The Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau has a full calendar of events at Foodies will want to hit up Taste of Washington (spring for the best of food and wine, as well as Bite of Seattle (July, the Northwest Chocolate Festival (September and Seattle International Beer Fest (July The Seattle International Film Festival presents more than 200 features (May–June

Music lovers have three major events to keep them happy: Bumbershoot (September is Seattle’s premier music festival, packed with major acts, as well as dance and theater, while Northwest Folklife Festival (May is a free, family-friendly event featuring folk music and dance from around the globe. Hipsters will want to check out Capitol Hill Block Party (July for the best indie pop, rock, hip-hop, and alt-country.

The Seattle Pride Festival (June has the Northwest's biggest gay, lesbian, and transgender pride parade. A local favorite, the quirky Fremont Fair Summer Solstice Parade (June provides a glimpse into the true character of the city. Seafair (July–August is the biggest summer festival; hydroplane races are just one major event.

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