With summer officially over, the Seattle area begins settling into the balmy days of fall. With the seasonal change you can expect cooler, milder weather. However, there will still be some sunny days to enjoy the numerous outdoor activities and events the Seattle area has to offer. While the majority of Seattle’s outdoor concerts take place during the summer months, there are a few concert series and music events that continue to draw the masses through the fall season.
U.S. Cellular Concert Series
Central Washington State Fair
1301 S. Fair Ave.
Yakima, WA 98901
(509) 248-7160

Dates: Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m.

The Central Washington State Fair is an annual 10-day event in Yakima, Washington. Each year, the state fair features an outdoor concert series with a variety of country and rock music performers. For 2015, the state fair’s U.S. Cellular Concert Series will have performances by The Beach Boys, Blue Oyster Cult, Parmalee, Loverboy, Three Dog Night and many more. All concerts are free to attend and included with your paid fair admission ticket. Each concert also has a limited number of reserved seating options available for an additional $8 and $12.

Columbia Bank Concert Series
The Puyallup Fair / Washington State Fair
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 845-1771

Dates: Friday, Sept. 25 to Sunday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The Puyallup Fair, also known as the Washington State Fair, has annual outdoor concerts in the fair’s grandstand arena. For 2015, the Columbia Bank Concert Series is featuring live performances by Kool & The Gang and En Vogue, pop music sensation Jason Derulo and the award-winning American rapper Pitbull. Reserved seating options are available for all outdoor concerts, and admission to the fair is included in the ticket price. For an additional ticket price, a few of the annual concerts also offer a pre-show party where concert attendees can enjoy dinner, drinks and dancing prior to the start of the show.

12th Annual Decibel Festival
DB In The Park / Volunteer Park
1247 15th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 684-4555

Date: Sunday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m.

The 12th annual Decibel Festival will be held at a variety of Seattle locations, including the outdoor venue at Volunteer Park. This electronic music festival will feature interactive multimedia art and live music performances. Festival-goers can expect live DJ sets by Christian Martin, J. Phlip and a lineup of special mystery guests that have yet to be announced. This event is free and for all ages.

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12th Annual Decibel Festival
DB Boat Party 1 And 2 / The Islander Cruise Ship
1611 Fairview Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102

Dates: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 and 27 at 1:30 p.m.

The 2015 Decibel Festival will also have two outdoor music events aboard the Seattle-based party boat, The Islander Cruise Ship. These events will be for adults 21 and over and will cost $35 in advance, or $40 the date of the show. DJs spinning aboard the DB party boat will include M.A.N.D.Y., System of Survival, Doza, DJ Tennis, Roman Flugel, Andy Warren and Gingko. Drinks and food will be available and dancing is, of course, always encouraged.

Modern Sky Music Festival
Mural Amphitheatre At Seattle Center
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 684-7200

Date: Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015 at 1 p.m.

The Modern Sky Music Festival originated in China and is now coming to Seattle. This all-ages event will take place at the Seattle Center’s outdoor Mural Amphitheatre, and both general admission and VIP ticket packages are available for purchase. Bands scheduled to perform at this music festival include The Black Lips, Gang of Four, Ariel Pink, New Pants, Hedgehog, Miserable Faith and more. In addition to live band performances, the Modern Sky Music Festival will feature a beer and wine garden, a specialty food market with menu items from local restaurants and a catered buffet for VIP ticket holders.

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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 Examiner.com.