Believe it or not, the fourth and final full week of August is here. If you’re ready to find a few new things to continue on with the summer fun, this week is a great time to do just that. From outdoor dancing to arts events to classes and concerts. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this week!

Seattle Design Festival 2023: Curiosity

The Seattle Design Festival invites you to explore: “What if? What’s possible? What happens next?”  The festival is open to the public and entirely free to attend with no registration required for most events. You can attend talks, mixers and explore local architecture past, present, and future.

When: Saturday, August 19th-Thursday, August 24th
Where: Multiple locations across Seattle
Cost: Free

Learn to Dye With Ice

Want to learn something new this week? How about learning to dye cloth with ice? This class will teach you “how to fold and bind fabric to create patterns and designs as well as the playful nature of ice dye.”

When: Monday, August 21st
Where: 1716 NW Market St
Cost: $60

Dancing ’til Dusk

Dancing ‘til Dusk is back for its 16th year, bringing Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners together for 14 glorious nights of outdoor dancing on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The event happens across parks in Seattle and begins with a dance lesson for the first hour. No experience is needed but keep in mind the class rotates partners. If you’d prefer not to, you can bring a partner to the lesson.

When: Tuesday, July 11th-Thursday, August 31st
Where: Parks around Seattle
Cost: Free/Varies

Watch an outdoor movie

It’s time to get outdoors! If you’re hesitant to hike but are happy to take your indoor activities outside, watching an outdoor movie is a great choice. There are several places you can catch flicks outdoors this month and some are even free!

A Living Legacy: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

The Frye is dedicated to maintaining its collection and growing it with contemporary works. On the seventieth anniversary of this event, the museum is bringing together eight artworks acquired in 2022 that are all on view at the museum for the first time. Works included are by artists Amoako Boafo, Sky Hopinka, Gisela McDaniel, Bony Ramirez, Tschabalala Self, Ann Leda Shapiro, and Sadie Wechsler.

When: Until Sunday, September 17th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

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After Hours: Summer Fling

Have you ever wanted to experience the Seattle Aquarium without all the kids? Well, you’re in luck because After Hours: Summer Fling is back! The adults-only, 21+ event is a great way to see all of your favorite exhibitions after hours and without distraction.

When: Wednesday, August 23rd
Where: 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59
Cost: $39.13

She Bends: Redefining Neon Legacy

If you happen to live south of the city you can head to the Museum of Glass and learn all about neon, including its history as well as its current resurgence specifically among female artists. You can also visit the museum’s other permanent and rotating exhibitions.

When: Daily until Saturday, October 7th
Where: 1801 Dock St Tacoma, WA
Cost: $18

The Flaming Lips

One more band well worth seeing despite ticket prices is the Flaming Lips. The indie rock band is sure to be entertaining live and you’ll be able to hear your classic favorites as well as newer hits.

When: Wednesday, August 23rd
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Cost: $334+

Summer in SLU

South Lake Union is hosting a month of interactive events, installations, giveaways, and more. This week you can check out the Pike Place Market Express, Campfire songs, plaza games, and even a block party. You might as well check out one of SLU’s newest restaurants while you’re over there as well.

When: Throughout August
Where: South Lake Union
Cost: Free

Evergreen State Fair

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

Enjoy everything to do in Seattle, and have a great week!