Seattle events, festivals, things to do – July 2018

July 2018
best events in Seattle

Crafts show

July 1, 2018 (begins June 30)

1 mile NW

Shop for handcrafted clothing, jewelry, toys, stationery, art, candles, housewares, and food at Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Repeats in December. Free.

Traditional music

July 1 - 8, 2018

54 miles NW via ferry

Festival of American Fiddle Tunes offers workshops and performances at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend.

Chamber music

July 2 - 27, 2018

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.
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Fireworks shows

July 4, 2018

Many of these are all-day festivals.

Welcome new Americans

July 4, 2018

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, 2018 (noon to 11 p.m.)

4 miles north

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

Patriotic dog walk

July 4, 2018

10.4 miles east

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

Fourth of July - Bainbridge

July 4, 2018

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, 2018

36 miles south

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Airshow features 7 music stages, food booths, beer gardens, an air show, and a big fireworks show at 10:10 p.m. on the Ruston Way Waterfront. Donation requested.

Short plays in Edmonds

July 6 - 8, 2018

17 miles north

See eight short shows selected from more than 200 submissions, and then vote for your favorite at Festival of Shorts at Driftwood Players.

Air show & car show

July 6 - 8, 2018

43 miles north

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

Naked bike ride

July 7, 2018 (uncertain)

multiple locations

Ride nude or painted in World Naked Bike Ride to promote safe biking and protest car culture, departing from Gas Works Park. Free.

Polish Festival

July 7, 2018

1 mile NW

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

Distillery festival

July 7, 2018

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 7, 2018

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.

Wine tasting at Crystal Mountain

July 7, 2018

81 miles SE

A ticket to Mt. Rainier Wine Festival includes eight samples of Washington wine with tapas (appetizers) and live jazz in a tent on the lawn of Alpine Inn Restaurant at Crystal Mountain.

Street food festival

July 7 - 8, 2018

0.7 miles north

Seattle Street Food Festival has 150 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 Street. Free.

Japanese festival

July 7 - 8, 2018

10.9 miles east

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

Garden tours

July 8, 2018

5.6 miles south

Tacoma art festival

July 8, 2018

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.

Olympia summer festival

July 11 - 15, 2018

65 miles south

Lakefair at Capital Lake includes carnival rides, food booths, a beer garden, entertainment, a car show (Fri. 5:30 p.m.), running events (Sat.), a parade (Sat. 4 p.m.), and fireworks (Sun. 10 p.m.). Free.

Forest music festival

July 12 - 14, 2018

27 miles east

Timber Outdoor Music Festival has 30 music artists, a 5K run Sunday, family activities, and camping in forested Tolt MacDonald Park in Carnation. No dogs.

Christian music

July 12 - 14, 2018

216 miles SE

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

Free Shakespeare

July 12 - Aug. 12, 2018

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.

Dance performance

July 13, 2018

0.5 mile west

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

Redmond Derby Days

July 13 - 14, 2018

15 miles NE

Redmond Derby Days has a carnival and a beer/wine garden at Redmond City Hall Campus (Fri. & Sat.), a 5K (Fri.), a kids’ parade (Sat. 10 a.m.) followed by a grand parade, and fireworks (Sat. 10 p.m.). Also see the Redmond Art Fair described below. Free.

Ballard seafood festival

July 13 - 15, 2018

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.

West Seattle festival

July 13 - 15, 2018

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.

Kirkland wine festival

July 13 - 15, 2018

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.

Redmond art fair

July 13 - 15, 2018

15 miles NE

Redmond Arts Festival has 70 art booths, food trucks, live bands, sidewalk chalk, and a wine/beer/mimosa garden at Redmond Town Center. Free.

Kent family festival

July 13 - 15, 2018

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 (2 p.m.). Free.

Thomas Train ride

July 13-15 & 20-22, 2018

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.

Queen Anne festival

July 14, 2018

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. an art walk, music, food trucks, a beer/wine/cider garden, and a car show. Free.

Milk carton derby

July 14, 2018

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.

Goat games

July 14, 2018

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.

Asian festival

July 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Bicycle to Portland

July 14 - 15, 2018

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.

Wedgwood Art Festival

July 14 - 15, 2018

7.5 miles NE

The neighborhood Wedgwood Art Festival has northwest artists, live music, food, and a variety of family entertainment outdoors at Our Lady of the Lake Church. Free.

White Center Jubilee Days

July 19 - 22, 2018

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.

King County Fair

July 19 - 22, 2018

45 miles SE

The King County Fair offers food, music, carnival rides, vendors, entertainers, 4H animals, racing pigs, and a beer & wine garden at the Enumclaw Expo Center.

Free music festival

July 20 - 21, 2018

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 20 - 22, 2018

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.

Capitol Hill rock concert

July 20 - 22, 2018

1 mile east

Capitol Hill Block Party is a three-day music festival with 90 bands, DJs, craft booths, and food trucks.

Indian PowWow

July 20 - 22, 2018

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.

Lavender festival

July 20 - 22, 2018

66 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

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

Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 20 - 22, 2018

75 miles NE

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

Run at Safeco Field

July 21, 2018

1.7 miles south

Refuse To Abuse 5K is a fun run & walk that takes you around every level of Safeco Field, from the top to the players’ tunnel to the final lap around the field.

Phinney beer tasting

July 21, 2018 (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.

