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Eastern Washington fair & rodeo
September 1 - 4, 2022
Walla Walla (262 miles SE)
Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days includes a demolition derby (Thurs.), a rodeo (Fri. to Sun.), a parade (Sat. 10 a.m.), a carnival, vendors, exhibits, and concerts at Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, 363 Orchard St. in Walla Walla.
Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state, located at Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 9th Ave. SW in Puyallup. Closed Tuesdays.
Walk aboard a ferry to the free Bremerton Blackberry Festival at Bremerton Boardwalk, 243 2nd St. in Bremerton. Hear music on two entertainment stages, visit the beer & wine garden, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie. No pets.
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway tunes, Hamilton tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton with amazing emotion and energy at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle.
Enjoy Italian food, Italian music, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and weekend cooking demonstrations at the San Gennaro Festival of Seattle on the street in front of Inkfarm.com, 1226 S Angelo St. in Seattle. Free.
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 a blanket up to 5 feet in size. Prohibited items. Located at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond.
Sample 100 ciders from regional cider makers, buy food, shop for crafts, hear bands, and play games at Cider Swig at LeMay - America's Car Museum, 2702 East D Street in Tacoma. Bring age 21+ ID. You can pay to leave kids age 3 to 12 at the Kids Applet Drop-off Center.
Seattle/King County Clinic gives dental, vision, and medical care to anyone, no identification necessary. You can get in line as early as 12:30 am. when the waiting tent opens at Fisher Pavilion, ticket distribution begins 5 a.m., the first people enter KeyArena at 6:30 a.m. Free.
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival has songs, performances, workshops (hula, ukulele, and lei making), food, and vendors of traditional arts and crafts at Seattle Center. The workshops are held on Saturday. Free.
Whidbey Island Kite Festival offers kids’ kite making, sport-kite lessons, sport-kite demonstrations, mass ascensions (12:30 p.m.), and a teddy bear drop (1 p.m.) at Camp Casey Conference Center, 1276 Engle Road in Coupeville. Free.
Celebrate independence from Spain at Seattle Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors both days at the Seattle Center, plus a parade and festival on Saturday in South Park. Free.
Run the Mountain 5K/10K/25K is “a picturesque morning run through the tall trees of Squak Mountain State Park” in Issaquah to support youth in foster care. It includes post-run pizza, beer, and soft drinks.
Belltown Rock the Block features six live bands, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, Lego sculptures, and games at 398 Bell St. in Seattle. Free and public (except scavenger hunt is for residents only).
SketchFest Seattle features live comedy by Seattle comedians and out-of-town guests at Unexpected Productions Improv, 1428 Post Alley in Seattle. The Comedy Film Challenge screens films on one evening.
Local sex and relationship expert Dan Savage presents a live reading, discussion, and signing of his explicit book Savage Love from A to Z at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Ticket price includes the book.
An $89 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 at Columbia Tower Club, 701 5th Ave. in Seattle. [Vaccination is required in 2021.]
Harvard Avenue closes to cars for Homecoming Performing Arts Festival, a ticketed event with 100 performing artists, comedy, drag, children’s programming, art installations, vendors, food trucks, and a beer garden. Enter at 801 E Pine St. in Seattle.
Day In Day Out is “a highly curated mix-tape-inspired experience” for all ages, with 10 music acts plus DJs, food trucks, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge at Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle.
Take a two-hour Pirate Brews Cruise around Lake Union and Portage Bay aboard Queen Anne’s Revenge, with music, a free beer, a best-dressed pirate contest, a limbo contest. and a best pirate name contest, departing from Emerald City Pirates, 860 Terry Ave. N in Seattle for age 21+.
Boats Afloat Show includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts on Lake Union at Chandler's Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Children younger than age 12 are free and can build toy boats for free.
Pierogi Fest features pierogi (dumplings), potato pancakes, Polish beer, dessert, folk music, crafts, and kids’ activities at Polish Cultural Center, 1714 18th Ave. in Seattle. [See the reservations information on their website.]
Queen Anne Days has a fun walk, a fun run, a parade of kids and dogs, and then a festival with live music, food trucks, and a beer/wine/cider garden at West Queen Anne Playfield, 150 W Blaine St. in Seattle. [Some features may be missing in 2021.] Free.
The annual Circus Protégé Show features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle. Call to buy reserved tickets, or arrive early for free tickets if available. Held in April and September.
Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and cider, food vendors, and bands for age 21+. Sunday adds free admission for dogs. The festival entrance is at Bold Hat Productions, 3503 Phinney Ave. in Seattle.
Enjoy craft beer and cider, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, live music, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Jefferson Park Golf Course, 4101 Beacon Ave. S in Seattle. [In 2021 you follow a one-way tasting trail during your time slot.]
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area and is recommended for age 12+. Younger kids can visit with the lights on during Kids Day. Closed every Mon. & Tues., some Wed. & Thurs.
Celebrate the equinox (when day and night are both 12 hours) with lanterns, glowing costumes, and music-making at the Luminata parade of lights. Begin at Green Lake Aqua Theater on West Green Lake Way N at the south end of the lake, and then walk with the parade to the Bath House. Free.
Taste samples from Washington wineries, breweries, and cider makers at Art Uncorked, with art vendors, live music, and food for sale in tents for age 21+ at Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery, I-90 Trail on Mercer Island. No pets or smoking.
Mushroom enthusiast Jeremy Collison shares photos and stories about species that grow in Northwest cities and forests during Mushroom Talk at Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th St. in Seattle. Free but call to register.
Rainier Beach Farm Fest features plant-based crafts, nature walks, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, farmer meet-and-greets, live performances, food trucks, and a farm stand at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale St. in Seattle. No pets. Free.
Fish and Forest has a $15 salmon bake at noon, a free talk about salmon and ecosystems at 1 p.m., and free salmon windsock performances throughout the day at Duwamish Longhouse, 4705 W Marginal Way SW in Seattle.
A ticket to West Seattle Late Summer Wine Walk gets you a glass and 10 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction, 4210 SW Oregon St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. Also held in May.
Discover light installations and murals, and visit the night market during Arts-A-Glow in the area surrounding Town Square Park, 480 SW 152nd St. in Burien. Costumes and battery powered lanterns are welcome. Free.
Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, costume contests, games, live music, and a wiener dog race (Sun. 1 p.m.) at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. This event is for age 21+, but all ages can watch the race.
Family-friendly Mountain Fest offers “a day of free rock climbing, rappelling, mountain-themed games, and activities” plus “spirited conversation with kindred climbers around the fire pit eating hot dogs and s’mores” at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW in Seattle. Free.
Eat traditional Romanian dishes, enjoy music and dance, and shop for Romanian crafts at the Romanian Festival at Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church, 6402 226th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace. Free.
Watch racers compete in small outboard hydroplanes up to 100 m.p.h. and visit the pit area (if you wear shoes and sign a waiver) at Frank Hansen Memorial Race Regatta at Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd. in SeaTac. Limited parking. Free.
Walk or run the Wag Love 5K, then “make fresh flower garlands, hear speakers, visit vendors, learn about different healing arts, while your pup enjoys dog massage and learns fun new tricks” at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Your $40 fights dog cancer.
Puget Sound Bird Fest includes guided birding walks, speakers, exhibits, and family-friendly activities at Edmonds Library, the Frances Anderson Center next door, and other locations. Free, except some guided walks. [Some events are virtual on Zoom in 2021.]
Get surplus samples from architects and interior designers to use in your craft projects at ZeroLandfill Seattle, including fabric bolts and samples, carpet, tile, glass, metal, wood, and three-ring binders at Cambria DC Showroom, 22051 68th Ave. S in Kent. Bring a mask and bags. Free.
Edmonds Oktoberfest promises 11 local breweries, bands, and food outdoors. Saturday events include beer pong, a 5K (10 a.m.), a pet parade (10:15 a.m.), and family day (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Free admission except the optional beer & wine tasting. Located near Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds.
Meet in Edmonds and then take a ferry to Kingston for the Kitsap Color Classic, which has 25, 35, and 53 mile options “along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula and through some of the best riding country in the state.” Meet at Bank of America, 306 Main St. in Edmonds.
Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St. in Woodinville. Bring a blanket or low-back chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.
Happy Tails Wine Walk is a casual walk to 15 wineries, plus a dog zone with games, pet supply vendors, and a food truck in Woodinville. You don’t have to bring a dog, but if you do then a leash is required.
Woodinville Wine Ride is a bike ride of 17 or 24 miles roundtrip on paved trails with stops for wine tasting and food sampling, plus a finish-line party with live music, a wine garden, and food trucks. It begins at The Woodhouse Wine Estates, 15500 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE in Woodinville.
