These long summer days and balmy nights won't last forever, and this weekend happens to be brimming with ways for families, foodies, stoners, music lovers, and everyone in between to make the most out of t-shirt weather. Here are all the festivals happening in Seattle and surrounding areas in the coming days, from the massive cannabis convocation Hempfest to the local-music-packed Mercer X Summit Block Party, and from the spicy Seattle Hot Sauce Fest to the artist-filled Pacific NW Chalk Fest 2018. Find them all below, and check out our festivals calendar for future dates.
PSA: As you may have noticed, it's unusually smokey outside—take extra care to stay hydrated.
The 100 or more artists at this festival aren't selling finished products—they're making art on the marina as you watch. Don't worry, you can still buy it afterwards! See glassblowing, woodcarving, and pottery demos, search for beach glass at the Fresh Paint Float Find, enjoy live music, and eat.
Saturday-Sunday, Port of Everett Marina
Pacific NW Chalk Fest 2018
Return for the second annual Pacific Northwest Chalk Fest, as 14 chalk artists swarm the streets of Redmond Town Center with their artistic implements in hand. This new tradition stems from the Madonnari, 16th-century Italian artists who paid tribute to the Madonna with plein-air murals.
Friday-Sunday, Redmond Town Center
Seattle Tattoo Expo
Hidden Hand Tattoo hosts this three-day expo of permanently decorated flesh at Seattle Center. See displays, attend seminars, and find the right artist to punch that sweet RBG tat into your skin. Featured tattoo artists include Jeff Cornell (of Hidden Hand), Shawn Barber (of LA's Memoir Tattoo), VyVyn Lazonga (of Seattle's Madame Lazonga's Tattoo), Big Gus (of California's Tattoo Nightmares), and independent New Yorker inker Takashi Matsuba, among others. There are also contests that you can enter, side shows, music acts, and more. Bring the kids!
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Adult Summer Camp
If you missed out on summer camp as a kid, or if you want a redo, here's your chance to experience mess halls, irritable camp counselors, archery, roasting things on sticks, cabins, giant bubbles, and more. Campers can either stay overnight or opt for a day pass.
Saturday-Sunday, Camp Long (West Seattle)
Every year, Shoreline celebrates its birthday with a multi-venue party across the city. On the final day, enjoy a cruise-in car show, a "culture share," and live music on the main stage.
Saturday, Cromwell Park
Celebrate Skyway Parade and Block Party
A parade starting at the Skyway Library and moving north along Renton Avenue will culminate in a community block party. There you'll find a book giveaway, horse rides, a bouncy house, vendor booths, live music from acts like Deems Tsutukawa, and more all-ages fun.
Saturday, King County Library, Skyway Branch
Celebrate Woodinville Festival
Celebrate all that Woodinville has to offer—wine and otherwise—by enjoying a pancake breakfast, a parade through downtown, a local vendor market, live music in the park, and more.
Saturday, Various locations
Kustom Kulture Festival
This Kingston festival promises "hot cars and cool music," with live DJs, hot rod shows and collector contests, vendors, and secret celebrity guests.
Friday-Saturday, The Point Casino & Hotel (Kingston)
The Rainier Beach Merchants Association sponsors this ninth annual mini-festival of art, music, and culture.
Sunday, Rainier Beach Community Center
Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Initiated by firefighters in 1939, Snoqualmie Railroad Days celebrates the "trains, timber, and tradition" of the logging town with lots of family activities.
Friday-Sunday, Northwest Railway Museum
Get a glimmer of Brazil's African, Portuguese, and indigenous roots with classical guitar, samba, and traditional folk music performances. Plus, watch a capoeira martial arts demonstration, take in glittering costumes, and taste a variety of traditional foods.
Sunday, Seattle Center
2018 Chief Seattle Days
Established in 1911, this three-day festival honors Suquamish's Chief Seattle with a graveside ceremony, a co-ed softball tournament, a parade through downtown Suquamish, a horseshoe tournament, a pow wow, and more.
Friday-Sunday, House of Awakened Culture (Suquamish)
ENVIRONMENT & NATURE
Duwamish River Festival
Learn about the Duwamish River and how to protect it at this Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition-sponsored event. There will also be interactive booths, boat tours, live music, entertainment, and free food.
Saturday, Duwamish Waterway Park (South Park)
Sound and Vision Film Fest
For the first time, the megatheatre will focus on the harmony of sight and sound, with excellently soundtracked movies like Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, Mad Max: Fury Road (Black & Chrome), Mulholland Drive, Total Recall, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Stop Making Sense.
Friday-Sunday, Cinerama (Downtown)
FOOD & DRINK
4th Annual Mobile Food Fest
Load up on grub from food trucks like Lumpia World and Langostino Sushi Burrito, then picnic on the grass with your bounty while bands play live music. A beer garden will also be available.
