Art and Performance

The Best Festivals in Seattle: Summer 2019

Our Critics' Picks for June 10–September 15
June 6, 2019
The Washington State International Kite Festival (Aug 19–25 in Long Beach) is a fun and colorful out-of-town event that's definitely worth the drive. (Rick White)
Below, we've rounded up the biggest and best festivals you need to know about this season, whether you plan on hanging out at neighborhood block parties, ambling around night markets, waving rainbow flags, eating ice cream, seeing cultural performances, taking in films and live music in the great outdoors, or cooling off with local libations. You can also find a complete list of festivals in Seattle this summer on our Things To Do calendar, or check out the rest of our critics' picks from Seattle Art and Performance.

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June 8–16

Marysville Strawberry Festival Add to a List Enjoy all Marysville has to offer: Parades, a carnival, markets, a car show, the Berry Run, and a strawberry shortcake-eating contest. (Marysville, free)

June 22–23

Fremont Fair Add to a List This two-day outdoor urban festival is arguably Fremont's biggest event of the year. From its gigantic parade composed of costumed participants to a craft market and live music events, the tradition has something for hippies, families, foodies, and artists alike. (Fremont, free)

Sat June 29

Parke Diem 2019 Add to a List The beautiful Capitol Hill park will fill with music, art installations, food trucks, and family-friendly games. (Volunteer Park Amphitheater, 11 am—8 pm, free)

Thurs July 4

Seafair Summer Fourth Add to a List See fireworks choreographed to Seafair's custom musical score at this Fourth of July favorite. While you wait for the sparks to go off, you can sip brews in a beer garden, graze from food trucks, enter a pie-eating contest, and enjoy live entertainment. (Gas Works Park, free—$60)

Sat July 13

Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby Add to a List This annual "quirky celebration of creativity, science, and boatmanship" invites community members to build their own milk carton boat to race on Green Lake to win prizes. (Green Lake Park, $25—$250)

July 19–21

Sequim Lavender Festival Add to a List After a long winter hibernation, the lavender fields of Sequim come abloom to soothe the souls and nasal passages of passersby. Take in the sights, shop for lavender goods, and more. (Sequim, free)

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival Add to a List In addition to sweet red fruits, the 109-year-old community event also features a car show, live music, local artists, a carnival, beer garden, pancake breakfasts, and more for the whole family. (Vashon Island, free)

July 23–27

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. (Long Beach, free)

July 26–28

Kirkland Summerfest Add to a List Kirkland's three-day music and arts festival highlights local talents, and also offers a beer garden and food trucks. (Heritage Park, free/$40)

Sat July 27

Capital One Torchlight Run Add to a List With the Alaskan Way Viaduct finally ready to go, runners can look forward to a brand-new course at this annual Seafair race. (Downtown Seattle, $25—$50)

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. (Lake Union Park, 12—4 pm, free)

Aug 2–4

Seafair Weekend Festival Add to a List The summer-long Seafair Festival culminates in a three-day extravaganza of signature outdoor activities like the Blue Angels' air shows, hydroplane racing, the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup, and a wakeboarding championship. (Genesee Park, free)

Fri Aug 9

South Lake Union Block Party Add to a List Every year, SLU has a party featuring diverse musical pleasures from local bands (Built to Spill showed up last year). There will also be food trucks, a beer garden, a free print-your-own-poster station, a "letterpress steamroller smackdown," and a "Community Village" featuring booths from local businesses. The event is co-sponsored by Amazon and will benefit FareStart, a James Beard Award-winning nonprofit that aims to empower people experiencing homelessness through job training and employment in the food service industry. (South Lake Union, free)

Aug 19–25

Washington State International Kite Festival Add to a List Sometimes the best part of living in the city is leaving it, and there's no better time to explore the Pacific Northwest than summer. One excellent excuse to get out of town is the annual International Kite Festival in Long Beach. Called "the greatest, grandest kite festival on the North American continent" by, you'll see kites here you've never imagined. There are competitions for speed, beauty, and for the best photos. Over 10,000 kite lovers come from all over the world to commune together, kite, and look toward the skies. KH (Long Beach, free)

Aug 30–Sept 22

Washington State Fair Add to a List The hottest days of the summer coincide with this annual fair in Puyallup, which brings family-friendly activities like rides and games, carnival food, free music and performances, baby animals, cultural events, produce contests, a rodeo, live concerts, and much more. (Washington State Fair Events Center, $14)

Aug 31–Sept 2

30th Annual Blackberry Festival Add to a List Stroll along the boardwalk sampling doughnuts, scones, pie, and other treats and drinks made just in time for peak blackberry season. (Bremerton Boardwalk, free)

Sept 6–8

Wooden Boat Festival Add to a List Geek out over the history, craft, and culture of wooden boats of all shapes and sizes at this annual festival. You'll get to climb aboard classic and modern vessels, tour Lake Union on a historic fleet, shop from maritime vendors, sip beer in a garden, and more. They promise that "everything is fun, and most things are free." (Port Townsend, $20—$40)


June 14–19

We Out Here Add to a List Seattle's African American community—artists, elders, organizers, and others—are celebrated at this resource-sharing fest dedicated to raising visibility, making connections, and offering help. (Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute)

July 12–13

Derby Days Add to a List What began in 1940 as a bike derby and parade to raise money for holiday decorations and athletic equipment is now a celebration of Redmond's diverse community. Enjoy parades, races, game booths, carnival rides, live music, arts, and more. (Redmond City Hall, free)

July 12–14

Queen Anne Days Add to a List Queen Anne Helpline presents this family-oriented community celebration with a wine, beer, and cider garden, fun run, art walk, live music, car show, doggie parade, food trucks, carnival games, crafts, and more. (Queen Anne, free)

