These August fairs, festivals, parades, and shows around the Puget Sound region have free or cheap admission ($15 or less).
We sometimes include significant events with an admission fee higher than $15, if there are discounts or volunteering opportunities that allow you to enjoy the event for $15 or less.
In August, with Seattle’s Seafair festival winds down. Still, there well are over 40 fairs, festivals, parades, and shows throughout the region and around the state.
July 31 – Aug. 5, 2018. Seafair Fleet Week:
August 3-5, 2018. Umoja Fest African Heritage Festival & Parade:
August 3 – 5, 2018. Magnolia Summerfest includes a parade Saturday at 10 a.m., live music, food vendors, a beer & wine garden, weekend art fair, and kids’ activities. Free event.
August 3 – 5, 2018. Seafair Weekend Festival. Watch hydroplanes race on Lake Washington in the Albert Lee Appliance Cup and the Blue Angeles fly overhead in the Boeing Air Show. Interstate 90 closure schedule. Pick up FREE Friday General Admission tickets at Tulalip Resort Casino, Quil Ceda Creek Casino, and select HomeStreet Bank locations. Tickets: Regular Saturday-Sunday admission at the gate: $40. Discounts: Friday tickets at the gate on will be available for $10 with proceeds benefitting the Seafair Foundation. Saturday-Sunday general admission tickets purchased in advance online: $30. Military: $20. Youth 6-12, Senior 62+: $10. Children 5 and younger are free.
August 3 – 5, 2018. Anacortes Arts Festival has 270 juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and kids’ activities. Free event.
August 4, 2018. Lake City Seafair Festival [formerly SalmonFest Seattle] has a parade, a car show, an art fair, a beer garden with live music, and a kids’ area in Lake City. Free event.
August 4 – 5, 2018. The Original Browns Point Salmon Bake in Tacoma includes a variety of food, a beer garden, music, and kids’ games on the water. Free event.
August 6, 2018. From Hiroshima to Hope in Seattle promotes peace and remembers victims of war with music, speakers, and 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. Morton Loggers Jubilee in the historic town includes lawn mower races Friday, bed races Sat. 11 a.m., a parade Sat. 11:30 a.m., a logging show Saturday & Sunday, a flea market, music, and vendors. Free event.
August 9 – 12, 2018. Omak Stampede includes world-famous suicide horse races plus a parade, carnival, Indian Encampment & Pow Wow, Western & Native Art Show, dances, and vendors. Free and paid events. Rodeo tickets $11-$26.
August 10, 2018. South Lake Union Block Party has music, a children’s play area, steamroller printing, a beer garden, and food trucks at South Lake Union Discovery Center. See the schedule. Free event.
August 10 – 12, 2018. Taste Edmonds features food, music, vendors, rides, beer/wine and fun. Proceeds help fund community events and organizations. Tickets: Festival Only: $3 /day (13 & up); $5 /all weekend wristband. Festival & 21+ Garden: $9 /day; $20 /all weekend wristband.
August 10 – 12, 2018. The Festival at Mount Si has arts and crafts vendors from all over the State of Washington, food booths, beer & wine garden, live performances on two stages. Free event.
August 11, 2018. AuburnFest two entertainment stages, beer garden, food vendors, craft and specialty vendors, community and non-profit vendors, car show, literary showcase & small press fair, and free activities including Bocce, face painting, hands-on art activities, indoor playground, Discovery Playground, and spray playground. Buy a wristband ($10) for access to 11 inflatables, a super slide, ballistic swing, pony rides, train rides, mini golf, and rock wall. Discount wristband: Purchase wristband before noon August 10 and receive a 50% discount using coupon code SUMMER18.
August 11, 2018. In the Spirit Festival 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. Free event, but parking is $10 per car load from 10am-1pm and $20 a carload after 1pm.
August 11 – 12, 2018. Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival Live entertainment, food, artisan booths, juried art show, kids activities. Free event, parking $5.
