Seattle events calendar for September 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, free kids activities, street fairs, and Labor Day weekend events in Seattle, Washington.

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Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in Seattle with this calendar of events.

Miles are from Westlake Center downtown.

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Weekday concerts

September 1, 2017 (begins July 5)

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.). No concert Aug. 24 & 31. Free.

Game night

September 1, 2017

0.7 miles south

A ticket to Night of Gaming for Good on Top of the World includes “a fine dining dinner buffet, two $10 vouchers for our game store, and all the games you can play” with top-floor views at Columbia Tower.


September 1 - 3, 2017

1 mile NW

Celebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular festival of music, film, comedy, and arts on Labor Day weekend in 13 venues at Seattle Center, including a main stage in Memorial Stadium. Free for children age 7 and younger, and seniors age 70+.

Films at Bumbershoot

September 1 - 3, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Watch short films and documentaries at 1 Reel Film Festival in SIFF Film Center at the Seattle Center, at no extra cost after you enter Bumbershoot.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 1 - 3, 2017

90 miles north

Oak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer gardens, food vendors, and arts & crafts on Whidbey Island. Free.

Acoustic music in Eastern WA

September 1 - 3, 2017

203 miles SE

Tumbleweed Music Festival has 5 stages with 75 acts, workshops, food and craft vendors, and a contra dance Sunday in Richland on the Columbia River. Mostly free.

Video game convention

September 1 - 4, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

0.5 mile east

Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX West at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1 - 4, 2017 (VIP Aug. 31)

10 miles east

SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Evergreen State Fair

September 1 - 4, 2017

33 miles NE

Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Discounts on special admission days.

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 1 - 4, 2017

108 miles east

Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, with live music, a carnival, and the Kittitas County Fair.

Concerts at the winery

September 1 - 10, 2017 (7 p.m.)

17.8 miles NE

Summer Concerts feature “some of the best artists in jazz, rock, blues, and contemporary music” in the amphitheater at Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville. Bring a blanket/chair unless you buy reserved seating.

Puyallup fair

September 1 - 24, 2017

36 miles south

Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair, the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. Closed Sept. 5, 6, 12, 19.

Discounts and deals page.

Vintage aircraft

September 2 - 3, 2017

23 miles north

See vintage airplanes, autos, bicycles, and clothing at Vintage Aircraft Weekend, which also has food, music, and plane rides at Everett’s Paine Field. See schedule.

Blackberry festival

September 2 - 4, 2017

18 miles west via Bremerton ferry

Walk on the ferry to the free Bremerton Blackberry Festival, and shop the waterfront for art, jewelry, fair food, and blackberry pie, or do a Sat. Berry Fun Run.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

September 2 - 3 and 9 - 10, 2017 (2 p.m.)

57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry

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

Concerts at the locks

September 2 - 16, 2017

6 miles NW

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

Cider week

September 7 - 17, 2017


Scroll down the page of Washington Cider Week to see a list of events, special menus, and dinner pairings at restaurants and cideries.

Bowling event

September 8, 2017 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

6 miles SW

A ticket to Bob’s Bowl-o-rama includes bowling and beer for 8 people at West Seattle Bowl for charity.

Cider tasting

September 8 - 9, 2017

0.5 mile north

Sample artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle outdoors at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+.

Italian street fair

September 8 - 10, 2017

5 miles south

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 Angelo Street in Georgetown. Free.

Stamp collector show

September 8 - 10, 2017

10 miles south

See postage stamps, or get your collection reviewed at “What’s in Your Attic” at Seattle Philatelic Exhibition (SEAPEX) at Tukwila Community Center. Free.

Lighthouse festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

25 miles north

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival has art, bands, food vendors, a beer garden, a parade (Sat. 10:30 a.m.), and fireworks (Fri. & Sat. at dusk). Parking. Free.

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 8 - 10, 2017

54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry

See 300 boats and boating demonstrations, and meet expert craftsmen and wooden boat enthusiasts at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. Just down the street is Crafts by the Dock crafts fair Sat. & Sun.

Asian night festival

September 9, 2017 (4 p.m. to midnight)

1 mile SE

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival has food vendors, a beer garden, an international market, live bands, break-dancers, and an all-ages dance party at the Historic Chinatown Gate. Free.

Brunchy booze festival

September 9, 2017 (11 a.m. & 5 p.m.)

1.2 miles south

A ticket to Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes beverage tickets (beer, cider, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee, root beer), with $5 brunch bites for sale, DJ music, dueling pianos, and lawn games at CenturyLink Field for age 21+. Held in March and September.

Artisan cheese festival

September 9, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

4.4 miles south

Meet cheese producers, taste their cheese, and try other artisan foods at Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival at Seattle Design Center for age 21+.

