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Free outdoor concerts and festivals this spring around Seattle

Photo: Georgetown Carnival


Surefire sign that summer is on the way: free outdoor concerts around town. If you wake up on a Saturday and you and your kids feel like going dancing, there may very well be a kid-friendly free gig going on, and that’s not even counting the buskers serenading the Farmers Markets.


Friday, May 24 through Monday, May 27

Northwest Folklife Festival

Concerts go 11 a.m to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday

Seattle Center

With 17 official venues, plus a hullabaloo of buskers, this is a massive event, drawing tens of thousands of people on sunny days. The schedule is here. Acts specifically for or by kids are marked with a balloon icon, but there is no reason to restrict yourself to those. There’s lots here that kids are likely to enjoy. One example: the singalongs and showcases marking the centennial of Pete Seeger.

There is no admission charge, but they suggest a donation of $20 per family. You can also support the festival by buying food and goods from one of the many festival vendors.

Related: Overwhelmed at the prospect of taking the family to Folklife? Check out our helpful do's and don'ts.

How to find kid- and family-friendly fare at SIFF


Friday, May 31 through Monday, June 2

Honk! Fest West

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31

Corner of 14th Ave S and S Cloverdale St

1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 1

SW Roxbury St and 16 Ave SW

2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, June 2

Columbia Park, 4721 Rainier Ave South

This horn-heavy festival of street bands goes to a different Seattle neighborhood on each of its three days. Friday is South Park, Saturday is White Center and Sunday is Columbia City.


Saturday, June 8

Georgetown Carnival

Noon to 10 p.m.

Airport Way South, through Georgetown

With three performance stages, (four, if you count the Power Tool Drag Races venue) this street fair has a lineup of music and street performers. Also there: food, the Recycled Arts Festival, and carnival games.


Saturday, June 8

Volunteer Park Pride Festival

Noon to 7 pm

Volunteer Park

A lineup of prominent local bands will entertain the families enjoying the food and the craft fair at this annual event.


Saturday, June 8

Seattle International Dance Festival – Art on the Fly

Noon until it ends

Denny Park, 100 Dexter Ave N

An all-ages celebration of the arts, with free performances and dance lessons. The South Lake Union Saturday Market is nearby.


Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16

Festival Sundiata Black Arts Fest

Concerts are noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Seattle Center

This family celebration of African-American culture has art, museum exhibits, speakers and workshops as well as musical performances.


Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23

Fremont Fair

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday


There is at music Fremont Fair’s two stages, and it keeps going all weekend. Also: a kids' zone with a giant slide, art cars, food, and craft vendors galore.  

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