Music Festivals Around Washington

In the mood for some live music, great food, and awesome sights at some of the biggest parties in the Seattle area or a short drive away? These Washington music festivals are all happening in the fall and winter before the turn of 2018, so check out any of the ones that suit your taste.


Oak Harbor Music Festival

From Sept. 1 through 3, Oak Harbor Music Festival will host two stages with 30 bands playing all sorts of music, from blues and jazz to pop and folk. There will be two beer gardens, food from various vendors, and interesting art pieces and crafts by the Whidbey Island locals. This event is free to attend, and it all takes place on SE Pioneer Way in Oak Harbor.


Tumbleweed Music Festival

Interested in some old-fashioned acoustic tunes? This festival also runs from Sept. 1 through 3, but in Howard Amon Park in Richland by the Columbia River. There will be over 75 acts among acoustic musicians and other performers, and five different stages, so there’s sure to be something that interests you at any given time you visit. If you’re an aspiring acoustic musician, there will be workshops to expand your skills, and if you’re an expert consider applying to the festival’s songwriting contest. Most of the festival is free, with only a few sectioned-off events that require admission.


DjangoFest NorthWest

Gypsy jazz is an upbeat, swing-style version of jazz that has a bumping, off-beat rhythm reminiscent of Bluegrass. The 17th annual event of its kind, DjangoFest NorthWest is a Gypsy jazz festival that takes place from Sept. 20 through 24 at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts in Langley. Play informal jam sessions, attend workshops on the skills and cultural importance of Gypsy jazz, and of course, enjoy dozens of foot-tapping, improvisational performances by the biggest names in this lesser-known genre.


Seattle Slack Key Festival

Moving on to the winter music festivals, this gathering is on Nov. 12 and features a Hawaiian theme. The location will be confirmed later, but it should be somewhere near or within the Town Hall Theater in Centerville. See masters of authentic Hawaiian music, see crafts made in traditional materials and styles, and of course, enjoy some cuisine from the 50th state. Ticket prices vary depending on the seating you choose.


Dickens Festival at Stadium

While not specifically a festival based around music, this holiday event celebrating the works of Charles Dickens will include carolers singing holiday favorites all day. You’ll see a Victorian Costume contest, old-timey puppet shows and circus acts, and much more all themed around the life and times of the great author. The Dickens Festival will take place on Dec. 10 at the Historic Stadium District in Tacoma.


It’s wild how many fun events happen throughout Washington in every season, especially near Seattle, but if you’re after interesting music events and festivals, these five are the best things to mark on your calendar. Don’t forget to visit any of the ones you want to attend, because that way you’ll know whether you’ll have anything to revisit the same time next year.


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