Every New Year brings new adventures and exciting events that we may not have yet had the chance to experience. Known for its music scene and coffee culture, Seattle boasts an array of festivals and experiences that offer travelers exciting reasons to visit for a city vacation in 2022, as well as great attractions, Pacific Northwest cuisine, and outdoor activities. Here is visiteattle.org’s pick of the best for each season.
Spring: Seattle International Film Festival (April 14-24)
Being one of the top film gatherings in the USA, the Seattle International Film Festival features more than 400 films from 90 countries during its 25-day program attended by approximately 150,000 film buffs. Founded in 1974, it is one of the greatest cultural events Seattle has to offer, with women making 40% of featured films. Shows are held primarily in downtown Seattle, or at local independent movie theaters in nearby neighborhoods. SIFF is known for recognizing films that do not fit into industry standard fields.
Summer: Seafair Weekend (August 5-8)
Uniting and celebrating all of Seattle’s diverse communities, the Seafair Weekend Festival is committed to providing affordable, fun activities for all. The festival, known and loved as a casual Seattle holiday, consists of a boating event, air show, and festival. Visitors can discover the shores of Lake Washington, sample local dishes, listen to music, experience jet-skiing and watch American sea angels fly overhead; Their new aircraft, the Blue Angels, will be revealed for the first time in the Northwest next year.
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Autumn: Refraction (October dates to be determined)
Coming back next fall is Refract, an event showcasing the creative uses of glass in the Pacific Northwest. Bringing together the art community, around 60 local artists showcase their talents, highlighting the complex medium of glass art. Held at multiple locations, including the Museum of Glass and the Bellevue Museum of Art, the collection includes a program filled with exhibitions, tours, demonstrations, parties, and more.
Winter: Dark Beer Fest (December dates, TBC)
With winter being the darkest time of the year, Dark Beer Fest hosts a popular winter celebration with the darkest beer to ensure guests have something to look forward to. Filling the room with beer lovers from all over the world, Dark Beer Fest, hosted by Flying Lion Brewing, is a multi-day event with brew styles changing every day. From cellar favorites to limited-edition and special-edition beers, there are more than 30 beers to choose from.