Best Free Summer Concerts In Seattle

May 25, 2015 5:00 AM

Waving during the concert

Summer is nearly here and it’s time to start gearing up for the upcoming summer concerts throughout the city of Seattle. While there are a number of music festivals that take place each year, what you may not know is that several of these entertaining events are completely free and fun for the entire family. So grab your blankets, lawn chairs, a picnic lunch or dinner and sit back and enjoy the sunny summer days featuring amazing music at these free Seattle summer concerts.
Concerts At The Mural
Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

Dates: Fridays in August at 5:30 p.m.

The Seattle Center and local Seattle radio station, KEXP 90.3 FM, host this annual music festival called Concerts at the Mural, an ongoing event in the month of August that takes place each Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Concerts at the Mural is a completely free event for people of all ages and is family, and picnic, friendly. It is recommended that concert goers arrive early as the lawn area fills quickly. The band and artist line-up for this music festival will be announced via the event’s webpage in June. Adults 21-and-older may also enjoy the on-site beer and wine garden.

Sounds Of Summer Concert Series
University Village
2623 N.E. University Village St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 523-0622

Dates: Wednesdays, from July 8 to August 19, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Seattle’s University Village open-air shopping center hosts the annual Sounds of Summer concert series which takes place each Wednesday evening from July 8 to August 19, starting at 6:30 p.m. Music lovers can look forward to a variety of local bands playing this series of free concerts. Past acts have included LeRoy Bell, The Paperboys, Hit Explosion and many more. The full band and artist line-up will be announced via the University Village events webpage. Come out and dance, sing, drink at the on-site beer garden or grab a bite to eat from one of your favorite University Village restaurants.

Seattle Peace Concerts
Various Seattle Parks and Venues
(206) 706-3035

Dates: Sundays in June, July, August from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Seattle Peace Concerts (SPC) is a series of free Sunday afternoon concerts that take place at various Seattle parks and venues around the city. Concert locations will include the Lower Woodland Park Zoo Shelter, Gas Works Park, Volunteer Park and Magnuson Park Beach. While these concerts are completely free, SPC will happily accept any food bank donations concert goers wish to bring. Some of this year’s scheduled bands include Randy Hansen, Movin’ Mountains, Ultra Violet Uforia and Two Sided Trio. The full concert line-up is posted at the SPC events page.

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Summer Concerts In The Park
Various Seattle Parks and Venues
(206) 417-4645

Dates: Wednesdays in July and August, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Summer Concerts in the Park is another free concert series that is held at various locations just north of Seattle in the city of Shoreline. Venue locations include Lake Forest Park, Animal Acres Park, Richmond Beach Park and Cromwell Park. These free concert events are picnic and family-friendly, taking place every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. from July to August. So pack your picnic baskets and bring the kids to enjoy performances by artists such as The Wild Snohomians, the Neil Diamond tribute band Cherry Cherry Band, The Portage Bay Big Band playing swing music or original country artist, Jessica Lynne. View the complete concert line-up here.

Out To Lunch Concert Series
Downtown Seattle – Various Seattle Parks and Venues
(206) 623-0340

Dates: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from early July to early September – concerts from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Seattle’s Out to Lunch Concert Series is presented annually by the Office of Arts and Culture and the Metropolitan Improvement District. These free concerts feature various genres of music and take place Wednesday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday concerts are held at Seattle’s City Hall Plaza, while Thursday and Friday concerts are held at a variety of locations around the city, including Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Harbor Steps, Waterfront Park and many more. The full concert line-up will be announced via the Summer In Seattle webpage.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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