Your Guide To Summer Activities In Seattle

You do not want to take summer in Seattle for granted. Venture to Seattle beaches, eat some ice cream, take a cruise, hit the waterslides, stop by the beautiful parks, outdoor bars and more! Here are a few of your options to make for an amazing summer day in Seattle. Feel free to send your favorite summer activities to [email protected] and also browse our Guide To Summer Events for daily shows, events and festivals.

Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show

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Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show! At UCU, now in its fifteenth year, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more.


Fremont Fair And Solstice Parade

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The Fremont Fair is Seattle’s annual kickoff to summer, celebration with over 100,000 guests at the city’s most beloved neighborhood street festival. The weekend features the traditional Fair with 300+ artists, craft vendors, food booths and more, and the iconic Fremont Solstice Parade put on by the Fremont Arts Council – all coming together to celebrate the Fremont neighborhood’s “Delibertas Quirkas” (Freedom to be Peculiar) nature.

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Seattle Pride Festival

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Seattle Pride Festival is one of our favorite times of the year! It's a citywide celebration featuring tons of events featuring PrideFest Capitol Hill June 29 and PrideFest Seattle Center June 30!

Guide To Pride

Capitol Hill Block Party

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Capitol Hill Block Party returns to Capitol Hill for the 23rd festival. CHBP 2019 features Phantogram, Lizzo, RL Grime and more and we have 2 VIP tickets to giveaway!

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Lemonade Sundays In Georgetown

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Lemonade Sundays is a party every other week at Bar Ciudad in Georgetown. Check the dates, grab your shades and prepare to party with Possi.

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The Vera Project Presents Search Party

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The Vera Project Presents Search Party ft. The Darkness, The Murder City Devils, and more is one of our favorite events of summer! Tickets are going quick to the July 6th event at the Seattle Center. Don't miss out on great music, beer and friendship for a good cause.

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Explore Union Bay

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Rent a canoe and explore Union Bay around the Washington Park Arboretum. For $5-$16 an hour you can rent a kayak, canoe or row boat from the UW Waterfront Activities Center. Watch bald eagles, great blue herons and paddle through the lily pads. You also can explore the area under the 520 bridge that crosses over the marshland. On sunny weekends rentals can get booked real quick, so the earlier you get there the better!

Rent A Canoe or Kayak

Hike To Franklin Falls

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Venture to Franklin Falls, just 20 minutes past the city of Snoqualmie. It's a quick 2-mile hike to the waterfall from the parking lot and the trail system is a lot of fun.

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Bite Of Seattle

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Voted "Best Food Festival" 2016 & 2017, the Albert Lee Appliance Bite of Seattle is Seattle's Original Food & Beverage Showcase featuring 60+ restaurants & pop-up vendors, Craft Beer & Cider Tasting, 90+ live bands, MUNCHIES @ The Mural, free Bite Movie Night (Fri, July 19), outdoor beer gardens, live cooking demos and cook-off battles on The Bite Cooks! stage, The Alley benefiting Food Lifeline, Family Fun Zone, sponsor activities & more!

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West Seattle Summerfest

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The 37th Annual West Seattle Summer Fest is happening July 12-14 in the West Seattle Junction. This FREE 3-day party in the streets celebrates West Seattle as a thriving music and arts community. Summer Fest offers fun activities for the whole family, including shopping, live music, dining, beer garden, and a kids play area. Don’t miss out on one of Seattle’s best things to do this summer!

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Seafair Weekend Events

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The annual Seafair Festival brings the Blue Angels and hydroplanes to Seattle and offers a wide variety of other official events. Parades, pirates, fireworks and more!

View the full list of Seafair events


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Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival takes place over Labor Day weekend, Friday Aug. 31 through Sunday Sept. 2. The 48th annual Bumbershoot will feature an eclectic list of performers including music headliners J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, SZA, Fleet Foxes, Lil Wayne, Ludacris, Blondie, Illenium, Portugal. the Man, Phoenix, Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs, dvsn, Chromeo, among others. More than 100 additional performances from multiple art disciplines will be present throughout the weekend on more than a dozen indoor and outdoor stages spread throughout the 74-acre festival grounds.

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Concerts At The Mural

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It's summer, which means it's time for Concerts at the Mural Seattle residents, workers, and visitors can enjoy free outdoor concerts Friday evenings in August at Concerts at the Mural, presented by KEXP and Seattle Center. Starting at 5:30 PM, Fridays in August. 21+ beer garden will open at 5:00 PM.  

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Parasail Along The Seattle Waterfront

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Thanks to Parasail Seattle you may have seen the giant smiley face in the sky cruising along the Seattle waterfront. The local company offers a couple different options like the champagne sunset sail, standard parasailing for all ages and a couple other options that are all worth checking out. 


