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Planning a visit to Washington? Or maybe you're a local that's just looking for what's going on. Here's a sampling of some of the popular local events in the state.


Seattle Metro Area Events

January 2016

January 1, 2016
2016 Resolution Run 5K & Polar Bear Dive

This New Year's Day, head over to Magnuson Park in Seattle for fun-filled day featuring a 5K, polar bear plunge into Lake Washington, post-race party including beer garden, kids' activities, and more. The race begins at 10:30 a.m.

January 17 & 18, 2016
2016 Free State Parks

Washington's incredible state parks will be free of admission for two straight days in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day this coming January. Bay View, Tolmie, and other Seattle-area state parks are must sees this time of year.

February 2016

February 26, 2016
2016 Youngstown Thrive

West Seattle's Youngstown Cultural Arts Center is set to host a day of family-friendly activities, music, food, drinks, and even a beer garden, all celebrating the center's birthday. The party begins at 5 p.m.

February 5-8, 2016
2016 Red Wine & Chocolate Festival

The Carpenter Creek Winery in Mount Vernon is set to host their annual Red Wine and Chocolate Festival, featuring locally crafted red wines and delicious treats. 

Washington Cascades Events

November 2015

November 1 - December 20, 2015
2015 Hometown Holidays

The Ellensburg Downtown Association hosts a variety of events at various venues throughout historic downtown Ellensburg during the holiday season. Event dates and start times vary.

February 2016

February 12-14, 2015
2015 Spirit of the West

Featuring an impressive collection of acclaimed musicians and poets, Spirit of the West is a favorite among annual music festivals in Ellensburg. The western cowboy-themed gathering is held at various venues throughout town.

Southwest Washington Events

November 2015

November 27-29, 2015
2015 Winter Fanta-Sea

A festive holiday market featuring more than 70 arts and crafts booths at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. The market start time is TBA.

December 2015

December 5, 2015
2015 Parade of Lighted Ships

Check out the this unique holiday light parade, hosted by the Olymipa Yacht Club. The parade runs along the West Bay of the Budd Inlet. The parade begins at 6 p.m.

December 2015

December 5 & 6, 2015
2015 Festival of Trees

Visitors of Lakewood and Puyallup should head over o the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center for a weekend of festive decorated trees and other holiday treats. The tree festival opens at 9 a.m. the first day and 11 a.m. the second.

December 11-13, 2015
2015 Winter Brewfest

What's sure to be a fun-filled festival, Winter Brewfest will feature holiday craft brews and other specialty brews at the Esther Short Park in Vancouver. Festival start time is TBA.

Eastern Washington Events

December 2015

December 31, 2015
2016 New Years Eve Bash

Hermiston visitors can help ring in the New Year at the Hermiston Convention Center, where performances, dancing, refreshments, and more, are set to begin at 7 p.m.

January 2016

January 29 - February 6, 2016
2016 Spokane Film Festival

Held at Magic Lantern Theater, Bing Crosby Theater, and AMC Riverpark Square in Spokane, SpIFF welcomes film buffs from all over the Pacific Northwest to enjoy indie flicks, shorts, documentaries, and more from the region's best up-and-coming filmmakers.

March 2016

March 18, 2016
2016 Blue Mountain Brix & Brew Auction

A fun-filled evening overflowing with suds, hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, and a live auction. The fun is at Running T Ranch, start time is TBA.

March 18-20, 2016
2016 March Madness Elite Eight

The "Elite Eight" round of the annual NCAA March Madness Tournament will be hosted at Spokane Arena this spring. Cheer on the your favorite team, or just simply enjoy the madness – tip-off times and teams are TBD.

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Must See in Washington

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    Washington Motorcycle Rides

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  • Outdoor Washington

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    Fishing, hiking, skiing, and sea kayaking? Discover four-season, outdoor activities throughout Washington state.

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  • Cultural Washington

    Cultural Washington

    Discover the cultural attractions of Washington like Seattle's galleries, the famed Ohme Gardens, and small town museums.

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