Featured Events

JANUARY: Skagit Eagle Festival

Enjoy hatchery tours, float trips, Native American dancing, and the chance to see majestic bald eagles. (1/4/14 to 1/26/14  Concrete/North Cascades)

JANUARY: Elma Chamber Wine and Seafood Festival

Sample seafood, coastal cuisine, and the wines from 20 Washington wineries. (1/18/14  Elma/Peninsulas & Coast)

FEBRUARY: Northwest Flower and Garden Show

An acre of show gardens, lectures from luminaries, and 100-plus seminars about urban edibles and more help green thumbs grow. (2/5/14 to 2/9/14  Seattle/Metro Seattle)

FEBRUARY: Mystery Weekend

Take part in an interactive whodunit during this two-day mystery play involving the entire town. (2/22/14 to 2/23/14  Langley/North Cascades)

FEBRUARY: Wintergrass

This bluegrass music festival features some 30 bands and 200 different performers, as well as workshops in dancing, guitar, fiddle, and banjo. (2/27/14 to 3/2/14  Bellevue/Metro Seattle)

MARCH: Penn Cove Musselfest

Visit mussel farms and get a taste of the world-famous bivalves. (3/7/14 to 3/9/14 Coupeville/Peninsulas & Coast)

MARCH: Taste Washington

MARCH: The state’s preeminent food and wine event. (3/29/14 to 3/30/14 Seattle/Metro Seattle)

MARCH: Badger Mountain Challenge

Join ultramarathoners on 15K, 50K, or 100-mile endurance runs on Badger Mountain. (3/28/14 to 3/29/14  Tri-Cities/Wine Country)

MARCH: Sandhill Crane Festival

Hear a talk on bird calls or take a crane tour. (3/28/14 to 3/30/14  Othello/Southeast)

APRIL: Tulip Festival

Tour a valley carpeted in color as millions of tulips come into bloom across hundreds of acres. (4/1/14 to 4/30/14  Skagit Valley / North Cascades)

APRIL: Spring Barrel Tasting

Get a tasting peek at vintages in the making from 50 wineries. (4/25/14 to 4/27/14  Yakima Valley / Wine Country

JUNE: Cycle de Vine

Go on a scenic 35-mile ride with rest stops at wineries. (6/21/14 Chelan / North Central)

JUNE: Strawberry Festival

Enjoy shortcake, an auto show, and entertainment. (6/8/14  Bellevue / Metro Seattle)

JUNE: Hoopfest

The world’s largest three-on-three basketball event. (6/28/14 to 6/29/14 Spokane / Northeast)

JULY: Sandstations

Watch artists demonstrate their sand-sculpting skills across town and in a beach competition. (7/16/14 to 7/20/14  Long Beach / Peninsula & Coasts)

JULY: Northwest Raspberry Festival

Celebrate the nation’s largest harvest of raspberries with live jazz and ice cream sundaes. (7/18/14 to 7/19/14  Lynden / North Cascades)

JULY: Sequim Lavender Festival

It’s all about lavender with farm tours, live music, and street fairs. (7/18/14 to 7/20/14 Sequim / Peninsulas & Coast)

AUGUST: Anacortes Arts Festival

This art bash boasts more than 250 juried artisan booths, culinary art, and music on multiple stages. (8/1/14 to 8/3/14  Anacortes / The Islands)

AUGUST: Omak Stampede

Rodeos, Native American and Western art, and a tepee village highlight this nearly 80-year-old event. (8/7/14 to 8/10/14  Omak / North Central)

AUGUST: Washington State International Kite Festival

It’s a week dedicated to defying gravity. Don’t miss the unbelievable indoor kite flyers. (8/18/14  Long Beach  Peninsula & Coast)

AUGUST: Seattle International Beerfest

Mugs runneth over with 200-plus beers from 16 countries. (8/22/14 to 8/24/14  Seattle / Metro Seattle)

AUGUST: National Lentil Festival

Parades, road races, street fairs, open-air concerts, and the world’s largest bowl of chili keep family fun trucking well after dark. (8/22/14 to 8/23/14  Pullman  /  Southeast)

AUGUST: Bumbershoot

A-list bands,movie screenings, comedy acts, visual arts, and more headline at the 74-acre Seattle Center. (8/30/14 to 9/1/14  Seattle / Metro Seattle)

SEPTEMBER: Washington State Fair

More than 1 million fair-goers enjoy rides, food, and entertainment at one of the largest fairs in the country. (9/5/14 to 9/21/14  Puyallup / Metro Seattle)

SEPTEMBER: The Great Prosser Balloon Rally

Watch pilots from around the region inflate their hot air balloons and launch into the sky. (9/26/14 to 9/28/14  Prosser / Wine Country)

OCTOBER: Oktoberfest

Don lederhosen and partake in German-themed fun at this Bavarian hamlet. (Weekends 10/3/14 to 10/18/14  Leavenworth  /  North Central)

OCTOBER: Old Apple Tree Festival

This celebration, centered around the oldest living apple tree in the Northwest, features activities and games for children, fruit-tree pruning workshops, live music, and food. (10/4/14 to 10/5/14  Vancouver  /  The Gorge)

NOVEMBER: Taste of Tulalip

Savor sips from more than 120 wineries and bites from award-winning chefs. (11/14/14 to 11/15/14  Tulalip  /  Metro Seattle)

NOVEMBER: Zoo Lights

More than half a million lights turn Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium into a holiday display. See a scuba-diving Santa, or ride a camel. (11/28/14 to 1/4/15  Tacoma  / Metro Seattle)

DECEMBER: Christmas Ship Festival

In this Northwest tradition, a flotilla of brilliantly lit ships cruises along Elliott Bay and the lakes of Seattle, booming out carols. Various parks or aboard a boat. (Seattle / Metro Seattle)

DECEMBER: Holiday Barrel Tasting

With freshly fallen snow and a festive atmosphere, vintners pour samples of new and forthcoming releases. (12/5/14 to 12/7/14  Walla Walla / Wine Country)

DECEMBER: First Night Tri-Cities

Live music, fireworks, and entertainment(like a hypnotist and comedian) highlight this low-cost, alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration. ( 12/31/14  Pasco / Wine Country)

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