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With events and festivals that celebrate harvests, to rodeos, music and state heritage, Washington has something for everyone all year long. While Seattle is a mecca for street and ongoing entertainment, Mountain cities like Issaquah pay homage to something closer to home like fish returning from the sea. Salmon Days, held every October, includes a grand parade, carnival, live music, and brings in over a hundred thousand visitors each year.
For other festivals that mark the migration of the seasons The Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival in Port Angeles, WA celebrates the bounty of Olympic Peninsula. Sounding off with a welcoming ceremony, the annual October festival honors Native American tribe members and turns in to a three-day seafood extravaganza.
With a rich music heritage, Washington state is also hub of musical concerts at award-winning venues like the Gorge Amphitheater. Sasquatch! Music Festival is a three to four-day jamboree that typically takes place around Memorial Day. At the festival, crowds gather for indie rock, alternative, electronic music, and hip hop. Past headliners have included The Cure, Robert Plant, and Chance the Rapper.
During Labor Day Weekend the city of Seattle hosts one of North America’s largest music and arts festivals. Bumbershoot takes place annually on the grounds of the Seattle Center. This family-friendly event showcases live indoor and outdoor performances of a variety of sizes and genres from headlining musicians to short films and comedy.
Having served as a highlight of the summer for Washingtonians for over 60 years, Seafair Weekend Festival is held each year in Seattle around July 4th. Festivities include block parties, a Torchlight parade and run, hydroplane races and the naming of King Neptune and Queen Alcyone. A major event of the festival is the Boeing Seafair Air Show featuring the Blue Angels at Genesee Park.
The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Fair takes place in Bonney Lake, southeast of Tacoma. Running for three consecutive weekends in August, the village of Merriwick takes you back to the days of Robin Hood, jousting, and live theatrical entertainment. Themed weekends include A Midsummer Night’s Fantasy, the Festival of Fairies and Pirates Plunder. Feast your way through the park on turkey legs and fruit-filled pastries as you make your way to the Noble Court where you just may be greeted by Elizabeth I, Her Majesty Queen.
For winter activities in Washington First Night Spokane is a spectacular place to ring in the New Year. With fireworks, dance parties, music, and light displays, this annual event is packed with entertainment for the whole family. In January the city of Leavenworth transforms itself into a winter wonderland when hosting Bavarian Ice Fest and Timbrr! Winter Music Festival. While each event is held on a separate weekend, visitors can enjoy the best of outdoor winter activities like snow sculpture, ice fishing and skiing. Bavarian treats are paired with local artists, entertainers, and prizes from various vendors.
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival, held in Wenatchee is the second oldest annual festival that is held in the state. In celebration of the 175,000 fruitful acres of orchards that make Washington the number one apple producer in the US this 11-day festival combines arts and crafts, food fairs and a Grand Parade.