Saturday, Sprinker Recreation Center (Tacoma)
This free "local food and sustainable living" festival will feature live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and music from Matisyahu, Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, Unkitawa, and the True Loves. Plus, the garden party housed within the verdant grounds of Marymoor Park’s Clise Mansion will feature small plates from Lark’s James Beard Award–winning chef, John Sundstrom—a magician of swoon-worthy seasonal cuisine sure to feel right at home amid all the greenery—alongside beer, wine, and cider. A portion of the proceeds from the party will benefit Viva Farms, a nonprofit small farm business incubator dedicated to launching a new generation of farmers. JULIANNE BELL
Saturday, Marymoor Park (Redmond)
Sausage & CiderFest
Nosh on artisan-encased meats and sip crisp ciders (beer and wine will also be available) while enjoying live music from JT Shank and the Florida Keys and playing lawn games.
Saturday, Covington Community Park
Seattle Hot Sauce Fest
If you, like Beyoncé, keep a bottle of hot sauce stashed in your bag at all times, this festival—which promises samples of caliente condiments from local purveyors like Secret Aardvark, FireFlower Sauce, and Pepper Preppers—was made for you. Quell the burn with beer from Diamond Knot Brewing, libations like brown sugar bourbon churro cocktails and smoked Bloody Marys, and root-beer floats made with Full Tilt ice cream. Food trucks like Where Ya At Matt, Bread and Circuses, and Nacho Mama’s will provide nourishment. JULIANNE BELL
Saturday, Ballard Commons Park
Seattle Taco Takeover
At this festival, guests are tasked with the daunting responsibility of acting as judges, tasting tacos and Latin American–inspired dishes from local chefs, as well as tequila-spiked tipples from local bartenders for the Jose Cuervo cocktail competition. There’s live music and games to keep you entertained in between stuffing your face and imbibing. High-rolling VIPs get access to a garnish-your-own-paloma bar, a churro station, and a mythical-sounding fountain of queso. JULIANNE BELL
Saturday, Fisher Pavilion (Seattle Center)
Seattle Mini Maker Faire
Geeks and crafty tinkerers will exhibit their unique creations at the Mini Maker Faire, which boldly claims to be the "greatest show (and tell) on earth." Guests will discover everything from a fashion show of wearable technology garments to costume armor by Shawn Thorsson to two wise-cracking robots (Tom Servo and Crow T Robo) to virtual reality projects, and much more by dedicated hobbyists and commercial exhibitors alike.
Saturday–Sunday, MoPOP (Seattle Center)
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
Strap on your eyepatches and join two crews of swashbuckling pirates for the final weekend of this Bonney Lake fair. The artisan market will continue to sell trinkets and goods, and Renaissance-era food like turkey legs will be available for feasting upon.
Saturday-Sunday, the Kelley Farm (Bonney Lake)
Hillbilly Headbangers Ball VIII
Slim's' Headbanger Hillbilly Ball celebrates its eighth birthday with two days of scorching live rock and country acts. Throw on your dirtiest gingham and get to stompin'.
Friday-Saturday, Slim's Last Chance (Georgetown)
Mercer X Summit Block Party
Maybe other music festivals have made you forget about the less trafficked parts of Capitol Hill, but the Mercer X Summit Block Party is back to remind us all about the north end of the neighborhood. The MxSBP is a free, all-ages music festival held at the intersection of Summit and Mercer, a key location right in the center of beloved local businesses Indian Summer, Summit Pub, Itto's, Sun Liquor, Single Shot, and Top Pot. This year’s headliners Telekinesis, Porter Ray, Hibou, and Acid Tongue will perform some of the best rock, hiphop, and pop that Seattle’s music scene has to offer.
Saturday, Summit Public House (Capitol Hill)
Summer's End Music + Arts Gathering 2018
Summer is steadily approaching its last leg, and this Bellingham festival aims to pack as much outdoor music and arts activities into one day as it possibly can. Surround yourself with over 65 local artists, vendors, food trucks, and musicians (including Hibou, Guayaba, Hello, I'm Sorry, and Porch Cat). Plus, zone out in a silent disco, take sustainability workshops, do some yoga, and watch fire spinning.
Friday, Zuanich Point Park (Bellingham)
Pacific Northwest Black Pride
Celebrate black LGBTQ+ communities in Seattle and beyond with four days of activities focused on health and wellness, equity, and community building. In addition to Pride parties and a film festival, the weekend also includes a trans symposium, multi-generational conversations, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations (Seattle)
The ever-growing stoner-friendly waterfront festival, which bills itself as the "premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture," will return for the 27th year. Noting its appeal to the "tie-dyed Phish-shirt division" of pot enthusiasts, former Stranger contributor David Schmader has lauded the massive cannabis convocation for its role in helping legalize weed in Washington State. As it's done in years past, the festival will boast three days of weed-themed music; speeches from local industry leaders, congresspeople, and celebrities; and hundreds of vendors selling food, arts and crafts, and pot paraphernalia.
Friday-Sunday, Myrtle Edwards Park (Downtown)