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Seattle events September 2019

Bumbershoot

September 1, 2019
1 mile NW
Celebrate the end of summer at Bumbershoot, a spectacular festival of music, film, comedy, and arts on Labor Day weekend in 10 venues at Seattle Center, including a main stage in Memorial Stadium. Free for children younger than age 8, and seniors age 70+. It is unclear if Bumbershoot will repeat in 2020.

Music festival in Greenwood

September 1, 2019
(1 p.m. to 1 a.m.)
6.5 miles north
Greenwood Music Crawl promises 45 local bands playing “rock, blues, psychedelic, punk, pop, dance, and electronic” music at five venues in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge for age 21+.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 1, 2019
90 miles north (or 60 via ferry)
Oak Harbor Music Festival features 30 bands playing all types of music on two stages, beer & wine, food vendors, and arts & crafts on Whidbey Island. Free.

Acoustic music in Eastern WA

September 1, 2019
203 miles SE
Tumbleweed Music Festival has 5 stages with 100 acts, workshops, food and craft vendors, and a contra dance Sunday in Richland on the Columbia River. Mostly free.

Video game convention

September 1 - 2, 2019
0.5 mile east
Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX West at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Concerts at the locks

September 1 - 2, 2019
(2 p.m.)
6 miles NW
Hear a Summer Concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1 - 2, 2019
10 miles east
SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Blackberry festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
18 miles west via Bremerton ferry
Walk aboard a ferry to the free Bremerton Blackberry Festival. 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.

Evergreen State Fair

September 1 - 2, 2019
33 miles NE
Meet farm animals, watch pigs race, eat fair food, and catch a show at the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe.

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 1 - 2, 2019
108 miles east
Ellensburg Rodeo is Washington’s biggest rodeo, with live music, a carnival, and the Kittitas County Fair.

Chamber music in Port Townsend

September 1 - 8, 2019
57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry
Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Puyallup fair

September 1 - 22, 2019
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 Tuesdays & Sept. 4.

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Cider week

September 5 - 15, 2019
statewide
Washington Cider Week features tastings, tours, and tap takeovers at cideries and restaurants.

Tasting at the zoo

September 6, 2019
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
5 miles north
Taste “cuisine and cocktails inspired by wildlife around the globe, prepared by some of Seattle’s hottest celebrity chefs and mixologists” during Wildbites at Woodland Park Zoo, with access to all zoo exhibits for age 21+.

Mercer Island wine tasting

September 6, 2019
(6 p.m., VIP 4:30 p.m.)
5.9 miles east
Taste samples from 22 Washington wineries, breweries, and cider makers at Art Uncorked, with art vendors, live music, and food for sale in tents in the sculpture garden at 78th Ave SE & Sunset Highway for age 21+. No pets or smoking.

Bowling event

September 6, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
6 miles SW
A $200 ticket to Bob’s Bowl-o-rama includes bowling and beer for 8 people at West Seattle Bowl to support charity.

Cider tasting

September 6 - 7, 2019
1.3 miles north
Sample artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle at Lake Union Park for age 21+.

Italian street fair

September 6 - 8, 2019
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 S. Angelo Street in Georgetown. Free.

Science-fiction convention

September 6 - 8, 2019
10.4 miles east
Rustycon is a science-fiction and fantasy convention that focuses on literature, science, art, costumes, and gaming at Hilton Bellevue.

Eastside concerts

September 6 - 8, 2019
14.6 miles NE
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 blanket (up to 5 feet). Prohibited items.

Lighthouse festival

September 6 - 8, 2019
25 miles north
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival has art, bands, food vendors, a beer garden, a children’s fishing derby (Sat.), a children’s area (Sat. & Sun.), and fireworks (Sat. at dusk). Parking by donation. Free admission.

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 6 - 8, 2019
54 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry
See 300 boats, watch demonstrations, and meet expert craftsmen and wooden boat enthusiasts at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend. No pets. Down the street is Crafts by the Dock crafts fair Sat. & Sun.

