Trippy Seattle - Events
Special events of note - almost all in the summer, of which there is precious little of here.
- Bumbershoot - Labor Day Weekend, 4 (now 3? 2?) days of Arts Festival blowout for about 10-100 bucks (it keeps going up, but it used to be free) a day: film, dance, music, books, poetry, freaks, whatever. This is THE premier arts festival of Seattle. Or it used to be. Or I'm getting older. Or lazier. Or cheaper. Or more crowd-averse.
- Northwest Folklife Festival - Over Memorial Weekend, this long-standing annual tribute to homespun craft - music and art mostly - is worth doing at least once. It's part hippie/new age/freak fest. FREE. For how much longer is anyone's guess (see: Bumbershoot).
- Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) - Witness hundreds of unknown films (shorts, feature-length, experimental, etc.) making their debut here. Supposedly the largest movie festival in the country, SIFF is a well-attended event in this movie-loving city. It's held in May - which means rain, so perfect timing!
- Seafair - Think hydroplane races and air shows (the Blue Angels show is an annual tradition). Well, that's what it means to me. But there supposedly are also parades, food, clowns, and God-knows-what more. Oh yeah, there're businessmen that dress like pirates. O...... kay. Beginning of August.
- Bite of Seattle - Held in mid-July, this takes over the Seattle Center for a few days as many area restaurants put up a booth and everyone gorges. There's usually a great selection to choose from, but many of these booths also show up at the other festivals. Crowded, some music. Good luck.
- Downtown Art Walk - Held on the first Thursday of the month, this takes place from about the Seattle Art Museum (free that day) to Pioneer Square, mostly along 1st Ave.
- HempFest - I'm not saying this is the place to buy pot, but "Legalize It" is the catchphrase of the event. You probably can do so without too much trouble - just guessing, of course. Legalize It! (And Tax It!) (Then hope this slows down the violence that comes with it, especially south of the border - which it probably will.)
- Earshot Jazz Festival - This occurs in October/November, offering a few weeks of excellent national and international acts. The EJF takes place all over town, at many venues, but primarily near or in downtown. Mileage will vary greatly, especially as long as "jazz" means so many different things to so many different people... and it covers many different and distinct sub-genres not necessarily on speaking terms with each other.
- Ballard Jazz Festival - This lower key jazz fest happens in April, a more local event held in Downtown Ballard (an inner suburb of Seattle).
- Summer Solstice Parade - Guess where, but not (exactly) when: in Fremont, where you, too, can enjoy the horror that is a horde of nude hippie cyclists in the vicinity of June 21st and its adjacent weekend. The most interesting floats and costumes on parade in town, though.
- Pride Parade - This is probably a bit of an overkill in one of the gayest and most gay-tolerant cities in the U.S., but Seattle's Pride Parade isn't short on size or color.
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