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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

September 2015

September 26, 2015
2015 Free Park Day

Enjoy free access to any of Washington's National Parks, including Olympic NP and Mt. Rainier NP, to celebrate the National Park Service's centennial.

October 2015

October 18 & 19, 25 & 26, 2015
2015 Pumpkin Bash

Watch the animals play with – and devour – pumpkins at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. The kids can enjoy trick or treating and other Halloween-themed activities. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.

October 11, 2015
2015 Seattle Children Festival

Bring the kiddos and enjoy performances, workshops, live music, and so much more at Northwest Folklife's Seattle Center. The event is free of admission, and begins at 10 a.m.

October 2015

October 8-15, 2015
2015 Tacoma Film Festival

A variety of outstanding independent films are screened at various locations throughout Tacoma – primarily the Grand Cinema – made by regional and international filmmakers. 

November 2015

November 7, 2015
2015 Veterans Day Parade

Known as the one of the country's largest Veterans Day parades, the Auburn Veterans Day Parade is set to feature a day's worthy of marching bands, floats, antique cars, a military fly-over, and more. The event is free and begins at 11 a.m.

November 14, 2015
2015 Wine & Hydroplanes

An annual event held at the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent, this event will feature plenty of fine wines, live music, a silent auction, and more. The event begins at 7 p.m.

Washington Cascades Events

April 2015

April 4-7, 2015
2015 Ellensburg Rodeo & Kittitas County Fair

Join Ellensburg residents as they celebrate one of the region's most prized events, held annually at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds. Event start times are TBA.

September 2015

September 25 & 26, 2015
2015 Buskers in the Burg

Held annually, Buskers in the Burg is a fall festival featuring an art parade, a beer and wine walk, an outdoor concert, and a collection of buskers. The event start time is TBA.

2015 Flip Flop Whitewater Rafting

Brought on by an annual dam release on the Tieton River, Yakima visitors and residents can experience the thrills of whitewater rafting during the entire month of September. Trips begin at both 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

September 18 & 19, 2015
2015 Sundome Volleyball Fest

Young volleyball players compete in a number of tournaments held at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Game times vary by day.

September 29 - October 4, 2015
2015 Central Washington State Fair

Join in the plethora of festivities held at the Yakima State Fair Park for the annual Central WA State Fair. The event start time is TBA.

October 2015

October 3, 2015
2015 Manastash Metric Ride

Explore the Washington Cascades region with a host of fellow bikers during this 50 kilometer bike ride from Ellensburg to Cle Elum. The ride begins at Mt. Stuart Elementary School in Ellensburg at 7:30 a.m.

October 2-4, 2015
2015 Ellensburg Film Festival

Celebrate all things cinema with a weekend's worth of independent film screenings made my local and regional filmmakers. More details TBA.

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.

Puget Sound Events

April 2015

April 11 - November 14, 2015
Bainbridge Island Farmers Market

Find the best in produce and products from the Puget Sound Region at Bainbridge Island's Town Square.

September 2015

September 26, 2015
2015 Washington Cheese Festival

Join Seattle residents as they sample and savor artisan cheeses from the region's best cheesemakers, with plenty of craft beers and wines on hand as well. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the Seattle Design Center.

September 23-27, 2015
2015 Decibel Festival

An annual electronic music and performing arts festival held at the Capitol Hill District in Seattle. The festival will feature more than 75 artists, workshops, performances, and more. Event times vary by day.

September 4-6, 2015
2015 Oak Harbor Music Festival

A fun-filled music festival held in historic downtown Oak Habor, featuring two stages and over 20 artists and bands. Set times vary by day.

September 2015

September 11-13, 2015
2015 Pacific Northwest Concours D'elegance

America's Car Museum presents Concours d'Elegance, a unique car show specializing in automotive art and design, held at the Le May Museum in Tacom. Event times vary by day.

October 2015

October 1, 2015
2015 Beer Tasting at the Zoo

Head over to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where roughly 30 breweries will be showcasing their best handcrafted creations alongside music, food, and exotic animals. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.

October 17, 2015
2015 South Sound Craft Beer Festival

Over 50 tasty selections from 24 breweries will be available at the Tacoma Dome Exhibition Hall & Plaza. The event start time is TBA.

Southwest Washington Events

June 2015

June - September 2015
Ocean Shores Farmers Market

Each Saturday in the summer, Ocean Shores Farmers Market offers its visitors baked goods, regional cheeses, fresh vegetables, handcrafted soap, and more.

Eastern Washington Events

September 2015

September 2-7, 2015
2015 Pig Out in the Park

An annual food and entertainment festival held at Spokane's Riverfront Park. The Event will also feature 45 booths, a beer garden, and three stages of live music. Start time is TBA.

September 12-20, 2015
2015 Spokane County Interstate Fair

A local favorite, Spokane's County Fair is set to feature plenty of fair food, exhibits, rides, live entertainment, and so much more. The fair is held at the Spokane County Fair & Expo Center.

September 19, 2015
2015 Fiesta Spokane Heritage Festival

Celebrate Spokane's spicy side during this family-friendly event, set to include delicious food vendors, Latin entertainment, mariachi bands, and a children's carnival, all held at Riverfront Park.

September 2015

September 18-20, 2015s
2015 Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival

Quilt makers and quilt lovers are invited to join Walla Walla residents during this three-day celebration. The festival is held at the Walla Walla Fairgrounds and is set to include quilt sales, workshops, demonstrations, a silent auction, food court, and event friendly quilting competitions. Event start time varies.

September 11-13, 2015
2015 Columbia County Fair

Held annually in the city of Dayton, the Columbia County Fair features all your favortie fair-related activities, including livestock shows, rodeos, demolition derby, craft and food vendors, and so much more, all held at the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Dayton. Fair start times are TBA.

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