From Fourth of July fireworks shows to outdoor concerts and movies, your summer calendar is swelling with social engagements. Herewith, your go-to guide for what to do during the warm-weather months.
When the sun comes out in Seattle, so does the music. Heating up in June and powering through September are a number of outdoor music experiences that will knock your shades off.
Capitol Hill Block Party
Showcasing more than 100 local and national artists during three days, the Capitol Hill Block Party is a prime example of our city’s knack for packing a whole lotta good into any and all space provided. (Read: Expect crowds.) This music festival is unique in its urban setting – at one moment you could be listening to Seattle band Beat Connection, the next you’re dancing to Canadian electrofunk duo Chromeo, and before you know it, you’re taking to the streets to hear rapper A$AP Rocky (yes, all these acts will be at CHBP this year). Full lineup and information at capitolhillblockparty.com.
7/25-7/27, tickets $50 presale, $60 at the door. 3-day passes $125. Gates at 3 p.m. on Friday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
University Village Sounds of Summer
Enjoy these free Wednesday concerts even if you’re just passing through for a quick shopping errand, but know that amid the live music there will be a beer garden, gourmet bites from U Village restaurants, face painting and a kid’s play area for those who’d like to stay a while. Full lineup and information at uvillage.com.
Free. 6:30 p.m.-8:30p.m. 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20. University Village, 2623 NE University Village St.
Out to Lunch Concert Series
Every year from July 9 to September 5, Seattle’s downtown parks are inundated with sweet, sweet music during lunch hour. These bite-size music performances feature some amazing bands (including Delhi 2 Dublin, The Horde and the Harem, and Hey Marseilles). All 27 concerts in this series are free. Study the expansive list of shows and times here.
Free. 12 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Every Wed, Thurs and Fri 7/9-9/5. Locations vary
Seattle Peace Concert Series
Seattle Peace Concerts (SPC) is a volunteer- and donation-based non-profit that has been using music to connect with and protect our natural world since 1981. The SPC series will be rocking the city’s non-downtown parks this summer: Gas Works, Magnuson, Volunteer, and Woodland parks. Admission is free, but food bank donations are encouraged. Find a list of showtimes at seapeace.org
Free. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. 6/15, 6/29, 7/13, 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21
Zootunes Concert Series
The 2014 Zootunes concert lineup includes big-name artists such as Ziggy Marley, Gregg Allman from the Allman Brothers, and the Portland jazz and classical ensemble Pink Martini, all playing the outdoor stage at the Woodland Park Zoo. Expect a family- and picnic-friendly atmosphere. Zoo animals get to experience the music for free, but humans require tickets (not included with park entry). Full lineup and information at zoo.org/zootunes
Prices vary. 6 p.m. 6/22, 7/2, 7/6, 7/30, 7/31, 8/6, 8/10, 8/17, 8/20, 8/21, 8/24
In a town known for its sincere appreciation of film, it’s no surprise that the warmer months are loaded with outdoor movies. Fill up your trunk with seating, refreshments and whatever else strikes your fancy and enjoy a feature film under the stars at one of these venues.
Fremont Outdoor Movies
The Fremont Outdoor Cinema summer movie series has been as fun as it is crazy for 20 years, and isn’t about to stop. Showings usually include a zany event themed around the movie (in past years we’ve seen Cowboy Strip Poker for Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, a Huggies Diaper relay for the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona, and an Edward Scissorhands-themed haircut contest), and the audience is generally encouraged to participate. On deck for opening night is Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums, which is free, but after that, films will require individual tickets (prices vary) or a season pass (as low as $30). Full movie list and event details at fremontoutdoormovies.com.
Prices vary. Seating opens at 7 p.m., movies at dusk. 7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/15, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30. 3501 Phinney Ave N.
Movies at the Mural
Watch a movie on the Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre lawn – right beneath the space needle and in front of a giant screen. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so show up early if you want a prime spot (we suggest bringing some grub and having a picnic first). This season’s family-friendly film selections include The Princess Bride, Gravity and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Get the full movie list at seattlecenter.com/moviesatthemural.
Free. Movies start at dusk (around 9 p.m.), 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23.
West Seattle Outdoor Movies
Nestled in a courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, this outdoor movie series has a bit of cozy charm that you won’t find at the other venues. See the full list of showings here.
Free. 8:30 p.m. 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23. Courtyard next to Hotwire Online Coffeehouse, 4410 California Ave SW
Redhook Moonlight Cinema
Redhook Brewery in Woodinville is offering an outdoor movie experience rife with food, drink and merriment. Beer, wine and some serious chow from Redhook’s kitchens (gluten-free, vegan and veggie options available), are all sold until the movie starts. No outside food or beverages allowed; guests ages 18+ only; low-back chairs and blankets are encouraged. For a full list of films, visit Redhook.com/calendar.
$5. 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, and 8/28. Red Hook Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville, WA
Patio Movies at King’s Hardware
Every Sunday in June, Ballard pub and eatery King’s Hardware is showing a movie on its covered back patio. The theme for the entire series is “comeback movies,” so prepare for rowdy crowds and films such as Terminator 2, Rocky IV, and Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Movies begin at sundown, so it’s a good idea to show up early and grab a beer, some bourbon or one of the eatery’s hand-formed burgers. Full movie list here.
Free. Movies begin at dusk, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29. King’s Hardware, 5225 Ballard Ave NW
Summer brings all kinds of wonderful to Seattle, including these amazing, must-do festivals.
Ballard Seafood Fest
The 40th annual Ballard SeafoodFest celebrates Ballard’s maritime heritage with three performance-packed music stages, local brewers and more barbecued salmon than you can shake a three-pronged stick at. Admittance is free, and the food (street fare with a nautical twist) hovers around $10 - $15. New for 2014 is the Ballard Skate Festi-Bowl on Saturday July 12, featuring a slalom competition, skate exhibition and all-ages skateboarding instruction course. For more information, visit seafoodfest.org.
7/12–7/13, Free entry. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.-7p.m. Downtown Ballard
Magnolia Summerfest & Art Show
A spectacular art show, Magnolia’s own Seafair Parade celebration (complete with a kids’ parade), a sidewalk sale with tons of local vendors, more than 20 live bands and an outdoor movie. Additional info is posted at magnoliasummerfest.org.
8/1–8/2, Free entry. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Magnolia Playfield, 2518 34th Ave W.
2014 Washington Brewers’ Festival
All hail the mighty beer! This year’s Washington Brewers’ Festival will feature more than 300 different beers from 88 breweries – all based in Washington. This all-ages beer festival on Father’s Day weekend offers great food, live music and a kids playground (so dads can catch a little break). For the full rundown, visit washingtonbeer.com/wa-brewers-fest.
6/13–6/15, Friday, 4 p.m.-9:30p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Marymoor Park, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond WA
Bremerton Blackberry Festival
Hop on the ferry for this year’s Bremerton Blackberry Festival. Aside from blackberries and every blackberry-inspired dish you can imagine, you’ll find such diverse entertainment as foot races/fun runs, car shows, airplane fly-overs and tons of live music. This lively event takes over a sizeable chunk of Bremerton’s waterfront for three days. Check it out for yourself at blackberryfestival.org.
8/30–9/1, Saturday, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. -6 p.m.; Monday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 2nd Street & Washington, Bremerton, WA