Looking for Seattle Summer events, Seattle Summer festivals and nearby summer events worth attending? Here’s our big list of things to do this Summer. We’re busy updating event dates for 2020. Most here are already updated, but you’ll find some stragglers that still link to their 2019 event. When we know the date, we’ll update them! Additionally, we’ll be adding new events as Summer approaches. Are you looking for Seafair events? You’ll find them here, but there’s also a post for that!

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Summer, Summer, Seattle Summer events!

Summers are beautiful in the Puget Sound area! The grey finally goes away, the sky clears and it’s time to get outside. Summer events in Seattle (and Puget Sound area festivals) range from the zany to the family-oriented…there are too many to do them all, or even to list them all.

This is a guide to many of the major  Puget Sound Summer Festivals and Summer events in Seattle (including some events in the Olympic Peninsula as well, but well-worth the drive to attend.) You can use the links below to jump to the area you want or go to the bottom of the post for a chronogical list of even more events.

If you have an event you’d like to add to our calendar, you can do it here

Have a fun Summer!

 

Note: The image of the Seafair pirates here is by  Brett Curtiss on Flickr under a Creative Commons 2.0 License.

You can’t write something about Summer events in and near Seattle without mentioning Seafair. Seattle’s Summer festival has been going on since 1950 and includes tons of various types of events from community festivals to fireworks to the torchlight run.

However, for this post, events are being organized by type — you’ll find parades in one category, fireworks in another. But if you just want Seafair events, you can click here to view our post that only includes this Summer’s upcoming Seafair events.

Parades

The Seattle area has MANY parades during the Summer months from the funky Fremont Solstice Parade to the huge Torchlight parade to tons of smaller community parades.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Fremont Solstice Fair and Parade (Seattle)

June

Funky Seattle fair featuring a parade that starts with a ever-increasing number of naked cyclists, followed by human-powered floats, a street fair, an art car show, and a dog parade,

Seafair Torchlight Parade

July

This is the big one of all the Seattle Seafair parades. The route runs through downtown Seattle. Get there early to get a spot.

Seattle Pride Parade

June

The Pride Parade is held in Downtown Seattle, starting at Westlake Park

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

West Seattle Grand Parade

July

One of many Seafair events, this parade has been going on since 1934.

Greenwood Seafair Parade

July

I’m a former (but always at heart) Greenwood Girl and we don’t mind going to our parade on a Wednesday night! This may be one of the oldest Seafair parades in Seattle.

Lake City Summerfest and Parade

Generally, the first week of August

 Summerfest! And another Seafair community event featuring a parade and other activities.

Cultural Festivals

Seattle Center Festál Iranian Festival

June

Celebrate Iranian culture  at one of the Festál series of events held throughout the year at the Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Festál Spirit of Africa

Celebrate African culture  at one of the Festál series of events held throughout the year at the Seattle Center.

Seattle Chinatown International District Dragonfest

June

Celebrate Asian culture in the International District with Lion and Dragon dances, martial arts, drumming, and more.

Seattle Center Festál Polish Festival

July

Celebrate Polish culture at the Polish festival at the Seattle Center.  Part of the Festál series of cultural events.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Seattle Bon Odori

July

Bon Odori, also known as Obon, is a Japanese festival to honor the ancestors. Seattle Bon Odori is held at Betsuin Buddhist Temple. In the Seafair family of Summer events in Seattle.

Seattle Seafair Summer Pow Wow

July

Celebrate Native American culture at this Pow Wow at Daybreak Star Cultural Center in Seattle. 

Pacific Northwest Highland Games and Clan Gathering

July

OK, this one’s in Enumclaw — but worth a drive. Don your tartan, lads, and eat some haggis.

Seattle Center Festál Seattle Arab Festival

August

Celebrate Arab culture at this festival, one of the Seattle Center Festál cultural festivals held throughout the year.

Seattle Center Festál Seattle Brasilfest

August

Celebrate Brazilian Culture at this festival, one of the Seattle Center Festál cultural festivals held throughout the year. August 18.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Nordic Sól

August

The Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard has replaced Viking Days with this event, recognizing there is more to Nordic culture than just Vikings. 

Seattle Center Festál Tibet Fest

August

Celebrate Tibetan Culture at this festival, one of the Seattle Center Festál cultural festivals held throughout the year.

Seattle Center Festál Seattle Fiestas Patrias

September

Celebrate Latin American Culture at this festival, one of the Seattle Center Festál cultural festivals held throughout the year.

Seattle Center Festál Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival

September

Celebrate the Spirit of Hawaii at this festival, one of the Seattle Center Festál cultural festivals held throughout the year.

Independence Day Events:

Click here for a post about capturing good photos of fireworks!

Fireworks! But also so much more to do at most of these events if you arrive early. Getting there early is also recommended to get a spot, especially at the larger shows. Most are on July 4 but, be careful, there are a few communities who hold their festivities on the 3rd. Below are eight options for 3rd 4th of July festivities and fireworks near Seattle and  in the Puget Sound area. However, we might list even more here and will likely create a separate post about PNW firework displays.

