Fun and (mostly) free things to do this summer in Seattle
<p>Summer days are long in Seattle, where the sun stays up until 8:30 or even later. If you are lucky enough to be around to enjoy a Seattle summer, here are some fun and budget-friendly things to do in the city.</p>

Visit the Express Farmers Market

Woman standing with produce at an outdoor market
Pike Place Market brings an Express Market to South Lake Union

Every Thursday until Aug. 31, area farmers will bring fresh produce, flowers, and more to South Lake Union’s Van Vorst Plaza from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.




Attend South Lake Union’s Saturday Market ice cream social pop up

Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stop by South Lake Union’s Saturday Market (9th Avenue North, next to the South Lake Union Discovery Center and Denny Park) for their Ice Cream Social Pop-up. While you’re there, catch your favorite food trucks and browse the artwork and vintage goods from local makers. (Saturday Market takes place every week through Sept. 16.)


Take an art walk around the city

Have you sat in the Island Treehouse on Harrison Street? Played table tennis in the outdoor room of the Ping Pong Plaza? Walked below the glass canopy of “There is Another Sky”?  There is public art located all around the city to explore. Dozens of these pieces have been commissioned by the late Paul Allen’s firm, Vulcan Real Estate. Here’s a guide to two dozen pieces located in South Lake Union alone.

Play lawn games for free at the Woodland Park Lawn Bowling, Bocce, & Croquet Club

Located just 4 miles north of downtown Seattle between the Woodland Park Zoo and Green Lake, you’ll want directions from their website since navigation devices miss this one.

The club is open to the public for lawn games on this schedule:

Bocce: Every Friday, 6 p.m. until they turn off the lights

Lawn Bowling: Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. to dusk

Croquet: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to dusk

Dance downtown in the parks

Learn (for free) how to dance the tango or the West Coast swing this summer at Seattle’s downtown parks.

Thursdays in Westlake Park. 6 – 9 p.m.

Aug 10: Mark DuFresne Band featuring Billy Stapleton | Blues & Swing

Aug 17: The Buckaroosters | Swingin’ Country

Tuesdays in Ballard Commons, 6 – 9 p.m.

Aug 15 — Elnah Jordan | Blues

Tuesdays at Pier 62, 5 – 8 p.m.

Aug 22 — Ben Thomas Tango Quartet | Tango

Aug 29 — Jacqueline Tabor Jazz and Blues | Swing & Blues

Summer at SAM

Every summer, the Seattle Art Museum hosts free programs for the public.

Saturday, Aug. 12,

Yoga: Vinyasa (all levels) 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Reconnect with your body and mind after a busy week with a 60-minute vinyasa flow led by Take Care Yoga.

Community Partner Activities
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Play with adoptable puppies from Washington-based nonprofit Dog Gone Seattle and support them in their mission to save homeless dogs in high-kill shelters in Washington and beyond through rescue, foster, and adoption. Then, fashion a wearable dog bandana with Seattle ReCreative to take home to your own four-legged friend.

Free Zumba® class, 1 – 2 p.m.
Fusing Latin rhythms with easy-to-follow moves, free Zumba® Latin dance-fitness classes are a great way to spend the afternoon. Tennis shoes and water bottle recommended. Rain or shine! Class led by Dan Flores and Venessa Mackie.

Catch an outdoor movie

A crowd of people attend an outdoor movieNothing says summer like watching movies under the stars. There are several fun flicks showing all around the Seattle region this month:

BECU Movies at Marymoor Park

After switching to drive-in during the pandemic, Movies at Marymoor is back to old-fashioned picnic-style fun. Tickets are $10, and kids 5 and under are free. There are food trucks on site. Dogs are welcome.

Aug 17: Up

Aug 23: The Princess Bride

Freeway Park 

Movies start at dusk at Seneca Plaza on Friday evenings through Sept. 8. It’s a chance to watch a classic on the big screen in the heart of the city, with free popcorn, snacks, and drinks provided!

Aug 11: Moonrise Kingdom

Aug 18: Everything, Everywhere All at Once

Aug 25: Nope

Sept. 8: The Mitchells vs. The Machines

Movies at the Mural

Unless otherwise noted, these free outdoor screenings kick off at 9 p.m. and are preceded by a short film from students at Cornish College of the Arts. The Armory will be open alongside a fleet of food trucks on the Seattle Center grounds.

Aug 18: Dreamgirls

Aug 25: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Related articles

Did you say dessert?

seattle illustration
Arts & Culture
5 free and fun things to do this winter in Seattle

Photo Ops in Fremont

Student ministries expand across SPU campus