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This longtime Seattle tradition is a 10-week festival that includes pirates, barbecues, royalty, hydroplane races, Blue Angels and much, much more! Dating back to 1950, Seafair began as Seattle’s first water festival created to help promote Seattle and was ran by Walter Van Camp who was brought in to replicate the same style of winter festival he had created in St. Paul, MN. From the Aqua Follies, a ‘swimusical’ combining aqua ballet, stage dancing, and comedy, to the hydroplane races that have been called the equivalent to a Super Bowl to the Seafair Royal Court, Seafair put Seattle on the national map and many of its original traditions are still in play today.
Pirates have invaded Seattle! Call King Neptune and his royal court – they are the only ones who can successfully defeat these pirates and take back the city! Say WHAAAT?!! July 6, 2019 10:00 am-5:00 pm. The Seafair Pirates are expected to invade Alki Beach around 1:00. Complete with cannon, they kick off Seafair. This is a fun event for all ages who LOVE pirates. Come dressed in your acclaimed pirate attire complete with patch and sword!
Bringing communities and people together, Seafair prides itself on the dozens of neighborhood events that are held that contain a multitude of fun, entertaining activities and events that appeal to folks of all ages.
Seafair Summer kicks off in June with the Seafair Summer Kickoff, the Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon, Pirates Landing and Seafair Summer Fourth. The festivities continue in July where you can participate in the Seafair Derby Day (July 13th), the Swedish Seafair Triathlon (July 21st), Seafair Torchlight Parade Fanfest (July 27th) and the fun culminates the first two weeks of August with Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration and Seafair Weekend (August 2nd – 4th).
Seafair Torchlight Night begins with the Seafair Torchlight Fan Fest where guests can meander through Seattle Center and experience interactive exhibits and booths as well as enjoy festive libations and listen to some of the newest and hottest bands! The night ends with the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade where beautiful floats, marching bands and drill teams glide down 4th Avenue (right in front of the hotel!) creating one of the most enchanted evenings in Seattle!
Seafair Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration includes the Parade of Ships through Elliot Bay as well as Public Ship Tours. The highlight of the festival, Seafair Weekend, is one of Seattle’s most popular attractions! Visitors will enjoy food, interactive booths, kids activities, hydroplane racing for Seafair Cup, and an outstanding performance by the Blue Angels.
Seafair is something not to be missed and will become a cherished memory for visitors of all ages!