Concerts at the winery

September 1 - 22, 2019
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 or chair unless you buy reserved seating. Children age 2 and younger are free.

Art open house

September 7, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
2 miles SE
Fall Open House includes a live hot bronze pour, live art demos, art-making for kids, music, food trucks, and a bar at Pratt Fine Arts Center. Free admission.

Mountain climbing festival

September 7, 2019
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
6 miles SW
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 in West Seattle. Free.

Thai Festival

September 7, 2019
7.2 miles north
Thai Festival features the cuisine, entertainment, and arts & crafts of Thailand in the parking lot of North Seattle College. Free.

Dog walk/run

September 7, 2019
7.7 miles NE
PawsWalk & 5K Run includes a run at 9 a.m., a walk at 10 a.m., food trucks, entertainment, and vendors at Warren G. Magnuson Park to support charity.

Lantern festival

September 7, 2019
(5 to 10 p.m.)
11 miles south
Arts-A-Glow offers entertainment, food trucks, and an 8 p.m. lantern procession at Dottie Harper Park in Burien. Costumes are welcome but not candles. Free.

Dog walk & wine tasting

September 7, 2019
19 miles NE
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.

Mini hydroplane race

September 7 - 8, 2019
16 miles south
Watch small outboard hydroplanes race 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 in SeaTac. Limited parking. Free.

Comics convention in Tukwila

September 7 - 8, 2019
16.8 miles SE
Can’t wait for Emerald City Comic Con in March? Check out Renton City Comic Con (Rencon), “a celebration for comic book geeks, technophiles, cosplayers, and nerds of all ages” at Renton Technical College.

Weedstock music festival

September 7 - 8, 2019
36.7 miles south
Cloneapalooza is a “green friendly” festival with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, vendors, and camping at The Rochouse in Tacoma for age 21+. Free.

Hawaiian festival

September 8, 2019
1 mile NW
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.

Garage sales on Capitol Hill

September 8, 2019
(10 to 3 p.m.)
1.5 miles NE
Capitol Hill Garage Sale has sellers in Cal Anderson Park, plus dozens of neighborhood sales. Photos. Free.*

Boat sale

September 12 - 15, 2019
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.

West Seattle wine tasting

September 13, 2019
(5 to 9 p.m.)
6 miles SW
A ticket to Wine Walk West Seattle Junction gets you a glass and 10 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction. Also held in May.

Sketch comedy festival

September 13 - 14, 2019
Seattle locations
SketchFest Seattle features live comedy by Seattle comedians and out-of-town guests at Unexpected Productions in the Pike Place Market. The Comedy Film Challenge screens films on Sept. 8.

Oktoberfest in Wallingford

September 13 - 14, 2019
5.8 miles north
The Great Wallingford Wurst Fest is a neighborhood event with food, beer, games & inflatables for kids, and entertainment at St. Benedict School. Free.

Rhythm & blues on the coast

September 13 - 14, 2019
182 miles SW
Matt Schofield headlines the Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday under large tents in Ocean Park for age 21+. Food, beer, and wine for sale. The visitors bureau suggests you bring chairs.

Stamp collector show

September 13 - 15, 2019
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.

Bird festival

September 13 - 15, 2019
17 miles north
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 on the event map. Free, except some guided walks.

Grilled cheese festival

September 14, 2019
0.5 miles north
Grilled Cheese Grand Prix features samples of beer, wine, spirits, and cider (included with all tickets) and cheesy food (included with some tickets) at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+. Without a ticket, you can buy from food trucks outside the gate.

Underground art show

September 14, 2019
(8 p.m.)
0.8 miles NE
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 50 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, live body painting, and a bar at El Corazon for age 21+.

Asian night festival

September 14, 2019
(4 p.m. to midnight)
1 mile SE
Chinatown-International District Night Market 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.

Artisan cheese festival

September 14, 2019
(1 to 5 p.m.)
4.8 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+.

Salmon homecoming celebration

September 14, 2019
4.8 miles SW
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 and Cultural Center.

