There are too many summer events in Seattle Southside to count, but we've narrowed it down to our top 7 favorites and recommendations. From a celebration of the extraterrestrial, to a craft beer and music festival, and a farmers market along Puget Sound, mark your calendars and get outside this summer in Seattle's Backyard!

  • Destination Moon at The Museum of Flight
  • Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
  • Fourth of July
  • Jazz on the Lawn at Cedarbrook Lodge
  • Waterland Festival
  • Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival
  • Burien UFO Festival

Destination Moon at The Museum of Flight- April 13 – September 2

Space module Columbia
It’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made their legendary giant leap for mankind. Looking back, it seems even more incredible considering it was decades before we had personal computers, internet, or mobile phones.  To commemorate this moment in history, don’t miss the only West Coast appearance of the touring exhibit, Destination Moon at The Museum of Flight going on now through September 2nd.  The Apollo 11 Command Module, Columbia, hasn’t left the National Air and Space Museum since 1976, but you can see it for a limited time in Seattle Southside.

Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market – June 1 – September 28

Sunflowers at Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market
Shop local, eat local at Seattle Southside’s iconic farmers market! Situated along Puget Sound at the Des Moines Marina, the Des Moines Waterfront Farmers Market brings fresh fruit and veggies from local farmers, art and craft vendors from the Northwest, and a variety of delicious food trucks to Seattle’s Backyard.

Fourth of July (multiple events)

Fireworks bursting over Des Moines Marina
There are Independence Day celebrations all over Seattle Southside! The fireworks look spectacular over the Des Moines Marina, Angle Lake is great for families, and you can’t miss the Burien Independence Day Parade. To sum it up, there’s a lot of patriotic fun to be had around here…

Jazz on the Lawn at Cedarbrook Lodge – July 12

Cedarbrook Lodge from edge of lawn in SeaTac
Back for the eighth consecutive year, the Cedarbrook Lodge welcomes foodies and jazz connoisseurs alike to Jazz on the Lawn. This event combines fresh, Northwestern cuisine (not to mention craft cocktails and beer) and awe-inspiring jazz musicians for an unforgettable evening and outdoor concert.  

Waterland Festival – July 19 – 21

Wide angle view of the Waterland Parade with an old firetruck leading the way
The historic Waterland Festival is back! Since 1959, the community of Des Moines has come together to celebrate their fun and unique beach town. Expect a grand, multi-day celebration featuring a massive parade, kids carnival, and the return of art in the park.

Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival – August 24, 2019

Blues & Brews Festival at Des Moines Beach Park
Perhaps the most anticipated annual event at Des Moines Beach Park, the Poverty Bay Blues & Brews Festival offers plenty of local, craft beer, wine, and hard ciders with local blues artists in a spectacular outdoor setting. Enjoy micro-brews from Tin Dog, Shilling, Elysian, Mac and Jack’s and dozens of other local breweries and chill out to some classic and modern blues hits all the way from noon until 8pm.  

Burien UFO Festival – August 24, 2019

UFO Festival with outdoor movie screen
Legend has it that Seattle Southside had its own close encounter with a UFO weeks before Roswell in 1947. The community of Burien never forgot “the Maury Island incident” as they continue to celebrate the interstellar every year at the Burien UFO Festival! Watch the dramatic tale unfold on film at a public screening of The Maury Island Incident, enjoy live music, take advantage of out-of-this-world specials at some of the city’s finest eating/drinking establishments and celebrate all things alien!