9 Seattle Musts This Summer
Truly, in no order at all, we have crafted a list of 9 things you can’t miss out on during this summer in Seattle! Fair warning for what’s ahead; I am human, I am not perfect, and I may have added way too many events centered around food – but who doesn’t love food anyways? Enjoy!
9. Chateau Ste. Michelle
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the mecca of wineries in Western Washington boasting award winning selections, fantastic food to pair with it and a cant miss Washington summer atmosphere making it an absolute shoo-in for this list. Not only is Chateau Ste. Michelle a top tier spot to spend a sunny Sunday wine tasting, eating and hanging out, but they do concerts too! Headlining a loaded list of artists visiting the winery’s outdoor venue this summer are the likes of Ziggy Marley, Norah Jones and Earth Wind and Fire, among many others!
Where: Woodinville, WA | When: All Summer! | Cost: $$
8. Capitol Hill Block Party
From July 19-21, a few of Capitol Hill’s busiest streets are shut down for the annual event known as the Capitol Hill Block Party. Self-advertised as The Best Weekend of Summer!!!, the event is featuring a mix of some awesome local bands and artists as well as big name artists like Aminé, Snakehips and RL Grime. The bars and restaurants within the party’s boundaries stay open and Seattleites unite for an awesome three-day celebration of the best summer around.
Where: East Pike St. and 12th Ave | When: July 19-21 | Cost: $$$$
7. Ballard Seafoodfest
Known for their smoked salmon and Ballard Seafoodfest is another can’t miss opportunity in Seattle this summer. Not only do they have a lounge for crab eating but they have music, fun and activities for all ages AND its free!
Where: Ballard, WA | When: July 12-14 | Cost: Free!
6. Float on at Lake Washington
The University of Washington Waterfront Activities Center rents out kayaks from spring to fall to both students and the public! Go get your float on and paddle around Lake Washington on a summery day this sunny season!
Where: UW Waterfront Activities Center | When: All Summer! | Cost: $
5. Washington Brewers Festival
DYK that Seattle is one of the best cities in America for beer lovers? With a plethora of breweries and bars in Seattle, the scene is set. And thanks to the Cascade Mountains and the unique geology of the State, Washington is a prime location for growing hops. 77% of the country’s hops actually come from the other side of the Cascades.
This summer is your chance to celebrate this at the Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond! This all ages event promises a great time with music, activities, beer (of course), food trucks and free (!) brats served from 12-2!
Where: Redmond, WA | When: June 14-16 | Cost: $$
4. Outdoor Movies
Seattle gets less rain in the month of July than Phoenix! Yes Phoenix, Arizona. Now who says it always rains in Seattle? Anyways, this makes for great weather if you’re looking to have a memorable outing or date at an outdoor movie this summer. Definitely take advantage!
Where: Various locations | When: All Summer! | Cost: $$
3. July 4th Seafair Summer Fourth
Celebrate the Independence Day the right way at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seafair Summer Fourth. Located at Gas Works Park, come out and watch the fireworks with food, beer gardens, pie-eating contests and fun for all ages!
2. Bite of Seattle
This is a can’t miss opportunity grab some foodie friends and pig out under the Space Needle at the annual Bite of Seattle. Happening on the weekend of July 19-21, this event features a live cooking contest (!), food trucks and stands as far as the eye can see, entertainment and beer/cider tasting (of course). Now if you’re a foodie AND a music lover, mark this weekend in your calendar with the most neon of highlighters you can find because the Capitol Hill Block Party falls on the same weekend and you know how the saying goes – ¿por qué no los dos?
Where: Seattle Center| When: July 19-21 | Cost: $$
1. Dragon Fest
Spend a day in Seattle’s historic International District for the Dragon Fest event. This is one of the largest pan-Asian celebrations in Seattle and it will feature awesome cultural performances to experience like dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations as well as a $3 food walk with over 40 participating restaurants!
Where: International District| When: June 29 | Cost: $