Seattle events calendar for July 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, art fair, 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.

Wooden boat festival

July 1 - 4, 2017

1.5 miles north

Enjoy free boat rides, tours, live music, kids’ activities, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at Center for Wooden Boats. Free.

Garden tours

July 1 - 16, 2017

5.6 miles south


July 1 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Concerts at the locks

July 1, 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.

Airplanes, cars, motorcycles

July 2, 2017

42 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels is airplanes, flyovers, a car show, race cars, motorcycles, and a beer garden at the Tacoma Narrows Airport.

Patriotic music

July 3, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.5 miles south

Star-Spangled Spectacular includes 18 patriotic tunes performed by Seattle Wind Symphony with a soprano and chorus at Benaroya Hall.

Chamber music

July 3 - 28, 2017

0.5 miles south

Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival at Nordstrom Recital Hall in Benaroya Hall has free recitals before performances. Repeats in Jan.


July 4, 2017

Many of these are all-day events.

Welcome new Americans

July 4, 2017

1 mile NW

Watch 500 people from 80 countries become Americans at the emotional naturalization ceremony at Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion. Band plays at 11 a.m. Ceremony and speeches at 12 p.m. Free.

Fourth of July - Seattle

July 4, 2017

4 miles north

Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works Park has family activities, entertainment, food and beverages, and fireworks at 10:20 p.m. Bring no alcohol, fireworks, glass bottles, or pets. Free, except reserved seats.

Patriotic dog walk

July 4, 2017

10.4 miles east

Wear red, white, and blue for the Four on the 4th Dog Jog & Walk, a non-competitive 4K for you and your dog near Bellevue Library.

Fourth of July - Bainbridge

July 4, 2017

11 miles west via ferry

Take the Bainbridge Island ferry on foot to the Grand Old Fourth of July for a pancake breakfast, car show, foot race, street fair, beer/wine garden, activities for kids, parade at 1 p.m., and fireworks at dusk.

Fourth of July - Tacoma

July 4, 2017

36 miles south

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features six music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and a big fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. Donation requested.

Traditional music

July 4 - 8, 2017

54 miles NW via ferry

Hear masters perform at Festival of American Fiddle Tunes at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. See the schedule.

Weekday concerts

July 5 - Sept. 1, 2017

Downtown Seattle

The Out to Lunch Concert Series brings free music to multiple locations from noon to 1:30 p.m. (4:30 to 6 p.m. on Mondays).

Free shows

July 6 - Aug. 10, 2017 (Thursdays)

4.1 miles NE

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

Bike ride at night

July 7, 2017

4 miles north

The 15-mile Seattle Night Ride starts at Peddler Brewing, follows bike trails to Myrtle Edwards Park for snacks, and returns to the start for a party with a food truck, beer, and games. Minors OK. Bicycle must have headlight, tail light, and red rear reflector.

Dance performance

July 7 - 8, 2017

0.5 mile west

Seattle Theatre Group presents the annual multi-cultural DANCE This at The Moore Theatre.

Redmond Derby Days

July 7 - 8, 2017

15 miles NE

Redmond Derby Days includes an art fair at Redmond Town Center, a carnival and beer/wine garden at Redmond City Hall Campus, a 5K (Fri. 6 p.m.), a kids’ parade (Sat. 10 a.m.) followed by a grand parade, and fireworks Sat. 10 p.m. Free.

Beer festival

July 7 - 9, 2017

1 mile NW

Choose from 220 beers at the Seattle International Beerfest at Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center.

Redmond art fair

July 7 - 9, 2017

15 miles NE

Redmond Arts Festival has 70 artists, food trucks, live music, and performances at Redmond Town Center.

Short plays in Edmonds

July 7 - 9, 2017

17 miles north

See a variety of 15-minute shows and vote for your favorite at Festival of Shorts at Driftwood Players.

Discount tickets $10 at Goldstar.

Air show & car show

July 7 - 9, 2017

43 miles north

See 1,000 home-built, classic, vintage, and military airplanes with live music, a beer garden, and kids’ area at Arlington Fly-In at Arlington Municipal Airport.

Surprise bubble blowing

July 8, 2017 (1 to 1:30 p.m.)

Location uncertain

Join hundreds of pranksters astonishing onlookers at International Bubble Flash Mob in downtown Seattle.
  • Check the website at noon for the location.
  • Head there with your bubble making items.
  • Act natural and keep the secret while you wait.
  • Start blowing bubbles at exactly 1 p.m.

Polish Festival

July 8, 2017

1 mile NW

Polish Festival offers Polish music, dance, beer, food, crafts, and workshops at Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Distillery festival

July 8, 2017 (5:30 p.m., VIP 4:30)

4 miles north

A ticket to Proof: Washington Distillers Festival gets you 10 tasting tokens to try gin, whiskey, bourbon, and vodka from 40 Washington distilleries with appetizers at Fremont Studios for age 21+.

