What's On in Seattle

Seattle has a thriving events calendar and expats will find that there are plenty of festivals and conventions taking place across the city throughout the year.

Regardless of whether interested in arts and culture, sports, or food and drink, there is sure to be an annual event that interests each and every kind of expat.

What's on in Seattle

Northwest Flower and Garden Show (February)

This is a lovely indoor festival where expats with green fingers – or simply those who want to enjoy the view – can visit numerous breathtaking show gardens and shop for plants and gardening items at over 300 different stalls. There's also an artisanal food market known as the "Tasting Corner" if attendees get snackish. The event is held at the Washington State Convention Center.

St Patrick’s Day Parade (March)

This colourful parade celebrating all things Irish takes place yearly, beginning with a flag raising ceremony before the parade marches along 4th Avenue. Spectators are entertained with Irish music, singing and dancing.

Seattle Restaurant Week (April and October)

A must for all foodies living in Seattle, this twice-yearly event sees more than 150 Seattle’s top restaurants offering their fare at a fraction of regular prices. As the specials last only a week, diners will need to book early to secure a table at the most popular restaurants. 

Seattle International Film Festival (May)

This event is billed the largest film festival in the country with more than 150,000 attendees a year. A unique feature of this festival is its "Secret Festival" – this can only be accessed by purchasing a special pass, which allows entry into four exclusive screenings, all of which are kept secret.

Seafair Summer Fourth (July)

This Fourth of July festival is held in two different locations: Gas Works Park and the South Lake Union Park. Highlights include a range of family-friendly activities such as sack races, pie-eating contests and more. Adding to the festivities are live music performances, beer gardens and lots of food vendors. A spectacular fireworks display kicks off in the evening and is not to be missed.

Seattle Street Food Festival (August)

At this festival, visitors can enjoy a day in the sun while sampling delicious street food from local vendors. With dozens of food trucks and booths spanning four blocks, guests are spoilt for choice. Festivities continue into the evening with the "Moonlight Night Market".

New Year’s Eve at the Needle (December)

Wrap up warm and head to the Seattle Center to see the city's legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks display, which kicks off at midnight. The party upstairs sells out fast, but should visitors miss their chance to get in, they can still view the show from the ground at no cost.

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