Seattle events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, art fairs, shows, kids activities, and free entertainment in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 6, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Tuesday at 1 p.m. with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Wednesday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront for ages 8 and older wearing flat-heeled shoes. Free.

Dance in the park

August 1 - 29, 2017 (Tues. & Thurs. starting July 11)

multiple parks

Dancing til Dusk offers dance lessons, music, and dancing in downtown Seattle parks. Free.


August 1 - 31, 2017 (also July)

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Weekday concerts

August 1 - Sept. 1, 2017 (begins July 5)

Downtown Seattle

Out to Lunch Concert Series brings music to multiple locations from noon to 1:30 p.m. (except Mondays 4:30 to 6 p.m.). No concert Aug. 31. Free.

Free Shakespeare

August 3 - 6, 2017 (begins July 6)

multiple locations

See the plays “Pericles” and “Much Ado About Nothing” in Puget Sound parks during Wooden O. Locations are in Seattle, Tacoma, Lynnwood, and the Eastside. Free.

Free shows

August 3 - 10, 2017 (Thursdays from July 6)

4.1 miles NE

Nights at the Neptune is diverse music, dance, and theater by local groups at the Neptune Theatre. Free.

Seattle Art Fair

August 4 - 6, 2017 (preview Aug. 3)

1.5 miles south

Seattle Art Fair showcases art from 80 top galleries around the world at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Discount tickets $16 at Goldstar.

African heritage festival

August 4 - 6, 2017

2 miles east

Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival has hip-hop and soul music, a children’s day, a basketball tournament, food vendors, exhibitors, and a Saturday parade to Judkins Park. Free.

Magnolia summer festival

August 4 - 6, 2017

5 miles NW

Magnolia Summerfest includes a parade Saturday at 10 a.m., live music, food vendors, a beer garden, weekend art fair, and kids’ activities. Free.

Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 4 - 6, 2017

5 miles SE

Watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Cup. The free Boeing Air Show overhead includes the Blue Angels and Breitling Jet Team. Plan for closures of the Interstate 90 Bridge.

Salmon festival & parade

August 4 - 6, 2017

9 miles north

SalmonFest Seattle has a salmon bake every day, two parades Saturday (Rotary Kids’ Parade and Lake City Pioneer Days Grand Parade), a car show Saturday, and a weekend art fair and beer garden with live music and a kids’ area in Lake City. Free.

Drag racing

August 4 - 6, 2017

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 4 - 6, 2017

80 miles north

Anacortes Arts Festival has juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and activities for kids that stretch 8 blocks to the waterfront. Free.

Concerts at the Mural

August 4 - 25, 2017 (5:30 p.m. Fridays)

1 mile NW

Concerts at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center are family and picnic friendly, and have a beer and wine garden. The lawn fills early. Free.

Beer and blues festival

August 5, 2017 (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+.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 5, 2017

54 miles NW via ferry

The Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Worden State Park.

Renaissance fair

August 5-6 and 12-13 and 19-20, 2017

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 locks

August 5, 2017 - Sept. 16, 2017 (begins May 28)

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. Free.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2017

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.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 6, 2017

88 miles NW by ferry & toll bridge

Bike 24 or 36 miles car-free to the summit in the Olympic Mountains during Ride the Hurricane from Heart of the Hills Campground in Port Angeles.

Little Shop of Horrors

August 10 - 13, 2017

17.3 miles NE

Little Shop of Horrors is a comic-horror rock musical (a boy-meets-girl, plant-eats-world love story) with demented humor and goofy songs performed by The Redmond Academy of Theatre Arts.

Discount tickets $7.50 at Goldstar.

Logging festival

August 10 - 13, 2017

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., weekend logging show, flea market, music, and vendors.

Omak stampede & rodeo

August 10 - 13, 2017

238 miles NE

The Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races plus a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a Sunday 10 a.m. parade in Omak.

South Lake Union Block Party

August 11, 2017

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. Free.

Party at the sculpture park

August 11, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.1 miles NW

Inspired by the Japanese art exhibition at Seattle Art Museum, SAM Remix is an “evening of performances, tours, dancing, creating, and exploring the sculptures and installations at the Olympic Sculpture Park” with food for sale and a no-host bar for age 21+.

Kirkland summer festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

14 miles NE

Kirkland Summerfest is a popular festival of the arts with live music, entertainment, beer, food, and family fun on the shore of Lake Washington. Free.

Taste of Edmonds

August 11 - 13, 2017

16 miles north

A Taste of Edmonds features good food, beer and wine gardens, free entertainment on three stages, a kidzone, and arts and crafts booths.

Mount Si festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

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 fireworks in North Bend. Free.

Brewery festival

August 12, 2017 (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 12, 2017

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the Bremerton ferry, which docks near Kitsap Wine Festival at Harborside Fountain Park.

Auburn festival

August 12, 2017 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

29 miles south

AuburnFest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. At 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.

Polo Party

August 12, 2017

40 miles SE

Watch matches and socialize at the Polo Party at Seattle Polo and Equestrian Club in Enumclaw.

