clock menu more-arrow no yes

Ten August Events in Seattle Guaranteed Not to Bore You

View as Map

Image: Randy Wick

Wasn't it just June? We swear, it seems like the summer just started. And yet, looking at the calendar we can clearly see it's already August. If you're worried that another summer has passed you by without getting the chance to truly enjoy it, FEAR NOT! Elizabeth Tudor has compiled a list of ten upcoming and ongoing events around Seattle this month that will give you the chance to explore, enjoy and imbibe everything the city has to offer before September begins and everyone shuffles off to their corner of town until Spring...

Read More

1. Concerts at The Locks (Aug 2-31)

Copy Link
3015 NW 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 783-7059
Visit Website

This has been going on all summer, and you keep forgetting to go, just like you keep forgetting your grandma's Sunday potluck supper (it's free food!). But where else can you nibble edibles and listen to tunes by the Microsoft Jumpin Jive Orchestra?

2. South Lake Union Block Party (Aug. 8)

Copy Link
101 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

Feel classy in the Bang & Olufsen Beer + Wine Garden at this free and mostly sponsored by Amazon gathering at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. Vote for who you think grills the best burger in SLU, and finish the evening watching a movie under the stars.

3. Seattle Street Food Fest (Aug. 8-9)

Copy Link
1635 11th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

Yes! A reason to stuff yourself and drink too much. "Sample" something from every food truck between trips to multiple beer gardens. Pay a little extra for the VIF pass, and find yourself at the pop-up picnic dinner with other bloated, soused foodies.

4. Northwest Tequila Fest (Aug. 9)

Copy Link
6532 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

Thank God someone started this festival two years ago. Tequila, mezcal, beer, nibbles, and a cocktail competition will keep you satisfied for five fulfilling hours.

5. Seattle Hempfest (Aug. 15-17)

Copy Link
3130 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

It's finally legal. Yaaaaaaay! Let's get serious about the benefits of the cannabis plant with six stages of music, arts and crafts, lots of food, political booths, and people passionate enough to speak their mind on stage. Hempfest spans three Seattle waterfront parks: Centennial Park (North Entrance,) Myrtle Edwards Park (Central Entrance,) and Olympic Sculpture Park (South Entrance).

6. Viking Days 2014 (Aug. 16-17)

Copy Link
3014 Northwest 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

Before the battle, ingest Swedish pancakes, grilled sausages, BBQ salmon, and craft beer as you wander around a Viking encampment complete with Viking warriors. You can dress like a Viking too.

7. BrasilFest (Aug. 17)

Copy Link
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

You're still pouting because you didn't make it to the World Cup Finals? You can definitely get to the Brazil Festival to eat your frustration away. Worth going to watch the Capoeira—Brazilian martial arts—demonstration.

8. Seattle Beerfest (Aug. 22-24)

Copy Link
200 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109

If you're a teetotaler, you have to pay $5 to get in, but then again why would you go to a beer fest? For $45 you get 40 beer tickets. There's a grand beer garden. Do not plan on driving home because you're going to really enjoy yourself. BYOBlanket to sprawl out on.

9. Tibet Fest (Aug. 23-24)

Copy Link
305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200
Visit Website

Feel like you're in a Himalayan bazaar as you shop for prayer flags and eat Tibetan food. Then watch monks work on a colorful sand mandala for two days, only to destroy it.

10. Bumbershoot (Aug. 30-Sep. 1)

Copy Link
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Spend a long weekend eating, listening to music, people watching, laughing at jokes, and admiring interesting art. The Mainstage will be at Memorial Stadium, which means no long lines! Remember to get the app.

1. Concerts at The Locks (Aug 2-31)

3015 NW 54th St., Seattle, WA 98107

This has been going on all summer, and you keep forgetting to go, just like you keep forgetting your grandma's Sunday potluck supper (it's free food!). But where else can you nibble edibles and listen to tunes by the Microsoft Jumpin Jive Orchestra?

3015 NW 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107

2. South Lake Union Block Party (Aug. 8)

101 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Feel classy in the Bang & Olufsen Beer + Wine Garden at this free and mostly sponsored by Amazon gathering at the South Lake Union Discovery Center. Vote for who you think grills the best burger in SLU, and finish the evening watching a movie under the stars.

101 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109

3. Seattle Street Food Fest (Aug. 8-9)

1635 11th Avenue West, Seattle, WA 98119

Yes! A reason to stuff yourself and drink too much. "Sample" something from every food truck between trips to multiple beer gardens. Pay a little extra for the VIF pass, and find yourself at the pop-up picnic dinner with other bloated, soused foodies.

1635 11th Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

4. Northwest Tequila Fest (Aug. 9)

6532 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103

Thank God someone started this festival two years ago. Tequila, mezcal, beer, nibbles, and a cocktail competition will keep you satisfied for five fulfilling hours.

6532 Phinney Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98103

5. Seattle Hempfest (Aug. 15-17)

3130 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA 98121

It's finally legal. Yaaaaaaay! Let's get serious about the benefits of the cannabis plant with six stages of music, arts and crafts, lots of food, political booths, and people passionate enough to speak their mind on stage. Hempfest spans three Seattle waterfront parks: Centennial Park (North Entrance,) Myrtle Edwards Park (Central Entrance,) and Olympic Sculpture Park (South Entrance).

3130 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98121

6. Viking Days 2014 (Aug. 16-17)

3014 Northwest 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

Before the battle, ingest Swedish pancakes, grilled sausages, BBQ salmon, and craft beer as you wander around a Viking encampment complete with Viking warriors. You can dress like a Viking too.

3014 Northwest 67th Street
Seattle, WA 98117

7. BrasilFest (Aug. 17)

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

You're still pouting because you didn't make it to the World Cup Finals? You can definitely get to the Brazil Festival to eat your frustration away. Worth going to watch the Capoeira—Brazilian martial arts—demonstration.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

8. Seattle Beerfest (Aug. 22-24)

200 Thomas Street, Seattle, WA 98109

If you're a teetotaler, you have to pay $5 to get in, but then again why would you go to a beer fest? For $45 you get 40 beer tickets. There's a grand beer garden. Do not plan on driving home because you're going to really enjoy yourself. BYOBlanket to sprawl out on.

200 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Tibet Fest (Aug. 23-24)

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Feel like you're in a Himalayan bazaar as you shop for prayer flags and eat Tibetan food. Then watch monks work on a colorful sand mandala for two days, only to destroy it.

305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109

10. Bumbershoot (Aug. 30-Sep. 1)

305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Spend a long weekend eating, listening to music, people watching, laughing at jokes, and admiring interesting art. The Mainstage will be at Memorial Stadium, which means no long lines! Remember to get the app.

305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109