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Top Events in the Northwest

Your guide to Northwest festivals, shows, celebrations and more

Looking for fun things to do this weekend or on your next road trip? Our events calendar is your go-to source for information on exciting festivals, street fairs, concerts, performances, exhibitions and other gatherings and experiences across the Pacific Northwest.

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March 25 – May 1, Vancouver
Cirque du Soleil present Alegria
An iconic Cirque du Soleil production, Alegría, is reimagined for a new generation to fall in love with. An uplifting immersive experience, Alegría whisks audiences away to a mystical world sprinkled with visual poetry and acrobatic extravagance. Under the Big Top, Concord Pacific Place.

April 20-21, Vancouver
Apocalyptica: Cell-O Tour
This Finnish symphonic metal band from Helsinki, Finland was originally a Metallica classical tribute band. They eventually adopted a neoclassical metal style without the use of conventional guitars. Commodore Ballroom.

April 22-24, Vancouver
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in Concert
Part one of the epic finale Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. CineConcerts presents the beginning of Harry’s most important battle yet, with the full film accompanied by a live symphony orchestra. Orpheum Theatre,

May 5–15, Vancouver (Hybrid)
DOXA Film Festival
DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries. Various venues, 604.646.3200,

May 16–22, Vancouver
Vancouver International Wine Festival
VanWineFest is Canada’s premier wine show. Vancouver Convention Centre West, 604-872-6623,

May 20–22, 27–29, Whistler
Whistler Children’s Festival
This long-standing, family event offers two weekends of activities and entertainment for kids and families with arts and crafts, dance parties, yoga, face painting, circus acts, magic shows and children’s performers

June 8–Sept. 24, Vancouver
Bard on the Beach
Western Canada’s largest not-for-profit, professional Shakespeare Festival. The festival’s 33rd Season includes productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Harlem Duet by Djanet Sears, and Romeo and Juliet. Vanier Park. (604) 737-0625

June 21, Whistler
National Indigenous Peoples Day at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler hosts authentic Indigenous cultural sharing, tours and performances from the Squamish Nation and Lil’wat Nation to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. (604) 964 0990

June 24–26, Vancouver
Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival
False Creek, 604 688 2382,

June 24–July 3, Vancouver
Vancouver International Jazz Festival


All of April, across the state
Idaho Craft Beer Month events
The Pints up Idaho event kicks off on April 7th with specials and celebrations at participating breweries around the state.

May 7-8, Riggins
Annual Riggins Rodeo
Watch bronc riding, team roping, bull riding, barrel racing, and other rodeo events. Enjoy family friendly activities like the cowboy breakfast, parade and Stick Horse Race. (208) 628 -4084,

May 12-15, Payette
Payette Apple Blossom Festival
This annual festival offers free concerts and family-friendly activities, including one of the largest carnivals in the area, live music, a parade, and fireworks. (208) 739 – 3905,

May 14, Caldwell
Taste of Caldwell Wine Festival
Caldwell is known as Idaho’s Wine Country. During this festival, enjoy wine tastings with food and learn about the agricultural impact of the area’s wine industry. (208) 649 -5010,

May 28-29, St. Maries
Race the Joe! Jet Boat Races
Enjoy fast, thrilling jet boat river racing with the best as racers from the USA, Canada, and even New Zealand compete for the fastest overall time (208) 245 – 3563,

June 11-12, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Renaissance Faire
Two days of chivalry, excitement, live entertainment, demonstrations, and medieval fighting, including jousting tournaments.

June 15-18, Emmett
Emmett Cherry Festival
Enjoy live entertainment at the old-fashioned bandshell, tasty food, arts and crafts, carnival rides, and your fill of fresh cherries and cherry treats. (208) 365-3485,

Jun 21-25, Weiser
National Oldtime Fiddlers’ Contest & Festival
Watch talented fiddlers compete and join in a friendly jam session. The festival is packed with entertainment, a carnival, parade, and city-wide fun. (208) 414-0255,


April 21-24, Burns
Harney County Migratory Bird Festival
View thousands of migratory birds passing through Oregon’s high desert on the Pacific Flyway with fellow bird enthusiasts.

May 1–31, Willamette Valley
Oregon Wine Month
During May – Oregon Wine Month – the entire state joins in commemoration of the beloved industry with special events and offers. Various locations.

May 13–14, McMinnville
UFO Festival
This annual alien jubilee ranks second in popularity only to the UFO festival in Roswell, New Mexico. Oregon’s celebration features days full of parades, costume contests, expert speakers, and family fun. McMinnville.

