One of the best things about living in Seattle are the incredible summers! All year round we enjoy the outdoors ; hiking, biking, paddle boarding. There is no doubt Seattleites are ultra active. So when the sun finally comes out there is no stopping us. Here’s some of the best summer events to make the most of this gorgeous city sunshine!
Capitol Hill Block Party July 24 - 26
A music festival in your backyard? Who could say no to that! It’s no secret that Seattle loves music and the lineup shows it. This epic weekend has grown over the last few years and is definitely something to check out. Buy a weekend pass or just go for a day. You’ll get all the festival vibes with city amenities. It’s a win win.
Clips Beer and Film Tour July 31
This is a coast to coast film festival offering the best of beer and the big screen. The beautiful Gas Works Park is home to this nonprofit driven event. New Belgium Brewery will have up to 17 selections on tap so novices and connoisseur alike will enjoy. Food vendors will be there for snacks and the films will roll when the sun sets. Be sure to come early to get a great spot and soak in everything this event offers.
Seafair Weekend July 31 - August 2
Being near the water is always a blast, and Seafair offers a ton of wave-worthy events -- check out their Facebook page for great updates. Out of all the choices my personal favorite is Seafair Weekend. They have live music, food booths, a beer garden -- and don’t forget the Blue Angels. No matter what you’re looking for, you’ll find your summer fix!
Kirkland Summerfest August 7 - 8
If you’re looking for a great family-friendly event, Kirkland Summerfest is perfect. Spreading through downtown and the waterfront there are plenty of activities to make the drive worth it. Art exhibits and performances are the highlight but children will have a blast with face painting and inflatables. A hidden gem all year round, this event really highlights the Kirkland community.
Hempfest August 14 - 16
Seattle is a leader in marijuana, being one of the first states to legalize and Hempfest is our opportunity to celebrate it. Food, retail, and nonprofit vendors line up to showcase all that the hemp plant can offer. This event takes over Belltown and the sculpture park so be sure to line up early. Even if 420 isn’t your thing, stop by to people watch and you’ll be sure to have a good time.
Movies at Marymoor July 8 - August 26
Marymoor is an awesome venue with outdoor movies all summer long. Typically Tuesdays at 7:00PM, they offer a great variety of old classics and children’s movies. Food trucks, vendors, entertainment, and trivia make this a perfect summer night outing. Marymoor also has a great summer concert line up, check it out.
Street Food Fest August 15 - 16
This event has expanded and moved to the gorgeous South Lake Union. Supporting loads of local food truck vendors and pop up shops this indie food festival is my ideal weekend. Hosting a Saturday night market that will certainly inspire and live music throughout, the waterfront views are simply a bonus.
Tomato Battle August 29
Food, drinks, music, and smashing fruit -- sounds like a party to me. This event is taking a little love from a few international festivals and adding a local twist. The Pyramid Alehouse in Sodo hosts this extravaganza from 1:00-6:00PM. The website offers a giveaway of two tickets so be sure to take advantage. Messy is always better, right?
Bumbershoot September 5 - 7
An end of the summer music and arts festival that offers a lot more than just headliners, but have you seen that line up?! Comedy, dance, film, and visual art are all featured at different venues throughout the Seattle Center making this a mecca of entertainment. Exploring the city’s impressive artistic array will never disappoint.
The Washington State Fair September 11 - 27
Need I really say more? Rides, fried food, and Pit Bull. Washington, you are amazing. Making the trip to Puyallup fair grounds is always a memory lane favorite. Classics include a rodeo, farm animals, plenty of vendors, and a concert series with some surprising artists -- did I mention Pit Bull? Fun any day of the week, this summer farewell party is a must.
Want more summer awesomeness? Check these out:
Bite of Seattle July 17 - 19
Renton River Days July 24 - 26 in Liberty Park
Bellevue Festival of the Arts July 24 - 26 by World Market
Renaissance Fair August 1 - 2, 8 - 9, 15 - 16 at The Kelley Farm
SLU Block Party August 7 Denny Way and Westlake
Geocaching Block Party August 15
Bacon, Eggs, and Kegs August 22
-Carmen Galderisi, TWIF Blogger