With a new month comes new ways to have fun. There’s a lot happening in and around Seattle this September and luckily a good chunk of it is either free or pretty cheap. So here are 11 of the best free and cheap things to do in Seattle this September.
Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
The Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days takes place this September 1st-5th and has a huge lineup of entertainment. You can experience a hypnotist, a battle of the bands, wood carving, dock dogs, demolition derby, a rodeo, and more. Like other fairs around the state, you can also check out all sorts of livestock and tasty fair food.
When: September 1st-5th
Where: 363 Orchard Street, Walla Walla, WA
Cost: $10 adult, $5 child, FREE 5 and under, $5 senior
Take a weird day trip
Want to get out of the city? Take a road trip to a weird destination! Unsurprisingly Washington has a lot of them and we made a list of spots that you can check out within 4 hours of Seattle. So get in the car, grab some water and snacks, and hit the road.
Where: Click above to see our picks
Washington State Fair
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The one and only Washington State Fair is back this year with a whole lot to do and see. Like years past you can enjoy rides, farm animals and all sorts of tasty food. Plus you can hear concerts from musicians like Carrie Underwood, Salt-N-Peppa, Sublime and more.
When: September 3rd-26th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
PrideFest Capitol Hill
PrideFest is back with a delayed date! You’ll be able to see some of your favorite local acts, from DJ Riz, Adra Boo, and the BeautyBoiz to Anita Spritzer, DJ Dana Dub, and a Latinx showcase. It’s 5 blocks of fun and you don’t want to miss out!
When: September 4th & 5th
Where: Broadway, between East Roy Street and East John Street
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
While technically across the water, Bremerton isn’t the furthest place to adventure to. At this festival you can stroll the boardwalk while sampling baked goods, treats and drinks from the peak of blackberry season. Plus you’ll be able to hear local bands like Ranger & the ReArrangers play live.
When: September 4th-6th
Where: 243 Second St Bremerton, WA
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Summer Book Bingo
Seattle Public Libraries Adult Summer Bingo is back and better than ever! This year’s summer reading board has book slots like small press, QTBIPOC, Black joy, and more. We highly recommend participating as it’s a great way to check out new books. Plus if you finish your board you can mail it into the library for a chance to win prizes.
When: Until September 7th
Visit a Twin Peaks location
Love the classic TV show? Why not take a little drive and check out some of the most iconic filming locations across the state. Best of all, most of them are only about 40 minutes from the city. So get in the car and enjoy a trip to Twin Peaks.
Where: Click above to see local locations
Kraken Venue Opening Celebration
Seattle’s first season with the Seattle Kraken is almost here and in honour of that the team is showing off its Community Iceplex. It’s a great opportunity to check out the facilities and also enjoy public skating. Just be sure to register ahead of time online.
When: September 10th-12th
Where: 10601 5th Ave NE
Cost: Free/$15 or under
Jazz in the Park
If you want to head all the way up to the north end of Lake Washington you’ll be able to check out a free jazz event. Seating is first come, first served on the north lawn of The Lodge and drinks can be purchased inside the lodge. So treat yourself to some delightful outdoor tunes if that’s your thing.
When: Until September 18th
Where: 14477 Juanita Dr NE Kenmore, WA
Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art
Love the Frye? Well, their collection is growing! You can check out 7 recent artworks by Juventino Aranda, Rokni Haerizadeh, Rose Nestler, Mary Ann Peters, Cauleen Smith, Anthony White, and Ko Kirk Yamahira. All of these works were acquired by the museum in 2019 and are being shown together now.
When: September 11th-January 11th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
World War Bonsai: Remembrance & Resilience
This exhibition from the Pacific Bonsai Museum “traces the cultural practice of bonsai in location and time”. It looks at the art form in both Japan and the US, ranging from pre-war WWII to incarceration, and the time after. It’s an amazing look into the people who continued to care for bonsai “despite overwhelming hardships”.
When: Until October 1st
Where: 2515 S 336th St Federal Way
Cost: By donation
We hope that you check out at least a few of these events and if you do be sure to let us know what you think of them. Have a great September folks!
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