Seattle’s biggest events are Bumbershoot, hosting hundreds of artists on dozens of stages around town on Labor Day weekend in early September (206 281 7788, bumbershoot.org), and the Northwest Folklife Festival (206 684 7300, nwfolklife.org), a Memorial Day (late May) event at the Seattle Center drawing folk musicians from around the world. In late May and early June, the Seattle International Film Festival (206 464 5830, siff.net) centres on classic moviehouses in Capitol Hill, and in July and early August, Seafair (206 728 0123, seafair.com) is a colourful celebration held all over town with aeroplane spectacles, hydroplane events and milk-carton boat races.

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