Wallingford Family Parade

July 8, 2017 (11 a.m.)

4 miles north

Wallingford Family Parade with dogs starts at Lincoln High School parking lot and goes down a car-free N. 45th Street. To be in the parade, register online. Free.

Seafair Pirates

July 8, 2017

7.2 miles SW

Seattle Seafair Pirates make their traditional landing at Alki Beach at 1:30 p.m., where you’ll find vendors, music, and inflatable rides. Free.

Goat games

July 8, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)

32 miles NE

Watch pet goats compete in foot races, obstacle courses, and contests at Goatalympics, with food vendors at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Free admission and parking.

Ballard seafood festival

July 8 - 9, 2017

6 miles NW

Eat seafood, watch a lutefisk-eating contest, hear music, see art, visit the family stage, and enjoy the BeerFest at the Ballard SeafoodFest. You may even spot a Viking at this free Scandinavian event.

Wedgwood Art Festival

July 8 - 9, 2017

7 miles NE

The small Wedgwood Art Festival has local artists, music, food, and a family show (11 a.m. Sat., 12:30 p.m. Sun.) at Our Lady of the Lake at 35th Ave. NE & NE 89th Street. Free.

Japanese festival

July 8 - 9, 2017

10.9 miles east

Japan Fair features Japanese art, food, vendors, entertainment, and Taiko drumming at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Free admission and parking.

Tacoma art festival

July 9, 2017

38 miles south

Music and art lovers converge on 6th Avenue in Tacoma for Art on the Ave, which has live music, local restaurant food, and art installations. Free.

Dance in the park

July 11 - Aug. 29, 2017

multiple parks

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

Olympia summer festival

July 12 - 16, 2017

65 miles south

Lakefair at Capital Lake includes a carnival, food booths, entertainment, running events Sat., a parade Sat. 4:30 p.m., and fireworks Sun. 10 p.m. Free.

Forest music festival

July 13 - 15, 2017

27 miles east

Timber Outdoor Music Festival has 25 performers, a 5K run Sun., family activities, and camping in forested Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. No dogs.

Christian music

July 13 - 15, 2017

216 miles SE

Creation Festival Northwest offers live music, kids’ activities, and a worship tent in Kennewick.

King County Fair

July 13 - 16, 2017

45 miles SE

The King County Fair offers food, music, carnival rides, exhibits, entertainment, and a beer & wine garden at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Bremerton beer tasting

July 14 - 15, 2017

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

A short walk from the ferry terminal is Bremerton Summer BrewFest, with beer samples from 30 state breweries, live music, and food vendors for ages 21+. No pets.

West Seattle festival

July 14 - 16, 2017

6 miles SW

West Seattle Summer Fest is a neighborhood street fair with arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids’ play area. Free.

Indian PowWow

July 14 - 16, 2017

6.7 miles NW

Seafair Indian Days PowWow includes competitive dancing, drumming, native dress, native art for sale, food booths, and salmon dinners at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park. No pets.

Kirkland wine festival

July 14 - 16, 2017

11 miles NE

Enjoy art, food, wine, vendors, and a boat show at Kirkland Uncorked on the lakeshore at Marina Park. The separate tasting garden requires a ticket and ID.

Kent family festival

July 14 - 16, 2017

20 miles south

Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food and entertainment, a soccer tournament, dragon boat races Saturday, a 5K Saturday, and a parade Sunday at 2 p.m. Free.

Thomas Train ride

July 14 - 16 and 21 - 23, 2017

29 miles east

Day Out With Thomas includes a 25-minute train ride, stories and videos, and crafts for kids at Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie.

Open house at the opera

July 15, 2017 (noon)

1.3 miles NW

Summer Fest includes live music, interactive hands-on demonstrations, costume displays, talks, and excerpts of upcoming operas at McCaw Hall. Free.

Queen Anne festival

July 15, 2017 (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

2.5 miles NW

Queen Anne Day has a fun run at 8 a.m., a parade of kids and dogs at 10:30 a.m., and then an 11 a.m. art walk, music, food trucks, a beer/wine/cider garden, and a car show. Free.

Milk carton derby

July 15, 2017

5 miles north

See 100 boats made of milk cartons plus stand-up paddleboards compete for speed and style prizes on Seafair Derby Day at Green Lake. Free.

Burien block party

July 15, 2017

12 miles south

Olde Burien Block Party features live music, beer gardens, and food vendors on SW 152nd St. Free.

Sand castle competition

July 15, 2017

172 miles SW

See incredible sand sculptures built by competing teams during Sandsations, which is next to the boardwalk in Long Beach, on the Pacific Coast. Free.