Ballard Festival

September 9, 2017

6 miles NW

Sustainable Ballard Festival offers music, food trucks, a tea garden, environmental exhibits and workshops, and a family bike expo in Ballard Commons Park. Free.

Lantern festival

September 9, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

11 miles south

Arts-A-Glow offers entertainment, food trucks, an 8 p.m. lantern procession with a band, and a dance party at Dottie Harper Park in Burien. Free.

Design block party

September 9 - 10, 2017

1 miles south

See creative large-scale designs at Seattle Design Festival Block Party, with exhibits and performances at Occidental Square Park in Pioneer Square. It’s the highlight of Seattle Design Festival. Free.

Mini hydroplane race

September 9 - 10, 2017

16 miles south

Watch outboard hydroplanes race up to 100 miles per hour and visit the pit area (if you wear shoes and sign a waiver) during Frank Hansen Memorial Race Regatta at Angle Lake Park in SeaTac. Limited parking. Free.

Hawaiian festival

September 10, 2017

1 mile NW

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival has songs, performances, films, historical exhibits, food, and traditional arts and crafts at Seattle Center. Free.


September 10, 2017 (1:10 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Watch the Seattle Mariners when they play the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Discount tickets $20 to $51.

Sketch comedy festival

September 10 - 23, 2017

Seattle locations

SketchFest Seattle features comedy films on Sept. 16 and live comedy the other nights by comedians from Canada, California, and Washington.

Boat sale

September 14 - 17, 2017

1.5 miles north

Boats Afloat Show includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts at Chandler’s Cove on Lake Union. Your ticket includes free boat rides for all ages.

Happy hour at Paine Field

September 15, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

23.8 miles north

Enjoy food and drinks for sale with music and a rooftop view during Summer Nights on the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo.

Bird festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

17 miles north

Puget Sound Bird Fest includes guided birding walks, speakers, and exhibits at 700 Main Street in Edmonds.

Nonstop entertainment

September 16, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1 mile east

AMDEF stands for art, music, dance, entertainment, and fashion. This mixed-media event delivers on all counts for 6 hours at Neumos. Bring age 21 ID.

Daredevil stunts

September 16, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

Watch 30 freestyle athletes perform mind-blowing stunts, freestyle motocross, and BMX routines with a crazy circus theme at Nitro Circus Live at Safeco Field.

Free trapeze show

September 16, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

2.5 miles south

The annual Protégé Show at Emerald City Trapeze features students performing a diverse array of aerial arts, high flying trapeze, and circus acts. Free.

Beer & blues in Federal Way

September 16, 2017 (noon to 8 p.m.)

23.1 miles south

Federal Way Blues Festival features 20 local breweries (beer, wine, and cider), 4 local bands, and 3 food trucks at Town Square Park for age 21+. No dogs.

Beer on a farm

September 16, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

29 miles south

Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival features craft beer, live music, and food trucks at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn for age 21+. Chairs and blankets are welcome.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 16, 2017

38 miles north

Zombies start gathering at 4:30 p.m. and begin roaming the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish at 5:30 p.m. during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Free.

Latin American festival

September 16 - 17, 2017

1 mile NW

Celebrate independence from Spain at Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors at the Seattle Center. Free.

Mini maker fair

September 16 - 17, 2017

1 mile NW

Tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, and garage tinkerers share their passion projects at Seattle Mini Maker Faire. Young children need supervision due to moving parts, electricity, and fire, at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP).

Comics convention in Renton

September 16 - 17, 2017

12.5 miles SE

Can’t wait for Emerald City Comic Con in March? Check out the Renton City Comic Con, “a celebration for comic book geeks, technophiles, cosplayers, and nerds of all ages” at the Renton Pavilion.

Edmonds art tour

September 16 - 17, 2017

16.9 miles north

Visit 18 private studios displaying the work of 31 artists on the self-guided Edmonds Art Studio Tour. Free.

Muddy obstacle course

September 16 - 17, 2017

32.7 miles SE

You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder [sound] to run this five-mile muddy obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket online to attend the after-party.

Neighborhood festival

September 17, 2017

3.5 miles SE

Mt. Baker Street Fair features local artists & vendors, live music, food, a beer garden & kids’ garden, visual & performance art, and community organizations at Mount Baker Station on the light rail line. Free.

Dog walk & wine tasting

September 17, 2017 (1 to 5 p.m.)

19 miles NE

Happy Tails Wine Walk is a casual walk to 20 wineries, plus a dog zone with games, pet supply vendors, and a few food trucks in Woodinville. Bring age 21 ID; a dog is optional.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

September 17, 2017

54.7 miles east

Run downhill through forests and a former train tunnel in the Tunnel Marathons, which qualify 20%+ of runners for the Boston Marathon, beginning at Hyak ski area. Held in June, August, and September.

