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 Seattle events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, Washington.


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 17 venues at Seattle Center, including a main stage in Memorial Stadium.

Films at Bumbershoot

September 1 - 3, 2017

1.2 miles NW

Watch short films and documentaries at 1 Reel Film Festival at the Seattle Center, included at no extra cost if you have a Bumbershoot ticket.

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, a contra dance, and food and craft vendors in Richland on the Columbia River. Most events free.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1 - 4, 2017

10 miles east

SkiBonkers is a giant sale of new merchandise at 1100 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue. Free including parking.

Evergreen State Fair

September 1 - 4, 2017 (begins Aug. 24)

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. Parking cost.

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.

Puyallup fair

September 1 - 24, 2017 (closed Tuesdays)

36 miles south

Find animals, rides, rodeo, food, and entertainment at Washington State Fair. It’s the largest, oldest, and most popular fair in the state. See deals & discounts.

Vintage aircraft

September 2 - 3, 2017

23 miles north

See vintage airplanes, autos, bicycles, and clothing at Vintage Aircraft Weekend, which includes food, music, and 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 the 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.

Cider tasting

September 8 - 9, 2017

0.5 mile north

Try 100 artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, eat fine food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle outdoors at South Lake Union Discovery Center. Must be 21 due to alcohol content.

Italian festival

September 8 - 10, 2017

5 miles south

Enjoy Italian cuisine, a beer and wine garden, an Italian-American band, and a kids’ area at the San Gennaro Festival on Angelo St. 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 (MukFest) has art, bands, beer, salmon, a parade, and fireworks. Free. Parking information.

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

1 mile SE

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival has 30 food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and an all-ages dance party at Union Station Plaza near Chinatown. Free.

Lantern festival

September 9, 2017

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 9, 2017

19 miles NE

Happy Tails Wine Walk is a casual walk to 15 wineries plus a dog zone with games and 18 vendors in Woodinville. Bring age 21 ID; a dog is optional.

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.

Bird festival

September 15 - 17, 2017

17 miles north

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

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 Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center. Free.

Edmonds art tour

September 16 - 17, 2017

16.9 miles north

Visit 19 private studios and 2 galleries 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 to run this five-mile muddy obstacle course in Black Diamond, or buy a spectator ticket online to attend the after-party.

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

4.7 miles north

Celebrate the equinox with lanterns, glowing costumes, and music-making at Luminata parade of lights that begins at Green Lake Small Craft Center (south end of the lake). Free.

Italian festival

September 22 - 24, 2017

1 mile NW

Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center. Free.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 22 - 24, 2017

4 miles north

Fremont Oktoberfest offers 80 kinds of beer with bands for adults. Sunday adds a 5K race, pumpkin carving, family events, and free entry for kids & dogs.

Seahawks car show

September 23, 2017

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.

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!

Free state parks

September 30, 2017


On State Parks Free Days, you can picnic and play at any of these 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.

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.

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.

Concerts downtown

September 2017 (undated)

Downtown Seattle

Hear free music from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Out to Lunch Concert Series. Location varies.

Free museum day

September 2017 (undated)


Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 31 Washington museums on Museum Day Live.

Short-film festival

September 2017 (undated)

multiple locations

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

Sketch comedy festival

September 2017 (undated)

Seattle locations

SketchFest Seattle features comedy films on Sept. 17 and live comedy the other nights by comedians from Canada, California, and Washington.

Design block party

September 2017 (undated)

1 miles south

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

Mini maker fair

September 2017 (undated)

1 mile NW

Seattle Mini Maker Faire celebrates technology, innovation, creativity, and learning. Young children need supervision due to moving parts, electricity, and fire, at Experience Music Project (EMP).

Nonstop entertainment

September 2017 (undated)

1 mile east

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

Film festival

September 2017 (undated)

1.1 miles east

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

Boat sale

September 2017 (undated)

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 Family Boat Rides.

New Orleans festival

September 2017 (undated)

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.

French film festival

September 2017 (undated)

2 miles NW

French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world, special guests, and parties at SIFF Cinema Uptown.

Free trapeze show

September 2017 (undated)

2.5 miles south

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

Odd book fair

September 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

See art, and browse esoteric and occult books for sale at Esoteric Book Conference at the University of Washington. Free except author presentations.

Artisan cheese festival

September 2017 (undated)

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+.

Fishermen’s festival

September 2017 (undated)

4.4 miles NW

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

Ballard Festival

September 2017 (undated)

6 miles NW

Sustainable Ballard Festival offers music, food, beer, environmental exhibits and workshops, and a kids’ bike parade in Ballard Commons Park. Free.

Bowling event

September 2017 (undated)

6 miles SW

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

Concerts at the locks

September 2017 (undated)

6 miles NW

Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard beginning at 2 p.m.

Fashion week in Bellevue

September 2017 (undated)

9 miles east

See fashion on the runway during Fashion Week, which includes both ticketed and free events.

Oktoberfest in Kirkland

September 2017 (undated)

11 miles NE

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

Paddleboard race

September 2017 (undated)

12 miles SE

Watch stand-up paddleboarders race 13 miles around Mercer Island for $10,000 in prizes at Round the Rock, which includes a 3.5 miler, a kids’ race, retailers, and food at Newcastle Beach Park in south Bellevue.

Mini hydroplane race

September 2017 (undated)

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.

Wine country half marathon

September 2017 (undated)

18 miles NE

Woodinville Wine & Beer Country Half Marathon begins at Chateau Ste. Michelle and includes a post-race festival with wine, beer, and music.

Beer on a farm

September 2017 (undated)

29 miles south

Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival features craft beer, live music, barbecue, and craft vendors at Mary Olson Farm in Auburn for age 21+.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 2017 (undated)

38 miles north

Zombies roam the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Free.

Weedstock music festival

September 2017 (undated)

45 miles south

Cloneapalooza is a “green” festival for age 21+ with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, and vendors at Uncle Sam’s American Bar & Grill in Spanaway.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 2017 (undated)

48 miles SW

Friday is a $100 Cider-makers Dinner. On Saturday, sample 80 ciders from regional cidermakers, buy food, hear great bands, and visit the kids’ zone at Cider Swig in a Gig Harbor park, free if younger than 21.

Festival at Mt. Rainier

September 2017 (undated)

84 miles south

Rainier Mountain Festival has BBQ, microbrews, live music, used equipment for sale, and mingling with mountaineers at Whittaker Mountaineering in Ashford.

Video game convention

September 2017 (undated)

0.5 mile east

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