Seattle Doesn't Need an Excuse to Celebrate; These Annual Events Prove it!

Corinne Whiting

By , Local Expert, Seattle
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Seattle is a city where residents really live life. Transplants have arrived here from across the country and around the globe, meaning there is an array of cultures to be enjoyed right here in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout the year, annual events come to parks, venues, stadiums, convention centers and other wide-open spaces, giving residents and visitors alike a taste of other countries' cuisine, drinks, music, dance, art, customs and more. Many of these events—particularly those that take place at downtown's Seattle Center—are free of charge to attend; some merely request a small donation or require that participants pay...  Read more »

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    Fremont Street Fair and Solstice Parade

    The Fremont Street Fair and Solstice Parade highlights the neighborhood's funky, artsy vibe. Think body-painted cyclists and lots of live music.

    Local Expert Tip: "The sidewalks along the parade route fill up early (people leave chairs early in the day to mark their spot); try to secure a place on a nearby rooftop for the best view."

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    Seattle Pride Parade

    The Seattle Pride Parade brings in large crowds and a welcoming, communal vibe. Festivities continue long into the night.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out details on other related events like Pride Idol and Pride Picnic."

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    Vegfest shows eaters of all persuasions how to do vegetarian food right. Show up hungry at this family-friendly affair!

    Local Expert Tip: "The event offers the opportunity to get free health checks and even artery scans. There is limited availability, though; first come first served."

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    Moisture Festival

    The annual Moisture Festival celebrates the arts of all kinds; think everything from tap dancing and juggling to saucy burlesque.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a pint or a bite at Hale's Brewery before or after the show, or try other nearby gems like the Leary Traveler. "

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    Fremont Oktoberfest

    Fremont Okotberfest fills the streets with beer-loving revelers who come for the live music, the food, the brew and the comaraderie.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you brought your dog with you, grab a beer or a bite after the event at local dog-friendly venues like Norm's."

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    Festa Italiana

    Festa Italiana vibrantly celebrates the rich food, drink, music, dance and culture of Italy.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kids will have fun too, thanks to activities that showcase Italian puppies and a bouncy castle. "

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    Earshot Jazz Festival

    The annual Earshot Jazz Festival celebrates the genre with unforgettable concerts as well as films, art, poetry and readings.

    Local Expert Tip: " sells tickets, meaning extra charges and administrative fees are kept low. "

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    Día de Muertos

    Dia de Muertos celebrates the art and spirituality of Mexican culture with a festival that honors the lives of loved ones who have passed.

    Local Expert Tip: "This year's festival takes place November 1 and 2 (2014); see the website for other Seattle Center fest:"

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    Annual Bungalow Fair

    The Annual Bungalow Fair celebrates the unique character of charming, Craftsmas-style homes from the early...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "According to the website, the Bungalow Fair is currently on hiatus, so be sure to keep an eye out for update info. "

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    Bite of Seattle

    Bite of Seattle features some of the city's most delectable eats and some of the region's most talented chefs. There's live music, too!

    Local Expert Tip: "Since getting to and from such events can be daunting, Seattle Center offers a parking, traffic and transportation hotline. For current information, call (206) 233-3989. "



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