Local Community & Events June 15, 2023

Favorite Summer Festivals

The sun is here and the whole PNW is celebrating!  Whether it’s a fair close to home or an excuse to pack up the fam for a destination festival, I hope you get out and make the most of these fun events…











Fremont Fair

One of Seattle’s biggest events, this bohemian-inspired festival features 300+ craft vendors, food, beer garden, dog parade, music, and the Solstice Parade (including the unofficial but famous naked bide ride).

Saturday, June 17 & Sunday, June 18, 2023

West of Fremont Ave N, on N 35th St. and N 34th St.

Parade: Begins at the intersection of N. 36th St. and Leary Way, and winds through downtown Fremont, ending at Gasworks Park.


Photo courtesy of fremontfair.com


Seattle PrideFest

Held in two locations (Capitol Hill & Seattle Center) this year with beer gardens, food, performances, and dancing in the Seattle Center fountain.

Saturday, June 24th – Capitol Hill
310 Broadway E | Seattle

Sunday, June 25th – Seattle Center
305 Harrison St | Seattle


Photo courtesy of seattlepridefest.org




SeaFair Summer Fourth

Seattle’s biggest fireworks show plus live music, family activities & beer gardens. Watch the show from free open seating or reserve a front row seat.

Tuesday, July 4th, 2023
Gates Open at 3pm, Fireworks at 10:15pm

Gas Works Park

Lake Union Park


Photo courtesy of seafair.org/summerfourth


Redmond Derby Days

Redmond’s bike-themed summer event including bicycle races, kids bike parade, carnival rides, drone light show, craft fair, arts festival, food, cornhole tourney, and live music.

Friday, July 14th & Saturday, July 15th, 2023

15670 NE 85th St, Redmond


Photo courtesy of redmond.gov


Ballard Seafood Fest

Live music, salmon BBQ, kids entertainment, vendors, and excellent craft beer. Don’t miss the Festi-Bowl skateboard events at Ballard Commons Park on Saturday, the 15th.

Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th, 2023

2208 NW Market St | Seattle (on Market St from Leary to 24th Ave NW, and on Ballard Ave from Market St to 22nd Ave NW)


Photo courtesy of Andrew Jacob Media and seafoodfest.org


Kirkland Uncorked

Sip local wine, beer or cocktails and listen to live music in beautiful Marina Park on the water. There’s also a street fair with crafts, art, food, dog modeling contest (!), and more. Buy tickets here (proceeds benefit the Homeward Pet Adoption Center).

Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th, 2023

25 Lakeshore Plaza | Kirkland


Photo courtesy of kirklanduncorked.com


West Seattle Summer Fest

Live bands, arts & crafts booths, outdoor cafes, beer garden, and fun Kids Zone with inflatables.

Friday, July 14th – Sunday, July 16th, 2023

The Junction, 4210 SW Oregon St | Seattle


Photo courtesy of westseattlesummerfest.com


Mercer Island Summer Celebration

Parade and lively street fair at Mercerdale Park followed by a waterfront fireworks show at Luther Burbank Park.

Saturday, July 15th, 2023
Fireworks at 10pm

Mercerdale Park Fair: 3009 77th Ave SE | Mercer Island

Luther Burbank Park (Fireworks): 2040 84th Ave SE | Mercer Island



Renton River Days

Summer bazaar, parade, rubber duck derby, live music, food trucks, beer/wine gardens, activity zone, drone show, volleyball & basketball tourneys, and 5k/10k Fun Walks on the Cedar River Trail.

Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

1055 S Grady Way | Renton


Photo courtesy of patch.com


Bite of Seattle

200 vendors, 50+ music performances (including Sir Mix-a-Lot!), 3 beer gardens, wine garden, & more.

Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St  | Seattle


Photo courtesy of biteofseattle.com


Sequim Lavender Weekend

Celebrate all things lavender with tours of local farms, live music, and 150 street fair booths highlighting NW crafts & food.

Friday, July 21st – Sunday, July 23rd, 2023

Carrie Blake Park, 500 N Blake Ave | Sequim


Photo courtesy of seattleandsound.com


Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

In addition to a wide range of local musicians, discover adventures like bat/bird finding expeditions, hiking, biking, tree climbing, nature painting/photography, yoga, 5K run, coffee walk, obstacle course, stargazing, fika (a Swedish morning tradition), shibori shirt dyeing, and lots of kids activities. Enjoy great food & local brews, too.