An Edmonds Kind of Fourth

The Edmonds kind of fourth, it turns out, can involve racing wearing a beard and mustache. Along with the other usual independence day things.

Tacoma Freedom Fair

The organizers of the Tacoma Freedom Fair claim this is the 3rd largest 4th of July event in the US.

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Bainbridge Island Grand Old Fourth of July

Bainbridge celebrates with a pancake breakfast, classic car show, a street fair, and more.

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Poulsbo 3rd of July on Liberty Bay

Celebrate Viking-style on the 3rd in Poulsbo with live music and fireworks at the waterfront park.

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Lacey Fireworks Spectacular

Lacey celebrates on the 3rd of July with a fireworks display, live music, and more.

Everett Colors of Freedom Festival

Everett’s Colors of Freedom Festival features a parade, live music, a beer garden, and fireworks as well as other activities.

Fireworks Spectacular at Emerald Downs (Auburn)

Emerald Downs hosts fireworks, horse racing, family activities and outdoor movies on July 3.

Food Festivals, Beer Festivals…

Note: the image of the famous Biringer Shortcake from the Bite of Seattle is by Joseph Szilagyi under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Taste of Tacoma

A three-day food festival at Point Defiance, the Taste of Tacoma is an annual area food fest.

Ballard Seafoodfest

July

Ballard Seafoodfest is a tradition that’s been going on since 1974. I’ll take the salmon and pass on the lutefisk!

Seattle International Beerfest

July

More Beer! Sample over 200 beers at the Seattle Center at Seattle International Beerfest.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Allyn Days Salmon Bake and Geoduck Festival

July

You take the geoducks, I’ll take the salmon. 

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival

July

If strawberries or traveling to Vashon is more your style than lavender and going to Sequim (yes, you have to choose, they’re often both the same weekend), this festival is for you. 

Bite of Seattle

July

This is the big food fair that happens at the Seattle Center every July.  It has grown so much since its’ beginnings at Greenlake. 

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Bremerton Summer Brewfest

July

Summer seems like a good time for a beer festival. My husband would say any time is a good time for a beer festival. The Bremerton Summer Brewfest happens over two days in July.

Summer School Brewfest

July

Another Beer festival! Summer School Brewfest at McMenamin’s Anderson School in Bothell features 59 handcrafted ales plus entertainment. 

Taste Edmonds

August

One of the largest food fairs around, and one to attend if you don’t want to deal with the Bite of Seattle crowds. 

Races and Rides

These are but a few of the sporting-type events you can find in the Puget Sound area every Summer. Summer abounds with opportunities for boating, triathlons and other sporting competitions. 

Kaiser Permanente Seattle to Portland

Even if you’re not a cyclist, it can be fun to get in on the excitement and watch the STP cyclists take off on Saturday morning.

Run Like a Viking 5K (Ballard)

Get ready to don your seafairing attire and run like a Viking. This is organized by the Nordic Museum in Ballard and coincides with Seafoodfest. 

Seattle Milk Carton Derby

Boats made of milk cartons! They’ve come a long way since I was a kid trying to collect cartons for a boat. Go near the Aqua Theater at Greenlake for some fun. Part of the Seafair family of Summer events in Seattle.

Torchlight Run

The Capital One Torchlight Run Presented by Swedish (wow, names get longer the more sponsors you add on) runs through downtown Seattle. Traffic is already blocked off due to the parade. There’s a 5K and 8K run. 

Obliteride

Obliterate cancer. And your calves. And support Fred Hutch by cycling. Obliteride happens in August.

Washington State International Kite Festival

August

So it’s not exactly a sport events, but I wasn’t sure where to put it! The Kite Festival is in Long Beach, so it’s a bit of an excursion from the Puget Sound area…but it’s worth it if you can attend. Any reason to go to the beach!

Arts

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Get Crafty with Urban Craft Uprising (Seattle)

The Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show is  Seattle’s largest indie craft show, featuring over 150 vendors.

Olympic Music Festival

The Olympic Music Festival in Port Townsend is worth a drive from Seattle. Port Townsend is always worth a drive!

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival

I love outdoor Shakespeare so much I wrote a post about the area festivals that I keep updated. The Seattle Outdoor Theater festival condenses many of the local theater companies into one weekend. Pack a picnic, sit on the lawn at Volunteer park and be with the Bard. 

Alki Art Fair

75 local artisans take over the beach at the Alki Art Fair. Of course, there’s also food and live music. 

Kingston Arts Festival and Slug Hunt

Not real slugs, silly. There are plenty of those to be found in the PNW. Decorative glass slugs. My daughter loved searching for these when she was a kid. Oh, there’s an arts festival, too. 

Poulsbo Arts Festival

The Poulsbo Arts Festival brings artisans, food, live music and dance to Poulsbo waterfront Park.

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Thing

Thing was a thing that happened in 2019. Will it happen again? We’re staying tuned.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Bumbershoot

Bumbershoot is the Seattle arts festival at the Seattle Center that’s been going on since the 1970s over Labor Day weekend. 