May 18-22, Florence
115th Rhododendron Festival
The festival kicks off with an amusement carnival mid-week and rolls into the weekend with live music and dancing on Friday. Weekend activities include parades, a flower show spotlighting specimen rhododendrons, a car show, an arts and craft fair, 5K run, carnival, and more.

May 27–June 26, Portland
Portland Rose Festival
Portland Rose Festival is back, continuing the annual tradition which has been celebrated for more than a century, with more than 60 events from parades and carnival rides to art shows and dragon boat races.

May 28, Portland
TEDxPortland is the largest TEDx event in the world and is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The day includes notable and inspiration speakers, local food vendors and a pop-up marketplace. Mode Center.

May 28, Eugene
Eugene Scottish Festival
Highlights of this annual festival include bagpipes, harps, championship fiddling, dancers, a Scottish museum, food, a dog parade, and a kids’ area.

June 17–19, Astoria
Scandinavian Midsummer Festival
Three days of Scandinavian traditions. Over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain. Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.

June 23–25, Pendleton
Jackalope Jamboree
A three-day music festival featuring over 18 bands on 2 stages.

June 25–26, Lincoln City
Summer Kite Festival
Held on the beach at the D River State Recreation Site, the annual Summer Kite Festival offers two days of kite-flying activities.


May 3–22, Spokane
“Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring the Lin-Manuel Miranda score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, First Interstate Center for the Arts.

May 7, 21 Bellingham
Bellingham Dockside Market
Bellingham Dockside Marke is the hub for local fishers in and out of Squalicum Harbor to sell their catch and harvest directly to the public. Markets are the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Squalicum Harbor, Gate 5. (360) 676-2500,

May 7 and 31, Friday Harbor
Salish Sea Early Music Festival
The program includes music composed collaboratively by guitarist Louis Ange Carpentras and flutist Antoine Tranquille Berbiguier, along with works by guitarist Mauro Giuliani, flutist Theodor Gaude, and one of the first modern-day performances of a sonata for flute and Russian 7-string guitar by Czech guitarist Ignaz von Held. Brickworks.

May 8, 27, Tukwila
Seattle Seawolves rugby
The two-time Major League Rugby (MLR) champion, take on the Dallas Jackals May 8 and the Houston SaberCats May 27. Starfire Stadium.

May 17, Bellingham
CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival
See films directed by women from around the world during the sixth annual four-day film festival. This year’s festival includes 32 films by women from 12 different countries as well as parties and panel discussions with the filmmakers. Pickford Film Center. (360) 543-0149,

May 17, Seattle
Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Cosmic Perspective
Explore the cosmic perspective with world-renowned expert Neil deGrasse Tyson. Paramount Theater. (206) 682- 1414,

May 17 and June 21, Tumwater
Riverwalk Tumwater Tour
Led by Public History Manager Don Trosper, experience the heritage of Tumwater on a one-hour free tour that covers a ½ mile loop trail along the beautiful Deschutes River and its falls; the focal point of this first permanent U.S. community in what is now the State of Washington. (360) 754-4160,

May 17 and June 21, Tumwater
Dina Martina
Packed with ludicrous song, horrifying stories, and overburdened costumes, Dina Martina’s shows are impossible to describe, other than that they have become synonymous with jaw-dropping pathos and mind-blowing comedy. The Triple Door. (206) 838-4333,

May 19–22, Leavenworth (Hybrid)
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest
The Wenatchee River Institute (WRI) and NCW Audubon Society host the 20th annual Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest to celebrate the return of migratory birds.
Wenatchee River Institute, (509) 548-0181,

May 19–21, Everett
Fisherman’s Village Music Festival
Everett’s homegrown music festival brings local, national, and international indie music acts to intimate downtown venues and outdoor stages. A Night Market offers quality handmade crafts from local artisans.

May 20–22, Poulsbo
Viking Fest, Viking Fest Tour, and Brew Fest
Celebrate Norway’s Constitution Day (May 17) with a weekend festival that includes a parade, food & vendor booths, a carnival with rides, and a donut-eating contest. The Viking Tour (May 22) is a group ride on the Kitsap Peninsula with three different routes that start and finish in historic Poulsbo. The Viking Tour Brew Fest is new for 2022 and will include beer, wine, and cider from local producers, as well as food trucks. Downtown Poulsbo/Centennial Park.

