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African heritage festival
August 4 - 6, 2023
Atlantic (2.7 miles SE)
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.
Seafair Weekend Festival features hydroplanes racing on Lake Washington, the Blue Angels flying overhead in the Boeing Air Show, and classic cars parked on the lakeshore (Sat. & Sun.) at Stan Sayres Memorial Park, 3808 Lake Washington Blvd. S in Seattle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)and fireworks (Saturday 9:45 p.m.). All except parades at Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Drive in North Bend. 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.”]
Jam Revival Music & Arts Festival celebrates “local music, art, friendship, community, and life” with 18 performers, food for sale, and camping available at bucolic Yard Art Gallery, 7330 Tolt River Rd NE in Carnation. No pets or glass bottles.
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.
A ticket to Sausage & Cider Fest for age 21+ includes 10 tastes of cider (beer & wine available), with music, lawn games, and food for sale at Covington Community Park, 17649 SE 240th St. in Covington. No pets.
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.
Snoqualmie 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.
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.
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 at Dakwas Park in Neah Bay. Free, or $10 to visit beaches and trails. Schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Geocaching 20th Anniversary Celebration is for people who enjoy finding hidden treasures using GPS coordinates. It offers fun exhibits, vendor booths, food for sale, a beer garden, a kids’ area, speakers, and live music in and around Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
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.
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.
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.
Arts in the Garden features “23 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 a few food trucks on Sat. & Sun. Free.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 (3:30 p.m.), farm animals, tree climbing, and a beverage garden (beer, cider, wine) at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Free except $5 parking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cajun Food & Music Festival 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.
Professional golfers compete for a $2 million purse in the Boeing Classic at The Club at Snoqualmie Ridge, 36005 SE Ridge St. in Snoqualmie. Opening and closing ceremonies include a jet flyover (Fri. 11:15 a.m., Sun 4 p.m.). Tickets.
A $38 ticket to Jack’s Low & Slow Festival includes a “roasted steer sandwich” with live music (blues, rock & roll, country) and plenty of food and drinks for sale at Jack's BBQ, 35731 W Valley Hwy S in Algona for age 21+.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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. Free.
Run downhill through forests and a former train tunnel in one of the Tunnel Marathons, which qualify 40% of its participants for the Boston Marathon, starting at Palouse to Cascades State Park – Hyak Trailhead, Iron Horse Trail at Snoqualmie Pass. See their directions page. Held in June, August, and September.
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.
The $32 BrewFest on the Skagit features “35 local craft brews, three of the region’s most popular bands, leisure games, tie-dye, vendors, and local food trucks” along the banks of the Skagit River at Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road in Mount Vernon for age 21+. No pets.
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.
Ride atop a mini steam train over a bridge and through a tunnel, and then visit the gift shop at Great Northern & Cascade Railway, 101 5th St. N in pretty Skykomish. Free. [If this ride remains closed due to wildfires, consider instead Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard.]
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.
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.
Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival has 133 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.
Scott Holt headlines the Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival, which begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 12:30 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.
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.