There is always a reason to celebrate life in the Pacific Northwest, but summer seems to bring out the quirkiest, wildest and wackiest events of them all.
HONK! Fest West For the seventh year in a row, brass bands from all over the country will take to the streets of Seattle to make as much harmonious noise as possible, all while supporting a thriving street band culture.
Oddmall This craft show claims to be an “emporium of the weird,” and it definitely lives up to its tagline. Only in its second year, organizers are predicting that up to 10,000 weirdoes will be in attendance to peruse the odd art and enjoy the beer garden.
Bellingham Scottish Highland Games The annual games are centered around traditional Scottish athletic competitions, but festival-goers can also enjoy dancing, drumming, beer and wine drinking, food tasting and more. ➸ bellinghamhighland.org
Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival There are plenty of quirky activities planned for this year’s onion festival, including an onion eating contest, onion bowling and the “Bald as an Onion” contest. Those simply looking for some sweet eats will be pleased as well. ➸ sweetonions.org
Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show Perfect for the whole family, this is the ultimate show for old-school gamers. It is also home to one of the largest pinball tournaments in the Northwest. ➸ nwpinballshow.com
Slug FesT As a dedication to the banana slug, a slimy yellow mollusk that calls the Pacific Northwest home, the Slug Fest is all about having fun while learning about what makes these creatures so important to our local environment.