Summer Festivals to Visit in Washington
Late summer and early fall are a fun time to get out and enjoy some of the many festivals in the Burien and Seattle areas. Whether you enjoy music, like to try new foods or want to keep the kids busy for the day before it is time to send them back to school, there is an event for everyone. Check out these summer festivals to visit in Washington for family-friendly, affordable entertainment, right in your neck of the woods.
Seattle Art Fair
The Seattle Art Fair runs August 3-6 at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in downtown Seattle. This huge art fair features more than 18,000 participants with works from more than 80 galleries and 25 different cities from all over the world. Tickets to the event range from $20 to $150 and provide you access to all kinds of art from sculptures to paintings, photography, and more. You can also take part in talks, see performances, and even bring the kids for some playful exhibits designed to pique their interest in the arts.
Olympic Music Festival
Head to Port Townsend and the Wheeler Theater at Fort Warden for the annual Olympic Music Festival. This event is a wonderful time to listen to music performed by world-renowned artists and musicians. During the month of August, five of the most talented musicians will perform. Starting Saturday, August 12, you can see the Olympic Chamber Music Fellowship perform Mozart, and on August 13, you can listen to folk music performed by the Hungarian Fantasies gypsies. There are performances each weekend through September including music for children. The season ends Sept. 9-10 with Ariel Quartet performances featuring the music of Beethoven.
The annual Summer Meltdown Festival is a camping and music festival in Darrington Washington. It features more than 50 bands on four stages and runs August 10-13. Event tickets are available as weekend passes with the option for onsite tent camping, or you can stay off site and drive to the festival each day. Youth passes are offered for kids between ages 9 and 15, and there is a special family camping area, so you can camp as a family. A separate quiet camping area is available for those who want to have a more low-key experience.
The Watershed Festival is the largest country music festival in the Northwest. This music event features some of the biggest country artists including Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, and more. It takes place July 28-30 at the Gorge Amphitheater with all kinds of activities including line dancing, rides, and games. You can buy passes for the festival online with options for a general admission pass. Or upgrade with a VIP club package for access to the Sunset Lounge VIP deck, private air-conditioned restrooms, and shaded lounge areas with the best views in the house for both stages.
End your summer with some music, food, and fun at one of these summer festivals in Washington.
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