Washington State is a hotspot for the arts. From cities to towns, the art scene is thriving and offers art lovers many experiences that should not be missed. Exploring beautiful areas that have inspired artists for years, discovering new artists while having a cup of coffee, or examining European art in a remote mansion, here are the top 10 unique adventures awaiting art lovers in Washington.
Taking place in Seattle, Bumbershoot is an annual festival, currently in its 45th year, celebrating the eclectic and lively music and arts scene of the Pacific Northwest. Wanting to connect ‘audiences with diverse arts and cultural ideas,’ this arts event showcases everything, from the visual arts, and film to literary arts, performing arts and many more. There is something for every art lover. Held at the Seattle Center over Labor Day weekend, spectators can witness stimulating performances and incredible exhibitions by both regional talent and international artists making this festival a great way to end the summer.
When visiting the San Juan Islands, Orcas Island Artworks, established in 1981, is a must-visit for any art lover. Loved by locals and tourists alike, this artist cooperative — owned and operated by the artists themselves — showcases a host of media, including painting, jewelry, sculpture, and glass to name but a few made by local artists and craftspeople. Usually located in the rustic, charming community of Olga, the gallery is temporarily located in Eastsound after a fire severely damaged their permanent space — a historic 1938 strawberry packing house. Visit their website for updates on the renovation of their historic place.
Orcas Island Artworks, 217 Main St., Eastsound, WA, USA +1 360 376 4408
Located in Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle, Zeitgeist is a popular coffeehouse where visitors can linger over a cup of fresh coffee, an espresso drink or sample tasty edibles. Featuring an airy space, complete with lofty ceilings and exposed brick walls, the venue not only tantalizes taste buds but also provides a great backdrop for fascinating works of art by emerging and established artists. With a strong passion for the arts, the café participates in First Thursday, a downtown art walk, each month and gives area artists a chance to shine. With locally roasted coffee and great art, it is no surprise this café is favored with foodies and art lovers alike.
Zeitgeist, 171 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA, USA +1 206 583 0497
Located in Washington’s capital, Olympia, The Washington Center is a performing arts venue offering spectators a wonderful selection of shows. The contemporary and modern interior provides a great space where visitors can enjoy a variety of performances, including dance companies, concerts, and comedy shows to name a few. Recent and future highlights include the Koresh Dance Company, which performs incredible dances to Middle Eastern and classical music, and the Seattle Men’s Chorus in Legacy: Tyler’s Suite & I am Harvey Milk. Something for everyone, the venue also features a gallery in the lobby for visual art exhibitions, including the current show Bernard Bleha, Sculptural Paintings.
The Washington Center, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA, USA +1 360 753 8585