Sat July 13

Wallingford Parade Add to a List The Wallingford Family Parade will celebrate 70 years this year. In honor of the grand reopening of Lincoln High School, this year you're invited to show your school spirit. (Meridian Park, 11 am, free)

July 18–21

King County Fair Add to a List Billing itself as the longest-running fair west of the Mississippi, the King County Fair includes carnival rides and games, 4-H exhibits, vendors, and more classic family fun. (Enumclaw Expo Center, $28)

July 17–21

White Center Jubilee Days Add to a List The long-running Seafair event features a street fair with local vendors and food purveyors, a main stage with live acts, a beer garden, a car show, a parade, and a carnival. (Various locations, free)

Sat July 20

Olde Burien Block Party Add to a List Burien will close its main downtown street to make way for live music, beer gardens, and kids' activities. (Olde Burien, 12—11 pm, free)

Wed July 24

Greenwood Seafair Parade Add to a List The 70th annual parade will feature a kids' procession, followed by a grand parade with appearances from the swashbuckling Seafair pirates. (Greenwood Ave N, free)

Sat Aug 3

Lake City Summer Festival Add to a List Give Lake City some love by spending the day taking in car shows and feasting at a salmon bake before marching in the grand parade. (Lake City, 10:30 am— 7 pm, free)

Aug 2–4

Magnolia Summerfest Add to a List Parades, live music, food, Urban Craft Uprising vendors, outdoor movies, bouncy houses, and much more will all be within reach at the Magnolia Summerfest throughout Seafair Weekend. (Magnolia Summerfest, free)

Sat Aug 10

1000 Lights Water Lantern Festival Add to a List Write a message or draw on an LED lantern, then watch it drift across the lake with others at sunset. Show up early for food, music, and family-friendly entertainment. (Juanita Beach Park, 6—10:30 pm, $25/$35)

AuburnFest Add to a List Auburn's summer festival features two stages of live music, a beer garden, food and craft vendors, a car show, a small press book fair, and more outdoor activities. (Les Gove Park, 11 am—7 pm, $10)

Aug 17–18

Snoqualmie Railroad Days Add to a List Initiated by firefighters in 1939, Snoqualmie Railroad Days celebrates the "trains, timber, and tradition" of the logging town with lots of family activities. (Northwest Railway Museum, 10 am— 4:15 pm, $10—$20)

Aug 30–Sept 2

Ellensburg Rodeo Add to a List Ellensburg's annual rodeo combines "the fun of the Kittitas County Fair" with the "old-west hospitality of the City of Ellensburg" for a Labor Day weekend full of slack and barrel racing, hoedowns, carnival rides, and more. (Ellensburg Rodeo, $17—$38)

Sept 6–8

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival Add to a List Mukilteo's annual community festival features a Battle of the Bands competition, a Princess and Prince Tea Party by the Sea, a marketplace, fireworks, and a parade. (Lighthouse Park, free)


June 9–Sept 8

Columbia City Beatwalk Add to a List A music festival for locals by locals, every second Sunday through September spread out at various neighborhood venues. (Various locations, 7 pm, free)

June 14–15

Paradiso Festival Add to a List The PNW's premier festival of WUB-WUB-WUB, colloquially known as brostep, also called EDM, which is short for "electronic dance music" (you're welcome, grandpa). Headliners include Benny Benassi, Alison Wonderland, Kaskade, Elephante, and Skrillex. (Gorge Amphitheatre, $179—$499)

Fri June 21

Make Music Day Seattle Add to a List What began in France as the Fête de la Musique in 1982 is now a worldwide Summer Solstice tradition that spans 120 countries and 800 cities. In Seattle, participating local venues will host music lessons, drum circles, jam sessions, and more music-related activities for all ages and experience levels (not to mention tons of live performances). (Various locations, free)

June 25–July 1

Mechanismus Festival Add to a List The four-day Mechanismus Festival is the first festival of its type in the city, set to occupy the Highline, where Mechanismus produces most of its gloomy synthesizer-and-laptop onslaughts. While the genre hasn't had a commercial peak in some time, or had the kind of indie-publication-sanctioned revival that many of its adjacent genres have, industrial is thriving thanks to the proliferation of production software and the general drop in equipment costs, meaning the city's digital musical resistance has more surprises in store than the Metropolis Records sampler you got in Hot Topic a decade ago. JOSEPH SCHAFER (Highline, 7 pm, $45—$185)

June 28–30

Any Patch of Grass Festival Add to a List APOG was started by a group of friends who decided to recreate a pleasant fest experience they once shared by revamping it with two days of community-focused live music and art out in a PNW forest. (Secret Location, $165)

Sat July 6

The Vera Project Presents Search Party Add to a List Show your support for excellent all-ages music venue Vera Project by dancing to live sets from local and touring rockers the Darkness, Murder City Devils, Black Pistol Fire, and Pink Parts (as well as KEXP DJs) while drinking Elysian brews. (Seattle Center, 2—10 pm, $35/$40)

July 11–13

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 2019 Add to a List Timber! is back for its seventh year with a very full weekend of crowd-friendly folk, rock, and pop performances, and all-ages activities like camping, kayaking, and stargazing. This year's lineup includes San Francisco punks Oh Sees and grunge legend Mark Lanegan, and local stars like Chong the Nomad, Hibou, and Haley Heynderickx. (Tolt-McDonald Park, $45—$110+)

Fri July 12

PBJam Fest 2019 Add to a List Equally billing all their artists and prioritizing loud and proud jam bands, the PBJam Fest will feature a ton of PNW groups who will bring the funk this summer (as well as the jazz and bluegrass). Participating groups will include Crack Sabbath, Fresh Track, Skerik Band, World's Finest, High Pulp, Living Daylights, Swindler, Unsinkable Heavies, Spare Rib & the Bluegrass Sauce, and more. (Nectar, 5 pm, $16—$31)

