These July 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 July, with Seattle’s Seafair festival underway there well are over 50 events to choose from. Some weekends there are a dozen choices. These are mostly volunteer run, family-friendly, community celebrations, some which have been held for over 50 years.
June 28 – July 1, 2018. Kenmore Art Show at Bastyr University features the works of local artists working in a variety of media for exhibit and sale.
June 29 – July 8. Independence Day sales at outlet malls:
June 30 – July 1, 2018. Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show at Seattle Center Exhibition Hall (repeats in December) is the city’s largest indie craft show. Choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, and food. Each show is carefully curated and juried to ensure the best mix of crafts and arts, along with quality and originality. Hundreds of fans line up before the doors open to get their famous swag bags full of goodies from vendors and sponsors. Free event. You might also like:
June 30 – July 1, 2018. Gig Harbor Wings & Wheels at the Tacoma Narrows features live aerobatic performances and fly-overs, dozens of planes on display, a 200+ car show (Sunday only), food and merchandise vendors, a beer garden, and activities for the kids. Tickets: general admission $20, children (age 5-17) $10. Parking $10. Discount: early bird (limited quantity) $15. Two on one motorcycle includes parking (Saturday only) $30.
July 4, 2018. Burien 4th of July Parade. Now in it’s 97th year, Burien’s 4th of July parade is one of the oldest and best attended in King County. Thousands of spectators gather along the parade route to see marching bands, floats, the Seafair pirates, and more. Many local restaurants and businesses are planning to stay open especially for the parade and will be offering specials.
July 4th Festivals and Fireworks
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Everett Colors of Freedom Festival at Legion Park begins at 11:00 AM with free kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden, & live music. Bring a blanket and a picnic. No parking at Legion, so be sure to catch the free shuttle, either at the Everett Community College Broadway lot or at Everett Station. Small coolers only are permitted on shuttle buses. Free event.
Seattle Seafair Summer Fourth at Gas Works Park (on the north shore of Lake Union). The fun begins at NOON. Enjoy a full day of fun with food, entertainment, exhibits, All-American games (pie-eating contest, sack race…) and a kid zone that culminates in a fantastic fireworks show. Free event.
Bellevue Family 4th at Bellevue Downtown Park (one block south of Bellevue Square on the corner of NE 4th Street and Bellevue Way). Live music and food trucks will entertain from 2:00 pm to 8:50 pm. Kid’s entertainment includes mascots and ticketed inflatables. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Bellevue’s iconic venue. Free event.
Tacoma Freedom Fair along the Ruston Way waterfront from 10:00am to 10:30pm. It’s a show of shows with an air show, car show, and bike show, plus kids’ activities, live music, and food vendors. Admission to Freedom Fair is free, but donations ($2-$15 per person) are suggested to help continue the tradition of family-oriented activities. For hassle-free access, park free at the Tacoma Dome Station or at Tacoma Community College and take the Freedom Fair Express Bus all day and after the fireworks.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Freedom Fest at Cowan Stadium, south of Tacoma. They pull out all the stops at JBLM. The day goes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and features live music, roving entertainers, a car show, plenty of food, kids’ activities, and of course the grand finale fireworks show. Free event and free parking. Use Exit 119 off I-5. Guests without an installation access pass should enter JBLM Lewis-Main via the DuPont Gate. Due to security checks, expect some delays when entering the base. Free event.
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July 6 – 8, 2018. Czech Film Festival in Seattle. The annual Czech film festival titled “Czech That Film” was established in 2012. Currently, it is the largest Czech cultural event in the United States showing outstanding modern films from the Czech Republic. Tickets: $14 Regular, $13 Youth (<=20) and Seniors (65+), $9 SIFF Members. You might also like:
July 6 – 8, 2018. Arlington Fly-In is the West Coast’s Premier Recreation Aviation Event featuring exhibits, speaker forums, workshops, an aviation flea market, kids’ activities, and outdoor movies after dark. Tickets: $17/day; 3-day pass $45. Camping is $30 per night per space, with a minimum of 2 nights and advance purchase only. Kids 15 and younger are FREE and must be accompanied by an adult. Discounts: Purchase tickets online in advance and save. Arriving by Aircraft $10/day; 3-day pass $20. Arriving by car or camper $15/day; 3-day pass $40. You might also like:
July 7, 2018. Polish Festival Seattle offers Polish music, dance, beer, food, crafts, and workshops at the Seattle Center Armory and the outdoor amphitheater nearby. Free event. You might also like:
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July 7 – 8, 2018. Japan Fair features Japanese art, food, vendors, entertainment, and Taiko drumming at Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. Free event and parking.