Gypsy jazz festival

September 20 - 24, 2017

35 miles north via Mukilteo ferry

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 in Langley.

Lantern parade

September 21, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.7 miles north

Celebrate the equinox with lanterns, glowing costumes, and music-making at the Luminata parade of lights, beginning at the Aqua Theater (south end of the lake) and going clockwise to the Bath House. Free.

Glass pumpkin party

September 21, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

28.5 miles north

A ticket to Pints & Pumpkins includes your first beer and food item, with live music, glassblowing demonstrations, and a “glass pumpkin patch” to browse at Schack Art Center in Everett for age 21+.

Fashion show in Bellevue

September 21 - 23, 2017

10 miles east

See fashion on the runway during Fashion Week at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Weedstock music festival

September 21 - 23, 2017

17.7 miles SW via ferry boat

Cloneapalooza is a “green” festival for age 21+ with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, vendors, and camping at AYH Ranch on Vashon Island.

Greek festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

3 miles NE in Montlake

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like lamb, calamari, gyros, baklava, souvlaki, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 22 - 24, 2017

4 miles north

Fremont Oktoberfest offers 80 kinds of beer with bands for adults. Sunday adds a scavenger hunt, pumpkin carving artists, family events, and free admission for kids & dogs.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 22 - 24, 2017

11 miles NE

Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, wiener dog races, costume contests, games, and live music at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Free museum day

September 23, 2017


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 34 Washington museums on Museum Day Live.

Fishermen’s festival

September 23, 2017

4.4 miles NW

Fishermen’s Fall Festival offers seafood, live music, a beverage garden, ship canal tours, contests, and kids’ activities at Fishermen’s Terminal in Ballard. Free.

Doggie bar crawl

September 23, 2017 (3 to 5:30 p.m.)

5.4 miles south

BarkHappy Bar Crawl promises “freebies valued at over $170, a fun photo scavenger hunt, and a fun social time” for you and your dog in two bars, beginning at Lowercase Brewing for age 21+.

Run the Mountain

September 23, 2017 (8 a.m.)

21.5 miles SE

Run the Mountain 5K/10K/15K 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.

Seahawks car show

September 23, 2017 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

22 miles south

Visit Hawktoberfest to “cheer on our favorite Seattle football team with a vibrant display of team-themed vehicles” in downtown Kent. Free to view.

Bike ride & tea party

September 23, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

35 miles NE

Based on British tradition, the Tweed Ride is a genteel jaunt through the Snohomish countryside with a stop at Machias Park for tea, treats, and entertainment. Consider dressing 1800s style and bringing a picnic.

Obstacle race

September 23, 2017

40 miles south

Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.15 mile Warrior Dash for a medal, T-shirt, and after-party at Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake.

Italian festival

September 23 - 24, 2017

1 mile NW

Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center. Free. A wine tasting for adults is Sept. 22 (7 to 10 p.m.).

Sammamish Arts Fair

September 23 - 24, 2017

22 miles east

Meet the juried artists, see their work, enjoy performance art, and make family art projects at Sammamish Arts Fair at Sammamish City Hall. Free.

Local film festival

September 25 - 30, 2017

1.1 miles east

Local Sightings Film Festival shows new films from the Northwest, awards prizes, throws parties, and helps filmmakers to network at Northwest Film Forum on Capitol Hill.


September 25 - Oct. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount prices include all taxes and fees.

Funny musical

September 27 - 28, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.3 miles SE

Nominated for 10 Tony Awards, Something Rotten is the slap-happy story of two brothers who write the world’s first musical at The 5th Avenue.

Discount tickets $29 to $39.

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September 27 - Oct. 1, 2017

0.3 miles SW

Ice Cream is a one-hour show with upbeat dance numbers, plenty of glitz, and high kicks at small Can Can theater in Pike Place Market. Food is optional and not included. Evening show is age 17+, brunch 12+.

Chinese comedy

September 27 - Oct. 1, 2017

0.4 miles east

King of the Yees explores San Francisco’s Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation at ACT Theatre.

Discount tickets $17 to $31.

Into the Woods

September 27 - Oct. 22, 2017

17 miles east

Into the Woods is a Tony-winning musical with dazzling songs by Sondheim that uses familiar fairy-tale characters to tell an epic story at the Village Theatre in Issaquah.

Discount tickets $34 to $41.

Dinner in the dark

September 28 - 30, 2017 (6 & 9 p.m.)

3.3 miles north

Blind professional waiters serve a vegetarian dinner family style with wine and dessert at Seattle Blind Cafe as you socialize and hear a set of live music performed by a blind orchestra at Nalanda West.

