West Seattle Summer Fest will feature live music from the likes of Shannon and the Clams, beer gardens, and more. Patrick Robinson
Festival season is at its peak, and this weekend is practically bubbling over with options for families, music and arts lovers, foodies, and people-watching enthusiasts. We've compiled all the big ways to fill the next few sunny days ahead, from food events like Ballard SeafoodFest and Kirkland Uncorked to out-of-town happenings like Selah's Lavender Harvest Days and the Vashon Summer Arts Fest to music festivals like TUF FEST and BIG BLDG RCRDS' the Bash. See this weekend's options below, and check out our festivals calendar for future events, or see our full list of cheap & easy things to do this weekend.


Redmond Arts Festival
Shop for jewelry, food, garments, and more from more than 80 designers as you listen to nine live bands and sip mimosas, beer, or wine in the garden.
Friday-Sunday, Redmond Town Center (Redmond)

Vashon Summer Arts Fest
Sample the best of Vashon arts and crafts over six weeks at this inaugural festival. Expect workshops, demonstrations, and rotating installations.
Friday-Sunday, Vashon Center for the Arts (Vashon)

Wedgwood Art Festival
The small but appealing local fair with painting, craft, sculpture, and music will feature photography by Drew Collins, pottery by Sarah Bak, art by Kyoko Niikuni, and work by more than 60 other creators. Musicians Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints, File Gumbo, ThorNton Creek, Yaamba Marimba Michele D'Amore & the Love Dealers and Eric Madis, Amigos Nobles, the New Triumph, Clave Gringa, Rik Wright, and Jean Mann will craft the beats.
Saturday-Sunday, Our Lady of the Lake (Wedgwood)


Derby Days
What began in 1940 as a bike derby and parade to raise money for holiday decorations and athletic equipment is now a celebration of Redmond's diverse community. Enjoy parades, races, game booths, carnival rides, live music, arts, and more.
Friday-Saturday, Redmond City Hall (Redmond)

Everett Water Lantern Festival
Design a glowing LED lantern with personal messages and drawings, then release it into the water as the sun sets. Before the launch, enjoy live music, family activities, and food trucks.
Saturday, Boxcar Park (Everett)

Kent Cornucopia Days
South King County's "largest family festival" boasts a street fair, athletic events, a grand parade, and live entertainment.
Friday-Sunday, Lake Meridian Park (Kent)

Olympia’s annual summer festival celebrates the Thurston County community. The 61st annual event's theme will be "Enchanted Garden," and there will be a parade, car show, fireworks, live music, food vendors, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Heritage Park (Olympia)

Mercer Island Summer Celebration
This year, the theme of Mercer Island's annual summer festival is "Island Vibes." Take boat rides, dance to live music, graze from a food truck "rodeo," and more.
Saturday-Sunday, Various locations (Mercer Island)

West Seattle Summer Fest
Spend some time shopping, dancing to live music from great local bands like Versing, Fruit Juice, and Shannon and the Clams, dining, drinking in beer gardens, and enjoying other summery activities at this annual family-friendly festival.
Friday-Sunday, West Seattle Junction (West Seattle)

Queen Anne Day Festival
The historic, hilly community will host its annual day of family fun. Saunter along Queen Anne Avenue North for live music, pottery demonstrations, a car show, a doggie and human parade, an art walk, food trucks, a sidewalk sale including books from Queen Anne Book Company, and a beer and wine garden.
Saturday, Queen Anne Ave N (Queen Anne)

Lakewood's all-day summer festival is a potpourri of family-friendly entertainment, featuring everything from fire dancers and stilt walkers to an international music festival and a pet parade. Plus, graze from over 30 trucks, cool off in a beer garden, shop from market vendors, run a 5K, watch Coco in the park, and much more.
Saturday, Fort Steilacoom Park (Lakewood)

Wallingford Family Parade
This year, the Wallingford Family Parade is doing something different and invites you to "be French for a day" by singing French songs and waving French flags with "French lovers" Maxime and Camille. Along the way, you'll stop to pet fancy dogs, drink champagne, and eat macarons.
Saturday, Meridian Park (Wallingford)


When you live in Chinatown, you start to take the dragon and lion dances—a traditional form of Chinese dance that is said to bring good luck and fortune—for granted. But the performances are longer and more elaborate during Dragon Fest, taking on extra festive overtones as the team of performers maneuvers and manipulates the long, undulating bodies down the streets of the I.D. using poles positioned along their length, coordinating with the throbbing beat and crashing cymbals issued by the accompanying percussion players. It is quite the sight. Dragon Fest also boasts 14 hours of cultural performances outside of these dances—traditional Korean drumming, bhangra/Bollywood presentations, martial arts demos, and Pacific Islander dances, among others. Plus, there’s the $3 Food Walk (encompassing more than 40 restaurants), and a range of temporary vendors hawking food, goods, and bevvies galore. LEILANI POLK
Saturday-Sunday, Uwajimaya (Chinatown-International District)

East Meets West Fest
Cultures will converge at this all-day festival centered around Eastern spirituality practices. Experience sacred sound baths, meditation workshops, special talks, yoga classes, and more.
Saturday, Bastyr University (Kenmore)

