Seattle is a city where people spend much of their time outdoors, and as such it's a summer city. It's an enchanting place during the long days and sunny hours as well as when it has to deal with the romantic sunset over Lake Union. Warehouses transform into pop-up libraries, libraries into patios and Seattleites flock outside to play sports or just enjoy.
Every season brings new festivals and events to Seattle. It really doesn't matter what they're celebrating, just that there's something to do.
Discover the top 3 must-do Seattle events of the summer, with Motif Seattle as the starting point. Experience a variety of experiences from seafood to tech to live music.
Ballard Seafood Fest is a Seattle tradition that has been celebrated for 44 years. It is a free event that always kicks off the weekend following Independence Day.
This event is one of the most popular Seattle summer festivals for many good reasons. Dozens of vendors and participators come together each year to bring more activities and entertainment than you would find anywhere else in the state.
Eat traditional salmon since it's a Nordic staple. Other good choices include the Alder smoked salmon and crab shack.
Once you’ve had your seafood fix, hit the beer garden, shop for arts & crafts, and find some new music to love.
Born and raised in the local craft beer scene, it's hard not to take a sip of Seattle International Beer Fest. This well-known city is the pioneer in the craft beer world and has a lot to offer when it comes to drinkables.
Yet this event is more than just the Pacific Northwest. Vendors here offer 200 different brands of beer from 100 different countries.
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You can either try classics like pilsners and pales or if you want something more exotic, go for hybrids like barrel-aged hoppy farmhouse sours.
This festival has a lot going for it, from a variety of food & drink to an interesting array of attractions. Even if you don’t end up taking any of those extras, there’s always the chance to see the Space Needle from up close.
Capitol Hill Block Party is the premier Seattle music and entertainment festival. It will be headlined by world class acts, while simultaneously highlighting and discovering some of the Pacific Northwest’s best — making it the perfect way to kick off your summer.
Music lovers of all sorts are sure to be thrilled with the lineup at the Alt Music Festival. With music on more than 8 stages and attractions that are scattered throughout Capitol Hill, there's never a shortage of options for what live entertainment to enjoy!
We aim to please people not just with music, but also with food and culture. An artist panel, skate comp and free activities like yoga or a workout are on offer here. You can enjoy some food from our good food trucks and beer from the beer garden too.