Seattle’s guide to local summer music festivals 2022

The Capitol Hill Block Party also has Flo Milli and Toro Y Moi on the books. | Photo by Christine Mitchell

It just doesn’t feel like summer until you’ve been either sunburnt to a crisp jamming out on Capitol Hill or chilled out with a glass of wine on the lawn of Chateau Ste. Michelle’s amphitheater. So we’re pumped that so many festivals are making their return after the long, two-year pauses.

There’s a lot going on this summer, so here’s a quick round-up of all the ways you can get your groove on. 

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

Capitol Hill Block Party | Capitol Hill | Fri., July 22-Sun., Jul 24 | $85+ | This local festival that takes over the Pike/Pine + Broadway pavement features big popstars like Charlie XCX and local faves like King Youngblood

Day In Day Out Fest | Fisher Green Pavilion, Seattle Center | Fri., Aug. 12-Sun., Aug. 14 | $85+ | This festival features indie favorites like Mitski, The National + Mac DeMarco with DJ sets from KEXP folks and other locals.

Day Trip Festival | Fisher Green Pavillion, Seattle Center | Sun., Aug. 7 | $60+ | If you’re really looking to get in some summer cardio or pull out your Coachella-esque wardrobe, this one-day festival is sure to satisfy with a dancey line-up featuring Kaytranada and Purple Disco Machine.

If you like good music in smaller bites

Chateau Ste Michelle Summer Concert Series | Chateau Ste Michelle Amphitheatre, Woodinville | Dates between Wed., June 15 + Sat., Sept. 17 | $49.50+ | Lots of the shows have already sold out, but tickets are still available for bands like She & Him and Amos Lee

Washington State Fair | Puyallup | Fri., Sept. 2-Sun., Sept. 25 | $40+ | Grab a funnel cake — this lineup spans many genres with performances from Blake Shelton, Nelly, Kidz Bop, Lindsey Stirling, and Lynyrd Skynrd. 

Zoo Tunes | Woodland Park Zoo | Dates between Wed., June 15 + Sun., Aug. 28 | $45 | Hey — giraffes like to groove, too. This concert series benefits the zoo’s programs + animal care (maybe some chiropractors for those aching dancing giraffe necks). Grab your low-backed chair and jam out to acts like Chaka Khan or the Shakey Graves.

If you’ll drive for the right band

Thing Festival | Port Townsend | Fri., Aug. 26-Sun., Aug. 28 | $129.50+ | This festival of “music, arts, and other things” includes a line-up with some big names like Modest Mouse and Father John Misty, plus artist workshops and theater talks.