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Every Summer Music Festival in Washington Worth Going to... in One Calendar

Published On 04/12/2016 Published On 04/12/2016
Earth, Wind & Fire | Randy Miramontez / Shutterstock.com

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Event

Location

May 11 Wed

Ballard Jazz Fest Three words: Jazz Pancake Breakfast. Plus, dozens of performances by both local and international jazz artist, spread over 11 venues, and... wait, you heard us say pancakes, right?

Nordic Heritage Museum and Leif Erikson Hall, Seattle

Ballard Jazz Fest Nordic Heritage Museum and Leif Erikson Hall, Seattle Three words: Jazz Pancake Breakfast. Plus, dozens of performances by both local and international jazz artist, spread over 11 venues, and... wait, you heard us say pancakes, right?

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Event

Location

May 13 Fri

Debacle Fest Seattle's Debacle Records brings together some of the Northwest's most adventurous "experimental" music acts for two days of "mind-bending noises" on two stages.

Columbia City Theater, Seattle

Debacle Fest Columbia City Theater, Seattle Seattle's Debacle Records brings together some of the Northwest's most adventurous "experimental" music acts for two days of "mind-bending noises" on two stages.

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Event

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May 13 Fri

Bluegrass From the Forest Festival Four main multi-band shows, a showcase stage that features an open mic, plus all-night jamming in the camp ground with "midnight hot dogs" included. Get tix quick.

Shelton High School, Shelton

Bluegrass From the Forest Festival Shelton High School, Shelton Four main multi-band shows, a showcase stage that features an open mic, plus all-night jamming in the camp ground with "midnight hot dogs" included. Get tix quick.

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Event

Location

May 27 Fri

Sasquatch Music Festival A... sorryaboutthis... monster four day fest featuring some of the world's hottest acts, including Major Lazer, Florence & the Machine, A$AP Rocky, Chet Faker, and 109 more.

The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

Sasquatch Music Festival The Gorge Amphitheatre, George A... sorryaboutthis... monster four day fest featuring some of the world's hottest acts, including Major Lazer, Florence & the Machine, A$AP Rocky, Chet Faker, and 109 more.

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Event

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May 28-Sep 16

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series So, tickets to Billy Joel's shows are sold out, but you can still sip wine while listening to the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Don Henley, and more of what are probably your parents' favorite acts.

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville So, tickets to Billy Joel's shows are sold out, but you can still sip wine while listening to the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Don Henley, and more of what are probably your parents' favorite acts.

Salt 'N' Pepa | Flickr/David Burke

Date

Event

Location

Jun 1 Wed

Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival For Grammy nominated singers, up-and-coming trumpeters, and more, you gotta get moving on up to the Eastside.

Various Locations, Bellevue

Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival Various Locations, Bellevue For Grammy nominated singers, up-and-coming trumpeters, and more, you gotta get moving on up to the Eastside.

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Event

Location

Jun 3 Fri

Inlander Music Festival Two days, 11 venues, 90 bands, and FINALLY.... a reason to go to Spokane.

Various Locations, Spokane

Inlander Music Festival Various Locations, Spokane Two days, 11 venues, 90 bands, and FINALLY.... a reason to go to Spokane.

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Event

Location

Jun 3-Sep 1

Marymoor Park Concert Series Three days of Lumineers shows, a performance by Weezer, and a '90s hip-hop celebrations w/ Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Color Me Badd, etc. highlight this summer long string of weekend shows.

Marymoor Park, Redmond

Marymoor Park Concert Series Marymoor Park, Redmond Three days of Lumineers shows, a performance by Weezer, and a '90s hip-hop celebrations w/ Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio, Color Me Badd, etc. highlight this summer long string of weekend shows.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 11 Sat

Georgetown Carnival Come for the music, stay for the Power Tool Races.

Airport Way S & S Vale St., Seattle

Georgetown Carnival Airport Way S & S Vale St., Seattle Come for the music, stay for the Power Tool Races.

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Event

Location

Jun 17 Fri

Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival Big time pickers, instrument workshops for kids (and adults), a slew of food and other vendors on site, and now... exciting news... free WiFi and paved roads at the campground/event site.

