Seattle events August 2018. Things to do in Seattle.

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Seattle events August 2018

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 5, 2018
(begins July 31)
0.5 miles SW
Seafair Fleet Week begins Tuesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Wednesday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

Weekday concerts

August 1 - 31, 2018
(begins July 9)
Downtown Seattle
Downtown Summer Sounds [formerly Out to Lunch Concert Series] brings music to multiple locations from noon to 1:30 p.m. (but Mondays are 4:30 to 6 p.m.). Free.
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Eastside concerts

August 1 - Sept. 9, 2018
(begins June 8)
14.6 miles NE
Marymoor Park Concerts include big-name acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat or else bring a blanket (up to 5 feet) or a low-back chair. See the list of what you can and cannot bring.

Seattle Art Fair

August 2 - 5, 2018
1.5 miles south
Seattle Art Fair showcases art from 100 galleries around the world at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Free Shakespeare

August 2 - 12, 2018
(begins July 12)
multiple locations
See the plays “King Lear” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor” in Puget Sound parks during Wooden O in Seattle, Tacoma, Des Moines, Mercer Island, and Bellevue. Free.

Free shows

August 2 - 16, 2018
(Thursdays, July 12+)
4.1 miles NE
Nights at the Neptune is diverse music, dance, and theater by local groups at the Neptune Theatre. Free.

Dance in the park

August 2 - 23, 2018
(begins July 10)
multiple parks
Dancing til Dusk offers dance lessons, music, and dancing in downtown Seattle parks. Free.

Zoo concerts

August 2 - Aug. 23, 2018
(begins June 13)
5 miles north
ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child age 12 or younger per adult.

African heritage festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
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.

Magnolia summer festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
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 3 - 5, 2018
5 miles SE
During Seafair Weekend Festival, watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Appliance Cup and the Blue Angeles fly overhead in the free Boeing Air Show. Daily closures of Interstate 90.

Drag racing

August 3 - 5, 2018
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 3 - 5, 2018
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 3 - 5, 2018
150 miles east
Hear top music artists at Watershed, with camping available at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George.

Concerts at Seattle Center

August 3 - 24, 2018
(Fridays 5:30 p.m.)
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.

Water fight

August 4, 2018
1 mile south
Pay $15 online, bring a water gun (nothing realistic looking), wear blue or red, and head to Water Gun Fight at Occidental Square, followed by an after party. A guardian must accompany children under age 18.

Salmon festival & parade

August 4, 2018
9 miles north
Lake City Seafair Festival [formerly SalmonFest Seattle] has a parade, a car show, an art fair, a beer garden with live music, and a kids’ area in Lake City. Free.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 4, 2018
54 miles NW via ferry
Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Worden State Park.

Tacoma salmon bake

August 4 - 5, 2018
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.

Renaissance fair

August 4 - 19, 2018
33 miles south
Mingle with medieval knights, jesters, peasants, and artisans at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Concerts at the winery

August 4 - Sept. 15, 2018
(begins June 10)
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.

Concerts at the locks

August 4 - Sept. 16, 2018
(begins June 2)
6 miles NW
Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, beginning at 2 p.m. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 5, 2018
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.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2018
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 9 - 12, 2018
90 miles south
Morton Loggers Jubilee in historic Morton includes lawn mower races Friday, bed races Sat. 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11:30 a.m., a logging show Saturday & Sunday, a flea market, music, and vendors.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 9 - 12, 2018
238 miles NE
The Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races plus a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a parade on Sunday at 10 a.m. in Omak.

South Lake Union Block Party

August 10, 2018
1 mile north
South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer garden, and food trucks at South Lake Union Discovery Center. See the schedule. Free.

Kent wine walk

August 10, 2018
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
20.7 miles south
Visit shops serving wine and a few snacks with a ticket to the Summer Wine Walk in downtown Kent for age 21+.

Kirkland summer festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
14 miles NE
Kirkland Summerfest is a popular festival of the arts with live music, entertainment, food, beer & wine, and family fun on the shore of Lake Washington. Free.

Taste of Edmonds

August 10 - 12, 2018
16 miles north
A Taste of Edmonds features good food, beer and wine gardens, free entertainment on two stages, a kidzone, and arts and crafts booths at Civic Center Playfield.

Mount Si festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
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, and Saturday fireworks in North Bend. Free.

Brewery festival

August 11, 2018
(3 to 7 p.m.)
14 miles north
Admission to 4-Corners Brewfest includes 10 tastes of craft beer, food, and live music at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline.

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 11, 2018
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.

