Outdoor summer concerts, often enjoyed with a picnic while lounging on a nice green lawn, are a summer tradition in and around Seattle. There's something extra special about savoring good drink and live music under the stars on a warm summer night. These concerts are extremely popular, so advance ticket purchase is recommended. Here are the Puget Sound region's top outdoor venues that host an annual summer concert series.
Outdoor Summer Concerts in the Seattle Area
- Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series – Chateau Ste. Michelle is a beautiful winery, vineyard, and estate located in Woodinville, east of Seattle. Their well-known outdoor summer concerts take place on a sloping lawn. To make the most of your Chateau Ste. Michelle concert experience, be sure to arrive early (mid-afternoon) to enjoy a winery tour and tasting, to wander the winery grounds, and then savor an outdoor picnic before the music begins. Food can be purchased on site, or you can bring a picnic with non-alcoholic beverages.
- Woodland Park Zoo: Zootunes – One of the more family-friendly outdoor concert venues, Woodland Park Zoo offers a smaller, flat lawn where you can enjoy such musical acts as Ziggy Marley or the Carolina Chocolate Drops. While the concert space is inside of the zoo grounds, your concert ticket gets you into the performance only. Food, snacks, and some alcoholic beverages are available for purchase on-site. Or you can bring your own picnic, but no outside alcohol..
- Marymoor Park Concert Series – Marymoor Park is a huge complex of outdoor spaces located on Seattle's Eastside. Their outdoor concert space consists of grassy slopes surrounded by tall trees; it can accommodate up to 5,000 concert goers. You are allowed to bring low-backed chairs as well as your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. No bbqs, smoking, or pets are allowed in the concert amphitheater.
- White River Amphitheatre – Popular, big-name rock bands pack each summer's schedule at the White River Amphitheatre, where you can enjoy Mount Rainier views along with live music. Located on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation in Auburn, Washington, this outdoor concert venue seats 20,000, with 9,000 of those seats under cover.
- Snoqualmie Casino: Summer Series at Mountain View Plaza – Located east of Seattle just off of Interstate 90, Snoqualmie Casino hosts a series of outdoor concerts each year in its Mountain View Plaza. Take advantage of the casino's many restaurants, lounges, and gaming before or after the show. The outdoor summer concerts at North Bend's Snoqualmie Casino can be enjoyed by those 21 and over.
- Tulalip Amphitheatre at Tulalip Resort Casino – Able to seat 3,000, the Tulalip Amphitheatre hosts a full schedule of musical acts each summer, featuring classic rock favorites. Make a day of it - or even an entire getaway - by combining your concert visit with a stay at the Tulalip Resort, where you can enjoy a long list of amenities. The summer concerts at this outdoor concert venue in Marysville are for those 21 and over.
Outdoor Music in Seattle Parks
Summer brings outdoor music to many Seattle area parks. Some take place at lunch time, others on weekends. Most are free.
- Concerts at the Mural – Free concerts at Seattle Center, sponsored by KEXP and Seattle Center.
- Out to Lunch Concerts Series – Free concerts held noon to 1:30 at various downtown Seattle parks and plazas.
- Kirkland Summer Concert Series – Kid-friendly Tuesday concerts in Juanita park and Thursday evening concerts in downtown Kirkland's Marina Park.