Seattle has a strong events calendar all year round, from the Seattle Wedding Show in January all the way to the Christmas lights displays and happenings in December. In any given month, you’ll find a lineup of plays and musicals at area venues such as the Paramount Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre, major headliners at KeyArena, as well as festivals and annual events throughout the year.
Take a look through the annual, don’t-miss annual events for each month below or go directly to each month’s calendar: January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December
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January can be on the cold and rainy side most years and there is a bit of a lull to major events right after the holidays, but still much to do. Annual events include the Seattle Wedding Show, Tet Festival at the Seattle Center and Children’s Film Festival.
Most of the area Christmas light displays hang over into the New Year as well, so if you ran out of time to see one in December, check one out in the first few days of January!
See the January 2015 events calendar.
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February is not the busiest month for annual events, but still gets the Northwest Flower & Garden Show and Children’s Film Festival. The biggest happening in February is usually Valentine’s Day, which brings special menus to area restaurants and special events.
See the February 2015 events calendar.
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The biggest deal in March is undoubtedly St. Patrick’s Day, which brings the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade to downtown Seattle and green beer to pubs around town. Other noteworthy annual events include the Moisture Festival, Emerald City ComiCon, Vegfest and the Washington Cask Beer Festival.
See the March 2015 events calendar.
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Moisture Festival usually continues into April, and other big annual events include the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival at Seattle Center and the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival to the north.
See the April 2015 events calendar.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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May tends to be when festivals start to pick up for the summer, especially with Memorial Day weekend in the mix. Major events include the Seattle International Film Festival, Synttende Mai Seattle (Norwegian festival in Ballard—a great way to get in touch with both Ballard and local Scandinavian culture), University District Streetfair and the Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center.
See the May 2015 events calendar.
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Summer in Seattle is all about festivals on just about every weekend. June is when the party gets started, but July and August are the best. June brings the Fremont Solstice Fair (one of Seattle’s most unique events), Seattle PrideFest, Seattle International Dance Festival and the Rock and Roll Half Marathon.
See the June 2015 events calendar.
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July has so many regular annual events as well as visiting shows, headliners, summer concerts and more that there is quite literally something for everyone. Seafair is on during July, which serves as an umbrella for tons of community festivals and block parties (the Capitol Hill Block Party is a biggie), but also major events like the Torchlight Parade. Also on the docket is the Bite of Seattle and July 4th fireworks shows in just about every city, including a major display at Lake Union.
See the July 2015 events calendar.
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Seafair lasts into August, when you can enjoy Chief Seattle Days and Seafair Weekend, known for hydroplane races and the Blue Angels. August is also the time to check out PAX, the Seattle Art Festival and Hempfest.
See the August 2015 events calendar.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Labor Day wraps up the summer festival season with a bang with Bumbershoot—a concert festival at Seattle Center. September ushers in the fall with the Washington State Fair, a local tradition for many as it’s the biggest fair in the state, as well as with the Fremont Oktoberfest.
See the September 2015 events calendar.
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October is a fun month in Seattle! Look for plenty of haunted houses, pumpkin patches (that are more than pumpkins, but also have hayrides, pumpkin slingshots, petting zoos and other family fun), and Halloween parties galore.
See the October 2015 events calendar.
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November’s events scene shines toward the end of the month when Christmas season starts, or if you’re a shopper, head to area malls for Black Friday.
See the November 2015 events calendar—coming soon.
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December has plenty of non-holiday happenings and concerts, but annual events are all about the holidays—Christmas light displays from Winterfest at Seattle Center to Garden d’Lights at Bellevue Botanical Garden; and the Argosy Christmas Ship Festival.
See the December 2015 events calendar—coming soon.