45 Festivals to Check Out in the Seattle Area This Weekend: July 26–28, 2019

BAM ARTSfair, Jazz Port Townsend, and More
July 26, 2019
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Shop arts from more than 300 creators and take advantage of free Bellevue Arts Museum admission all weekend long at the BAM ARTSfair. (Bellevue Arts Museum)

We're looking at another mostly sunny weekend ahead, which is all the more reason to seek out summer fun. Whether that means live music, art fairs, outdoor performances, or food and drink events, this weekend's options are plentiful as ever. We've compiled them all below, from BAM ARTSfair Add to a List to the Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering Add to a List to the Jazz Port Townsend Festival Add to a List to the Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival Add to a List . To plan ahead for weekends to come, check out our complete festivals and outside calendars.

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ARTS

Alki Art Fair Add to a List
There will be juried art, three stages of music, kids' activities, and lots of food at this large community fair on scenic Alki Beach.
Saturday-Sunday, Alki Beach (West Seattle)

BAM ARTSfair Add to a List
Shop arts from more than 300 creators and take advantage of free museum admission at this annual festival, which they claim is the largest arts and crafts fair in the Northwest. The event includes the KIDSFair, the BAMboozle children's stage, a Sound & Movement stage with international acts, and a chalkfest. Plus, check out even more art for sale at the Sixth Street Arts Fair Add to a List .
Friday-Sunday, Bellevue Arts Museum

Bird & Nature Art Fair 2019 Add to a List
Local artists both professional and amateur will sell their nature-inspired works and donate a portion of the proceeds to Seattle Audubon.
Saturday, Seattle Audubon Society (Wedgwood)

Kingston Arts Festival Add to a List
Celebrate the 60th anniversary of "the second longest-running festival in Washington State" and the 100th anniversary of the Port of Kingston with an art show, live music, local food vendors, a beer garden, craft booths, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Village Green Community Center (Kingston)

COMMUNITY

Enumclaw Street Fair Add to a List
This annual street fair will feature over 100 local vendors, a basketball tournament, a 5K, a kids' fun zone, live entertainment, and more.
Friday-Saturday, Downtown Enumclaw

Fountain Fest 2019 Add to a List
Run through Freeway Park's fountains, throw water balloons at willing participants, play games, and enjoy live bluegrass music at this mid-summer family festival.
Saturday, Freeway Park (Downtown)

Kirkland Summerfest Add to a List
Kirkland's three-day music and arts festival highlights local talents, and also brings a beer garden and food trucks.
Friday-Sunday, Heritage Park (Kirkland)

Lake Stevens Aquafest 2019 Add to a List
Lake Stevens will throw a carnival-style festival that lasts all weekend. Go for games, food, paddling on the water, multiple parades, fireworks, outdoor movies, a pet show, and much more.
Friday-Sunday, Lake Stevens Main Street

NW SolarFest Sustainable Living Fair Add to a List
Curious about making the switch to solar energy? You'll come away from this festival with all sorts of new info.
Saturday, Shoreline Community College

Renton River Days Add to a List
This 34th annual community festival promises an art market and a lively parade.
Friday-Sunday, Liberty Park, Renton

Sandsations Add to a List
Youth, novice, intermediate, and master beach grain sculptors will have four to six hours to craft a pile of sand into an architectural masterpiece at this annual sandcastle-building competition.
Friday-Saturday, Long Beach

Summer Saturday in the Park Add to a List
Need a reason to go to the park other than the prospect of lying in the grass? This family fun day will have giant Jenga and other lawn games, live music, and inflatable bowling.
Saturday, Lake Union Park

Tacoma Maritime Fest Add to a List
This annual celebration of Tacoma's "most important asset" (its waterfront) will have activities including toy boat making, free tours of the Foss Waterway and Port of Tacoma, live music, and mural painting.
Saturday-Sunday, Foss Waterway Seaport (Tacoma)

Tour de Terrace Add to a List
This Seafair-sanctioned festival features a parade, a car show, a carnival, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, a 5K, and more to bring together the Mountlake Terrace community.
Friday-Sunday, Evergreen Playfield (Mountlake Terrace)

Whaling Days Add to a List
This community festival goes all out with a carnival, parade, street fair, beer garden, duck race, canoe races, fireworks, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Silverdale Waterfront Park

