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Seattle events September 2018

Food truck festival

September 1, 2018
(begins Aug. 31)
7.3 miles NE
Drink Oktoberfest beer from 30 breweries and eat food from 30 food trucks during Trucktoberfest at Magnuson Park Hangar 30.


September 1 - 2, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
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 - 2, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
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.
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Oak Harbor Music Festival

September 1 - 2, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
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 - 2, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
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 - 3, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
0.5 mile east
Play video games and see gamers in costume at PAX West at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Ski & snowboard sale

September 1 - 3, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
10 miles east
SkiBonkers is a sale of new skis, snowboards, and accessories in downtown Bellevue. Free.

Blackberry festival

September 1 - 3, 2018
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 - 3, 2018
(starts Aug. 31)
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 - 9, 2018
(begins July 14)
57 miles NW via Bainbridge Ferry
Hear world-class concerts at the Olympic Music Festival in Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden in Port Townsend.

Concerts at the locks

September 1 - 16, 2018
(begins June 2)
6 miles NW
Hear a concert on the lawn at beautiful Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, beginning at 2 p.m. You can bring a picnic, but no alcohol. Free.

Puyallup fair

September 1 - 23, 2018
(begins Aug. 31)
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.

Discounts and deals page

Female magician

September 6 - 8, 2018
(8 p.m.)
4.2 miles NW
Something Magical combines comedy, illusion, audience interaction, acrobatics, escape, and mind-reading performed by female magician Billy Kidd at Hale’s Ales Palladium Theater in Ballard.

Ticket deal $13 (VIP $20)

Eastside concerts

September 6 - 9, 2018
(begins June 8)
14.6 miles NE
Marymoor Park Concerts include big-name acts in a green setting. Buy a reserved seat or else bring a blanket (up to 5 feet) or a low-back chair. See the list of what you can and cannot bring.

Sailing adventure

September 7, 2018
(6 to 8 p.m.)
9.8 miles NW
Sail aboard the Hawaiian Chieftain, help set the sails, hear a talk about a legendary sea monster, and listen to a sea-creature themed band during $75 Tall Tales, Tall Ship, departing from Carillon Point in Kirkland.

Cider tasting

September 7 - 8, 2018
0.5 mile north
Sample artisanal ciders from the NW and around the world, buy food, and hear live music at Cider Summit Seattle outdoors at South Lake Union Discovery Center for age 21+.

Italian street fair

September 7 - 9, 2018
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 Angelo Street in Georgetown. Free.

Lighthouse festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
25 miles north
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival has art, bands, food vendors, a beer garden, a parade (Sat. 10:30 a.m.), and fireworks (Fri. & Sat. at dusk). Free.

Wooden boat festival & craft fair

September 7 - 9, 2018
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.

Weedstock music festival

September 7 - 9, 2018
120 miles SW
Cloneapalooza is a “green” festival for age 21+ with rock and hip hop bands, comedians, vendors, and camping at Cascade Peaks Campground in Randle.

Cider week

September 7 - 16, 2018
(a few events Sept. 6)
Scroll down the page of Washington Cider Week to see a list of events, special menus, and dinner pairings at restaurants and cideries.

Asian night festival

September 8, 2018
(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.

Cuba party

September 8, 2018
3.8 miles south
A ticket to Havana Nights gets you a Cuban dinner, a drink ticket (rum, wine, beer), entertainment, and live and DJ dance music (Cuban Son, Conga drum, and Latin) at Canvas Event Space for age 21+.

Lantern festival

September 8, 2018
(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 8, 2018
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.

Beer & blues in Federal Way

September 8, 2018
23.1 miles south
Federal Way Blues Festival features 20 local breweries (beer, wine, and cider), 4 local bands, and 3 food trucks at Town Square Park for age 21+. No dogs.