May 21, Long Beach Peninsula
Music in the Gardens
Tour spectacular private coastal gardens all along the Long Beach Peninsula. 2022 highlight: The Oysterville Gardens. (360) 642-2400,

May 21, Seattle, Virtual
Festal: A Glimpse of China – Chinese Culture and Arts Festival
A showcase of traditional and contemporary influences of a resilient nation. Engage in this ancient culture through folk dances, artwork, martial arts, tasty foods, and tea. Virtual. (206) 684-7200,

May 21–22, Tacoma
Tacoma Guitar and Drum Festival
Buy, sell, or trade new, used, and vintage instruments. Hundreds of guitars, amps and other gear will be displayed. Events include guitar and drum workshops, artist performances, and signings. Tacoma Dome. (253) 272-3663,

May 21–22, Leavenworth
Live Chainsaw Carving
Professional chainsaw carvers create large-scale, German-inspired carvings as part of Leavenworth’s month-long Maifest celebration. Front Street. (509) 548-5807,

May 21–22, Seattle
U District Street Fair
Celebrating its 50th consecutive year. Originally a blanket-vending event with free live music, the U District Street Fair is now a regional event that features, arts, craft, entertainment, food, and drink. University District. (206) 633-0422,

May 22, Yakima
Brubeck Brothers: Dave Brubeck Centennial Celebration
2020 marks the Centennial Year of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. To celebrate his life and legacy, Dave’s sons Chris and Dan Brubeck curate a multimedia show with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet. The Season Performance Hall. (509) 453-1888.

May 22, Yakima
Your Canyon for a Day Bike Tour at the Yakima River Canyon
A 35-mile round trip ride through the scenic Yakima River Canyon. The road follows the Yakima River up a gentle grade with few hills. The highway will be closed to thru traffic. Ellensburg and Yakima start areas.

27–29, Leavenworth
Leavenworth Cider Sip
The 2nd annual Cider Sip and Tour of Leavenworth. Registration includes a passport, cider glass, and tokens for cider tastings around town. Part of Leavenworth’s month-long Maifest celebration. Downtown Leavenworth. (509) 548-5807,

May 27–30, Seattle
Folklife Festival
The festival’s 2022 Cultural Focus, “Metamorphosis: In with the Old, In with the New,” celebrates people’s natural propensity for change. Thousands of musicians, culture-bearers, and other artists perform on 25 stages alongside hundreds of food and craft vendors. Seattle Center and Virtual.

May 28–29, Leavenworth
Leavenworth Alphorn Celebration
A weekend of alphorn concerts and performances, hosted by the Leavenworth Alphorn Association, and featuring participants of the Northwest Alphorn Workshop. Front Street Park & Gazebo. (509) 548-3494,

May 28–29, Brinnon
Brinnon Shrimpfest
The Brinnon community’s annual Shrimpfest celebrates Hood Canal Spot Shrimp and other local seafood. Craft and food booths. North of Brinnon, Highway 101 & Hjelvicks Road,

May 28–Sept. 5, Seattle
Ansel Adams: Masterworks
Ansel Adams profoundly influenced the course of 20th century photography through the example of his lavish and technically precise images, as well as by his devotion to advancing photography as an art form with his uniquely innovative approach to the medium. Museum of History & Industry (206) 324-1126,

May 28, Walla Walla
Chris Izak and Lyle Lovett concert
Wine Country Amphitheater, Veterans Memorial Golf Course,

May 28, Bellingham
Centennial Whatcom Memorial Day Parade
After a two-year hiatus, the Bellingham community comes together again to, “Celebrate our Communities and Honor our Heroes.” This year also marks the 100th Anniversary of the Parade. (360) 318-7521, Begins corner of Alabama Street and Cornwall Avenue,

May 28, Tokeland
Art Studio Tour and Auction
Visit the studios of many artists residing along Toke Point and art vendors on the grounds of the historic Tokeland Hotel. Auction benefits local school art program. (360) 642-2400,

May 28, June 25, Blaine
Blaine Art Studio Tour
Artists from Blaine will open their homes studios to the public, giving people a chance to see how they work and learn more about their art. (360) 332-6484,

May 29, Bellingham
Ski to Sea
The original multisport relay race, from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay, and the largest annual event in Bellingham and Whatcom County. The race is 93 miles, has 7 legs and 15 divisions are offered for teams of 3-8 racers. Teammates and spectators await finishing racers in Bellingham’s Marine Park. (360) 746-8861,

May 30, Long Beach
Live entertainment, family fun activities, food trucks and more throughout the festive downtown and on Veterans’ Field. (360) 777-1226.

