Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Washington, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
From Sasquatch Music Festival to Bumbershoot, we did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Summer Meltdown Festival - Dates: Early to mid August
-Choochokam Arts Festival - Dates: Early July
"Choochokam Arts, as an organization, has taken a few twists and turns over the past four decades. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the community’s perspective on celebrating Langley’s rich arts history. Drawing in close to 16,000 people each year, Choochokam has become a community celebration through the many exhibitors that line our streets to the incredible musicians that play our stages." - Submit to Perform
-Oak Harbor Music Festival - Dates: Late August
"THE OAK HARBOR MUSIC FESTIVAL IS HELD FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY OF LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN OAK HARBOR. THERE ARE TWO MAIN STAGES HOSTING MORE THAN 30 BANDS THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND AND FEATURING ALL TYPES OF MUSICAL GENRES." - Submit to Perform
-Bumbershoot - Dates: Late August / Early September
"Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival is now in its 42nd year. Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn artists representing the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts to the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend. North America’s largest urban arts festival, Bumbershoot takes place in the heart of the city at the 74-acre Seattle Center. Over 100,000 visitors from near and far spend the weekend reveling in the world of Bumbershoot, experiencing everything from regional favorites to international superstars across all arts disciplines." - Submit to Perform
-Capitol Hill Block Party - Dates: Late July
-Decibel Festival - Dates: Late September
"With a focus on live performance, interactive multimedia art, state-of-the-art sound and technology based education, Decibel has solidified itself as one of the premier electronic music festivals and promotional organizations in the world."
-Seattle Hempfest - Dates: Mid August
"Objective and Purpose: To educate the public on the myriad of potential benefits offered by the Cannabis plant, including the medicinal, industrial, agricultural, economic, environmental, and other benefits and applications. In particular, Seattle Hempfest seeks to advance the cause of Cannabis policy reform through education, while advancing the public image of the Cannabis advocate or enthusiast through example." - Submit to Perform
-Upstream Music Fest + Summit - Dates: Early June
-Spokane Pig Out in the Park Festival - Dates: Late August / Early September