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The Weekend Report: What's Cookin' Sept. 3-6

Welcome to the Weekend Report, where we tell you what's up in Seattle this weekend — the things you definitely don't want to miss. Washington has officially reopened as of June 30. As we head into our state's "new normal," we will also see the return of events we love. We're guaranteed to miss some, so definitely email us at if there is something wonderful we need to know about!

Friday, Sept. 3

Washington State Fair. It's back for the first time since 2019! The Washington State Fair opens on Friday and runs through Sept. 26. You can find COVID health and safety guidelines for the fair online.

  • Find fair hours, ride hours and alcohol service hours online
  • Puyallup, WA

Friday to Monday, Sept. 3-6

PAX West. This four-day celebration of gaming and gaming culture is back with panels, new game demos, musical performances, tournaments and more.

  • $60 to $230; purchase online
  • Find a full schedule of events online
  • Washington State Convention Center

Saturday to Sunday, Sept. 4-5

PrideFest Capitol Hill. This two-day event will feature local LGBTQIA+ acts, speakers and artists. You can find a full schedule of events online. Masks and proof of vaccination are required!

  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days
  • Free
  • Broadway, John to Roy

DAY IN DAY OUT. This brand new two-day music festival's lineup includes Kaytranada, Big Wild, Aminé, Travis Thompson, CHVRCHES and more. Featured: Capitol Hill Block Party producers announce brand new Seattle music festival

  • Music starts at 3:30 p.m. both days
  • $85 to $150 + fees; purchase online
  • Fisher Green Pavilion / Seattle Center

Saturday to Monday, Sept. 4-6

End of Summer Blast. A weekend full of end-of-summer fun at Point Defiance! Watch polar bears, penguins, sea otters and muskox play with icy treats and cool off on the lilypad splash pad in Kids' Zone.

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Free with fair admission
  • Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Monday, Sept. 6

Dinosaur Discovery. Last weekend for this "prehistoric" exhibit, which features dozens of life-sized dinos scattered around the zoo's grounds. Featured: Photos: New exhibit turns Woodland Park Zoo into Jurassic Park

  • $5 for general admission, $4 for members + regular zoo admission
  • Woodland Park Zoo