July 12–14

West Seattle Summer Fest Add to a List Spend some time shopping, dancing to live music from great local bands (last year's show saw acts like Versing, Fruit Juice, and Shannon and the Clams), dining, drinking in beer gardens, and enjoying other summery activities at this annual family-friendly festival. (West Seattle Junction, free)

July 18–20

BrodieNation Music Festival 2019 Add to a List For the 13th year in a row, BrodieNation will return for a Game of Thrones-themed fest featuring two days of music on split stages with 28 PNW music acts, and a special edition of Nectar's Mo' Jam Monday. (Club Tolt, Carnation, 5 pm—12 am, $10—$150)

July 18–21

Northwest String Summit Add to a List Americana, bluegrass, indie rock, and jam bands like Yonder Mountain String Band, Trampled By Turtles, the Infamous Stringdusters, Fruition, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and many others will perform among the old-growth trees and alleged wild peacocks of Horning's Hideout. (Horning's Hideout, $140—$3700)

July 19–21

Capitol Hill Block Party 2019 Add to a List The large-scale weekend music festival originally started as a charming neighborhood get-together and has since morphed into a massive spectacle of Top-40 headliners and Seattle heavy hitters converging during the dog days of summer in the Pike/Pine corridor. The complete lineup for CHBP 2019 features more than 60 touring and local talents—including headliners like future-bass producer RL Grime, beat-heavy alt-poppers Phantogram, and twerking-flautist phenom Lizzo; mid-range artists like indie heartbreak queen Mitski, bedroom pop savant Cuco, and ambient house project Shallou; and Seattle stunners like soul-rockers the Black Tones, hooky punks Tres Leches, and up-and-coming dance pop crafter PSA. (Capitol Hill Block Party, $70—$425)

Darrington Bluegrass Festival Add to a List In its 43rd year, the lineup includes live bluegrass jams, food, booze, and vendor booths, all set against the natural backdrop of beautiful Darrington. This year's headliners include Becky Buller, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Country Current, Special Consensus, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. (Darrington Bluegrass Music Park, $30—$75)

Sat July 20

Federal Way Rhythm & Brews Festival Add to a List Because beer and blues go together like hard luck and bad company, spend a day with folksters Lost and Found, Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek, and Kristi Lynn while sipping brews, ciders, and wines from 20 regional craft breweries. (Town Square Park, 12—5 pm, $25)

Night Nation Run Seattle Add to a List At the "world's first running music festival," runners will wait for nightfall to make their way along a 5k course punctuated by party zones full of live EDM music and interactive light shows. Prepare to get glowy and sweaty. (CenturyLink Field, 8:30—11 pm, $25—$80)

Tues July 23

Rockstar Energy Drink DISRUPT Festival Add to a List Thrash around this summer to punk and rock groups like the Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, the Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Four Year Strong, Memphis May Fire, and more at this Rockstar-sponsored touring arena festival. (White River Amphitheatre, 1:30 pm, $20—$170)

July 25–28

Cascadia NW Arts & Music Festival Add to a List At this hippie-friendly, nature-centric festival, camp out for three days in one of five "villages," each filled with a different set of music shows, art events, workshops, performances, and artisan vendors. Your choices are the sustainability-focused Ecotopia; the Cascadian shenanigan land Nü Iceland (where "free buckets of fish will be had by all"); the enchanted Mythica; the bare-bones Genesis; and the leadership-focused Corpus Crux. (Masonic Family Campground, $180—$205)

July 30 & Aug 2–3

Pain in the Grass 2019 Add to a List KISW's Pain in the Grass will take over Auburn for three split days of rock and punk warfare thanks to massive headliners like Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Disturbed, and more. (White River Amphitheatre, $30—$130+)

Aug 1–4

Summer Meltdown 2019 Add to a List Nestled in the mountains of central Washington, Summer Meltdown aims to provide a weekend of high-energy live music performances in a lush woodland setting. Headliners will include Tipper, Umphrey's McGee, Gramatik, and Nahko and Medicine for the People, and there will also be "adventures" like rafting, helicopter rides, and kayaking. (Darrington Bluegrass Music Park, 2 pm, $260+)

Aug 2–4

Watershed Festival 2019 Add to a List A wild weekend of twangin' goodness. Put on your "Shedder gear" (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs. This year's lineup includes Jason Aldean, Maren Morris, Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert, the Pistol Annies, Kane Brown, Midland, Brothers Osborne, and many more. (Gorge Amphitheatre, $215+ (sold out))

Aug 2–23

KEXP & Seattle Center Present: Concerts at the Mural Add to a List In true KEXP summertime fashion, the station will be partnering with Seattle Center to provide another enjoyable round of free family-friendly concerts this year at the Seattle Center's Mural Amphitheater. Local and touring artists are included in each year's lineup, with Seattle favorites like Tacocat and the Thermals usually kicking off the showcase. (Mural Amphitheatre, free)

Aug 7–12

Doe Bay Fest 12 Add to a List Doe Bay Fest's grassroots festival weekend of camping, local music, food, and dancing in a little Orcas Island cove will return for its 12th year. Annie Ford, Beverly Crusher, Great Grandpa, NAVVI, Versing, and TuneYards are just a few acts to look forward to on the 2019 lineup. (Doe Bay Resort, $195)

Aug 23–24

Fifth Annual Rock 'n' Roll Freaks Weekend Add to a List After spending Friday watching a Trash-O-Rama screening at Grand Illusion and partying at Cafe Racer, spend all Saturday rocking out to live bands the Fireballs of Freedom, Machine Animal, the Mants, the Vicious Cycles MC, and the Hauer Things at Darrell's Tavern. (Various locations, $10)

