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September 1, 2023 (1 to 8 p.m.)
Seattle waterfront (0.5 mile W)
Waterfront Block Party promises “live music, dancers, interactive activities, food, and fun for all ages” along the shore, including Olympic Sculpture Park, Pier 62, and Waterfront Park. Venue map. FREE
A $30 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 Rain City Market, 700 S 3rd St. in Renton. Bring age 21+ ID. Held in summer, fall, and winter.
Olympia Harbor Days has craft vendors, food booths, live music, a 10-minute drone show (Fri. 9:30 p.m.), vintage tugboat tours (Sat.), and a tugboat parade (Sun. noon). Park free on the streets or in a dirt lot at Marine Drive NE & Market Street NE in Olympia. FREE
Tumbleweed Music Festival has 6 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. Except for an evening concert and a dance, this event is FREE.
Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days includes a demolition derby (Thurs. 6 p.m.), a rodeo (Fri. to Sun. at 6:30 p.m.), 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. Schedule.
Walk aboard a ferry to the Bremerton Blackberry Festival with waterfront views on Bremerton Boardwalk, 243 2nd St. in Bremerton. Hear music on two entertainment stages, visit the beer & wine garden, and shop for art, jewelry, and fair food including “15 blackberry-themed foods.” No pets. FREE
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.
Marymoor Live presents a wide variety of live music in a green setting. Bring cash for parking, and a blanket or chairs to Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Tickets at StubHub.
Sept. 16 – Common Kings + Sammy Johnson + Jakobs Castle
Watch films, hear prominent speakers, and attend networking parties during The Summit [formerly Seattle Film Summit] held at the Hyatt Regency and Regal Landing Theater in Renton. Additional events on Nov. 11 & 12.
The semi-formal Red Dress Jazz Gala features live music by a trumpeter, a singer, and a speaker at Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, 104 17th Ave. S in Seattle. Blues Bash is a nearby after-party (9 to 11 p.m.). Donation.
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.
Enjoy Italian food, Italian music, a beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and a procession of the saint (Sat. 11 a.m.) at the San Gennaro Festival of Seattle on the street in front of Beneficial Brewing, 1225 S Angelo St. in Seattle. FREE
Watch competitors race up to 100 m.p.h. in small outboard hydroplanes, 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. Details. FREE
Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival includes art, music, food vendors, a beer garden, an open lighthouse, a children’s corner, a daily salmon bake, a happy hour BBQ (Fri.), a 5K/10K (Sat.), a parade (Sat. 10:45 a.m.), and fireworks (Sat. 8:30 p.m.) at Lighthouse Park, 609 Front St. in Mukilteo. See the schedule and parking options. FREE
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.
Realms Unknown is an all-ages fantasy festival with interactive challenges and tasks as you navigate different realms with vikings, knights, pirates, goblins, and mermaids at the 50-acre Lewis River Golf Course, 3209 Old Lewis River Road in Woodland. It offers entertainment, vendors, taverns, and camping.
Sunflower Experience includes a wagon ride to five acres of sunflowers, 16 photo props, a flower to take home, and a kids’ playground at Schilter Family Farm, 141 Nisqually Cut Off Road SE in Olympia. Some ticket options include food or wine. Closed Mon., Tues., Wed. [Afterward take a walk at Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, free except $3 to park.]
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 Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE 4th St. in Bellevue. FREE
See light installations, 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
Snohomish Film Festival offers “an exciting day full of film screenings, discussions, and networking opportunities” with 30 films and an awards ceremony in the theater at Shoreline Community College, 16101 Greenwood Ave. N in Shoreline for $12.
Newcastle Days has a car show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), a parade (10:30 a.m.), an art fair & kids’ activities (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), historic cemetery tours (1:30 & 3 p.m.), plus entertainment & food vendors & beer garden (until 7 p.m.) at Lake Boren Park, 13058 SE 84th Way in Newcastle. FREE
A $50 ticket to Serenity’s Hearts and Horses Benefit & Wine Tasting includes two drink tickets for wine/microbrews, plus 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.
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.
A $35 ticket to Sip, Suds & Si includes a glass and 10 tasting tickets for winery and brewery samples in North Bend shops, with live music, for age 21+. Begin at Northwest Railway Museum, 205 E McClellan St. in North Bend. Venues.
Taste samples from 14 Northwest wineries and cideries, see art, and hear local musicians in shops on $35 Stadium District Art & Wine Walk, beginning at First Presbyterian Church, 20 Tacoma Ave. S in Tacoma. Bring age 21+ ID.
Press apple cider, make a corn doll, 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.
