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Top off this summer with these activities while the sunny days last!

As a foreigner who moved to the Pacific Northwest from a tropical country, I was deeply impressed by how the seasons noticeably change, how each of them has its own identity. Where I come from, Southeast Brazil, there is little change between the seasons and the year goes by almost entirely sunny and warm. To me, the Seattle summer feels like when the doors to the world finally reopen after nine long months of cold, grey, and rain. Suddenly, everyone is out in the streets, events are happening all over the city, and many of us remember what life feels like (especially those of us who deal with seasonal depression, which is very common in the northern hemisphere). That being said, It’s still not too late to enjoy the rest of the summer activities that are still happening in and around Seattle. Check out our top picks for a good farewell to the sunny season below. Many of them are free!

1) Downtown Summer Sounds: Free concerts downtown until September 8

Downtown Summer Sounds
Downtown Summer Sounds

2) San Gennaro Festival in Georgetown (South Seattle), September 8-10

In celebration of the Feast of San Gennaro (Festa di San Gennaro), a festival dedicated to Naples’ patron saint, Seattle will be hosting “The BEST Italian Street Fair in Seattle! Vendors with food and Italian wares for sale, beer and wine garden, children’s activities, and a stage with Italian music” in Georgetown. Click herefor more information! 

3) Seattle Center Festál: Cultural festivals by the Space Needle

The Seattle Center annually hosts several festivals from late summer to early fall, each of which celebrates a different culture, with food, music, vendors, and dance performances. This year’s schedule is as follows:

  • Hawaii Festival: September 10
  • Sea Mar Fiestas Patrias: September 16 and 17
  • Italian festival: September 23 and 24
  • Croatia Festival: October 1
  • Turkish Festival: October 14 and 15

Click here to learn more!

4) Visit Bainbridge Island and the town of Poulsbo

Through a 40-minute ferry ride that leaves from downtown Seattle, you can get to Bainbridge Island, where the small towns of Bainbridge and, farther ahead, Poulsbo, are located. Bainbridge is home to BIMA (Bainbridge Island Museum of Art), which you can visit for free, as well as grab a bite or a drink on your way out. Other activities include antique shops, the Bainbridge history museum and hiking trails. The town of Poulsbo is about 20-25 minutes away by car or bus. If you want to know more about the Norwegian village of Poulsbo, make sure to check out our article here

5) Art Walk, every first Thursdays

Art Walk is a Seattle staple that happens on the first Thursday of each month, and according to Seattle’s Office of Arts & Culture, “Every month, local artists and merchants join to support the city’s art scene with community events known as Art Walks. These Art Walks are organized individually by the local business community and offer a free and easy opportunity to enjoy the arts in neighborhoods across the city.”

6) Recommended parks and beaches:

  • Greenlake: Either if kayaking, having a picnic or a BBQ, this park and its green is beautiful every summer.
  • Alki Beach: New brewery opened on August 4, Future Primitive Brewing. They currently have 12 exotic brews, @futureprimitivebeer. Where? 2536 Alki Ave SWHours: Daily 11 AM – 10 PM
  • Golden Gardens Beach
  • Volunteer Park

7) Candlelight concerts in Seattle ($30 – $40):

  • A tribute to Queen and more
  • From Bach to The Beatles
  • 100 years of Warner Bros
  • Jazz: 20th century women
  • Tribute to Taylor Swift at Town Hall
  • Neo-soul and hip-hop favorites
  • A tribute to Beyonce at Sparkman Cellars
  • Vivaldi’s Four Seasons & more at Sparkman Cellars
  • The best of Joe Hasaishi at The Museum of Flight
  • A tribute to Pink Floyd
  • Friday the 13th Special
  • Favorite Halloween movie themes
  • A haunted evening of classics at The Museum of Flight
  • The best of Hans Zimmer at Sparkman Cellars
  • A tribute to Bad Bunny
  • A tribute to Adele
  • The best of Metallica and Schubert

8) Artists coming to Seattle

  • Beyoncé: Thursday, September 17th, 2023 at 800 Occidental Ave S., for $147+
  • 50 Cent: Thursday, September 7th at 334 1st Ave N, for $47+

9) Rainier Brewery celebrates 10th R-Day anniversary

Rainier Beer

Washington’s good old brewery celebrates its R-Day with music, beer, of course, and it’s free!

When? Saturday, September 16

Where? Georgetown, WA

Cost: Free

10) Little Free Libraries

Feel like having a free read this end of summer, or really anytime during the year? Visit one of Seattle’s many little libraries! It’s an organization that shows the libraries not just in Seattle, but all over the world. Visit here for more information and the map. They even have an app! You can check their Instagram account here, too.

11) Seattle Farmers Markets

University District Farmers Market

Where: University Way NE between 50th & 52nd
When:Year-round, Saturdays 9 AM-2 PM

West Seattle Farmers Market

Where: California Ave SW & SW Alaska
When: Year-round, Sundays 10 AM- 2 PM

Capitol Hill Farmers Market

Where: E Denny Way between Broadway & 10th Ave E
When:Year-round, Sundays 11 AM-3 PM

Ballard Farmers Market

Where: 5345 Ballard Ave NW
When:Year-round, Sundays 9 AM-2 PM

Columbia City Market

Where: 37th Ave S & S Edmunds St, just off Rainier Ave S
When: Wednesdays, May 3rd through Oct 11th

Seasonal Markets Currently Open

Lake City Farmers Markets

Where: NE 125th & 28th NE, next to the Library off Lake City Way
When: Thursdays, June 8th through October 5th

Phinney Farmers Market

Where: 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, in the upper PNA lot
When:Fridays, June 2nd through September 29th

Magnolia Farmers Market

Where: W McGraw Street & 33rd Ave W in the Magnolia Village
When: Saturdays, June 3rd through Oct 14th

12) Free Museums on first Thursdays

Every first Thursday of each month, some museums in the Seattle area are open to the public for free.

  • Duwamish Longhouse and Cultural Center
  • Northwest African American Museum
  • Wing Luke Museum

Here is a link for more detailed information!

13) Free Public Tours of Washington Park Arboretum

14) 19th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

15) U District $4 Food Walk

U District will have a food walk with food for only $4! Happening on Saturday, September 30th, with more than 60 restaurants. Grab your food between 11 AM to 8 PM!

16) All you can eat restaurants!

17) The Great Pumpkin Beer Festival

By Elysian Brewing, this festival will happen at the Seattle Center from September 29 at 4:00 PM, until September 30 at 10:00 PM. More than 80 pumpkin beers!

18) Electrify Expo: North America’s #1 Electric Vehicle Festival

Electrify Expo

Last but not least… the biggest electric vehicle festival in North America is coming to Seattle this September 9-10! You can get a 25% off general admission ticket with promo code “EE23SEA25”. This is the best opportunity if you have always wondered if you should try a micro-mobility electric vehicle for short-to-mid commute transportation. I personally have an electric scooter and an electric unicycle. I highly recommend it since you can try all types of electric vehicle for free by paying the entry ticket!

Francisco Fonseca | The Seattle Collegian

We hope you enjoy some of our picks and explore the beauty that Seattle has to offer as fall approaches us with its cozy and dark embrace, while we close off this wonderful summer with live music, festivals, hikes, and much more. Here is to a just as wonderful and community-filled upcoming fall.

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