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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.

25 THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE (APRIL 03 - APRIL 12)

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1–April 30 • event

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

late March–early April • nature

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

Rocky Mountaineer Train

Rocky Mountaineer Train

April–October • activity

This is more than just a train!

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)

Big Four Ice Caves

Big Four Ice Caves

all year round • nature

A wonderful natural site, but also very dangerous

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

all year round • activity

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

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

unconfirmedApril 2023 • event

The largest film festival in the United States

Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Bloom

March–August • nature

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

Boeing Factory

Boeing Factory

all year round • activity

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

Boating and Cruising

Boating and Cruising

April—October (all year round ) • activity

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

Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Flight

all year round • activity

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

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

April–August • activity

Pump your adrenaline levels on some of the fastest Washington rivers

Kayaking

Kayaking

April–October • activity

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

Wallace Falls

Wallace Falls

all year round | best: April–October • nature

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

Little Si

Little Si

March–November • activity

A picturesque and short hike for the whole family

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

late November–early April (best in mid-January–February) • activity

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

Easter

Easter

April 8–9, 2023 • event

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

Gray Whales near Everett

Gray Whales near Everett

March–May • nature

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

Lupine Bloom

Lupine Bloom

April–May • nature

The main attraction of vast subalpine meadows and mountain slopes

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best May–September) • nature

From towering Cascades to the Olympic Peninsula, Washington offers plenty of starry sky views

Hummingbirds in Seattle

Hummingbirds in Seattle

January 1–December 31 | June 1–August 31 • nature

You can spot Anna's hummingbirds in Seattle all year round, while other species only in summer

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–May | September–October • activity

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

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Lots of great spots on lakes or open water

64 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Seattle Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest

out of rangeJune 24, 2022 • event

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

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

out of rangeAugust 6–21, 2022 (weekends) • event

One of the largest theatrical events in Washington

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

4th of July Weekend Events & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

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

Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride

unconfirmedlate June 2023 • event

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

Seafair Torchlight Parade

Seafair Torchlight Parade

out of rangeJuly 30, 2022 • event

The great finale in a long series of Seafair summertime celebrations

Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

out of rangeJuly 15–17, 2022 • event

The largest lavender festival in the United States

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

out of rangeOctober 19–23, 2022 • event

Visit the third oldest hot air balloon event in the United States

Washington State Fair

Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 2–25, 2022 • event

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

Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival

out of rangeNovember 25–December 23, 2022 • event

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

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane

out of rangeNovember 25–December 24, 2022 • event

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

Whale Watching around Seattle

Whale Watching around Seattle

out of rangemid-May to mid-October • activity

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

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

out of rangeApril 21–23, 2023 • event

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

Central Washington State Fair

Central Washington State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 23–October 2, 2022 • event

One of the major entertainment events of the Northwest

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

unconfirmedlate January–early February 2023 • event

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

Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week

out of rangeOctober 23–November 5, 2022 • event

The most delicious time of the year

Washington State International Kite Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival

out of rangeAugust 15–21, 2022 • event

One of the largest kite festivals in the United States

Seattle to Portland (STP)

Seattle to Portland (STP)

out of rangeJuly 16–17, 2022 • event

The largest multi-day bike ride of the Pacific Northwest

Fremont Solstice Parade

Fremont Solstice Parade

out of rangeJune 18–19, 2022 • event

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

Washington Brewers Festival

Washington Brewers Festival

out of rangeJune 17–19, 2022 • event

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

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival

out of rangeDecember 3–24, 2022 (Village of Lights: Christmastown) • event

A favorite Bavarian village of the Pacific Northwest welcomes thousands of visitors to enjoy the Leavenworth tree lighting festival

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Christmas Lights in Seattle

out of rangemid-November–late January • event

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful light displays

Kitsap County Fair

Kitsap County Fair

out of rangeAugust 24–28, 2022 • event

An annual event full of family fun and traditional entertainment

Seattle Street Food Festival

Seattle Street Food Festival

out of rangeJuly 13–14, 2022 • event

One of the largest events at the picturesque South Lake Union

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

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

out of rangeJuly 22–24, 2022 • event

The annual three-day music festival and block party

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair

out of rangeAugust 25–September 5, 2022 • event

Visit the most prominent county fair in the Pacific Northwest

Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

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

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

out of rangeDecember 31 • event

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

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

Lake Serene & Bridal Veil Falls

out of rangeMay–September • activity

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

Seattle Fall Colors

Seattle Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Stunning landscapes make Seattle irresistable during fall

Olympia Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk

out of rangeApril 22–23, 2022 | October 7–8, 2022 • event

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

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

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

Seattle Macy's Holiday Parade

overNovember 29, 2019 • event

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

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

out of rangeJune–October • activity

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

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

out of rangeMay–September • nature

Turquoise lake in North Cascades surrounded by peaks and lush forests

Emerald City Comic Con in  Seattle

Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle

out of rangeAugust 18–21, 2022 • event

Four days of fun for creators, exhibitors and fans

Northwest Folklife Festival

Northwest Folklife Festival

unconfirmedlate May 2023 • event

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

Colchuck Lake

Colchuck Lake

out of rangeJune–October • nature

A gem in the Alpine region of the state of Washington

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

unconfirmedmid-March 2023 • event

The largest Irish celebration in the Northwest

Hidden Lake Lookout

Hidden Lake Lookout

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

One of the best hikes in the Northwest

Seattle Beer Week

Seattle Beer Week

unconfirmedMay 2023 • event

Eleven days filled with craft beer events of all kinds

Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Lake Valhalla

Lake Valhalla

out of rangeJune–October • nature

A scenic lake tucked between Lichtenberg Mountain and Mount McCausland

Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

Labor Day Weekend in Seattle

out of rangeSeptember 1–5, 2022 • event

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

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

overMay 25–27, 2018 • event

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

Crypticon

Crypticon

out of rangeMay 19–21, 2023 • event

Visit the largest horror convention of the Pacific Northwest

Oyster Dome

Oyster Dome

out of rangeMay–August • activity

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

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

out of rangeJune–October • activity

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

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

Bavarian IceFest in Leavenworth

unconfirmedmid-January 2023 • event

A cozy Alpine village celebrates all things winter

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 1, 2022 • event

A vibrant pumpkin-themed fall festival in Seattle

Beach Season

Beach Season

out of rangeMay–September • activity

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

Rachel Lake

Rachel Lake

out of rangeJune–November • activity

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

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

unconfirmedMarch 4, 2023 • event

One of the most popular winter events in the Cascades

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

out of rangeJune–August • activity

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

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Center Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 25–December 31, 2022 • event

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

Skyline Divide Trail

Skyline Divide Trail

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

A scenic wildflower paradise north of Mount Baker

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

unconfirmedlate May 2023 • event

A busy weekend full of ceremonial and musical events

Oak Harbor 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Oak Harbor 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

A vibrant celebration on Whidbey Island

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

out of rangeJuly–October • nature

A beautiful turquoise lake near Seattle

Pacific Rhododendron

Pacific Rhododendron

out of rangeearly May–late June • nature

The state flower of Washington colors the slopes pink every spring

The Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon

out of rangeNovember 27, 2022 • event

The major long-distance race of the Pacific Northwest

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeSeptember 23–November 5, 2022 • event

The best fall-themed activities and festivals of Pacific Northwest

Seattle Cheese Fest

Seattle Cheese Fest

unconfirmedNovember 6, 2022 • event

Taste a variety of international and local meats and cheeses at the Cheese and Meat Festival

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

Upstream Music Fest + Summit

overJune 1–3, 2018 • event

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

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