Seattle events, festivals, things to do – August 2018

August 2018
best events in Seattle

Free Shakespeare

August 1 - 12, 2018 (begins July 12)

multiple locations

See the plays “Pericles” and “Much Ado About Nothing” in Puget Sound parks during Wooden O in Seattle, Tacoma, Des Moines, Mercer Island, and Bellevue. Free.

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.

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.
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Seafair air show & hydroplane races

August 3 - 5, 2018

5 miles SE

Watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Cup. The free Boeing Air Show overhead includes the Blue Angels. Plan for 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.

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.

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 (weekends)

33 miles south

Mingle with medieval knights, jesters, peasants, and artisans at the Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Blues in Port Townsend

August 5, 2018

54 miles NW via ferry

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

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.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

August 9, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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+.

Wine weekend

August 16 - 18, 2018

Woodinville & Seattle area

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

Pike Place Market dinner

August 17, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Samba at Seward Park

August 25, 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.

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

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.

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.

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.


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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Dance in the park

August 2018 (undated)

multiple parks

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

Weekday concerts

August 2018 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

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.

Taste of Italy

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Welcome ships & sailors

August 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles SW

Seafair Fleet Week begins Wednesday at 1 p.m. with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Thursday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront. Free.

Wine & beer festival

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer festival

August 2018 (undated)

0.6 miles north

Try 27 beers from 50 different Washington breweries with food-truck fare at Washington Beer Collaboration Festival on the lawn at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+. No dogs.

Concerts at Seattle Center

August 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Tattoo exposition

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Yoga event

August 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles NW

Your ticket to Soul Pose includes a yoga mat, a towel, a bracelet, and confetti to toss during a blacklight yoga session at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Video.

Garage sale day

August 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

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

African heritage festival

August 2018 (undated)

2 miles east

Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival 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.

Trapeze show

August 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles south

The Summer Student Show at Emerald City Trapeze features trapeze artists and aerialists performing aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Wine tasting

August 2018 (undated)

3 miles south

Pour features 20 wineries, live music, and street food for sale at Factory Luxe (formerly Rainier Brewery) for age 21+. Premium tickets include a pre-party at noon.

Free shows

August 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles NE

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

Zoo concerts

August 2018 (undated)

5 miles north

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

Wine tasting + entertainment

August 2018 (undated)

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+.

Concerts at the locks

August 2018 (undated)

6 miles NW

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

Forest arts festival

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Viking Days

August 2018 (undated)

7 miles NW

Viking Days features a daily pancake breakfast, a Saturday afternoon salmon bake, Nordic craft and food vendors, a Viking encampment, a beer garden, and music at Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard. Free.

Salmon festival & parade

August 2018 (undated)

9 miles north

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

Bellevue ballet party

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Jazz walk

August 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Brewery festival

August 2018 (undated)

14 miles north

Admission to 4-Corners Brewfest includes 10 tastes of craft beer, food, and live music at Innis Arden Clubhouse in Shoreline.

Eastside concerts

August 2018 (undated)

14.6 miles NE

Marymoor Park Concerts include big-name acts. Bring blankets or low-backed chairs. Beverages must be sealed and not in glass bottles. No pets.

Eastside food fair

August 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Jazz in Woodinville

August 2018 (undated)

20.7 miles NE

A ticket to Jazz in the Alley includes a glass of wine or a cocktail, plus live music by local jazz musicians at DiStefano Winery in Woodinville. You can bring a lawn chair and a beach umbrella. Free if under age 21.

Kent wine walk

August 2018 (undated)

20.7 miles south

Visit shops serving wine and a few snacks with a ticket to the Fall Wine Walk in downtown Kent for age 21+.

Native American festival

August 2018 (undated)

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.

Beer and blues festival

August 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

40 miles SE

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

Chamber music in Port Townsend

August 2018 (undated)

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

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