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Seattle events August 2019

Wine tasting in Bellevue

August 1, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
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 10134 Main Street for age 21+.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 3, 2019
(begins July 29)
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. Official brochure. Free.

Seattle Art Fair

August 1 - 4, 2019
1.5 miles south
Seattle Art Fair showcases art from 100 galleries around the world at CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Free Shakespeare

August 1 - 11, 2019
(begins July 11)
multiple locations
See the plays “Twelfth Night” & “Romeo and Juliet” in many Puget Sound parks during Wooden O. This year, all of the actors in “Twelfth Night” are male, and all of the actors in “Romeo and Juliet” are female. You can bring blankets, chairs, and food. Free.

Free shows

August 1 - 15, 2019
(begins July 11)
4.1 miles NE
Nights at the Neptune presents diverse music, dance, and theater by local groups at the Neptune Theatre. Free.

Dance in the park

August 1 - 22, 2019
(Tues. & Thurs. 6 p.m.)
multiple parks
Dancing ‘til Dusk offers dance lessons, music, and dancing 14 evenings in downtown Seattle parks, plus 2 salsa dances on July 27 & Sept. 21. Free.

Noon concerts

August 1 - 23, 2019
(12 to 1 p.m.)
Downtown Seattle
Downtown Summer Sounds brings music to parks from Wednesday to Friday (plus Tuesdays in July). Free.

African heritage festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
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 2 - 4, 2019
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 2 - 4, 2019
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. Interstate 90 will not close in 2019.

Drag racing

August 2 - 4, 2019
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 2 - 4, 2019
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 2 - 4, 2019
150 miles east
Hear top music artists at Watershed, with camping available at the Gorge Amphitheatre in George.

Short play festival

August 2 - 11, 2019
14.7 miles north
Watch family-friendly comic plays written by Pacific Northwest playwrights at Summer Shorts in Edmonds.

Concerts at Seattle Center

August 2 - 23, 2019
(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.

Free movies in Seattle parks

August 2 - 30, 2019
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.

Eastside concerts

August 2 - Sept. 8, 2019
(also July)
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.

Art in a Ballard garden

August 3, 2019
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.

Salmon festival & parade

August 3, 2019
9 miles north
Lake City Summer Festival & Parade [formerly Lake City Seafair Festival; 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.

Taste wine with your dog

August 3, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
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.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 3, 2019
(1:30 p.m.)
54 miles NW via ferry
Acoustic Blues Showcase concert is the highlight of the Acoustic Blues Festival at Fort Worden State Park.

Free movies at Seattle Center

August 3 - 24, 2019
(Saturdays at dusk)
1 mile NW
Watch movies on a 40-foot screen at Movies at the Mural on the lawn at Mural Amphitheatre, with captions. Free.

Concerts at the locks

August 3 - Sept. 2, 2019
(also July)
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.

Concerts at the winery

August 3 - Sept. 21, 2019
(begins June 13)
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.

Hurricane Ridge bike ride

August 4, 2019
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, 2019
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.

Free movies in Bellevue

August 6 - 27, 2019
(Tuesdays at dusk)
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.

Food-truck tasting

August 8, 2019
(5 to 9 p.m.)
7.3 miles NE
A ticket to Food Truck Taste Off includes “one sample from every truck, and one full-size dish from the truck of your choice” in Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park. Ticketed beer & cider garden.

Logging festival

August 8 - 11, 2019
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 8 - 11, 2019
238 miles NE
The Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races plus a rodeo, art show, carnival, and a parade (Sunday 10 a.m.) in Omak.

Cuban band

August 9, 2019
(10 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
Cubanismo plays iconic Cuban dance music (mambo, salsa, chachachá, danzon, desacarga, bolero, rumba, son, and Latin jazz) at The Triple Door.

Ticket deal $20

South Lake Union Block Party

August 9, 2019
(noon to 11 p.m.)
1 mile north
South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer garden, food trucks, and booths for local organizations at South Lake Union Discovery Center. See the schedule. Free.

Mount Si festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
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. Free.

Award-winning music

August 10, 2019
(8 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
Singer and guitarist duo Gypsy Soul performs world-class music influenced by Celtic, rock, soul, blues, and jazz at The Triple Door.

Ticket deal $13

Brewery festival

August 10, 2019
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.

Wine festival in Bremerton

August 10, 2019
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.

Jazz at a winery

August 10, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
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. You can bring a lawn chair and a beach umbrella. Free if younger than age 21. Video.

Small-town wine tasting

August 10, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
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 10, 2019
29 miles south
AuburnFest begins with an 11 a.m. parade downtown. Les Gove Park has a car show, 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 and Sunday.

Native American festival

August 10, 2019
33 miles south
Experience native dancing, drumming, singing, fashion, bread, and crafts for sale at In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. Free.

Beer & music in Tacoma

August 10, 2019
(1 to 8 p.m.)
34 miles south
Enjoy beer & cider from 30 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 10, 2019
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.

Arab Festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
1 mile NW
Enjoy Arabic music, dance, food, and children’s activities at the Arab Festival at Seattle Center. Free.

River festival & powwow

August 10 - 11, 2019
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.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

August 10 - Sept. 8, 2019
(begins July 13)
57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry
Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Free roller skating

August 11, 2019
(2 to 5 p.m.)
7.5 miles NE
The all-ages Community Fun Skate includes free skate rental and music at Magnuson Community Center.