Auburn festival

August 11, 2018
29 miles south
AuburnFest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. Les Gove Park has a car show, a 5K race at 7 p.m., two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, arts & crafts, and children’s activities.

Native American festival

August 11, 2018
(12 to 7 p.m.)
33 miles south
Experience native dancing, drumming, singing, and crafts for sale at In the Spirit Festival Northwest Native Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Free.

Beer and blues festival

August 11, 2018
(1 to 8 p.m.)
34 miles south
Enjoy beer from 30 craft brewers, a meal from local food trucks, and music from Northwest blues icons at Brew Five Three on Broadway in Tacoma for age 21+.

Polo Party

August 11, 2018
40 miles SE
Watch matches and socialize at the Seattle Polo Party at Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club in Enumclaw.

River festival & powwow

August 11 - 12, 2018
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 except parking.

Whidbey Island art festival

August 11 - 12, 2018
103 miles NW
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has handmade arts and crafts, live entertainment, and children’s activities.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

August 11 - Sept. 9, 2018
(begins July 14)
57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry
Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Cider festival

August 12, 2018
(noon to 4 p.m.)
29 miles NE
Taste hard ciders, meet the makers, and eat appetizers at Snohomish Hard Cider Festival at Thomas Family Farm for age 21+.

Jazz walk

August 14, 2018
11 mile north
Stroll along 15th Avenue NE to hear jazz in 11 venues using one ticket at North City Jazz Walk in Shoreline.

Children’s Business Fair

August 14, 2018
13.7 miles east
Shop from 50 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.

Tasting in Bellevue

August 16, 2018
(6 p.m.)
11.3 miles east
Taste samples from local distilleries and snack producers, with food truck fare for sale during Gin night at WeWork Lincoln Square for age 21+.

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Wine weekend

August 16 - 18, 2018
Woodinville & Seattle area
Sample wines, savor fine food, attend an auction, and visit winemakers at Auction of Washington Wines events, plus a Saturday 10K run and 5K run/walk.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 17, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
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 17 - 19, 2018
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 17 - 19, 2018
2 miles NW
Seattle Hempfest celebrates the cannabis plant with free music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water.

Chalk art

August 17 - 19, 2018
15 miles NE
Watch 14 chalk artists transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces at Pacific NW Chalk Fest, with live music and kids’ activities. Free.

Chief Seattle Days

August 17 - 19, 2018
19 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
The Suquamish Tribe hosts Chief Seattle Days with a weekend salmon bake, canoe races, baseball, 5K run, drumming, dancing, Saturday parade, and a memorial service at the graveside of Chief Seattle in Suquamish.

Railroad festival

August 17 - 19, 2018
29 miles east
Snoqualmie Railroad Days draws 10,000 people for train rides, a pancake breakfast Sat. 7 to 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11 a.m., a car show Sun., kids’ entertainment, music, arts & crafts, beer and wine garden, and food. Free admission.

Beer festival

August 18, 2018
1.3 miles north
Try beers from 50 different Washington breweries with food-truck fare at Washington Beer BBQ [formerly Washington Beer Collaboration Festival] at Lake Union Park for age 21+. No dogs.

Hot sauce festival

August 18, 2018
5.5 miles NW
Seattle Hot Sauce Fest promises hot sauce tastings, food trucks, a beer garden, lawn games, activities for kids, and a movie at dusk in Ballard Commons Park.

Duwamish River Festival

August 18, 2018
7 miles south
The Duwamish River Festival celebrates the river’s amazing comeback with music, lunch, kids’ activities, art activities, and kayak and boat rides at Duwamish Waterway Park. Free.

Eastside food fair

August 18, 2018
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.

Woodinville festival

August 18, 2018
20 miles NE
Celebrate Woodinville Festival 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.

Sammamish evening fest

August 18, 2018
21 miles east
Enjoy a beautiful sunset, restaurant food, wine, beer, art, and live music at Sammamish Nights for age 21+.

Cider & sausage festival

August 18, 2018
26 miles SE
A ticket to Sausage and CiderFest includes 10 tastes of cider, six wines, sausage samples, music, and lawn games for age 21+ at Covington Community Park.

Tumwater beer festival

August 18, 2018
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 trucks, and games, on a golf course for age 21+. No pets.

Mini maker fair

August 18 - 19, 2018
1 mile NW
Tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, and garage tinkerers share their passion projects at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Young children need supervision due to moving parts, electricity, and fire, at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP).

Kids’ obstacle race

August 18 - 19, 2018
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.

