In June 2017, it’s best to plan free and cheap things to do indoors as well as out. As most longtime residents know, June weather can be iffy, with a fair number of cloudy, drizzly, though warm (70°F) temperatures. Either way, we’ve got you covered (and uncovered). Father’s Day is June 18th, be sure to check our website and calendar for special Dad events. Some June highlights:
Bellevue Jazz Festival continues through June 4 and SIFF film festival through June 11.
There are two free days at Washington State parks, when the Discover Pass is not needed: June 3 and June 10. The next one isn’t until August. This is a good time to try something new and plan a picnic or a hike in a park you don’t usually frequent.
Festivals happen every weekend in every corner of the region. Many are community or street festivals with the usual fun: food, vendors, rides, kids’ activities, music, and art. For June, there are also strawberry festivals, maritime festivals, and solstice festivals. Check the yuuuge list below.
Each month we scour venues in Seattle and around Puget Sound to find worthwhile things to do that don’t cost a bundle. We highlight notable events in arts and entertainment throughout the region. We aim for free events or those that cost $15 or less, but include more expensive events if they are popular or extraordinary.
- Find discount entertainment tickets for upcoming shows on our cheap tickets page.
Seattle Sounders FC home game. Seattle Sounders single game tickets.
- June 4 vs Houston Dynamo in Seattle
- June 21 vs Orlando City SC in Seattle
Seattle Sounders FC away games. Best Seattle bars to watch soccer.
- June 17, 217 vs New York City FC in NYC
- June 25 vs Portland Timbers in Portland
Take me out to the ballgame!
- How to get discount tickets to Seattle Mariners baseball games
- How to get save on tickets to Tacoma Rainiers minor league baseball games
CenturyLink Field weekend public tours in Seattle. Friday-Saturday, October-May, tours begin at 10:30, 12:30pm and 2:30pm. EVENT COST $14. The hour and a half long tour will entertain and educate everyone who enjoys football and soccer, whether you canâ€™t tell a first down from a touchdown, a goal from a goalie, or you are a die-hard fan. There is no need to make reservations for a public tour, however tours leave promptly. Arrive no less than 30 minutes prior to the tour departure time to purchase your tickets at the Seahawks Pro Shop. Winter tours: http://www.centurylinkfield.com/tour-centurylink-field/
Movies & Filmmaking
- June 1 – 11. SIFF film festival. https://www.siff.net/festival
- June 8. Free meme mashup in Seattle. http://nwfilmforum.org/live/page/calendar/4407
- June 1 – 4. Six one-act original plays by local playwrights during Fair Play Fest at Eclectic Theater on Capitol Hill. https://eclectictheater.wordpress.com/one-act-play-festival/
- June 4 – 25. Outdoor concert every Sunday on the lawn at Hiram M. Chittenden (Ballard) Locks. http://www.nws.usace.army.mil/Portals/27/docs/civilworks/locks_dams/chittenden/Locks100/2017%20Centennial%20Events%20Poster.pdf
- June 21. Make Music Street Festival features dozens of musicians of all ages and skill levels playing in public places on the longest day of the year. http://www.makemusicday.org/seattle/
- June 21 – 25. Seattle International Festival of Improv at Unexpected Productions near Pike Place.Â Discount tickets $4.75.
- June 1 – 4. Bellevue Jazz Festival. http://www.bellevuedowntown.com/events/bellevue-jazz-blues-festival/schedule
- June 2 – 4. Street band festival HONK! Fest West. https://www.honkfestwest.org/
- June 2 – 4. Bite of Greece at St. Demetrios in Seattle. http://www.biteofgreeceseattle.com/
- June 2 – 4. Waterfront Festival in Edmonds. http://www.edmondswaterfrontfestival.org/
- June 3. $5 Taste of Kent and International cultural fair. http://www.kentinternationalfestival.com/
- June 3. Medieval fair in Bremerton (14 miles via ferry, 65 miles via freeway). http://www.kitsapmedievalfaire.org/
- June 3 and June 10. Washington State Parks Free Days. http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov/136/State-Parks-Free-Days
- June 3 – 4. Bulldozer day at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, where children can operate heavy construction equipment, police cars and fire engines. http://seattle.dozerday.org/questions-and-answers/
- June 3 – 4. Philippines festival at Seattle Center. http://www.seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=9
- June 3 – 4. Small-town festival in Duvall. https://duvalldays.org/
- June 5 – 8. Made in Seattle Week features presentations about local industries (technology, design, music, food, and beer). https://madeinseattle.splashthat.com/
- June 8 – 11, Sheepdogs Classic on Vashon Island. http://www.vashonsheepdogclassic.com/
- June 9 – 11. Sorticulture Garden festival in Everett. https://everettwa.gov/823/Sorticulture-Garden-Arts-Festival
- June 9 – 11. Community festival in Maple Valley. http://www.maplevalleydays.com/
- June 10. Boatfest on National Marina Day at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. https://www.portseattle.org/Marinas/Shilshole-Bay-Marina/Pages/Shilshole-Boatfest.aspx
- June 10. Georgetown Carnival in south Seattle. http://georgetownmerchants.org/georgetown-carnival.htm
- June 10. Gay Pride Festival (formerly Pride Family Picnic) at Volunteer Park in Seattle. http://seattlepride.org/events/picnic/
- June 10 – 11. Evergreen Mountain bike fest in Issaquah. http://www.evergreenmtbfestival.com/
- June 10 – 11. Festival Sundiata celebrates African-American culture at Seattle Center. http://seattlecenter.com/festal/detail.aspx?id=2
- June 10 – 11. PhotoFest free talks and workshops about photography in Seattle. http://www.glazerscamera.com/photofest
- June 15 – 18. Festival of Sail. See historic tall sailing ships in Tacoma. http://festofsailtacoma.com/
- June 16 – 17. Health & fitness expo at CenturyLink in Seattle. http://www.runrocknroll.com/seattle/the-weekend/health-fitness-expo/
- June 16 – 18. Strawberry Festival in Marysville.
