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Seattle events August 2023

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Welcome ships & sailors

August 1 - 5, 2023

Waterfront (multiple locations)

Seafair Fleet Week includes ship tours, displays, demonstrations, and entertainment on the Seattle waterfront. Schedule below is for 2022.

Blue Angels brunch

August 3, 2023

SoDo (7.3 miles S)

A 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.

Lake City festival & parade

August 5, 2023

Lake City (9.8 miles N)

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.

Lantern ceremony at Green Lake

August 6, 2023

Green Lake (5.2 miles N)

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.

Downhill marathon

August 13, 2023

Snoqualmie Pass (55 miles E)

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.

Evening air show

August 19, 2023

Arlington (43 miles N)

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 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.

Brazil festival

August 20, 2023

Seattle Center (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 in the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Some performances are in the outdoor amphitheater. Free.

Summer camp for adults

August 24 - 27, 2023

Bow (80 miles N)

Camp Rahh is a camping experience on 47 acres of Samish Island that includes kayaking, yoga, rock climbing, meditation, dance, arts & crafts, swimming, music concerts, and gourmet meals (but no alcohol or technology) for age 18+. Located at Camp Kirby, 4734 Samish Point Road in Bow.

Shakespeare in the park

August 2023 (undated)

Seattle, Lynnwood, Burien

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.

Ice cream festival

August 2023 (undated)

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

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.

Blue Angels at Boeing Field

August 2023 (undated)

Georgetown (8 miles S)

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.

Party at Museum of Flight

August 2023 (undated)

Georgetown (8 miles S)

A 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+.

Sustainable food fair

August 2023 (undated)

Redmond (16 miles NE)

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.

Woodinville festival

August 2023 (undated)

Woodinville (19 miles NE)

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.

Music festival on Olympia Peninsula

August 2023 (undated)

Port Townsend (57 miles NW via ferry)

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.
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