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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.