Welcome to the Top 10 Events in WashingtonExplore the selection of the top 10 annual events and festivals, fairs and celebrations (listed in calendar priority) across the State of Washington, including events in Seattle, Lynden, Long Beach, Ellensburg, Puyallup and Snoqualmie.
Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Skagit Valley, Washington
Each year, Skagit Valley celebrates the spring season of flowers from the daffodils in late March to the tulips in April and the the irises and lilies in May.
More than 1 million visitors come to see over 300 acres of brightly colored tulips and to enjoy the festivities in places like La Conner and Mount Vernon. Attractions include the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Tulip Parade, Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ, art shows and quilt Walk.
For more information visit: www.tulipfestival.org/index.php
Seattle’s traditional summer festival, Seafair is a month-long, region-wide barbecue that brings an entire community together in celebration. A community event for over 58 years, Seafair is the largest festival in the Northwest region hosting a miriad of events throughout the summer ranging from a Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake to the Seafair Triathlon at Lake Washington.
Events include parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, boat racing, culminating with the Unlimited Hydroplane races and Air Show.
For more information visit: www.seafair.com
Lynden, often referred to as "A Little Bit of Holland", celebrates the largest harvest of raspberries in North America with the annual Raspberry Festival complete with a benefit golf tournament, children's activities in downtown Lynden, raspberries and ice cream sundaes, jazz music and a basketball tournament.
Other attractions include petting zoos & wagon rides,wine tasting, the "Berry Fair" Street Market & Sidewalk Sale, the “Razz & Shine” cruise-in car show. and an “all you can eat” raspberry pancake breakfast !
For more information visit: www.lynden.org
Washington State International Kite Festival
Long Beach, Washington
Voted best kite festival in the world by Kite Trade Association International, the WSIKF is a weeklong kite celebration and competition that boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.
For more information visit: www.kitefestival.com
National Lentil Festival
The National Lentil Festival draws people from all over the country to enjoy fun activities and a diverse assortment of lentil culinary delights. The lentil is a small, lens-shaped legume and approximately one-third of the world's lentils are grown in the beautiful Palouse region.
Since 1989, the National Lentil Festival has celebrated this wonderful little legume with an evening of activities in downtown Pullman on Friday, and Saturday festivities are held all day in Reaney Park and in other various locations throughout Pullman.
For more information visit: www.lentilfest.comOR ... TAKE A LOOK AT THE TOP EVENTS USA FEATURE PROFILE ABOUT THE NATIONAL LENTIL FESTIVAL
The 3-day urban event, Seattle’s premier music and art festival, takes place on Labor Day Weekend). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.
For more information visit: www.bumbershoot.org
August / September
One of the "old rodeos", the Ellensburg Rodeo has earned its place as one of America's Top 25 professional rodeos. Started in 1923 the rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to the Professional event of today with over 500 contestants and prize money in excess of $250,000! Today's best riders, ropers, and wrestlers compete in what many consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation.
For more information visit: www.ellensburgrodeo.com
Pig Out in the Park
August / September
Spokane’s favorite food and entertainment event for more than 28 years, Pig Out in the Park offers 6 days of 75 Free concerts, more than 225,000 servings of food, desserts, beverages and treats from over 42 food booths and three adult beverage gardens.
Staged in beautiful downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, the festival begins on Wednesday at noon, and continues until the end of the day on Monday.
For more information visit: www.spokanepigout.com
The Puyallup Fair (officially known as the Western Washington Fair) is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. Two annual events are hosted each year: the 17-day Puyallup Fair every September, and the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup every April.
The Puyallup Fair began in 1900, and draws over a million guests during its 17-day run each September. A star-studded concert lineup, animals, agriculture, exhibits, rides and food draw crowds both locally and internationally.
Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Fair & Events Center comprises 169+ acres, and hosts events, trade shows and conferences year ‘round.
For more information visit: www.thefair.com
The Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival
July / August
A tradition for seven years, the non-profit, Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival showcases Pacific Northwest musical talent at Snoqualmie Pass with fun-filled, family-oriented events that take place outdoors at the Summit at Snoqualmie's Central Ski Area Plaza.
Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival concerts are free to the public.
For more information visit: www.snopassmusic.org/pub/home.php