Best time to visit Seattle

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Best time of year to visit Seattle

With pleasant weather and affordable prices, September and early October are the best time to visit Seattle. Summer crowds disperse and there is no better time for riding Rocky Mountaineer Train. Winter arrives in November and besides rain and show, brings deals for bargain lovers. Even though the temperatures get chillier from November to February, this is an amazing season for Christmas Lights sparkling brightly and skiing or snowboarding on Mount Rainier. Spring is famous for its moderate accommodation rates and a bit warmer temperatures, however, biting Pacific winds are also possible, so pack warm clothes. Catch the flower blooming season in the mountainous areas and at the Skagit Tulip Festival in April. Peak season from June to August is mostly known for skyrocketing prices and tourist crowds, but it offers best conditions for whale watching and visiting Lake Serene and Bridal Veil Falls.

36 THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE (AUGUST 19 - AUGUST 28)

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

Whale Watching around Seattle

Whale Watching around Seattle

mid-May to mid-October • activity

The San Juan Islands is the best spot to observe orca whales in the American Northwest

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

August 7–8, 2021 | August 14–15, 2021 | August 21–22, 2021 • event

One of the largest theatrical events in Washington

TreeHouse Point

TreeHouse Point

September–June (all year round) • activity

Wake up your inner child and have fun on the trees in a lush green forest

Space Needle

Space Needle

May–September (all year round) • activity

Enjoy panoramic views of the Emerald City from the height of 520 ft (160 m)

Washington State International Kite Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival

August 16–22, 2021 • event

One of the largest kite festivals in the United States

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

May–September • activity

A fantastic hidden lake in between two peaks with an impressive waterfall

Big Four Ice Caves

Big Four Ice Caves

all year round • nature

A wonderful natural site, but also very dangerous

Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout

July–October • activity

A fairy-tale cabin on top of a hill provides stunning views

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair

August 26–September 6, 2021 • event

Visit the most prominent county fair in the Pacific Northwest

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

June–October (all year round) • activity

The oldest continuously operating farmer's market in the U.S.

Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Bloom

March–August • nature

With the arrival of spring, valleys and mountain slopes get covered by wildflowers

Hidden Lake Lookout

Hidden Lake Lookout

July–October • activity

One of the best hikes in the Northwest

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

June–October • activity

The most scenic spot for a stunning view of Mt. Rainier

Boating and Cruising

Boating and Cruising

April—October (all year round ) • activity

Seattle is called the boating capital of the US for a reason

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

May–September • nature

Turquoise lake in North Cascades surrounded by peaks and lush forests

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

April–August • activity

Pump your adrenaline levels on some of the fastest Washington rivers

Colchuck Lake

Colchuck Lake

June–October • nature

A gem in the Alpine region of the state of Washington

Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Flight

all year round • activity

Bird's-eye views of Seattle and the fantastic nature of the Northwest

Boeing Factory

Boeing Factory

all year round • activity

Visit the largest building in the world by volume—the Everett Boeing Factory

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

Enjoy exploring the city and nature of the Pacific Northwest from the water

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

June–October • activity

A great hike with panoramic views of the Cascade range and the Puget Sound

Beach Season

Beach Season

May–September • activity

With beautiful lakes and proximity to the ocean, summer in Seattle means lots of sunbathing and swimming

Crypticon

Crypticon

August 21–29, 2021 • event

Visit the largest horror convention of the Pacific Northwest

Little Si

Little Si

March–November • activity

A picturesque and short hike for the whole family

Oyster Dome

Oyster Dome

May–August • activity

A great spot with panoramic views over the San Juan Islands, Vancouver Island, and the Olympic Mountains

Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin

July–October • activity

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake

June–November • activity

An alpine lake surrounded by wild forest is a great spot for swimming, fishing, and hiking

Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla

June–October • nature

A scenic lake tucked between Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend

unconfirmedAugust 26–September 26, 2021 • event

Take advantage of an extra day-off to discover the Emerald City and to take part in its festive attractions

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls

all year round | best April–October • nature

A spectacular waterfall located on the west side of the Cascade Mountains

Deception Pass Bridge and Park

Deception Pass Bridge and Park

June–September (all year round) • activity

Discover the iconic Deception Pass by boat, foot or bike

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

June–August • activity

A former gasification plant has become a favourite summer hang out spot

Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail

July–October • activity

A scenic wildflower paradise north of Mount Baker

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

July–October • nature

A beautiful turquoise lake near Seattle

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Lots of great spots on lakes or open water

45 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Seattle Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest

unconfirmedmid-August 2022 • event

How about a couple of days in the thick of a bouncing cannabis convocation?

