Here’s our big list of (mostly) free outdoor summer music concerts in Seattle and cities around the Puget Sound region. If the weather looks iffy, check their website before you head out. Free outdoor entertainment is usually cancelled for rain or thunderstorms.
Live Nation Concert Week
Every year in May during Concert Week, Live Nation Entertainment/Ticketmaster offers fans an unbeatable deal—$25 tickets—to thousands of concerts and live music shows across North America. The annual week-long program kicks off ahead of the summer concert season, so it’s a great opportunity to fill your entertainment calendar with epic shows and live music from your favorite artists and save a ton of money over normal ticket prices. Here’s how Concert Week works:
- Concert Week $25 All In tickets are available for select Live Nation events, while inventory lasts. Visit LiveNation.com/ConcertWeek to see the full list of participating events (usually available 1-2 days before tickets sales begin in early May).
- Filter your search by participating events, venues, or artists, and/or nearest city. Select a show from the list, and then look for the ticket type labeled “Concert Week Promotion.” Add the ticket(s) to your cart and checkout. It’s that simple!
- All-in tickets include all fees upfront in the $25 cost. Any taxes will be added at checkout as applicable to each city, state, and venue.
The following venues are the nearest Live Nation to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.
- WHITE RIVER AMPHITHEATRE, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd SE, Auburn, WA 98092
- THE GORGE AMPHITHEATRE, 754 Silica Rd NW, George, WA 98848 (150 miles east of Seattle)
- HAYDEN HOMES AMPHITHEATER, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Dr, Bend, OR 97702 (325 miles south of Seattle)
- More info: Venues | Live Nation Events
2023 Live Nation $25 All In Tickets
The list of shows is typically announced a couple of days before general ticket sales open. Tickets include all fees upfront in the $25 cost. Any taxes will be added at checkout as applicable to each city, state and venue. Concert Week $25 All In tickets will become available beginning May 9 for pre-sale customers and May 10 for the general public (details below).
Pre-sale May 9: Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, May 9, 2023 for Verizon and Rakuten customers:).
- How to Access Verizon Presale: Verizon will offer customers an exclusive presale for Live Nation Concert Week in the U.S. through Verizon Up for select shows beginning Tuesday, May 9 at 10 AM ET (1 PM PT) through 11:59 PM local time (while supplies last). Verizon customers can unlock access to the presale by linking their Ticketmaster and Verizon accounts (linking can be completed anytime in advance, or during the presale window). More info: Verizon Up: Deals for Existing Customers & Special Offers
- How to Access Rakuten Presale: Rakuten members can purchase presale tickets starting Tuesday, May 9th at 10 AM ET (1 PM PT) until 11:59 PM ET (while supplies last). It’s free and easy to join Rakuten, and members get access to savings and rewards on the shopping platform, including Cash Back across 3,500+ stores. Sign up for Rakuten here to receive a presale access code, which will be available within the My Account page of Rakuten’s app or website. More info: Rakuten: Shop. Get Cash Back. Repeat.
General sale May 10-16 or while supplies last: Ticket sales for Concert Week $25 All In begin Wednesday, May 10th at 10 AM ET and continue through Thursday, May 16th at 11:59 PM—while supplies last. $25 All In tickets are limited, so try sooner than later in the week for the best selection. Search for available tickets on Live Nation Concert Week – $25 All In Tickets – May 10 Through May 16.
- Hilton Honors members can score tickets during Live Nation’s Concert Week by connecting their Hilton Honors and Ticketmaster accounts. Use your Hilton Honors Points to pay for all or part of their ticket purchases for select Concert Week shows. For more information about Tickets with Points, please visit Hilton Honors Experiences. The Hilton Honors program is free to join, and travelers can enroll online at Hilton Honors – Earn Points, Hotel Rewards, and More.
Make Music Day in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area
Make Music Day (MMD) is a free worldwide celebration of music always held on June 21 during the summer solstice (longest day of the year). Launched in 1982 in France as the “Fête de la Musique” (festival of music), MMD is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Over 90 U.S. cities take part. More info: Make Music Day.
Completely different from a traditional music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the community and public.
In the Seattle-Tacoma metro area, Make Music Day events are organized in several cities around the Puget Sound region. Each community organizes its own events. Each celebration has a distinct expression. All Make Music Day events are free and open to the public.
- Make Music Day Gig Harbor, WA. Free live music on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city
- Make Music Day Federal Way, WA. Free live music on streets, sidewalks, in businesses, libraries and parks.