Everett art festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
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 a beer garden. Free.

Brazil festival

August 19, 2018
(noon to 7 p.m.)
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 entry.

Garage sale day

August 19, 2018
1.5 miles NE
Capitol Hill Garage Sale has sellers in Cal Anderson Park, plus dozens of neighborhood sales. Free.

Kite festival

August 20 - 26, 2018
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.

Snoqualmie bike festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
29 miles east
Gigantic Bicycle Festival has live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, guest speakers, Friday films, Saturday 50 & 100 mile rides, and shorter Sunday rides at Centennial Fields Park.

Garlic festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
87 miles south
Washington State Garlic Fest [formerly Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show] celebrates garlic cuisine and has beer and wine, music, arts & crafts, antiques, and kids’ activities. No pets or smoking.

Neah Bay celebration

August 24 - 26, 2018
153 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
Makah tribe invites you to Makah Days Celebration, with a street fair, canoe races, dances, Fri. fireworks, Sat. parade, and Sat./Sun. salmon bake at the tip of Washington. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails.

Wine & beer festival

August 25, 2018
(3 to 7 p.m.)
0.5 miles NW
Taste wine, beer, and cider from 23 producers, eat restaurant bites, watch grape stomping, and hear live music at Belltown Crush Block Party at Bell Street Park.

Freaky circus

August 25, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
4.8 miles NW
Lagunitas Beer Circus promises “freaktacular entertainment” by 100 performers (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Lagunitas Brewing in Ballard for age 21+.

Party at Museum of Flight

August 25, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
9 miles south
A ticket to HangarFest includes beverages (2 beers or 10 wine samples), two bands, food truck fare for sale, and exhibits at the Museum of Flight for age 21+.

Paddleboard race

August 25, 2018
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.

Blues and beer festival

August 25, 2018
(12 to 8 p.m.)
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.

Car show

August 25, 2018
44 miles south
See 1000 vintage vehicles and a car auction at LeMay Car Show at Marymount Event Center in Tacoma, plus the nearby LeMay home via a shuttle bus.

Forest arts festival

August 25 - 26, 2018
6 miles SW
Wander the trails and visit the cabins at Camp Long in West Seattle to experience music, dancing, puppet shows, art exhibits, craft-making, beer, and food trucks during family-friendly Arts in Nature Festival.

Medieval village

August 25 - 26, 2018
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.

Samba at Seward Park

August 26, 2018
6.8 miles SE
Dance around Seward Park to the beat of live drums at Seattle SambaThon, followed by a traditional Brazilian meal. Costume and drums optional. No experience OK.

Microsoft game night

August 30, 2018
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.

Food truck festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2018
7.3 miles NE
Drink Oktoberfest beer from 30 breweries and eat food from 30 food trucks during Trucktoberfest at Magnuson Park Hangar 30.


August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
1 mile NW
Celebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular festival of music, film, comedy, and arts on Labor Day weekend in 13 venues at Seattle Center, including a main stage in Memorial Stadium. Free for children age 7 and younger, and seniors age 70+.

Films at Bumbershoot

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
1.2 miles NW
Watch short films and documentaries at 1 Reel Film Festival in SIFF Film Center at the Seattle Center, at no extra cost after you enter Bumbershoot.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
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

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
203 miles SE
Tumbleweed Music Festival has 5 stages with 75 acts, workshops, food and craft vendors, and a contra dance Sunday in Richland on the Columbia River. Mostly free.

Video game convention

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
0.5 mile east
Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX West at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Ski & snowboard sale

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
10 miles east
SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Ellensburg Rodeo

August 31 - September 3, 2018
108 miles east
Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, with live music, a carnival, and the Kittitas County Fair.

Puyallup fair

August 31 - Sept. 23, 2018
36 miles south
Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. Closed Tuesdays.

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Taste of Italy

August 2018
0.3 miles north
Enjoy a gourmet dinner made by Chef Franz Junga of Il Fornaio at the next Guest Chef event to support training programs for the homeless at FareStart. Choose any reservation time from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Wine tasting + entertainment

August 2018
5.3 miles south
Taste Riesling from 18 wineries (or beer) at Riesling Revolution as you watch a burlesque show, hear the Latin sound of Calexico, enjoy an acoustic set by The Head and the Heart, and shop from food trucks at Charles Smith Wines Jet City for age 21+.

Bellevue ballet party

August 2018
10.8 miles west
Get a sneak peak of upcoming ballets with live music at the VIP Roaring ‘20s Costume Party, with food and drinks in the theater at Meydenbauer Center.