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Seattle events September 2023

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Blackberry festival

September 2 - 4, 2023 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Bremerton (18 miles W via ferry)

Walk aboard a ferry to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival with waterfront views on Bremerton Boardwalk, 243 2nd St. in Bremerton. Hear music on two entertainment stages, visit the beer & wine garden, and shop for art, jewelry, and fair food including “15 blackberry-themed foods.” No pets. FREE

Creative film festival

September 7 - 8, 2023

Renton (14 miles SE)

Watch films, hear prominent speakers, and attend networking parties during The Summit [formerly Seattle Film Summit] held at the Hyatt Regency and Regal Landing Theater in Renton. Additional events on Nov. 11 & 12.

Mercer Island wine tasting

September 8, 2023 (5 to 8 p.m.)

Mercer Island (5.8 miles E)

Taste 10 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. Must buy ticket online. No pets or smoking.

Lighthouse festival

September 8 - 10, 2023 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Mukilteo (26 miles N)

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival includes art, music, food vendors, a beer garden, an open lighthouse, a children’s corner, a daily salmon bake, a happy hour BBQ (Fri.), a 5K/10K (Sat.), a parade (Sat. 10:45 a.m.), and fireworks (Sat. 8:30 p.m.) at Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St. in Mukilteo. See the schedule and parking options. FREE

Fantasy festival near Portland

September 8 - 10, 2023

Woodland (150 miles S)

Realms Unknown is an all-ages fantasy festival with interactive challenges and tasks as you navigate different realms with vikings, knights, pirates, goblins, and mermaids at the 50-acre Lewis River Golf Course, 3209 Old Lewis River Road in Woodland. It offers entertainment, vendors, taverns, and camping.


September 8 - 17, 2023 (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Olympia (53 miles S)

Sunflower Experience includes a wagon ride to five acres of sunflowers, 16 photo props, a flower to take home, and a kids’ playground at Schilter Family Farm, 141 Nisqually Cut Off Road SE in Olympia. Some ticket options include food or wine. Closed Mon., Tues., Wed. [Afterward take a walk at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, free except $3 to park.]

Short films

September 9, 2023 (2 to 10 p.m.)

Shoreline (11 miles NW)

Snohomish Film Festival offers “an exciting day full of film screenings, discussions, and networking opportunities” with 30 films and an awards ceremony in the theater at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N in Shoreline for $12.
  • 2 p.m. – doors open
  • 3 p.m. – films begin
  • 5 p.m. – food truck available
  • 9 p.m. – after party

Eastside festival

September 9, 2023 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

Newcastle (13 miles SE)

Newcastle Days has a car show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a parade (10:30 a.m.), an art fair & kids’ activities (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), historic cemetery tours (1:30 & 3 p.m.), plus entertainment & food vendors & beer garden (until 7 p.m.) at Lake Boren Park, 13058 SE 84th Way in Newcastle. FREE

Pioneer fall festival

September 9, 2023 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Tacoma (41 miles SW)

Press apple cider, make a corn doll, play Victorian games, see traditional music & dance, and watch “the hock cart carrying the last sheaf of wheat through the fort to the granary” during Harvest Home at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5519 Five Mile Drive in Tacoma. Free for age 3 and younger.

UW farm dinner

September 14, 2023

University District (5.3 miles NE)

UW Farm Harvest Dinner Fundraiser is a $141 three-course, family-style dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Seth Fernald using local ingredients from UW Farm, with three drink tickets at Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. in Seattle. A $216 ticket includes a farm tour and pre-party at 4 p.m. Age 21+.

Free concerts in Seattle

September 14 - 16, 2023

multiple locations


Oktoberfest in Edmonds

September 15 - 16, 2023 (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Edmonds (17 miles N)

Edmonds Oktoberfest promises local breweries, bands, and food outdoors beginning Friday (3 to 10 p.m.). Saturday events include a pet parade (noon), a kids’ area (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and beer & food trucks (1 to 10 p.m.). Located near Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. Beer garden $10, otherwise FREE.

Rainier Beer festival

September 16, 2023 (doors open 4 p.m.)