CULTURE

Anandamela Add to a List
Experience the diversity of Indian culture through dioramas, performance art, demonstrations of ancient traditions, tasty food, and a bazaar.
Saturday-Sunday, Redmond City Hall

Caribbean Sea Fest Add to a List
This family festival celebrates both Caribbean culture in the Northwest and the environment. Celebrate green energy as you take in dancers, Moko jumbies (ghostly stilt walkers), and music.
Sunday, Jimi Hendrix Park (Beacon Hill)

Pista Sa Nayon Add to a List
Celebrate Filipino culture with music, dance, and spoken word performances, vendors, and traditional food.
Sunday, Seward Park Amphitheater (Rainier Valley)

Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering 2019 Add to a List
Celebrate Scottish culture and heritage by taking in traditional dancing, piping, drumming, and athletic competitions at this 73rd annual event. This year's highlights include live performances from Scottish balladeers Colin Grant-Adams and Carl Peterson, plus more from Men of Worth, the Fire, Celtic trio Brother, and Tempest.
Friday-Sunday, Enumclaw Expo Center

South End Heritage Festival Add to a List
Hop over to Hillman City for tons of live music shows and block party-style bashes at venues around the neighborhood, plus art and craft vendors. The lineup includes the Salmonberries, Evan Flory-Barnes, and Sistas Rock the Arts.
Saturday, Hillman City

FOOD & DRINK

3rd Annual Anderson School Summer Brewfest Add to a List
School's out for summer, but you can seek out some extracurricular edification at this beer festival with handcrafted ales and ciders from McMenamins as well as local guest breweries and cideries. Admission is free, and multiple bands will provide live music.
Saturday, McMenamins Anderson School (Bothell)

Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience Add to a List
Explore the food, wine, spirits, and brews of the region at this three-day event benefiting the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor.
Saturday, Gig Harbor

International Food Truck Rally Add to a List
Tuck into international flavors from 13 Tukwila food trucks. 
Sunday, Westfield Southcenter (Tukwila)

Sweet Tooth Pop-Up Add to a List
Sate your bottomless need for sweets at this South Lake Union pop-up, which will provide a selection of confections, including cookies, ice cream, macarons, doughnuts, pastries, and other sucrose-laden treats, from a range of artisan vendors.
Saturday, South Lake Union Saturday Market

Taste of Maple Valley Add to a List
Pick up bottles of wine, cider, and spirits sans sales tax and enjoy sips and bites from local businesses. 
Saturday, Wilderness Village (Maple Valley)

Tasting Flight Presented by Alaska Airlines Add to a List
Make wandering through the zoo's exhibits extra fun by sipping wine from over 60 different wineries while you stroll.
Friday, Woodland Park Zoo (Phinney)

THREE|SIX|O Wine & Beer Fest Add to a List
This event highlights the region's top wineries and craft breweries, supplemented by food trucks and live music. 
Saturday-Sunday, Thomas Family Farm (Snohomish)

GEEK

Destiny City Comics and Arts Festival Add to a List
Meet comics creators at this fest for indie zine vendors and other creative types.
Saturday, Alma Mater Tacoma

St. James Faire Add to a List
Trade modern day Seattle for 14th-century England at this medieval fair, where you'll find knightly duels, puppet shows, old world crafts, archery, and more.
Saturday-Sunday, Camlann Medieval Village (Carnation)

Theory Add to a List
This adults-only party under the Pacific Science Center's arches promises a laser light show, craft cocktails, and a chance to build creations in a Tinker Tank.
Friday, Pacific Science Center (Seattle Center)

MUSIC

Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival Add to a List
Starborne presents an entire weekend to camp out and enjoy live music, interactive art, workshops, performances, and artisan vending. In their words: "Family Friendly and Party Approved." Headliners include Desert Dwellers, Goopsteppa, Lusine, Sunshine Jones, Yppah, Marques Wyatt, Yaima, Jamie Shwabl, Jake The Rapper, Edamame, Unlimited Gravity, Ben Annand, and NAAVI.
Friday-Sunday, Masonic Family Campground (Granite Falls)

Cone Funeral Fest Add to a List
The secret DIY music venue Cone will not, as was previously announced, be torn down. Celebrate with a three-day music festival with local and visiting acts, including SEACATS, Beverly Crusher, WęRTHLESS, and many others (including a "super secret special guest").
Friday-Sunday, Secret location

