Top 10 Events in Washington, WA Events and Festivals of Washington

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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival
Skagit Valley, Washington

Each year, Skagit Valley celebrates the spring season of flowers from the daffodils in late March to the tulips in April and the the irises and lilies in May.

More than 1 million visitors come to see over 300 acres of brightly colored tulips and to enjoy the festivities in places like La Conner and Mount Vernon. Attractions include the Tulip Festival Street Fair, Tulip Parade, Kiwanas Club Salmon BBQ, art shows and quilt Walk.

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle’s traditional summer festival, Seafair is a month-long, region-wide barbecue that brings an entire community together in celebration. A community event for over 58 years, Seafair is the largest festival in the Northwest region hosting a miriad of events throughout the summer ranging from a Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake to the Seafair Triathlon at Lake Washington.

Events include parades, Miss Seafair, the Navy and Coast Guard, amateur athletics, airplanes and of course, boat racing, culminating with the Unlimited Hydroplane races and Air Show.

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Raspberry Festival
Lynden, Washington

Lynden, often referred to as "A Little Bit of Holland", celebrates the largest harvest of raspberries in North America with the annual Raspberry Festival complete with a benefit golf tournament, children's activities in downtown Lynden, raspberries and ice cream sundaes, jazz music and a basketball tournament.

Other attractions include petting zoos & wagon rides,wine tasting, the "Berry Fair" Street Market & Sidewalk Sale, the “Razz & Shine” cruise-in car show. and an “all you can eat” raspberry pancake breakfast !

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Washington State International Kite Festival
Long Beach, Washington

Voted best kite festival in the world by Kite Trade Association International, the WSIKF is a weeklong kite celebration and competition that boasts skies ablaze with color, high flying action and choreographed movement. Washington’s Kite Festival draws famous kite fliers from all around the world, and tens of thousands awed spectators, many of which participate in the fun with their own kite flying adventures.

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National Lentil Festival
Late summer
Pullman, Washington

The National Lentil Festival draws people from all over the country to enjoy fun activities and a diverse assortment of lentil culinary delights. The lentil is a small, lens-shaped legume and approximately two-thirds of the lentils in the United States are grown in the Palouse region.

Since 1989, the National Lentil Festival has celebrated this wonderful little legume with an evening of activities in downtown Pullman and Festival Saturday is held all day in Reaney Park and in various locations throughout Pullman.

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Seattle, Washington

The 3-day urban event, Seattle’s premier music and art festival, takes place on Labor Day Weekend). The Festival stretches across the 74-acre Seattle Center, located beneath the city’s iconic Space Needle, and programs 20 indoor and unique outdoor venues. This progressive Festival features a diverse array of arts including live music, comedy, theatre, dance, film, urban crafts, and literary and visual arts.

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Ellensburg Rodeo
August / September
Ellensburg, Washington

One of the "old rodeos", the Ellensburg Rodeo has earned its place as one of America's Top 25 professional rodeos. Started in 1923 the rodeo has grown from a local competition among ranch hands to the Professional event of today with over 500 contestants and prize money in excess of $250,000! Today's best riders, ropers, and wrestlers compete in what many consider to be the best rodeo arena in the nation.

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Pig Out in the Park
August / September
Spokane, Washington

Spokane’s favorite food and entertainment event for more than 28 years, Pig Out in the Park offers 6 days of 75 Free concerts, more than 225,000 servings of food, desserts, beverages and treats from over 42 food booths and three adult beverage gardens.

Staged in beautiful downtown Spokane in Riverfront Park, the festival begins on Wednesday at noon, and continues until the end of the day on Monday.

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Puyallup Fair
Puyallup, Washington

The Puyallup Fair (once officially known as the Western Washington Fair) is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The Fair continually ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the world. The Western Washington Fair Association hosts two annual events, the 17-day Puyallup Fair every September, and the four-day Puyallup Spring Fair every April.

Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Fair & Events Center comprises 169+ acres, with buildings and land valued at more than $54 million.

When it began in 1900 it attracted over 20,000 visitors. Today, the Puyallup Fair draws more than a million people from across the state and the USA.

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The Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival
July / August
Snoqualmie, Washington

A tradition for seven years, the non-profit, Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival showcases Pacific Northwest musical talent at Snoqualmie Pass with fun-filled, family-oriented events that take place outdoors at the Summit at Snoqualmie's Central Ski Area Plaza.

Snoqualmie Pass Music Festival concerts are free to the public.

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