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Where to Find the City’s Best Free (& Cheap) Summer Concerts

During the summer months, you can practically find an outdoor concert playing every night of the week. The best part? Most are either totally free or budget-friendly and designed for all ages. From country to kindie rock to big band, scroll down for a list of Seattle’s best outdoor summer concerts.

photo: Redondo Summer Concerts

Seattle Outdoor Concerts

Concerts at the LocksBallard
Most Saturday and Sunday afternoons (June through September), you can catch free summer concerts at the Ballard Locks. This summer’s lineup includes everything from The Letter Carriers (a contemporary big band) to the Pacific Cascade Big Band (playing swing music from the 1930s to the 1950s), plus a special 4th of July concert with music by the Seattle Civic Band. Psst! Don’t miss the Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra playing on August 17. Check the online calendar for schedule changes before you head out.

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 N.W. 54th St.
Seattle, WA 98107
206-783-7059
Online: ballardlocks.org

Dates: Sat. & Sun., June 1–Sep. 2, 2019
Times: 2 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
Cost: Free

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BECU ZooTunes presented by Carter Subaru – Woodland Park Zoo
This awesome summer concert series and major fundraiser for Woodland Park Zoo returns this summer with a fab lineup of artists from today’s top talent in rock, folk, soul and blues. 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 – North Meadow
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org/zootunes

Dates: June 16–Aug. 28, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Cost: $35 & up (one child 12 & under free with each paying adult)

Woodland Park Zoo Tunes

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

University Village Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Starting on July 10, University Village is the place to be on Wednesday nights. This always-popular all ages concert series will feature live music from some of Seattle’s best bands as well as a beer garden (presented by The Ram), gourmet bites and plenty of fun activities for the kids with plenty of running around room!

University Village
2623 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
206-525-3859
Online: uvillage.com/news-and-events

Dates: Wednesdays, July 10–Aug. 21, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free

Downtown Summer Sounds Concert Series – Downtown Seattle
This fave summer concert series, formerly known as Out to Lunch, will return in 2019 with dozens (and dozens!) of shows playing at various outdoor parks and venues throughout downtown Seattle. Concerts will take place every day of the work week and will feature exciting local and national acts. From afro-soul, rockabilly and Americana, to rock ‘n roll, R&B, electronic and indie, Downtown Summer Sounds will have something for you.(Psst! The 2019 concert schedule deets are still being worked out, so be sure to keep an eye on their website for more info.

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: Pike Place MarketFront, Van Vorst Plaza (426 Terry Ave. N.), Day One Playfield (2121 7th Ave.), City Hall Plaza, Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Union Square and Freeway Park.

Online: downtownseattle.org/events/downtown-summer-sounds

Dates & Times: TBD
Cost: Free 

photo: Downtown Seattle Association

West Seattle Hiawatha Summer Concerts
You don’t want to miss the Admiral Neighborhood Association’s free outdoor concerts now in its 11th season. The lineup has tons of hip local bands your family will love and some popular kiddie ones, too. Pack a picnic dinner and a blanket and enjoy these Thursday evening concerts.

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

Dates: Thursdays, July 18-Aug. 22, 2019
Time:  6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Concerts at the MuralSeattle Center
What could be better than enjoying an awesome outdoor summer concert in the shadow of the newly updated Space Needle? Concerts at the Mural is a free August series (four 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: Fridays, Aug. 2-23, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

photo: Seattle Center

BumbershootSeattle Center
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—H.E.R., Carly Rae Jepsen, The Lumineers and School of Rock Seattle are among this year’s performers. And even though tickets to this end-of-summer shindig don’t come cheap for adults, kids ages 7 & under are totally free!

Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Online: bumbershoot.com

Dates: Aug. 30–Sep. 1, 2019
Time: Daily at 11 a.m.
Cost: $220 to $795 (7 & under free with paying adult)

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.

photo: Carnegie Hill Library

Eastside and Beyond

Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery ConcertsWoodinville
The outdoor concerts at Ste. Michelle are geared for adults, but kids are welcome (a ticket is required for children age 3 & over, but they can still attend for free). This summer, there will be a lot of great talent, including Chicago, Michael McDonald, Chaka Khan, Norah Jones, Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Blondie, ZZTop, Cheap Trick, Josh Groban, Steve Miller Band and Chris Isaak. Shows kick off on June 13 and go through September 21, 2019.

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

Dates: June 13–Sep. 21, 2019
Time: Varies per concert
Cost: $35 & up

Kirkland Summer Concerts
This awesome concert series, held right at Kirkland’s Juanita Beach Park, will feature the best kindie bands in town (think: Caspar Babypants, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!) every Tuesday morning starting July 10. In addition to kiddie shows, all ages evening shows will take place on Thursday evenings starting on July 5 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 9-Aug. 20, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Marina Park (all age concerts)
25 Lakeshore Plaza Dr.
Kirkland, WA 98033
Online: kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com

Dates: July 11–Aug. 22, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

photo: Nancy Tredder for PEPS 

Concerts on the GreenIssaquah 
Starting on July 9, you and your kid crew 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: issaquahwa.gov/index.aspx?nid=777

Dates: Tuesdays, July 9–Aug. 27, 2019
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sammamish Concerts in the Park
This Thursday evening summer concert series will return to Pine Lake Park July 11. In addition to great family-friendly tunes, purchase tasty ice cream treats from the Sammamish Kiwanis and take advantage of the local food truck vendors on site. Psst! This is the perfect venue 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/parks-recreation/special-events

Dates: Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 15, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

photo: City of Everett

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 11. Bring a picnic lunch and a blanket and enjoy an hour of top-notch kindie performances from The Not-Its!, Recess Monkey, Brian Waite Band, Eric Herman & the Thunder Puppies, Ruth & Emilia, Joanie Leeds and Caspar Babypants.

Thornton A. Sullivan Park
11405 Silver Lake Rd.
Everett, WA 98208
425-257-7107
Online: everettwa.gov/808/Childrens-Concert-Series

Dates: Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 22, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Cost: Free

Kenmore Summer Concert Series
Enjoy six weeks of free, diverse concerts on Thursday nights starting July 11. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and dinner and enjoy these outdoor concerts in beautiful Saint Edward State Park. No Discover Pass required for concert-goers beginning at 4:30 p.m. so come early! Note: Construction may be ongoing near the Lodge at St Edward (seminary), but should not impact the concerts. View this summer’s lineup here.

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

Dates: Thursdays, July 11–Aug. 15, 2019
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Cost: Free

photo: The Not-Its!

Tunes @ TappsBonney Lake
On Wednesday evenings, enjoy the Outdoor Market at 5 p.m. and then stay to listen to great live music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Beginning on July 11, music groups include Anthem, The Beatniks, Heart by Heart, Sway, Folsom Prism and more. View the complete entertainment schedule online.

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

Dates: Wednesdays, July 10-Aug. 21, 2019
Times: 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Cost: Free

—Kristina Moy & Jeffrey Totey

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