After the long, rainy winter and spring hibernation, Seattle traditionally celebrates summertime with a burst of activity, festivals and fun. While April (and May, and June) showers still persist, they are punctuated with bright sunshine, colorful blooms and people enjoying their city. Whether you are a Seattleite, or just a visitor, here are some of the most exciting Summer Events in Seattle!
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Seattle International Film Festival
May 19 – June 12 2016
SIFF is widely acclaimed as one of the most important independent film festivals in the United States. The 25-day event is known for the staggering diversity of films it presents, with series topics ranging from African Film to Northwest Film. Tickets to the red carpet opening night ceremony run about $250 and festival passes run into the thousands, but anyone can attend the film showings, which occur all over town.
HONK! Fest West
June 18 – 21 2016
If you like all things that move and make noise, Honk! is the feast your ears have been waiting for. This three day, free music festival is on a mission to celebrate music in public places. They are dedicated to marching bands, samba, drum corps and more. How do you find HONK? The performances are spread throughout the city (including at the Fremont Fair, below) and they are hard to miss!
June 17 – 19 2016
Seattle’s most freewheeling alternative neighborhood is the perfect place to host Seattle’s “free-spirited solstice weekend”, the Freemont Fair. Visitors can expect an artisan craft market, public yoga, a dog parade and a series of concerts. It’s fun, a little off beat and open to all.
June 26 2016
Seattle’s gay pride festival is one of the loudest and most festive in the country. The festivities start with the Pride Parade which leads from Downtown to Seattle Center where over 130,000 attendees will converge for a day of life performances, a silent disco, advocacy events and more. Best of all, the event is free!
Seattle International BeerFest
July 8 – 10 2016
There are quite a few different beer festivals in the Seattle area, but this one is unique for it’s focus on rare, hard-to-find and exotic beers. An event for true connoisseurs, Seattle International Beerfest eschews summer session ales for hoppy IPAs, Sour Ales and Stouts. Admission is just $25, and includes a souvenir glass and ten beer tastings, more can be bought on site. Beerfest is held directly underneath the Space Needle in a large shady area that is perfect for enjoying the local music while sipping on something new.
Capitol Hill Block Party
July 22 – 24 2016
The Capitol Hill Block Party is one of the most loved events of summer in Seattle. This three day art and music festival takes place across 6 city blocks of the hip and diverse Capitol Hill neighborhood. It features dozens of bands ranging from well known acts like The Kills and TV on the Radio to relative unknowns and local favorites. This is a great way to dive deep into Seattle’s art, music and food scene.