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Annual Festivals in Washington State
Fall is arguably the best time for festivals in the apple state, one of the biggest being the Washington State Fair. Held every September in the town of Puyallup, this 20-day festival combines performances by popular country musicians with food booths, artisans, and craft exhibits. Visitors can interact with animals, take in a rodeo and enjoy classical carnival rides.
Also held in the Fall, Oktoberfest in Leavenworth celebrates the Bavarian culture in the Alpine constructed city. Listen to live music while dining on fresh pretzels and brats. You’ll only need to don your lederhosen as you watch the traditional Keg Tapping Ceremony to feel as if you’ve been transplanted to Munich.
In Yakima, the Fresh Hop Ale Festival brings in beer aficionados for tastings of over one hundred beers, while Long Beach hosts the One Sky, One World Kite Festival. This annual festival on Long Beach Peninsula is a spectators’ delight as thousands of kites create a colorful day time palette above the sea.
Summertime in Washington brings about outdoor festivities and multiple music festivals. In Redmond the MaryMoor Park Concert Series provides summer concerts every weekend that includes local performers and international headliners like Barenaked Ladies and John Mellencamp.
The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival combines national and regional entertainment for blues fans and is the longest running blues fest in Washington state. For country fans, Watershed Festival takes place annually at the Gorge Amphitheater while Paradiso Festival (also at the Gorge) is the only electronic dance music festival held in Washington.
Marysville Strawberry Festival
Found along Interstate 5, the annual Marysville Strawberry Festival is located in northern Washington – just north of Seattle. A two-day festival in late June, the festival is held throughout Marysville – also known as Strawberry City.
Marysville Strawberry Festival events include the Kids’ Party in the Park, Berry Run, Kiddie's Parade, and the Grand Parade on Saturday. The festivities also yield plenty of live entertainment, food, games, royalty contests, and even strawberry shortcake eating contests.
Prosser's State Day Celebration
The Pacific Northwest is a popular destination for travelers at all times of the year. On your next visit to Washington, head east and check out the charming city of Prosser. Found between Sunnyside and Kennewick, Prosser celebrates each Labor Day with Prosser's State Day Celebration.
Head for City Park in downtown Prosser on your next summer visit to the area and enjoy parades, live music, food vendors, and a wealth of family-friendly festivities. The Grande Parade is a highlight of Prosser's State Day Celebration, and there's even a bingo tournament, and a Valley's Got Talent Show. The kids will enjoy the carnival style games and rides.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Every spring in Washington, Tulips bloom in an array of gorgeous colors. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is one of the biggest celebrations of the blooming tulips, and is held across the entire month of April.
Hundreds of thousands of people enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival each year. Visit the Puget Sound region and join the fun.
Officially inaugurated in 1984, the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is spread out over the entirety of the area – it's intended as a driving and sight-seeing tour, rather than a one-stop shop.
A wealth of farmers in the area host thousands of acres dedicated to tulips. Many local business thrive during the festival – check out the Carpenter Creek Winery, the Anacortes Quilt Walk, or participate in the Annual Tulip Run.