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34 Festivals to Check Out in the Seattle Area This Weekend – TheStranger.com

This weekend’s Seattle Tattoo Expo at Seattle Center will have demos, artist competitions, and chances to get fresh ink onsite. Courtesy of the Seattle Tattoo Expo

If you like your summer doused with food trucks, art installations, live music, and the pot smoke of hundreds of friendly stoners, these next few days have plenty in store. Below, we’ve compiled all the festivals happening in and around Seattle this weekend, from the 13th Annual Duwamish River Festival to the massive cannabis convocation Seattle Hempfest to the Seattle Design Festival. Check out our complete festivals and outside calendars to plan ahead for weekends to come.

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ARTS

Fresh Paint
Stroll along Everett’s waterfront and purchase art straight off the easels from sidewalk vendors.
Saturday-Sunday, Port of Everett Marina

Pacific NW Chalk Fest & Sidewalk Sale
Chalk art isn’t just for kids who live in the suburbs—at this annual festival, chalk artists from around the world will transform Redmond Town Center into a colorful display of ephemeral creations. The three-day affair also includes a sidewalk sale, local food and drinks, live music, and kids’ activities.
Friday-Sunday, Redmond Town Center

Seattle Design Festival 2019
Now in its ninth year, Design in Public’s Seattle Design Festival explores how urbanism, architecture, and design can further justice, ecology, and community by featuring art installations and events in public spaces. The theme this year, “balance,” is inspired by the equilibrium of the natural world contrasted with institutional injustices within our society, offering attendees plenty of opportunities to ruminate on changes they’d like to see happen in Seattle. After a Design Crawl (Aug 17) that invites you to stop for open studios, workshops, and exhibits as you wander through Capitol Hill, other notable happenings this weekend include an opening party with drinks, dancing, and food from Golas Kitchen (Aug 16), Northwest Film Forum screening of Jill Magid’s 2018 documentary about Mexican architect Luis Barragán, The Proposal (Aug 17), and a Lid I-5 Study Area Tour with the Freeway Park Association (Aug 17).
Friday-Sunday, Various locations

Seattle Tattoo Expo
The Pacific Northwest is a legendary province for permanently decorated flesh, but it’s not the only one. This three-day expo hosted by Hidden Hand Tattoo features professional ink-givers from all over the world, including artists from local parlors like Action Tattoo, Art Never Dies Tattoo, and Super Genius Tattoo, plus visiting artists from San Francisco’s Castro Tattoo, Poland’s Lukasz Smyku, and Austin’s Black Dagger Tattoo, just to name a few. The three-day expo promises the chance to see displays, attend seminars, and even get yourself inked up by the right artist for you.
Friday-Sunday, Seattle Center Exhibition Hall

Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint-Out 2019
Breathe in that fresh Snoqualmie air and vie for the winning 2020 Plein Air Paint Out poster at this annual “paint-out.” The winner will receive a gift certificate to Daniel Smith Art Supplies.
Saturday, Railroad Community Park (Snoqualmie)

COMMUNITY

Arlington Fly-In
Drive or fly to this festival, which celebrates planes, hot air balloons, and all other man-made flying machines with aerobatic shows, hands-on workshops, educational forums, and more.
Friday-Sunday, 4700 188th St NE (Arlington)

Big Day of Play
This community-oriented festival presented by Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving Initiative promises food trucks and kids’ activities. 
Saturday, Rainier Community Center (Columbia City)

Celebrate Shoreline
Wish Shoreline a happy birthday at this multi-day event featuring a car show, live music, a community festival, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Various locations (Shoreline)

FlipFlop Festival
Slip on some sandals and enjoy live performances from party band It’s About Time and improv troupe Crackpot Comedy while you eat food from local restaurant Todo Mexico.
Saturday, Waltz Building Community Events Hall (Snohomish)

Party on the Plateau
This weekend-long community celebration will feature live music from local bands, a kids’ zone, a beer and wine garden, an outdoor game area, food vendors, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Sammamish City Hall

Polynesian Festival
Take in live hula performances, scoop up some shaved ice, enjoy performances by the Nikki Horizon Kimochi Band, meet Hello Kitty, enter a Haupia eating contest, and more at this celebration of Polynesian culture.
Saturday-Sunday, Uwajimaya (Renton)

Skyway Festival
Families can come on down to Skyway for free live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, and more.
Sunday, Skyway Park

Snoqualmie Railroad Days
Initiated by firefighters in 1939, Snoqualmie Railroad Days celebrates the “trains, timber, and tradition” of the logging town with lots of family activities.
Friday-Saturday, Northwest Railway Museum (Snoqualmie)

CULTURE

13th Annual Duwamish River Festival
Learn about the Duwamish River and how to protect it at this Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition-sponsored event. There will also be interactive booths, boat tours, live music, entertainment, and free food.
Saturday, Duwamish Waterway Park (South Park)

BrasilFest
Get a glimmer of Brazil’s African, Portuguese, and indigenous roots with classical guitar, samba, and traditional folk music performances. Plus, watch a capoeira martial arts demonstration, take in glittering costumes, and taste a variety of traditional foods.
Sunday, Seattle Center

Chief Seattle Days
Established in 1911, this three-day festival honors Suquamish’s Chief Seattle with a graveside ceremony, a co-ed softball tournament, a parade through downtown Suquamish, a horseshoe tournament, a pow wow, and more.
Friday-Sunday, Suquamish Community House