Brunchy booze festival

September 8 - 9, 2018
(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
A ticket to Bacon Eggs & Kegs includes beverage tickets (beer, cider, mimosas, Bloody Marys, Irish coffee, root beer), with $5 brunch bites for sale, DJ music, dueling pianos, and lawn games at CenturyLink Field for age 21+. Held in March and September.

Mini hydroplane race

September 8 - 9, 2018
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.

Concerts at the winery

September 8 - 15, 2018
(begins June 10)
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.

Hawaiian festival

September 9, 2018
1 mile NW
Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival has songs, performances, films, historical exhibits, food, and traditional arts and crafts at Seattle Center. Free.

Beatles music

September 10, 2018
(7:30 p.m.)
35.5 miles south
Rain celebrates the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by performing the entire album live at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup.

Ticket deal $28

Boat sale

September 13 - 16, 2018
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.

Tango festival

September 13 - 17, 2018
2.9 miles north
The five-day Tango Magic festival includes classes from beginning to advanced, plus milongas (dances) at China Harbor Restaurant on Lake Union.

Greek festival

September 14 - 16, 2018
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.

Stamp collector show

September 14 - 16, 2018
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 14 - 16, 2018
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.

Fishermen’s festival

September 15, 2018
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.

Artisan cheese festival

September 15, 2018
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+.

Beer on a farm

September 15, 2018
(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+. Chairs and blankets are welcome.

Snohomish Zombie Walk

September 15, 2018
38 miles north
Zombies start gathering at 4:30 p.m. and begin roaming the sidewalks of downtown Snohomish at 5:30 p.m. during Snohomish Zombie Walk. Free.

Latin American festival

September 15 - 16, 2018
1 mile NW
Celebrate independence from Spain at Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors at the Seattle Center. Free.

Comics convention in Tukwila

September 15 - 16, 2018
(VIP party Sept. 14)
12.8 miles south
Can’t wait for Emerald City Comic Con in March? Check out the Renton City Comic Con, “a celebration for comic book geeks, technophiles, cosplayers, and nerds of all ages” at Hotel Interurban in Tukwila.

Ticket deal $20

Edmonds art tour

September 15 - 16, 2018
16.9 miles north
Visit 18 private studios displaying the work of 31 artists on the self-guided Edmonds Art Studio Tour. Free.

Fashion show in Bellevue

September 19 - 23, 2018
10 miles east
See fashion on the runway during Fashion Week at Hyatt Regency Bellevue.

Gypsy jazz festival

September 19 - 23, 2018
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 20, 2018
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+.

Free healthcare

September 20 - 23, 2018
1 mile NW
Seattle/King County Clinic gives dental, vision, and medical care to anyone, no identification necessary. Get a ticket at Fisher Pavilion at 5:30 a.m. or later, and then wait at KeyArena. Free, including parking.

Lantern parade

September 21, 2018
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.

Oktoberfest in Fremont

September 21 - 23, 2018
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 21 - 23, 2018
11 miles NE
Enjoy beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, wiener dog races, costume contests, games, and live music at Kirkland Oktoberfest at Kirkland’s Marina Park.

Sketch comedy festival

September 21 - 29, 2018
Seattle locations
SketchFest Seattle features comedy films one night and live comedy the other nights by comedians from Canada, California, and Washington.

Local film festival

September 21 - 29, 2018
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.

Seattle haunted house

September 21 - Nov. 3, 2018
4 miles south
Georgetown Morgue is located at 5000 E. Marginal Way S. in the Georgetown area for age 12+. They keep the lights on for kids Oct. 13 (1 to 4 p.m.).

Free museum day

September 22, 2018
Get a free ticket for two people to visit one of 34 Washington museums on Museum Day Live.

Free national park day

September 22, 2018
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.

Family festival

September 22, 2018
1 mile NW
Seattle Children’s Festival features music and dance performances, workshops, and activities at Seattle Center to promote cross-cultural understanding. Free.

Trapeze show

September 22, 2018
(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. Arrive early for free seats, or buy a reservation.

