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Northwest Flower & Garden Show

The Northwest Flower & Garden Show is five days of gardening fun, live music and food and wine. Expect a wide range of spectacular display gardens put together by expert florists, gardeners and designers. There is also a flower market, and several gardening professionals are available to share tips, tricks and ideas at seminars. A very popular feature is the floral contest, attracting plenty of local talent each year.

Date: 20 February 2019 - 24 February 2019
Venue: Washington State Convention Center.
Website: https://www.gardenshow.com
Cost:

Various


Seattle Restaurant Week

Two events, ‘Dine Around Seattle’ and ‘Seattle Restaurant Week’, merged to form one gastronomic event. It is a bi-annual dining promotion (spring and autumn) and a chance to enjoy fixed-price dinners and lunches at some of Seattle's best food establishments. Prices do not include drinks, tax or tip and each restaurant decides whether they want to offer lunch (two courses), dinner (three courses) or both.

Date: 07 April 2019 - 18 April 2019
Venue: Various restaurants in Seattle.
Website: http://dinearoundseattle.org/news/
Cost:

Dinner for US$ 33; lunch for US$ 18.

 


Seattle Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

Celebrate Japanese culture with dancing, music, colourful costumes, martial arts and tea ceremonies. There are Taiko drumming displays, artisan demonstrations and food stalls dishing up Japanese delicacies from curry-rice to octopus dumplings to Manju sweets. The festival was founded after Japanese Prime Minister Takeo Miki gave Seattle 1,000 cherry trees on the occasion of the USA’s bicentennial.

Date: 26 April 2019 - 28 April 2019
Venue: Seattle Center
Website: http://www.cherryblossomfest.org
Cost:

Free.


Seattle International Film Festival

Screening over 400 features, shorts, documentaries and animation films, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) is one of the biggest events of its kind in the USA and one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Over more than three weeks, it attracts thousands of visitors ranging from film professionals to students. Celebrating the art of the moving image, the event aims to inform, educate and entertain its audiences.

Date: 16 May 2019 - 09 June 2019
Venue: Various cinemas.
Website: https://www.siff.net
Cost:

Various.


Northwest Folklife Festival

A celebration of folk music, art, dance and stories, the Northwest Folklife Festival has been entertaining fans since 1972. As well as a packed programme of performances encompassing the region’s ethnic and cultural diversity, there’s a family zone with hands-on activities, crafts, singing, dancing and games.

Date: 24 May 2019 - 27 May 2019
Venue: Seattle Center
Website: http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival
Cost:

Free.


Fremont Fair

Each year the community of Fremont celebrates the Summer Solstice with a weekend programme of free events and entertainment spanning art, music and dance. Music is performed on three different stages and the festival site is bursting with activities and entertainment ranging from yoga and art workshops to the lavish Fremont Solstice Parade. Although entry is free, the event aims to raise money to help support non-profit Fremont organisations.

Date: 22 June 2019 - 23 June 2019
Venue: Most activities take place west of Fremont Avenue North on North 35th Street and North 34th Street/Canal Street.
Website: http://www.fremontfair.com
Cost:

Free.


Bite of Seattle

Bite of Seattle is a three-day food festival at the Seattle Center that ranks among the most popular of the city's summer events, hosting over 60 restaurants and vendors. Food is not the only attraction; there are more than 90 bands, cooking demonstrations, family entertainment and cook-off battles.

Date: 19 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
Venue: Seattle Center
Website: https://www.biteofseattle.com
Cost:

Free admission.


Bumbershoot

Held annually over the Labor Day Weekend, the Bumbershoot Festival is one of the biggest and most-loved festivals in Seattle. Primarily a music festival, Bumbershoot also features a great line-up of alternative acts and entertainment including comedy, dance, film, visual arts, theatre and literary performances. A great event for visitors of all ages.

Date: 30 August 2019 - 01 September 2019
Venue: Seattle Center.
Website: https://www.bumbershoot.com/
Cost:

Various.


Fremont Oktoberfest

Featuring the biggest beer garden in the Northwest and over 100 microbrews and craft beers, the Fremont Oktoberfest is a fun-filled and charming event with programs for the whole family. Past events have included a 5K-beer run, Dogtoberfest Sunday, a kids' area with zucchini (courgette) racing, and the incredible spectacle of the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving.

Date: 20 September 2019 - 22 September 2019
Website: http://www.fremontoktoberfest.com/
Cost:

Various.


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