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August 3 - Sept. 11, 2022
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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.
Magnolia Summerfest includes a parade Saturday at 10 a.m., live music, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, weekend art fair, and kids’ activities at Magnolia Playfield, 2518 34th Ave. W in Seattle. See website for parade route. Free.
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 8 p.m. near Seattle Public Theater (Bathhouse Theater), 7312 West Green Lake Drive N in Seattle. Free.
Lake City Summer Festival & Parade has a parade, a car show, an art fair, a beer garden with live music, and a kids’. The festivals is centered around the Lake City Branch: The Seattle Public Library, 12501 28th Ave. NE 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 beer garden, live music, contests, a parade (Saturday 10:15 a.m.) and fireworks (Saturday 9:45 p.m.) at Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Drive in North Bend. See the schedule of events. Free.
AuburnFest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. Les Gove Park has two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, and arts & crafts at 910 9th St. SE in Auburn. Free, but some kids’ activities require a $10 wristband. A few events are held Friday (5K) and Sunday (car show).
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 World Kite Museum at 303 SW Sid Snyder Drive in Long Beach has an admission fee. Schedule.
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. See the parking options. The location is 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett.
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.
Snoqualmie Railroad Days has train rides for sale, a parade (Sat. 11 a.m.), a car show (Sun.), music, and food vendors on car-free streets surrounding Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie. Art vendors are in the nearby park. Free.
Gig Harbor Film Festival screens independent films, hosts parties, and promises “at least one world-premier, a host of local content including several documentaries made in Washington, and a music-act film” at Galaxy Theatres, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive in Gig Harbor.
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.
Enjoy live blues music, beer from 23 local breweries, ginger beer, and food for sale at Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Fest at Des Moines Beach Park, 22030 Cliff Ave. S in Des Moines. No children or pets. See their web page for Giant Beer Pong if interested.
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.
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.
Your $300 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. Host and auctioneer are TV stars Joel McHale and John Curley, at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.
Enjoy the best of local restaurants, wineries, and breweries at the $275 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 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 (on Bell St. from 1st Ave. to 5th Ave.). Bring age 21+ ID.
Refill promises “a diverse lineup of Seattle musicians” including Blimes and Gab, Naked Giants, Stas THEE Boss, Enumclaw, Archie, and Brujita XO at Thomas St. & 9th Ave. N in Seattle. Doors open 4:30 p.m. 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. Free.
CID Celebration promises “a day full of multicultural entertainment, activities for kids and family, raffles, games, and more” in three car-free streets surrounding Hing Hay Park, 423 Maynard Ave. S in the Seattle. Free. Video (22 seconds).
A ticket to Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes beverage tickets (beer, cider, mimosas, bloody marys, Irish coffee, root beer), with $5+ brunch bites for sale, entertainment, and lawn games at Lumen Field, 800 Occidental Ave. S in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Relax on your boat, kayak, or inflatable device as The Afterparty Band plays dance and pop music aboard a retired ferry boat at Seafair Floating Concert on South Lake Union. Alternatively, watch through binoculars from shore at Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle. Free.
Enjoy large art installations, performances, and design activities at the free Seattle Design Festival Block Party, which is the highlight of Seattle Design Festival. The location is Lake Union Park, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle.
Bazzookafest “will employ musicians of color to perform live, filmmakers of color to have their work screened, and Black-owned businesses to platform and sell their work” at Judkins Park and Playfield, 2150 S Norman St. in Seattle. At 8 p.m. the music and dancing stop, and films begin.
Alice in Wonderland promises to be a curiously current, innovative, and gender-bending adaptation appropriate for all ages, on the north lawn at Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E in Seattle. Bring a blanket or low-lying chair, and a picnic. Free.
The 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 at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle.
Taste “delicious cuisine prepared by some of Seattle’s premiere celebrity chefs paired with several of the finest whiskey tastings” during Whiskey and WildBites, with access to animal exhibits at Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
Beer Circus for age 21+ promises “freaktacular entertainment” (burlesque, side show acts, aerialists, marching band), midway games, food trucks, beer, and a costume contest at Lagunitas Brewing, 1550 NW 49th St. in Seattle. No pets or large bags.
Shop from 4 or 5 vendors, and then sit on your blanket or find a table to hear live music as you eat at Food Truck Fridays in the upper parking lot at Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N in Seattle. Free admission.
Focusing on a different Scandinavian region each year, Nordic Sól has “vendors, crafts, music, and culture” plus traditional food, a fashion show, and family activities at the National Nordic Museum, 2655 NW Market St. in Seattle.
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, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S in Seattle. Schedule.
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 Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park, 6310 NE 74th St. in Seattle. Awards, music, and food at the after-party (6 to 8 p.m.).