July 8, 2018. Georgetown Garden Walk. Stroll through private gardens, visit artists’ studios, and hear live music. Free event.
July 8, 2018. Art on the Ave. This annual Tacoma music and art festival on 6th Avenue for has live music, local restaurant food, and art installations. Free event.
July 13, 2019. Summerfest in Lakewood. Family friendly festival at Fort Steilacoom Park. Watch extreme trampoline acts, stilt walkers, an aerial motocross show, and roving circus acts. Participate in hands-on art activities, multi-sporting events, bubble soccer, Kids Zone with inflatables and pony rides. Browse the classic car show, shop at over 150 unique market vendors and listen to live music. See dances from over 14 countries on the International Festival stage. Stay into the night for the hot air balloon glow and the outdoor movie “The Greatest Showman”.
July 13-15, 2018. Arlington Street Fair. Every year during the second weekend in July the Downtown Arlington Business Association hosts a street fair filled with unique items, food, entertainment and a farmers market. The street is lined with almost 200 vendors offering a very wide assortment of décor, clothing and other collectibles.
July 13 – 15, 2018. Sammamish Valley Celebration of Farms and the Arts. Visit farms and businesses for demonstrations, tours, tastes, and family activities. You’ll find a variety of activities that celebrate summer: learn about local farms; sample freshly pressed apple cider; taste farm-fresh food and local wine; dig in some soil and take a walk in a peaceful farm field. Each location will have its own schedule of events. Some activities are free.
July 13 – 14, 2018. Redmond Derby Days:
July 13 – 15, 2018. Ballard SeafoodFest.
July 13 – 15, 2018. West Seattle Summer Fest is a neighborhood street fair with arts and crafts, shopping, live music, local food, beer gardens, and a kids’ play area. Free event.
July 13 – 15, 2018. Kent Cornucopia Days is a street fair and carnival with food and entertainment, a soccer tournament, dragon boat races Saturday, a 5K Saturday, and a parade Sunday (2 p.m.). Free event.
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, 2018. Seafair Milk Carton Derby in Seattle at Green Lake. Watch 100 boats made of milk cartons plus stand-up paddleboards compete for speed and style prizes. Free to watch.
July 14, 2018. Wallingford Family Parade in Seattle. From Meridian Playground, south on Bagley Avenue N, then west on N. 45th Street. Children, families, dogs, drill teams, marching bands, and floats. Read how to participate. The 2018 theme is “Be French for a Day.” Free event.
July 14, 2018. Queen Anne Day has a fun run at 8 a.m., a parade of kids and dogs at 10:30 a.m., and then an 11 a.m. art walk, music, food trucks, beer garden, and a car show. Free event.
July 14 – 15, 2018. Mercer Island Summer Celebration. Live entertainment, children’s fun zone, boat rides, car show, parade, food trucks, arts and craft vendors. Saturday night “Luau on the Lake” includes live bands, food trucks, and fireworks off a barge on Lake Washington.
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. Wedgwood Art Festival has northwest artists, live music, food, and a variety of family entertainment outdoors at Our Lady of the Lake Church. 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. $3 Asian bites at participating restaurants. Free event.
July 18 – 22, 2018. Kla Ha Ya Days Festival includes a carnival, circus, Friday Kids’ Fair , Saturday parade and street fair, and Sunday car show.
July 18 – 22, 2018. White Center Jubilee Days has a carnival every day, fireworks at Steve Cox Memorial Park at dusk on Wednesday, a car show on Saturday, a parade at 11 a.m. Sunday, and a weekend street fair and kids’ area. Free event.
July 19 – 22, 2018. King County Fair at the Enumclaw Expo Center offers food, music concerts, carnival rides, vendors, entertainers, 4H animals, racing pigs, and a beer & wine garden. Tickets: $10 or presale $7 at Safeway stores. Military $7, Seniors (65+) $1 from 10AM-NOON. Children 5 and under FREE. Parking $5. Ride passes $22.
