Washington Events and Festivals
Washington offers great events and festivals throughout 2013. Check out all of the events here.
Washington Events 2013
June Festivals and Events in Washington
June 1, 2013 15th Annual Bastyr University Herb and Food Fair
The annual community event brings several thousand visitors to the 51-acre campus near the shores of Lake Washington. There will be a variety of educational speakers and workshops, cooking demonstrations, celebrity chefs, live entertainment, homemade food, vendors, garden tours, children’s activities and workshops.
June 1, 2013 Farmers Day Parade 2013 – Lynden, Washington
This long-standing tradition honors the economic and social impact of the agricultural industry on the Lynden area. A parade different from many others, it is filled with commercial and agricultural exhibits and a procession of trucks, tractors, antique cars, and animals mixed with the traditional floats, bands and a variety of children’s entries.
June 8, 2013 5th Annual Fleur de Lis Festival 2013 – Aberdeen, Washington
Celebrating all things French at Westport Winery as the farms 5,000 irises bloom. Cheese from Golden Glen Creamery; Fleur de Lis French Onion Soup; Chocolate; Charcuterie; Wine; French Market, and more.
June 8-13, 2013 Marysville Strawberry Festival – Marysville, Washington
The Marysville Strawberry Festival is one of the oldest continuing festivals held in the State of Washington. Held in Downtown Marysville in beautiful Snohomish County, the Strawberry Festival has many events for the entire family.
June 13-16, 2013 76th Berry Dairy Days Festival – Burlington, Washington
Grand parade, road run, music, strawberry shortcake, salmon BBQ, Berry Cool Car Show and fireworks.
June 14-16, 2013 Washington Brewers Festival – Redmond, Washington
Presented by the Washington Beer Commission. Celebrating Our State’s Great Craft Beer!
June 15-16, 2013 Wild Strawberry Festival – Burien, Washington
We are wild and green! Visit the Sustainable Burien booth to learn how to prune a tree, green clean your home, compost and recycle and pick up some native wild strawberries. Lots of entertainment, bike fair, car show, kids’ activities and shortcake too.
June 15-16, 2013 32nd Annual Northwest Garlic Festival – Ocean Park, Washington
Celebrate the passion for this exalted bulb with the faithful throngs who make their annual pilgrimage to the seaside community of Ocean Park, located on the Long Beach Peninsula. This Garlic Olympics of Gastronomy is not held for the region’s Garlic growing ability–it was born out of love of great, Garlic laden cuisine!
June 21-22, 2013 Gorge Blues & Brews Festival – Stevenson, Washington
The 20th annual event will feature a fine collection of local craft brews and local wines, a multitude of phenomenal foods, and great blues music, while benefiting local charities in the Columbia Gorge.
June 22-23, 2013 Bellevue Strawberry Festival – Bellevue, Washington
We celebrate Strawberries and community on the fourth weekend of June. Entertainment, an auto show, vendors, food, and family fun are all highly visible parts of the festivities. And, you will very likely see a strawberry or two (shortcake eating contests, strawberry flats, chocolate covered strawberries, and much more).
June 28-30, 2013 Taste of Tacoma – Tacoma, Washington
Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma at Point Defiance Park this summer! Features regional restaurants and food companies with entertainment for the whole family.
July Festivals and Events in Washington
July 4, 2013 There are so many events on this day that they are too numerous to list. Virtually every community in the U.S. has a 4th of July celebration.
July 5-7, 2013 SIB: Seattle International Beerfest – Seattle, Washington
SIB Is An Over The Top Beer Festival celebrating the world”s most legendary brewing styles and the nations that made them famous. Come taste over 200 world-class beers from more than 16 countries.
July 6-7, 2013 Cascade Country Cook-Off & Car Show – Chehalis, Washington
Sanctioned by the PNWBA, this Barbecue cook-off has pitmasters from across the northwest vying for a chance to compete at the Jack Daniels Nationals! Food and craft vendors, live music and a killer Car Show round out the weekend!
July 11, 2013 Wine Rocks Seattle – Seattle, Washington
This annual event gets out of the traditional “wine setting” and pairs wine with music and food, creating a unique and fun wine experience. Throughout the evening select Washington winemakers share their passion for both wine and music. Guests will taste amazing wines while rocking out to the performances throughout the evening. More than 30 different Washington wineries will be pouring along with an array of food trucks.
July 11-14, 2013 Toledo Cheese Days – Toledo, Washington
An annual festival in remembrance of a cheese factory that was once part of the community. The celebration includes a frog jumping contest, parade, car show, and, of course, free cheese sandwiches.
July 13, 2013 Bremerton Summer BrewFest – Bremerton, Washington
Downtown Bremerton on Pacific Avenue between Burwell and 6th St. 26 Washington Breweries pouring more than 60 Washington Summer Style Beers.
July 13, 2013 Ohme Wine & Food Gala – Wenatchee, Washington
Ohme Gardens is nationally recognized for their breathtaking views of the Columbia River Valley. It is a photographer’s paradise. Enjoy the views while savoring tastes of wine from 12 Wenatchee Wine Country wineries, paired with food from 12 of the top chefs in North Central Washington, using locally farmed food. Live music will further enhance this lovely evening of food, wine and friends.
