at Pickathon, Aug 2–4

Georgetown Carnival

World-famous power-tool races, Georgetown Trailer Park market of curiosities, live music, circus performances, art bazaar, beer garden, and more! 12th and Vale, free,


Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Staged in modern theater tents on the waterfront against a backdrop of mountains, sea, and sky: Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, and Timothy Findley's Elizabeth Rex. Vanier Park, Kits Point, Vancouver, BC, $25–$43,


Seattle Greendrinks

Seattle Greendrinks is a local nonprofit, celebrating 10 years of connecting the sustainability community in Seattle, which means they are throwing a very special and very huge party. With a thousand friends. In a warehouse. The theme is Thrift Shop, so come dressed to impress! Goodwill is hosting the costume contest and will be accepting donated items. Free transportation! See event page for details. SustainableWorks Warehouse, 4000 Airport Way S, $15,


Warped Tour

With Hawthorne Heights, Forever the Sickest Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, Reel Big Fish, Goldfinger, the Early November, and dozens more bands nobody over the age of 15 has heard of. White River Amphitheater, $37.50,

JUNE 21–23

HONK! Fest West

The TOTALLY FREE festival takes over the streets of Seattle with marching bands, samba lines, drum corps, and "every manner of rhythmic and melodic noisemaker we could find." Performers include Orkestar Zirkonium, Tubaluba, Seattle Sounders FC Soundwave Band, Chaotic Noise Marching Corps, and more. Various venues, free,

4 Peaks Music Festival

Only 500 tickets will be sold to this "intimate" music festival, featuring music from Greensky Bluegrass, Marchforth Marching Band, Poor Man's Whiskey, Dehlizdublin, and others. Rockin A Ranch, Bend, OR, $125/children under 10 free,


Coast West Fest

Coast West will be a weekend of showcasing the amazing things that can be accomplished with a little bit of imagination, a crowd full of creativity, and a whole lot of community. The goal is to create a fun connection between the community and nature through quality, hands-on activities, great performances, and community involvement. Pacific Beach, $15,

JUNE 28–29

Paradiso Festival 2013

"The largest dance music event in the Pacific Northwest" features Tiësto, Kaskade, the Crystal Method, Donald Glaude, Morgan Page, and many more. Also: amusement-park rides and theatrical performers! Gorge Amphitheater, $160 two-day pass/ $300 VIP,

Aronoff Festival Concerts

Two days of chamber music, featuring performances from Tad Margelli, principal English horn with the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Thane Lewis, Denise Dillenbeck, Rodger Burnett, and more. Bastyr University Chapel, Kenmore, $10 suggested donation,


Seattle Pride Fest

The details of this year's Pride Fest at the Seattle Center haven't been announced yet, but it's the first Pride Fest since gay marriage was legalized in Washington, so you can rest assured it'll be one hell of a love-filled party. Seattle Center, free,


Mayhem Festival

With Rob Zombie, Mastodon, Five Finger Death Punch, Amon Amarth, and a bunch of hard rock and metal bands whose logos are very hard to read. White River Amphitheater, $20–$85/$200 VIP,

JULY 6–14

Harrison Festival of the Arts

Locally made arts and crafts, local art shows, and music (on the beach!) from Cuban Fire, Tom Taylor, Fred Penner, Iskwew Singers, and more. Harrison Hot Springs, BC, $25 daily/$175 full festival pass,

JULY 9–13

Victoria Ska Fest

The 14th annual Victoria Ska Fest includes Mad Caddies, Dub FX & Flower Fairy & Cade, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, the Debonaires, and more horn-loving bands than you can skank a stick at. Pick it up, pick it up. Various venues, Victoria, BC, $65 partial pass/$125 full festival pass,

JULY 12–14

West Seattle Summer Fest

Support The Stranger

Every summer the West Seattle Junction is taken over with live music, art, local vendors, and more. The music lineup hasn't been announced yet, but they always manage to get some great local bands on the bill. West Seattle Junction, free,


