Things to Do in Seattle Before the End of Summer

Lifestyle | Aug 05, 2019


A Cider Expert in a fruited headband pours a taster out of a barrel at the Cider Summit in Seattle Washington.
A Cider Expert in a fruited headband pours a taster out of a barrel at the Cider Summit in Seattle Washington.

Another summer is almost in the books. It can be a bit of a drag to know that pool time, extra-long days and barbecues are ending, and back-to-school is upon us. That means it’s time to squeeze the most out of what’s left and enjoy that extra bit of summer that lingers into September. Luckily there are still plenty of things to do, places to go and festivals to see in the Seattle area. Here are a few ideas to get you started, ranging from the unique to the mainstream, from the old standbys to the newcomers.

Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire

For three weekends in August (3rd – 18th) you can channel your inner knight, fairy, pirate, troll or just come for the turkey legs.  As a Griffis Residential resident, you get 25% off your ticket! Check your resident portal or contact the office to receive your resident promo code. More information and tickets prices here.

Big Day of Play

Thrown every year by Seattle Parks and Recreation, this free event includes food trucks, outdoor activities, music, street games, car show and more. This year’s event is August 17th, and you can find out more here.

UFO Festival

Make first contact at the Burien UFO Festival on August 24th from 5 pm to 10 pm. This fun local event features alien costume contests, kids’ activities, live music and guest speakers.

Free Admission to State Parks

Every August 25th, to celebrate the National Parks Service’s birthday, you can get free admission to any Washington state park. So go hiking, fishing, shellfishing, boating or picnicking without the fee. Find out about other free days.

Cider Summit Seattle

If you’re looking for an adults’ day out, September 6th and 7th you can choose from over 150 ciders and fermented fruit beverages at Cider Summit Seattle. Tickets start at $25, and you can buy them at the event website

First Thursday

On the first Thursday of every month, many Seattle-area museums offer free admission to everyone, including the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, the Museum of Flight and the Seattle Art Museum. More information here.

Celebrate at Home

With summer coming to a close, why not relish the warm weather simply at home? Have a cornhole tournament with the family. Play board games out on the deck or have a barbecue with neighbors and friends.

Whatever you decide to do, get the most out of these beautiful days. Coats and sweaters will be back before you know it, so enjoy the rest of summer!