If you’re new here, you’re in for a real treat. Summertime in Seattle is the best. These few months of perfect temperatures, sunshine, and sea breezes are what gets us through the winter. To celebrate the great weather, Seattle has a jam-packed schedule of events from June thru August. If you’ve recently relocated to Seattle, allow us to share with you some of our favorite Seattle summer events.
Seattle Pride Parade & PrideFest
Seattle Pride is a non-profit organization that hosts year-round events; however, in June their calendar is packed with events and activities geared toward honoring diversity, achieving equality, and celebrating Seattle’s LGBTQIA community.
For over 40 years, Seattle Pride Parade has been a cornerstone of the community. Each year, people line up and down 4th Avenue in Downtown Seattle to get a glimpse of the colorful floats and parade participants. Though you just missed Seattle Pride’s festivities for 2017, typically the parade is on the last Sunday in June, kicking off at 4th and Union and wrapping at Seattle Center.
After the Seattle Pride Parade, participants and watchers alike flood to Seattle Center for Seattle PrideFest, the largest free pride festival in America. Celebrate, with thousands of your new best friends, enjoying music, entertainment, and delicious food and drinks. Traditionally, PrideFest also has a Saturday evening celebration on Broadway on Capitol Hill.
Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park
If you’re a movie buff, you’ll love Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park. Throughout the summer, Warren G Magnuson Park – located in the Sand Point neighborhood – hosts a weekly, dog-and-kid friendly outdoor movie night. This year, their opening night is Thursday, July 6th with a screening of Rouge One: A Star Wars Story. There are food trucks, live acts, and even a trivia contest throughout the night. Admission is only $5 per person (children 5 and under are free). If you’re looking for a fun experience for the whole family, this is it.
Other movies on their schedule include Disney’s Moana (July 13), The Lego Batman Movie (August 10), and The Princess Bride (August 24). For a full schedule and more information, you can visit their Facebook page.
For more information on this, and other screenings around Seattle, check out this recap: https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2017/6/9/seattle-summer-outdoor-movie-guide-2017
Seattle International BeerFest
Every year, beer enthusiasts flock to Seattle Center’s Fisher Lawn and Pavilion to partake in over 200 world-class international beers. This year, Seattle International BeerFest is July 7-9th. Sample everything from pale ales to farmhouse sours in the shadow of the Space Needle. Currency is in the form of tickets, with each extra beer ticket (outside of the tickets that come with your paid entry) costing $1. Upon entry, you will receive a glass to use for the duration of the festival (and keep afterward).
Though this event is obviously not child friendly (21+ only, please), it is pet friendly, so bring Fido along while you sip on suds. Food will also be available throughout the festival. The best deal on entry can be found on the Seattle International BeerFest website, but you can also gain entry at the door for $30 (which comes with 10 beer tickets, a glass, and a wristband).
Capitol Hill Block Party
What was once just a one-day music event with a single stage has transformed into an iconic, six-block, five-stage music festival. The Capitol Hill Block Party typically takes place toward the end of July (this year, it’s July 21st-23rd) in the Pike/Pine Corridor on Capitol Hill. Past headliners have included MGMT, The Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, and The Lumineers. This year, Diplo, Run the Jewels, and Lord Huron will be headlining. Tickets typically come as one-day, two-day, or three-day passes.
Seafair Weekend Festival
While Seafair has a full summer events schedule, it’s the Seafair Weekend Festival in early August that is an “unofficial” Seattle holiday; and it’s easily one of the most anticipated events of the summer. This year, people will gather at Genesee Park from August 4th-6th to participate and watch events like airshows and hydroplane races.
In addition to these events, there is plenty of food, beautiful views, and live music. It’s truly fun for the whole family. You can get free tickets for Friday (August 4th) at certain key locations. Admission for Saturday/Sunday can range from general admission passes for $30 ($10 for seniors/youth) to Champion Captain’s Club passes for $400. You can read about the benefits of each type of ticket, and purchase your own at the Seafair website.
So if you’re new to Seattle, consider trying some of these summer events (among others). Have a safe & happy summer, and don’t forget that sunscreen!