Street food festival

July 15 - 16, 2017

0.7 miles north

Seattle Street Food Festival has 50 food trucks and food booths, a beer garden, live music, and 70 Urban Craft Uprising vendors in South Lake Union, along 9th Ave. N. from Denny Way to Harrison St. Free.

Arab Festival

July 15 - 16, 2017

1 mile NW

Enjoy Arabic music, dance, food, and children’s activities at the Arab Festival at Seattle Center. Free.

Asian festival

July 15 - 16, 2017

1.5 miles SE

Dragon Fest is a street fair of Japanese and Korean drumming, Chinese martial arts, Pacific Islander dancing, a Bollywood performance, and $3 Asian bites in the International District. Free.

Japanese festival

July 15 - 16, 2017

1.7 miles SE

Honor our ancestors at Bon Odori Festival with traditional dancing, Taiko drums, martial arts, and Japanese food & crafts at Seattle Buddhist Temple.

Outdoor plays

July 15 - 16, 2017

2 miles NE

Watch Shakespeare, family plays, and comic theater at Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival on the lawns and in the amphitheater at Volunteer Park. Free.

Bicycle to Portland

July 15 - 16, 2017

4 miles NE

The non-competitive 200-mile Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic is one of America’s best, with 10,000 participants departing from north of Husky Stadium.

Belly dance festival

July 15 - 16, 2017

6 miles SW

Watch belly dancing outdoors in Hiawatha Park and inside the community center, and visit food trucks and vendors at Mediterranean Fantasy Festival. Free.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

July 15 - 16, 2017 (2 p.m.) and Aug./Sept.

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

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

A funny play in the forest

July 15 - Aug. 13, 2017

28 miles east

Based on the fairytale “The Princess on the Pea,” Once Upon a Mattress is a rollicking Broadway musical for teenagers and adults, performed on the outdoor stage at Snoqualmie Falls Forest Theater surrounded by trees. Optional BBQ dinner.

Discount tickets $10 at Goldstar.

Glass-school open house

July 16, 2017

53 miles north

Watch hot glass demonstrations by artists, take a tour of the campus founded by Dale Chihuly, buy glass art, and do glass activities at the Pilchuck Glass School Open House in Stanwood. Buy tickets online.

Zoo concerts

July 18, 2017 (also August)

5 miles north

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

White Center Jubilee Days

July 19 - 23, 2017

9 miles south

White Center Jubilee Days has a carnival every day, fireworks at Steve Cox Memorial Park at dusk on Wednesday, a car show on Saturday, a parade 11 a.m. Sunday, and a weekend street fair and kids’ area. Free.

Jazz festival in Chinatown

July 20, 2017

1.3 miles SE

A ticket to JamFest includes live music, food and drink specials, and admission to Wing Luke Museum.

Free music festival

July 21 - 22, 2017

171 miles east

Basin Summer Sounds is a family friendly multi-genre music festival outside the historic Grant County Courthouse in Ephrata, with food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities Saturday afternoon. Free.

Bite of Seattle

July 21 - 23, 2017

1 mile NW

Buy tastes from 60 restaurants at the free Bite of Seattle, which includes cooking demos, wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment at Seattle Center. Friday is least crowded. The Alley on Fisher rooftop has a package of 5 gourmet tastes to support charity.

Discount beer-tasting tickets $15 at Groupon.

Capitol Hill rock concert

July 21 - 23, 2017

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music festival with 100 bands, DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

Renton River Days

July 21 - 23, 2017

16 miles SE

Renton River Days features arts and crafts, a parade at 10 a.m. Sat., food vendors, entertainment, and kids’ activities in Liberty Park. Free.

Lavender festival

July 21 - 23, 2017

66 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

Sequim Lavender Festival has lavender farm tours & a street fair with crafts, food, beer, wine, and music. Free.

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 21 - 23, 2017

75 miles NE

Hear great music outdoors, shop food vendors, and camp at Darrington Bluegrass Festival.

Dragon Boat Festival

July 22, 2017 (9 a.m.)

1 mile north

Celebrating Life Dragon Boat Festival has entertainment, kids’ activities, food trucks, vendors, and exciting dragon boat races at Lake Sammamish State Park. Free except park entrance fee.

Phinney beer tasting

July 22, 2017 (4 to 7 p.m.)

5 miles north

Enjoy micro brews, pub food, and music outdoors at the Summer Beer Taste at Phinney Neighborhood Center. No kids or pets.

Solar festival

July 22, 2017

11 miles north

Shoreline Community College hosts the NW SolarFest, a renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see exhibitors and vendors, plus electric vehicles. Free.

Alki Point art fair

July 22 - 23, 2017

6 miles SW

Browse arts and crafts and hear live music at Alki Art Fair near the beach, which has a free shuttle bus. Free.

Craft fair

July 22 - 23, 2017

8 miles NE

Renegade Craft Fair offers indie crafts, artisan food, and music at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Repeats in Dec. Free.

