Special Events in Seattle

The West Seattle Summer Fest is West Seattle's largest party of the year. Located at West Seattle Junction, this street fair features arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, a kid's play area, and various beer gardens. Dozens of local artists provide live entertainment at this popular three-day event. GreenLife stage offers demonstrations that will educate and inspire green-living and preserving our planet.

Bite Of Seattle is the Northwest's premier food festival with over 50 restaurants and over 30 food product companies providing much delicious food. Celebrity chefs provide cooking demonstrations, and there are many beer gardens and wine-tasting booths. There are over 150 different acts to entertain you, from musical groups to comedy acts. Pretty much every type of music is represented at this festival on several different stages located around the grounds.

Capital Hill Block Party is a three-day weekend event that boasts over 100 bands and disc jockeys on six different stages. "Independent music and culture, thought, and progressive politics" are all qualities of this large party. Craft booths, food trucks, several bars, and beer gardens abound at this festival, and people of all ages are welcome, although parental discretion is recommended for children under 8.

Bumershoot is a huge music and arts festival in Seattle that has been around since 1971. It features the very best of film, music, comedy, dance, theater, spoken word, and visual arts and hosts over 100,000 visitors each year. Located at the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center, this is North America's largest urban arts festival. Hands-on activities, food, merchandise, and craft vendors are all included in the festivities, as are dozens of musical groups, including well-known ones such as Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett, and Mudhoney.

Seafair Festival and Torchlight Parade are perhaps the most beloved events in Seattle. For over 60 years, Seafair Festival has been a month-long festival comprised of community events, parades, boat racing, and a Miss Seafair competition. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to this festival each year. The Torchlight Parade event features breath-taking helium balloons, talented drill teams, equestrian units, brightly colored clowns, and rhythmic bands. Many famous people, including Duff McKagan, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer of Guns n' Roses, have sported the title "Grand Marshal" of this famous parade in Seattle.