Film in Seattle

Seattle International Film Festival

Held over three weeks from mid-May to early-June, this prestigious film festival uses a half-dozen cinemas to screen over 400 movies. Major venues include the Egyptian Cinema in Capitol Hill, the SIFF Cinema Uptown …
Cultural in Green Lake & Fremont

Fremont Solstice Fair

Fremont’s June fair, designed to coincide with the summer solstice, manages to be flamboyant, controversial and wacky. Stages are set up to host live music, stalls ply food and crafts, but the highlight is the famou…
Music in Seattle


A fair few people – Seattleites or otherwise – would say this is Seattle's finest festival with major arts and cultural events at Seattle Center on the Labor Day weekend in September. Bank on live music, comedy, the…
LGBT in Seattle

Seattle Pride

Seattle’s pioneering lesbian- and gay-pride event (held every year since 1974) usually falls on the last Sunday in June and includes a huge downtown parade followed by PrideFest, during which numerous vendors and en…
Fair in Seattle


Huge crowds attend this festival held on the water from mid-June to mid-August, with a pirate's landing, a torchlight parade, an air show, a music marathon and even a Milk Carton Derby (look it up!).
Comedy in Seattle

Moisture Festival

This increasingly prominent comedy/varietè festival takes place over four weeks from mid-March to mid-April. The quirkfest is spread around four venues including Teatro Zinzanni, Nordo's Culinarium and its HQ, the H…
Cultural in Seattle


Seattle’s Hempfest is a large annual festival that began as a kind of stoner’s convention in 1991, but has since morphed into a full-on celebration of marijuana culture attended by over 100,000 people. It’s held in …
Music in Seattle

Northwest Folklife Festival

This humungous festival takes over Seattle Center during Memorial Day weekend. More than 5000 performers and artists from over 100 countries present music, dance, crafts and food in celebration of the rich cultural …
Cultural in Ballard & Discovery Park

Viking Days

A celebratory combination of aquavit, music and warriors in horned helmets that takes place in Ballard in August. Based at the Nordic Heritage Museum.
Film in Seattle

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

This popular festival in October shows new gay-themed films from directors worldwide. It's curated by the Three Dollar Bill Cinema.