Calendar: August

Aug. 2 

Death of a Gangster: Murder Mystery Event 

Join in the wedding celebration at the Dunn Speakeasy — just make sure you know whom to trust! In this murder mystery event, hosted by the Black Diamond Library, the two families of the happy couple are members of the mob, and it’s up to guests to find the culprit. Make sure to dress the part, too, in your best flapper dress or pinstriped suit.

Aug. 2-4 

Seafair Weekend 

One of the most exciting traditions among locals, the Seattle Seafair Weekend is a perfect example of how to celebrate summer PNW-style. This action-packed weekend features a car show, hydroplane races, live music, a performance from the famous Blue Angels, and more.

Aug. 3 

Summer Wine Walk 

Take a stroll through downtown Edmonds with a glass in hand at the Summer Wine Walk. Shops throughout downtown will be holding tastings from wineries across Washington. The winemakers themselves will be available to pour you a glass and tell you about their drink wine.

Aug. 3-4 

Camp S’Mores Family Camp Out 

For those looking to take the family outdoors for no more than the evening, then Camp S’Mores is the place to be. Open to first-time campers or seasoned pros, this trip will have something for families of all outdoor experience levels. Events at the camp-out include a tent-decorating contest; geocaching; and, of course, plenty of s’mores.

Aug. 7 

Arts Appreciation Drop-In Studio 

In honor of American Artist Appreciation Month, the Renton History Museum will host an art appreciation day and drop-in studio. At the museum, rarely displayed artist objects are open for viewing. Afterward, the studio will be open for visitors to create their own masterpiece.

Aug. 8 

Food Truck Taste-off

Want to sample some of the best food trucks while also supporting a cause? Look no further than Solid Ground’s Food Truck Taste-off. The event invites attendees to try the signature dishes from different food trucks and vote on their favorites. In addition to food, there will be games and live music.

Aug. 9 

South Lake Union Block Party 

Take a throwback trip to the neighborhood of South Lake Union for an all-out block party. With a musical lineup, community booths, and food trucks, this party is a great way to connect more with the neighborhood. Proceeds from the block party also go toward local organizations working in South Lake. 

Aug. 10 

1,000 Lights Water Lantern Festival 

Playing like a scene straight from Disney’s Rapunzel, the 1,000 Lights Water Lantern Festival is a beautiful display. At the festival, guests are invited to decorate and release an environmentally friendly lantern onto the waters of Lake Washington. There also will be food trucks, entertainment, and games.

Aug. 10 

Mutt Strutt 

Treat your furry friend to an afternoon of all things dog. At the Mutt Strutt, owners and dogs can meet new friends, listen to demonstrations, compete in contests, and pick up new merchandise from vendors. Make sure you and your pup check out the food trucks and beer garden. 

Aug. 10 


Learn more about how to be a good steward of the Earth at Sustainamania. This event is free and open to all ages. The goal of the event is to teach sustainable habits that can be easily practiced every day.

Aug. 10-11 

Super Duper Superheroes

For a special weekend, the Kids Quest Children’s Museum in Bellevue will invite children to learn more about everyday superheroes. Kids will have the chance to meet police officers and firefighters from the Bellevue Police and Fire Departments. There also will be a special story time, obstacle course, and themed crafts.

Aug. 11 

Kirkland Waterfront Car Show 

With hundreds of stunning cars lining the shores of Lake Washington, the Kirkland Waterfront Car Show will be a day to remember. There also will be live musical performances and food available. An award ceremony will be held later in the day to celebrate some of the afternoon’s best rides.

Aug. 11 

Snohomish Hard Cider Festival 

At this festival, hard cider is the star of the show. The festival will showcase 12 cider makers, along with cheese and other charcuterie items. To help, the cider makers will offer suggestions for pairing their drinks with snacks.

Aug. 16-18 

Taste Edmonds 

Now entering its 37th year, the Taste Edmonds event offers three days of great food, music, and activities. There will even be a cornhole tournament and a 21-plus area with tons of events. The cherry on top of this festival is that it benefits the local Chamber of Commerce and helps fund other community events. 

Aug. 17-18 

Kids Obstacle Challenge 

Looking for a new and fun family outing that will have parents actually encouraging their kids to get dirty? Look no further than the Kids Obstacle Challenge, which will be held in Lake Sammamish State Park. This muddy obstacle course is designed to help promote kids’ confidence in overcoming challenges, and active lifestyles in families.

Aug. 23-24 

Upper Left Beerfest

Get ready to sample some of the Pacific Northwest’s best breweries and cideries at this year’s Upper Left Beerfest. This two-day festival will spotlight more than 25 breweries, and cideries along with live music. The festival also hopes to partner with the Everett Food Truck Festival to offer guests even more delicious foods and drinks.

Aug. 24  

Everett Yum Run 

In this 5k, you don’t have to worry about training with strict diets or cutting out certain foods. In fact, that’s probably the opposite of what you’re supposed to do. The Everett Yum Run is a nontraditional event that participants can run or walk while sampling treats at each mile. After the race, runners can refuel at the Everett Food Truck Festival.

Aug. 24 

Luftwaffe Fly Day

Step back in time to view the planes and machines of World War II at the Flying Heritage & Combat Armour Museum. The event will have demonstrations of machines used in the war, discussions on equipment’s history, and warbird flights.

Aug. 24-25 

Arts in the Garden 

Explore the beauty of the Bellevue Botanical Garden while discovering art scattered throughout the garden beds. At this year’s Arts in the Garden event, 34 artists will display their work, which also will be available to purchase. As you wander the grounds, there will be live music and food for purchase from the garden’s selection of eateries and food trucks.

Aug. 25 

Park to Park Open Water Swim 

After this swim, you’ll be able to boast you’ve swum from Matthews Beach in Seattle to O.O. Denny Park in Kirkland. Don’t be too intimidated though: The swim is 1.3 miles across, but if you’re looking for a real challenge, you can make a loop for a total of 2.5 miles. The proceeds from this swim will go to the Emergency Patient Assistance Fund at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Aug. 25 

National Parks Birthday 

Is there anything more beautiful than Mount Rainier on a sunny day in Washington? Celebrate Mount Rainier and other national parks across the nation as the National Parks Service turns 103. To celebrate this birthday, all national parks will be free to the public for the day. 

Aug. 30-Sept. 22 

Washington State Fair 

It’s that time of year again, when all of Washington heads to the fairgrounds. With its famous Fisher scones, thrilling rides, and animal showcases, the fair has something special for everyone at every age. The fair also hosts competitions, shows, and concerts throughout the season. 

Aug. 31-Sept. 2 

Bremerton Blackberry Festival 

Wrap up the month of August with the start of the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, hosted right on the waterfront. This free event features food vendors, a beer and wine garden, and musical performances. The festival also invites artists of all varieties to participate in a chalk art gallery, with prizes for the best works.

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