July Happenings In and Around Seattle
July in Seattle is hard to beat, and those of us who live here do not take it for granted! Summer is when the city really shines. Sunshine and warm temperatures roll in contradicting the gray reputation, making for beautiful views and gorgeous days perfect for exploring the city.
There are all sorts of events and festivities happening in and around Seattle this July. Slap on some sunscreen and check out these nine fun things to do this month!
Kirkland Uncorked- July 12-14
Kirkland Uncorked is Washington’s summer wine festival. Taking place July 12-14, 2019 in scenic Marina Park (25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr), the festival, a weekend long celebration of world-class Washington wineries, is a benefit for the Homeward Pet Adoption. The festival is split into two parts, a 21+ Tasting Garden and an all ages Street Fair. The Tasting Garden features wine tasting, live music, a Friday Burger Brawl and a Saturday Grill-Off. The Street Fair features a Boat Show, the Uncorked Market, the CityDog Dog Modeling Contest, and a Saturday Food Truck Feast!
Ballard Seafood Fest- July 13-14
SeafoodFest began in 1974 as a community celebration of Ballard’s historic connection to the fishing industry and the neighborhood’s Nordic roots. Today, this free three-day festival attracts over 75,000 people who come to enjoy the traditional salmon barbecue and much more: local music, arts and crafts, family entertainment, a beer garden, a skateboarding event, and yes – lots of seafood!
Lavender Festival- July 19-21
Head up to Sequim for all things lavender including local farm tours plus a street fair with crafts, food, beer, wine, music, and even lavender ice cream. The beautiful lavender farms of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State have long been known as the source for premium lavender and lavender products. Located in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, the Sequim lavender farms enjoy the ideal climate for growing lavender, making it America’s Provence. These farms are family-owned and family-friendly, inviting visitors from around the world to come experience the beauty and fragrance of this amazingly versatile herb.
Bite of Seattle- July 19-21
Located in Seattle Center, the Bite of Seattle was voted "Best Food Festival" 2016 and 2017. Bite of Seattle is Seattle's Original Food and Beverage Showcase, featuring 200+ food and specialty vendors, Craft Beer and Cider Tasting, 70+ live bands, outdoor beer gardens, live cooking demos and cook-off battles on The Bite Cooks! stage, The Alley Six Course ‘Multi-Bite’ experience benefiting Food Lifeline, Family Fun Zone, interactive sponsor activities and more!
Capitol Hill Block Party- July 19-21
Capitol Hill Block Party is a large-scale weekend music festival that originally started as a charming neighborhood get-together and has since morphed into a massive spectacle of Top-40 headliners and Seattle heavy hitters converging during the dog days of summer in the Pike/Pine corridor. The complete lineup for CHBP 2019 features more than 60 touring and local talents.
Vashon Island Strawberry Festival- July 20-21
Nothing says summer like the Vashon Island Strawberry Festival! This year the festival is celebrating its 110th year! A celebration of all the things that make Vashon Island unique, there is something for all ages and interests during this fun-filled, busy weekend! A grand-parade, classic car show and parade, several music stages, vendor booths, alternative carnival, local artists, and street dances are all part of the fun. Toss in pancake breakfasts, a rocking beer garden, a fun run and you will something to do morning till night!
Kirkland ArtStop- July 24
Part of the Kirkland Wednesday Market (Wednesdays from 2 -7 pm in June-September), the Kirkland ArtStop is a walking tour of “pop-up” art at venues located throughout downtown Kirkland. Their mission is to bring art to more people, at more convenient times, and create a fun, interactive atmosphere for everyone. This is your chance to stroll through the farmers market and downtown to see our talented neighbors show off their amazing pieces of art.
BAM ARTSfair- July 26-28
Bellevue Arts Museum hosts the largest, award-winning arts and crafts festival in the Northwest. Committed to handmade excellence and supporting national designers, artists, and craftspeople, this is a great opportunity to shop from over 300 inspiring artists showcasing unique, handmade craft and art. This marketplace represents modern, traditional, and emerging work.
Seafair Parade- July 27
Kick off Seafair Weekend by watching the Alaska airlines Torchlight Parade! Since 1950, tens of thousands of spectators have gathered on a warm July night to watch as parade units march, float and dance in celebration of Seattle. In its 70th year, the parade continues to highlight and celebrate traditions in Greater Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape as well as start new traditions, welcoming those new to the Seattle area. The 2019 Alaska Airlines Torchlight Parade will feature entries both old and new and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser on this momentous year.