- Make Music Day Issaquah, WA. Issaquah’s Downtown comes alive with 7 music stages of local performances & musicians of all ages are welcome to try out their musical talents. More info: Downtown Issaquah Association | Facebook
- Make Music Seattle, WA. LIVE performances, Music Lessons, Tiny Marching Bands, and more on the Seattle Waterfront, through Downtown Seattle, South Seattle, and neighborhoods across the city.
2023 Seattle outdoor summer concerts
Here are the major summer music concert series and music festivals in the city of Seattle. Find music in cities around the Puget Sound region below, following be a calendar of music events.
(Listed roughly north to south in Seattle)
Ballard Locks weekend summer concerts are presented Saturday and Sunday, June-Labor Day. More info: Hiram M. Chittenden-Ballard Locks summer concerts 2023
Volunteer Park Amphitheater FREE Summer Music Series, Thursday evenings, July 13 – August 17, 2023 from 6:00-8:30 pm. Bring your lawn chairs, friends and family to enjoy music, dance, and community. Food trucks will be available at every event. More info: Summer Series at the Amphitheater 2023 – Volunteer Park Trust
Downtown Summer Sounds 2023. July 7-Sept. 8. Most concerts NOON-1PM. Some late afternoon concerts. Free live, local music is back in downtown Seattle all summer long! With nearly 40 performances, the summer concert series continues a four-decade DSA tradition of bringing outdoor summer concerts to downtown workers, residents and visitors. All music genres. Enjoy some of the best local talent from around the Pacific Northwest. At Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Bell Street Park, and more spots across downtown. More info: Downtown Summer Sounds (downtownseattle.org)
Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural. On hiatus for 2023. More info: Seattle Center presents Music at the Mural
Columbia City BeatWalk street music festival has been hosted in south Seattle since 1995. Every 2nd Sunday, June-September. The informal event includes bands at multiple venues and on the sidewalks of the historic neighborhood. Hosted by neighborhood businesses, the lineup always features a diverse array of first-rate, local musicians. More info: ColumbiaCityBeatwalk | Facebook and ColumbiaCityBeatwalk (@columbiacitybeatwalk) • Instagram
Seattle Chamber Music in the park. Summer Festival Concerts outside for FREE evening concerts. Join this beloved tradition at three locations this July. More info: Chamber Music in the Park | Seattle Chamber Music Society
- JULY 15, 6:30 PM. Pier 62 (Waterfront Park)
- JULY 22, 7:00 PM. Bellevue Downtown Park
- JULY 29, 7:00 PM. Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill)
2023 outdoor summer concerts outside of Seattle
Here are the major summer music concert series and music festivals in the Puget sound region. Find a calendar of upcoming events below.
(Listed alphabetically by city)
Arlington free Saturday Concerts at Legion Park
Enjoy free outdoor concerts in Arlington at Legion Park (114 N Olympic Ave). 2023 dates: June 17, June 24, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 1. More info: Events-2023 (arlingtonwa.gov)3 and Community Events (arlingtonwa.gov)
Auburn KIDS SUMMERSTAGE Wednesdays at Les Gove
An exciting children’s outdoor entertainment series that will be LOADS of fun for kiddos and the adults who bring them! Pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy the lunchtime performances in Les Gove Park: Wednesdays, July 12 – August 16 at 12 NOON. More info: Kids Summerstage 2023 (auburnwa.gov) and Special Events (auburnwa.gov)
- July 12 – Reptile Isle – an educational, interactive reptile performance everyone enjoys.
- July 19 – Louie Foxx’s One Man Side Show – hilarious magic, mixed with goofy stunts.
- July 26 – Eric Ode – award winning children’s singer/songwriter and local favorite!
- August 2 – Eric Herman & the Puppy Dogs – super cool tunes for kids!
- August 9 -Matt Baker – hilarious comedy and amazing stunts!
- August 16 – The Magic of Jeff Evans – a fun, unforgettable interactive magic show.