Georgetown (5.1 miles S)

R Day is a “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” for age 21+ with a DJ at 4:30 p.m. and live music at 6:10 p.m. outside Star Brass Works Lounge, 5813 Airport Way S in Seattle. Note that Airport Way South may be closed to cars (from 13th Ave. S. to Corson Ave. S.). Poster and video. FREE

Urban farm festival

September 16, 2023 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Rainier Beach (7.5 miles SE)

Farm Fest features plant-based crafts, nature walks, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, farmer meet-and-greets, live performances, farm animals, food trucks, and a farm stand at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale St. in Seattle. No pets. FREE

Latin American festival

September 16 - 17, 2023 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

Lower Queen Anne (0.8 miles NW)

Celebrate independence from Spain at Seattle Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors in the Armory & Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Also consider Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias Parade in South Park. FREE

Film festival party

September 21, 2023 (9 p.m.)

Downtown (0.3 miles NE)

A ticket to Marquee Gala includes a cocktail reception (5:30 p.m.), a dinner program and live auction (7 p.m.), and an after party (9 p.m.) with live music and dancing to support the Seattle International Film Festival. Located at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle. Or just buy a ticket to the after-party.

Lantern parade

September 23, 2023 (7:30 p.m.)

Green Lake (4.8 miles N)

Celebrate the equinox (when day & night are both 12 hours) by following the Luminata parade of lanterns, glowing costumes, and musicians from the south end of the lake at Green Lake Aqua Theater on West Green Lake Way N to the Bath House. For more fun, buy a lantern after the shop opens at 5:30 p.m. Facebook. FREE

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 24, 2023 (12 to 6 p.m.)

(began this month on September 22)

Kirkland (11 miles NE)

Kirkland Oktoberfest offers beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, costume contests, games, live music, and a wiener dog race (Sun. 1 to 3 p.m.) at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. This event is for age 21+, but all ages can watch the race for free. Leashed dogs are welcome on Sunday. Schedule.

Coastal wildlife festival

September 24, 2023 (7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

(began this month on September 22)

Long Beach (168 miles SW)

Wings over Willapa is a birding and nature festival that celebrates “many species and diverse habitats” with tours, presentations, and family activities in and near Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, 7112 67th Place in Long Beach. Schedule. Some events are free.

Hot-air balloons in Tri Cities

September 24, 2023 (6 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

(began this month on September 22)

Prosser (191 miles SE)

The Great Prosser Balloon Rally includes balloon launches (6:45 a.m.), a harvest festival, a breakfast (Sat.), a farmers market (Sat. morning), night glow (Sat. dusk), and a street-painting festival (Sat. & Sun.) in Prosser. FREE

Free train rides

September 24 - Oct. 1, 2023 (weekends)

(began this month on September 2)

Skykomish (66 miles NE)

Ride atop a mini steam train over a bridge and through a tunnel for 10 minutes, and then visit the gift shop at Great Northern & Cascade Railway, 101 5th St. N in pretty Skykomish (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Also see the schedule for Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard. FREE

Cirque show

September 24 - Oct. 15, 2023

(began this month on September 22)

Seattle Center (1.4 miles NW)

With a theme of people in transit, Passengers features awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, avant-garde dance, and comedy by the innovative performers of “7 Fingers” from Montreal at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. in Seattle.

Free things to do

September 24 - Dec. 31, 2023

(began this month on September 1)

multiple locations


Coffee on Capitol Hill

September 25 - Dec. 31, 2023 (10 a.m. & 1 p.m.)

(began this month on September 1)

Capitol Hill (0.9 miles E)

Learn about Seattle’s coffee scene and taste samples ranging from infused coffee to a decadent espresso on the Coffee Culture Tour. The $59 walking tour includes local coffee shops and a roastery, beginning at Jimi Hendrix Statue, 1604 Broadway in Seattle.

Greek festival

September 29 - Oct. 1, 2023

Montlake (3.7 miles NE)

Enjoy homemade Greek foods like gyros, souvlaki, lamb, chicken, spanakopita, pastry, coffee, and wine at the big St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume to live music a children’s booth, and church tours at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E in Seattle. No pets. FREE

Haunted golf course

September 29 - Oct. 31, 2023

Mountlake Terrace (14 miles N)

Nile Nightmares is an outdoor walk plus indoor mazes at Nile Shrine Gold Center, 6601 244th St. SW in Mountlake Terrace. It has a food court and a beer garden, and is open Fri., Sat., Sun., plus Halloween. Recommended for age 12+ except less scary for kids on Oct. 21, 2023 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Tasting in Puyallup

September 30, 2023 (1 to 5 p.m.)

Puyallup (32 miles S)

Sip features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art at 22 shops in downtown Puyallup for age 21+. Your $45 ticket includes 10 tastes. Check in at the parking lot of Smile Solutions, 109 N Meridian in Puyallup. Held in May and September.
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