Sounds of Summer

The calendar claims the first day of summer happened last week, but we have a few more days until July 4—the traditional, unofficial start of Seattle summer—after which we can expect even more actual sunshine, as well as the good stuff that comes with it, including tons of free outdoor music. 

Returning for its 38th year (!) is the Office of Arts & Culture/Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch, which puts on 90-minute, noontime concerts in a slew of different locations in and around downtown. Returning for its second and penultimate year is Hotspot, a series that will bring a bunch of events, including concerts, to Waterfront Park, which is located at Piers 57 and 59, amid the chaos and construction of Alaskan Way. Sponsored by Friends of the Waterfront, Hotspot is a primer for the enormous promenade and event space that will eventually be built above Bertha’s grave. 

Our picks for the best of the bunch are below; follow the links above for the full schedules. 

July 2
KEXP Rocks the Dock feat. Telekinesis, Summer Cannibals, Erik Blood and DJ Evie
4–8 p.m., Waterfront Park

July 7
Noon, City Hall Plaza

July 15
Smokey Brights
Noon, Occidental Square

July 22 and Aug. 26
DJ Riz
5–10 p.m., Waterfront Park

Aug. 3
Manatee Commune
Noon, Union Square

Aug. 4
Industrial Revelation
Noon, City Hall Plaza

Aug. 11
Noon, City Hall Plaza

Aug. 13
Vera Project’s All-ages Showcase feat. Dude York, Wild Powwers, Charms, Youryoungbody and Briana Marela
3–8 p.m., Waterfront Park

Aug. 18
Fly Moon Royalty
Noon, City Hall Plaza

Aug. 26
Noon, Freeway Park