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Annual Events

Be sure to verify the event dates and times before making plans.


Seattle Boat Show

Date(s): Jan 27th -Feb 4th 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location(s): Centurylink Field Event Center – 800 Occidental Ave. S Seattle, WA 98134
Chandler’s Cove South Lake Union – 901 Fairview Ave. N Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: (206) 381-8000
For Tickets
Website: Seattle Boat Show

If you love boats, you’ll definitely not want to miss the biggest boat show on the west coast. Manufacturers will be showcasing new and concept craft models, as well as a large assortment of marine and boat products for boat owners and enthusiast. This event is held annually at the Centurylink Field & on the water at South Lake Union.


Chocolate on the Beach Festival

Date(s): Feb 23rd – Feb 26th 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: PO Box 343, Pacific Beach, WA 98597
Tel: (360) 276-0009
For Accommodations
Website: Chocolate on the Beach Festival 

A Chocoholics dream come true! This family festival includes Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Organic, Fair Trade and Pet safe chocolates. Events will start Thursday night and vendors will be open Saturday and Sunday. Chocolate recipe contests and treasure hunts are just some of the fun family festivities that will take place. Adult admission is only $5. This event is held annually at Pacific Beach, WA.


Washington State Horse Expo

Date(s): Mar 3rd – 5th 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds – 17402 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield WA 98642
Tel: (360) 773-7513
For Tickets and Hotels
Website: Washington State Horse Expo

Sure to satisfy Cowboys stationed at JBLM, this expo features horses of all breeds and varieties. Some of the exciting shows and festivities you’ll see include: Mounted shooting competitions, Extreme Cowboy Races, and instructional shows for proper riding, trail obstacles, and many more. The Washington State Horse Expo is held annually at the Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, WA.


Skagit Valley Tulip Festival 

Date(s): Apt 1st – 30th 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: 311 W Kincaid St., Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Tel:  (360) 428-5959
For Tickets and Hotels
Website: Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Come experience the breathtaking Skagit Valley Tulip Festival driving tour where you can witness the beauty of over 1 million spring tulips. Since the early 1900’s Skagit Valley has farmed and sold from their tulip fields. The festival also includes a multitude of fun activities all month long, here are a few festivities that they include: arts festival, Tulip Run, parades, musical concerts, street fair, wine festival and much more. The Skagit Valley Tulip Festival is held annually at the RoozenGaarde /Washington Bulb Company and Tulip Town, WA. Admission is $7 per adult and children 5 and under are free. Highly recommend stopping at the Skagit River Brewery for lunch/dinner.


A Taste of Edmonds

Date(s): Aug 11th – Aug 13th 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Civic Center Playfield – 310 6th Ave. N, Edmonds, WA 98020
Tel: (425) 489-7900
Website: A Taste of Edmonds

A Taste of Edmonds; For only $4 admission (Ages 12 and under free) you can experience all the great food that the city of Edmonds has to offer! Once you’ve had your fill on food, you can enjoy the many arts and crafts booths, roaming performers, a wine and beer garden and go on some exciting rides! This is an annual event held at the Civic Center Playfield in Edmonds, WA.


Vintage Aircraft Weekend

Date(s): Sept 1st – Sept 3rd 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Historic Flight Paine Field – 10719 Bernie Webber Dr., Mukilteo, WA 98275
Tel: (425) 348-3200
For Tickets
Website: Historic Flight Paine Field

For three days you can enjoy this airshow with over 60 vintage aircraft! This event includes live music, food, guest speakers, formation clinics, rides, demo flights, and a BBQ competition. This event is held annually at Paine Field Airport in Mukilteo, WA.

Washington State Fair

Date(s): Sept 1st – Sept 24th, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Washington State Fair Events Center – 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA 98371
Tel: (253) 845-1771
For Tickets & Hours ***Please note the Fair offers Military Mondays where Military and their dependents get in free of charge on every Monday the fair is available.
Parking: Mon, Wed, Thur & Fri: $10 per vehicle
Sat & Sun: $15 per vehicle
Website: The Washington State Fair

WA State Fair

The Washington State Fair, also known as the Puyallup Fair, is arguably the largest annual event in Washington.  This massive fair has everything from livestock shows, giant arts & crafts tents, theme park sized rides, to concerts by some of the biggest names in the music industry. Every Monday, military personnel and their families get in free. This year will feature a brand new roller coaster as well as the reopening of their famous wooden roller coaster built in 1935.

