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Nightlife & Music

Best Free Summer Concerts in Seattle

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When the weather gets sunny, the Seattle musicians turn out for some amazing music and lots of free concerts! Bring the kids, your lawn chairs and a snack or a sack lunch! Here’s where you can be entertained in Seattle this summer, even on your lunch break!

Soulful Sounds of Summer
Tuesdays and Wednesdays
July 10 – August 29
Kent Station
417 Ramsay Way
Kent, WA 98032
http://www.kentstation.com

Come to Kent Station for “Take Out Tuesday” on your lunch hour between 12:00pm – 1:00pm or “Date Night” Wednesday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm for free live concerts! During the concerts Kent Station will collect donations of food, clothing, or cash to benefit the Kent Food Bank. See the concert lineup online HERE.

Sounds of Summer Concert Series
Wednesdays
July 11 – August 15
6:00pm – 8:00pm
University Village
2623 NE University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
http://www.uvillage.com

Each year, fans come out to enjoy the long summer days and live music from an eclectic mix of local favorites and well-known artists. This year, the Sounds of Summer Concert Series will include its first-ever kid’s concert during the series on August 1, starring Seattle’s own Caspar Babypants.

The 2012 Sounds of Summer Concert Series line-up features:
July 11 – Hit Explosion
July 18 – The Dusty 45s
July 25 – LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends
August 1 – Clinton Fearon & The Boogie Brown Band
Kid’s concert at 5:00 p.m. – Caspar Babypants, featuring Chris Ballew from The Presidents of The United States of America
August 8 – Special Guest Appearance
August 15 – The Paperboys

In addition to their favorite bands, concert-goers can look forward to gourmet bites from University Village restaurants, a lively beer garden and fun children’s activities in the Land of Nod Play Area.

Music in the Park
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Wednesdays – North SeaTac Park
Thursdays – Lake Burien School Park
July 18 – August 16
6:30 – 8:00pm
http://www.discoverburien.com

Wednesdays
July 18 – August 8
North SeaTac Park
14000 Des Moines Memorial Drive
SeaTac, WA 98168

Thursdays
July 12 – August 16
Lake Burien School Park
SW 148th St. & 16th Ave SW Street
Burien, WA 98166

Enjoy music in the parks on Summer Evenings.

Celebrate Woodinville: Concerts in the Park
Wednesdays
July 18 – August 8
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Wilmot Gateway Park
17301 131st Avenue NE
Woodinville, WA 98072
http://www.celebratewoodinville.com

A Summertime Wine Garden will be open from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at each concert, with glass pours of Red, White and Rose’ wines available for purchase from premiere Woodinville Wine Country wineries and tasting rooms. These are eco-friendly, BYOG events and guests are invited to “Bring Your Own Glass.” Celebrate Woodinville Concerts in the Park are free, family-friendly events showcasing a variety of high-energy bands playing fun music for all ages. A selection of food options will be available for purchase from local restaurants, or you can bring a picnic.

Concerts at the Mural
Fridays
August 3, 10, 17 and 24
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109
http://www.seattlecenter.com

Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in four FREE all-ages shows, tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene. Come early to get your seats, and enjoy the beer/wine garden, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. Click HERE for the lineup.

Free Concerts Thursdays at Noon
Thursdays
July 12 – August 30
City Hall
600 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
http://www.seattle.gov

Presented by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, Seattle Presents features FREE concerts by Seattle artists at City Hall. In 2012, the outdoor lunchtime concerts will be performed at the City Hall plaza. For a list of the performances, click HERE.

Out to Lunch Concert Series
July 11 – September 21
Various Seattle Parks & Venues
http://www.downtownseattle.com

Ready for an outdoor, musical lunch break? Check out these concerts on Wednesdays and Fridays around downtown Seattle, in various parks and venues. All concerts are noon–1:30pm, except for the evening concerts, which are from 5:30–7:00pm. For a calendar of events, click HERE.

Concerts at the Locks
Saturdays and Sundays
June 2 – September 9
Hiram M. Chittenden Locks
3015 54th St NW
Seattle, WA 98107

Head over to the Ballard Locks with the kids, a blanket and a picnic any weekend during summer in Seattle, and hear a menagerie of amazing local artists. The concerts are always FREE and family friendly. For the lineup of artists, click HERE.

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