A ticket to HangarFest for age 21+ 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, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle.
Cocktails & the Blues is a $175 Seafair fundraiser that includes a signature cocktail, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a chance to meet “legendary hydroplane drivers” and former Blue Angels pilots at The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle.
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.
Kirkland Summerfest is a popular festival of the arts with live music, entertainment, food, and family fun on the shore of Lake Washington at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. Free, except the beer & wine garden.
Enjoy art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show at Kirkland Uncorked on the water at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. The street fair with food trucks and vendors is for all ages. The separate tasting garden for age 21+ has live music and a Saturday grill-off.
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 “24 artists and a wide variety of 3-D garden art available for purchase among the flower beds and woodlands of the Bellevue Botanical Garden,” 12001 Main St. in Bellevue. 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 Tuesday & Wednesday, with finals on Saturday.
Watch the Seahawks practice outdoors in Renton with a $12 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.
Get dressed up with friends or a date, and have a blast dancing to DJ music during Adult Prom Night for age 21+ in the Grand Ballroom at DoubleTree Hotel Seattle Airport, 18740 International Blvd. in SeaTac.
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 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, ecology activities, recycled art, cooking demos, live music, and a beverage garden (beer, cider, wine) at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Free except parking.
Your ticket to Gilman Summer Festival includes 10 tasting tickets to sample beer, wine, and cider. Enjoy snacks and live music, and visit the shops at Gilman Village, 317 NW Gilman Blvd. in Issaquah. Bring your own glass and age 21+ ID.
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.
Artists display paintings, photos, sculptures, and jewelry at Edmonds Arts Festival, which has food, beer, wine, entertainment, and activities inside and outside Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. No pets. Free.
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.
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. The main act plays at 6:30 p.m.
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, 17301 131st Ave. NE in Woodinville. Free.
A ticket to Music in the Alley includes a glass of wine or a cocktail, with local jazz musicians at DiStefano Winery, 18648 142nd Ave. NE in Woodinville. Food for sale. You can bring a lawn chair and a beach umbrella. Free if younger than age 21. Video (30 seconds).
Harvest Festival features craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, music & dance, and lunch (dinner is available by reservation) at quaint Camlann Medieval Village, 10320 Kelly Road NE in Carnation.
A ticket to Sip, Suds n’ (Little) Si includes 10 tasting tickets for winery and brewery samples in North Bend shops, with live music, for age 21+. Begin at Northwest Railway Museum, 205 E McClellan St. in North Bend. See childcare option.
See classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles, with live music and food vendors during Wheels On The Waterfront at Boxcar Park, 1200 Millwright Loop W in Everett. Cars start arriving at 8 a.m. Free except parking.
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.
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.
Celebrate Tacoma’s rich maritime history with live music, tall ships, food vendors, a beer garden, and boat tours during Seaport Maritime Weekend. All events are free, including admission to Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, 705 Dock St. in Tacoma.
River's Edge Brewfest & Tasting includes live music, lawn games, 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, 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. See tickets and video (1 minute).
Brigade Encampment recreates the bustle and excitement when fur traders first visited Tacoma, with demonstrations, puppet shows, and music at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5519 Five Mile Drive in Tacoma.
Wear a white shirt to Chambers Color Run 5K, and expect to be bombarded with handfuls of colored cornstarch at the after party, which includes games, food, and music in the central meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Drive W in University Place.
Watch professionals perform kite tricks, visit food trucks, and fly your own kite on Come Fly a Kite Day in the central meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 6320 Grandview Drive W in University Place. Free unless you buy a $5 kite kit on the website.
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, 18204 59th Ave. NE in Arlington.
Arlington SkyFest “begins before sunset [7 p.m.], and continues into darkness with spectacular effects” that include aerobatic pilots, hot-air balloons, and lighted drones flying in formation, with narration over FM radio. Your $20 to $60 ticket includes up to 8 people and a giant parking/picnic space. You must pay online. The location is Arlington Municipal Airport, 18204 59th Ave. NE in Arlington.
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, beginning at Iron Horse State Park – Hyak Trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass. Held in June, August, and September.
Famous “bug chef” David George Gordon cooks ants, crickets, and grasshoppers for you to sample at Play in the Park — The Bug Chef. Bring a chair or mat for the lawn at Woodland Creek Community Park, 6729 Pacific Ave. SE in Lacey. Free. [Do not eat bugs if allergic to shellfish.]
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.
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 features garlic cuisine, beer & wine, vendors, live music, kids’ activities, and a flea market at Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, 1909 S Gold St. in Centralia. No pets or smoking. Children younger than age 5 are free.
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.
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.