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Celebrate the Seasons at Annual Events in Washington State
Celebrations of the seasons and heritage of Washington are marked by colorful year-round events. Tulip Town in Skagit Valley provides a brightly hued welcome to Spring where you can tour indoor and outdoor gardens, partake in family-friendly activities and get an aerial view of the April blooms from the vantage of a helicopter ride.
In June the Fremont Fair & Solstice Parade officially marks the beginning of Summer. Hundreds of vendors offer handmade goods while food trucks with eclectic and savory dishes line Seattle streets. Across Lake Union in July the Capitol Hill Block Party resumes summer celebrations with a line-up of over 100 musicians, craft booths and Seattle street food favorites like Piroshkies and superbly glazed doughnuts.
In the Fall, events like Green Bluff Apple Festival near Spokane celebrate the state’s bountiful harvest with corn mazes, live music, and apple picking. In Yakima Valley, Catch the Crush wine crushing events bring visitors to wine country. Vineyards offer specialty wine tastings and live music while local boutiques and farms showcase items with discounted prices.
Winter in Washington is full of outdoor fun. Wildlights at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle pays homage to the season with a brilliant display of more than half a million lights and a small selection of magical animals on view including Santa’s reindeer. At the Lake Chelan Winterfest locals light up the beach with a massive bon fire where you can warm up after a day of sleigh rides, ice sculptures, and wine tasting.
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Hosting some of the year's most exciting events, Evergreen State Fairgrounds are located in the Seattle-area of Monroe.
Battle Ground Harvest Days
Found by Interstate 5, Battle Ground Harvest Days is an annual event held in mid-July – set in the city of Battle Ground of southeastern Washington. The three-day BGHD features events like the Battle Ground Harvest Nights Car Cruise and the Saturday Fred Meyer Parade.
Held at the Battle Ground Community Center in historic Fairgrounds Park, Harvest Days yields the usual fair fun like food, games, and live entertainment – plus talent shows, art shows, and craft vendors. Kids love the carnival while adults enjoy beer gardens and wine tastings.
Central Washington State Fair
The Central Washington State Fair has been celebrating agricultural events in the Washington Cascade region and state of Washington, since 1894. Held on 135 acres in Yakima, fair fans enjoy the farming and horticulture events, competitions and activities at this annual event.
As with most state fairs, there are plenty of exciting carnival rides, delicious food to eat and games to play too. The concerts, grandstand shows, wine shop and garden, beer garden, cooking shows and contests round out the activities at this fun-filled, nine-day fair.
Thurston County Fairgrounds
Nestled between Hicks Lake and Long Lake, the Thurston County Fairgrounds are located south of the Puget Sound in the community of Lacey. Along with the neighboring Long Lake Park, the fair gounds host a variety of events throughout the year.
Naturally, the flagship event for the facility is the annual Thurston County Fair, held every summer since 1871. The grounds light up with traditional fair fun, like livestock and agriculture shows and contests, and midway rides, and games.
Washington State Fair
Held each September in Puyallup, visitors from across the state and beyond make their way into town for the Washington State Fair. Continually ranking within the top-10 of state fairs across the U.S., the Washington State Fair sees just about 1.2 million guests each year. The Washington State Fair is 17 days long.
Find the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup, at the southwest corner of Meridian and 9th Avenue SW. At the Washington State Fair, discover a wealth of fun – from rodeos events to thrill rides and everyone's favorite – the food. Kiddos enjoy a visit to the petting zoo, while an older crowd might enjoy the daily art shows and exhibits.
Prosser Wine & Food Fair
Plan a visit to Washington and head to the eastern region. Explore the city of Prosser during a summer visit and check out the Prosser Win & Food Fair. Prosser is a charming city, easy to find between Sunnyside and Kennewick – it's intersected by the Yakima River.
Make your way to the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center, host of the annual Prosser Wine & Food Fair. Typically held the second week of August, the Prosser Wine & Food Fair features a selection of wines from 34 Washington wineries, paired with delectable delights from local eateries and top chefs. You can also taste locally brewed beers from two of the top local breweries. The event is strictly 21 and over.