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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.
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. Closed Wednesday.
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.
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 and Sept. 7.
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.
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 Beneficial Brewing, 1225 S Angelo St. in Seattle. Free.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
Your ticket to Marysville Brew & Cider Fest includes a glass, five 6-ounce drinks, a food voucher, live entertainment, and “three floors of breweries and cider house vendors” at Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St. in Marysville.
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.
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.
Fall City Apple Festival has children’s activities, cider making, hard cider, food trucks, live music, craft vendors, and horse rides for sale at Northwest Natural Horsemanship Center, 32925 SE 46th St. in Fall City. Free.
Queen Anne Day Festival 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. Free.
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.
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.
Marymoor Park Concerts include popular 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Gig Harbor Film Festival screens independent films, hosts parties, and promises “at least one world-premier, a host of local content including several documentaries made in Washington, and a music-act film” at Galaxy Theatres, 4649 Point Fosdick Drive in Gig Harbor.
Wings over Willapa is a birding and nature festival that celebrates “many species and diverse habitats” with tours, presentations, and family activities in and around Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, 7112 67th Place in Long Beach.
Edmonds Oktoberfest promises 11 local breweries, bands, and food outdoors beginning Friday (4 to 10 p.m.). Saturday events include a 5K (10 a.m.), a pet parade (11:30 a.m.), a kids’ area (12 to 6 p.m.), beer and food trucks (12 to 10 p.m.). Located near Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. 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.
Sample fine tea, attend presentations by tea authors and industry experts, and shop for tea supplies at the Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St. in Seattle. Free except tastings.
You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to run this 3 to 9 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 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.
A $200 ticket to Marquee Gala [formerly Sip for SIFF] gets you wine from 10 wineries, heavy hors d’oeuvres from 10 restaurants, a cocktail competition, games, a live auction, and socializing with cool people at Block 41 in Belltown, all to help support the Seattle International Film Festival.
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” for age 21+ departing from Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie.
Men in Dance Festival “celebrates and promotes the performance of male-identifying dance artists of all genres and ages,” attracting participants from many states to Erickson Theatre, 1524 Harvard Ave. in Seattle.
Leavenworth Oktoberfest has live music, dancers, arts and crafts, German food, and beer! Children younger than age 12 are free but minors must leave at 9 p.m. This event moves in 2022 to Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave. in Wenatchee.
Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Golf Center in Mountlake Terrace, with a food court and a beer garden, recommended for age 13+. Open Fri., Sat., and Sun. Less scary for kids on Oct. 22, 2022 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Wine Walk gets you a glass and 12 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction, 4210 SW Oregon St. in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in May and September.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jam Revival Music & Arts Festival celebrates “local music, art, friendship, community, and life” with 18 performers, food for sale, and camping available at bucolic Yard Art Gallery, 7330 Tolt River Rd NE in Carnation. No pets or glass bottles.
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.