- June 16 – 18. Wooden yacht parade & tour at Bell Harbor Marina in Seattle.
- June 16 – 18. Meeker Days Street Fair in Puyallup. http://www.puyallupmainstreet.com/events/meeker-days/
- June 16 – 18. Art fair in Edmonds. http://www.edmondsartsfestival.com/
- June 17. Community festival at Morgan Junction in West Seattle. http://www.morganjunction.org/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2017/06/17/113/-/morgan-junction-community-festival
- June 17. Fremont Solstice Parade, world-famous for its nude painted cyclists who ride at 12:45 p.m. http://fremontartscouncil.org/parade/
- June 17 – 18. Fremont Fair. http://www.fremontsolstice.com/
- June 17 – 18. Wild Strawberry festival in Burien. https://www.burienwa.gov/index.aspx?NID=773
- June 18. Vintage and classic car show in Issaquah. http://www.fendersonfrontstreet.com/
- June 22 – 25. Indoor art show at Bastyr University in Kenmore. http://www.artsofkenmore.org/artists/kenmore-art-show/
- June 23. Kids Day in Auburnâ€™s Les Gove Park. Mostly free. http://www.auburnwa.gov/things_to_do/community/kd_s_p206.htm
- June 23 – 25. Taste of Tacoma at Point Defiance Park. https://www.tasteoftacoma.com/
- June 24. PrideFest Capitol Hill in Seattle. http://www.seattlepridefest.org/caphill/
- June 24 Greenwood Car Show in north Seattle. http://www.greenwoodcarshow.com/
- June 24 – 25. Pet Con at Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. http://www.seatacpetcon.com/
- June 24 – 25. Oddmall Emporium of the Weird features unusual arts and crafts at Everett Community College. https://www.facebook.com/events/635447426636507/
- June 24 – 25. Midsomer Festival ($10) features 14th century fun in Carnation. http://www.camlann.org/midsomer%20festival.htm
- June 24 – 25. Strawberry Festival by Eastside Heritage Center at Crossroads Park in Bellevue. http://www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org/Home.asp
- June 24 – 25. Juried Arts Festival at Shoreline Center. http://www.shorelinearts.net/shoreline-arts-festival/
- June 24 – 25. Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show in the Exhibition Hall at Seattle Center. https://www.facebook.com/events/642220882629399/
- June 25. Skandia Midsommarfest at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore. Free.
- June 25. Pride Parade starts 11 a.m. at 4th & Union and ends near Seattle Center, site of Seattle PrideFest, the largest lesbian, gay, and transgender event in the Northwest. https://www.facebook.com/events/1222465257872810/
- June 3 – 4. Maritime festival in Gig Harbor (50 miles south). https://www.gigharborchamber.net/2017-about-us/2017-chamber-annual-events/test-maritime-gig-festival
- June 3 – 4. Waterfront festival in Anacortes (80 miles north). http://anacortes.org/waterfront-festival/
- June 3 – 4. Artistsâ€™ Studio Tour on San Juan Islands. (107 miles north via ferry). http://www.sanjuanislandartists.com/
- June 17. Sweet Onion festival in Walla Walla (260 miles southeast). http://sweetonions.org/festival
Art & Museums
- Free entrance to Seattle, Bellevue, and Tacoma museums with your library card. Free entrance is available to selected museums throughout the Puget Sound region if you have a library card for Seattle Public libraries, King County libraries, or Pierce County libraries.
- Free 1st Thursdays at Seattle museums: http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-1st-thursdays-at-seattle-museums/
- Free 3rd Thursdays at Bellevue and Tacoma museums: http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-museum-days-seattle-tacoma-bellevue/
- Free 1st Friday at Bellevue Art Museum: http://www.bellevuearts.org/
- Free 1st Saturday at Volunteer Park Conservatory in Seattle: https://volunteerparkconservatory.org/
- Always Free Museums: http://www.greaterseattleonthecheap.com/free-museum-days-seattle-tacoma-bellevue/
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Each month at GreaterSeattleonthecheap we offer a list of free and cheap things to do in Seattle and around Puget that break the ban. We highlight mostly free events in arts and entertainment throughout the region, and a few interesting events that cost $15 or less, plus how to get discounts on more expensive events.