For August 2019, 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 some of the best, unique, and free community events around the region. We try to whittle it to 10 events, but often overshoot that mark. Sometimes there’s just too much free fun!
In August, there are dozens of festivals, plus state and county farm fairs, beginning with one of the region’s biggest, Seafair Weekend. 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 summer dance lessons outdoors, free summer shows, and free Shakespeare in the park.
Beyond these, the following list includes what we think are the 10 best events in August. We lean towards multi-day festivals, which means you can sometimes make it to more than one of these events in the same weekend.
Best free events in August
August 2-4, 2019. Where to see the Blue Angels for free Seafair Weekend. For many across the Pacific Northwest, summer and Seafair reach their pinnacle as the pilots behind the yokes of the “Blue” Boeing F/A-18 Hornets make their thunderous and spectacular appearance over the skies of Seattle.
August 2-4, 2019. Arts festival in Anacortes. Juried art booths, fine art demonstrations, culinary art, food, and kids’ activities on the beautiful Anacortes waterfront. Straight up I-5, then west Highway 20.
August 6, 2019. Free floating lantern ceremony on Green Lake in Seattle. The annual lantern floating ceremony From Hiroshima to Hope honors victims of the atomic bombings* of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and all victims of war.
August 9-11, 2019. Free festival at Mount Si in North Bend. Arts and crafts vendors from all over the State of Washington, food booths, beer & wine garden, live performances on two stages.
August 10-11, 2019. Free Stillaguamish Tribe Festival & Pow Wow in Arlington. 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 $20 a carload after 1pm. Save 50% on parking with early bird pricing of $10 per car load from 10am-1pm.
August 10-11, 2019. Free arts & crafts festival on Whidbey Island. Live entertainment, food, artisan booths, juried art show, kids activities.
August 16-18, 2019. Free chalk art showcase at Redmond Town Center features renowned chalk artists who transform Redmond Town Center into pastel masterpieces. Plus a Sidewalk Sale, food and drink from RTC merchants, kids activities, and live music throughout the weekend.
August 16-18, 2019. Free Chief Seattle Days festival in Suquamish honors Chief siʔał, ancestral leader of the Suquamish Tribe for whom the City of Seattle is named. 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.
August 16-18, 2019. Free Seattle Hempfest celebrates freedom, health, and cannabis. For over two decades, this festival has been the largest gathering of speakers on cannabis policy reform in the world. Hempfest features world-class music as a backdrop to extensive educational and informational content presented by some of the nation’s leading experts in the field of marijuana policy reform.
August 17-18, 2019. Free railroad days festival in Snoqualmie. Annual community festival celebrating the historic town’s origins as a railroad and logging town, and the home of the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. Enjoy live entertainment, vendors, family activities, TimberSports, Art in the Park, parade, free wagon rides, and Train Rides ($10-$20).
August 19-25, 2019. Getaway: free International Kite Festival in Long Beach, WA. Spectators of all ages can enjoy many visual attractions and are invited to participate in kite building, flying competitions, and hands-on activities throughout the festival. Food booths, merchandise and kite vendors line the approach adding to the festive atmosphere.
August 22-25, 2019. Nordic Sol festival (formerly Viking Days) in Seattle. The Nordic Museum’s summer extravaganza. The celebration will include musical performances, special artisan vendors, Pecha Kucha talks, dinners, a fashion show, and more.
August 23-25, 2019. Getaway: Makah Days Celebration (155 mi. 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. Some of the cultural activities of the past include traditional dancing, war canoe races, and salmon bakes. You may also wish to browse the street fair for native arts and crafts or more modern items. Accommodations fill up quickly, so make your reservation early so you can participate in Makah Days.
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