It’s Summer! August is full of festivals, concerts, fairs, tastings, sports – if you can’t find something to do in our great city….you’re not trying. Honestly, the hardest part for me is choosing WHICH event to attend. But since the days are nice and long, with sunset generally not happening until after 9pm, you can fit quite a few things into a day if you plan it right.
The first weekend of August is Seafair Weekend, and if you’ve never experienced a live hydroplane race, I highly recommend it. Genesee Park on Lake Washington is where it all happens, and you can either bring your blanket and watch from the grass or go all-in and get pit passes. There are plenty of food and beverage vendors, along with a really great area for the kiddos. For information and tickets, click here.
After Seafair, the rest of the month is filled with pretty much any festival you could want. One that I find really cool is the Lantern Ceremony at Greenlake. Every year on the 6th of August hundreds of lanterns are lit and put on the lake to remember the victims of the Hiroshima attack on August 6, 1945. There is also music, poetry, and more. On the 9th is the South Lake Union Block party, which is always a lot of fun! This is a free community event that features great music, lots of food and beverage, and tons of stuff for the kids.
If you’re looking for something a little different, try the 28th Annual Hemp Fest at Myrtle Edwards Park August 16th – 18th. This is one of the nation’s largest (and best, in our humble opinion) cannabis festivals. Don’t know much about cannabis? There are lots of speakers, booths, seminars – you can’t help but learn something. And don’t forget the music and merch! For more information, visit their website.
Looking for an old-fashioned fair? The kind with farm animals, carnival rides, and various food-on-a-stick? We are lucky enough to have two! The Evergreen State Fair in Monroe is August 22nd – September 2nd and the Washington State Fair in Puyallup is August 30th – September 22nd. If you’re visiting and don’t have a car, there are several options for ride shares and transit packages. Both events are a lot of fun and worth the drive!
Labor Day Weekend does not disappoint in the Emerald City! While there are a lot of different things to do, the biggest and best event is Bumbershoot – a 3-day music festival held on multiple stages throughout the Seattle Center campus. And it’s not just music – there is food, drink, local arts and crafts vendors, and a lot of fun things for kids. Their website has all the details and tickets.
August also signals the beginning of fall sports – the best season if you ask me. Baseball, MLS and pre-season football are all played here. There’s nothing better than watching your favorite team (hopefully) win while the sun sets over the stadium.
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