Capitol Hill Block Party Courtesy: Jim Bennett

After Dark

Soak up every second of Seattle’s seemingly endless summer nights.

Outdoor Concerts

Capitol Hill Block Party Courtesy: Jim Bennett

Live music fills the air during Woodland Park Zoo’s summer ZooTunes (* series. Alfresco music echoes beneath the Space Needle Friday evenings in August as part of Concerts at the Mural (* Meanwhile, headliners like Jason Mraz, Vance Joy, and Barenaked Ladies grace the lawn of Marymoor Park ( June through September.

Music Festivals

Summer brings some of the biggest fests to town. Three of the city’s largest are Pioneer Square’s Upstream Music Fest + Summit (, a Paul Allen event which starred curated performances from more than 200 acts in early June; Capitol Hill Block Party (July 20–22;, featuring a heavy-hitting alt-indie lineup; and Seattle Center’s Bumbershoot (Aug 31–Sep 2;, bringing headliners across all genres to town. Sets run throughout the day and well after dark.

Alfresco Theater

The 18th annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival (July 14–15; features three stages in leafy Volunteer Park with 16 performances by 10 local theater companies. Bonus: the shows are completely free.

Dance on the Beach

Show off your best moves by moonlight during Belltown Dance Studio’s ( annual Salsa & Bachata on Alki Beach series. Intro lessons start an hour prior to each dance session, and no partners are necessary.


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