Top Choice Film in Seattle

Seattle International Film Festival

This prestigious film festival sprawls across a half-dozen cinemas during May and June to screen more than 400 movies.
Performing Arts in Belltown & Seattle Center


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

Seattle Pride

Seattle’s pioneering lesbian- and gay-pride event has been held every June since 1974. A downtown parade is followed by a festival in Capitol Hill's Volunteer Park. You'll notice celebrations happening throughout th…
Fair in Seattle


This waterfront festival is hugely popular and runs in one capacity or another from June through August. Come for music, pirate ships, food stalls and an excuse to be out in the nice weather.
Cultural in Green Lake & Fremont

Fremont Solstice Fair

Fremont isn't quite as weird as it used to be, except during this public festival, which sees the neighborhood freak flag proudly flying at full mast.
Cultural in Ballard & Discovery Park

Nordic Sól

In 2019 the beloved Viking Days celebration will run under its new name for the first time: Nordic Sól. With the rebrand, the festival hopes to focus on a wider swath of Nordic culture, with each year celebrating a …
Cultural in Belltown & Seattle Center


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 Belltown & Seattle Center

Northwest Folklife Festival

More than 5000 performers and artists from over 100 countries converge on the Seattle Center in May to present music, dance, crafts and food in celebration of the rich cultural heritage of the Pacific Northwest.
Film in Seattle

TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

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

Moisture Festival

This increasingly popular comedy festival is headquartered at the Hale's Palladium at Hale's Ales Brewery in Fremont.