Future Ancestors Festival
This all-ages arts and music festival celebrates Pacific Northwest artists within the Asian diaspora. Look out for live sets from hip-hop duo Sendai ERA, the “Beatbox Panda” EVMB, and a multimedia performance by poet and musician Nic Masangkay, among many other talents. 
Saturday, Pritchard Island Beach (Rainier Valley)

Hai! Japantown 2019
Celebrate Japantown at this neighborhood party that will span multiple venues, featuring an All Things Japanese Sale where you can find everything from bamboo baskets to hand-painted sake cups, a traditional live performance from Higo Mako and the Munjuru Okinawa Ensemble, kids’ activities, and more.
Saturday, Various locations (Japantown) 

FOOD & DRINK

Seattle Night Market: Aloha
Partake in Polynesian cuisine from over a hundred food trucks and pop-up vendors.
Saturday, South Lake Union Saturday Market

5th Annual Mobile Food Fest
Nosh on regional food truck offerings in the sunshine, get a buzz on in a beer garden, and catch some live music. 
Saturday, Sprinker Recreation Center (Tacoma)

CHOMP!
Settle in for a day of live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and more at this free “local food and sustainable living” festival.
Saturday, Marymoor Park (Redmond)

Sausage & Cider Fest
Nosh on a delicious sausage and wash it down with dozens of local hard cider samples, plus enjoy live music and lawn games.
Saturday, Covington Community Park

Sunset Supper
At this annual event commemorating Pike Place Market’s anniversary, more than 100 local restaurants, wineries, breweries, distilleries, and other vendors commune on the cobblestones during a balmy August evening, as the sun sinks low in the sky and casts a soft glow, and guests soak up food, drink, and live music. In attendance this year: swanky farm-to-table joint Aerlume; seafood institution the Athenian; handcrafted pasta makers Pasta Casalinga; charmingly old-timey ice cream parlor Shug’s Soda Fountain; plus countless others and a litany of local beer, wine, and spirits producers. Proceeds go to the Pike Place Market Foundation, which aims to support the market’s community by providing housing, childcare, healthy food, and other services. JULIANNE BELL
Friday, Pike Place Market (Downtown)

Taste Edmonds
Edmonds offers up its best for this weekend festival of food, drink, and music. There will be a beer garden, a wine garden, and food vendors as far as the eye can see.
Friday-Sunday, Civic Playfield (Edmonds)

GEEK

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
For the final weekend of this renaissance faire, plan to hunt for treasure with the swashbuckling Freedom’s Revenge and Emerald Rose pirate crews. The SeaDogs will be providing jolly live music. Plus, enjoy other classic ren faire activities like a marketplace and jousting matches.
Saturday-Sunday, the Kelley Farm (Bonney Lake)

MUSIC

The 7th Annual Columbia City Blues Festival
Local musicians will pay tribute to a group of very different, equally influential blues artists: Hank Williams, Patti Smith, and John Coltrane.
Friday, Royal Room (Columbia City)

4th Annual GIBBYFEST
For the fourth year running, GIBBYFEST, a whole evening of hard-rocking weirdos, will take over a stage and tear your world apart. All funds raised will go to support Gibby Home Fire Prevention.
Saturday, Tim’s Tavern (Greenwood)

Belltown Block Party 2019
Second Avenue will get real rowdy at this punk takeover complete with two stages of local bands (Dwarves, Die Nasty, Duke Evers, Toecutter, and others), a wrestling match, a skateboard showdown, and other tomfoolery.
Saturday, Various locations (Belltown)

Olympic Music Festival
The Olympic Music Festival features classical programming almost every weekend of the summer, with this weekend’s works featuring French composers Debussy, Franck, and Fauré.
Saturday-Sunday, Fort Worden State Park (Port Townsend)

Orcas Island Chamber Music Festival 2019
Sink into a final weekend of concerts celebrating various expressions of chamber music on scenic Orcas Island. Think of it as “classical music with a view.”
Friday-Saturday, Orcas Center (Eastbound)

The ‘Zoid
For those who like to roam in between sets, 25 local bands will spread out between four venues along Roosevelt Avenue. The lineup is quite stacked, with acts like power trio Tres Leches, the Devo-loving Fabulous Downey Brothers, party-ready free jazz group Fruit Juice, soulful prog-rock four-piece, and Lydia Lund of Chastity Belt.
Friday, Cafe Racer (University District)

PERFORMANCE

Island Shakespeare Festival
Head to Whidbey Island to see performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, and Inferno at this festival in its 10th season.
Friday-Sunday, Island Shakespeare Festival (Langley)

Lagunitas Beer Circus
As if a regular circus isn’t already a feast for the senses, this festival will combine the thrill of live acrobatics, burlesque, and aerial arts with the joy of beer-drinking—not to mention food trucks, games, face-painters, and more. Don’t forget to wear your own circus-ready attire.
Saturday, Lagunitas Tap Room (Ballard)

WEED

Seattle Hempfest 2019
The “premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture” may sound like a big claim, but as far as anyone can tell, Seattle’s massive Hempfest isn’t stretching the truth when it bills itself as such. Returning for the 28th year and touting itself as a major influence on weed legalization in Washington State, the cannabis convocation will bring three days of talks, pot-loving celebrity guests and congresspeople, and hundreds of vendors to Myrtle Edwards Park, where throngs of Seattle stoners will be greeted by four stages buzzing with live music, panel discussions, lectures, and other entertainment.
Friday-Sunday, Myrtle Edwards Park (Downtown)

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