Rock On! Your Ultimate Guide to Free (and Cheap) Summer Concerts

Keeping your beach bums happy and entertained during the summer months can really take a hit on your wallet. Thankfully, Seattle has a stellar lineup of summer concerts that are either free or at budget prices. If you feel like bustin’ some moves with your kid crew this summer, mark your calendars with these popular all ages concerts.

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photo: PEPS/Nancy Treder Photography

Seattle

Concerts at the Locks
Most Saturday and Sunday afternoons (May through September), you can catch free summer concerts at the Ballard Locks. This summer’s lineup includes the Seattle Civic Band and several jazz orchestras and ensembles, plus a special 4th of July concert, a Fuchsia show with Blues-infused vocal jazz and a touch of R&B on July 25 and a Horseless Carriage Car Show and tunes by Pacific Cascade Big Band on August 16. Be sure to check the online calendar for schedule changes.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 N.W. 54th St.
Seattle, Wa 98107
206-783-7059
Online: nws.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/LocksandDams/ChittendenLocks

Dates: Sat. & Sun., May 31–Sept. 7, 2015
Times: 2 p.m. Download the printer-friendly calendar here.
Cost: Free

Springfree Trampoline Family Concert Series
Does is get any better than rockin’ tunes and jumping? We think not! Take your crew to Springfree Trampoline in Issaquah for this awesome family concert series. The store will be hosting a stellar lineup of some of the best kindie artists in town (think Recess Monkey, Eli Rosenblatt, Rollie Pollie Guacamole, The Not-Its! and Brian Vogan & his Good Buddies). Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment, snacks and of course lots of jumping.

Springfree Trampoline of Issaquah
1875 N.W. Poplar Way, #1
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-654-1306
Online: springfreetrampoline.com/family-concert-series

Dates: June 13, July 18, Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 31 & Nov. 14, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

BECU ZooTunes
This awesome summer concert series (and major fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo) returns in June with a fab lineup of artists. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy some great tunes with the family. View the concert lineup and purchase tickets online.

Woodland Park Zoo – West Entrance
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, Wa 98103
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org/zootunes

Dates: June 19–Aug. 19, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $27 and up (12 & under free with a paying adult)

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photo: Woodland Park Zoo – Zoo Tunes and Events Facebook

University Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Starting on July 8, U Village is the place to be on Wednesday nights. This all ages concert series will feature live music from bands like The Maldives, Hit Explosion, The Paperboys, Recess Monkey and Caspar Babypants as well as a beer garden, gourmet bites and plenty of fun activities in the kid’s play area including face painting, a balloon artist and sponsor giveaways.

University Village
2623 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, Wa 98105
206-525-3859
Online: uvillage.com/sounds-of-summer-concert-series

Dates: July 8, 15, 22 & 29 and Aug. 5, 12 & 19, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:45 p.m.)
Cost: Free

Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series
This fave summer concert series returns on July 9 to various outdoor parks and venues throughout downtown Seattle. Concerts will take place on various Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and will feature exciting local and national acts during the lunch hour. Now, you have one more excuse to hop on the bus and take the kiddos downtown!

Bonus: Garage parking with rates the same or less than street parking will be available near many of the concerts. Visit downtownseattleparking.com for more info.

Locations: Westlake Park, City Hall Plaza, Union Bank, Occidental Square, Lake Union Park, Two Union Square, Harbor Steps, Freeway Park and Hot Spot on the waterfront.
Online: downtownseattle.com/Summer

Dates: Various dates July 9–Sept. 4, 2015
Times: noon–1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free 

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photo: Downtown Seattle Association

West Seattle Summer Concerts at Hiawatha Park
You don’t want to miss the Admiral Neighborhood Association’s free outdoor concerts. The lineup has tons of hip local bands your family will love and some popular kindie ones too! Pack a picnic dinner and blanket and enjoy these Thursday evening concerts starting in July. Check the concert schedule online.

Hiawatha Park
2700 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, Wa 98116
206-684-4075
Online: admiralneighborhood.org/summer-concerts

Dates: TBD
Time:  6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Concerts at the Mural
What could be better than enjoying an awesome outdoor summer concert in the shadow of the Space Needle? Concerts at the Mural is a free August series (4 shows in total) for all ages. Discover the best of our area’s independent music scene at these Friday night shows put on by the Seattle Center and KEXP 90.3 FM.

Seattle Center – Mural Amphitheatre
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-684-7200
Online: seattlecenter.com/concertsatthemural

Dates: Aug.  7, 14, 21 & 28, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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photo: Seattle Center

Bumbershoot & Youngershoot 
This festival caps off summer with a Labor Day weekend filled with great music. The Seattle Center will be bumping with the fun music from the Bumbershoot festival (Hozier, Ellie Gouldingare, Jamestown Revival and Cake are among the performers). There’s even a Youngershoot portion of the festival—events and music that are kid-specific and particularly family friendly. Kids 5 and younger do not need a ticket.

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
Online: bumbershoot.org

Dates: Sept. 5-7, 2015
Time: Opens daily at 11 a.m.
Cost: $50 to $550 (10 & under Free with paying adult)

Rock On

photo: Bumbershoot/Morgan Keuler

Library Shows
Who says libraries are quiet? Check out your fave library online or ask the librarian for a listing of summer concerts for kids. The King County Library System and Seattle Public Library both have great tunes lined up this summer.

