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Summer Events Around the Sound

Events and celebrations in Seattle/Everett/Tacoma from August through October

       

AUGUST

 

Bainbridge Island Studio Tour
August 11 - 13, 2017
Bainbridge Island is just a short ferry ride from Seattle, and twice each year local artists open their studios to the public. The free tour is self-paced and the route is easily accessible by bicycle or by car. Each destination provides an oportunity to meet the artists, view works in progress and finished pieces, as well as various refreshments and live entertainment.
http://www.bistudiotour.com

A Taste of Edmonds
August 11 - 13, 2017
August 2017 will mark the 35th anniversary of A Taste of Edmonds, a weekend jam-packed with fun for the whole family, including arts & crafts, 35 food vendors from near and far, a Beer and Wine Garden, a Kids Area with rides and entertainment, and live music!
http://atasteofedmonds.com

The Festival at Mount Si
August 11 - 13, 2017
Shop 'til you drop with arts and crafts vendors hailing from all over the State of Washington. Get your corn-on-the-cob, elephant ears, and much more at the many booths offering Washington's best food and drink. Relax in the beer garden while supporting the festival and the local Rotary Club. Groove to jazz, blues, rock, country and more with live performances on two stages.
http://www.festivalatmtsi.org/

AuburnFest
Aug. 12, 2017
AuburnFest will include two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food vendors, craft and specialty vendors, community and non-profit vendors, a car show, a literary showcase & small press fair, as well as several free activities including Bocce, face painting, hands-on art activities, an indoor playground, the Discovery Playground, a spray playground, and much more!
http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/auburnfest_s_p3508.htm?EventMode=View&EventOccurrence=0

Lions Clubs Centennial Celebration
Aug. 12, 2017
Come celebrate 100 years of Lions Clubs at Clock Tower Park in DuPont! This free event features live entertainment, children's activities, food, beer garden, craft and other vendors, bingo, raffle prizes, and more.
https://www.md19clions.org/events/centennial.php

Coupeville Arts & Crafts Festival
Aug. 12 - 13, 2017
Established in 1964 - the Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival is one of Washington State's oldest, continuously run festivals. The Festival is renowned for its primary focus on quality arts and crafts, handmade by artisans from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The historic town of Coupeville is located on Penn Cove, Central Whidbey Island, WA. Shoppers, vendors and visitors will all be charmed by the waterfront views.
http://www.coupevillefestival.com

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Aug. 18 - 20, 2017
Railroad Days is the annual community festival celebrating our spirit and origins as a railroad and logging town, and the home of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. The event is held in Historic Snoqualmie, in and around the Northwest Railway Museum. Volunteer firemen and their wives organized the first festival in 1938, and the popular event is still going strong.
http://www.railroaddays.com

Poulsbo Arts Festival
Aug. 18 - 20, 2017
The Poulsbo Arts Festival brings together an array of handmade arts and crafts, accompanied by food booths and live music and dance. There is something for all the family to enjoy including a children's arts corner, original design jewelry, metal, ceramic, wood, and fabric art, plus raffles, art demonstrations and much more.
http://www.cafnw.org/paf.php

The Uptown Street Fair
Aug. 19, 2017
The Uptown Street Fair celebrates 27 years of fun in Uptown and includes great local music, the Port Townsend Arts & Crafts Fair, the Port Townsend Farmers Market, tasty food on the street, free art activities for families and much more.
http://ptmainstreet.org/event/uptown-street-fair-parade-2/

Tumwater Artesian Brewfest
Aug. 19, 2017
The Tumwater Artesian Brewfest provides a unique outdoor venue to celebrate the legacy of brewing and its importance to Tumwater's history. Located in the shadow of the former Olympia Brewery, the 10-acre site hosts outdoor games, a stein-holding contest, and over 40 Pacific Northwest breweries and cideries sampling their best brews to sip and savor.
http://www.tumwaterartesianbrewfest.com/