River festival & powwow

August 12 - 13, 2017

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 12 - 13, 2017

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 12 - Sept. 10, 2017 (2 p.m. weekends)

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Zoo concerts

August 13 - 20, 2017 (begins June 20)

5 miles north

ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child age 12 or younger per adult.

Jazz walk

August 15, 2017

11 mile north

Stroll along 15th Avenue NE to hear jazz in 10 venues using one ticket at North City Jazz Walk in Shoreline.

Wine weekend

August 17 - 19, 2017

Woodinville & Seattle area

Sample wines, savor fine food, attend an auction, and visit winemakers at the pricey Auction of Washington Wines, which also has a 10K run and 5K run/walk.

Pike Place Market dinner

August 18, 2017

0.3 mile SW

Enjoy the best of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at Sunset Supper at the Market, and then dance to live music under the stars.

Tattoo exposition

August 18 - 20, 2017

1 mile NW

Admire art on skin at the Seattle Tattoo Expo, with competitions, seminars, exhibitions, and vendors at the Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Marijuana festival

August 18 - 20, 2017

2 miles NW

Seattle Hempfest celebrates the cannabis plant with free music, speakers, and vendors at Myrtle Edwards Park on the water.

Chief Seattle Days

August 18 - 20, 2017

19 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

The Suquamish Tribe hosts Chief Seattle Days with a traditional salmon bake, canoe races, softball, 5K run, drumming, dancing, and a memorial service at the graveside of Chief Seattle in Suquamish.

Railroad festival

August 18 - 20, 2017

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.

Snoqualmie bike festival

August 18 - 20, 2017

29 miles east

Gigantic Bicycle Festival has live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, guest speakers, comedy, outdoor films, and 50 & 100 mile bike rides at Centennial Fields Park.

Discount weekend pass $42 at Groupon.

Beer festival

August 19, 2017

0.6 miles north

Try 20 beers from 40 different Washington breweries with food-truck fare at Washington Beer Collaboration Festival on the lawn at South Lake Union Discovery Center. No dogs.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 19, 2017

15.4 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Lake Sammamish State Park. Parents race for free.

Woodinville festival

August 19, 2017

20 miles NE

Celebrate Woodinville Festival has pancakes at the fire station, an 11 a.m. parade on 175th Street, and a farmer’s market, arts & crafts fair, wine & beer garden, food vendors, and kids’ activities at Wilmot Gateway Park. Free.

Sammamish evening fest

August 19, 2017 (6:30 to 10 p.m.)

21 miles east

Enjoy a beautiful sunset, food, wine, art, and a show band at Sammamish Nights. Bring age 21 ID.

Cider & sausage festival

August 19, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

26 miles SE

A ticket to Sausage and CiderFest includes 10 tastes of cider, plus sausage samples, music, and lawn games for age 21+ at Covington Community Park.

Native American festival

August 19, 2017

33 miles south

Experience native dancing, drumming, singing, and crafts for sale at In the Spirit Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Free.

Tumwater beer festival

August 19, 2017

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+.

Viking Days

August 19 - 20, 2017

7 miles NW

Viking Days features a daily pancake breakfast, a salmon BBQ 1 p.m. Saturday, Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking village reenactment, a beer garden, and music at Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Free.

Everett art festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

30 miles north

Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work turns the Port of Everett Marina into a big outdoor studio. Free.

Dance show: Bring It!

August 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)

0.5 miles west

See the stars of the the Lifetime dance reality show Bring It! Live at The Moore Theatre.

Discount tickets $28 at Goldstar.

Brazil festival

August 20, 2017

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.

Kite festival

August 21 - 27, 2017

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. The nearby kite museum has an admission fee. Schedule.

Evergreen State Fair

August 24 - Sept. 4, 2017

33 miles NE

Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Discounts on special admission days.

Free state parks

August 25, 2017


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of these 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Kirkland wine tasting

August 25, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

11 miles NE

Drink local wine in shops during Kirkland Wine-a-palooza Wine Walk, which begins at the Heathman Hotel for age 21+.

Free national parks

August 25, 2017

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.

Garlic festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

87 miles south

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 25 - 27, 2017

153 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Makah nation 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 26, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)

0.5 miles NW

Taste wine and beer from 17 breweries and wineries, shop from food trucks, and hear live music at Belltown Crush Block Party on Bell Street between 2nd & 4th.

Samba at Seward Park

August 26, 2017 (12 to 2 p.m.)

6.8 miles SE

Dance around Seward Park to the beat of live drums at Seattle Samba-Thon, followed by a traditional Brazilian meal. Costume and drums optional. No experience OK.

Duwamish River Festival

August 26, 2017 (noon)

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.

Blues and beer festival

August 26, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

20 miles south

Enjoy blues music, beer from 20 local breweries, and bratwurst at Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest [sound] in Des Moines Beach Park. No children or pets.

Car show

August 26, 2017

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 26 - 27, 2017

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, and food vendors during the family-friendly Arts in Nature Festival.

Medieval village

August 26 - 27, 2017

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.

Garage sale day

August 27, 2017

1.5 miles NE

Capitol Hill Garage Sale has sellers at Cal Anderson Park, plus dozens of neighborhood sales. Free.
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