Many people think that Seattle’s Seafair summer festival is the hydroplane races on Lake Washington with the Blue Angels flying overhead during Seafair Weekend in August.
Far from it.
Seafair is a summer-long festival from June through August, with several signature events and many more smaller community events celebrated throughout King County. Some of these community events have been going on since before Seafair was started in 1950.
Others are quite new; perhaps re-envisioned from an older festival and adapted as the local community has changed. We’re nothing, if not pioneers in most things we do in the Pacific Northwest. For historical information and more details, see Seafair Seattle explained.
Seafair Signature Events
Seafair signature events, which might be considered the heart of Seattle’s summer festival, include several key events: (1) The Seafair Pirates Landing on Alki Beach–considered by many to be the official Seafair kickoff for the summer-long festival, (2) the Milk Carton Derby on Green Lake, (3) the Seafair Triathlon, (4) the Torchlight Parade, preceded by the Torchlight Run, and (5) the 3-day Seafair Weekend festival complete with hydroplane races, Blue Angels performance, air show, wakeboard event, pit tours, food and vendor booths, and often with plenty of sun.
If Seafair signature events are the heart of Seattle’s favorite summer festival, then the Seafair sanctioned community events are the soul.
Seafair strongly believes in the power of festivals, parades, and events to celebrate the traditions of our region and diverse residents. Each year, local events are chosen through an application process to be a part of the Seafair Sanctioned Community Events Program. Seafair offers program participants resources and support that include support, training, information, event promotions, as well as operational and administrative assistance.
These neighborhood events are volunteer run from conception and promotion to implementation and cleanup. The primary objective is community and civic pride, all very evident in these fun-filled fairs, festivals, and parades.
Below is the current list of Seafair sanctioned events, listed in order by date of occurence. In parentheses, we’ve noted the event’s inception date as defined on their website.
Seafair Sanctioned Community Events
2018 Seafair sanctioned community events in June
Thursday, Jun. 21 Make Music Day – Seattle
Saturday, Jun. 23 Bellevue Strawberry Festival
Friday, Jun. 29 Lake Chelan Pirate Fest
Saturday, Jun. 30 Greenwood Car Show
2018 Seafair sanctioned community events in July
Wednesday, Jul. 4 Burien 4th of July Parade
Saturday, Jul. 7 The Seattle Summer Music Games
Friday, Jul. 13 Ballard Seafood Fest
Friday, Jul. 13 Kent Cornucopia Days
Friday, Jul. 13 West Seattle Summer Fest
Saturday, Jul. 14 Viking Days
Saturday, Jul. 14 Mercer Island Summer Celebration
Saturday, Jul. 14 Wallingford Family Parade
Wednesday, Jul. 18 White Center Jubilee Days Festival
Wednesday, Jul. 18 Kla Ha Ya Days Festival
Friday, Jul. 20 31st Annual Seafair POWWOW
Saturday, Jul. 21 Covington Days Festival
Saturday, Jul. 21 Seattle Bon Odori
Saturday, Jul. 21 Des Moines Waterland Parade
Saturday, Jul. 21 West Seattle Grand Parade
Saturday, Jul. 21 North Bend Downtown Block Party
Sunday, Jul. 22 Chinatown Seafair Parade
Sunday, Jul. 22 Parkadilly Kids’ Concert & Fair
Wednesday, Jul. 25 Greenwood Seafair Parade
Friday, Jul. 27 Tour de Terrace
Friday, Jul. 27 Renton River Days
Saturday, Jul. 28 Seattle Center Movies at the Mural
Sunday, Jul. 29 Pista sa Nayon
2018 Seafair sanctioned community events in August
Friday, Aug. 3 Magnolia Summerfest & Seafair Parade
Friday, Aug. 3 Umoja Fest Africatown Heritage Festival
Saturday, Aug. 4 The Museum of Flight’s Jet Blast Bash
Saturday, Aug. 4 Lake City Summer Fest & Parade
Friday, Aug. 10 Kirkland Summerfest
Friday, Aug. 10 Taste Edmonds
Saturday, Aug. 11 Delridge Day
Sunday, Aug. 12 Rainier Valley Culture Fest
Saturday, Aug. 18 Celebrate Shoreline
Saturday, Aug. 18 Celebrate Skyway Parade & Block Party
2018 Seafair sanctioned community events in Fall and Winter
Thursday, Sept. 13 Seattle Boats Afloat Show
Saturday, Oct. 6 Issaquah Salmon Days
Sunday, Oct. 28 West Seattle Harvest Fest
Sunday, Dec. 2 76 Seafair Holiday Cruise
Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98125
Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way South, Seattle, WA 98108
Lake City Way, south from 135th to 123rd