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Summer 2016: Guide to Seattle-area Free Family Concerts

Casper Babypants is one of the musicians performing at the outdoor summer concerts.

Brian Kasnyik



Pack a picnic and head to one of these FREE family-friendly performances happening throughout the summer.


Seattle Area


Summer Concerts at the Locks. While not specifically for families, all ages are invited to come hear a variety of jazz, classical, big band and other musical performances. 2 pm weekends through Sept. 4, plus Sept. 5 and 17. FREE. Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, Seattle (Ballard). See lineup here.

Karaoke in the Park. All ages can come sing their hearts out. 5:30 to 8:30 pm Tuesdays, July 5-26. FREE. Cromwell Park, Shoreline. shorelinewa.gov

Music Under the Stars. Hear live classical music played by a talented student orchestra, followed by a live broadcast of a Seattle Symphony concert. 7:15 pm July 5 and Mondays, July 11-25 at Delridge Playfield, West Seattle; Wednesdays, July 6-20 at Volunteer Park (Capitol Hill), Fridays, July 8-29 at Columbia Park (Columbia City) and Freeway Park (Downtown). FREE. seattlechambermusic.org

Lunchtime Concert Series. Panduo July 12 (Richmond Beach), Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies July 19 (Hamlin Park), Halau Hula O’Napaulani July 26 (Richmond Beach), Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band Aug. 2 (Hamlin Park), Jeff Evans’ Magically Ridiculous Game Show Aug. 9 (Richmond Beach), Duwamish Dixieland Jazz Band Aug. 16 (Hamlin Park). Noon to 1 pm. FREE. Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and Hamlin Park, Shoreline. shorelinewa.gov

Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Food, kids’ activities, and live music. Eldridge Gravy & The Court Supreme July 13, Logan Brill July 20, The Nowhere Men July 27, LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends Aug. 3, The Paperboys Aug. 10, BowieVision Aug. 17, Hit Explosion Aug. 24. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. FREE. University Village, Seattle (Laurelhurst). uvillage.com

Recess Monkey and Board of Education Concert. Great kids’ music, games and other family activities. 11 am to 2 pm July 24. FREE. The Hot Spot, Seattle (Waterfront). friendsofwaterfrontseattle.org

Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series. Recess Monkey Aug. 3, Brian Vogan and his Good Buddies Aug. 10, The Not-Its! Aug. 17. Noon to 1 p.m. FREE. Tukwila Community Center, Tukwila. tukwilawa.gov




Kirkland Kids Concerts. Cowboy Buck & Elizabeth July 12, Eric Herman & the Thunder Puppies July 19, All Around This World July 26, Johnny Bregar Aug. 2, Recess Monkey Aug. 9, The Not-Its! Aug. 16, Caspar Babypants Aug. 23. 10 to 11 am. FREE. Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland. kirklandsummerconcerts.weebly.com

Eric Ode: “What’s Going on Here?” Music and poetry from Eric Ode about a gardener named Jack Rabbit. 10:30 to 11:30 am July 12. FREE. Kelsey Creek Farm Park, Bellevue. bellevuewa.gov

Play Bounce & Jam Family Concert Series. The Not-Its! today, Recess Monkey July 26, Board of Education Aug. 9. 11 am. FREE. Issaquah Community Center, Issaquah. issaquahwa.gov

KidsFirst! Concert Series. Charlie the Noise Guy July 12 (Sammamish Commons Plaza), Mikey Mike July 19 (East Sammamish Park), Jeff Evans July 26 (Sammamish Commons Plaza), Eric Herman Aug. 2 (Sammamish Commons Plaza), Alleyoop Aug. 9 (Klahanie Park), Red Yarn’s Getting’ Fitter with the Critter Aug. 16 (Sammamis Commons Plaza), Toy-Box Trio Aug. 23 (East Sammamish Park), Eric Herman and the Thunder Puppies Aug. 30 (Klahanie Park). 1 pm. FREE. sammamish.us

Eli Rosenblatt Concert. Interactive, imaginative, world-music-insprired songs for young kids. 10:30 to 11:30 am July 19. FREE. Robinswood Park, Bellevue. bellevuewa.gov


North Sound


Children’s Concerts. The Not-Its! July 7, Eric Herman & the Thunder Puppies July 14, Recess Monkey July 21, The Brian Waite Band July 28, Rolie Polie Guacamole Aug. 4, Tim Noah Aug. 11, Caspar Babypants Aug. 18. 10 to 11 am. FREE. Thornton A. Sullivan Park, Everett. everettwa.gov

Children’s Concerts. Johnny Bregar and the Country Dawgs July 13, Eli Rosenblatt and Friends July 27, Recess Monkey Aug. 10. Noon. FREE. Jennings Memorial Park, Marysville. marysvillewa.gov

Children’s Concert Series. The Brian Waite Band July 20, Rolie Polie Guacamole Aug. 3, Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth Aug. 10, Caspar Babypants Aug. 17. Noon to 1 pm. FREE, bring a non-perishable food bank donation. Library Park, Mill Creek. cityofmillcreek.com


South Sound


Kids Club Entertainment Series. Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth July 5, Cap’n Arrr July 12, Son of Reptile Man July 19, Rowdy Referees July 26, The Brian Waite Band Aug. 2, Alex Zerbe Aug. 9, Last Leaf Theater Aug. 16, Ian Dobson Aug. 23, Touch-a-Truck Aug. 30. 11 am. FREE. Allan Yorke Park, Bonney Lake. ci.bonney-lake.wa.us

Noon Tunes. Tweenland today (at Bradley Lake Park), Reptile Isle July 12, The Not-Its! July 19, Roberto the Magnificent July 26, Recess Monkey Aug. 2, Rowdy Referees Aug. 9, Comic Dominic Aug. 16, Reptile Isle Aug. 23 (Bradley Lake Park). Noon to 1 p.m. FREE. Pioneer Park, Puyallup. cityofpuyallup.org

Children’s Entertainment Series. Ian Dobson July 5, Chris Fascione July 12, We Care Sports July 19, Vikki Gasco July 26, Reptile Man Aug. 2. 6:30 pm. FREE. Huntamer Park, Lacey. ci.lacey.wa.us

Kids SummerStage. The Chancy and Narly show Aug. 6, Reptile Isle July 13, Recess Monkey July 20, The Magic of Jeff Evans July 27, The Brian Waite Band Aug. 3, Eric Ode Aug. 10. Noon. FREE. Les Gove Park, Auburn. auburnwa.gov

Kids Club Entertainment Series. The Not-Its! July 11, Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies July 18, Eric Ode July 25, Board of Education Aug. 1, Tweenland Aug. 8, Recess Monkey Aug. 15, Reptile Man Aug. 22, Caspar Babypants Aug. 29. 6:30 pm. FREE. Allan Yorke Park, Bonney Lake. ci.bonney-lake.wa.us

Kent Summer Concert Series for Kids. Tickle Tune Typhoon July 13, The Not-Its! July 20, The Brian Waite Band July 27, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Aug. 3, Matt Baker Aug. 10, Recess Monkey Aug. 17. Noon to 1 pm. FREE. Town Square Park, Kent. kentwa.gov


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