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Seattle Summer Events Guide

Published Jun 18, 2019 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Hey Seattle! Summer is here! To help you make the most of it, we've listed some of the season's must-see events and festivals. 

The sun is out, which means that the outdoor fun can begin! Here's a list of some of the biggest and funnest family-friendly events and festivals taking place this summer in Seattle. From Seafair's lineup of iconic fairs and bashes to outdoor movies under the stars, we've got you covered. 

1. Fremont Fair

Start summer with a BANG by spending the weekend at the Fremont Fair. Over the Solstice Weekend, six blocks of the Fremont Neighborhood will be closed off and bustling with two live music stages, over 300 craft vendors, arts cars, great food, and more. The Fremont Solstice Parade takes place on Saturday, June 22 at 1:00pm, and starts at 3rd and Leary Way. Come and watch as giant puppets, stilt walkers, floats, dancers, and musicians parade down the streets. 

When: June 22, 10am to 8pm & June 23, 11am to 6pm 

Where: 3401 Evanston Ave N.

2. Dragon Fest

Dragon Fest is one of Seattle's largest pan-Asian celebrations. Come to the historic Chinatown-International District to watch cultural performances including Dragon and Lion dances, Traditional Korean drumming, martial arts demonstrations, the Chinese Girls Drill Teams, and lots more. 

When: June 29, 11am to 7pm

Where: Chinatown-International District 

Photo Credit: Chinatown-International District website

3. Seafair's Signature Events

Seafair is a non-profit festival that runs for 10 weeks throughout the summer. Since 1950, Seafair has been hosting and sponsoring around 75 events throughout the Seattle area. From watching the iconic Seafair Pirates Landing to the Seafair Weekend Festival, there is so much fun to be had this summer. Below we've listed Seafair's signature events, but Seafair also supports many local community events that we encourage you to check out. 

Seafair Summer Fourth - Thursday July 4 at Gas Works Park

Seafair Pirates Landing - Saturday July 6 at Alki Beach

Milk Carton Derby - Saturday July 13 at Green Lake Park

Seafair Triathlon & Kids Triathlon - Sunday, July 21 at Seward Park 

Seafair Torchlight Parade and Fanfest - Saturday, July 27 in Downtown Seattle

Torchlight 5K & 8K Run - Saturday, July 27 at Westlake Park

Seafair Fleet Week - July 29 - August  1 at Gas Works Park

Seafair Weekend Festival - August 2-4 at Genesee Park 

4. West Seattle Summer Fest

Come and celebrate the music and arts community in West Seattle! This year is the 37th annual West Seattle Summer Fest, and there's something fun for the entire family - shopping, live music, dining, and a kids play area with rides, arts and crafts, and really cool activities.

When: July 12 - 14

Where: West Seattle Junction 4210 SW Oregon Street

5. Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival 

Are you ready for a full weekend of live theatre? Since 2001, GreenStage has been bringing fabulous theatre productions to Volunteer Park for one weekend every summer. This year is the 19th annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival. Today, the festival features three stages with 17 performances by nine theatre companies. Best of all, all performances are FREE!

When: July 13-14

Where: Volunteer Park

6. Bite of Seattle

Are you a foodie? If your answer is yes, then you don't want to miss the Bite of Seattle, a food and beverage festival featuring over 60 restaurants and food vendors, live music, cooking demos and cook-off battles, and a Family Fun Zone. Admission is free, but make sure you bring money for the food stalls!  

When: July 19-21

Where: Seattle Center

7. Kirkland Summerfest 

Kirkland Summerfest is the must-see summer event on the Kirkland waterfront. There will be live performances and food vendors, and this year they've expanded their family activities. Bring your kids to the Create Zone, the Street Fair, the Rotary Duck Dash, and the KidZone. 

When: July 26-28 

Where: 25 Lake Shore Plz, Kirkland

8. Alki Art Fair

Listen to local musicians as you explore artist booths, eat some yummy bites from food vendors, and enjoy views of Alki Beach. Alki Art Fair features over 100 artists and makers and works in painting, pottery, glass, taxtiles, metal, jewelery, and more. This event is free and there will be creative activities food kids. OuterSpace is hosting an interactive Kidz Zone where kids can play, explore, and get physical. 

When: July 27 & 28

Where: Alki Bathhouse

9. Kidchella Seattle

Kidchella is a spin on the famous music festival, Coachella. Mini VIPs will be rocking out to Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, and Hoopsmiles! There will also be carnival games, face painting, balloon twisting, and arts and crafts. Tickets for kids under 18-years-old are FREE. 

When: August 11

Where: Mural Amphitheatre 

10. Kids Obstacle Challenge

Kids ages 5-16 will challenge themselves as they complete this one-of-a-kind obstacle course that includes over 15 obstacles that range in difficulty. Get ready to get muddy because you'll be army crawling, swinging over water, scaling up rugged cargo nets, and more. Kids will have smiles on their faces once they see what they can accomplish! 

When: August 17 & 18

Where: Lake Sammamish State Park

11. Outdoor Movies

Outdoor movies are a HUGE hit in Seattle. From Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park to Edmonds Outdoor Movies Nites, there are a lot of organizations throughout the Seattle area that are hosting movies under the stars all summer long. Most of them are free, while others have a small admission fee. We've compiled a list of all the family-friendly outdoor movie nights in our Seattle's Complete 2019 Family Outdoor Movie Guide. Pack your lawn chains, snacks, and blankets, and have fun watching a film under the stars. 

12. Farmers Markets 

Summer wouldn't be the same without farmers markets. There's an endless number of them taking place in Seattle. Make it a goal of visiting five of them this summer. Here are just a few that you should visit:

Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market - Every Wednesday from May 8 to October 9, 3:00-7:00pm 

Wallingford Farmers Market - Every Wednesday from May 15 to September 25, 3:00-7:00pm

Queen Anne Farmers Market - Every Thursday from May 30 to October 10, 3:00-7:00pm

Madrona Farmers Market - Every Friday from May 17 to October 11, 3:00-7:00pm

Phinney Farmers Market - Ever Friday from June 7 to September 27, 3:30-7:30pm

Redmond Saturday Market - Every Saturday from May 4 to October 26, 9:00am-3:00pm

Magnolia Farmers Market - Every Saturday from June 1 to November 23, 10:00am-2:00pm 

Ballard Famers Market - Every Sunday from May 12 to December 29, 10:00am-3:00pm 

We hope that you enjoy this amazing summer! If you're looking for more things to do this summer, visit our "Events" page to find more community happenings and festivals. 

Sarah Lindquist
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