Events at Green Lake

September 14, 2019
5 miles north

Run the Mountain

September 14, 2019
(8 a.m.)
21.5 miles SE
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.

Small-town wine tasting

September 14, 2019
28 miles NE
A ticket to Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk gets you 8 tastes in downtown Snohomish shops for age 21+. Held monthly from June to September.

Wine train

September 14, 2019
(SOLD OUT)
28.7 miles east
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+.

Beer on a farm

September 14, 2019
(noon 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+. You’re welcome to bring chairs or blankets.

Latin American festival

September 14 - 15, 2019
multiple locations
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.

Pet parade in Bothell

September 15, 2019
(11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
20.1 miles NE
Bothell Pet Parade and costume contest begins at noon, but arrive earlier for pet-related activities and vendors at The Park at Bothell Landing. Free.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

September 15, 2019
54.7 miles east
Run downhill through forests and a former train tunnel in one of the Tunnel Marathons, which qualify 40% of runners for the Boston Marathon, beginning at Hyak ski area. Held in June, August, and September.

Anacortes tour

September 15, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
81 miles north
Spend an afternoon touring interesting homes and boats at Anacortes Home & Boat Tour for charity.

Gypsy jazz festival

September 18 - 22, 2019
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.

Glass pumpkin party

September 19, 2019
(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+.

Oktoberfest in Edmonds

September 20 - 21, 2019
17 miles north
Edmonds Oktoberfest promises 11 local breweries, bands, and food outdoors at Frances Anderson Center. 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.

Greek festival

September 20 - 22, 2019
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. Free admission.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 20 - 22, 2019
4 miles north
Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and cider plus bands for age 21+. Sunday adds an all-ages ”street scramble” scavenger hunt and free admission for dogs. Enter at Phinney Avenue N. & N. 35th Street.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 20 - 22, 2019
11 miles NE
Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, costume contests, games, live music, and a wiener dog race (Sun. 1 p.m.) at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Kirkland’s Marina Park for age 21+. All ages can watch the race.

Local film festival

September 20 - 29, 2019
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.

Free museum day

September 21, 2019
Statewide
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live.

Trapeze show

September 21, 2019
(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. Call to buy reserved tickets, or arrive early for free tickets if available. Held in April and September.

Fishermen’s festival

September 21, 2019
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.

Lantern parade

September 21, 2019
(6 to 10 p.m.)
4.7 miles north
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 Aqua Theater at the south end of the lake, and then walk with the parade to the Bath House. Free.

Tasting in Mill Creek

September 21, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
21 miles NE
Taste beer & wine as you visit shops in Mill Creek Town Center at the Mill Creek Fall Beer & Wine Walk, which is held in May and September.

Beer + tanks in Everett

September 21, 2019
(12 to 6 p.m.)
22.6 miles north
Sample local craft beer and see military tanks both moving and on display during Tanktoberfest at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum at Paine Field in Everett for age 21+. Buy tickets online.

Bike ride & tea party

September 21, 2019
35 miles NE
Based on British tradition, Snohomish Tweed Ride is a genteel jaunt through the countryside with a stop at Blackman House Museum for tea (bring a cup) and any picnic you bring. Consider dressing up (Victorian, Edwardian, War Era, or Steampunk).

Family festival

September 21 - 22, 2019
1 mile NW
Seattle Children’s Festival features music and dance performances, workshops, and activities at Seattle Center to promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Gluten-free expo

September 21 - 22, 2019
1.3 miles NW
Sample and buy products from vendors at Nourished Festival in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center.

Edmonds art tour

September 21 - 22, 2019
16.9 miles north
Visit two dozens studios and galleries displaying the work of 36 artists on the self-guided Edmonds Art Studio Tour. Free.

Muddy obstacle course

September 21 - 22, 2019
32.7 miles SE
You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to run this obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket to attend just the after-party.

Gem & mineral show

September 21 - 22, 2019
35 miles SE
Shop from 30 vendors, visit the kids’ area, and watch lapidary arts demonstrations at the Cascade Gem and Mineral Show at Green River College in Auburn. Free.