Sat Aug 24

Nudestock Add to a List Go au naturel and feel the breeze on your bare skin as you listen to live sets from Champagne Sunday, the New Rhythmatics, Jeff Herzog & the Jet City Flyers, and Auditorious. Before the music starts, enjoy a five-dollar breakfast and shop from vendors. (Tiger Mountain Nudist Park, 11 am—6 pm, $17)

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Add to a List Because beer and blues are perfect bedfellows, spend a day alongside folksy musicians like the Eric Rice Band, the CD Woodbury Trio, the Rae Gordon Band, and others while you sip offerings from local breweries like Spire Mountain, Deschutes, Georgetown Brewing, and Pike Brewing Company. (Des Moines Beach Park, $35/$40)

Aug 24–25

THING Add to a List With Sasquatch! cancelled after a 17-year run, fest founder and STG chief programming officer Adam Zacks is attempting to fill that void with a new arts festival called THING, which will include music, comedy, film, visual arts, dance, podcasts, food, and a "mentalist." The full lineup includes pop, rock, and folk artists Jeff Tweedy, Calexico/Iron & Wine, Kurt Vile, Khruangbin, Phosphorescent, and Japanese Breakfast, plus celebrities like Todd Barry and Lindy West. THING will host three main stages, including a decommissioned zeppelin hangar (McCurdy Pavilion), the art-deco Wheeler Theatre, and the Parade Grounds near Puget Sound. DS (Fort Worden State Park, $210—$525 (kids 13 & under free))

Aug 30–Sept 1

Bumbershoot 2019 Add to a List Bumbershoot, Seattle's biggest music, comedy, and arts festival, will take over Seattle Center for Labor Day Weekend 2019 for its 49th year. Expect major touring artists mixed with local talents across the music, art, and comedy spectrums, with a special food selection known as B-Eats. (Seattle Center)

Oak Harbor Music Festival Add to a List Labor Day weekend brings three days of live music to Whidbey Island's Oak Harbor, featuring over 30 bands across genres, beer gardens, and food vendors. (Oak Harbor Library, free)

Sun Sept 1

100.7 The Wolf Presents Throwdown 2019 Add to a List Seattle country music station 100.7 The Wolf will present a full day of live performances by Cole Swindell, Jordan Davis, Lauren Alaina, Jimmie Allen, Adam Hambrick, and a mystery singer. (Enumclaw Expo Center, 1—11 pm, $50/$180)

Sept 6–8

Chinook Fest 2019 Add to a List Featuring plenty of camping, artisanal food, craft booze, and some of the finest roots rock, blues, Americana, country, and folk artists out there. Friday and Saturday are for the grown-ups, but Sunday's festivities are generally all ages. (Jim Sprick Community Park)

Food & Drink

June 14–16

14th Annual Washington Brewers Festival Add to a List Maximizers who thrive when presented with a dizzying array of choices should enjoy this festival from the Washington Beer Commission, which will offer 500 beers from more than 100 Washington brewers. Besides beer, there's also a specialty root-beer garden for designated drivers and the under-21 crowd to enjoy, plus food vendors, a kids' playground, and music and entertainment all weekend. (King County's Marymoor Park, $5—$75)

Sat June 22

3rd Annual Pour Add to a List Kick off summer by sipping offerings from over 20 Seattle wineries and filling up on street food at Seattle Urban Wineries' second annual event. (Block 41, 1—4 pm, $40—$75)

June 22–23

Bacon Eggs & Kegs Add to a List This festival revolving around the combination of savory, gut-busting breakfast foods and heady booze promises concoctions like fried chicken waffle nuggets, cornbread bacon Benedict, biscuits with bacon-fat gravy, and beer-battered pancakes. Day drinking is encouraged with more than 80 brews from 40 breweries and cideries, plus mimosas, boozy root-beer floats, Irish coffee, and a 30-foot Bloody Mary bar with dozens upon dozens of toppings (tater tots, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, veggies, herbs, pickles, puffed Cheetos, bacon, and pork rinds). You're probably going to want to clear your schedule for that requisite post-brunch nap. (CenturyLink Field, 11 am—3 pm, $35—$45)

Sat June 29

2019 Seattle Summer Whiskey Tasting Festival Add to a List Sample spirits and mingle with other whiskey enthusiasts at this festival. (Unlisted Location, 4—6 pm, $28+)

July 6–7

Seattle Street Food Festival 2019 Add to a List Mobile Food Rodeo gathers food trucks, trailers, street food vendors, and handmade shops on the streets of South Lake Union for a night of gluttony. Past events have featured over 150 vendors. (139 9th Ave, 12—6 pm, free)

July 8–13

The Stranger's Burger Week 2019 Add to a List The Stranger is excited to announce its first-ever Burger Week! For one week only, try one-of-a-kind burgers crafted by local restaurants exclusively for Burger Week for a mere $5 each. (Various locations)

July 12–14

Ballard SeafoodFest Add to a List It began in 1974, and has evolved from a neighborhood fishing industry-themed celebration to a larger festival with live music and all the trappings of a fun street fair. This year's lineup includes the Joy Formidable, Kyle Craft, the Moondoggies, Nite Wave, Pickwick, Eldridge Gravy & the Court Supreme, and more. (Various locations, free)

Kirkland Uncorked Add to a List This summer wine festival, which benefits no-kill shelter Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, encompasses a 21+ wine tasting garden, a "burger brawl," and music, as well as a street fair with a boat show, a food truck feast, and other activities. (Marina Park, $15—$25)

Seattle International Beerfest Add to a List This three-day specialty beer fest boasts "200 world-class beers...from everywhere," promising everything from classic beers like pilsners and pales to "exotic new-world hybrids" like barrel-aged hoppy farmhouse sours. There's plenty of lawn seating, so bring a picnic blanket. (Fisher Pavilion, $5—$50)

Sat July 13

14th Annual Summer Beer Taste: Beerstock Add to a List To mark a half-century since Woodstock, the Phinney Neighborhood Festival will throw a festival of their own with tastes from over 30 local microbreweries and cideries. (Phinney Neighborhood Association, 4—7 pm, $25—$30)

