For June 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 some of the best, unique and free events aroundthe region. In June, there are over 50 festivals and fairs throughout the region, so cherry-picked the multi-day festivals with free admission that collectively offer a little something for everyone: music, boating and water festivals, art studio tours, sheepdogs, trapeze arts, mountain bikes, strawberries, and war reenactments. And if you are counting, there are 11 events listed here because we couldn’t decide which one to delete.
June 1 – 3, 2018. HONK! Fest West in south Seattle is a free music festival driven by the energetic performance of street bands in public spaces. Completely volunteer-planned and organized, non-profit HONK! festivals are a part of a global renaissance of community street band culture. For three days in Seattle area parks and streets, 25+ bands deliver music and celebration that is accessible to all. HONK! bands are typically acoustic and mobile, often politically aware and articulate, and always high spirited. There is a rich community ethic among HONK!ers, who use their music to erode the barriers between professional and novice, and between audience and performers. Although uniforms are sometimes used as a performance tool, individuality is key, and group members often hail from all range of classes, ethnicities, ages, and backgrounds. Perhaps most importantly, the HONK!ers’ ultimate goal is to have fun, to relish the art of making fun as a form of individual and collective transcendence, and to encourage others to see and do the same. June 1: Georgetown 5-10pm. June 2: White Center 1-6pm. June 3: Columbia City 2-6pm. Free event.
June 2 – 3, 2018. Maritime Gig Festival in Gig Harbor includes a pancake breakfast, fun run, parade, farmer’s market, live bands, classic yachts, a car show, free history museum, and a kids’ fair. Free admission.
June 2 – 3, 2018. Getaway: San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour (100 miles northwest of Seattle via Anacortes ferry). Visit 20 art studios the first weekend of June. See original paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, wood, mixed medium, sculpture and fiber. Free event.
June 7 – 10, 2018. Vashon Sheepdog Classic via a short ferry ride from Seattle, Tacoma or Southworth (Kitsap Peninsula). This wildly popular event sells out, so be sure to buy daily tickets in advance or you will be turned away at the gate. Bring a chair or blanket to watch trained dogs compete, and then enjoy local fare, fiber arts, and craft artisans. Tickets: $10/day General Admission. $5 shuttle from ferry dock. Kids 10 and under free. Discount: $25 for a 4-day pass.
June 9, 2018. Emerald City Trapeze Arts Summer Show in south Seattle features students of all ages performing fully choreographed acts. See some of the very best amp up the tricks, the air, and the style with their creative and genius skills. Free admission.
June 9 – 10, 2018. Evergreen Mountain Bike Festival in Issaquah at Duthie Hill Park. Shop vendors, ride trails, test your skills, test bikes, visit kids’ events, and enjoy food and beer. Free admission, plus food, merchandise, and some activities for sale.
June 9 – 17, 2018. Marysville Strawberry Festival is a week-long, volunteer run, scholarship and community festival, complete with a grand parade, kiddies parade, car show, entertainment, carnival, contest, and vendors. Free and paid activities.
June 15 – 17, 2018. Classic Motor Yacht Parade and Weekend Tours in Seattle at Pier 66 Bell Harbor Marina. Over forty classic motor yachts, many of them built prior to World War II, is the largest gathering of classic motor yachts in the world. On Friday, the yachts will participate in a Sail-In Parade along the waterfront prior to their arrival at Bell Harbor at 4 pm. An excellent view of the yacht parade will be available from Myrtle Edwards Park or from any of the downtown piers between 2 and 4 pm. On Saturday, many of the boats will be available for boarding; wear soft-soled shoes to be admitted. Free admission.
June 15 – 17, 2018. Getaway: Union Gap Old Town Days (150 miles southeast of Seattle, near Yakima) features Washington State’s biggest Civil War reenactment, encampment and living history event. Plus agricultural exhibits, walking and driving tours, live music, kids’ activities, food, beer garden, and vendors. Free admission and parking, plus food, merchandise, and some activities for sale. Donations to the museum are greatly appreciated.
June 23 – 24, 2018. Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails Festival in Silverdale Waterfront Park celebrates the diverse natural resources of the area with food, music, games, sports and activities. Multi-city events include a 50k triathlon, kayak race, waterfront bike ride, trail run, and family paddle. The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail a celebrated segment of the Cascadia Marine Trail, opens over 350 miles of saltwater shoreline on western Puget Sound and Hood Canal to modern day exploration and is also part of the National Water Trails System. Free event, plus food, merchandise, and some activities for sale.
June 23 – 24, 2018. Bellevue Strawberry Festival at Crossroads Park is a long-standing tradition with plenty of family fun: shortcake eating contests, historical and agricultural display, auto show, games, clowns, face painting, touch-a-truck, live music and entertainment, plenty of food and vendor booths, strawberries and more strawberries. Free parking and shuttles.
If none of these suits your fancy, you can always check the entire list of 50+ festivals and fairs in June.
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