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Des Moines Beach Park is a lovely setting for an evening of music. (Julie Hanson photo)

Summer concerts in the park: Grab a picnic, sit back and relax

Concerts in the park are such a great summer family activity. Here are some in various locales.

All hail summer concerts in the park, one of the simple and beautiful traditions of the season.

There are the biggies, like ZooTunes, the Chateau Ste. Michelle concerts and more.

And then there are the smaller, more manageable events in neighborhoods and towns. You grab a spot on the lawn, maybe recognize some neighbors or your kids’ school friends. And speaking of kids, if they’re not “too cool,” they’ll crowd the stage and dance while you sit back with a picnic or a food-truck meal and maybe a nice (plastic) glass of wine.

It’s summertime heaven.

And after a 2020 full of COVID cancellations, it’s great to see concerts in the park back for 2021. Here are the ones that have come to our attention:

concerts in the park

Photo: Downtown Seattle Association

In Seattle, the Downtown Summer Sounds series has numerous shows scheduled: some at noon, some in the afternoon of evening. And they’re in a variety of locations, for instance: Harbor Steps, Denny Park, Westlake Park, Occidental Square and Pier 62. The acts are described as everything “from small-time buskers wowing with their solo skills to main-stage headliners.”

East of Seattle

Bellevue Beats is a series of Wednesday noontime concerts in various parks and locations. They are scheduled through Sept. 8.

Kirkland has both a daytime kids concert series and an evening concert series:

  • Kids concerts: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, 10 and 17, Juanita Park.
  • In addition, evening concerts: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, 12 and 19.

In Sammamish, the KidsFirst! Series is geared toward toddlers through elementary-age kids. Shows are 1-2 p.m. Thursdays July 29, Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 at Beaver Lake Park Ballfields, 2526 244th Avenue S.E. However, important to know: Pre-registration is required to attend.

In Woodinville, there’s the Celebrate Woodinville Summer Concerts on Wednesday nights (some have already passed) at Wilmot Gateway Park in downtown. Remaining shows are July 28 and Aug. 4, with food trucks available beginning at 5:30 p.m. and music from 6:30-8 p.m.

concerts in the park

Photo: City of Kent, Parks Department

South of Seattle

The Des Moines Arts Commission is sponsoring Wednesday evening concerts in the waterfront Des Moines Beach Park. Shows start at 7 p.m. July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11.

Issaquah hosts the Concerts on the Green series at 7 p.m. each Tuesday through Aug. 24, on the lawn at the Issaquah Community Center. (No pets; no alcohol.)

Kent Parks & Recreation has three summer concert series!

  • Wednesday Picnic Performances at noon July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11, at Morrill Meadows Park, 10600 S.E. 248th St.
  • Wednesday Family Date Nights, 6-8 p.m. July 28, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 at Kent Station.
  • Thursdays at the Lake, 7-8:30 p.m. July 29, Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, Lake Meridian Park, 14800 S.E. 272nd.

North of Seattle

Shoreline has two summer concerts: Wednesday, July 28, 6:30-9 p.m. at Pfingst Animal Acres Park in Lake Forest Park; with three acts: Marina and the Dreamboats (rock), Jeannie Rak (pop) and The Mercy Ray (alternative rock) andWednesday, Aug. 4, 6:30 p.m. at Kruckeberg Botanic Garden featuring the electro sounds of Hyaline. (However: limited parking is available at this site.)

More summer fun:

Drive-in movies are open! Where to go, and what to see

50 ideas for outdoor fun all summer long

Seattle’s Child searchable Family Event Calendar

About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.