Seattle’s guide to local summer music festivals

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The Capitol Hill Block Party started as just one stage and five bands in 1997.

Photo by Christine Mitchell

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As local summer fests start releasing their lineups, we can’t wait to jam out in Capitol Hill or chill on the Woodland Park Zoo lawn.

Here are all the ways you can get your groove on when the weather warms up.

In this photo taken during 2023's Day In Day Out Festival, a band plays for a large group during the day, while the Space Needle stands clearly overhead all of the dancing.

Directly underneath the Space Needle is quite the place to jam out at.

Photo by Travis Trautt via Day In Day Out Festival

If you want a party + don’t mind sweatin’

Day In Day Out Fest | July 12-14 | Fisher Green Pavilion, Seattle Center | $85+ | This year’s party includes Bleachers (manned by Taylor Swift’s longtime producer), Carly Rae Jepsen, and locally grown folk band The Head and the Heart.

Queer/Pride Festival | June 28-30 | 11th Avenue between Pike + Pine | $69+ | LGBTQ+ icons like Tegan and Sara and Santigold are certain to be a high-energy way to round out Pride Month.

Capitol Hill Block Party | July 19-21 | Pike/Pine + Broadway | $235+ | This year’s lineup includes Kaytranada, Still Woozy, Chappell Roan, The Beaches, and many more cool acts.

A cyclist with a rainbow umbrella hat rides a bike with an airplane-like front that says "Festival '73: Bumbershoot Seattle Center" and a propeller

Bumbershoot had some quirky acts in its early days.

Photo via Seattle Municipal Archives

If you’re looking for some culture

Bumbershoot | Labor Day weekend | Seattle Center | $70-$350 | This year’s visual arts programming includes a music video competition, breakdancing, double dutch, fashion marketplace, indie films, a Bigfoot deepfake competition, and even a cat circus. We’ll know more about the musical lineup later this spring.

Northwest Folklife | May 24-27 | Seattle Center | Free | One of Seattle’s crunchiest and most beloved events highlights PNW culture with folk art fashion shows, tons of local artisans, musical performances, and lots of good food.

The concert stage at Chateau Ste Michelle winery in Seattle; there's a crowd standing and sitting in front of the stage.

It’s almost summer concert season, Seattle.

If you like good music in smaller bites

ZooTunes | Woodland Park Zoo | June 16 and August 21 | $45 | Hey — giraffes like to groove, too. This concert series benefits the zoo’s programs + animal care, so grab your low-backed chair and jam out to acts like the Violent Femmes and Norah Jones.

Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series | Chateau Ste Michelle Amphitheatre | Select dates from May 25 to Sept. 28 | $50.50+ | The venue will celebrate its 40th season with a star-studded 2024 schedule featuring 26 headliners including Sarah McLachlan (May 25 + May 26); Maren Morris (June 1); Beck (July 3); Harry Connick Jr. (July 12 + July 13); John Legend (July 20 + July 21); and Indigo Girls + Amos Lee (Sept. 28). Tickets go on sale Monday, March 25 at 10 a.m.

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