Seattle Activities
Events and Festivals

Major Events

The following are the city's main events. Also see Seattle's neighborhoods for more festivals and events.

AT&T Family Fourth at Lake Union
July. Annual fireworks display.

Bite of Seattle
Held at Seattle Center, downtown. A food carnival, aimed at bringing together the variety of Seattle's culinary offerings.

Bumbershoot, September*
This Seattle Arts Festival takes place at Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. The multi-arts extravaganza features live music, dance, theater, film, visual arts, comedy, literary arts, kids performance, street performance, Art Market, International Bazaar and Taste of Seattle.

Northwest Folklife Festival. Seattle Center Grounds, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone: 206-684-7300; Fax: 206-684-7190. E-mail

Celebrates the traditional arts in North America. Four days of world music and dance performances from over100 countries, folklore exhibits, music workshops, crafts, and food. An audience of nearly 200,000 attends the 1000 performances as held at the Seattle Center.

Northwest Garden Show, February
Five acres of gardens created inside the Convention Center.

Seafair Festival. 2200 Sixth Avenue, Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98121. Hotline: 206-728-0123. July 6 - August 4, 2002.

Seattle's and the Puget Sound's annual premier community celebration dating from 1950. This month-long celebration of summer features parades, art festivals, music festivals, fun runs, and more. Main events include the Torchlight Parade, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels air show, and the Seafair Unlimited Hydroplane Race.

Seattle Boat Show, January
Over 1,500 exhibits.

Seattle Bookfest

Seattle International Children's Festival. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109. Phone: 206-325-6500. E-mail

Seattle International Film Festival, May - June 321 Mercer Street, McCaw Hall, Seattle, WA 98101. Phone: 206-633-7151. E-mail

Each year, the Festival presents over 170 feature films and 100 shorts to an audience of more than 132,000 filmgoers. Schedule, ticket information, venue guide, discussions and forums. (On the web site of Cinema Seattle presenters of the festival.)

Seattle Shakespeare Festival (year round)

Summer Nights at the Pier, June
Summer Nights at the Pier, sponsored by AT&T, offers a concert series featuring 20 nights of nationally recognized artists from a broad range of musical styles from rock to jazz to country to classical.

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