Canceled and alternate local events in spring, summer 2021
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and cases still prevalent across Washington in April, local festival and events — some still months away — are already starting to share their plans for 2021. Many thought that after canceling in 2020, hopefully 2021 would allow them to return, but it’s looking like that won’t be the case for a lot of local favorites.
MyNorthwest will keep an updated list of the big canceled or altered events in the spring and summer.
The Spring Fair
The Spring Fair is offering a hybrid experience in 2021, including both drive-through and “step-out” activities. The step out points are designated with controlled capacities and social distancing, offering fair goers a change to shop at a variety of booths and sit in the stands for experiences like Racing Pigs and Dock Dogs.
Fair food is offered via drive-through where you can drive up to any participating food booth on the route and grab your favorites to go, including the scones. You even get to see farm animals on drive-through experience, as well as jugglers, stilt walkers, clowns, and musicians.
Find tickets online here.
The 50th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival will take place online on Memorial Day weekend (May 28-31). There will be six program channels and a virtual marketplace on the “From Home to Home” platform at the festival’s website here.
A full list of participating artists will be announced on May 1.
Similar to last year, Seattle Pride will shift its annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Month events — Seattle Pride in the Park and Seattle Pride Parade — to a virtual weekend on June 26-27. It will feature speakers and performances by national and local LGBTQIA+ artists.
“With the pandemic still spreading at a rapid pace, we could not in good conscience move forward with plans for our June events which bring thousands of people together in close proximity,” said Seattle Pride Executive Director Krystal Marx. “Our efforts now shift to building on the success of last year’s virtual Pride, so we can continue to bring our community together to celebrate diversity.”
Bite of Seattle
The Bite of Seattle, an annual event at Seattle Center featuring more than 200 food and specialty vendors, live bands, competitions, cooking demos, and more, is canceled again in 2021.
In 2020, the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle was canceled for the first time since 1982. It will not return in 2021, but the festival’s website says they “hope for this iconic event’s return in 2022.”
Seafair announced that for the second year in a row, it will take place “largely in a virtual format.”
“Open-air, large-scale community gatherings without designated access and reserved seating, unlike the Mariners and Sounders, have different challenges with social distancing requirements to follow in order to keep our attendees safe,” Seafair spokesperson Patrick Harrison said in a written release.
Virtual events for Seafair’s 2021 iteration will include a July 4 hour-long presentation of the festival’s past fireworks show on KING 5, an at-home boat-building contest, and online Fleet Week activities, as well as a virtual version of the Boeing Air Show. A small handful of hybrid in-person events will go on, including the Seafair Triathlon and the Torchlight 5K run. The Torchlight Parade will be scaled down, sending a caravan of clowns, pirates, parade marshals, and more to select neighborhoods.
Seattle’s Bumbershoot Arts & Music Festival will not be taking place for the second year in a row, and will be forming an exploratory committee to determine the future of the Labor Day event. The festival cited the pandemic as the primary reason behind its cancellation, with hopes to return in 2022.
Woodland Park Zoo will be welcoming guests back for the annual ZooTunes concert season this summer, with a few changes due to COVID-19. The line-up in 2021 will be curated by Seattle radio station KEXP and will focus on local musicians. In accordance with state and CDC safety guidelines, tickets will only be available online this year and not at the Zoo gates; there will be just one entry for concert-goers; seating will be available in pods of two, four, six, or 10 with space between each pod; and no outside food or beverages will be allowed.
The Evergreen State Fair
Plans are being developed to open an 11-day Evergreen State Fair at the Evergreen State Fair Park in Monroe from Aug. 26-31 and Sept. 2-6. This year’s theme is “Back in the Saddle Again — Open for Fun in 2021.” Organizers say the fair will “feel and look a little different in 2021,” with more announcements about entertainment, exhibits, and vendors to be announced in the coming months.
Check back for updates as more events announce plans for 2021.