Eastside and Beyond

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery Concerts, Woodinville
The outdoor concerts at Ste. Michelle are geared for adults but kids are welcome (a ticket is required for children age 3 and over, but they can still attend for free). Or make it a date night and drop the kiddos off at nearby childcare facility, The Nest, which is open every Saturday night from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. for Parent’s Night Out. Call for details and to secure a reservation.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
14111 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, Wa 98072
425-488-1133
Online: ste-michelle.com/events/concertCalendar

Dates: June 13–Sept. 12, 2015
Time: Varies per concert
Cost: $39.50 and up

Kirkland Summer Concerts
This awesome concert series, held right at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park, will feature the best kindie bands in town every Tuesday morning starting July 7. In addition to kiddie shows, all ages evening shows will take place on Thursday evenings starting July 9 at Marina Park. Bring the sand buckets and water shoes… these rockin’ concerts are at the beach!

Juanita Beach Park (kid’s concerts)
9703 N.E. Juanita Drive
Kirkland, Wa 98034
Online: kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com

Dates: July 7-Aug. 18, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Marina Park – (all ages concerts)
25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr.
Kirkland, Wa 98033
Online: kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com

Dates: July 9–Aug. 20, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

 

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photo: City of Issaquah website

Concerts on the Green, Issaquah 
Starting on July 7, you can enjoy Tuesday evening outdoor concerts at the Issaquah Community Center. If you’re too tired to pack a picnic dinner, concessions will be available through the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah. Sorry, but Fido is going to have to sit this one out. No dogs are allowed at the concerts.

Issaquah Community Center
301 Rainier Blvd. S.
Issaquah, Wa 98027
425-837-3300
Online: ci.issaquah.wa.us

Dates: July 7–Aug. 25, 2015
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sammamish Concerts in the Park – Sammamish
This evening summer concert series returns to Pine Lake Park on July 9. In addition to great family-friendly tunes, enjoy tasty treats provided by Sammamish Rotary and Sammamish Kiwanis and plenty of space for the kiddies to get their crazies out before bed.

Pine Lake Park
2401 228th Ave. S.E.
Redmond, Wa 98053
425-295-0500
Online: sammamish.us

Dates: July 9–Aug. 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Everett Children’s Concert Series
For families living in the North Sound, Thornton A. Sullivan Park is going to be the place to be on Thursday mornings starting July 7. Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket and enjoy an hour of family-friendly, top-notch performers including Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its!, Tim Noah, Recess Monkey, The Pop Ups, Play Date and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park
11405 Silver Lake Rd.
Everett, Wa 98208
Online: everettwa.gov/808/Childrens-Concert-Series

Dates: July 9-Aug. 20, 2015
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

everett Children's Concert Series

photo: City of Everett website

Kenmore Summer Concert Series
Enjoy five weeks of free, diverse concerts on Thursday nights starting July 9. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and dinner and enjoy these outdoor concerts in beautiful Saint Edward State Park.

Saint Edward State Park
14445 Juanita Dr. N.E.
Kenmore, Wa 98028
425-823-2992
Online: kenmorewa.gov/events

Dates: July 9–Aug. 13, 2015
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Redmond Town Center Summer Concerts
We can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend (a little early!) than with a free concert put on by some of the hottest bands from around the Puget Sound. Mark your calendars and get ready to enjoy your fave tunes on Thursdays from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. starting on July 16. Psst! There will be activities for the kids and Paint Away will be hosting a kid’s event for parents to enjoy the concert solo.

Redmond Town Center
7525 166th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
425-867-0808
Online: redmondtowncenter.com/custom/summer_concert_series.php

Dates: July 16, 23 & 30, 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

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photo: PEPS/Nancy Treder Photography

Peanut Butter & Jam Family Concert Series – Tukwila
This popular noontime concert series will feature a star-studded lineup of local kindie performers on Wednesdays starting at the end of July and continuing through the month of August. Start the series off with Recess Monkey and Eric Ode and finish it up with The Not-Its! and Caspar Babypants. After you take in a rockin’ concert, hit the spray park or enjoy a picnic lunch in the large grassy area.

Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Ave. S.
Tukwila, Wa 98168
206-768-2822
Online: tukwilawa.gov/recreation/recbrochure.pdf

Date: July 29–Aug. 19, 2015
Time: noon- 1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Kids Club Concerts – Bonney Lake
For those families living in the South Sound, mark your calendars with a these fun, family events at Allan Yorke Park. For the third year, Kids Club events will be taking place on both Monday evenings and Tuesdays during the day, so everyone can join in the fun. Expect to see kindie faves like Recess Monkey, Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies and Eli Rosenblatt as well as a host of other kid-centric entertainers. View the entertainment schedule online.

Allan Yorke Park
7302 W. Tapps Hwy.
Bonney Lake, Wa  98391
Online: ci.bonney-lake.wa.us/section_community/parks_recreation/special_events.shtml#kidsclub

Dates: July 6-Sept. 1, 2015
Times: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays at 11 a.m.
Cost: Free

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photo: Suncadia

Summer Nights in the Village – Suncadia
If you’re planning a getaway to Suncadia this summer, check out some of the Northwest’s best musical talent at the resort’s outdoor amphitheater in July and August. Seven acts are scheduled to appear starting July 3. Pack your blankets, lawn chairs, and a picnic or purchase food and beverages from the on-site vendors and take in the stunning Cascade Mountain views at these free summer concerts.

Suncadia Village Amphitheater & Pavilion
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, Wa 98922
Online: suncadiaresort.com

Dates: July 3, 11 & 24 and Aug. 7, 15 & 28, 2015
Time: various times (check listing)
Cost: Free

Did we miss your favorite summer concert series? Let us know in the Comments below and we’ll add it to our list.

— Kristina Moy