Kirkland car show

August 11, 2019
15 miles NE
See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles and visit the vendors at the Kirkland Waterfront Car Show. Free.

Cider festival

August 11, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
29 miles NE
Taste hard cider, meet the makers, and eat appetizers at Snohomish Hard Cider Festival at Thomas Family Farm for age 21+.

Zoo concerts

August 11 - 28, 2019
(also July)
5 miles north
ZooTunes features world-class artists at Woodland Park Zoo. One free child age 12 or younger per adult.

Jazz walk

August 13, 2019
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 in Shoreline. Two of the outdoor venues are free.

Wine weekend

August 15 - 17, 2019
Woodinville & Seattle area
Sample wines, savor fine food, attend an auction, and visit winemakers at Auction of Washington Wines events. The picnic is August 15, winemaker dinners are August 16, and the gala is August 17, 2019.

North Bend Film Festival

August 15 - 18, 2019
30 miles east
See some surprisingly sophisticated films, attend filmmaker talks, and check out a virtual-reality attraction at the North Bend Film Festival

Pike Place Market dinner

August 16, 2019
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.

Kent wine walk

August 16, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
20.7 miles south
Visit 12 shops serving wine and a few snacks with a ticket to the Wine Walk in downtown Kent for age 21+. Held in May, August, and October.

Tattoo exposition

August 16 - 18, 2019
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 16 - 18, 2019
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 16 - 18, 2019
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.

Tasting event in Edmonds

August 16 - 18, 2019
16 miles north
Taste Edmonds features good food, entertainment on two stages, a kids’ zone, arts & crafts booths, and a beer & wine garden (age 21+) at Civic Center Playfield.

Chief Seattle Days

August 16 - 18, 2019
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.

Sammamish festival

August 16 - 18, 2019
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.

Arlington air show

August 16 - 18, 2019
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.) and a balloon glow (Sat.) at Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Freaky circus

August 17, 2019
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+.

Duwamish River Festival

August 17, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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 17, 2019
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 17, 2019
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.

Cider & sausage festival

August 17, 2019
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 17, 2019
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.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 17 - 18, 2019
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.

Railroad festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
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.

Everett art festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
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.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

August 18, 2019
54.7 miles east
Run downhill through forests and a former train tunnel in the Tunnel Marathons, which qualify 20%+ of runners for the Boston Marathon, beginning at Hyak ski area. Held in June, August, and September.

Brazil festival

August 18, 2019
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 19 - 25, 2019
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.

Scandinavian festival

August 22 - 25, 2019
5.7 miles NW
Focusing on a different Scandinavian region each year, Nordic Sól [formerly Viking Days] has “vendors, crafts, music, and culture” plus traditional food, a fashion show, and family activities at Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. The 2019 theme is “the Arctic.” Free.

Black pride

August 23 - 25, 2019
multiple locations
You don’t have to be gay to attend parties, festivals, talks, workshops, and wellness events during Black Pride Week, which supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.

Garlic festival

August 23 - 25, 2019
87 miles south
Washington State Garlic Fest features garlic cuisine, beer & wine, vendors, live music, and a flea market. No pets or smoking.

Neah Bay celebration

August 23 - 25, 2019
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.

Wine & beer festival

August 24, 2019
0.5 miles NW
Taste wine, beer, and cider from 20 producers, watch grape stomping (5 p.m.), hear live music, and buy food at Belltown Crush at Bell Street Park for age 21+.

Party at Museum of Flight

August 24, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
9 miles south
A ticket to HangarFest includes 10 tastes of beer, wine, or spirits, plus two bands, food truck fare for sale, and exhibits at the Museum of Flight for age 21+.

UFO festival

August 24, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
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. The event has new management in 2019. Free.

Paddleboard race

August 24, 2019
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 24, 2019
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.

Medieval village

August 24 - 25, 2019
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.

Free national park day

August 25, 2019
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.


August 25, 2019
(2 p.m.)
1.3 miles NW
Rigoletto is a court jester whose daughter is seduced by a powerful duke in the operatic masterpiece by Verdi, performed by Seattle Opera in Italian with English projected titles at McCaw Hall.

Ticket deal $44 to $77

Samba at Seward Park

August 25, 2019
(12 to 4 p.m.)
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.

Board game night

August 30, 2019
(6 p.m.)
0.7 miles south
A $79 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. Tickets.

Electronic game night

August 30, 2019
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.


August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
90 miles north
Oak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer & wine, food vendors, and arts & crafts on Whidbey Island. Free.

Acoustic music in Eastern WA

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
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 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
10 miles east
SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Ellensburg Rodeo

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
108 miles east
Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, with live music, a carnival, and the Kittitas County Fair.

Puyallup fair

August 30 - Sept. 22, 2019
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 & Sept. 4.

Deals & discounts

Children’s Business Fair

August 31, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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.

Car show

August 31, 2019
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.

Blackberry festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
18 miles west via Bremerton ferry
Walk on the ferry to the free Bremerton Blackberry Festival, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie, or do a Sat. Berry Fun Run.

Garage sales on Capitol Hill

August 2019
1.5 miles NE
Capitol Hill Garage Sale has sellers in Cal Anderson Park, plus dozens of neighborhood sales. Photos. Free.

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