Local farm feast

September 22, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
9 miles NW
Enjoy An Incredible Feast prepared by top Seattle chefs using ingredients from local farms, with adult beverages, music, games, and a silent auction at the Center for Urban Horticulture for age 21+.

Dog walk/run in Redmond

September 22, 2019
(9 a.m.)
14.9 miles NE
Walk or run the Wag Love Life 5K, then “make fresh flower garlands, enjoy live music, visit vendors, learn about different healing arts, while your pup enjoys dog massage and learns fun new tricks” at Marymoor Park.

Bike ride from Edmonds

September 22, 2019
17.9 miles north
Meet in Edmonds and then take a ferry to Kingston for the Kitsap Color Classic, which has 25, 39, and 57 mile options “along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula and through some of the best riding country in the state.”

French film festival

September 26 - Oct. 3, 2019
1.6 miles NW
French Cinema Now showcases “the best French language films from around the world” at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Asian film festival

September 26 - Oct. 6, 2019
Greater Seattle area
See films made in or about Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka at the Tasveer South Asian Film Festival, which has opening and closing night galas.

Fashion show in Bellevue

September 27 - 28, 2019
10 miles east
The highlights of Fashion Week are a party on Friday and a runway show on Sunday at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Everett beer festival

September 27 - 28, 2019
32 miles north
A ticket to Carleton Farms BrewFest gets you eight tastes of beer with live music and food for sale at Carleton Farms.

Festival of beef

September 27 - 29, 2019
0.5 miles north
Cowabunga is a series of four ticketed tasting events and chef competitions featuring beef at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+.

Italian festival

September 27 - 29, 2019
1 mile NW
Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities on Saturday and Sunday at Seattle Center. Free. A ticketed wine tasting for adults is Friday evening.

Seattle haunted house

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
4 miles south
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 (Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.).

Halloween at Wild Waves

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
25 miles south
Wild Waves Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, and haunted houses on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Family by Day activities, including Booville, are Saturday and Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.). Children must be with an adult for entry after 7 p.m.

Tacoma haunted house

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
33 miles south
Fright House Station [website has sound] is located near the Tacoma Dome. Recommended for age 12+. Less scary option for an additional $3. See schedule.

Free national park day

September 28, 2019
All national parks
Entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Free craft stuff

September 28, 2019
1.9 miles NE
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 Miller Community Center on Capitol Hill. Free.

Ballard Festival

September 28, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
6 miles NW
Sustainable Ballard Festival offers music, food trucks, activities, and environmental exhibits and workshops in Ballard Commons Park. Free.

Japan day

September 28, 2019
11.3 miles east
The public is invited to attend one day of Japan Week for games, music, workshops, and activities at Bellevue College. Flyer. Free, including parking.

Seahawks car show

September 28, 2019
(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” on Railroad Avenue in downtown Kent. Free.

Tasting event in Puyallup

September 28, 2019
(2 to 6 p.m.)
31 miles south
Steins and Stems features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art in downtown Puyallup shops for age 21+.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 28, 2019
48 miles SW
Sample 100 ciders from regional cider makers, buy food, shop for crafts, hear bands, and play games at Cider Swig in a Gig Harbor park. You can pay to leave kids age 3 to 12 at the Kids Applet Drop-off Center.

Tea festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
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.

Wooden boat festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
1.5 miles north
Enjoy free boat rides, tours, kids’ activities, live music, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free.

Romanian Festival

September 28 - 29, 2019
14.6 miles north
Eat traditional Romanian dishes, enjoy music and dance, and shop for Romanian crafts at the Romanian Festival at Three Holy Hierarchs Romanian Orthodox Church in Mountlake Terrace. Free.

Medieval village

September 28 - 29, 2019
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 28 - Oct. 31, 2019
43 miles south
Visit The Haunted Woods with frightening creatures and an abandoned barn for age 11+ (no flashlights), or roam the Flashlight Maze with a night wagon ride and no creatures (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley. See schedule.

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