Children can climb on, sit in, and even honk the horns of big vehicles (fire engine, school bus, dump truck, sheriff, tractor, utility) during Touch-a-Truck at Spanaway Park, 14905 Bresemann Blvd. S in Spanaway. No horn honking after noon. FREE
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
Washington Native Plant Society will sell 30 species of native shrubs, perennials, and ground covers, and will answer your questions during Fall Native Plant Sale at Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St. in Bellevue.
Electrify Expo offers “test drives and demo opportunities” of electric cars, motorcycles, bikes, scooters, and skateboards at Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE in Redmond. Tickets are $25 plus parking. Children age 5 and younger are free.
Puget Sound Bird Fest includes guided birding walks, speakers, exhibits, and family-friendly activities inside and near the Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. Except for some guided walks, this event is FREE.
Woodinville Wine Ride is a 20-mile bike ride roundtrip with stops for wine tasting and food sampling, plus a finish-line party with a wine & beer garden plus food trucks. It begins and ends at Black Raven Brewery, 15902 Redmond - Woodinville Road NE in Woodinville.
Midgard Viking Festival promises “vendors, games, a costume contest, belly dancers, faeries, forges, sword fights, an interactive shield wall, tug-o-war competitions, and Icelandic horses” at River Meadows County Park, 20416 Jordan Road in Arlington.
See 175 aircraft and spacecraft, the original Boeing factory, jets you can walk through, a control tower, two floors for world wars, and a cafe at the spectacular Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle. Admission one evening per month is FREE.
UW Farm Harvest Dinner Fundraiser is a $141 three-course, family-style dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Seth Fernald using local ingredients from UW Farm, with three drink tickets at Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 NE 41st St. in Seattle. A $216 ticket includes a farm tour and pre-party at 4 p.m. Age 21+.
A $40 ticket to Old Bellevue Wine Walk gets you a souvenir wine glass and 12 tasting tickets to redeem in shops for age 21+. Check in at 520 Bar & Grill, 10146 Main St. in Bellevue. Held in summer and autumn. No pets.
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 boat rides. Children age 12 and younger are free. Held in April and September.
Circus Etcetera Cabaret is “a cabaret-style show featuring some of Seattle’s best circus artists” performing aerial arts, high-flying trapeze, juggling, unicycling, and dance at Emerald City Trapeze Arts, 2702 6th Ave. S in Seattle. Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the door.
A $40 ticket to Sip & Savor includes 10 tickets for tastes in shops and live entertainment in downtown Kent, beginning at Kent Downtown Partnership, 202 W Gowe St. in Kent. Bringing a glass is optional, but age 21+ ID is required.
The Great Wallingford Wurst Fest is a neighborhood event with food, beer, games & inflatables for kids, and 16 local bands playing until 10 p.m. at St. Benedict School, 4811 Wallingford Ave. N in Seattle. FREE
Edmonds Oktoberfest promises local breweries, bands, and food outdoors beginning Friday (3 to 10 p.m.). Saturday events include a pet parade (noon), a kids’ area (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and beer & food trucks (1 to 10 p.m.). Located near Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St. in Edmonds. Beer garden $10, otherwise FREE.
Visit local shops to taste wine from a dozen wineries during Fall Vino in the Village. Start by picking up your wine glass at Modeles Home Furnishings, 3220 W McGraw St. in Seattle. Buy 2023 tickets in person.
R Day is a “community celebration of music, art, and beer in the heart of Georgetown” for age 21+ with a DJ at 4:30 p.m. and live music at 6:10 p.m. outside Star Brass Works Lounge, 5813 Airport Way S in Seattle. Note that Airport Way South may be closed to cars (from 13th Ave. S. to Corson Ave. S.). Poster and video. FREE
Farm Fest features plant-based crafts, nature walks, storytelling, cooking demonstrations, farmer meet-and-greets, live performances, farm animals, food trucks, and a farm stand at Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, 5513 S Cloverdale St. in Seattle. No pets. FREE
Hops & Crops Music & Beer Festival features craft beer, live music, and food trucks for age 21+ at Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road in Kent. You’re welcome to bring chairs or blankets. Buy $25 tickets for 2023 in person.
Take a bog tour, visit conservation booths, play children’s games, make crafts, visit the beer garden or a food truck, and hear children’s stories plus a musician during Frog Frolic at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, 21656 184th Ave. SE in Renton. FREE
Celebrate independence from Spain at Seattle Fiestas Patrias, with mariachi music, dancing, an art show, games, food, and craft vendors in the Armory & Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Also consider Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias Parade in South Park. FREE
Enjoy An Incredible Feast prepared by top Seattle chefs using ingredients from local farms, with adult beverages, music, games, and a silent auction for $144 at Block 41, 115 Bell St. in Seattle for age 21+.
