Summer is finally coming to a close, which means it’s time to take advantage of those last few sunny weekends while you can! Across the city, the season’s celebrations and festivities continue with music festivals, the state fair and several beer festivals! If you’re looking for things to do in Seattle this September, uncover the Emerald City’s most anticipated events with our definitive list!

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Bumbershoot – September 1-3

The original Seattle music festival, Bumbershoot delivers an incredible lineup every year and this time around is no exception. Big name headliners such as Flume, The Roots and Weezer will keep the speakers blasting under the Space Needle all weekend long.

Washington State Fair – September 1-24 (closed Tuesdays)

Cotton candy! Pie eating contests! Rollercoasters! The Washington State Fair is an annual tradition for many locals and a can’t-miss event for good old-fashioned family fun. Be sure to stop by the barbecue stand and follow it up with some Fisher scones for dessert, extra jam please!

Cider Summit Seattle – September 8-9

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Get a taste of the region’s favorite ciders at Cider Summit Seattle, which brings more than 150 artisanal hard ciders from around the world to South Lake Union. Sip on fresh, crisp classics, new brews and even cider cocktails at this outdoor weekend cider carnival.

Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival – September 9

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Catch whiffs of international cuisines as you make your way among more than 30 food trucks at the Night Market & Autumn Moon Festival in Seattle’s Chinatown district. Enjoy a wealth of food complemented by an outdoor market featuring handmade local goods, then dance the night away at the all-ages dance party at Union Station Plaza.

Hops & Crops – September 16

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Catch soul, rock and folk tunes while you sip a local brew at this year’s Hops & Crops music and beer festival. Located outdoors at the picturesque Mary Olson Farm in Auburn, it’s the perfect introduction to fall’s flavors. Grab a frosty glass foaming with Georgetown Brewing’s Manny’s pale ale or a crisp Schilling hard cider.

Luminata Parade of Lights – September 21

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Ring in the autumnal equinox on September 21st and join in the illuminating Luminata lantern parade for a night of sparkling color, drums and dancing. Make your way around Green Lake, then stop at the Secret Banquet near the Bathhouse for live music and hot cider.

Fremont Oktoberfest – September 22-24

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What better way to celebrate the first weekend of fall than at the Fremont Oktoberfest festival? Keep your stein full with more than 80 brews, enjoy live music and a must-see furry frenzy, the beloved Dogtoberfest!

Fishermen’s Fall Festival – September 23

Welcome the North Pacific fishing fleet’s return to Seattle at this year’s Fishermen’s Fall Festival! Relax in the beer garden and bite into fresh Northwest seafood staples such as salmon barbecue, crab bisque, cod tacos and more. Stick around for the Oyster Slurp contest presented by Taylor Shellfish Farms as well as survival suit races and free Ship Canal tours aboard an Argosy cruise!

Great Pumpkin Beer Festival – September 29-30

Raise a glass to fall at the Great Pumpkin Beer Festival and sip from more than 80 pumpkin beers from near and far! Orange is the theme, so dress accordingly, then make your way to the Seattle Center and enjoy live DJs, local food trucks, fall festivities and a gigantic carved pumpkin, tapped at the fest for all to enjoy!

Argosy Boatoberfest – September 30

With Seattle’s gorgeous waterways and affection for beer, a nautical Oktoberfest makes perfect sense. Enter Boatoberfest, a spirited cruise to Blake Island aboard Argosy’s Goodtime II! Feast on a Bavarian themed buffet meal at Tillicum Village and use tasting tokens for local and imported brews courtesy of Pike Brewing and Black Raven, among others.

In-between these exciting events, don’t forget to wander towards SoDo and check out this month’s at-home Seahawks games! Or, if you’re more of a coffee fan, the autumnal equinox is the perfect time to duck into a café and switch back to your regularly scheduled latte, hold the ice! There are plenty of ways to end the summer in the Emerald City this month, let us know what you’ll be doing in the comments section below!

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Clipper Recommends:

  • Ease the early fall chill with a Seattle Coffee Tour, which includes coffee cuppings at four local cafes and roasteries.
  • Enjoy the last few weekends of summer on the Salish Sea with a whale watching trip aboard the San Juan Clipper!


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