Volunteer Park. Adults can buy tickets for the Lusio Dance Garden party in the conservatory.

Free shows

August 2020
(undated)
4.1 miles NE
Nights at the Neptune presents diverse music, dance, and theater by local groups at the Neptune Theatre. Free.

Freaky adult circus

August 2020
(undated)
4.8 miles NW
Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Lagunitas Brewing in Ballard for age 21+. No pets or large bags.

Friday nights at the zoo

August 2020
(undated)
5 miles north
Woodland Park Zoo stays open late for “magical encounters with animals, ambassador animal presentations, animal keeper talks, storytelling, and discovery stations with cool biofacts and nature-inspired activities” plus food and drinks for sale on Wildnights.

Zoo concerts

August 2020
(undated)
5 miles north
ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child age 12 or younger per adult.

Concerts at the locks

August 2020
(undated)
6 miles NW
Hear a Summer Concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

Art walk in West Seattle

August 2020
(undated)
6.6 miles SW
“Spend the evening strolling and exploring West Seattle while enjoying art, music, food, and wine” in local shops during West Seattle Art Walk. Free.

Open house at clay studio

August 2020
(undated)
6.6 miles SE
Let’s Clay in the Park has demonstrations of wheel throwing and hand building, pottery for sale, and “an opportunity to leave with your own raku-fired pottery (glazed by you)” at Seward Park Clay Studio. Schedule.

Food-truck festival

August 2020
(undated)
7.3 miles NE
Food Truck Taste Off features 13 food trucks and 5 breweries in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Some tickets include food (or food plus beer) tasting.

Magic scavenger hunt

August 2020
(undated)
7.3 miles NE
Register a team of 1 to 6 people for Seattle Marauder’s Scavenger Hunt, which “will take you around major sites in Seattle with a wizarding flair, helping you find magic where you previously saw the mundane” beginning at Magnuson Park Hangar 30. Awards, music, and food at the after-party (6 to 8 p.m.).

Party at Museum of Flight

August 2020
(undated)
9 miles south
A 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 on the east side of the Museum of Flight for age 21+.

Salmon festival & parade

August 2020
(undated)
9 miles north
Lake City Summer Festival & Parade has a parade, a car show, an art fair, a beer garden with live music, and a kids’ area in Lake City. Free.

Free movies in Bellevue

August 2020
(undated)
9.6 miles east
Downtown Movies in the Park begin with family activities and free popcorn at 7:30 p.m. at Downtown Park in Bellevue. Bring a blanket or chairs. Chairs with high backs are not allowed in one section. Free.

Wine tasting in Bellevue

August 2020
(undated)
9.6 miles east
A ticket to Bellevue Wine Walk on Main gets you a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets to redeem in shops, beginning at 10038 Main Street for age 21+. Held in summer and autumn.

Jazz walk in Shoreline

August 2020
(undated)
11 mile north
Stroll along 15th Avenue NE to hear jazz in 10 indoor & outdoor venues with a $25 ticket at North City Jazz Walk. Three of the outdoor venues are free. See the parking and venue maps.

UFO festival

August 2020
(undated)
11 miles south
Burien UFO Festival features flying saucers, alien costume contests, guest speakers, kids’ activities, films, and DJ music in and near the Tin Room Bar. Free.

Eastside concerts

August 2020
(undated)
14.6 miles NE
Marymoor Park Concerts include big-name acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat, or for lawn tickets bring a low-back chair or blanket (up to 5 feet). Prohibited items.

Eastside food fair

August 2020
(undated)
14.6 miles NE
Focused on local farms, chefs, and restaurants, Chomp! has a farmer’s market, healthy food, ecology activities, tiny homes, recycled art, cooking demos, live music, and a beverage garden (beer, cider, wine) at Marymoor Park in Redmond. Free except parking.

Short play festival

August 2020
(undated)
14.7 miles north
Watch family-friendly comic plays written by Pacific Northwest playwrights at Summer Shorts in Edmonds.

Chalk art

August 2020
(undated)
15 miles NE
Watch 16 chalk artists transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces at Pacific NW Chalk Fest, with live music and kids’ activities. Free.

Kirkland car show

August 2020
(undated)
15 miles NE
See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, and visit the vendors at Kirkland Waterfront Car Show. Free.

Taste wine with your dog

August 2020
(undated)
15 miles NE
You get wine and live music, and your dog gets treats and toys at Dogs Days of Summer Wine Tasting at Northwest Cellars in Kirkland to support Paws Alliance.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 2020
(undated)
15.4 miles east
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lake Sammamish State Park. Parents can race for free.

