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Seattle’s Summer Season is Busy and Varied!

Seattle summers are already technically chock-a-block full of things to do and see. There is not a weekend between Memorial Day and Labor Day that doesn’t have a fair, festival, street party or other happening. Visitors will find Seattle one of the most sun-centric places to visit, probably because we DON’T have sunshine 365! So when the days get longer, we get outside!

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With that being said, 2018 is going to be an epic-ly busy Seattle summer! The Fourth of July holiday coincides with Special Olympics 2018. Pearl Jam’s Home Shows occur in August, when the city is already filled to bursting with tourists and cruise ship traffic! A summer vacation in Seattle will be a highlight of your year. Plan now, and book now (with us or with another vacation rental or a hotel, as there is NOT enough lodging in the city for all the people who want to come) for the best lodging selection, especially around these busy dates!

Seattle Cruise Season 2018: 

The Northwest Cruise season will span from the first weekend in May through that last weekend of September. Cruises leave six days a week with cruise lines operating out of both Pier 66 and Pier 91. 216 trips left Seattle in 2017, with over 1.3 milliion passengers. Many passengers come in the day prior for their cruise, but many actually book a Seattle mini stay of 2 or 3 days as an add-on the cruise.  That is over 61,000 people a week in the city, just for cruises!

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Seattle summer music season can’t be matched.  Zootunes, Marymore, small venues and large, we cannot be beat when it comes to live music.  There are a couple of large acts coming this summer that will attract locals from outside Seattle, and many of these folks will need lodging.  Concerts that we anticipate selling out for are Taylor Swift (May 22), Kenny Chesney (July 7), Ed Sheeran (August 25), and of course, the biggest concert event of the summer, the Pearl Jam Home Shows (August 8 and 10).

Northwest FolkLife Festival 2018:

Sometimes considered locally as the little sister to Bumbershoot, FolkLife is a great music and arts festival occuring on the Seattle Center campus, and is my personal favorite of the two.  In 2018, it will host 5,000 diverse performers from 100+ local cultural communities and attract 250,000 attendees.  FolkLife has managed to remain FREE, which may be the bargain of the summer.  

Special Olympics 2018: 

The Seattle area is proud and honored to host the Special Olympics 2018. The event will take place over the first week of July 1-6. Events will take place all over the Puget Sound region.  VisitSeattle, our regiion’s tourism expert, announced late 2017 that there is not enough hotel rooms in Seattle to meet demand for this event. Much of this is due to the timing. With it taking place in the height of cruise ship season, and during the Independence Day holiday, Seattle will be full of people. If your plans have you in the city this week, make your lodging choices SOON!

Bumbershoot: 

Bumbershoot is Seattle’s annual "end of summer" party, and is ALWAYS a good time. Much more than a music festival, Bumbershoot combines visual arts, comedy and stagecraft along with just about every genre of music known to humankind. Lineups have not been announced as of this writting, but past headliners include national acts such as Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Chris Stapleton, and Elvis Costello. Advance Passes are currently on sale for $150 for all three days.


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