Auburn Summer Sounds Thursdays at Les Gove
The perfect summer entertainment series the whole family will enjoy! Pack up a picnic dinner and enjoy the performances, which begin in Les Gove Park at 6:30PM. More info: Summer Sounds 2023 (auburnwa.gov) and Special Events (auburnwa.gov)
- Thursday, July 13: Slim Wizzy – Country, Blues and Rock
- Thursday, July 20: Ranger & The Re-Arrangers – “Hot Club Swing”
- Thursday, July 27: Michal Powers – Contemporary Jazz Guitarists and More
- Thursday, August 3: Auburn Symphony Brass Quintet – Pops Music
- Thursday, August 10: The Kim Archer Band – Soulful Singer, Songwriter
- Thursday, August 17: Wally & The Beavs – Rock n Roll Classics
Bellevue “Beats” weekday lunch summer concerts
Enjoy free outdoor music Tuesday-Thursday in summer during the lunch hour. More info: Bellevue Beats | 2023 Artist Lineup (bellevuedowntown.com)
Des Moines Wednesday Summer Concert Series
Des Moines Summer Concert Series every Wednesday evening, July5 – August 23, 7pm at Beach Park. Regional Artists, Food Trucks, Beer Garden. More info: Summer Concert Series (desmoinesartscommission.com) and Des Moines Beach Park Event Center | Facebook
Edmonds summer concert series at City Park
Summer concerts July 9 – august 29, 2023 on Sundays 3-4PM in City Park or Hickman Park and on Tuesdays/Thursdays 4:30-6PM in Hazel Miller Plaza. More info: Concerts 2023 – City of Edmonds, WA (edmondswa.gov)
Everett summer concerts at Port Gardner Landing
Everett Events Foundation is hosting summer concerts at Port Gardner Landing. 2023 Concerts TBA. More info: Everett Music at the Marina
Kent Station Concerts
In partnership with the City of Kent, July 12 – August 16, 2023 on Wednesdays | 6 – 8pm in the plaza in front of AMC. Snag a spot on a restaurant patio, or save one of the (handful) of seats provided, or bring your own chair. More info: Kent Summer Concert Series (kentstation.com)
- July12: The West Coast Feed High energy, boot stompin’ soul
- July 19: Lady A Blues, Soul and Funk
- July 26: Clinton Fearon and Boogie Brown Band Original Roots Reggae from Jamaica
- August 2: Chance McKinney Country/Rock
- August 9: Nite Wave Live 80’s New Wave
- August 16: The Cory Wilds Band Good time roots music. Everything from Willie Nelson to ZZ Top.
Lake Forest Park & Shoreline outdoor summer concerts
ShoreLake Arts is excited to bring back a full summer lineup for Concerts in the Park for 2023. Bring a low backed chair, picnic blanket, dinner, and enjoy the show. More info: Concerts in the Park | ShoreLake Arts
- Monday, June 19 | 6:00 PM. Shoreline City Hall Plaza (17500 Midvale Ave N)
- Wednesday, June 28 | 6.30pm. Pfingst Animal Acres Park (17425 Brookside Blvd NE)
- Wednesday, July 12 | 6.30pm. Richmond Beach Community Park (2201 NW 197th S)
- Wednesday, July 19 | 7pm (different start time!). Cromwell Park (18030 Meridian Ave N)
- Wednesday, July 26 | 6.30pm. Kruckeberg Botanic Gardens (20312 15th Ave NW)
Redmond Town Center Small Ensemble Concert Series
Performing Arts Center Eastside (PACE) at Redmond Town Center 5-7PM. ARTS WITHOUT BARRIERS is a celebration of free, live and family friendly performances. More info: Explore events in Redmond – Redmond Town Center
- May 19 – John Salzano
- May 20 – Kimo Muraki
- May 26 – Roz McCommon
- May 27 – Billy Brandt
- June 2 – Country Dave Harmonson
- June 3 – E Pruitt
- June 9 – Billy Brandt
- June 10 – Roz
- Jun 16 – John Salzano
- June 17 – Toby Brady
- June 24 – Kimo Muraki
- June 30 – Roz
Tacoma Point Ruston Summer Concert Series
On the Grand Plaza at Point Ruston, 5115 Grand Loop, Tacoma, 98407. 2023 Concerts TBA. More info: Events | Point Ruston
Washington State Parks free outdoor concerts
Open to the public. A Discover Pass is required for parking. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, picnics, warm clothing – and comfortable shoes (for dancing!).
- June 10, 24, July 8, 22, August 12, 26 at Cape Disappointment: Waikiki Beach 2023 Concert Series | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
- July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at Deception Pass: American Roots 2023 Concert Series | Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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Listed below are music events of all kinds, from no cover gigs to concerts and outdoor festivals in every music genre. Featured Events are list first each day, highlighted by a photo. Featured events are unique or annual events that we or our advertisers don’t want you to overlook.
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