PROOF Add to a List Over 40 Washington distillers will gather under one roof to bring you samples of gin, whiskey, vodka, bourbon, and other spirits. To keep things balanced, local food purveyors will be on site with sweet and savory bites. (Fremont Studios, $60/$85)

July 19–21

Bite of Seattle Add to a List Year-round, Seattle is filled with festivals devoted to niche food and drink offerings, but if there's one event that everyone knows about, it's the Bite of Seattle, a free event at Seattle Center that's been going strong since 1982 and claims to attract more than 400,000 guests annually. Seattle's "original & largest food and beverage showcase" rounds up food from more than 60 restaurants and pop-up vendors. There's also craft beer and cider tastings, a restaurant showcase benefiting Food Lifeline, live cooking demonstrations, and cook-off battles on the "Bite Cooks" stage. And when you can't eat anymore, head to the free outdoor movie night on Friday or one of three music stages for live performances from bands. (Seattle Center, free)

Sun July 21

Food Truck Fest 2019 Add to a List Head to Tacoma to feast on cuisines of all kinds, from It's Greek to Me to Kama'aina Grill. (Wright Park, 12—8 pm, free)

Fri July 26

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. (Woodland Park Zoo, 6—9 pm, $38—$68)

Sat July 27

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. Multiple bands will provide live music. (McMenamins Anderson School, free admission)

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. (South Lake Union Saturday Market, 11 am-4 pm, free)

Aug 9–11

A Taste of Edmonds Add to a List Edmonds offers up its best for this weekend festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden, and food vendors as far as the eye can see. (Civic Playfield, $4)

Sat Aug 10

Brew Five Three Add to a List This Tacoma block party will have beer from more than 35 Washington State breweries, tasty food trucks, and live music from local blues, Americana, and rock acts. (Tacoma Arts Live, 1—8 pm, $25)

Kitsap Wine Festival Add to a List Bremerton's annual Kitsap Wine Festival promises live music, bites from regional food purveyors, outdoor games like cornhole and ladder golf, and a wide variety of vino. (Harborside Fountain Park, 2—5 pm, $55)

Fri Aug 16

Sunset Supper Add to a List One hundred of the region's favorite restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries come together for this signature Pike Place Market Foundation summer evening event. (Pike Place Market, $175/$275)

Sat Aug 17

CHOMP! Add to a List Settle in for a day of live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and more at this free "local food and sustainable living" festival. (Marymoor Park, 10 am—6 pm, free)

June 22, July 20 & Aug 17

South Lake Union Night Markets Add to a List Hungry night owls can return to the SLU Saturday Market throughout the summer for tastes of Asian (June 22), European (July 20), and Polynesian (Aug 17) cuisines from local food trucks. (South Lake Union Saturday Market, free)

Aug 23–25

Garlic Fest Add to a List Revel in a classic umami flavor, ward off vampires, and scoop up new recipes and facts to store in your brain at Washington's Garlic Fest, whose myriad offerings range from garlic fries to garlic ice cream. (Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, $10)

Sun Sept 1

30th Anniversary Night Bazaar Add to a List This free, family-friendly outdoor public market in its 30th year professes to embody the spirit of "de libertas quirkas" (freedom to be peculiar) with live music, a beer garden, and over 150 booths. (Fremont Sunday Market, 2—9 pm, free)

Sept 6–7

Cider Summit Seattle Add to a List At the 10th edition of this annual festival, guests can try more than 150 fermented-fruit beverages, including both regional and international varieties. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, $25/$35)

Sat Sept 14

Chinatown-ID Night Market Add to a List Traditionally, night markets are a place to stroll, shop, and nosh on tasty street-food snacks. This annual festival, which draws upwards of 25,000 people each year, takes place beneath the historic Chinatown gate in the International District, and features a slew of Asian street food alongside handmade local goods, fresh cut flowers, and more, plus entertainment that includes live bands and breakdancing groups. (Chinatown-International District, 4 pm—12 am, free)

Grilled Cheese Grand Prix 2019 Add to a List I don't care if you're vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, or lactose-intolerant: Put down your diet, grab your Lactaid, and get thyself to the Grilled Cheese Grand Prix, which may be the only event this year worth the trip to South Lake Union. There you can try the Bourbon Street Bob Melt, an andouille sausage and Granny Smith combo melted between slabs of sourdough and smothered with Beecher's and Darigold queso. Or perhaps you're looking for something a little more Canadian. In that case, go for the Poutine Grilled Cheese, which is layered with garlic butter, slow-cooked roast beef, melted cheddar, manchego, and cheese curds, and—the coup de grace—stuffed with french fries and served with a cup of house gravy. Don't think about tomorrow; just eat. KH (South Lake Union, 11 am—5 pm, free)

Hops & Crops Music and Beer Festival Add to a List Head to Kent for live music and craft brews to support the farm's regionally focused environmental education programs. (Mary Olson Farm, $15/$20)

Arts & Performance

June 14–16

Edmonds Arts Festival Add to a List Enjoy three days of arts, entertainment, shopping, and dining, with a wide selection of more than 400 artist booths, three juried galleries, and over 1,000 pieces of K-12 student art, plus food vendors and other attractions. (Various locations (around Edmonds), free)

June 22–23

Urban Craft Uprising 2019 Summer Show Add to a List Urban Craft Uprising bills itself as "Seattle's largest indie craft show," and it ain't lying. Now in its 15th year, the two-day event boasts a wide variety of handcrafted goods from local vendors, from jewelry to clothing to housewares to food. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 11 am—5 pm, free)

