It’s officially the last weekend of August and it’s time to send the month out on a high note. Luckily for you, there are plenty of things to do between festivals, fairs, night markets, art and more. Here are 10 of the best things to do in Seattle this weekend.
The Washington State International Kite Festival transforms Long Beach’s skies into a sea of color. Expect high-flying action and eye-catching choreographed movement from some of the best kite fliers in the world. Besides flyers, you’ll find designers, builders, and manufacturers from all around the world.
When: Monday, August 21st-Sunday, August 27th
Where: Long Beach, WA
The Evergreen State Fair is a true classic fair experience. It’s not quite as big as the Washington State Fair but definitely worth attending if you love the end-of-summer carnival experiences. Expect rides, fair food, entertainment, and more!
When: Thursday, August 24th-Tuesday, August 29th
Where: 14405 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA
Cost: $15 Admission
Maris Farms has over 20 different varieties of sunflowers in bloom this year as well as a new addition of zinnias. Your admission to the festival includes “one bloom, a wagon ride, MEGA SLIDE!, zip lines, jump pillow, ropes course, and more than a dozen other activities for all ages”. With all those blooms there will be plenty of photo ops and you can always purchase more flowers, or shop from the Maker’s Market and Maris Farms’ own gift shop.
When: Weekends, Saturday, August 12th to Sunday, August 27th
Where: 25001 Sumner-Buckley Hwy, Buckley, WA
Enjoy the last August segment of “Bicycle Weekends on Lake Washington Boulevard.” The event closes the portion of road between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker Park’s beach from 10 AM on Saturday to 6 PM on Sunday. That means you can walk, bike or blade to your hearts content.
When: Saturdays & Sundays until
Where: Lake Washington Boulevard
Alki Beach has a brand new waterfront bar for you to check out. Future Primitive Brewing has taken up shop along the beach and is serving up brews, “slushees” and some pop up eats. It’s a great spot to meet a friend or even check out solo if you’re planning to spend some time at the beach.
Where: 2536 Alki Ave SW
Hours: Daily 11 AM-10 PM
The CID Block Party (CIDBP) is an AAPI music festival. This year is the fourth annual event and it is happening for one day only. It’s all about supporting, showcasing, and highlighting APPI music, arts, and culture. The lineup features artists Jen Z, Sundial, Chinese American Bear, Lemon Boy, Plash, and CZNS.
When: Saturday, August 26th
Where: King Street under the I-5 Overpass
Learn about the history of the American west through landscape photpgraphy at The Henry Art Gallery. Learn how the photos on display shaped the image of the American west and check out how cool our country’s landscape used to be.
When: Until Monday, January 1st
Where: 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St
The big draw of this particular market is the return of the outdoor cinema with a 60-foot movie screen. Psst, they’re screening The Big Lebowski and like usual, the event will be 21+. Other than the film you’ll be able to enjoy a diverse selection of food and shopping from local vendors.
When: Saturday, August 26th
Where: South Lake Union
Experience the historic Simpson Logging Company railroad without the train. Vance Creek Railriders has unique 4 wheel vehicles that allow you to pedal your way down the tracks. The portion of track that riders get to pedal on was once the route to town and the old mills. You’ll get to see diverse trees, and foliage as well as recently logged forest parcels, ponds, and even low bridges over Goldsborough Creek. If you’re lucky, you may see some wildlife too.
Where: 421 W Hanks Lake Rd, Shelton, Washington
Hours: Rides available at 9 AM, 12 PM & 3 PM, Thursday-Monday
Cost: $34/Guest age 12 yrs, $22/Guest age 0-11
You may or may not know but Seattle actually has 5 museums that you can always visit for free. We’ve listed them out and given you some details so you can take yourself on the perfect adventure. Or you can use your library card to check out even more.
Enjoy Seattle, and have a great weekend!