Sub Pop Silver Jubilee

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Sub Pop is taking over the streets of Georgetown to throw themselves a huge, free party! Bands include Mudhoney, J. Mascis, Pissed Jeans, Shabazz Palaces with THEESatisfaction, Shearwater, and more to be announced. There will also be beer, art, food, and a record fair. Happy birthday, Sub Pop! Various venues in Georgetown, free,

JULY 18–21

12th Annual Northwest String Summit

With Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Keller and the Keels, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Black Prairie (featuring members of the Decemberists), and more. There will also be Voodoo Donuts! Horning's Hideout, North Plains, OR, $155 three-day pass/$180 four-day pass,

JULY 19–20

Basin Summer Sounds

This festival is completely free, and it will feature performances by Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the Lonely Forest, DoctorfunK, Hamilton Loomis, and more. There's also a car show and a three-on-three basketball tournament. Ephrata, free,

JULY 19–21

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival

The 26th annual Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival features music from Johnny Winter, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Bonerama, Janiva Magness, Otis Taylor Band, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, and more. With a beer garden, too! Blues Ranch, Winthrop, $80 adv/$90 at the gate,

Photosynthesis Festival

Featuring Gaudi, Christian Martin, Russ Liquid, Pezzner, Luke Mandala, Bim Tim, Ramiro, and many more. When you're not dancing, you can also enjoy the food, clothing, and jewelry vendors and "healing workshops." Hobuck Beach Resort, Neah Bay, $95–$125,

JULY 20–21

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival

Fun(ion) for the whole family. Live music and dance performances, food demonstrations and competitions, beer and wine garden, a fun run, and of course, all the onion-related entertainment you could want! Walla Walla, free,

JULY 26–27

Timber! Music Festival

Artist Home (co-organizers of the Doe Bay Fest) present the new Timber! Music Festival, featuring the Helio Sequence, Fruit Bats, Lemolo, Bryan John Appleby, Kithkin, Quasi, S, and a bunch more bands that'll sound good amongst the nature of the 574-acre park. Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation, $45/12 and under free,

JULY 26–28

Capitol Hill Block Party

Nearly 100 bands and musicians playing in the streets of Capitol Hill! The lineup includes the Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Pickwick, Danny Brown, Purity Ring, Big Freedia, and so many more. It's gonna be great! Capitol Hill at 10th and Pike, $40 one-day ticket/$115 three-day pass,

AUG 1–4

Wanderlust at Whistler

Fun in the sun, dancing under the stars! Four days of yoga, meditation, music (including Moby!), and classes on how to make your life better. Whistler, BC, $120–$425,

AUG 2–4


The 15th annual Pickathon will feature performances from Feist, Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, Ty Segall, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Shabazz Palaces, Sharon Van Etten, Foxygen, Tift Merritt, and so many more! There will also be a kids' stage. Neat! Pendarvis Farm, Happy Valley, OR, $260,


This year's Watershed Festival features Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, and Brad "Accidental Racist" Paisley, but I've got some bad news if you wanted to go and haven't bought tickets: The festival is sold out. So go to Pickathon instead! It'll be fun! Gorge Amphitheater, $149,

AUG 8–10

Squamish Valley Music Festival

The lineup of more than 50 bands and DJs includes Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Childish Gambino, Gogol Bordello, and dozens more. Don't forget your passport, or they'll never let you cross the border. Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields, Squamish, BC, $129 single-day ticket/$179 weekend pass,

AUG 9–11

Doe Bay Fest

If you love the woods and acoustic guitars, Doe Bay is the festival for you! Taking place on the shores and in the woods of beautiful Orcas Island, past performers include the Cave Singers, Blitzen Trapper, THEESatisfaction, Hey Marseilles, and the Maldives. The lineup wasn't announced by press time, so check out for the latest information. Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island, ticket info TBA,