August 17 – 19, 2018. Seattle Hempfest:
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. Chief Seattle Days via Bainbridge ferry to Suquamish. Honors Chief siʔał (Seattle), ancestral leader of the Suquamish Tribe for whom the City of Seattle is named. Most events in downtown Suquamish around the House of Awakened Culture. Many of the same activities from the 1911 celebration are still featured today: traditional salmon bake, canoe races, baseball tournaments, drumming and dancing, and memorial service at Chief Seattle gravesite. Newer events include Coastal Jam, Powwow, Fun Run, craft and food vendors and Youth Royalty Pageant. Free event, free parking.
August 17 – 19, 2018. Snoqualmie Railroad Days celebrates history and traditions around Trains and Timber in the Historic Downtown Snoqualimie and the Northwest Railway Museum, whose passenger rail program operates on the same rail line that brought the first regional tourists to Snoqualmie Falls on July, 4 1889. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, family activities, TimberSports, Art in the Park, parade, and Train excursions. Free event.
August 18, 2018. Seattle Hot Sauce Fest in Ballard is summer’s “hottest” festival featuring hot sauce tasting, food trucks, local ice cream, entertainment, 21+ beverage garden, family-friendly games, kid’s Root Beer Garden, and kids’ activities. Free event.
August 18, 2018. Duwamish River Festival celebrates Seattle’s southern river and the communities that live along its shore with boat tours and kayaking, interactive booths, live entertainment, raffles, free food. Free event.
August 18, 2018. Chomp! Food Fair at Marymoore Park in Redmond all ages festival includes live entertainment, cooking demos, earth exhibits (native plants, bees, rain gardens, and more), farmers market, upcycle bazaar, 21+ beverage garden. Optional $25 garden party includes small bites and one drink ticket. Parking at Marymoor $5. Shuttle service from the Redmond Transit Center. Free event.
August 18, 2018. Celebrate Woodinville Festival includes a pancake breakfast, parade, art fair, juried exhibition, exhibitors, farmers market, kids’ activities, and live music. Free event, free shuttle.
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 19, 2018. BrasilFest at Seattle Center:
August 19, 2018. Capitol Hill Garage Sale in Seattle features their junk, your found treasures in a community-wide event centered around Cal Anderson Park. Free event.
August 20 – 26, 2018. International Kite Festival in Long Beach on the Washington State coast:
August 23 – Sept. 3, 2018. Evergreen State Fair in Monroe:
August 24 – 26, 2018. Gigantic Bicycle Festival in Snoqualmie has live music, hand-built bicycles, visual & performance art, guest speakers. Friday-Saturday cost is $35-$70, including Friday films and Saturday 50 & 100 mile rides. Sunday is FREE admission with rides at Centennial Fields Park.
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 24 – 26, 2018. Getaway: Makah Days Celebration (155 miles NW via Bainbridge ferry) on the northwest tip of Washington State celebrates Makah culture with neighboring tribes from Washington State and First Nations members from Vancouver Island in Canada with arts and crafts, street fair, salmon bake, Friday fireworks, Saturday parade. Optional $10 beach trail. 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 25 – 26, 2018. Harvest Festival in Carnation with theatre, knightly combat, puppetry, crafts, archery, and minstrels as it was in the colorful world of Chaucer’s England in 1376. The pace is leisurely, the scale is small and intimate: leave behind the hectic 21st century. Tickets: Adults (13+) $10. Seniors (60+) and child (12 and under) $7. Five years and under free. Feast & Festival $45.
August 30, 2018. Pre-PAX Open House on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond. Play more than 50 new games from independent developers from all over the world, including seeing some of the very first games running on Xbox One X and Microsoft Mixed Reality headsets, plus first-party games from Microsoft Studios. Free, but requires RSVP and under 18 with parent or guardian. Free shuttle bus from Seattle convention center. Free parking in Redmond.
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.
August 31 – Sept. 2, 2018. Bumbershoot:
August 31 – Sept. 3, 2018. SkiBonkers in Bellevue. Annual pre-winter sale of new skis, snowboards, and winter sport accessories.
August 31 – Sept. 23, 2018. Washington State Fair in Puyallup:
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