Viking Days Festival
Aug. 19 - 20, 2017
Vikings are invading Ballard and you could be one of them! This educational festival at the Nordic Museum features Nordic foods, lively entertainment, a Viking Encampment, and much more!
nordicmuseum.org

Evergreen State Fair
Aug. 24 - Sept. 4, 2017
The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe, WA features an exciting lineup of events, including a Logging Show, Pro-West Rodeo, Crazy Animal Races, Petting Zoo, Carnival, Auto Races, Live Entertainment, and more!
http://www.evergreenfair.org

Web AChoochokam Makers + Music Festival
August 26 - 27, 2017
Picturesque Whidbey Island Washington is home to the longest running independent music and arts festival in the Pacific Northwest. Family friendly as always, with lots of music, kite-flying, kids' activities, picnics, art, theatre, dance and music for a great all-weekend event!
http://choochokamarts.org

 

SEPTEMBER

 

Bumbershoot
Sept. 1 - 3, 2017
Annual international music and arts festival held every Labor Day weekend in Seattle, attracting more than 100,000 visitors each year. North America's largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center.
http://bumbershoot.org

Olympia Harbor Days
Sept. 1 - 3, 2017
Harbor Days is an annual festival where tugboats return to the southernmost tip of Puget Sound for three days of entertainment, food, art, history, and a last farewell to the summer.
http://harbordays.com

Oak Harbor Music Festival
Sept. 1 - 3, 2017
Three free days of live music in Oak Harbor, on the beautiful isle of Whidbey. There are two main stages with over 30 bands featuring all types of musical genre. With two beer gardens, a variety of fabulous local food vendors and sidewalk cafes there is plenty of food and drink for everyone. Enjoy the arts and crafts vendors as you stroll from one stage to the other.
http://www.oakharborfestival.com/home

Washington State Fair
Sept 1 - 24, 2017
Get ready to PARTY BIG at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. For 20 glorious days enjoy delicious food, wild rides, dazzling entertainment and fun for the whole family. It's the biggest party in the state and you don't want to miss out! Beginning in 2016, the Fair kicked off the Friday of Labor Day weekend and end the last Sunday of the month, providing an additional week of fun.
http://www.thefair.com/state-fair

Roy Pioneer Rodeo
Sept. 2 - 3, 2017
The Roy Pioneer takes place in June and September. The event attracts rodeo lovers from all over the United States and Canada.
http://royrodeo.com

Bremerton Blackberry Festival
Sept. 2 - 4, 2017
The Bremerton Blackberry Festival features over 100 vendors in their street fair, live entertainment, a Berry Fun Run, and a Berry Bike Race.
http://www.blackberryfestival.org

Wooden Boat Festival
Sept. 8 - 10, 2017
The Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend features more than 300 wooden vessels, dozens of indoor and outdoor presentations and demonstrations, a who's who of wooden boat experts and thousands of wooden boat enthusiasts, there's something to do, someone to meet, or a boat to board at every turn.
http://www.nwmaritime.org/wooden-boat-foundation/wooden-boat-festival

Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival
Sept. 8 - 10, 2017
The Mukilteo Lighthouse Festival brings the community together through entertainment and celebration, with events that include a grand parade, fireworks, fishing derby, Mukilteo Marketplace, and so much more.
http://mukilteolighthousefestival.com

San Gennaro Festival
Sept. 8 - 10, 2017
This three-day Italian street festival in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood brings together the best in Italian cuisine, a beer and wine garden, activities for kids, merchandise booths and three nights of live music and dancing.
http://www.sangennarofestivalseattle.org

Skagit River Salmon Festival
Sept. 9, 2017
The Skagit River Salmon Festival celebrates the Skagit River and all of its natural resources. The event features Youth Activities and Crafts, Live Music and Cultural Opportunities, Great Food and Salmon BBQ, Beer & Wine Garden, and so much more!
http://skagitriverfest.org