Vashon strawberry festival

July 22 - 23, 2017 (a few events Friday)

16 miles SW via Fauntleroy ferry

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has music, dance, a fun parade 11 a.m. Sat., a car parade 11:45 a.m. Sun., carnival rides, a beer garden, and 200 vendors. Free. A shuttle service from the ferry boat is $1.

Medieval village

July 22 - 23, 2017

27 miles east

Saint James Faire opens at noon with craft shops, archery and sword demonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and lunch (dinner by reservation), at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Chocolate event

July 23, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

0.7 miles south

Taste artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at the Seattle Chocolate Salon, see demonstrations, and attend talks by chefs and authors at The Arctic Club. Children ages 6 to 12 are $10.

Discount tickets $15 at Groupon.

Chinatown parade

July 23, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1.5 miles SE

Chinatown Seafair Parade features lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and the Chinese Girls Drill Team in the international district.

Dog walk

July 23, 2017 (10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

11.4 miles north

Celebrate and support old dogs that need foster care at the 1/3 mile Walk for Old Dogs & Old Dog Pageant at Cromwell Park in Shoreline. Costumes are welcome.

Tacoma food truck festival

July 23, 2017

34 miles south

Food Truck Fest features 26 food trucks, music, and a beer garden at Wright Park in Tacoma. Free entry.

Tasting in Rainier Valley

July 25, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

5 miles south

A $50 ticket to Chow Down gets you food & beverage samples from 18 restaurants in Columbia City and supports the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Parade in Greenwood

July 26, 2017 (6 to 8:30 p.m.)

6.7 miles north

Watch bands, drill teams, floats, and pirates in the free Greenwood Seafair Parade on Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th then west to 6th NW.

Wine at the zoo

July 27 - 28, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

5 miles north

Bring a glass and ID to taste boutique wines from 40 wineries on the North Meadow of Woodland Park Zoo at Tasting Flight, which includes animal encounters and live music. VIP ticket includes glass and buffet.

Jazz in Port Townsend

July 28 - 29, 2017

54 miles NW via ferry

Jazz Port Townsend concerts are held at Fort Worden State Park, with additional jazz in nearby clubs Thursday to Saturday.

Bellevue art fair

July 28 - 30, 2017

11 miles east

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. To see the top artists that are curated, go to the ground level of the covered parking garage on the west side of Bellevue Square. Free.

Vintage car show

July 28 - 30, 2017

37 miles south

See 2,500 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Puyallup fairgrounds.

Torchlight parade

July 29, 2017

1 mile NW

Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill 4th Avenue during the Seafair Torchlight Parade. Attend the pre-parade FanFest at Seattle Center to see exhibits, view floats, and meet participants. Free.

Cuba party

July 29, 2017 (doors open 6 p.m.)

3.8 miles south

A ticket to Havana Nights gets you a salsa lesson at 6:30 p.m., entertainment, a Cuban dinner, a drink ticket (rum, wine, beer), and live and DJ dance music (Cuban Son, Conga drum, and Latin) at Canvas Event Space for age 21+.

Art in a Ballard garden

July 29, 2017

7.1 miles NW

Art in the Garden features arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, a pie auction, two food trucks, a beer garden, and music at Ballard P-Patch. Free.

Obstacle race

July 29, 2017 (9 a.m.)

15.4 miles east

Feel like a kid again at The Great Inflatable Race, which includes at least eight blow-up obstacles you must get over, under, around, or through at Lake Sammamish State Park. Pay $10 for parking unless you have a Discover Pass.

Discount tickets $25 at Goldstar.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

July 29, 2017 (12 to 4:30 p.m.)

45 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival features wine seminars, food demonstrations, and 50 vendors at the Harbor History Museum.

Scottish festival

July 29 - 30, 2017

43 miles SE

Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering is an athletic competition that also has colorful pipe bands, Scottish food and drink, and vendors, at the Expo Center in Enumclaw. No pets.

Mushroom festival

July 29 - 30, 2017

55 miles south

Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival has mushroom hors d’oeuvres, cooking demonstrations, a kids’ zone, a wine/beer tent, music, and mushroom farm tours in Lacey. A glowing 5K and kids’ run is Friday evening.

Filipino Festival

July 30, 2017

7.8 miles SE

Pista sa Nayon offers food, entertainment, arts and crafts booths, and children’s games at Seward Park Amphitheater. Free.

Kirkland car show

July 30, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

15 miles NE

See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles with music and food for sale at Kirkland Classic Car Show. Free.

Kitsap County bike ride

July 30, 2017

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Take your bike on the Bremerton Ferry, and then cruise 20 to 100 rural miles on the Route Canal Ride, formerly named Tour de Kitsap. (If you prefer, you can begin in Kingston or Silverdale.)

Cider festival

July 30, 2017 (1 to 5 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+.
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