Seattle Annual Events
Northwest Folklife Festival (May): This is the largest Folk Festival in the Country, drawing thousands of people from all over the world, to come and enjoy the multitude of Ethnic Traditions showcased here, which include food, dance, art and Crafts.
SeaFair (July-August): For over a half Century in Seattle, Seafair Seattle has been an annual tradition for both locals and visitors alike. Celebrated for just about a month usually until the first Sun in August, Seafair Seattle is the largest Festival in the Northwest and is rated one of the Top 10 Events in the Country.
Seattle Pride Festival (June): Over 200,000 people will gather in Seattle, for the annual Seattle Pride Celebration.
Italian Festival (September): The Italian Festival Seattle is the second largest Ethnic Festival in Seattle and celebrates Italy & Italian Culture with authentic presentations of Art, great Food and Live Entertainment. Other festival highlights include the Bolla Grape Stomp, Kid's Pizza Toss, and Bocce Tournament.
Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition at Wing-It/Jet City Improv (November): Iit's America's biggest touring comedy festival.
Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon (November) - Ran the first Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Seattle Marathon & Half-Marathon has become one of the Top 25 Races in the Country. The Seattle Marathon (26.2 miles) and Half-Marathon (13.1 miles) start at 5th Avenue and Mercer Street near Seattle Center and goes through Downtown Seattle, making it's way to Memorial Stadium for the exciting finish.
Seattle Winterfest (December) - Seattle Winterfest is a wonderful celebration of Holiday Season traditions offering classic Holiday Foods, Family Activities, Free Concerts, holiday - themed Exhibits & beautiful Seasonal Decor throughout a 5-Week period.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Seattle has many unique points of interests people identify with. Here are a few ideas and links to help you plan your visit.
Seattle Great Wheel - The Seattle Waterfront ferris wheel
Bill Gates House
Hat N' Boots - located in Oxbow Park
Archie McPhee - To pick up a Librarian Action figure or Pig Catapault. They have moved from their former store in Ballard to a new location in Wallingford.
Amongst the best things about Seattle are the wonderful mountain and water views. Here are links to some of the best places to enjoy Seattle's views.
Columbia Tower Observation Deck
There is an observation deck on the 73rd floor of Columbia Tower, at 701 Fifth Avenue, which offers views of Seattle and environs, along with a Starbucks coffee shop.
Smith Tower Observation Deck
The Smith Tower was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi. Its location near the downtown waterfront and Pioneer Square provides fantastic views of the City.
Space Needle Observation Deck
On the grounds of Seattle Center, the Space Needle Observation Deck provides 360 degree views from 520 feet above sea level. You can also view the webcam from the top of the space needle at this site.
There are lovely viewpoints all over the City maintained by the Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. This site provides a comprehensive list of viewpoints with photos and directions.