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The best in urban recreation, arts and culture, sports, dining and shopping is just outside our front doors in downtown Seattle. Outdoor activities abound both in and around the city, including biking, hiking, skiing, boating and whale watching and many more. Seattle is a city with a strong culture of the arts, offering symphony, opera, ballet and professional theatre.

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A thriving music scene exists here, with local and national acts playing in small clubs and major event venues. Seattle also hosts national sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer and women’s basketball.

The city offers an array of annual events that are locally and nationally appealing, drawing huge crowds year after year. The Boat Show, Bite of Seattle, Seafair Festival, Pride Parade, Bumbershoot music festival, Northwest Folklife Festival and numerous film festivals are a tribute to Seattle’s cultural diversity.

Foodies and casual diners alike will delight in Seattle’s culinary offerings. Waterfront dining, informal bistros, historic restaurants, stall vendors at Pike Place Market and the mobile truck trend have all contributed to a city known for excellent cuisine and memorable dining experiences. Award-winning chefs and restaurants abound in each of the city’s distinctive neighborhoods.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle! You may find the following resources helpful as you plan your stay.

Events
Guide - Events - Best of the City

Bumbershoot

305 Harrison St, 206-684-7200

Description: Usher in autumn at the annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. World-famous artists as well as local stars gather each Labor Day weekend to put on the best concerts, comedy shows, theater and spoken word performances, and visual art exhibits. Previous performers include Sheryl Crow, Modest Mouse, Katy Perry, David Cross, and Jane's Addiction.
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Earshot Jazz Festival

various venues, Seattle, WA

Description: There are many reasons why this excellent festival has been around for decades, but its consistently interesting (and long) list of performers has a lot to do with Earshot's longevity. From classic styles to fresher, cutting-edge sounds, the festival showcases a wide range of jazz and its myriad offshoots. In addition to all the ear candy, attendees can catch films, art, poetry, and readings over the two-and-a-half weeks.
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Festa Italiana

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

Description: Abbondanza! It's an apt description of Italy's rich culture and the amazing array of sense-indulging things found at this celebration of all things Italiana. Celebrity chefs make mouthwatering selections, and there's plenty of pizza, pasta, prosciutto, salumi, focaccia, gelato, and espresso. Throughout the month there are various events: the Festa Italiana Mass, the Festa Downtown Luncheon, and the Festa \\\"Taste of Italy\\\" and the annual Italian Festival at the Seattle Center. You'll also find art, craft, dance, opera, grape stomping, and bocce tournaments. Salute!
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Macy's Holiday Parade

7th Ave, Downtown, Seattle, WA 98101

Description: Macy's is always a strong presence in holiday celebrations, and this wonderful parade only cements its association. Downtown Seattle is treated to lots of color, motion, and merriment as participants make their way from 7th Avenue to the Macy's store itself. As if that amount of spectacle weren't enough, at 5pm in Westlake Park, folks are treated to a star-lighting and to fireworks. Great for the little ones!
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Moisture Festival

700 Union St, Kreielsheimer Place, Seattle, WA 98101 206-292-7676

Description: Come share a thrill at Seattle's annual Moisture Festival. During the day, enjoy various comedy and varieté shows involving aerialists, dancers, jugglers, tap dancers, can can girls, and more. Then at night, put the kids to bed and enjoy saucy burlesque shows performed by some of the nation's most famous and talented burlesque dancers. Some performances take place at Hale's Palladium, at the back of Hale's Brewery (4301 Leary Way NW).
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Northwest Flower and Garden Show

800 Convention Pl, Seattle, WA 98101 206-694-5000

Description: This is the event of the year for green thumbs, master gardeners, and novices alike. Under one roof, you'll find six acres of gorgeous gardens and plant and flower exhibits created by the Pacific Northwest's top florists, horticulturalists, and landscape designers. More than 300 vendors sell all the latest garden gadgets, as well as the tried-and-true favorites, along with a huge variety of plants. Seminars (free with admission) cover virtually every gardening topic, from transplanting and organic gardening to xeriscaping and pruning; experts are on hand to answer questions about ikebana, bonsai, fruit and vegetable gardening, trees, and container gardening.
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Seafair

various venues, Seattle, WA

Description: One of the city's oldest and longest-running festivals, Seafair began in 1950 as a tribute to Seattle's 100th anniversary. The schedule includes festivals and events throughout the Puget Sound area, over the course of about five weeks. Favorites include the Milk Carton Derby (a boat race with vessels crafted from milk cartons), an air show featuring the US Navy's Blue Angels, a parade, bike race, triathlon and hydroplane races. In addition, you can see the festival's signature clowns, catch the crowning of Miss Seafair, and watch or take part in a host of other events too numerous to mention.
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Seattle Cheese Festival

1502 Pike Pl, Seattle, WA 98101

Description: Cheese, glorious cheese! Offering creamy to crumbly, sharp to nutty, and everything in-between, this festival rolls out wheel after wheel of more than 200 local and international artisanal varieties to sample and purchase. It's not all about eating though. There's also a competition between local restaurant owners and the Granite City Curlers to see who can roll those wheels across the cobblestones of Pike Place Market the fastest. Say what you will, but definitely say CHEESE!
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Seattle Pride Parade

Union St and 4th Ave, Seattle, WA

Description: The Seattle Pride Parade is the city's second largest with attendance surpassing 200,000. The parade begins at the corner of Union Street and 4th Avenue, and proceeds down 4th Avenue to Denny Way. About 150 groups participate, with prizes for the best float. A highlight of the weekend's PrideFest, which takes place at the Seattle Center.
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World Rhythm Festival

305 Harrison, Seattle, WA 98109 206-684-7200

Description: World Rhythm Festival celebrates the joy of music -- not just listening to it, but making it, specifically drumming. Three days of workshops and percussion jam sessions, led by teachers and musicians from around the world. Bring along your own drum (any kind, any size) and join in! No drum? No problem -- you can rent or buy one on-site, and other percussion instruments are more than welcome.
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