In August 2017, the biggest event of the year is Seafair Weekend with the Blue Angels, Hydroplane races, and air show. Also, if you haven’t heard, there’s a solar eclipse on August 21; Seattle will see a partial eclipse of about 95%. Many libraries and community centers are hosting eclipse information sessions—how to safely view a partial eclipse (i.e. don’t, without special eyewear). Several of the venues will host viewing parties on the morning of the 21st, the eclipse occurs here between 10:00 and 10:30 A.M. Otherwise, August is chock-a-block full of summer festivals and outdoor fun, including music, plays, movies, and dancing.
Seafair Weekend August 4-6
August Fairs, Festivals & Parades
Free or cheap (<$15) admission; extra fun for a fee, especially food, carnival rides, face painting, etc. Events beginning “Seafair” are sanctioned events for Seattle’s community-wide 10-week summer festival.
August 4-6: Seafair Lake City Salmon Fest
August 4-6: Seafair Magnolia Summerfest & Seafair Parade
August 5-6: Seafair Museum of Flight’s Jet Blast Bash
August 11: South Lake Union Block Party in Seattle
August 11-13: Seafair Kirkland Summerfest
August 11-13: $5 Taste of Edmonds
August 11-13: Festival at Mount Si
August 12: Seafair Delridge Day
August 12: AuburnFest
August 13: Othello Park International Festival
August 17-20: Chief Seattle Days in Suquamish (<20 miles northwest of Seattle via ferry)
August 18-20: Seattle Hempfest
August 18-20, 2017: Snoqualmie Railroad Days (30 miles east of Seattle)
August 19: Celebrate Woodinville Festival
August 19: In the Spirit Festival in Tacoma
August 19-20: Seafair Vikings Day in Seattle
August 19-20: Fresh Paint: Festival of Artists at Work in Everett
August 20: BrasilFest at Seattle Center
August 24 – September 4: $12 Evergreen State Fair in Monroe ($9 advance online purchase before opening day, plus free admission and special discount admission days)
August 26: Duwamish River Festival in south Seattle
August 26: $15 LeMay Car Show
August 26-27: $10 Arts in Nature Festival at Camp Long in Seattle
August 26-27: Medieval Harvest Festival in Carnation (25 miles east of Seattle)
Getaways & Staycations
August 4-6: Anacortes Arts Festival (80 miles north of Seattle)
August 10-13: $11-$26 Omak Stampede & Suicide Race (235 miles northeast of Seattle)
August 10-13: $8 Loggers festival in Morton (90 miles south of Seattle)
August 12-13: Coupeville Arts and Crafts Festival (55 miles northwest of Seattle)
August 12-13: Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow in Arlington (50 miles north of Seattle) Festival is free, parking is $10.
August 21-27: Washington State International Kite Festival in Long Beach (170 miles southwest of Seattle)
August 25: Free Entrance Days in the National Parks, when entry is free at Mount Rainier and Olympic National Parks.
August 25-27: $5 Garlic Fest in Chehalis (90 miles south of Seattle)
August 25-27: Makah Days Celebration in Neah Bay (155 miles west of Seattle via ferry)
Mondays in August: Free outdoor summer concerts Monday evening in Seattle
Tuesdays-Thursdays, August 1-31: Free lunchtime outdoor summer concerts in Bellevue
Tuesdays-Fridays, August 2 – September 1: Free lunchtime outdoor summer concerts in Seattle
Wednesdays, August 2-23: Free summer concerts Wednesdays in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park
Saturdays-Sundays, August 5-27: Free outdoor afternoon concert at Ballard Locks
Through August 19: Free Shakespeare in the Park around Puget Sound
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Thursdays/Fridays, 2nd & 4th Saturday, Free art walks around Seattle and Puget Sound from Everett to Tacoma
Other Outdoor Fun
Tuesdays, August 1-29 at Westlake Park Thursdays August 3-17 in Freeway Park: Free summer dance lessons and dancing outdoors in Seattle
Friday-Sunday, August 4-6: 7 cheap ways to get away from Seafair
Discount Tickets and Cheap Entertainment
Find discount tickets for upcoming stage plays, music concerts, comedy shows, and other entertainment on our half-price tickets page.
August Sporting Events
August has every team in play: Mariners baseball, Tacoma Rainiers baseball, Seahawks pre-season football, Sounders soccer, Storm basketball. See our lists of best Seattle sports bars to watch your favorite teams play and best Seattle bars to watch soccer.
Mariners AWAY games: August 1-6, 8-9, 18-23, 25-30.
Mariners HOME games: August 10-16.
Seahawks AWAY games: August 13, 31
Seahawks HOME games: August 18, 25
Sounders AWAY games: August 5, 23
Sounders HOME games: August 12, 20, 27
Storm AWAY games: August 4-5, 8, 12, 20, 23
Storm HOME games: August 16, 18, 27
Rainiers AWAY games: August 1, 15-18, 24-27.
Rainiers HOME games: August 3-14, 19-22, 28-31.
August Solar Eclipse Events
To find an eclipse information session, or a live local viewing location on August 21, check our list of free eclipse presentations in Seattle and around Puget Sound. If you want to try and see the full eclipse, see our suggestions for where to see the Oregon total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
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Every day at GreaterSeattleontheCheap we offer a list of free and cheap things to do in Seattle and around Puget that break the ban. We highlight mostly free events in arts and entertainment throughout the region, a few interesting events that cost $15 or less, and how to get discounts on more expensive events.