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
Race in rugged terrain, and conquer obstacles in the Spartan Trifecta Event Weekend, which begins at Meadow Wood Equestrian Center, 18601 Sky Meadows Lane in Snohomish. Races range from 1K to 50K, and they include 20 to 60 obstacles.
Meet a dozen Snohomish County artists, see 60 artworks, eat complimentary appetizers, buy drinks at the bar, and listen to live music at Meet the Artists Reception at Lynnwood Event Center, 3711 196th St. SW in Lynnwood. FREE
A ticket to Marquee Gala includes a cocktail reception (5:30 p.m.), a dinner program and live auction (7 p.m.), and an after party (9 p.m.) with live music and dancing to support the Seattle International Film Festival. Located at Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St. in Seattle. Or just buy a ticket to the after-party.
Pacific Northwest Ballet begins its season with a whimsical triple bill, including Petite Mort, which “looks at the world of dance through unique shifts in perspective” at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St. in Seattle.
The Not-Its quintet plays upbeat kindie rock that “will have children and their parents on their feet screaming for more, the moment they hit the dance floor” at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Free for age 22 and younger.
Celebrate the equinox (when day & night are both 12 hours) by following the Luminata parade of lanterns, glowing costumes, and musicians from the south end of the lake at Green Lake Aqua Theater on West Green Lake Way N to the Bath House. For more fun, buy a lantern after the shop opens at 5:30 p.m. Facebook. FREE
Taste wine, beer, cider, and spirits in 26 shops during Hippie Sippers Wine, Beer & Spirits Walk for age 21+. Check in at Bothell Kenmore Chamber of Commerce, 10031 Main St. in Bothell. Your ticket includes a glass and 10 tastes.
Sample 130 ciders from regional cider makers, buy food, shop for crafts, hear bands, and play games at Cider Swig at LeMay - America’s Car Museum, 2702 East D Street in Tacoma. Bring age 21+ ID. Your ticket includes a glass and eight tastings.
ChuSeok Korean Festival is “a fun-filled day of Samulnori drum dances, paper lotus flower making, Korean musical instruments, delicious food, and lots of fanfare” sponsored by Asia Pacific Cultural Center at 4851 S Tacoma Way in Tacoma. FREE
Wenatchee River Salmon Festival promises “salmon-centric activities” including a salmon maze, live raptors, a native American village, a tribal parade, live music, and family activities at Rocky Reach Dam Discovery Center, 6151 US 97 Alternate in Wenatchee. FREE
Festa Italiana celebrates Italian food, wine, music, dance, cars (Sat.), and dogs (Sun.), with grape stomping and kids’ activities at Seattle Center in the Armory and Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. FREE
Sample fine tea, attend presentations by tea authors and industry experts, and shop for tea supplies at the $20 Northwest Tea Festival in Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St. in Seattle. Workshops cost extra. Free for children younger than age 12.
Fremont Oktoberfest offers 100 kinds of beer and cider, food vendors, a dance floor, and DJ music for age 21+. Sunday adds free admission for leashed dogs. The festival entrance is at Bold Hat Productions, 3503 Phinney Ave. in Seattle.
Art Installation Opening includes a plant sale, food trucks, docent led tours of the grounds, and a chance to see Union, “a stunning large-scale outdoor sculpture” hung between trees at Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive E in Seattle. FREE
Kirkland Oktoberfest offers beer, sauerkraut, bratwurst, costume contests, games, live music, and a wiener dog race (Sun. 1 to 3 p.m.) at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. This event is for age 21+, but all ages can watch the race for free. Leashed dogs are welcome on Sunday. Schedule.
Meet in Edmonds and then take a ferry to Kingston for the Kitsap Color Classic, which has 25, 33, and 54 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.
You’ve got to be one Tough Mudder to complete the 3 to 9 mile run and obstacle course, or just buy a $17 spectator pass (age 13+). Located at Palmer Coking Coal Company, 31407 3rd Ave. in Black Diamond.
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. Schedule.
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.
Wings over Willapa is a birding and nature festival that celebrates “many species and diverse habitats” with tours, presentations, and family activities in and near Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, 7112 67th Place in Long Beach. Schedule. Some events are free.
The Great Prosser Balloon Rally includes balloon launches (6:45 a.m.), a harvest festival, a breakfast (Sat.), a farmers market (Sat. morning), night glow (Sat. dusk), and a street-painting festival (Sat. & Sun.) in Prosser. FREE
Ride atop a mini steam train over a bridge and through a tunnel for 10 minutes, and then visit the gift shop at Great Northern & Cascade Railway, 101 5th St. N in pretty Skykomish (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Also see the schedule for Kitsap Live Steamers in Port Orchard. FREE
Based on the book by Hans Christian Andersen and the movie by Disney, The Little Mermaid is about King Triton’s daughter Ariel, who longs to be human, at The 5th Avenue Theatre, 1308 5th Ave. in Seattle.