Tasting event in Edmonds

August 2020
(undated)
16 miles north
Taste Edmonds features good food, entertainment on two stages, a kids’ zone with free bounce houses, arts & crafts booths, and a beer & wine garden (age 21+) at Civic Center Playfield.

Concerts at the winery

August 2020
(undated)
17.8 miles NE
Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 2020
(undated)
18 miles west via Bremerton ferry
Walk aboard the ferry in Seattle for a one-hour ride to the Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park.

Chief Seattle Days

August 2020
(undated)
19 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
The Suquamish Tribe hosts Chief Seattle Days with a weekend salmon bake, canoe races, drumming, dancing, softball & horseshoe tournaments, a memorial service at the gravesite of Chief Seattle (Sat. 9 a.m.), a parade (Sat. noon), and a 5K run (Sun. 9 a.m.) in Suquamish.

Jazz at a winery

August 2020
(undated)
20.7 miles NE
A ticket to Music in the Alley includes a glass of wine or a cocktail, with local jazz musicians at DiStefano Winery in Woodinville. Food for sale. You can bring a lawn chair and a beach umbrella. Free if younger than age 21. Video (30 seconds).

Sammamish festival

August 2020
(undated)
21.4 miles east
Sammamish Party on the Plateau has live music, a kids’ zone, a beer & wine garden, food trucks, and games in Sammamish Commons Plaza at City Hall. Free.

Medieval village

August 2020
(undated)
27 miles east
Harvest Festival features craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, music & dance, and lunch (dinner is available by reservation) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Cider festival

August 2020
(undated)
29 miles NE
Taste hard cider, meet the makers, and eat appetizers at Snohomish Hard Cider Festival at Thomas Family Farm for age 21+.

Railroad festival

August 2020
(undated)
29 miles east
Snoqualmie Railroad Days has train rides for sale, a pancake breakfast (Sat. 7 to 11 a.m.), a parade (Sat. 11 a.m.), a car show on Sunday, music, a beer and wine garden, and food vendors on car-free streets. Art vendors are in the nearby park. Free.

North Bend Film Festival

August 2020
(undated)
30 miles east
See some surprisingly sophisticated films (including 18 in the virtual-reality category), and attend filmmaker talks at North Bend Film Festival.

Mount Si festival

August 2020
(undated)
31 mile east
The Festival at Mount Si is a small-town arts and crafts fair with food booths, a beer garden, live music, contests, a parade (Saturday 10:15 a.m.) and fireworks (Saturday 9:45 p.m.) in North Bend. See the schedule of events. Free.

Native American festival in Tacoma

August 2020
(undated)
33 miles south
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).

Beer & music in Tacoma

August 2020
(undated)
34 miles south
Enjoy beer & cider from 40 craft brewers, a meal from local food trucks, and music from Northwest bands at Brew Five Three on Broadway in Tacoma for age 21+.

Polo Party

August 2020
(undated)
40 miles SE
Watch matches, socialize, stomp the divots, join the hat parade, and visit the beer & wine garden at the Seattle Polo Party at Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club in Enumclaw.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

August 2020
(undated)
57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry
Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Garlic festival

August 2020
(undated)
87 miles south
Washington State Garlic Fest features garlic cuisine, beer & wine, vendors, live music, kids’ activities, and a flea market in Chehalis. No pets or smoking.

Bass-heavy music festival

August 2020
(undated)
150 miles east
Headbangers flock to Bass Canyon for “the heaviest hitting artists in the scene, gorgeous views of the mountainous Gorge Amphitheatre, and three performances by Excision,” with camping available.

Neah Bay celebration

August 2020
(undated)
153 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
The Makah tribe invites you to Makah Days Celebration, with a street fair, canoe races, dances, Fri. fireworks, Sat. morning parade, and Sat./Sun. salmon bake at the tip of Washington. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails. Schedule.

Video game convention

August 2020
(undated)
0.5 mile east
Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX West at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Board game night

August 2020
(undated)
0.7 miles south
An $89 ticket to Board Gaming for Good includes a buffet dinner, two $10 vouchers for the game store, and all of the games you can play from the game library, with views from the 76th floor of Columbia Tower to support charity.

Electronic game night

August 2020
(undated)
12.7 miles NE
Play more than 50 upcoming ID@Xbox titles, try Mixed Reality games, and meet the developers at Microsoft’s Pre-PAX Open House. Bring a guardian if younger than 18. Free, including both a shuttle bus from the Seattle convention center and parking in Redmond.

Children’s Business Fair

August 2020
(undated)
13.7 miles east
Shop from 40 entrepreneurs ages 6 to 18 selling food, art, toys, and more at Children’s Business Fair in the east parking lot of Crossroads Mall in Bellevue. Free.

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