Discount tickets $79.

Dark cabaret

September 28 - 30, 2017 (8 p.m.)

4.2 miles NW

Misfit Cabaret promises a night of decadence and bawdiness where your darkest dreams bloom into thrilling life at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard for age 15+.

Discount tickets $8 to $25.


September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

1.3 miles NW

Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Jewels, George Balanchine’s glittering masterpiece that combines music by Fauré, Stravinsky, and Tschaikovsky at McCaw Hall.

Discount tickets $30 to $52.

My Fair Lady

September 28 - Oct. 1, 2017

7.3 miles NE

My Fair Lady is a witty battle of the sexes featuring a Cockney woman who takes speech lessons on a bet to see if she can pass as a lady, at Seattle Musical Theatre at Sand Point.

Discount tickets $20.

French film festival

September 28 - Oct. 5, 2017

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Jazz trumpeter

September 29, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.5 mile south

Grammy winner Chris Botti plays trumpet with the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall.

Discount tickets $28 to $38.

Halloween party at EMP

September 29, 2017 (9 p.m.)

1 mile NW

Fashionably Undead is a dance party with a terrifying exhibit about horror films and costume contests at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) for age 21+.

New Orleans festival

September 29, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5:30 p.m.)

1.5 miles south

New Orleans Food & Funk Festival features creole food (gumbo, crawfish, shrimp, grits, po’ boys, beignets, hush puppies) for sale from a dozen restaurants plus funk and soul music at WaMu Theater for age 21+.

Discount tickets $22.

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

September 29 - 30, 2017

1.1 miles NW

Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, a marching band, DJ, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival (GPBF) for age 21+, which includes a giant beer-filled pumpkin. It moves to Seattle Center this year. Tickets.

Short-film festival

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

multiple locations

Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites.

Irish film festival

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2017

1.2 miles NW

See contemporary films at Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Film Center, with opening gala and closing party.

Oktoberfest in Leavenworth

September 29 - Oct. 14, 2017 (Friday & Saturday)

119 miles east

Leavenworth Oktoberfest has free shuttles in town, live music, German food, family activities, arts and crafts, and beer!

Halloween at Wild Waves

September 29 - Oct. 29, 2017

25 miles south

Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville for kids at Wild Waves. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.Hours.

Tacoma haunted house

September 29 - Oct. 31, 2017

33 miles south

Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+. See schedule.

Haunted house

September 29 - Nov. 4, 2017

4 miles south

Georgetown Morgue is too intense for children under 12. The address is 5000 E Marginal Way S in the Georgetown area. Dates in 2017: Sept. 22-23, 29-30; Oct. 6-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-31; Nov. 3-4.

Free state parks

September 30, 2017


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of the 140 Washington State Parks for free.

Free national parks

September 30, 2017

All national parks

Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Go early to avoid lines and find parking.

Robot expo

September 30, 2017

1 mile NW

Amateur robot enthusiasts exhibit new technologies, share ideas, show off robotic creations, and compete at Robothon in the Seattle Center Armory. Free.

Classic rock concert

September 30, 2017 (7 p.m.)

1.7 miles south

The Eagles (Hotel California; Take it Easy) and The Doobie Brothers (China Grove; Listen to the Music) both perform at Safeco Field.

Discount tickets $35 to $155.

Eastside concerts

September 30, 2017

14.6 miles NE

Marymoor Park Concerts include big-name acts. Bring blankets or low-backed chairs. Beverages must be sealed and not in glass bottles. No pets.

Art & Wine Walk

September 30, 2017 (2 to 6 p.m.)

31 miles south

Puyallup Art & Wine Walk features wine, food, live music, and art in historic downtown Puyallup for age 21+.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 30, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

48 miles SW

Sample 90 ciders from regional cider makers, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Swig in a Gig Harbor park, with a $9 kids’ activity area.

Geek Girl Connections

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

0.5 mile east

GeekGirlCon creates a community for women in science, technology, arts and literature, comics, and game design at the conference center near the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Tea festival

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

1 mile NW

Sample fine tea, attend presentations by tea authors and industry experts, and shop for tea supplies at the Northwest Tea Festival in Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. Free except tastings.

Working boats

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

1.2 miles north

The Classic Workboat Show features tours of classic and modern working boats (tugboats, fishing boats, research vessels, and ex-military vessels), engine demonstrations, food trucks, and a floating beer garden at Lake Union Park. Free.

Medieval village

September 30 - Oct. 1, 2017

27 miles east

Michelmasse Festival features craft shops, puppets, cider pressing, music, dance, and lunch (or reserve dinner) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Buckley haunted farm

September 30 - Oct. 29, 2017

43 miles south

Roam the Haunted Woods or the Flashlight Maze at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.
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