Sat June 29

Shoreline Arts Festival Add to a List Browse an art market with more than 70 vendors, see dance and live music performances, peruse art and photography by adults and youth, and check out the "cultural rooms" offering knowledge, samples, and activities. (Shoreline Community College, 10 am—6 pm, free)

June 29–30

Arts in Nature Festival Add to a List The Arts in Nature Festival presents a series of acoustic, unplugged performances by musicians, dancers, actors, and other performers across several stages, plus participatory art happenings set against the most beautiful backdrop: Mother Nature. Also come for artsy hikes, food, and a beer garden. (Camp Long, 12 pm, free)

Sat July 6

Frida Fest 2019 Add to a List Browse works by artists and crafters who've been inspired by Frida Kahlo, one of the most famous women artists who ever lived, and enjoy performances, visual art, a "Living Gallery," food, crafts, and kids' activities. Organized by Colectiva Noroeste. (Burien Community Center, 12—6 pm, Free)

July 12–14

Redmond Arts Festival Add to a List Shop for jewelry, food, garments, and more as you listen to nine live bands and sip mimosas, beer, or wine in the garden. (Redmond Town Center, free)

Sun July 14

Art on the Ave Add to a List Travel to "Tacoma's most eclectic district" for art and music, as well as gifts to buy and food to nosh. (Tacoma, free)

July 20–21

Renegade Craft Fair Add to a List Every summer, hundreds of crafters from around the region gather in Seattle for this pop-up event with a mission to "unite a widespread community of creatives with an engaged fanbase by producing inclusive, vibrant events that illuminate and reflect the contemporary craft movement in support of the creative economy." It's also a great place to find gifts for others (or, more importantly, yourself). KH (Magnuson Park Hangar 30, 11 am—6 pm, free)

July 26–28

BAM ARTSfair Add to a List Peruse goods 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. (Bellevue Arts Museum, free)

July 27–28

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. (Alki Beach, free)

Aug 2–3

festival:festival Add to a List This multidisciplinary festival offers the chance for photographers, multimedia artists, dancers, and others to create artwork on intersectional identities. Among the participants are some of Seattle's most active and appreciated: singer-songwriter JusMoni, filmmaker/artist/musician Clyde Petersen, slam poet J Mase III, visual artist Ryna Frankel, queer indigenous hip-hop artist Dakota Camacho, choreographer Alice Gosti, and many others. (Various locations, free)

Aug 2–4

Anacortes Arts Festival Add to a List Fine artists and artisans will sell their wares at this beloved festival, which will also have three stages—one for mainstream rock/pop, one for jazz, and one for diverse genres of performance—and lots of food booths to nourish the 80,000-some visitors. (Various locations around Anacortes, free)

Aug 16–18

Seattle Tattoo Expo Add to a List Hidden Hand Tattoo hosts this three-day expo of permanently decorated flesh, where you can see displays, attend seminars, and even get yourself inked up by the right artist for you. Last year's featured artists included Jeff Cornell (of Hidden Hand), Shawn Barber (of LA's Memoir Tattoo), VyVyn Lazonga (of Seattle's Madame Lazonga's Tattoo), and many others. (Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, $20—$50)

Aug 16–25

Seattle Design Festival 2019 Add to a List Now in its ninth year, Design in Public's Seattle Design Festival explores how urbanism, architecture, and design can further justice, ecology, and community. (Various locations)

Aug 17–18

Fresh Paint Add to a List Stroll along Everett's waterfront and purchase art straight off the easels of sidewalk vendors. (Port of Everett Marina, 10 am—5 pm, free)

Aug 22–25

Nordic Sól Add to a List Seattle loves a good opportunity to bliss out over Nordic culture, and this summer extravaganza (billed as a re-imagining of Viking Days) is no exception. For four days, stay cool with festivities geared toward Nordic regions with arctic climates, including short talks, dinners, a fashion show, and more. (Nordic Museum, free)

Through Sun Aug 25

Seattle's Summer of Space Add to a List Get excited about all things astronomical this summer, the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, with events like a musical performance by Stephen Edwards as Buzz Aldrin (July 13-21), a photo presentation by Time magazine's David Burnett (Tues July 16), and the music- and activity-filled Lunar Block Party (July 19-21), all at the Museum of Flight, where you can see the ongoing Lunar Focus: A 21st Century Photography exhibit. There will also be talks, parties, and activities all over Seattle (and Tukwila, Tacoma, and elsewhere). (Various locations)

Sat Sept 14

8th Annual Leschi Art Walk and Festival Add to a List Wander around Leschi and browse art, leather goods, glass, jewelry, and more during the seventh annual Art Walk in this neighborhood. There will also be a kids' dance and a movie in the park. (Leschi, 11 am— 4 pm, free)


June 14–20

Best of SIFF Add to a List Missed Seattle International Film Festival audience favorites? They'll be screened again, along with the award winners. (SIFF Cinema Uptown)

Tues June 18

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Add to a List See environmental and adventure films at this festival that will benefit the Washington Water Trust. (SIFF Cinema Egyptian, 5:30—9 pm, $35)

Sat June 22

Seattle Outdoor Cinema Add to a List First Tech Federal Credit Union's outdoor movie series will also feature a night market, yard games, and beer. Proceeds go to charity. You have to be over 21 to partake. (South Lake Union Discovery Center, 4—11 pm, $5)

July 10–Aug 28

Movies at Marymoor Park Add to a List Once again, BECU will present evenings of outdoor movies plus food trucks and entertainment, kicking off on this July evening with Ferris Bueller's Day Off and continuing with Bohemian Rhapsody, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Top Gun, and other favorites. (Marymoor Park, 6:30 pm—1 am, $5/$6)

July 12–14

Lumberjacks & Logrollers Add to a List The forum will screen a series of Scandinavian films devoted to the humble yet heroic lumberjack, including 1923 silent The Lumberjack's Bride (with live music), the midcentury musical Ferryboat Romance, and the Russo-Finnish epic The Day the Earth Froze. (Northwest Film Forum, $12)

