Summer Fun: Festivals!

by Catherine Sweeney, Creative Circle
June 28, 2015

Milk carton races, local music, Pride Parade, hydroplanes…there’s something for everyone at Seattle’s free summer festivals. This quick checklist will help you plan ahead, and introduce you to our summer, if you’re new to the area.

From blankets to collapsible chairs, you’ll find festival gear at Goodwill. Share pics of your purchases at Goodwill #GoodSummer Contest using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and you could win a trip to the San Juans or Leavenworth, or other prizes!

June 28
The largest free Pride festival in America, Seattle’s Pridefest is a regular winner of Seattle’s Evening Magazine’s Best Local Event. The iconic Pride Parade takes place Sunday, June 28, at 11 am. (And yes, we have lots of options for your attire!)

Fourth of July in Seattle is so good that it deserves a stand-alone blog—stay tuned. Let’s fast-forward to the following weekend, full of even more festival choices.

July 11–12
How to choose which festival to attend this weekend?  How about all of them?

Visit Seattle’s International District for Dragon Festival, with live multi-cultural performances and historic walking and food tours, including the popular $2 Food Walk, plus the annual Sakura Con Anime Costume Contest. You can celebrate into the evening at Night Market (6 pm – 12 pm, July 11), where you’ll find more than 30 food trucks, an international market and an all-ages dance party.

Relax in the shade at Green Lake and cheer for your favorite milk-carton sailing contraptions. Held on July 11, Seattle Derby Day includes a stand-up paddle boarding competition too.

These two neighborhood festivals seem to get bigger and better each year. Ballard’s Seafood Fest will host local bands and the very popular salmon barbeque. If you missed The Moondoggies at our Earth Day celebration concert with KEXP, you can see them at the Ballard Seafood Fest! See more than 20 live bands at West Seattle Summer Fest (begins July 10).

Watch a full weekend of live theater at the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival in Volunteer Park, including classic Shakespeare, improv and much more, with family-friendly offerings too.

July 17–19
Held at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Discovery Center, the Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow includes performances by traditional Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations drummers and dancers, as well as native food and art.

July 25
See more than 100 community floats, marching bands, drill teams and giant helium balloons at the beloved Seafair Torchlight Parade.

July 31–Aug. 2
Everyone in Seattle knows when it’s Seafair weekend—but have you seen the events up close? Genesee Park is the place to be, where you’ll have ideal views of both the hydroplane races and the airborne feats of the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Patriots Jet Team. 

For news on even more festivals and activities, take a look at the Visit Seattle website.

Enjoy your summer!


Catherine Sweeney, APR is a professional writer and communicator affiliated with Creative Circle. She dedicates her Goodwill blog-writing in memory of her mom, an avid thrift-shopper and advocate for social change. 

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