Summer will soon arrive in the Emerald City. Big fun is on its way.

Seattle Hotels

Seattle Hotels

With a thriving restaurant scene, a huge arts and music scene, and plenty of things for the summer traveler to do, it's no surprise that this city is equally equipped with hotels for every type of traveler. There are luxury hotels like the Westin Seattle, charming-yet-affordable hotels like Sixth Avenue Inn and College Inn, and even eco-conscious green hotels like the Hyatt at Olive 8.

Sasquatch! Music Festival

Sat. May 29 - Mon. May 31, All Day
at The Gorge Amphitheatre

Sasquatch! Music Festival helps kick summer off every year at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington. This year's Sasquatch! lineup includes My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend, The National, Broken Social Scene, Massive Attack, Pavement, Public Enemy, MGMT, Band of Horses, She & Him, and The Mountain Goats.

Lilith Fair

Sat. Jul 3, 3pm
at The Gorge Amphitheatre

The brainchild of singer Sarah McLachlan. this year's Lilith Fair will feature Cat Power, Beth Orton, Emmylou Harris, Erykah Badu, Heart, Indigo Girls, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Metric, Suzanne Vega, The Bangles, The Go-Go's, Tegan and Sara, Ingrid Michaelson, Kate Nash and many more.

Seattle International Film Festival

Thu. May 20 - Sun. Jun 13, Various Times
at Siff Cinema

The Seattle International Film Festival welcomes movie lovers from all over the city to enjoy over 400 film entries in dozens of different categories. The film festival will present tons of feature films from all over the world in venues all over Seattle. Check here for this year's detailed schedule!

Northwest Folklife Festival

Fri. May 28 - Mon. May 31, All Day
at Seattle Center

Held at Seattle Center, this year's Northwest Folklife Festival will be from May 28-31. The festival will also feature its traditional Old Firehouse Showcase, where a number of indie bands (including Modest Mouse!) have gotten their start. There will also be an 8-Bit Showcase where Chiptune musicians can demonstrate their Nintendo/Gameboy-made music chops. Lastly, there will be an All-Ages Northwest Community Young Artists Showcase where artists can showcase their work in the Vera Project Art Gallery.

West Seattle Summer Fest

Fri. Jul 9 - Sun. Jul 11, All Day
at West Seattle Junction

A three-day street fair where local merchants set up shop in the streets of Seattle along with area artists and musicians, who play on two different stages. And of course, there will be plenty of ethnic food to chow down on throughout the day.

Seattle International Beer Fest

Fri. Jul 2 - Sun. Jul 4, Noon-10pm
at Seattle Center

At Seattle International Beer Fest, you'll have every opportunity to explore the wide, wide world of BEER. Priding themselves on their ability to serve the world's most obscure beers, the Seattle International Beer Fest is a celebration of "the world's most legendary brewing styles and the nations that made them famous."

Seattle Pride Parade

Sun. Jun 27, 11am
at Downtown Seattle

Seattle's annual Pride Parade is a wild and colorful celebration of LGBT culture in Seattle. This year's parade is will feature a variety of floats traveling down 4th Avenue with the theme "Over the Rainbow." After the Pride Parade, head down to Seattle Center where Seattle Pridefest will be in full swing.

Bite of Seattle

Fri. Jul 16 - Sun. Jul 18, 11am-9pm
at Seattle Center

A Bite of Seattle is a terrific recipe (pun intended) for food, entertainment, food and more food. Featuring 60 area restaurants and more than 30 food product companies, there will be a Beer & Wine Garden, an exclusive wine tasting, and plenty of chef demos, as well as music on seven outdoor stages and The Bacardi Comedy Club.

Seattle Attractions

A visit to Seattle—especially for the first-time visitor—wouldn't be complete without time spent exploring popular Seattle attractions like the Space Needle, the Experience Music Project, Pioneer Square and Pikes Place Market. But, when visiting Seattle this summer, anyone who's already seen the aforementioned notable places should be sure to check out the less notorious (but equally awesome) destinations like the Science Fiction Museum, the Museum of Flight, the Children's Museum Seattle and the Tacoma Museum of Glass, and always set aside time to just wander the bustling streets of Seattle to discover great little restaurants and hidden cafes.

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