Sustainable Ballard Festival
Sep. 9, 2017
Eclectic, artsy, earthy, urban and committed to a better future - you'll find all this and more at the Sustainable Ballard Festival. This annual event at Ballard Commons Park features a creation station, skateboard lessons, family bike expo, an urban farm zone, live music on a solar powered stage, food carts, activities and more.
http://www.sustainableballard.org/festival/

Puget Sound Bird Fest
Sept. 15 - 17, 2017
The Puget Sound Bird Fest in Edmonds, Washington is a yearly celebration of the birds and of nature found on the beautiful shores of Puget Sound. The three-day event includes speakers, guided walks, land and water-based field trips, exhibits, and educational activities for children and adults.
http://www.pugetsoundbirdfest.com

Greater Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour
Sept 15 - 17, 2017
Open Studio Tour is a once-a-year opportunity to admire and acquire fine and functional works of art directly from the people who create them. These select Gig Harbor area artists open their studios to the public, offering explanations and demonstrations of their materials and art process.
http://www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org

Port Townsend Film Festival
Sept 15 - 17, 2017
The Port Townsend Film Festival, modeled after the festival in Telluride, Colorado, is a film lover's block party celebrating great films and filmmakers, offering more than 80 films on the historic waterfront.
http://www.ptfilmfest.com

Oktoberfest Fremont
Sept 22 - 24, 2017
Oktoberfest Fremont is a Fall tradition in Seattle and has been hailed as one of the top 10 places in the world to celebrate Oktoberfest! This event takes over half of Seattle's Fremont neighborhood and turns it into the biggest beer garden in the Northwest! Also, don't forget about the 5K Run on Sunday!
http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com

Fishermen's Fall Festival
Sept. 23, 2017
This annual event in Seattle provides families with a fun and educational outing on the waterfront as well as an opportunity to learn more about seafood. Hands-on art projects with fishing themes, including the popular wooden boat building and trout pond, are complimentary for all children and admission to the festival is free.
http://www.fishermensfallfestival.org

Kitsap Color Classic
Sept 24, 2017
Pedal along the gorgeous Kitsap Peninsula through some of the best riding country in the state! Friendly communities and terrific fall scenery make this a fun, must-do event.
https://shop.cascade.orgddress

OCTOBER

 

Brew at the Zoo
Oct. 5, 2017
Raise your glass to conservation and animals! Join Woodland Park Zoo for the seventh annual Brew at the Zoo beer-tasting event on Thursday, October 5th. Sample imports, domestics, microbrews and even ciders from over 40 different breweries.
http://www.zoo.org/brew

West Sound Quilters Annual Quilt Show
Oct. 6 - 7, 2017
Presented by the West Sound Quilters, this annual quilt show at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton features Vendors, Demos, Quilt Turning, a Raffle Quilt, Auction Blocks, Treasure Chest (members' sellables) Fat Quarter Raffle, Cafe and a Utopia of Quilts. http://www.westsoundquilters.org/quilt-show.html

Oktoberfest Northwest
Oct. 6 - 8, 2017
The 13th Annual Oktoberfest Northwest at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup is a 3-day event featuring traditional German beers, great food, lively music, Wiener Dog Races, Stein Dash 5K, Hammerschlagen Tournament, Holey Boards, Corn Hole Toss, German shopping, free pumpkin decorating, free face painting & scavenger hunt, and more!
http://oktoberfestnw.com/

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival
Oct. 6 - 8, 2017
Come out to Port Angeles on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula for old fashioned Crab Feeds, crab preparation competitions, wine tastings, and the Grab-A-Crab Tank Derby! Also enjoy more than 50 craft & merchant booths, live music, and take a walk out on the pier or on the beach. http://www.crabfestival.org

Key Peninsula Farm Tour
Oct. 7, 2017
Farming has been a year-round activity on the Key Peninsula for many decades. Come explore farming history, feed the animals, and pick apples in the 2017 KP Farm Tour. Events include wine tasting, horse vaulting demonstrations, petting zoo, tractor hay ride, lavendar field tours, and more! http://www.kpfarmtour.com

