For July 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 July, there are a crazy number of fun, free things to do–about 60 festivals, plus 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, to name a few. We think we’ve succeeded in whittling down the choices to the best 10, which in this case worked out to be 11. But who is counting.
The first week of July is consumed with 4th of July events. If Independence Day celebrations aren’t enough, there are goat Olympics in Monroe, Vikings in Ballard, dragon dances and Asian food bites in the ID, Native American Pow Wow at Discovery Park, lavender in Sequim, onions in Walla Walla, kid fun on Lake Sammamish, the Seattle Seafair Torchlight parade, South Sound’s favorite ethnic festival, a popular Filipino festival at Seward Park, and fleet week on the Seattle waterfront. Except for food purchases, all have free admission and lots of free fun.
July 14, 2018. Goatalympics at Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. Watch pet goats compete in foot races, obstacle courses, and contests. Food vendors. Free event and parking.
July 14 – 15, 2018. Viking Days in Ballard features a daily pancake breakfast, Saturday afternoon salmon bake, Nordic craft and food vendors, Viking encampment, beer garden, and music. Free event.
July 14 – 15, 2018. Dragon Fest in the International District is a street fair of Japanese and Korean drumming, Chinese martial arts, Pacific Islander dancing, and Bollywood performance. Plus, enjoy $3 Asian bites at participating restaurants. Free event.
July 20 – 22, 2018. Seafair Indian Days PowWow at Discovery Park in Seattle includes competitive dancing, drumming, native dress, native art for sale, food booths, and salmon dinners at Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. No pets. Admission: Friday FREE, Saturday-Sunday $5 (age 12+).
Getaway: July 20 – 22, 2018. Sequim Lavender Festival (66 miles northwest of Seattle via Bainbridge ferry) has farm tours plus a street fair with crafts, food, beer, wine, and music. Free event.
Getaway: July 21, 2018. Sweet Onion Festival in Walla Walla (260 miles southeast of Seattle) includes great food & beer, entertainment, vendors, onion-eating contests, a kids’ zone. Free event.
July 22, 2018. Parkadilly Kids’ Concert & Fair at Lake Sammamish is a celebration with a fun focus on the outdoors with live entertainment, arts & crafts, Petting Zoo, Junior Ranger programs, food, outdoor games, kid centric booths and special activities. Entertainment in 2018 includes African Dance Troupe Gansango, Recess Monkey, The Not Its, and Rhythyms of India. Free event.
July 28, 2018. Seafair Torchlight Parade in Seattle along 4th Avenue starting at 7:30PM. Each year on one magical summer night, thousands of spectators gather to watch as more than 100 parade units march, float and dance. From clowns and pirates to drill teams and equestrian units, the parade highlights and celebrates communities from greater Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape. Free event.
July 28 – 29, 2018. Ethnic Fest in Tacoma at Wright Park. Voted the best festival of the South Sound. Enjoy multiple entertainment stages, arts & crafts booths, food vendors, family activities, Kid’s Zones, and the movie “Hidden Figures” at dusk. Free event.
July 29, 2018. Pista sa Nayon in Seattle at Seward Park offers Filipino food, entertainment, arts and crafts booths, and children’s games. Free event.
July 31 – Aug. 5, 2018. Seafair Fleet Week begins Tuesday with a Parade of Ships in Elliott Bay, followed by ship tours Wednesday to Sunday on the Seattle waterfront. Free event.
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