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival includes art, bands, food vendors, a beer garden, a children’s corner, a daily salmon bake, a parade (Sat. 10:30 a.m.), fireworks (Sat. at dusk), and lighthouse tours (Sat. & Sun.) at Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St. in Mukilteo. Parking by donation. Free admission.
A $35 ticket to Oktoberfest includes five beer tickets, music, and dancing. Food tickets are $25 for five items such as Bavarian sausage, sauerkraut, pretzels, and beer cheese at Carnation Farms, 28907 NE Carnation Farm Road in Carnation. Bring age 21+ ID. No pets.
Enjoy a five-course meal made with “the finest and freshest ingredients of the moment from the local harvest” plus wine at the $140 Farm to Table Winemaker’s Dinner at Orenda Winery, 32305 NE 8th St. in Carnation.
A ticket to Serenity’s Hearts and Horses Benefit & Wine Tasting includes two drink tickets for wine/microbrews, appetizers, live music, and an auction to “help horses and ponies in need” at Serenity Equine Rescue & Rehabilitation, 28818 SE 216th Way in Maple Valley. Doors open 5 p.m.
A ticket to Pints & Pumpkins includes your first beer and food item, with live music, glassblowing demonstrations, and a “glass pumpkin patch” to browse for age 21+ at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett.
A ticket for the Snoqualmie Valley Wine Train includes a 3-hour train ride with views, a wine glass, and stops along the way for “wine tastings, light appetizers, and live music” departing from Snoqualmie for age 21+.
See rally cars, shop from food vendors, and bring 5+ food-bank items to exchange for raffle tickets during the small but friendly DirtFish SummerFest at DirtFish Rally School, 7001 396th Drive SE in Snoqualmie. Video (7 minutes).
Hear 50 bands at Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, which includes a night market with a dozen food trucks and a beer garden on Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m. on the streets near Scuttlebutt Brewing, 1205 Craftsman Way in Everett. Bring age 21+ ID. Free.
Race in rugged terrain, and conquer obstacles in the Seattle North Spartan Trifecta, which begins at Meadow Wood Equestrian Center, 18601 Sky Meadows Lane in Snohomish. Click “beast” for a half marathon with 30 obstacles, “super” for a 10K with 25, or “sprint” for a 5K with 20 or “kids race.”
You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to run this 3 to 10 mile obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket for just the after-party. Has a kids’ option for ages 5 to 12. The location is Palmer Coking Coal Company, 31407 3rd Ave. in Black Diamond.
Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, see monster trucks, visit the carnival, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair, which is located at Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 11405 179th Ave. SE in Monroe.
DjangoFest NorthWest is the top showcase of gypsy jazz music in North America, with performances, workshops, and informal “djam” sessions at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, 565 Camano Ave. in Langley.
Based on British tradition, Snohomish Tweed Ride is a genteel jaunt through the countryside with a stop at Blackman House Museum for tea and pastries. You are encouraged to wear “your finest turn of the century apparel.” Check in at Centennial Trailhead At Machias Park, 1626 Virginia St. in Snohomish.
Wear sunscreen and head to Summer Blast for tribute bands, food trucks, a craft market, and fireworks on Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park, 5361 Yacht Club Road in Tacoma. Music starts at 12:30 p.m. Free.
Here’s a national for-profit event that gets good reviews. Water Lantern Festival begins at 5:30 p.m. with food trucks, music, and games; at 7:30 p.m. you design a lantern included in the ticket price; and at 8:30 p.m. you launch it on the lake at Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. No pets.
Buckley Log Show begins with a parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., followed by logging events at noon. The competitions continue on Sunday at 11 a.m. The beer garden and family areas are open both days. Located at Buckley Log Show Grounds, 375 N River Ave. in Buckley. Free.
Your ticket to Sunflower Sip & Stroll Evening includes a wagon ride to five acres of sunflowers you can roam, photo ops, a flower to take home, live music, a beer garden, and food for sale at Schilter Family Farm, 141 Nisqually Cut Off Road SE in Olympia.
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, beginning at Iron Horse State Park – Hyak Trailhead at Snoqualmie Pass. Held in June, August, and September.
See 300 boats, watch demonstrations, and meet expert craftsmen and wooden boat enthusiasts at the Wooden Boat Festival near Northwest Maritime Center, 431 Water St. in Port Townsend. No pets. Down the street is Crafts by the Dock crafts fair Sat. & Sun.