Fourth Annual Multi-Cultural Heritage Festival 2018
Experience traditional dance and drumming, poetry, and other performances from across cultures.
Saturday, JHP Cultural & Diversity Legacy (Shoreline)

Viking Days
Embrace all the fun-loving aspects of Viking life (like Swedish pancakes, historically accurate armor, and family activities). You can also visit a "viking encampment" with re-enactors.
Saturday-Sunday, Nordic Museum (Ballard)


Ballard SeafoodFest
Originally started as a celebration of the neighborhood’s fishing industry in 1974, this festival has expanded over the years to include an alder-smoked salmon dinner, a crab shack, a beer garden replete with Ballard craft brews, a lengthy list of food and artisan craft vendors, and music. This year's music lineup includes experimental country/folk rockers Blitzen Trapper, Nashville rock band All Them Witches, Canadian folk/bluegrass group the Dead South, and many more. Gluttons for punishment can enroll in the lutefisk eating contest, an annual competition to see who can scarf the most of the salty, gelatinous fish. JULIANNE BELL
Friday-Sunday, 2208 NW Market St. (Ballard)

Kirkland Uncorked
This summer wine festival, which benefits no-kill shelter Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, encompasses a 21+ wine tasting garden, a "burger brawl," and music, as well as a street fair with a boat show, a food truck feast, and other activities.
Friday-Sunday, Marina Park (Kirkland)

Seattle Summer Alefest: The Brews of Summer
Sip unlimited two-ounce pours of "summer seasonals, everyday favorites and other special brews," alongside snacks and food truck fare.
Sunday, WithinSodo (Sodo)


3rd Annual GIBBYFEST
For the third year running, GIBBYFEST, a whole evening of hard-rocking weirdos, will take over a stage and tear your world apart. Bands this year will include the Wreck'd, Full Life Crisis, Butterflies of Death, Humble Urchin, and Deify.
Saturday, Tim's Tavern (Greenwood)

The Bash
BIG BLDG RCRDS' annual summer music festival is now simply the Bash, happening in partnership with KEXP's Audioasis this year, and culminating in a four-stage, 30-artist, food truck and local beer extravaganza. Local notables will include Sloucher, GOODSTEPH, bod, Great Spiders, Haunted Horses, and many more.
Saturday, Inscape (Sodo)

Lyft Fest
The ride-share company will host a day of live music from Joseph, Corey Harper, All Star Opera, and Satin Sirens; a pop-up market with goods created by Lyft drivers; carnival games that could earn you Lyft credits; and more.
Sunday, Mural Amphitheatre (Seattle Center)

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival
Timber is back for its sixth year with three days of crowd-friendly folk, rock, and pop performances, and all-ages activities like camping, kayaking, and stargazing all weekend long. This year's lineup includes Car Seat Headrest, Industrial Revelation, Naked Giants, and more.
Friday-Saturday, Tolt-McDonald Park (Carnation)

This annual, free, all-day/all-night affair is thrown by the local TUF collective of female/nonbinary/trans artists and creatives with an emphasis on electronic music and comes with support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture. Panels will cover nuts-and-bolts matters like how to set up a PA, career advice like business skills for artists, and critical reflections on the music industry, with a stacked lineup of daytime performers and a late-night after party. Artists will include TT the Artist, Nightspace, and Guayaba, there will be art from the likes of FEMAIL and REEL GRRLS, and local notables including Nikkita Oliver and Women.Weed.Wifi will lead workshops.
Saturday, Judkins Park (Atlantic)

UNFEST 2018 is a recently formed multi-genre, experimental fest set across Seattle at several venues. Bands performing this year will include Corrvus, Christian Lovers, Jerry Core, Fleetwood Snack, Werthless, Darkmysticwoods, Scarcity, Victim in Pain, Macaw, Nación de Humo, Strawberry Mountain, BIZ, Pearl Grays, Shy Away, Scorn Dog, Baby Jessica, Bear Talk, Scarlet Death, Pathogens, Ketamine Cat, and Thee Effluvium.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations (Seattle and Tukwila)


Lavender Harvest Days 2018
Relinquish all of your anxieties, if only temporarily, by spending three days smelling newly harvested lavender. Gather bundles at a U-Pick, pick up artisanal lavender products, eat lavender treats, and much more.
Friday-Sunday, Selah Ridge Lavender Farm (Selah)

Summer Celebration of Farms and the Arts
Explore various Sammamish Valley farms to eat fresh food, see farming demonstrations, browse garden-inspired art, taste local wine, and experience farm work for yourself.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations (Sammamish Valley)


Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival
Theater is alive in Seattle, but, as in most places, it generally isn't cheap. GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Wooden O Productions set out to change that in 2001 with the first Outdoor Theater Festival. Watch Shakespeare plays and more contemporary pieces from the festival's founders and seven other theater companies over what will hopefully be a sunny weekend.
Saturday-Sunday, Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)


Latinx Pride Festival Seattle
Celebrate LGBTQ+ Latinx identities with live entertainment, dancing, food, and more.
Saturday, El Centro de la Raza (Beacon Hill)