Thursday, July 27 – Saturday, July 29, 2023

Get tickets here

Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 NE 40th St | Carnation


Video courtesy of Timber! Outdoor Music Festival


Bellevue Arts Fair

Shop from over 300 artists showcasing their handmade arts & crafts. Kids Fair, food trucks, stage performances, and free Bellevue Art Museum exhibitions, too!

Friday, July 28th – Sunday, July 30th, 2023

Bellevue Square, 510 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue


Photo courtesy of bellevuearts.org/artsfair




Seafair Weekend

Seattle’s iconic festival featuring a spectacular airshow, hydroplane races, classic car show, live music, local food/beverages, and log boom party for boaters.

Friday, August 4th – Sunday, August 6th, 2023

Get tickets here

Genesee Park, 4316 S Genesee St | Seattle


Photo courtesy of seafair.org



If you’re a country music fan, then this destination festival at the Gorge is for you. Three days of live bands plus carnival rides, food, drinks, and camping.

Friday, August 4th – Sunday, August 6th, 2023

Get tickets here

The Gorge Ampitheatre, 754 Silica Rd NW | Quincy


Photo courtesy of watershedfest.com


Festival at Mount Si

This street fair in scenic North Bend offers music, a parade, 5K fun run, cherry pie eating contest, and even a live chili cookoff (not to mention food and craft vendors!). Make it a day and visit the outlet mall or go hiking while you’re at it.

Saturday, August 12th & Sunday, August 13th, 2023

Si View Park, 400 SE Orchard Dr | North Bend


Photo courtesy of festivalatmtsi.org


Chief Seattle Days

A celebration of the Suquamish people honoring Chief Seattle since 1911, this festival is now open to the public and includes canoe races, a salmon bake, 5k fun run, market, games, traditional songs & dances, and a gravesite honoring for Chief Seattle.

Friday, August 18th – Sunday, August 20th, 2023

7235 NE Pkwy | Suquamish

Gravesite Honoring of Chief Seattle: 7076 NE South St | Suquamish


Photo courtesy of chiefseattledays.org


CHOMP Local Food Festival

A King County celebration of all that is local, sustainable, fresh…and delicious. Spend the day at beautiful Willowmoor Farm in Marymoor Park and support area farms. Live music, local food vendors, all-ages activities, and zucchini races, too!

Saturday, August 19th, 2023 from 10am to 6pm

Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE | Redmond


Photo courtesy of chomplocal.org


Evergreen State Fair

Held each year during the 11 days leading up to Labor Day (for the past 114 years!), this fair offers a little of everything—a fun carnival with rides/games, food, shopping, contests, live events, and more.

August 24th – September 4th, 2023

(Closed Wednesday, August 30th)

Get tickets here

14405 179th Ave SE | Monroe


Photo courtesy of Evergreen State Fair


THING: Music, Arts & Other Things

The ultimate destination festival, this 3-day event takes place amongst scenic sound views at Port Townsend’s historic Fort Worden (it’s even got a lighthouse!). In addition to an epic music lineup, you’ll also find art installations, workshops, and activities for all ages.

Friday, August 25th – Sunday, August 27th, 2023

Get tickets here

200 Battery Way | Port Townsend


Photo courtesy of THING




Washington State (Puyallup) Fair

A September tradition, peeps all around the Sound flock to “Do the Puyallup.” You’ll find your favorite carnival rides, a concert series, rodeo, petting farm, and a plethora of exhibits & vendors.

September 1st – 24th, 2023

Get tickets here

110 9th Ave SW | Puyallup


Photo courtesy of thefair.com



Seattle’s biggest music festival and a 50-year tradition. This year you’ll find a great music lineup along with everything art, dance, performances, roller skating, and…a cat circus.

Saturday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 3rd, 2023

Get tickets here

Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St | Seattle


Photo courtesy of seattlecenter.com


Mercer Island Art UnCorked

Discover Washington wine, beer & cider while you browse local artists at this outdoor event in Mercer Island’s Greta Hackett Outdoor Sculpture Gallery. Tasting garden, artist booths, live music, food trucks, and more.

Friday, September 8th, 2023 | 5-8 pm

Get tickets here

78th Ave SE & Sunset Hwy | Mercer Island


 Photo courtesy of mi-reporter.com


Fremont Oktoberfest

Celebrate 100+ beers and ciders along with games, Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving, and Dogtoberfest. Strictly 21+…unless you’re a dog.

Friday, September 22nd – Sunday, September 24th, 2023

Get tickets here

3503 Phinney Ave N | Seattle


Photo courtesy of fremontoktoberfest.com




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