Rainier Mountain Festival

Date(s): Sept 17th – Sept 18th, 2017 (Pleas call to verify)
Location: Rainier Mountain Fest – Whittaker Base Camp – 30027 National Park Hwy, Ashford, WA 98304
Tel: (800) 238-5756
Tickets: No admission charged
Website: Rainier Mountain Festival

If you want to visit Mt. Rainier, then this event is the perfect opportunity. Come experience this outdoor and climbing extravaganza festival that features a 5 mile trail runs, world class climber speakers, kid’s rock climbing wall and live music. With free park admission, and educational courses given by professional mountain guides, as well as huge sales on new and used mountain gear, this is the perfect opportunity to discover all that Mt. Rainier has to offer.


Apple Festival At Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

Date(s): Sept 28th-29th & every weekend in Oct 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm – 9402 Rich Rd SE, Olympia WA 98501
Tel: (360) 491-73288
Parking: $5 per vehicle
Website: Apple Festival – Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm

Celebrate the season of Autumn with a sweet aroma of apples in the air at at the Lattin’s Country Cider Mill and Farm. Open to the public year round and especially enjoyable during the Fall.  Bring the entire family to pick pumpkins, explore all the animals on the farm, taste Award Winning Ciders, indulge in delicious BBQ and fresh pies. Only available on the weekends include: wagon rides to pumpkin patches, face painting,  pony rides, and farm games such as bobbing for apples.

Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival – “Celebrating Olympic Coast Cuisine”

Date(s): Oct 6th – Oct 8th, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival (Red Lion Hotel) – 122 N. Lincoln Street, Port Angeles, WA 98262
Tel: (360) 452-6300
Tickets: Free Admission
Parking: Free parking downtwon
Website: Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

The 16th Annual CrabFest is one of the most renowned food festivals in the state! For all active members and their family member can receive a special crab dinner for $25 all weekend with an additional 10% off of all merchandise purchases with a current Military ID. Come enjoy the beautiful shore views and the delicious seafood.

PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express 

Date(s): Oct 8th–7th, Oct 14th-15th & Oct 21st-22nd, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum – 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330
Tel: (360) 569-7959
For Tickets
Website: PEANUTS™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express – Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

All a board The Great Pumpkin Patch Express train with Charlie Brown and Snoopy too! While riding the train guests will enjoy the book ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.’ Once you arrive you will be greeted by Charlie Brown and Snoopy for a great photo opportunity. Here kids can enjoy face painting, lawn games, creative crafts, picking out a pumpkin in the patch and trick-or-treating in a historic logging camp. All guests can wear their festive Halloween costumes aboard this memorable and fun journey!

Tacoma Film Festival (TFF)

Date(s): Oct 5th – Oct 12th, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location:Tacoma Film Festival – 606 Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402
Tel: (253) 593-4474
Website: Tacoma Film Festival (TFF)

Celebrating current independent film projects from the northwest and around the globe, the TFF is a great opportunity to discovery new and upcoming artists in the film industry.

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival 

Date(s): Oct 19th–22nd, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Tacoma Dome – 2727 East D Street, Tacoma, WA 98421
Tel: (800) 521-7469 / (253) 272-3663
For Tickets
Group Tickets call: (253) 272-3663
Website: Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival – Tacoma Dome

Come experience four magical days of Christmas at the 35th Annual Holiday Food & Gift Festival located at the Tacoma Dome. This event is the largest Holiday Show on the west coast. There are many vendors with great gift ideas, food, drinks and cooking programs that you can sit in on. You will also be greeted by live piano Christmas music to keep of your experience at the festival. You wouldn’t want to miss it!

November & December


Date(s): Nov 17th – Dec 31st, 2017 (Please call to verify)
Location: Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum – 54124 Mountain Hwy E, Elbe, WA 98330
Tel: (360) 569-7959
For Tickets
Website: THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – Mt. Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum

All a board THE POLAR EXPRESS™ train ride to the North Pole! While aboard the train, guests will enjoy cookies and hot chocolate while they listen to the reading of THE POLAR EXPRESS™.  Once you arrive, each child will be given a silver bell as their first gift of Christmas.  Every family member is allowed to wear their pj’s to enjoy the magical season of Christmas aboard THE POLAR EXPRESS™.

Zoo Lights In Tacoma

Date(s): Nov 24th – Jan 1st, 2017 (Call to Verify)
Location: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma, WA 98407
Tel: (253) 591-5337
For Tickets
Website: Zoo Lights In Tacoma

Celebrate the holidays down at the Tacoma Zoo where they have spectacular lights, amazing animals, tasty treats & more.  Half-million lights were used to transform the Zoo into a magical winter wonderland. The holiday spirit comes to life with many 3D animal displays including: hammerhead shark, sea turtle, 30 foot wide underwater landscape and polar bear family.

Note: All information provided is deemed helpful but is not guaranteed and should be independently verified.