Thursday, July 19, 2018. Seattle Chinatown JamFest Music Festival. Enjoy live music, a marketplace, and food in the shops and alleys of the iconic neighborhood. Admission by donation.
July 21, 2018. Basin Summer Sounds in Ephrata (171 miles east of Seattle) is a family friendly multi-genre music festival outside the historic Grant County Courthouse, with food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities. Free event.
July 21, 2018. North Bend Downtown Block Party. Bring the entire family for a day of great music and entertianment, activities, delicious food, vendor booths, and fun. 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+).
July 20 – 22, 2018. Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center. Buy tastes from 60 restaurants, watch free cooking demos, enjoy wine tasting, a beer garden, and entertainment. Friday is least crowded. The Alley on Fisher rooftop has a package of 6 gourmet tastes to support charity. Free admission.
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.
July 21, 2018. West Seattle Grand Parade includes pirates, clowns, marching bands, drill teams, floats, and pageantry on California Avenue SW, from Lander to Edmunds Streets. Free event.
July 21, 2018. Burien Block Party features live music, beer gardens, and food vendors. 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 21 – 22, 2018. Bon Odori Festival at Seattle Buddhist Temple with traditional dancing, Taiko drums, martial arts, and Japanese food & crafts. Free event.
July 21 – 22, 2018. Renegade Craft Fair at Seattle’s Magnuson Park offers indie crafts, food trucks, and DJ music at Hangar 30. Repeats in December. Free admission.
July 21 – July 22, 2018. Covington Days Festival. Saturday parade, live music, entertainment, kids zone, the popular watermelon eating contest, 100 arts and crafts vendors, educational displays, Inflatables, carnival games, dunk tank, face painting and festival food.
July 21 – 22, 2018. Vashon Island Strawberry Festival has a parade and dance on Saturday, a car on Sunday, carnival rides, a beer garden, music, and 200 vendors.. Shuttle service from the ferry is $2 each way; free under age 5. Free event.
July 22, 2018. Chinatown Seafair Parade features lion and dragon dances, martial arts, and the Chinese Girls Drill Team in the international district. Free event.
July 22, 2018. Food Truck Fest in Tacoma at Wright Park features food trucks, music, and a beer garden. Free admission.
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 25, 2018. Greenwood Seafair Parade in Seattle on Greenwood Avenue from N. 95th to N. 85th then west to 6th NW. Watch bands, drill teams, floats, and pirates. Free event.
July 27 – 29, 2018. Tour de Terrace in Mountlake Terrace celebrates with neighboring communities at this family oriented, fun-filled festival that includes a pancake breakfast, parade, car show, live music, carnival, street fair, food booths, beer garden, and fireworks show. Free event.
July 27 – 29, 2018. Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair is one of America’s biggest and best. Find the top curated artists in the parking garage on the west side of Bellevue Square at ground level. Free event.
July 27 – 29, 2018. Renton River Days in Liberty Park features a Saturday parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, entertainment, and children’s activities. Free event.
July 28, 2018. FanFest in Seattle on Mercer Street. Preview the floats, see exhibits, and meet participants for the Torchlight Parade. 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 including Children’s Friendship Festival, Indigenouz PlaceMakerz, Sikhs of Washington. and many more. The parade begins at Seattle Center and continues down 4th Avenue to South Washington Street. NEW THIS YEAR: a Beer Garden at Westlake Center for parade viewers 21+. Free event.
July 28, 2018. Art in the Garden in Ballard features arts and crafts vendors, kids’ activities, two food trucks, a beer garden, and music. Free event.
July 28, 2018. NW SolarFest at Shoreline Community College is a renewable energy and sustainable living fair. Hear live music and see exhibitors and vendors, plus electric vehicles. Free event. Free parking.
July 28 – 29, 2018. Alki Art Fair in West Seattle features local arts, crafts, and live music.
July 28 – 29, 2018. Saint James Faire in Carnation features craft shops, archery and sword iihujdemonstrations, puppetry, music, dance, and food. Admission $10.
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 29, 2018. Kirkland Classic Car Show. See hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles. 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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