July 27–Aug 24

Movies at the Mural 2019 Add to a List Stretch out on the lawn and enjoy classics like The Princess Bride and newer hits like Crazy Rich Asians and Bohemian Rhapsody, preceded by film shorts by Cornish students. (Mural Amphitheatre, 9 pm, free)

Aug 3–24

Seattle Asian American Film Festival CID Summer Cinema Add to a List Watch Asian, Asian American, and Asian-starring films—namely Crazy Rich Asians, Iron Monkey, Mirai, and Up—on Saturdays at sundown. Before the films start, enjoy live performances and fun activities for kids. (Hing Hay Park, free)

Aug 15–18

North Bend Film Festival Add to a List The hometown of many Twin Peaks shoots hosts a film festival of strange, Northwest-themed movies. (Downtown North Bend, 11 am—11 pm, $10—$95)

Through Thurs Aug 29

Summer Outdoor Movie Series Add to a List You can bring your dogs and kids (though there are some R-ratings in the lineup) to the brewery's cheery outdoor movie series, which will include The Goonies, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Point Break, Pitch Perfect, and others. (Peddler Brewing Company, 8:30 pm, free)


June 15–16

Black Arts Fest Add to a List Festival Sundiata presents a two-day celebration of African American culture, including African dance and drumming workshops, fashion demonstrations, a market, food, and more. (Seattle Center, free)

Sat June 22

Iranian Festival Add to a List Learn about Iranian culture through performances and poetry, and enjoy face painting and traditional cuisine. (Seattle Center, free)

Sat June 29

Dragonfest Add to a List Seattle's Chinatown-International District plays host to the annual Dragonfest, a day filled with cultural performances, dragon and lion dances, Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, and chances to taste local bites at the $3 food walk. (Chinatown-International District, 11 am—7 pm, free)

Spirit of Africa Festival 2019 Add to a List Founded and produced by a local Senegalese griot musician, the Spirit of Africa festival showcases the talents of African musicians, dancers, and artists in the region and from around the country. (Seattle Center Armory, 12—9 pm, free)

June 29–30

Japan Fair Add to a List Hear music, take workshops, learn about culture, and buy goods from Japan at this arts and culture fest. (Meydenbauer Center, 10 am, free)

Sat July 13

Polish Festival Seattle Add to a List Experience the myriad traditions of Poland through food, music, arts activities, and more. (Seattle Center, free)

July 19–21

2019 Seafair Indian Days Powwow Add to a List This 32nd annual Seafair tradition hosted by United Tribes of All Indians brings together Native American tribes from all over the Pacific Northwest for three days of Indian cooking, jewelry-making, live music, and traditional dancing. (Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, free)

July 20–21

2019 Seattle Bon Odori Add to a List This celebration of traditional Japanese culture will bring dance performances, live music, food, and more to Seattle for the 87th year. (Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, 4—8 pm, free)

Sun July 21

Chinatown Parade Add to a List See lion and dragon dances, a performance from the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, and other local community groups at Chinatown's annual parade. (Chinatown-International District, 7 pm, free)

July 26–28

Scottish Highland Games and Clan Gathering Add to a List Celebrate Scottish culture and heritage by taking in traditional dancing, piping, drumming, and athletic competitions at the 73rd annual event. Last year's highlights included musical performances by balladeer Carl Peterson, the spirited Men of Worth, the Fire, and Blackthorn ensemble, and a Medieval-style jousting competition from the Seattle Knights. There will also be samples of Scottish fare and ales to try, so you can finally cross haggis off your bucket list. (Enumclaw Expo Center, $10—$25)

Sun July 28

Caribbean Sea Fest Add to a List This family festival celebrates both Caribbean culture in the Northwest and the environment with dancers, Moko jumbies (ghostly stilt walkers), and music. (Jimi Hendrix Park, 11 am—7 pm, $25+)

Aug 2–4

Umoja Fest Add to a List Celebrate African diaspora culture in the Northwest by joining the Africatown Heritage Parade (featuring dance troops and drill teams), dancing to live music (including Soul N the Park, a roots stage, and a hiphop stage), watching the Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament, eating food truck fare, and shopping for goods at a marketplace. (Judkins Park, free)

Aug 10–11

2019 Festival of the River and Pow Wow Add to a List The Stillaguamish Tribe's annual pow wow will celebrate its 30th anniversary with two days of live music, circus arts with the New Old Time Chautauqua, a 5K fun run, and a traditional alder salmon bake. (River Meadows Park, free)

Seattle Arab Festival Add to a List The Arab Center of Washington presents its annual celebration of Arab culture. Music, dance, and food (including an Arabic coffee shop) will all be featured, along with a traditional bazaar, children's activities, and cultural information booths providing a larger overview of the 22 Arab countries. (Seattle Center, free)

Sat Aug 17

13th Annual Duwamish River Festival Add to a List Learn about the Duwamish River and how to protect it at this Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition-sponsored event. There will also be interactive booths, boat tours, live music, entertainment, and free food. (Duwamish Waterway Park, 12—5 pm, free)

Sun Aug 18

BrasilFest Add to a List Get a glimmer of Brazil's African, Portuguese, and indigenous roots with classical guitar, samba, and traditional folk music performances. Plus, watch a capoeira martial arts demonstration, take in glittering costumes, and taste a variety of traditional foods. (Seattle Center Outdoor Cinema, 11 am—7 pm, free)

Aug 24–25

Tibet Fest Add to a List Enjoy a glimpse into the fascinating cultures of Tibet. Make a Sand Mandala, brush up on herbal medicine, try traditional food, hear music, and buy cool art and trinkets. (Seattle Center, free)

Sun Sept 8

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival Add to a List Enjoy a day of Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, lei-making workshops, and more. (Seattle Center, 11 am—7 pm, free)

