Summer is a time of festivals and concerts all over the country, and Seattle is no exception. Several concert venues—and some places that are only venues during the summer like the zoo and Chateau Ste. Michelle winery—kick off concert series in June. Headliners from all eras of music take to the stage, but many summer concerts have even more to offer. Namely, outdoor venues where you can relax with the family, with a beer or glass of wine, or on a blanket under the stars. Here’s the lineup for Seattle summer concerts in 2016.
If you like your summer concerts with some wine, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series is for you. Of all the summer concert series in the area, Chateau Ste. Michelle gets some of the most consistently best performers. The venue itself is an open lawn. It can pay to get there early to secure a good parking space (parking can be tight or offsite), but showing up early also allows you to sample some wine before the show starts so really it’s a win-win.
- May 28-29: Paul Simon at 7 p.m.
- June 4-5: Bob Dylan at 7 p.m.
- June 17: Tears for Fears at 7 p.m.
- June 18: Chicago at 7 p.m.
- July 2: Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at 7 p.m.
- July 9: Goo Goo Dolls w/ Special Guests Collective Soul and Tribe Society
- July 19-20: Don Henley at 7 p.m.
- July 30: Chateau Ste. Michelle Festival of Jazz at 2 p.m.
- July 31: Wine Country Blues Festival at 3 p.m.
- August 5-6: Earth, Wind & Fire at 7 p.m.
- August 11: Culture Club at 7 p.m.
- August 12-13: An Evening with Jackson Browne at 7 p.m.
- August 23: An Evening with Josh Groban at 7 p.m.
- August 25: Gipsy Kings at 7 p.m.
- August 26-27: An Evening with Steve Miller Band at 7 p.m.
- September 2: An Evening with Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
- September 4: Chris Isaak: First Comes the Night Tour at 7 p.m.
- September 5: Ray Lamontagne: The Ouroboros Tour at 7 p.m.
- September 16: Bonnie Raitt at 7 p.m.
Woodland Park Zoo’s Zootunes
Each summer, Woodland Park Zoo doubles as a concert venue on select evenings in June, July and August. Zootunes are outdoor concerts with the atmosphere of a giant family picnic. While there are beer and wine gardens, don’t expect a party atmosphere. Zootunes is family-friendly and there are lots of families with children, which is great for families and not always as inviting for singles.
- June 30: case/lang/veirs with special guest Andy Shauf
- July 17: Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson
- July 21: UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Astro & Mickey
- July 24: The B52s
- July 26-27: Weird Al Yankovic
- August 3-4 Pink Martini featuring China Forbes & Storm Large
- August 23-24: Brandi Carlile
White River Amphitheatre is a unique venue with seats, bleachers (covered) and an open (uncovered) lawn as the “cheap seats.” The nature of its lawn seating make it a fun summer concert spot—bring a blanket and kick back to watch the show.
- August 12: Vans Warped Tour 2016
The Gorge is a fantastic venue located just over the mountains from Seattle, about a two-hour drive away. In Eastern Washington’s sunny climate, the Gorge is a great spot for summer concerts as it’s an outdoor venue. There’s also a campground right onsite so that a concert here can easily become a weekend getaway. Festivals tend to take place at the Gorge, including the famous Sasquatch Festival.
- May 27-30: Sasquatch Festival
- June 24-26: Paradiso Festival
- July 15-16: Phish
- July 29-31 and August 5-7: Watershed Festival
- September 2-4: Dave Matthews Band
Marymoor Park is a huge park in Redmond that is known for concerts and large shows. Especially in the summer, a great lineup of concerts come through!
- June 3-5: The Lumineers at 6 p.m.
- June 15: Slightly Stoopid at 5:30 p.m.
- June 16: Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes at 6:15 p.m.
- June 22: Flight of the Conchords at 7 p.m.
- June 23: Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals at 6 p.m.
- June 26: Seattle Symphony plays George Gerschwin at 4 p.m.
- July 16: Barenaked Ladies at 6 p.m.
- July 22: The String Cheese Incident at 6 p.m.
- July 29: Weezer and Panic! At The Disco at 6 p.m.
- July 30: An Evening with the Piano Guys at 7:30 p.m.
- August 5: Rebelution at 5:20 p.m.
- August 20: Fitz and the Tantrums at 7:30 p.m.
- August 27: I Love the 90s at 7 p.m.
- September 1: Needtobreathe with Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan and Welshly Arms at 6 p.m.