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The Best of Washington's Events - From Music to Tulip Festivals

Think of Washington State and you may think of Seattle or skiing - yet the state offers so much more, with its diverse cultural heritage and incredible natural beauty making it the perfect for a range of fun events. Many outdoor festivals happen throughout spring and summer - no matter if you'd prefer a laid-back afternoon exploring tulip fields or a weekend getting your groove on to electric music, Washington has it all.

Events in Washington State: Top Accommodations

House Freeland
Jun 18 - Jun 25
$93 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Freeland with Patio & Yard + Wide View

4.3
Very good (16 ratings)
Freeland, Island County, Washington
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House Manson
Aug 2 - Aug 9
$600 per night
House ∙ 14 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Manson with Patio, Grill & Pool

4.5
Excellent (34 ratings)
Manson, Chelan County, Washington
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Cabin Big Bend
Jul 7 - Jul 14
-35%
$301
$194 per night
Cabin ∙ 6 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Wonderful Cabin in Big Bend with Second-Story Balcony + Mountain Views

4.6
Excellent (65 ratings)
Big Bend, Snohomish County, Washington
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Best Family-Friendly Events in Washington

Best Family-Friendly Events in Washington

Washington State is one of the liveliest and most diverse in the whole of the United States, putting a huge emphasis on family-friendly events. From maritime delights to thrilling rides at the State Fair, there is something for every age group to enjoy.

  • 1. Washington State Fair

    Held annually in Washington State, the fair is one of the largest in the United States. The impressive array of rides and attractions ranges from roller coasters and amusement arcades to dazzling musical performances. The fair aims to reflect the cultural heritage of the local area and is a fabulous day out for all the family.

  • 2. Seattle Maritime Festival

    This nautical celebration is centered around Bell Street Pier (Pier 66) on Seattle's stunning waterfront and runs across several days every May. Maritime poetry and music feature on the bill, along with opportunities to get hands-on experience at mending a fishing net or piloting a tugboat. The specific family-friendly day puts kids at the heart of the action with activities such as kids boat building. Throughout the festival, you'll find great crafts stalls and food trucks.

  • 3. Seafair

    The ever-popular Seafair weekend is a highlight of the Washington events calendar. Fireworks open the celebrations, while activities including sports events, military fly-bys, games, and boating are spread across the weekend, making the Seafair one of the must-see events in Washington.

Best Places to Stay for Events in Washington State

Apartment Puyallup
Jun 19 - Jun 26
$130 per night
Apartment ∙ 6 guests ∙ 1 bedroom

Rental Apartment in Puyallup with Free Parking

5.0
Outstanding (15 ratings)
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, United States
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House Puyallup
Oct 19 - Oct 26
$172 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Family Friendly Vacation Home in Puyallup with Grill & Patio

5.0
Outstanding (105 ratings)
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, United States
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House Puyallup
Feb 22 - Mar 1
$500 per night
House ∙ 14 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Puyallup with Indoor Pool + Serene Views

5.0
Outstanding (3 ratings)
Puyallup, Pierce County, Washington, United States
Free cancellation
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Best Outdoor Events in Washington

Best Outdoor Events in Washington

Washington is famed for its stunning scenery and landscapes, which offer the perfect backdrop for fantastic outdoor events. From fireworks to tulips, discover these must-see events in Washington.

  • 1. Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

    Held in Skagit Valley every April, this colorful festival celebrates the welcomed arrival of spring. In addition to the sweeping fields of blooming tulips, there are also wine tastings, vintage markets, pottery classes, and parades. Stop by the iconic windmill for a photo against a backdrop of tulip fields before heading to the numerous food stalls serving everything from artisan chocolates to freshly grilled fish.

  • 2. New Year's at the Needle

    Every year on December 31st, Seattle's iconic needle is the focus of the state's attention. A DJ kicks off the party as crowds flock to the spectacular waterfront for a glimpse of the mesmerizing fireworks display. The music also pays tribute to artists lost in the previous 12 months as family and friends ring in the new year with the grand display.

  • 3. Chief Seattle Days

    This annual celebration of Native American culture is held every August. The weekend opens with a fantastic pageant and the festivities continue with a golf tournament and chief honor ceremony. The culmination is a colorful parade on the Sunday with floats, music, costumes, and banners.

Recommended Accommodations for Events in Washington State

House Chelan
Sep 28 - Oct 5
$158 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Chelan with Grill & Patio + Unobstructed Views

3.8
Good (48 ratings)
Chelan, Chelan County, Washington
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House Long Beach
Aug 25 - Sep 1
$221 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Pleasant Vacation Home in Long Beach with Free Parking

4.0
Very good (47 ratings)
Long Beach, Pacific County, Washington
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House Manson
Oct 19 - Oct 26
-71%
$577
$165 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Manson with Free Parking

4.6
Excellent (56 ratings)
Manson, Chelan County, Washington
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Best Music Events in Washington

Best Music Events in Washington

Music lovers are spoiled for choice in Washington State. Choose from large-scale dance music festivals and quaint folk showcases, all held annually for the delight of locals and visitors alike.

  • 1. Bumbershoot

    Bumbershoot has been held every summer since 1971. The event caters to all ages and showcases a huge variety of performers, which in the past has included stars such as Tina Turner and Death Cab for Cutie. Though the focus is on music, there is also stand-up comedy, visual art, and theater performances. The festival also boasts impressive green credentials and offers free tickets to local kids.

  • 2. Capital Hill Block Party

    Every July the streets around Capitol Hill in Seattle come alive with over 100 musicians, many of which have a connection to the local area. The festival puts an emphasis on independent musicians and progressive politics and raises money for non-profit organizations.

  • 3. Paradiso Festival

    This event takes place at The Gorge Amphitheatre and is described as the 'largest Electronic Dance Music event ever staged in the Pacific Northwest.' As well as music there are art shows, comedy performances, and food stalls. Festival-goers have the option of choosing a day ticket or camping for the weekend-long party.

Top Offers for Events in Washington State

Cabin Tahuya
Sep 28 - Oct 5
$107 per night
Cabin ∙ 8 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Cabin in Tahuya with Yard, Grill & Patio

3.8
Good (47 ratings)
Tahuya, Mason County, Washington
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House Port Orchard
Sep 7 - Sep 14
$442 per night
House ∙ 16 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Port Orchard with Patio, Yard & Grill + Sweeping Views

3.7
Good (57 ratings)
Port Orchard, Kitsap County, Washington
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House Island County
Sep 7 - Sep 14
-25%
$488
$368 per night
House ∙ 9 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Island County with Grill, Patio & Yard + Spectacular Views

4.7
Excellent (70 ratings)
Island County, Washington, United States
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🥳 Busiest month January
🛏️ Popular home types Apartment rental and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months August and July
❄️ Coldest months 37 °F in January and December
🌧️ Rainiest months March and January

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House rental in Washington State typically fits 8 people.

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Sure, there are 2,670 Apartment rentals and 10,385 House rentals available in Washington State.

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