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Seattle events September 2019


September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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.

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, electronic” for 12 straight hour at five venues in Greenwood and Phinney Ridge for age 21+.

Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 1, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
90 miles north
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
(begins Aug. 30)
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 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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
(also July & Aug.)
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
(begins Aug. 30)
10 miles east
SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Blackberry festival

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 31)
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.

Ellensburg Rodeo

September 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Aug. 30)
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
(begins July 13)
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
(begins Aug. 30)
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.

Deals & discounts

Sketch comedy festival

September 5 - 14, 2019
Seattle locations
SketchFest Seattle features comedy films one night and live comedy the other nights by comedians from Canada, California, and Washington at Unexpected Productions in the Pike Place Market.

Cider week

September 5 - 15, 2019
Washington Cider Week features tastings, tours, and special menus at cideries and restaurants.

Mercer Island wine tasting

September 6, 2019
5.9 miles east
Taste samples from 22 wineries 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+ (except kids in strollers).

Cider tasting

September 6 - 7, 2019
0.5 mile north
Sample artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle on the lawn outside South Lake Union Discovery Center 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
(also July & Aug.)
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 parade (Saturday 10:30 a.m.), and fireworks (Saturday at dusk). Parking. Free.

Concerts at the winery

September 6 - 21, 2019
(begins June 13)
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.

New dramatic play

September 6 - 29, 2019
0.3 miles east
“Lust, jealousy, and post-traumatic stress bring things between old friends to a boil” in the world premiere of People of the Book, which features an author whose wartime stories are questionable at ACT Theatre.

Ticket deal $15

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.

Lantern festival

September 7, 2019
(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.

Dog walk & wine tasting

September 7, 2019
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.

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 - 9, 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. Free.

Green party

September 10, 2019
0.7 miles north
Enjoy wine from Wilridge Winery, beer from Fremont Brewing, tunes by the Fred Hoadley Trio, and Vietnamese sandwiches from Saigon Deli at the Green Drinks Fall Festival in the “highly-sustainable” Terry Thomas Building.

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 Late Summer Wine Walk gets you a glass and 10 tastes of wine with light snacks in shops at West Seattle Junction. Also held in May.

Wallingford Oktoberfest

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.

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 and next door at the Frances Anderson Center. Free, except some guided walks.

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.

Grilled cheese festival

September 14, 2019
1.2 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, for age 21+.

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+. Optional seminar for additional cost.

Run the Mountain

September 14, 2019
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.

Small-town wine tasting

September 14, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
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
28.7 miles east
A ticket on 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
1 mile NW
Celebrate independence from Spain at Seattle Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors at the Seattle Center. Additional events Saturday in South Park. Free.

Snoqualmie Pass marathon

September 15, 2019
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.

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+.

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 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 20 - 22, 2019
11 miles NE
Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, wiener dog races, costume contests, games, and live music at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

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
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
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
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.

Wine tasting in Mill Creek

September 21, 2019
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+.

Obstacle race

September 21, 2019
25 miles NE
Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.2 mile Warrior Dash for a medal, T-shirt, and after-party at Carnation Farms.

Bike ride & tea party

September 21, 2019
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.

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.

Edmonds art tour

September 21 - 22, 2019
16.9 miles north
Visit 15 private studios displaying the work of 30 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 10-mile or 5-mile or 5K obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket to attend just the after-party.

Ticket deal $59 to $119

Local farm feast

September 22, 2019
9 miles NW
Enjoy An Incredible Feast at the Center for Urban Horticulture, prepared by top Seattle chefs with ingredients from local farmers as a benefit for farmers.

Fashion show in Bellevue

September 25 - 29, 2019
10 miles east
See fashion on the runway during Fashion Week at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

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.

International 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.

Short-film festival

September 27 - 29, 2019
multiple locations
Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites. [We will link to these theaters when they post showtimes.]
  • Sept. 27 to 28 - Varsity Theater in U.W. District of Seattle
  • Sept. 27 to 29 - Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in Bainbridge
  • Sept. 28 to 29 - Lincoln Theatre in Mount Vernon

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+ (except Sunday brunch is all ages).

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 wine tasting for adults is Friday evening.

Halloween at Wild Waves

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
25 miles south
Wild Waves Fright Fest offers entertainment, rides in the dark, haunted houses, and Booville (for ages 1 to 12) at Wild Waves. Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

Tacoma haunted house

September 27 - Nov. 2, 2019
33 miles south
Fright House Station [sound] has two haunted attractions (The Redemption upstairs, and Shadows downstairs) near the Tacoma Dome for age 12+.

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.

Ballard Festival

September 28, 2019
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.

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
31 miles south
Steins and Stems features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art in downtown Puyallup shops for age 21+.

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
1.5 miles north
Enjoy free boat rides, tours, kids’ activities, live music, and food/beer vendors (until 10 p.m.) 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.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 28, 2019
48 miles SW
Sample 90 ciders from regional cider makers, buy food, hear great bands, and visit a kids’ zone at Cider Swig in a Gig Harbor park.

Free stuff

September 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.

AIDS walk

September 2019
2 miles NE
Join the Seattle AIDS Walk & Picnic at Volunteer Park, which requires raising $100 if you want a T-shirt.

Bowling event

September 2019
6 miles SW
A $200 ticket to Bob’s Bowl-o-rama includes bowling and beer for 8 people at West Seattle Bowl for charity.

Everett beer festival

September 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 for age 21+.

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