For August 2018, we inspected the Greater Seattle on the Cheap event calendar and latest website posts for free events that might be especially worthy of your consideration. Since we publish hundreds of events every month, we like to highlight a few of the more unique events throughout the region.
In August, there are about 40 festivals, beginning with the Seafair Weekend Festival. There’s also a bunch of regularly occurring fun, including free and cheap outdoor summer movies, free summer concerts, free sprayparks and wading pools, free summmer dance lessons outdoors, free summer shows, and free Shakespeare in the park. Beyond these, the following list includes what we think are the best 10 best events in August, plus a couple of free music festivals coming up on Labor Day Weekend, which begins August 31. We lean towards multi-day festivals, which means you can sometimes make it to multiple events in the same weekend.
August 6, 2018. From Hiroshima to Hope in Seattle. This somber and meaningful event promotes peace by commemorating victims of war with music, speakers, and a beautiful tradition of candle-lit lanterns floated on Green Lake at dusk. The city of Hiroshima was destroyed by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. Free event.
August 9 – 12, 2018. Getaway: Morton Loggers Jubilee (90 miles south of Seattle) in the historic town includes a flea market, music, and vendors, plus Friday lawn mower races ($10 admission), Saturday morning bed races and parade, plus Saturday-Sunday logging show ($8 admission). Free and paid events.
August 11, 2018. In the Spirit Northwest Native Festival in Tacoma. Experience this indoor/outdoor celebration of Native cultures. Dancing, drumming, singing, shopping at the arts market, and a Native designer runway fashion show will take place in and around both museums. Free event, plus free admission to Tacoma Art Museum and Washington State History Museum.
August 11 – 12, 2018. Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow in Arlington features storytelling and two stages of entertainment, Fun Zone rides and activities including a zip line and petting zoo. Environmental and wellness exhibits, craft vendors, traditional alder salmon bake, and food booths.. Children Free event, but parking is $10 per car load from 10am-1pm and $20 a carload after 1pm.
August 17 – 19, 2018. Pacific NW Chalk Fest in Redmond. Family-friendly event featuring renowned chalk artists as they transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces. But wait, there’s more! Enjoy the annual Sidewalk Sale, food and drink from RTC merchants, kids activities, and live music throughout the weekend.
August 17 – 19, 2018. Seattle Hempfest:
August 18 – 19, 2018. Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work in Everett. Purchase art fresh off the easel during Everett’s waterfront art festival presented by the Schack Art Center. The marina promenade will be filled with artist booths with painting, pottery, glass, jewelry, and photography. Every artist will be demonstrating and sharing their art. Glassblowing demonstrations. Live music and entertainment at two stages. Food from marina restaurants and festival food booths. Plus the popular Glass Float Find on Jetty Island (via free foot ferry, but $2 suggested donation). Free event. Parking $3.
August 20 – 26, 2018. Getaway: International Kite Festival in Long Beach on the Washington State coast:
August 24 – 26, 2018. Getaway: Washington State Garlic Fest in Chehalis (90 miles south) is the largest gathering of garlicious eats and artisan crafts in our state. Shop garlic wares amidst the aroma of garlic, while you enjoy live entertainment, unique crafts, demonstrations, food, and kids’ activities. Free event.
August 25 – 26, 2018. Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in West Seattle celebrates art, nature & neighborhood with diverse programming from music, visual art, poetry, puppetry, food trucks, merchants and more. Tickets at the gate: Adult one-day $12/weekend pass $20. Student 18+ and seniors $10/$16. Child 10-17 $6/$10. Kids 10 and under are free. Discounts for advance online purchase. Adult $10/$15. Student 18+ and seniors $8/$12. Child 10-17 $6/$8.
August 31 – Sept. 2, 2018. Oak Harbor Music Festival on Whidbey Island features two main stages, more than 30 bands in all types of musical genres, two beer gardens, food vendors, sidewalk cafés, arts & crafts booths, and OHMF merchandise. Free event.
August 31 – Sept. 2, 2018. Getaway: Tumbleweed Music Festival on the Columbia River in Richland (200 mi SE). Five outdoor stages, over 75 acts, open mic stage, indoor dance floor, songwriting contest with cash prizes, Band scramble (amateur or pro, you are invited to join), workshops, food and craft vendors. Free event.
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