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Seafair (The Week Before)

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Seafair is a summer festival in Seattle, Washington, that encompasses a wide variety of small neighborhood events leading up to several major citywide celebrations.

This year, Seafair weekend takes place from August 2nd-4th, however, other smaller events taking place in the greater Seattle area the week prior and week leading up to the main weekend help get everyone into the Seafair spirit.

Below are some of the events taking place in the coming week:

July 24th - Greenwood Parade:

A Greenwood summertime tradition, the annual Greenwood Seafair Parade presented by Fred Meyer is the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region. Thousands of people line the route to watch the over 100 entrants that include bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more

July 26th-28th - Kirkland Summerfest:

Summerfest is Kirkland’s premier music and arts festival, returning for its 8th year.

July 26th-28th - Renton River Days:

The 34th Annual Renton River Days, presented by Boeing, will feature most activities at Liberty and Cedar River Parks. Experience the parade, pancake breakfast, arts and crafts vendors, fine art and quilt shows, community mural painting, and food vendors.

July 26th-28th - Tour de Terrace

Tour de Terrace is the Seafair-Sanctioned, summer festival for Mountlake Terrace & neighboring communities. Presented by a small group of dedicated volunteers, this festival was created in 1993 to generate community spirit and pride.

July 27th-28th - Alki Art Fair

The Alki Art Fair is committed to producing and promoting West Seattle’s premier summer art showcase on Alki Beach celebrating arts and music.

July 27th - Seattle Chamber Music in the Park:

Seattle Chamber Music Society (SCMS) organizes a free concert at Volunteer Park each year featuring our world-class Summer Festival musicians, including Artistic Director James Ehnes.

July 27th - Seafair Fanfest:

Join us at Seattle Center before the parade for FanFest where you can get an up-close and personal view of the floats, marching bands, and the equestrian units as they all go through final preparations for the parade.

July 27th - Capital One Torchlight Run:

Run starts at 6:00 pm. This year's route will start and end at Seattle Center and will run along the Torchlight Parade route on 4th Avenue. Be your own early parade entry and be cheered on by tens of thousands of people.

July 27th - Torchlight Parade:

Parade starts at 7:30 pm. Since 1950, tens of thousands of spectators have gathered on a warm July night to watch as parade units march, float and dance in celebration of Seattle. In its 70th year, the parade continues to highlight and celebrate traditions in Greater Seattle’s diverse cultural landscape as well as start new traditions, welcoming those new to the Seattle area.

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