Seafair is an annual summer festival in Seattle, an umbrella festival that arches over dozens of events in Seattle and neighboring cities all summer long! Events range from neighborhood block parties to major happenings known far and wide—hydroplane races, the Torchlight Spectacular, Milk Carton Derby and an appearance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. In 2013, the Blue Angels were nixed from the program due to budget cuts, but starting in 2014 the Blue Angels once again roared in awesome formation over Seattle!
Seafair 2016 Events
June 15 - Seafair Kick Off: A free event where you can see hydroplanes up close and personal, meet some Seafair pirates, and wander vendor and food booths.
June 18 - Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon: Listen to some tunes as you run through Seattle. There are stages at every mile of the race with live bands performing for you along the way.
June 25 - Pirates Landing at Alki Beach: The Seafair Pirates land with much fanfare (and cannon blasts) on the beach, but also food, costumes and pirate costume contests.
June 25 - Greenwood Car Show: One of the many community events, this car show brings all kinds of classic cars to Greenwood Avenue and raises money for local nonprofits.
June 25 - Bellevue Strawberry Festival: Strawberries (and berries of all kinds) are an essential part of Northwest summers. Celebrate the strawberry with food (including lots of strawberry desserts), a car show, vendors and more.
July 2 - Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival: Hosted by the Center for Wooden Boats, the Wooden Boat Festival is all about getting people up close and personal with the water and boats.
July 4 - Seafair Summer Fourth: Family fun all day long, capped off with Seattle's biggest fireworks display at night.
July 8-10 - Kent Cornucopia Days: More than 300,000 people show up for this festival, which includes dragon boat races, a 5K, a beer garden, live entertainment and more than 600 vendors.
July 9 - Wallingford Family Parade & Festival: The Family Parade is at the heart of this festival, which aims to focus on family and community.
July 9-10 - Ballard Seafood Fest: Ballard has a long relationship with the sea, formerly a hub for fisherman. Seafood Fest celebrates that with music, arts, a beer garden and, of course, seafood.
July 9-10 - Mercer Island Summer Celebration: A parade, free boat rides, music, family and kids activities, a car show, and everything else you'd expect at a summer fest.
July 10-17 - White Center Jubilee Days: Rides, a car show, a parade and fireworks make White Center the place to be.
July 13-16 - Kla Ha Ya Days Festival: Kla Ha Ya Days is set in Snohomish and includes a parade, car and motorcycle show, live music and a beer garden, and street fair.
July 15-17 - Kirkland Uncorked: Party the day away with plenty of wine tasting at Marina Park in Kirkland.
July 16 - Seafair Milk Carton Derby: Build a watercraft solely out of milk cartons and see if it will set sail...or watch others try.
July 16 - Battle for the Paddle: The ultimate table tennis showdown! You do need to register in advance and the battle takes place at Westlake Park.
July 16-17 - Seattle Bon Odori: Held at Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple, this festival is a traditional Japanese festival held in honor of our ancestors. There's plenty of dancing, food and celebration, too.
July 16-17 - Covington Days Festival: A community festival, Covington Days brings out games and contests, kids activities, music and food.
July 17 - Shoreline Classic Car Show: A classic car show that helps to raise funds for local schools (through event proceeds, but spectator admission is free).
July 22-24 - Des Moines Waterland Events: Des Moines is perched right on the Puget Sound. This city's festival includes a carnival for kids, a 5K open to all ages and abilities, a parade and a boat show.
July 22-24 - Renton River Days: A hometown parade, art market, and the Ducks Gone Wild game where participants hunt for duck images throughout the festival to solve a puzzle.
July 23 - West Seattle Grand Parade: Seafair is not short on parades, but few of them have "grand" in their name! The West Seattle Grand Parade has taken place every year since 1935! This parade heads up California Avenue in West Seattle.
July 23-24 - Triathlon and Kids Triathlon: A triathlon for both adults and kids.
July 24 - Chinatown Seafair Parade: A parade that's a little different than most Seafair parades with martial arts, lion and dragon dances, and more.
July 27 - Greenwood Seafair Parade: One of the oldest Seafair parades, Greenwood Seafair Parade includes more than 100 bands, floats and groups.
July 30 - Miss Seafair Scholarship Coronation: Seafair's scholarship program for young women culminates in the crowning of Miss Seafair.
July 30 - Seafair Torchlight Spectacular: The fun starts at Seattle Center during the day and peaks with the ultimate Seafair parade at dark.
August 1-3: Salmon Fest Seattle: Arts and crafts, music, and family fun, but most importantly Salmon Fest has a salmon bake!
August 3-7: Fleet Week: Tour Navy ships and other watercraft for free!
August 5-7: Seafair Weekend: Seafair's most famous happening includes the hydroplane races and Blue Angels airshow.
August 6-7: Magnolia Summerfest: A community festival with an art show, sidewalk sale, pony rides, beer garden and more family fun.
August 6-7: UmojaFest African American Heritage Festival: UmojaFest celebrates African heritage. Events include a fashion show, parade, a basketball tourney, children's activities, a marketplace and live music.
August 12-14: Kirkland SummerFest: Food and family fun right on the Kirkland waterfront.
August 13-14: Rainier Valley Culture Fest Weekend: A little bit of everything from entertainment to a parade brings the party to this cultural weekend.
August 19-20: Central Area Community Festival: Lots of live music and entertainment all day long.
For a full events calendar, see the Seafair website.