Ballard Festival

September 22, 2018
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.

Run the Mountain

September 22, 2018
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.

Obstacle race

September 22, 2018
25 miles NE
Overcome mud, fire, ropes, and barricades to complete the 3.15 mile Warrior Dash for a medal, T-shirt, and after-party at Carnation Farms.

Muddy obstacle course

September 22 - 23, 2018
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 $64 (only 5K)

Local farm feast

September 23, 2018
(5 to 8 p.m.)
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.

French film festival

September 27 - Oct. 4, 2018
1.6 miles NW
French Cinema Now features new films in French from around the world at SIFF Cinema Uptown. All films have English subtitles.

Italian festival

September 28 - 30, 2018
1 mile NW
Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, music, dance, art, and kids’ activities at the Seattle Center. Free. A wine tasting for adults is held the same week.

International film festival

September 28 - Oct. 7, 2018
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 an opening gala and closing night awards.

Seahawks car show

September 29, 2018
(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 29, 2018
(2 to 6 p.m.)
31 miles south
Steins and Stems [formerly Puyallup Art & Wine Walk] features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art in downtown Puyallup shops for age 21+.

Cider festival in Gig Harbor

September 29, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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 if younger than 21.

Tea festival

September 29 - 30, 2018
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 29 - 30, 2018
1.5 miles north
Enjoy free boat rides, tours, live music, kids’ activities, and food/beer vendors at Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival at the Center for Wooden Boats. Free.

Medieval village

September 29 - 30, 2018
27 miles east
Michelmasse Festival features craft shops, puppets, cider pressing, music, dance, and lunch (or reserve dinner) at Camlann Medieval Village in Carnation.

Short-film festival

September 29 - Oct. 5, 2018
multiple locations
Join people worldwide watching the Manhattan Short Film Festival and voting for their favorites.

Halloween at Wild Waves

September 28 - Oct. 28, 2018
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. Hours.

Buckley haunted farm

September 29 - Oct. 31, 2018
43 miles south
Roam The Haunted Woods or the Flashlight Maze (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms in Buckley for age 10+. See schedule.

Family show

September 30, 2018
(4:30 p.m.)
0.3 miles NE
Wild Kratts Live features Martin & Chris Kratt of PBS TV in a fun show about animals that includes multimedia on a big screen at The Paramount Theatre.

Ticket deal $32

Circus acrobats

September 2018
0.9 miles NE
See acrobatics, high-flying aerials, contortions, and juggling to live music when the School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA) presents SANCA’s Annual Showcase Spectacular (SASS) at Broadway Performance Hall.

Nonstop entertainment

September 2018
1 mile east
AMDEF stands for art, music, dance, entertainment, and fashion. This mixed-media event delivers on all counts for 6 hours at Neumos. Bring age 21 ID.

Irish film festival

September 2018
1.2 miles NW
See contemporary films at Irish Reels Film Festival at SIFF Film Center, with opening gala and closing party.

New Orleans festival

September 2018
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 for age 21+.

Neighborhood festival

September 2018
3.5 miles SE
Mt. Baker Street Fair features local artists & vendors, live music, food, a beer garden & kids’ garden, visual & performance art, and community organizations at Mount Baker Station on the light rail line. Free.

Bowling event

September 2018
6 miles SW
A ticket to Bob’s Bowl-o-rama includes bowling and beer for 8 people at West Seattle Bowl for charity.

Happy hour at Paine Field

September 2018
23.8 miles north
Enjoy food and drinks for sale with music and a rooftop view during Summer Nights on the Strato Deck at the Future of Flight Aviation Center in Mukilteo.

Everett beer festival

September 2018
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+.

Bike ride & tea party

September 2018
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.

Halloween party at EMP

September 2018
1 mile NW
Fashionably Undead is a dance party with a terrifying exhibit about horror films and costume contests at the Museum of Pop Culture (formerly EMP) for age 21+.