Chelan County Expo Center, Cashmere

Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival Chelan County Expo Center, Cashmere Big time pickers, instrument workshops for kids (and adults), a slew of food and other vendors on site, and now... exciting news... free WiFi and paved roads at the campground/event site.

Date

Event

Location

Jun 17 Fri

HONK! Fest West Basically brass and marching bands playing for free in public spaces all over the city.

Various Locations, Seattle

HONK! Fest West Various Locations, Seattle Basically brass and marching bands playing for free in public spaces all over the city.

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Event

Location

Jun 24 Fri

Paradiso Festival The only Summer EDM festival in the state. Do not miss it.

The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

Paradiso Festival The Gorge Amphitheatre, George The only Summer EDM festival in the state. Do not miss it.

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Event

Location

Jun 30-Aug 24

ZooTunes Concert Series "Weird Al" Yankovic? The B-52s? UB40? Wild Animals? You had me at “Weird."

Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle

ZooTunes Concert Series Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle "Weird Al" Yankovic? The B-52s? UB40? Wild Animals? You had me at “Weird."

Chvrches | Flickr/Thomas Hawk

Date

Event

Location

Jul 8 Fri

West Seattle Summerfest A beer garden, giant Jenga, and, oh yeah... 24 amazing Seattle acts like La Luz playing over three days

SW Alaska St. & California Ave, Seattle

West Seattle Summerfest SW Alaska St. & California Ave, Seattle A beer garden, giant Jenga, and, oh yeah... 24 amazing Seattle acts like La Luz playing over three days

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Event

Location

Jul 8 Fri

Chinook Fest Summit A small-ish and seriously laid-back rock/indie music fest on the snowless slopes of The Summit.

Various locations, Downtown Seattle

Chinook Fest Summit Various locations, Downtown Seattle A small-ish and seriously laid-back rock/indie music fest on the snowless slopes of The Summit.

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Event

Location

Jul 9-Sep 4

Out to Lunch Concert Series Free outdoor shows (from reggae and funk, to... harmonica?) in random public locations on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation

Out to Lunch Concert Series Tolt-MacDonald Park, Carnation Free outdoor shows (from reggae and funk, to... harmonica?) in random public locations on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoons.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 14 Thu

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Probably the most Northwest-y of all these fests. Not only does it have 20+ indie acts on the schedule, there's kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and more.

Grant County Courthouse Grounds, Ephrata

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Grant County Courthouse Grounds, Ephrata Probably the most Northwest-y of all these fests. Not only does it have 20+ indie acts on the schedule, there's kayaking, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and more.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 15 Fri

Basin Summer Sounds You're probably gonna be in Ephrata in mid-July anyway so why not check out this family friendly, multi-genre music festival outside the local courthouse.

The Blues Ranch, Winthrop

Basin Summer Sounds The Blues Ranch, Winthrop You're probably gonna be in Ephrata in mid-July anyway so why not check out this family friendly, multi-genre music festival outside the local courthouse.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 15 Fri

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Wee Willie Walker, and more highlight this year's version of the longest running music festival in the state.

Between Broadway and 12th Ave & E Pine St and E Union St, Capitol Hill

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival Between Broadway and 12th Ave & E Pine St and E Union St, Capitol Hill Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Wee Willie Walker, and more highlight this year's version of the longest running music festival in the state.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 22 Fri

Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 Seattle's biggest party takes over Seattle's coolest 'hood for three days of shows featuring local darling Odesza, plus Chvrches, Crystal Castles, and more.

The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

Capitol Hill Block Party 2016 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George Seattle's biggest party takes over Seattle's coolest 'hood for three days of shows featuring local darling Odesza, plus Chvrches, Crystal Castles, and more.

Date

Event

Location

Jul 29 Fri

Watershed Festival 2016 It's basically the biggest country music show of the year. So obviously, it's on the east side of the state.

Watershed Festival 2016 It's basically the biggest country music show of the year. So obviously, it's on the east side of the state.

We The Kings | Flickr/katie spence

Date

Event

Location

Aug 4 Thu

Doe Bay Fest Like you need an excuse to take a ferry to the San Juans in the summertime. But just in-case, they've got four days of music, food, and outdoor activities on 33 waterfront acres.

Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island

Doe Bay Fest Doe Bay Resort, Orcas Island Like you need an excuse to take a ferry to the San Juans in the summertime. But just in-case, they've got four days of music, food, and outdoor activities on 33 waterfront acres.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 5 Fri

Watershed Festival 2016 See, we told you it was the biggest country show in the state... so big they needed two weekends.

The Gorge Amphitheatre, George

Watershed Festival 2016 The Gorge Amphitheatre, George See, we told you it was the biggest country show in the state... so big they needed two weekends.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 5 Fri

Concerts at the Mural Every Friday, KEXP is bringing some of the radio station's hottest acts to Seattle Center on four of Seattle's hottest weekends. For FREE.

Seattle Center, Seattle

Concerts at the Mural Seattle Center, Seattle Every Friday, KEXP is bringing some of the radio station's hottest acts to Seattle Center on four of Seattle's hottest weekends. For FREE.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 11 Thu

Summer Meltdown 2016 This legendary bluegrass festival features four stages, a gaggle of late-night performances, beer gardens, access to a river, and much more.

Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Darrington

Summer Meltdown 2016 Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, Darrington This legendary bluegrass festival features four stages, a gaggle of late-night performances, beer gardens, access to a river, and much more.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 12 Fri

Vans Warped Tour Yes, they're still doing this. And yes, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 are still involved. Go get nostalgic.

White River Amphitheater, Auburn

Vans Warped Tour White River Amphitheater, Auburn Yes, they're still doing this. And yes, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 are still involved. Go get nostalgic.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 12 Fri

Guns N' Roses Seattle's own Duff McKagan is (finally!) bringing his legendary band back to Seattle. Oh, and watch out for the flash... err, Slash Mob before the show.

Centurylink Field, Seattle

Guns N' Roses Centurylink Field, Seattle Seattle's own Duff McKagan is (finally!) bringing his legendary band back to Seattle. Oh, and watch out for the flash... err, Slash Mob before the show.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 19 Fri

Hempfest After snacks, the thing people at the country's largest marijuana festival need most is music. Luckily, they've got it.

Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle

Hempfest Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle After snacks, the thing people at the country's largest marijuana festival need most is music. Luckily, they've got it.

Date

Event

Location

Aug 31-Sep 5

Pig Out in the Park Six days of food (45 booths, over 200 menu items), and music (100 free concerts on three stages), all on the river in Downtown Spokane.

Riverfront Park, Spokane

Pig Out in the Park Riverfront Park, Spokane Six days of food (45 booths, over 200 menu items), and music (100 free concerts on three stages), all on the river in Downtown Spokane.

Tim McGraw | Flickr/WEZL Charleston's Best CountryFollow

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2 Fri

Bumbershoot 2016 The Northwest's biggest festival is once again filling your Labor Day weekend with some of the world's biggest bands/performers, live comedy, art, and more.

Seattle Center, Seattle

Bumbershoot 2016 Seattle Center, Seattle The Northwest's biggest festival is once again filling your Labor Day weekend with some of the world's biggest bands/performers, live comedy, art, and more.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 2 Fri

Oak Harbor Music Festival An eclectic collection of artists perform for free on the streets of this small Whidbey Island town.

SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor

Oak Harbor Music Festival SE Pioneer Way, Oak Harbor An eclectic collection of artists perform for free on the streets of this small Whidbey Island town.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 4 Sun

Washington State Fair Concert Series Tim McGraw headlines this series of shows on The Grandstand at the Washington State Fair, which BTW is just one of the reasons Seattle's summers dominate all other summers.

Washington State Fair Grounds, Puyallup

Washington State Fair Concert Series Washington State Fair Grounds, Puyallup Tim McGraw headlines this series of shows on The Grandstand at the Washington State Fair, which BTW is just one of the reasons Seattle's summers dominate all other summers.

Date

Event

Location

Sep 9 Fri

Chinook Fest Central Half a chance to hear some solid roots-rock, blues, and Americana music, and half a chance to sit on the banks of the Naches River and drink local craft beer, wine, and cider.

Jim Sprick Community Park, Naches

Chinook Fest Central Jim Sprick Community Park, Naches Half a chance to hear some solid roots-rock, blues, and Americana music, and half a chance to sit on the banks of the Naches River and drink local craft beer, wine, and cider.

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