Community Festivals and Celebrations

West Seattle Summerfest

July

West Seattle Summerfest is a Seafair event that includes shopping, a kids play area, music, a beer garden, and more.

Kent Cornucopia Days

July

Kent Cornucopia Days is a three-day festival featuring a street fair, Dragon boat races, music, and more. Part of the Seafair family of Summer events in Seattle.

Sequim Lavender Festival

OK, so it’s not exactly in the Puget Sound area…but it’s worth traveling just a bit to go to the festival if you love lavender. 

Capitol Hill Block Party

July

Not like block parties I remember growing up! The Seattle Capitol Hill Block Party is a huge party with live music and more.

Silverdale Whaling Days

July

This Old Town Silverdale event features food, music, foot races, canoe races, rubber duck races and a fireworks display.

Magnolia Summerfest

August

Magolia Summerfest is another Seafair community event featuring a kids parade as well as live music, a pet parade, Urban Craft Uprising, and more. 

To The Fair!

To be fair, we only listed a couple of fairs here while we wrote this post. Late August into September are packed with various county fairs. If we list them on our calendar, they’ll appear in the event list below, arranged by date.

Washington State Fair

Formerly the Puyallup Fair (remember “Do the Puyallup”?, the Washington State Fair is the big state fair.

Kitsap County Fair and Stampede

Late August and into September, we’re getting into fair season. The Kitsap County Fair and Stampede in Bremerton is offering free admission this year (of course, rodeo, rides, etc. are not free). 

And Some Other Events You Might Want to Consider:

These were in our post previously and we don’t want to remove them…but we’re not sure which category to put them in!

Bainbridge Rotary Auction and Rummage Sale

Late June or Early July Annually

What does it say about me that this is one of my favorite Puget Sound Summer festivals? This is the huge rummage sale that takes over the entire building and grounds of a middle school on the island. 

Seafair Pirate Landing

Early July Annually

Aargh…get ready for some marauding as the Seafair pirates launch the season with their annual landing at Alki

Northwest Pirate Festival

July

As if Seafair didn’t have enough pirates! Aaaaargh! The Northwest Pirate Festival takes place in Lacey.

Summer Events in Seattle Puget Sound Summer Festivals

Seattle Seafair Weekend

Early August brings Seafair weekend featuring the hydroplane races, Blue Angels air show, kids activities, and more.

Seattle Hempfest

August

Hempfest is one of the largest cannabis policy reform events in the US. But there’s also vendors, music and more for those of us non-stoners.

The Big List of Seattle Summer Events

And not only Seattle Summer events! While this post is focused mostly on the Puget Sound area, there are many events in the Olympic Peninsula and other nearby areas we thing merit a short trip to attend. As Summer approches, expect more events here, and then event to disappear after Summer winds down.

Seattle Center Festál Iranian Festival

Seattle Iranian Fesival is a part of the Seattle Center Festál series of cultural events and happens at the Seattle Center in June.

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Free
Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109 United States
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Seattle Pride Parade (Virtual Events for 2020)

For 2020 the plan was to shift the pride parade to virtual events that weekend. At this point, we're not sure what they are and suggest checking the event website for details.

The Seattle Pride Parade happens in Downtown Seattle at the end of June.

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Free
Westlake Park, 401 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101 United States
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Lacey Fireworks Spectacular

Lacey celebrates with Independence Day festivities and fireworks on the 3rd of July.

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Free
Rainier Vista Park, 5475 45th Ave SE
Lacey, WA 98503 United States
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Fireworks Spectacular at Emerald Downs

If you want to celebrate Independence Day on the 3rd of July, you can do it at Emerald Downs with a fireworks display, racing, movies, and family activities.

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$9
Emerald Downs, 2300 Ron Crockett Drive
Auburn, WA 98001 United States
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Bainbridge Island Grand Old 4th of July

Grand Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration on Bainbridge Island including an all-day street fair, a pancake breakfast, a classic car show, and more.

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Free
Downtown Bainbridge Island, 120 Madrone Ln N
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 United States
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Tacoma Freedom Fair

Tacoma Freedom Fair is the 3rd largest event of its kind in the US. Their Independence Day festivities include fireworks, and air show, kids' activities, music, and more.

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Free
Point Ruston, 5005 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98407 United States
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Edmonds Civic Center Playfield, 310 6th Ave N
Edmonds, WA 98020 United States
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Everett Colors of Freedom Festival

Everett's Fourth of July fireworks and festival.

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Free
Legion Memorial Park, 145 Alverson Blvd
Everett, WA 98201 United States
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Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer Fourth

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer Fourth is the largest Fourth of July fireworks display in the area, held annually at Gas Works park.

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Free
Gas Works Park, 2101 N Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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Kent Cornucopia Days

July 10-12, 2020

Three day festival in Kent, WA featuring a street fair, entertainment, food, music, sporting events like Dragon Boat races.

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Free
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