Sept 14–16

Seattle Fiestas Patrias Add to a List From Mexico to Brazil, experience various traditions of Latin American countries represented in Washington State and learn how they gained independence from Spain. There will be lots of live performances, visual arts, food, and a market. (Seattle Center, free)


June 20–23

MagicFest Seattle Add to a List Attention, Magic the Gathering players: don't miss your chance to geek out over your favorite card game with a whole weekend of tournaments. (Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 10 am— 9 pm)

June 28–30

ACE Comic Con Seattle 2019 Add to a List If you missed the Emerald City Comic Con this year, here's another chance to meet all your favorite on-screen superheroes (like Chris Evans, Lee Pace, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Renner, and Don Cheadle), plus over 60 comic creators and over 100 vendors and exhibitors. (Century- Link Field Event Center, $45—$150)

Aug 3–18

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire Add to a List Indulge in your love of Renaissance-era chivalry, heroes and villains, faeries and goblins, and swashbuckling pirates at this three-weekend fair. (The Kelley Farm, 10 am—7 pm, $19—$99)

Sat Aug 24

HangarFest 2019 Add to a List Aviation nerds can delight in aircrafts like the Concorde or the Boeing 787 Jumbo Jet, dance to classic rock, explore a futuristic transportation exhibit, and enjoy food and games. (Museum of Flight, 6— 10 pm, admission)

Aug 30–Sept 2

PAX West Add to a List The first thing to know about PAX West—Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend convention devoted exclusively to gaming—is that it always sells out in minutes, but, if you can't get tickets, there are always lots of fun affiliated parties going on around town. The convention itself features dozens of panels with special guests, an exhibit hall, new game demos, and video game-inspired musical performances. (Washington State Convention & Trade Center)

Sat Aug 31

42nd Annual LeMay Show Add to a List Oggle over 1,000 vintage vehicles, as well as dolls, antiques, and other memorabilia from the LeMay family. (LeMay: America's Car Museum, 9 am—5 pm, $15)

Sept 6–8

Rustycon 36 Add to a List A science fiction and fantasy convention that spans writing, science, art, costuming, and gaming. Look forward to panels, classes, multiple dances, a masquerade, concerts, casinos, and special guests like writer David Weber, artist Dutch Bihary, and superfan Michael Kenmir. (Hilton Bellevue Hotel, $50)


Sat June 22

Seattle Women's Pride 2019 Add to a List Pride month in Seattle wouldn't be complete without the Seattle Lesbian's womxn-focused event, which this year includes an award ceremony honoring community members, a comedy show with Monisa Brown, Tambre Massman, Val Nigro, and more fun. (Location to be announced, 6—10 pm, $25)

Fri June 28

Trans Pride Parade Add to a List Gather with UW Q to celebrate the Seattle trans community with a neighborhood march for family, friends, and allies, followed by a fair in Cal Anderson Park. (Seattle Central College, 5—8 pm, free)

Sat June 29

2019 Seattle Dyke March Add to a List For the 25th year, this Pride event will celebrate all identities, with a special focus on queer womxn. Start by rallying in Capitol Hill with speakers and performers before being led in a march by the Seattle Dykes on Bikes. (Seattle Central College, 5—8 pm, free)

PrideFest Capitol Hill Add to a List The sixth year of PrideFest Capitol Hill and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall will collide on this merry occasion. Spend all day skipping across the rainbow crosswalks in the company of fellow LGBTQ+ Seattleites and allies, stopping along the way for drag shows, family activities, karaoke, and so much more. (Cal Anderson Park & North Broadway, 12—10 pm, free)

PrideFest Family Pride Add to a List The festivities at PrideFest Capitol Hill aren't just for adults. Now in its sixth year, Family Pride offers wholesome activities like drag queen storytime, a doggy drag show, and live performances to the mix. (Cal Anderson Park, 1—4 pm, free)

June 26–30

Seattle Alternative Pride Festival 2019 Add to a List True to the diverse spectrum of sexuality and identity, Pride runs in several currents. NARK magazine's event series bills itself as the "alternative" Pride, "for EVERYONE, EVERYBODY and EVERY BODY." Some money from the parties will benefit Gay City and its health projects. Kick things off Wednesday with a market filled with possible party looks for your weekend. At Thursday's Laser Show, dance to curated sets by DJ Gag Reflex and s O F T P E A K s, and spend Friday sampling rooftop happy hour drinks at MBar, making out with strangers at Queer/Bar, or partying at Pigs Fly Fetish Night, a "fetish-encouraged night of leather and lace for all with grimey dancefloor action, live demos and more." Recover Saturday with a special double-boat Pride cruise, and/or the 28-hour Pride Is For Everyone dance party, and finish up on Sunday at the Backdoor last hurrah with South East, Gluttony, Matt Troy, and many more. (Various locations, $130)

Sun June 30

Seattle Pride Parade Add to a List The month of June plays host to many great PrideFest events throughout the city, all of which culminate in the gigantic procession that is the Seattle Pride Parade, which trails from Fourth Avenue to Seattle Center, where a fun party ensues. Years past have seen scantily clad Batmen, drag queens, people in assless chaps, leather daddies, and families in matching hats. (Downtown Seattle, 11 am, free)


Sat Aug 3

Adult Recess Seattle Add to a List Adults can re-experience the thrill of recess by enjoying a day of schoolyard games like kickball and four-square, dancing to old-school hits by live bands and DJs, and eating childhood snacks from food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska. (Cal Anderson Park, 12—7 pm, $15—$25)

Aug 16–18

Seattle Hempfest 2019 Add to a List The "premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture," Seattle's massive Hempfest, will return once again for three days of talks, pot-loving celebrity guests and congresspeople, and hundreds of vendors. (Myrtle Edwards Park, $10 suggested donation)

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