Fife Harvest Festival
Oct. 7, 2017
Since 2005, the Fife Harvest Festival has grown to become the largest community celebration in Fife with over 5,000 participants. This annual event takes place at Dacca Park, and hosts all kinds of arts, crafts, foods, performances, and vendors, and is FREE and fun for all ages.
http://cityoffife.org/city-departments/parks-and-recreation/harvest-festival

Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Oct. 7 - 8, 2017
The Pacific Northwest's premier fish festival, Issaquah Salmon Days takes place every year in early October, offering great food, entertainment, arts and crafts, a Grande Parade, and much more. Celebrate the return of the salmon with this weekend of non-stop activities!
http://www.salmondays.org

Oysterfest
Oct. 7 - 8, 2017
Oysters, wines, microbrews, live music and so much more come together for two days every year on the first weekend in October in Shelton, WA. The festival also features a popular cook-off, hands-on water quality exhibits, and is itself a giant a food pavilion with nearly 100 unique items on the menu: BBQ oysters, fritters, spring rolls, garlic shrimp, fresh cider and so much more.
http://www.oysterfest.org

Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms
Oct. 7 - 8, 2017
More than a dozen local farms throw open the barn doors for hands-on activities, tours, tastings, and a peek at agricultural life at the 19th annual Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms. Take part in gardening demonstrations, educational exhibits, hay mazes, pumpkin patches, harvest markets, and more!
http://www.festivaloffamilyfarms.com/

TWIST Seattle Queer Film Festival
Oct. 12 - 22, 2017
Held annually in October since 1996, The Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent.
http://www.threedollarbillcinema.org/programs/TWIST

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival
Oct. 19 - 22, 2017
The 35th Annual Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival runs for four magical days at the Tacoma Dome. With over 550 exhibits in two buildings, it is one of the largest holiday gift shows on the West Coast. Shop for holiday gifts of handmade arts & crafts, seasonal decorations and gourmet foods. Bring the entire family and watch artists in action, enjoy family entertainment, get pictures with Santa, and more!
http://holidaygiftshows.com/

West Sound Ukulele Festival
Oct. 21 - 22, 2017
A day long festival celebrating the ukulele, as well as other stringed instruments, and the people who create music with them, encouraging a true sense of community among musicians, participants and audience. Beginning and skill-enhancement workshops will be offered throughout the day at the beautiful Kitsap Conference Center, culminating with a concert at the Admiral Theatre in the evening.
http://www.westsoundartandmusic.org/

Gig Harbor Film Festival
Oct. 26 - 29, 2017
The Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the Northwest. Attendees can choose from dozens of films while enjoying the beauty that is Gig Harbor!
http://www.gigharborfilmfestival.org

Issaquah Zombie Walk
Oct. 28, 2017
Halloween zombies of all ages will congregate in Issaquah for the sixth annual Downtown Zombie Walk and flash-mob dance to Michael Jackson's, THRILLER! A post zombie party will be held at the Issaquah Brewhouse, where Fred Hopkins and his Ghouls will perform.
http://downtownissaquah.com/events-and-music/zombie-walk/

Dia de Muertos at Seattle Center
Oct. 28 - 29, 2017
The art and spirituality of Mexican culture is celebrated at Dia de Muertos, with live performances, spectacular community altar and cemetery, special hands-on activities, foods, face painting and exquisite rituals. This "Day of the Dead" festival honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.
http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=19

Seattle Children's Museum Costume Carnival
Oct. 31, 2017
The Seattle Children's Museum is hosting its 6th annual Costume Carnival, offering a FREE opportunity for safe indoor trick-or-treating on October 31, 2017 from 4pm - 8pm. Organizations from around Seattle Center will join to turn the Museum into a Halloween-themed adventure for kids 10 and under (with their families). http://thechildrensmuseum.org/costume-carnival/