Hoodstock 2019 — A New Beginning! Add to a List
Riz Rollins, Mike Illvester, and MIXX America will DJ, MC Korvus Blackbird will perform, and acts like Holy Pistola, B-boy Fidget, Planet Fly, Tukwila Moon, and Rachaels Children will also play sets at this festival founded by the late, great all-black-female punk band NighTraiN. Former Stranger critic Angela Garbes called it "simply the best small music festival/big ol’ house party around."
Saturday, MLKy Way House (Central District)

Hillbilly Headbangers Ball IX Add to a List
Slim's' Hillbilly Headbangers Ball celebrates its ninth birthday with a whole day and night of scorching live rock and country acts like Detonator, Acid Teeth, Darci Carlson, and others. Throw on your dirtiest gingham and get to stompin'.
Saturday, Slim's Last Chance (Georgetown)

Jazz Port Townsend Festival Add to a List
Here is what you have to do: drive down to the ferry dock, drive onto a ferry, cross the bay on this ferry, exit the ferry, drive across the island, cross some bridges, stop at a gas station for something fried, salty, and not good for you, eventually enter Port Townsend, and, before heading to Fort Worden State Park, admire a number of the town’s Victorian-style homes. When you finally park your car in the pretty park, roll down your window and listen to jazz music from the Jazz Port Townsend Festival in the sun-brightened air. Cars were not made for the city, but for short trips like this. CHARLES MUDEDE
Friday-Saturday, Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend)

Othello Block Party Add to a List
Celebrate the vibrancy and international diversity of the Othello community with this big street fest filled with arts and music performances from stand-out Seattleites like DoNormaal, Porter Ray, Abyssinian Creole (Gabriel Teodros and Khingz), Rogue Pinay, Blksknn, Nic Masangkay, and many more.
Saturday, Othello

Reggae On The Way Add to a List
This Tacoma tradition will fill two blocks with reggae jams from the Green, Steel Pulse, Unified Highway, Sammy J, Anuhea, Josh Heinrichs, and Spawnbreezie, among others.
Saturday, Airport Tavern (Tacoma)

2019 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival Add to a List
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is, once again, throwing its Summer Festival, with free informal recitals and full orchestral performances for all ages throughout the month of July. The cabal of esteemed artists involved this year will include Andrew Wan, Jonathan Vinocour, Jeewon Park, Tessa Lark, Yura Lee, and many more. Plus, don't miss the Music Under the Stars Add to a List series, during which a student ensemble sets up in a park and plays to whoever shows up, often folks with picnic blankets in tow and maybe a surreptitious bottle of wine, after which Benaroya Hall pipes in whatever festival performance is happening that night.
Friday, Benaroya Hall & Columbia Park (Downtown & Columbia City)

Surf X Surfwest Add to a List
Up your summer mood with almost 10 hours dedicated to surf-rock with 11 bands (including the Delstroyers, the Evanstones, and Pleasure Island) spread out across two stages. There will also be food trucks and booze.
Saturday, Darrell's Tavern (Shoreline)

PERFORMANCE

Island Shakespeare Festival Add to a List
Head to Whidbey Island to see performances of A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale, and Inferno at this festival in its 10th season.
Friday-Sunday, Langley

The Kenmore Quickies Add to a List
As If Theatre Company jumps into the short-play game with a brand-new festival of original 10-minute works. Each was inspired by Gaul Culley and Staci Adman's Kenmore Mural Project. Vote on your favorite!
Friday-Sunday, Kenmore Community Club

Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation Add to a List
The Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation, presented by Velocity Dance Center, is a diverse weeklong exploration of the art, with intensive classes, drop-in workshops, talks, jams, and performances.
Sunday, Velocity Dance Center (Capitol Hill)

Strictly Seattle Add to a List
If you love dance, you can't miss this festival of innovative choreography and experimental workshops. Dancers will have collaborated with special guest choreographers like Pat Graney, Dani Tirrell, Veronica Lee-Baik, Jaret Hughes, and Kate Wallich, plus Velocity staff like Mark Haim. Watch them perform the pieces they developed over several weeks as well as films from KT Niehoff's Film Track Frame by Frame dance movie program.
Friday-Saturday, Broadway Performance Hall (Capitol Hill)

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