With a theme of people in transit, Passengers features awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, avant-garde dance, and comedy by the innovative performers of “7 Fingers” from Montreal at Seattle Repertory Theatre, 155 Mercer St. in Seattle.
Learn about Seattle’s coffee scene and taste samples ranging from infused coffee to a decadent espresso on the Coffee Culture Tour. The $59 walking tour includes local coffee shops and a roastery, beginning at Jimi Hendrix Statue, 1604 Broadway in Seattle.
The Moroccan band Bab L’Bluz mixes “North African blues and contemporary rhythms... infusing rich local heritage with a modern rebellious attitude” at Town Hall Seattle, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Free for age 22 and younger. Food & drinks sold beginning 6 p.m.
The $104 Brave Benefit is a “dress up” event with a live band, dancing, cocktails, appetizers, a silent auction, networking, and “special tributes to those who have braved cancer” at The 101 Event Space, 101 S Jackson St. in Seattle.
Your $75 ticket to Taste of West Seattle supports the food bank and gets you “samples from 30 of West Seattle’s favorite restaurants, cafes, breweries, and wineries” in The Hall at Fauntleroy, 9131 California Ave. SW in Seattle. Bring age 21+ ID.
A $25 ticket to Pints + Pumpkins includes your first beer, “delicious bites,” live music, glassblowing demonstrations, a raffle ticket, and a “glass pumpkin patch” to browse for age 21+ at Schack Art Center, 2921 Hoyt Ave. in Everett. Costumes welcome.
Head to the University of Washington campus to see a new exhibition, meet artists, enjoy music, and buy drinks during Public Opening: Fall Exhibitions at Henry Art Gallery, 15th Ave. NE & University of Washington, NE 41st St. in Seattle. FREE
A $39 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.
A $107 ticket to Boo’s & Bites VIP Night includes a picnic dinner, haunted characters, a Halloween light show, and entrance to the Haunted Woods at Maris Farms, 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy in Buckley for age 21+.
Enjoy 80 pumpkin beers, music, a costume contest, and food trucks at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival for age 21+, which features a giant beer-filled pumpkin at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. in Seattle. Wear orange.
Skagit BigFoot Fest is for “Bigfoot enthusiasts and lovers of local business, art, and music” with 14 bands, comedians, speakers, beer gardens, food trucks, games, and a kids’ area at Skagit County Fairgrounds, 501 Taylor St. in Mount Vernon. Facebook page.
Enjoy homemade Greek foods like gyros, souvlaki, lamb, chicken, spanakopita, pastry, coffee, and wine at the big St. Demetrios Greek Festival, plus dancers performing in costume to live music a children’s booth, and church tours at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 2100 Boyer Ave. E in Seattle. No pets. FREE
Oktoberfest has live music, dancers, arts and crafts, German food, and beer! Minors younger than age 21 must leave at 9 p.m. Located at Town Toyota Center, 1300 Walla Walla Ave. in Wenatchee. No pets. FREE
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., Sun., plus Halloween. Recommended for age 12+ except less scary for kids on Oct. 21, 2023 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
Walk the Block is an “outdoor visual and performing arts festival” featuring dozens of artists at homes, businesses, and parks. Buy tickets online and then begin at Medgar Evers Pool, 500 23rd Ave. in Seattle.
Dress up for $62 Fashion in Flight, which has a live DJ, designer booths, and red-carpet photos before the show. The show begins at 6:45 and the after-party at 8:45 inside the Great Gallery at The Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S in Seattle for age 10+.
A $29 ticket to Beer & Wine Walk includes a glass and 10 tickets for tastes of beer and wine in the shops at Mill Creek Town Center. Check in at the Forum Event Center, 15115 Main St. in Bothell. Held in May and September.
Sip features wine, beer, cider, live music, and art at 22 shops in downtown Puyallup for age 21+. Your $45 ticket includes 10 tastes. Check in at the parking lot of Smile Solutions, 109 N Meridian in Puyallup. Held in May and September.
Visit The Haunted Woods with frightening creatures and an abandoned barn for age 11+ (no flashlights), or roam the Flashlight Maze without creatures (bring your own flashlight) at Maris Farms, 25001 Sumner Buckley Hwy in Buckley. See schedule, and buy tickets online before you arrive.
My Haunted Forest “submerges you in a medieval alternate reality with dragons and other mythical beasts lurking in the woods” as you walk a one-mile trail at 17616 S Vaughn Road NW in Vaughn, Kitsap County. Family friendly until 7 p.m. Best to buy in advance. No flashlights.