May 31-June 19, Seattle
The Prom
The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all. The 5th Avenue. (206) 625- 1418,

June 1-12, Seattle
Air Play
In Air Play, umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. No translation necessary in this circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air. Great for all ages. Seattle Center Children’s Theater, (206) 443-0807,

June 3-4, Orcas Island
Orcas Island Lit Festival
An annual celebration of literature and community brings together renowned authors and avid readers for two days of panels, readings, live music, and children’s events that highlight the literary culture of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Orcas Center.

June 4-5, San Juan Island
San Juan Island Artists’ Studio Tour
A free self-guided tour of artists’ workshops and studios on San Juan Island. Works include prints, paintings, ceramics, glass, jewelry, photography, sculpture, and fiber. Various locations.

June 4, Long Beach
45th Running of Beach to Chowder 5K & 10K
Run/Walk on hard-pack sand along the ocean surf. 10K runners enjoy part of the beautiful Discovery Trail. Race entry includes a steaming bowl of chowder near the finish line. World’s Longest Beach Arch at the Bolstad beach approach. (360) 642-2400.

June 4-5, Seattle (Virtual)
Festal: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
Celebrating Philippine independence from colonial rule and the strength of Filipino identity. This festival reveals the beauty and strength of the Filipino culture through art, history, music, martial arts, literature, and a youth drill team. Virtual for 2022. (206) 684-7200,

June 4-5, Spokane
Lilac City Comicon
Cosplay while you peruse over 250 exhibitors crammed into 65,000 square feet. You will be able to browse & buy comics plus all kinds of related products. Spokane Convention Center,

June 6, Spokane
New Kids on the Block: The Mix Tape Tour
New Kids on the Block are joined by Salt-n-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue to bring back the early 1990s. Spokane Arena

June 7-12, Seattle
Broadway at the Paramount: Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Paramount Theatre. (888) 451- 4042,

June 9, Bellingham
2nd Annual Orca Golf Classic
Hosted by Whatcom Community College Athletics, all funds go to varsity athletic programs. Sudden Valley Golf Course, (360) 383-3107,

June 10-12, Kirkland
Kirklandia Waterfront Festival
Kirklandia Washington wine tasting and the CIDER SMASH Northwest cider tasting, with over 100 Washington craft wines, ciders, and beers. Plus, a street market filled with arts & crafts, street food market, Tiki Taco Throwdown, entertainment, games, and foolishness. Kirkland Waterfront.

June 10-11, Prosser
Bottles, Brews, Barbecues in Prosser’s Vintner’s Village
A spirited barbecue showcase with live music, tasty BBQ, and more. (21+). Cabernet Court.

June 10-12, Naches
Chinook Fest 2022
Unplug for a weekend of music, camping, local craft beer, wine, food, and artisans. Featuring some of the best national and regional Americana, Roots Rock, and Outlaw Country artists including The Band of Heathers, Quaker City Night Hawks Hannah Dasher, Hillstomp and Massy Ferguson. Jim Sprick Community Park on the Naches River, on scenic Chinook Pass (SR 410)

June 10-12, Everett
Celebrate all things horticultural, including gardens and garden art in downtown Everett. Enjoy live music, vendor booths, and more plant varieties than you know what to do with. Local TV celebrity Ciscoe Morris will even be on hand to answer your green thumb questions. Legion Park.

June 11, Seattle
Festal: Indigenous People Festival
Celebrate American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in the Pacific Northwest through a blending of traditional and contemporary music, dance, drama, and arts. Seattle Center. (206) 684-7200,

June 12, Olympia
Downtown Sea Stroll with the Estuarium
Learn how the cultural and ecological history of Olympia’s historic shoreline intertwine during a Sea Stroll walking tour. Starting from the Estuarium, the tour loops around the downtown core to track the historic changes to Olympia’s shoreline. (360) 915-0773,

June 16-19, Leavenworth
Leavenworth International Accordion Festival
The Northwest Accordion Society returns with competitions, performances, workshops, jam sessions and the delightful Accordion Parade. Front Street Gazebo & Leavenworth Festhalle. (206) 622-4786,

June 17-19, Edmonds
Edmonds Arts Festival
Free live entertainment, a juried gallery art exhibition and sale, a juried student art exhibit, hundreds of artists selling their work, and a hands-on children’s art activity area. Edmonds.

June 17-19, Seattle
Festal: Festival Sundiata presents Black Arts Fest
Black Arts Fest celebrates sharing the profound stories of African Americans through an entertainment-packed weekend featuring hip hop, dance, gospel, visual arts, soul food, exhibits and a marketplace. Seattle Center.