Summer Meltdown

Now in its 13th year, this year's Summer Meltdown Festival features Lotus, Xavier Rudd, Cave Singers, Emancipator, MarchFourth Marching Band, Shook Twins, Jason Webley, Shenandoah Davis, and more. And! There's a river near the campgrounds! Bring an inner tube! Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Darrington, $65 single-day pass/$135 weekend pass before June 7/$150 after June 7,

AUG 10–11

Festival of the River

Celebrate nature with classes, crafts, habitat tours, and more. Don't miss the traditional Stillaguamish Pow Wow, open to all! River Meadows Park, Arlington, free,

Arts in Nature Festival

This festival, described as "an eclectic, multidisciplinary experience of music, dance, interactive arts, and sound," features "acclaimed eco-rockers Cloud Cult," so you know it has to be good. Camp Long, $10 suggested donation,

AUG 12

Greenwood Summer Streets Art Fair

The City of Seattle is sponsoring a street fair during the August 12 Art Walk night; from 6 to 9 p.m. there will be NO traffic on Greenwood Ave from 67th to 87th. However, there will be lots of local art, live music, circus performances, and other assorted creativity. Greenwood Ave N between N 67th St and N 87th St, free

AUG 15–17

Total Fest

The lineup for this beloved DIY, volunteer-run festival (so far) includes Fireballs of Freedom, Federation X, Constant Lovers, Brain Tumors, Burn Burn Burn, Red Fang, and more! You'll want to bring earplugs. Various venues, Missoula, MT,

AUG 16–17

Catapult Fest

This year's Catapult Fest lineup won't be announced until June 19th, but past performers include the Lonely Forest, Special Explosion, Cumulus, Kithkin, and BellaMaine. Keep an eye on for updates. Seafarers Park, Anacortes, ticket info TBA,

AUG 16–18


Who cares who's playing—this is the first Hempfest where POT IS LEGAL! Insert bubbly water-bong noise here. Myrtle Edwards Park, free,

AUG 23–24

Slack Fest

Slack Fest hadn't announced much of anything by press time, but last year's bill included local rockers Hounds of the Wild Hunt, Hobosexual, "The Rolling Stones," Country Lips, and more. Save the date and keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information. Stanwood, ticket info TBA,

AUG 23–25

Chehalis Garlic Fest & Craft Show

Creative garlic cuisine, crafts, and antiques. Fun for the whole family, but don't forget the breath mints! Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, $5,



Music! Comedy! Art! You know the drill. Musical headliners include Death Cab for Cutie (playing Transatlanticism in its entirety), Heart, fun., Bassnectar, Kendrick Lamar, and MGMT. The Breeders, the Zombies, and Superchunk will be there, too! See the full lineup at Seattle Center, $50 single-day pass/$120 three-day pass,

SEPT 3–8


MusicfestNW is like Portland's less chaotic and corporate SXSW! If you want to start placing bets on who'll be included in the lineup, keep in mind that some Bumbershoot performers always make their way south after Labor Day weekend. Various venues, Portland, OR, ticket info TBA,

SEPT 6–7

Pain in the Grass 2013

This year, 99.9 KISW is taking their Pain in the Grass festival to the Gorge, with a hard-rock lineup featuring Alice in Chains, Jane's Addiction, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed and Cambria, HIM, and other KISW favorites. Gorge Amphitheater, $59.50 single-day ticket/$99.90 two-day pass,


A Taste of Lynwood

Food! Drink! Music! A talent show! More food! This one-day festival is extra kid-friendly, with all kinds of activities and music especially for the younger members of the family—but there's plenty for adults, too. Lynwood Center, Bainbridge Island, free,

Seattle Night Market: Sat 11/6, 2pm-10pm, Magnuson Park. Vintage, DJs, Makers Market.
Shop, snack and booze your way through 75+ local shops & retailers. 21+ with vaxx or negative test