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

out of rangeApril 1–30, 2021 • event

Amazing colourful​ valleys surrounded by mountains attract visitors from all over the world

Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride

out of rangeJune 26–27, 2021 (online) • event

Celebrate LGBT Pride at one of the longest-running festivals of its kind in America

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2021 (only fireworks) • event

The Emerald City celebrates America's independence with festivals, fireworks and picnics

Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

out of rangeJuly 16–18, 2021  • event

The largest lavender festival in the United States

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangelate March–early April • nature

From the University of Washington campus to city parks the pink bloom is everywhere

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane

out of rangeNovember 27–December 24, 2020 • event

Magical snow and dazzling lights in the heart of Bellevue make this the most popular event in the Northwest

Seafair Torchlight Parade

Seafair Torchlight Parade

out of rangeJuly 31, 2021 • event

The great finale in a long series of Seafair summertime celebrations

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

out of rangeJanuary 22–February 19, 2021 (virtual and IRL) • event

Asian communities of Pacific Northwest gather for the biggest celebration of the year

Seattle to Portland (STP)

Seattle to Portland (STP)

out of rangeJuly 17–18, 2021 • event

The largest multi-day bike ride of the Pacific Northwest

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

unconfirmedOctober 29–31, 2021 • event

Enthusiasts of erotic art in all its forms are welcome to join one of the hottest April events in Seattle

Washington Brewers Festival

Washington Brewers Festival

out of rangeJune 18–20, 2021 • event

There is no better way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend in Seattle

Central Washington State Fair

Central Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 24–October 3, 2021 • event

One of the major entertainment events of the Northwest

Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival

out of rangecanceled in 2020  • event

Whether you are on board or watching from the shore, this parade is a lovely Northwest holiday tradition

Washington State Fair

Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 3–26, 2021 • event

Check out the largest and most popular event in the Pacific Northwest

Fremont Solstice Parade

Fremont Solstice Parade

out of rangeJune 19–20, 2021 • event

A celebration of the longest day of the year in Mardi Gras spirit

Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week

out of rangeApril 1–30, 2021 • event

The most delicious time of the year

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Christmas Lights in Seattle

out of rangemid-November–mid-January • event

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful light displays

Seattle Street Food Festival

Seattle Street Food Festival

canceledearly July 2021  • event

One of the largest events at the picturesque South Lake Union

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

canceledJuly 23–25, 2021 • event

The annual three-day music festival and block party

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

out of rangeApril 8–18, 2021 • event

The largest film festival in the United States

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

out of rangeNovember 29, 2019 • event

Come and see giant floats and marching bands during the Seattle Macy’s Holiday Parade

Salmon Crossing the Road

Salmon Crossing the Road

out of rangemid-to-late November • nature

Have you ever seen fish block traffic? Such phenomenon is not unusual in Washington

Olympia Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk

out of rangeOctober 2–3, 2020 • event

This vivid street art festival gathers thousands of people in downtown Olympia

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangeMarch 13–14, 2021 | March 17, 2021 (limited program) • event

The largest Irish celebration in the Northwest

Seattle Fall Colors

Seattle Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Stunning landscapes make Seattle irresistable during fall

Gray Whales near Everett

Gray Whales near Everett

out of rangeMarch–May • nature

Go on a wildlife-packed cruise just 30 minutes from Seattle

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

overMay 25–27, 2018 • event

It was one of the most popular summer festivals in the PNW

Northwest Folklife Festival

Northwest Folklife Festival

out of rangeMay 29–June 1, 2021 (online) • event

A huge open-air festival with free admission held at Seattle Center

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangelate November–early April (best in mid-January–February) • activity

Some of the best views and backcountry rides in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle Beer Week

Seattle Beer Week

on holdMay 6–16, 2021 • event

Eleven days filled with craft beer events of all kinds

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

canceledDecember 4–20, 2020 • event

A favourite Bavarian village of the Pacific Northwest welcomes thousands of visitors during the holidays

Easter

Easter

canceledApril 3–4, 2021 • event

Coming to Seattle during Easter weekend, don't miss out the only Easter parade in Washington State

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

out of rangeMay 28–31, 2021 • event

A busy weekend full of ceremonial and musical events

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31, 2020  • event

Find numerous options for festivity and fun on New Year's Eve

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Center Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 29–December 31, 2019 • event

All the things we love about winter holidays are gathered in one place

Lupine Bloom

Lupine Bloom

out of rangeApril–May • nature

The main attraction of vast subalpine meadows and mountain slopes

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

out of rangeMarch 6, 2021  • event

One of the most popular winter events in the Cascades

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

out of rangeMarch–May | September–October • activity

The Seattle area offers plenty of birdwatching spots and trails for both migrating and resident species

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

on holdJune 1–3, 2018 • event

A major event in the historical heart of Seattle, with a perfect mix of acclaimed international artists alongside rising stars

The Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon

out of rangeNovember 29, 2020 (virtual event) • event

The major long-distance race of the Pacific Northwest

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangelate September–mid-November • event

The best fall-themed activities and festivals of Pacific Northwest

Pacific Rhododendron

Pacific Rhododendron

out of rangeearly May–late June • nature

The state flower of Washington colors the slopes pink every spring

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

out of rangeJanuary 16–17, 2021  • event

A cozy Alpine village celebrates all things winter

Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose Migration

out of rangeOctober–early March | best November  • nature

More than 50,000 birds stop over at Skagit Valley in western Washington every fall

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