July 13-14, 2013 39th Annual Ballard SeafoodFest – Ballard, Washington
Help us celebrate our great community and its Scandinavian and maritime heritage. Feed your inner Viking! Entertainment on three stages, beer & wine gardens, lutefisk eating contest, kids activities and incredible alder smoked salmon barbeque.
July 18-21, 2013 Mule Mania – Dayton, Washington
Events include a chuck wagon cook-off and feed by the NW Branch of the Chuck Wagon Assn., mule & donkey show and competition, beer & wine garden, collectible show, and parade.
July 19-20, 2013 Northwest Raspberry Festival 2013 – Lynden, Washington
Celebrate the largest harvest of raspberries in North America in Lynden, WA! Enjoy luscuous raspberry sundaes, kids’ activities, jazz music, street vendors, basketball tournament, classic cars, 5K run and a raspberry pancake breakfest.
July 19-21, 2013 Kirkland Uncorked – Kirkland, Washington
A regional showcase of art, food and wine on the picturesque shores of Lake Washington, benefiting the Hope Heart Institute, Kirkland Uncorked features artist showrooms, a boat show, dog modeling contest, and a Tasting Garden with grilling demonstrations, wine tasting and live music.
July 19-21, 2013 ‘Bite of Seattle’ Food Festival – Seattle, Washington
The Pacific Northwest’s premier food and beverage showcase with more than 50 restaurants and 30 food product companies. Last year we introduced craft beers in our beer gardens, and it was so popular, we thought we’d go with it! In 2013, we are proud to annouce the Bite Craft Beer Tasting! Nearly 30 brewers from the area will be on site with local beers and ciders.
July 19-21, 2013 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival – Vashon Island, Washington
Celebrating 104 years, the festival offers many strawberry related foods, grand parade, street dance, beer garden, wine & jazz fusion, kids’ carnival, fireman’s water challenge, art, music and more.
July 20-21, 2013 29th Annual Sweet Onion Festival – Walla Walla, Washington
Walla Walla Sweet Onions. Chef demonstrations, Onion Eating Contest, Beer and Wine Garden, Music, Fun, Games, and gooooood onion food!
July 27, 2013 Nights in White Salmon Art & Wine Festival – White Salmon, Washington
Join us for one of the premier summer events in the Columbia River Gorge! The annual “Nights in White Salmon” Art & Wine Fusion is a free event offering a fun-filled evening of exciting, family-friendly activities, great local food, renowned local entertainment, works by local artists, award-winning winemakers offering tastings of their incredible local wines, and all the warmth and beauty of an early summer evening in the Gorge.
July 27-28, 2013 Greenbank Farm Loganberry Festival – Whidbey Island, Washington
We look forward to a weekend packed full with a street dance, music, food, wine tasting (including loganberry wine), beer garden, arts and crafts booths and a loganberry pie eating contest for children. Don’t miss the chocolate & loganberry ice cream bar. Proceeds go to support the historic Greenbank Farm.
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August Festivals and Events in Washington
August 16-17, 2013 The National Lentil Festival
Our area of eastern Washington and northern Idaho, the Palouse Region, grows a quarter of the lentils in the United States. Since its beginning in 1989, the National Lentil Festival has brought national attention to Pullman. The Palouse region of farmlands in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho has a reputation for producing the highest quality lentils in the United States. We think that is worth celebrating.
August 17, 2013 Everett Craft Beer Festival – Everett, Washington
Presented by the Washington Beer Commission. The Inaugural Everett Craft Beer Festival in 2012 featured 27 WA Breweries pouring over 60 different beers.
August 22-Sept 2, 2013 Evergreen State Fair – Monroe, Washington
August 23-25, 2013 17th Annual Chehalis Garlic Fest – Chehalis, Washington
Incredible garlic cuisine, artisans and craft vendors, live music and over 60 varieties of natural garlic. Attendance: 20,000.
August 28-Sept 1, 2013 Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days
Walla Walla, Washington
In the fall of 1866, cowboys and farmers gathered to participate in the first Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days. This western celebration is a tradition in the Valley every Labor Day weekend.
September Festivals and Events in Washington
September 14, 2013 Brady’s World Famous Oyster Feed – Westport, Washington
Oysters served every way you love them! Proceeds benefit clean water and scholarships.
September 20-29, 2013 Central Washington State Fair – Yakima, Washington
For the purpose of promoting, developing, and cultivating an interest in Agriculture and Horticulture in Central Washington.
September 27-28, 2013 4th Annual Spokane Oktoberfest Craft Beer Festival
The 4th Annual Spokane Oktoberfest Craft Beer Festival will welcome 24 Washington craft breweries pouring over 50 different types of beer. Many of the beers will be fall seasonal and Oktoberfest inspired beers. Live music and food will also be part of this celebration of locally produced Washington Beer.
October Festivals and Events in Washington
October 4-6, 2013 Coffee Fest Seattle 2013 – Seattle, Washington
Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.
October 6-7, 2013 Apple Days 2013 – Cashmere, Washington
Apple pie contest, lots of musical entertainment, encampment with flintknapping and gold panning demonstrations, book sale, and tasty homemade goodies. Proceeds benefit the Pioneer Village and Museum.
November Festivals and Events in Washington
November 28, 2013 Thanksgiving Day – Nationwide
All StatesThere are so many events on Thanksgiving Day they are to numerous to list. (4th Thursday in November).
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