June 18, Snohomish
Evergreen Half Marathon
Run or walk 13.1 miles starting in historic Downtown Snohomish before hitting the scenic Centennial Trail. This large event regularly draws over a thousand runners to this charming riverside town at the beginning of summer.

June 18, Lynden
Lynden Tractor Trot
Welcome the summer with a 5k/10k run/walk in Lynden on Father’s Day. Start and finish by City Park at Forge Fitness. (360) 815-2042,

June 18, Camano Island
Soap Box Derby Race
A family-friendly competition for children aged 7-17 with more than 200 races in one day. Racers compete in either the stock or super-stock division based on their age.

June 18, Prosser
Prosser Scottish Fest and Highland Games
During Central Washington’s Highland Games kids enjoy games such as Highland golf, sheep toss and face painting while adults can participate in Celtic crafts, the anvil launch, a bonny knees contest, music and more.

June 18, Poulsbo
Midsummer Festival
The festival includes a pole raising (Maistang), Norwegian street food and Scandinavian vendors, and culminates with the annual bonfire and the Viking King’s Summer Solstice Proclamation. Sons of Norway; Waterfront Park.

June 18, Poulsbo
Footprints Across Poulsbo
Poulsbo’s history comes alive on a 2.2-mile route around Little Norway, including history-tellers recalling its earliest days along with the vision of its future along Liberty Bay. Liberty Bay Waterfront Park.

June 18, Port Orchard
Ride the Tide Annual Rendezvous
The Ride the Tide paddle is about six miles and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Starting at the Tracyton Boat Ramp, the group paddles through the Port Washington Narrows with the current and finishes at the boat ramp in Port Orchard.

June 18-19, Tumwater/Olympia
Olympic Airshow
Hosted by the Olympic Flight Museum, the Olympic Airshow features aerobatic demonstrations as well as exhibit aircraft from the museum collection. Vendors and youth activities make this weekend long event one for all ages. Olympia Regional Airport. (360) 705-3925,

June 18-19, Seattle
Fremont Fair
The fair takes over 6 city blocks of the iconic Fremont Neighborhood during Solstice Weekend and ushers in summer with multiple stages of live music, 300+ craft vendors, beer gardens, art cars, a Dog Parade, (painted) naked bike riders, and much more. Fremont. (206) 649- 6706.

June 21-22, Lacey
Lacey Spring Fun Fair
Two days of free fun with games, inflatables, live entertainment, and more. Attendees can also purchase items from arts & crafts and food vendors. On Saturday meet the Dinosaurs of Dino Crew NW and on Sunday, enjoy the annual car show. (360) 742-9957,

June 25, Seattle
Festal: Seattle Iranian Festival
Deepening community and understanding for the rich culture of Iran with Persian poetry, tea, modern music, and traditional dance. Seattle Center.

June 25, Yakima
Yakima Roots and Vines Festival 2022
Nationally acclaimed Bluegrass and Americana bands, Yakima Valley’s famous craft beverages, and local food vendors. Six consecutive hours of live music on Historic North Front Street Downtown Yakima.

June 25, Lacey
Lacey Polyfest hosted by Polynesian Association of Thurston County
Celebrate the vibrant Polynesian community with the Polynesian Association of Thurston County.

June 25-26, Spokane
Hoopfest is the largest 3 on 3 outdoor basketball tournament on earth. More than 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, and 225,000 fans pack 45 downtown city blocks for two days. Downtown Spokane.

June 26, Bellingham
Family Promise of Whatcom County Bed Race
Bed Race Teams need 5 people: four bed runners, plus 1 bed rider. Bed are four wheels on a bed frame with a twin, full, or queen mattress – plus decorations. The racetrack is about 100 yards and consists of one turn on a horseshoe shaped track. Funds raised help Whatcom families experiencing homelessness. Civic Field Parking Lot. (360) 734-3983,

June 26, Olympia
Downtown Bird Walk with the Estuarium
The Estuarium hosts a 2-hour, 2-mile walk around downtown Olympia on the lookout for birds. A tour of the Estuarium facility is included. (360) 915-0773,

June 28-July 24, Bellingham
Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre
Bellingham TheatreWorks, The Firehouse Arts and Events Center, and the Historic Fairhaven Association present three plays on the theme of “You’ll Understand When You’re Younger,” exploring the tragedies and triumphs of growing up. Three plays perform in repertory six nights a week for four weeks. (360) 296-1753, Firehouse Arts and Events Center.

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