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.

23 THINGS TO DO IN SEATTLE (APRIL 01 - APRIL 10)

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1–30, 2024 • event

Nestled in the mountains, the amazing, colorful​ valley attracts visitors from all over the Northwest

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

Wildflowers Bloom

Wildflowers Bloom

March–August • nature

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

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

all year round • activity

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

Boating and Cruising

Boating and Cruising

April—October (all year round ) • activity

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

Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater Rafting

April–August • activity

Pump your adrenaline levels on some of the fastest Washington rivers

Boeing Factory

Boeing Factory

all year round • activity

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

Seaplane Flight

Seaplane Flight

all year round • activity

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

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

Stargazing

Stargazing

all year round (best May–September) • nature

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

Little Si

Little Si

March–November • activity

A picturesque and short hike for the whole family

Lupine Bloom

Lupine Bloom

April–May • nature

The main attraction of vast subalpine meadows and mountain slopes

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

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

Gray Whales near Everett

Gray Whales near Everett

March–May • nature

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

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

March–May | September–October • activity

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

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

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

Kiteboarding & Windsurfing

all year round • activity

Lots of great spots on lakes or open water

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Seattle Hempfest

Seattle Hempfest

unconfirmedAugust 15–16, 2023 • 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 5–20, 2023 (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

Sequim Lavender Festival

Sequim Lavender Festival

out of rangeJuly 19–21, 2024 • event

The largest lavender festival in the United States

Seattle Pride

Seattle Pride

unconfirmedJune 29-30, 2024 • event

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

Christmas Ship Festival

Christmas Ship Festival

out of rangeNovember 24–December 23, 2023 • 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 1–24, 2023 • event

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

Seafair Torchlight Parade

Seafair Torchlight Parade

unconfirmedJuly 27, 2024 • event

The great finale in a long series of Seafair summertime celebrations

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

Walla Walla Balloon Stampede

unconfirmedmid-May, 2024 • event

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

Snowflake Lane

Snowflake Lane

out of rangeNovember 24–December 24, 2023 • event

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

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

Seattle Erotic Art Festival (SEAF)

out of rangeApril 26-28, 2024 • 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 22–October 1, 2023 • event

One of the major entertainment events of 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

Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

out of rangeFebruary, 2024 • event

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

Seattle Restaurant Week

Seattle Restaurant Week

out of rangeApril 16–29, 2023 • event

The most delicious time of the year

Washington State International Kite Festival

Washington State International Kite Festival

out of rangeAugust 21–27, 2023 • event

One of the largest kite festivals in the United States

Washington Brewers Festival

Washington Brewers Festival

canceledJune 16–18, 2023 • event

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

Seattle to Portland (STP)

Seattle to Portland (STP)

out of rangeJuly 13-14, 2024 • event

The largest multi-day bike ride of the Pacific Northwest

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival (Christmastown)

Leavenworth Christmas Lighting Festival (Christmastown)

out of rangeNovember 24–December 24, 2023 • event

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

Fremont Solstice Parade

Fremont Solstice Parade

out of rangeJune 22, 2024 • event

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

Kitsap County Fair

Kitsap County Fair

out of rangeAugust 23–27, 2023 • event

An annual event full of family fun and traditional entertainment

Seattle Street Food Festival

Seattle Street Food Festival

out of rangeJune 13–14, 2023 • event

One of the largest events at the picturesque South Lake Union

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

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

Capitol Hill Block Party

Capitol Hill Block Party

out of rangeJuly 19-21, 2024 • event

The annual three-day music festival and block party

Christmas Lights in Seattle

Christmas Lights in Seattle

out of rangemid-November–late January • event

Get into the holiday spirit with beautiful light displays

Evergreen State Fair

Evergreen State Fair

out of rangeAugust 31–September 4, 2023 • event

Visit the most prominent county fair in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle Fall Colors

Seattle Fall Colors

out of rangeOctober • nature

Stunning landscapes make Seattle irresistable during fall

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

Park Butte Lookout

Park Butte Lookout

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

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

Boeing Seafair Air Show

Boeing Seafair Air Show

out of rangeAugust 4–6, 2023 • event

Best aerobatics by military and civilian performers

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

Olympia Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk

out of rangeOctober 6–7, 2023 • event

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

Northwest Folklife Festival

Northwest Folklife Festival

out of rangeMay 24-27, 2024 • event

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

Winter Karneval in Leavenworth

Winter Karneval in Leavenworth

out of rangeJanuary 1–31, 2024 (weekends) • event

A cozy Alpine village celebrates all things winter

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

out of rangeMay 9-19, 2024 • event

The largest film festival in the United States

White Pass Winter Carnival

White Pass Winter Carnival

out of rangeMarch 2-3, 2024 • event

One of the most popular winter events in the Cascades

Emerald City Comic Con in  Seattle

Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle

out of rangeFebruary 29-March 3, 2024 • event

Four days of fun for creators, exhibitors and fans

Tipsoo Lake

Tipsoo Lake

out of rangeJune–October • activity

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

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day

out of rangeMarch 16–17, 2024 • event

The largest Irish celebration in the Northwest

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

Diablo Lake

Diablo Lake

out of rangeMay–September • nature

Turquoise lake in North Cascades surrounded by peaks and lush forests

Crypticon

Crypticon

out of rangeMay 3-5, 2024 • event

Visit the largest horror convention of the Pacific Northwest

Colchuck Lake

Colchuck Lake

out of rangeJune–October • nature

A gem in the Alpine region of the state of Washington

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

out of rangeMay 19–26, 2023 • event

Eleven days filled with craft beer events of all kinds

Easter

Easter

out of rangeApril 8–9, 2023 • event

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

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 1–4, 2023 • event

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

Gothic Basin

Gothic Basin

out of rangeJuly–October • activity

A scenic area with several lakes to explore

Mount Pilchuck

Mount Pilchuck

out of rangeJune–October • activity

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

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 1, 2022 • event

A vibrant pumpkin-themed fall festival in Seattle

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sasquatch! Music Festival

overMay 25–27, 2018 • event

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

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

Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze

Rusty Scuppers Pirate Daze

out of rangeJune 23–25, 2023 • event

One of the largest pirate festivals in the Pacific Northwest

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

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

out of rangeMay 26–29, 2023 • event

A busy weekend full of ceremonial and musical events

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

Kitsap Medieval Faire

Kitsap Medieval Faire

out of rangeJune 15, 2024 • event

Step back in time and embrace the spirit at this resplendent Rennaissance festival in Bremerton, WA

Seattle Center Winterfest

Seattle Center Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 24-December 31, 2023 • event

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

Blanca Lake

Blanca Lake

out of rangeJuly–October • nature

A beautiful turquoise lake near Seattle

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park

out of rangeJune–August • activity

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

Oak Harbor 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Oak Harbor 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

A vibrant celebration on Whidbey Island

Halloween

Halloween

out of rangeSeptember 24–November 5 • 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

Arlington Skyfest

Arlington Skyfest

out of rangeAugust 18–20, 2023 • event

Hot air balloons, aerial displays, and World War II-era aircraft to explore

The Seattle Marathon

The Seattle Marathon

out of rangeNovember 26, 2023 • event

The major long-distance race of the Pacific Northwest

Seattle Cheese Fest

Seattle Cheese Fest

out of rangeNovember 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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