Year 'round the greater Seattle area is alive with special events and festivals perfect for visitors. Here are a few of the highlights.

MONTHLY 

The first Thursday of the month features an "Artwalk" in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square district.  Galleries have free admission and local artisans set up booths in Occidental Square selling ceramics, jewelry, prints, and more.  Visit the First Thursday website for more information and a map.  First Thursday in Seattle Website

Seattle Center holds monthly free Culture Awareness festivals.  Some of the festivals include China, Brazil, Italy, Iran, France and Tibet.   Seattle Center Cultural Events

 

SUMMER

SEAFAIR FESTIVAL is a summerlong festival throughout the greater Seattle area with many events from June to August.  Some of the most popular events are the Torchlight Parade, the Milk Carton Derby,  the Seafair Fleet Arrival, the Airshow and Blue Angels over Lake Washington and the Hydroplane races on Lake Washington.   http://www.seafair.com/

MAY-JUNE

SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (SIFF) Located at various venues through the Seattle area, SIFF is the largest Film Festival in the US, with over 400 films in 25 days.  http://www.siff.net/index.aspx

MAY

NORTHWEST FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL at Seattle Center is the largest Folk Festival in the Country and a Seattle Tradition. Enjoy Food, Dance, Art and Crafts.  http://www.nwfolklife.org/

JUNE

FREMONT FAIR Love and self-expression is in the air at the Fremont Fair, typically about the 3rd weekend in June.  Since 1972, fairgoers have enjoyed plenty of music, street performers, eclectic activities in Fremont, the self-proclaimed "Center of the Universe". The fair has a hippy-vibe to it, so be mindful if you have children with you.  From their website: "During Fair weekend, people from all walks of life come together to shop, eat, drink, perform, smile, dance, run, converse, debate, groove and parade."  The Fremont Solstice Parade kicks off the festival on Saturday is produced by the Fremont Arts Council and is known to have naked bicyclists adorned with creative body paint.  Search "summer solstice parade" on Wikipedia for more info.  http://www.fremontfair.org/

SEATTLE PRIDE FEST Music, events, artists, vendors, food and parade.  http://www.seattlepridefest.org/

ROCK AND ROLL MARATHON and 1/2 MARATHON http://seattle.competitor.com/

JULY 

BITE of SEATTLE has been running for 29 years, generally about the 3rd weekend in July, with Free Admission at the Seattle Center.  A great variety of foods from 50+ local restaurants as well as 30+ food producers. Don't forget to try  "Just a Bite," "Bite Wine Tasting" and the "Bite Cooks" all available for a nominal charge. Live entertainment and special events too.  http://www.comcastbiteofseattle.com/

BELLEVUE ARTS FAIR, typically the last weekend in July in Bellevue.  One of the premier juried arts fairs on the west coast the fair hosts some of the most distinguished artisans from the Pacific Northwest.  Photography, objects de' art, jewelry, glass, furniture and more.  If you need a break, there's lots of music entertainment and food stands.  There are many art demonstrations to fascinate and occupy children.  If you need to keep shopping, Bellevue Square Mall is right next door!  http://www.bellevuearts.org/fair/inde...

6th STREET FAIR BELLEVUE Occurring at the same time as the Bellevue Arts Fair, and just a few blocks away, is the 6th Street Fair, an eclectic mix of artists, vendors, food and music. http://www.bellevuedowntown.org/event...

 

Late JULY - Early AUGUST

SEAFAIR WEEK  The final week of Seafair is a big deal around here, with the Torchlight Parade, Fleet Week, Hydroplane Races and the Boeing Air Show featuring the Blue Angels. Expect hotels to be well booked in advance and prices to be some of the highest of the summer. On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Blue Angels fly over Lake Washington as part of an airshow and there are hydroplane races on the lake. It's uniquely Seattle. Traffic is impacted in the region as the I-90 bridge, the major east-west bridge (which the express buses travel from Bellevue to Seattle) closes during at different times during the day; generally twice on Thursday from about 9:30-noon, then 1-3; then Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:45 to 2:45.

TORCHLIGHT PARADE, part of Seafair week is the largest lighted parade held annually in Downtown Seattle, beginning at 7:30pm

http://www.seafair.com/

SEPTEMBER

BUMBERSHOOT is Seattle's long running, well-known Music and Arts Festival, held at Seattle Center over the 3-day Labor Day weekend.  Major headliners are always featured. Three day or "Any day" tickets can be purchased in advance. http://bumbershoot.org/

2014 ITALIAN FESTIVAL - Presented by Festa Italiana, the Italian Festival celebrates all things Italian by offering a variety of activities for the whole family, and of course, food and wine. Our highlights include a Celebrity Chef headlining a great schedule of cooking demos, one show each day by Mbrascatu, a world-music group from Portland, OR, Sicilian puppetry by the Carter Family Marionettes, Bocce tournament and a Grape Stomping competition which has to be seen to be believed! By popular demand, the Food Court & Vendor Market has been expanded as well. Come join us in the beautiful Fisher Pavilion and the surrounding grounds and buildings at Seattle Center as once again we present the 27th Annual Italian Festival, September 27 & 28, 2014.
Times are 10AM - 7PM, Saturday and Sunday.http://www.festaseattle.com/

 

December 

 Event Title: The Lights of Christmas

Event Start Date: 12/04/2014 

Event End Date: 12/30/2014 

Place: Warm Beach Camp 

Address: 20800 Marine View Dr. 

City: Stanwood 

State: WA 

Zip: 98292 

Cost: $9-$15 

Phone: 360-652-7575 

Email: registration@warmbeach.com 

Website: http://www.warmbeachlights.com

 

THE LIGHTS of CHRISTMAS...  WarmBeachLights.com 

 Over one million lights create holiday enchantment the whole family will treasure at The Lights of Christmas. Don’t miss this Northwest holiday tradition 5-10pm  December 4-7, 11-14, 18-23, 26-30. 

The Lights of Christmas nightly festival offers an array of experiences including live entertainment, story-telling, a petting farm, pony rides, train rides, local art, gifts, meals, and snacks. Visitors can shop for Christmas gifts, sip lattes, munch hot fresh donuts, listen to carolers, experience the larger-than-life nativity, and visit with Santa Claus or Bruce the Spruce, Washington State’s only talking Christmas tree.

General admission is $15 for adults age 13 to 59, $12 for military personnel and seniors, $10 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and younger. If you would like to extend your stay overnight, there are six different themed getaway lodges for a holiday retreat that is fun for the whole family. A dinner theater presentation of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry, is also available on select nights, starting at $39 per person. The show can also be seen at a Sunday afternoon dessert matinee, starting at $24 per person. 

 

For information visit www.WarmBeachLights.com or call 800-228-6724.

 

 

Other Listings of Festivals and Events in the Seattle-Tacoma area:

http://www.seattle-downtown.com/events/