Things to do in King County

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Arts & Cultural Festivals Around King County

Visit Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau website for additional King County festivals


Seattle's Music & Arts Festival, Labor Day weekend at Seattle Center.

Eastside Arts Coalition Arts Fair

The most prestigious juried fine arts and crafts event in the Northwest and the largest free community event on the Eastside.


Festál, presented by Seattle Center in partnership with community organizations, is a year-long series of FREE events that honors the cultural richness and diversity of the Pacific Northwest. Festál plays a vital part in Seattle Center efforts to connect our dynamic and varied communities.

Northwest Folklife

A multi-cultural arts organization dedicated to serving the ethnic, traditional, and folk arts communities of the Northwest US.

Harvest Farm Tour

An annual celebration of local agriculture and farming traditions – each fall throughout King County.

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival

A 100+ year tradition continues on Vashon Island each year with this community celebration.

Performance, Press and Multi-disciplinary Art Event Calendars

4Culture Programs


Online calendar of site-specific art happenings created in direct and specific response to a place. Shopping malls, parks, coffee shops, historic buildings, light rail stations, post offices, forests, fields, lakes...

Touring Arts Roster

Online calendar and juried directory of performing arts and artists of King County.

Around King County

Brown Paper Tickets

Fair-trade ticketing agency with online calendar and ticket sales.

Eastside Arts Coalition

Founded in 1998, the Eastside Arts Coalition is more than 40 Eastside arts groups and individual artists who have joined forces to promote performing, visual, literary and media arts and heritage in communities in East King County (Washington state, USA). Learn about local organizations and sign up to receive a free monthly e-newsletter highlighting East King County cultural events.

Seattle Convention and Visitor Bureau

Online events calendar with the ability to search by date, event type or event location.

Seattle Performs

Seattle Performs is the home of Seattle theatre, plays, dance and performance, featuring Seattle theater listings including the greater Puget Sound region, theatre reviews written by users and links to play reviews by professional stage critics. Up-to-date stage performance listings include cast lists, theatre venue information (including directions and maps), detailed and accurate schedule information and coming soon - ticket sales.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Online calendar compiled by Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper featuring arts calendar as well as restaurant search and event recommendations by PI art critics.

Seattle Times

Online calendar produced by Seattle Times newspaper featuring reviews, blogs and critics' picks.

Seattle Weekly

Online calendar of events in all disciplines.

South King County Cultural Coalition

The South King County Cultural Coalition aims to increase the visibility and participation in South King County cultural programs by connecting artists, audiences and cultural resources. Learn about local organizations and check the online calendar for South King County cultural events.

The Stranger

A list of recommended events by Seattle's edgy weekly paper

Take Part in Art

Take Part in Art is an initiative of the Arts Coalition, a consortium of more than 100 King County arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and across all disciplines featuring a calendar of arts events along with promotions and news of special ticket offers.

Visual Art Around King County

Art Guide Northwest

Comprehensive online guide to Seattle art and the Pacific Northwest art scene. Links to hundreds of galleries, museums, antiques, artists, and cultural events. Includes feature articles about the arts in the Pacific NW and contact information for all listings.

Seattle Art Blog

The latest in art news, with timely updates to gallery shows and art events in the Seattle and Puget Sound area.

First Thursday Seattle

First Thursday, in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square neighborhood, takes place from noon to 8PM on the First Thursday of every month. It is the city's first and largest Art Walk. After nearly three decades First Thursday has become a fixture for art-loving Seattlites.

Self-Guided Art & Heritage Tours

4Culture Programs

Destination Heritage

Multi-media guide series that helps visitors and residents explore agricultural, industrial, and maritime history off the beaten path.

Listen 4Culture - Cell Phone Tours

Cell phone audio tours focusing on public artwork and select heritage sites in King County as featured in 4Culture's Public Art & Destination Heritage maps. Includes downloadable mp3 clips! Download a map of Listen 4Culture public art sites.

Around King County

The Artist's Guide to Seattle

Insightful interviews with sixteen Seattle artists about their favorite local destinations!

Seattle Convention Cultural Tourism Guides

Seattle Cultural Guides are a resource for visitors who want to explore the city's rich cultural heritage. The guides feature museums and historic sites, public art works, and tourist attractions that give visitors an insider's view of Seattle's ethnic communities and unique history.

Golden Rain Globe: 4Culture's Award for Excellence in Heritage Tourism

4Culture's only annual award, the "Golden Rain Globe" was inaugurated in 2007 to recognize the contributions that our most outstanding historic sites and heritage museums make to the local tourism economy. Each year's recipient demonstrates successful adherence to the five principles of sustainable heritage tourism established by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These include: finding a balance between community and tourism, making sites and programs come alive, preserving and protecting heritage resources, collaboration, and focus on quality and authenticity.

2013 Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

MOHAI, 2012, Spike Mafford

The Museum of History & Industry received 4Culture's 2013 Golden Rain Globe Award for their demonstrated regional leadership in the five principles of heritage tourism, particularly their collaboration with Maritime groups at South Lake Union Park, balancing community with tourism and restoring the historic Naval Armory at South Lake for use as their new museum.

MOHAI, 2012 © Spike Mafford | 2013 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2012 Seattle Center Foundation

Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center campus © 2011, courtesy of Seattle Center Foundation

For 35 years of supporting Seattle Center's public programming and for helping preserve the legacy of the 1962 World's Fair, the Seattle Center Foundation received 4Culture's 2012 Golden Rain Globe Award for Excellence in Heritage Tourism. Since 2009, the Foundation has planned and coordinated The Next Fifty, the communitywide golden anniversary commemoration of the World's Fair.

Pacific Science Center at Seattle Center campus © 2011 | 2012 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2011 Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum

Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum  © 2011

The Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum received 4Culture’s 2011 "Golden Rain Globe" for Excellence in Heritage Tourism for high quality education and tourism programming, and authentic promotion of heritage resources at local, national and international levels. The H&RB Museum is the only museum in the world focused on the history of hydroplane racing.

Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum © 2011 | 2011 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2010 The Underground Tour

4Culture, Sunny Speidel and Alicia BasingerBill Speidel's Underground Tour received the 2010 Golden Rain Globe for its unique spin on local history, with a subterranean approach. For over 45 years, the Underground Tour has attracted visitors from around the world, presenting entertaining, authentic history and serving as a catalyst for the preservation of Pioneer Square.

Scene from the Underground Tour © 2010 | 2010 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2009 Museum of Flight in Tukwila

Museum of Flight, Peter Bowers with the Bowers Flybaby PrototypeOne of the area's most popular attractions, The Museum of Flight was initiated in 1964 by a small group of aviation enthusiasts. Today the museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, attracting more than 400,000 visitors annually. The museum's collection includes more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, maintained in 7 unique exhibit spaces.

Boeing Red Barn © 2009 Holly Taylor | 2009 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2008 Northwest Railway Museum in Snoqualmie

Photo by Holly Taylor More than 80,000 people a year visit its collection of working engines, rolling stock, specialized equipment, and artifacts at the 1890 Snoqualmie Depot, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Snoqualmie Depot © 2009 Holly Taylor | 2009 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient

2007 Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle

Center for Wooden BoatsThe CWB is a not-for-profit membership and volunteer organization devoted to preserving the skills of wooden boatbuilding and small craft handling. Located on Lake Union in Seattle, CWB has attracted national attention because of its emphasis on hands-on experiences.

Activities at South Lake Union © 1999 Center for Wooden Boats | 2007 Golden Rain Globe Award recipient