Burien block party

July 21, 2018

12 miles south

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

Japanese festival

July 21 - 22, 2018

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.

Vashon strawberry festival

July 21 - 22, 2018 (a few events Friday)

16 miles SW via Fauntleroy ferry

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has a fun parade (Sat. 11 a.m.), a dance (Sat. 7 p.m.), a music stage, a car parade (Sun. 11:45 a.m.), carnival rides, a beer garden, and 200 vendors. Free. A shuttle service from the ferry boat is $1.

Tacoma food truck festival

July 22, 2018

34 miles south

Food Truck Fest features 21 food trucks, music, and a beer garden at Wright Park in Tacoma. Free entry.

Jazz in Port Townsend

July 22 - 29, 2018

54 miles NW via ferry

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

Parade in Greenwood

July 25, 2018

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, 2018 (6 p.m., VIP 5 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 DJ music. VIP ticket includes glass and buffet.

Bellevue art fair

July 27 - 29, 2018

11 miles east

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find the top curated artists in the parking garage on the west side of Bellevue Square at ground level. Free.

Renton River Days

July 27 - 29, 2018

16 miles SE

Renton River Days features arts and crafts, a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities in Liberty Park. Free.

Vintage car show

July 27 - 29, 2018

36 miles south

See 2,500 custom, classic, and muscle cars and trucks plus hot rods at the Pacific Northwest Nationals at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup.

Seafair run

July 28, 2018

0.5 miles NW

Run past thousands of people waiting for the Torchlight Parade on the Seafair Torchlight Run.

Dragon Boat Festival

July 28, 2018

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.

Torchlight parade

July 28, 2018

1 mile NW

Colorful floats, drill teams, and pirates fill 4th Avenue during the evening Seafair Torchlight Parade. At noon, you can preview the floats, see exhibits, and meet participants during FanFest on Mercer Street. Free.

Solar festival

July 28, 2018

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.

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

July 28, 2018

45 miles SW

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival features wine seminars, food demonstrations, wine tasting, and 50 vendors at the Harbor History Museum for age 21+.

Coffee festival

July 28 - 29, 2018

4 miles north

Taste coffee, see exhibits, and attend classes at the consumer CoffeeCon at Fremont Studios.

Wine tasting on Bainbridge Island

July 28 - 29, 2018

10.3 miles west via ferry

Wine on the Rock: Wine & Cheese includes wine, appetizers, and live music at 7 wineries for age 21+.

Medieval village

July 28 - 29, 2018

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.

Classical music in Seattle parks

July 2018 (undated)

multiple locations

Music Under The Stars begins with a live student concert, and then you hear a live broadcast of Seattle Chamber Music Society as it plays in Benaroya Hall. Bring a blanket, chairs, even a picnic. Free.

Dance in the park

July 2018 (undated)

multiple parks

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

Weekday concerts

July 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.

Short film winners

July 2018 (undated)

0.4 miles north

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams two days to make short films. See the best results at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Patriotic music

July 2018 (undated)

0.5 miles south

Star-Spangled Spectacular includes 17 patriotic tunes performed by Seattle Wind Symphony with a soprano and chorus at Benaroya Hall. Program. Free tickets.

Chocolate event

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Arab Festival

July 2018 (undated)

1 mile NW

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

Jazz festival in Chinatown

July 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles SE

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

Open house at the opera

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Chinatown parade

July 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles SE

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

Wooden boat festival

July 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles north

Enjoy free boat rides, tours, live music, kids’ activities, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free. [For more information, see the 2017 brochure.]

Outdoor plays

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Free shows

July 2018 (undated)

4.1 miles NE

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

Tasting in Rainier Valley

July 2018 (undated)

5 miles south

A $50 ticket to Chow Down gets you food & beverage samples from 16 restaurants in Columbia City and supports the Rainier Valley Food Bank.

Zoo concerts

July 2018 (undated)

5 miles north

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

Alki Point art fair

July 2018 (undated)

6 miles SW

Browse arts and crafts and hear live music at Alki Art Fair near the shoreline. Free.

Concerts at the locks

July 2018 (undated)

6 miles NW

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

Traditional parade

July 2018 (undated)

6 miles SW

West Seattle Grand Parade includes pirates, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, floats, and pageantry on California Avenue SW (from Lander Street to Edmunds Street).Free.

Art in a Ballard garden

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Seafair Pirates

July 2018 (undated)

7.2 miles SW

Seattle Seafair Pirates make their traditional landing at Alki Beach, where you’ll find vendors, inflatable rides, and a pirate costume contest. Free.

Filipino Festival

July 2018 (undated)

7.8 miles SE

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

Craft fair

July 2018 (undated)

8 miles NE

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

Dog walk

July 2018 (undated)

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.

Pet adoption event

July 2018 (undated)

14.6 miles NE

Bow Wow Meow Luau promises 100 adoptable animals from 14 shelters plus dog activities at Marymoor Park.

Kirkland car show

July 2018 (undated)

15 miles NE

See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles and visit the vendors at the Kirkland Classic Car Show. Free.

Bremerton beer tasting

July 2018 (undated)

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

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

Tacoma ethnic festival

July 2018 (undated)

35 miles south

Ethnic Fest has multiple entertainment stages, arts & crafts booths, food vendors, family activities, and the movie “Hidden Figures” at dusk at Wright Park. Free.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

July 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.

Sand castle competition

July 2018 (undated)

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.