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September 1, 2023 (5 to 8 p.m.)
Renton (13 miles SE)
A $35 ticket to Renton Wine Walk includes a souvenir glass and 10 tokens to sample wine in downtown businesses where you can meet the winemakers, beginning at 700 S 3rd St. in Renton. Bring age 21+ ID. Held summer, fall, and winter.
Tumbleweed Music Festival has 5 stages with 100 acts, workshops, food and craft vendors, and a contra dance Sunday at Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Park Drive in Richland. Begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. Mostly free.
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.
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.
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. Tickets at StubHub.
The Brave Benefit is “an upscale event” with live entertainment, dancing, gourmet bites, and open bar, a silent auction, and “special tributes to those who have braved cancer” at The 101 Event Space, 101 S Jackson St. in Seattle.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Your ticket to Snohomish Wine Walk includes 10 tastes of wine within shops in charming downtown Snohomish, beginning at Anna Marie Creative Collective, 1015 1st St. in Snohomish. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in summer, fall, and winter.
Electrify Expo offers “demo experiences” of electric cars, motorcycles, bikes, scooters, and skateboards in the parking lot outside Husky Stadium, 3800 Montlake Blvd. NE in Seattle. It’s a short walk from Link Light Rail’s U.W. station.
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.
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, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Free.
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.
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 (sold out 2023), August, and September.
Boats Afloat Show includes cabin cruisers, sailboats, ski boats, and yachts on Lake Union at Chandler’s Cove, 901 Fairview Ave. N in Seattle. Enjoy live music, food for sale, and free boat rides. Children age 12 and younger are free. Held in April and September.
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.
R Day is an outdoor “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” with live music for age 21+. The address is at 5706 Airport Way S, and Airport Way South will likely be closed to cars (from 13th Avenue S. to Corson Avenue S.). 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.
Race in rugged terrain, and conquer obstacles in the Seattle Spartan Trifecta Event Weekend, which begins at Meadow Wood Equestrian Center, 18601 Sky Meadows Lane in Snohomish. Races range from 1K to 21K, and they include 20 to 30 obstacles.
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.
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.
Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and cider, food vendors, and bands for age 21+. Sunday adds free admission for leashed dogs. The festival entrance is at Bold Hat Productions, 3503 Phinney Ave. in Seattle.
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.
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. [One event is Thursday evening.]
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.
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 ticket to West Seattle Wine Walk gets you a glass and 12 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction. Check in with age 21+ ID at Windermere, 4526 California Ave. SW in Seattle. Held in May and September.
Enjoy homemade Greek foods like gyros, souvlaki, lamb, chicken, spanakopita, pastry, coffee, and wine at St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume to live music. Free admission and church tours at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E in Seattle.
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., and Sun. Recommended for age 13+ except less scary for kids on one special day (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Opening Night Concert includes “French favorites by Ravel & Saint-Saëns, exquisite Chopin selections with pianist Jan Lisiecki, and a world premiere” plus an optional after party with complimentary drinks, signature bites, and dancing at Benaroya Hall, 200 University St. in Seattle.
A 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.
Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, a marching band, DJ, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival for age 21+, which includes a giant beer-filled pumpkin at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Wear orange.
Seattle Faerie Festival promises a “faerie parade, a costume and pet costume contest, live music, face painting, crafters, theater, food, and dancing among the shady trees” at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave. in Seattle. Free.
A ticket to Marquee Gala gets you wine from 10 wineries, heavy hors d’oeuvres from 10 restaurants, dinner, a cocktail competition, games, a live auction, and live music with dancing, all to help support the Seattle International Film Festival. Located at Seattle Center in Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle.
Fall Open House includes live art demonstrations by teaching artists, art-making for kids, music, food trucks, and a beer garden at Pratt Fine Arts Center, 1902 South Main St. in Seattle. Free admission.
Queen Anne Days Festival has a fun walk, a fun run, a parade of kids and dogs at noon, 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. [One band plays Friday at 7 p.m.]
Challenge yourself on the high ropes course, climb Schurman Rock, rappel down Glacier Wall, join a scavenger hunt, and enjoy family-friendly activities during Mountain Fest at Camp Long, 5200 35th Ave. SW in Seattle. Free.
The choir sings anthems of global peace and harmony, and local faith leaders (Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Sai Baba) tell personal stories during 9/11 Interfaith Memorial Service at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th St. in Seattle. Free.
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.
“Learn from leaders about embracing strengths, making your own success, and transforming the way you live” when four of them speak at Women to Watch at The Woodmark Hotel, 1200 Carillon Point in Kirkland.
Discover light installations and murals, watch performers, 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.
Watch stage entertainment (bands, soloists, and choirs), shop from vendors, buy Ukrainian food, play games, and visit the children’s area at NorthWest Ukrainian International Festival in Crossroads Park, 16140 NE 8th St. in Bellevue.
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.
Meet a dozen Snohomish County artists, eat complimentary appetizers, buy drinks at the bar, and listen to live music at Meet the Artists Reception at Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW in Lynnwood. Free.
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 food and your first beer, with live music, glassblowing demonstrations, a silent auction, and a “glass pumpkin patch” to browse for age 21+ at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett.
A ticket for the Wine and Dine the SnoValley Rails includes a 3-hour train ride with views, a wine glass, and “a six course dining adventure paired with wine” for age 21+ departing from Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St. in Snoqualmie.
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 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” for age 21+ at Marysville Opera House, 1225 3rd St. in Marysville.
Press apple cider, make a corn dolly, 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.