Spend the Day In West Seattle

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Take in the view and spend the afternoon in West Seattle. Comb the beach at low tide (it's best if there is a 1-foot tide or lower), snag some fish n chips from Alki Spud Fish and Chips, stop by East Street Records and/or the West Seattle Farmer's Market.

Wander the Beach at Carkeek Park

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Amazing views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains await you at Carkeek Park. Explore the secrets of this northwest Seattle watershed, nine miles from downtown Seattle. This park offers over 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beaches. At Carkeek you can BBQ, go for a hike, let the kids play and go for a swim all in the same spot! We outlined some of our favorite spots that you can view in our Top Beaches In Seattle and Beyond guide.

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Watch The Paragliders at Poo Poo Point

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Venture out to Issaquah to Poo Poo point for a hike and to watch the paragliders. This spot gets VERY BUSY on the weekend during the summer. Get there early to find a parking spot or park further away and walk in.

Enjoy The Outdoor Bars And Patios

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Break out the shades and find that perfect outdoor bar or patio in Seattle to post up and relax and/or party.

Find An Outdoor Bar

Contact Your Friend Or Make A New Friend With A Boat

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Boats are expensive and we really want one just like you! We see those Seattle voyages taking place all of the time during the summer and want to be your friend. If you own a boat and want to float us around please email us at [email protected]

Go Sailing With Lake Union Charters & Adventures

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If you couldn't find a friend with a boat...Take to the water with Lake Union Charters & Adventures a for short day trip, romantic date night or multi-day trip in the San Juans. They can accommodate groups large and small, private groups and corporate outings. We spent a Tuesday evening on the Lavenrgo watching the Duck Dodge sailing races in Lake Union and it was amazing. Reserve your next adventure here:

Hiking at the Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park

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Cougar Mountain Regional Wildland Park is right outside of Seattle and offers a variety of day hikes for people of all skill levels. Try out the Coal Creek Trail and venture by some seasonal Coal Creek waterfalls or venture along the Quarry Trail to take in nature at it's best. This trail system is also dog friendly, so you can bring you pup with you!

Outdoor Movies

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Enjoy the summer weather and catch a movie! The Movies At The Mural series at the Seattle Center is always a good bet along with local breweries, parks and more. We have a full list out outdoor movies you can view RIGHT HERE


Watch The Planes In Georgetown

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We do this A LOT! We stop by Sisters and Brothers, get some chicken, then head to Ruby Chow Park down the street to watch the planes land and take off from Boeing Field. After that we swing through Ciudad for a drink and/or some music. It's a great way to spend a day in Georgetown.

Wander the Seattle Waterfront

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Take a ride on the Seattle Great Wheel, the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall. Stop by the Ye Olde Curiosity Shop to hangout with some mummies, shrunken heads and all kinds of unique items. Wrap up the trip with the epic view of Seattle and dinner at Anthony’s Pier 66. When it comes to generating heaping amounts of city view jealousy few sites are quite as valuable as the Seattle Waterfront.

Get Ice Cream!

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On a hot day there is nothing like some ice cream to cool you off. Seattle has quite a few great options for ice cream like: Molly Moon's Ice Cream, Husky Deli, Shug's Soda Fountain, Full Tilt Ice Cream and more!

Go Paddleboarding in The Puget Sound

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So much water to paddle upon and such little time. You can paddleboard in the Puget Sound, Lake Washington or any of the other local bodies of water. If you don't own a paddleboard have no fear because you can rent one from Ballard Kayak, Surf Ballard, Alki Kayak Tours and Urban Surf.

The Center for Wooden Boats

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The Center for Wooden Boats is a museum dedicated to preserving and documenting the maritime history of the Pacific Northwest. It's a FREE museum to explore right by the MOHAI in South Lake Union.

Go Skimboarding at a Seattle beach

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What is skimboarding? Well, it's when you take a board with a flat bottom that kinda looks like a surfboard, run along the tideline, throw the board and skim across the surface. It's not the easiest at first, but once you get a hang of it, it's a lot of fun. Many beaches in the Puget Sound are perfect for skimboarding at low tide. A few we hit up at a 1-foot tide or lower are Richmond Beach, Alki Beach, Carkeek Park and Dash Point State Park. If you need a board make sure to checkout Urban or Kayotics Skimboards.

Go Kayaking On Lake Washington

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Hit Lake Washington and rent a kayak for a mellow Sunday paddle. No experience necessary for this great summer activity!

Hangout With Seattle Dogs

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Even if you don't own a dog you can watch them frolic in the summer breeze like the domesticated wolves that they are. We built a full guide for you and furry friends!

View Our Seattle Dog Guide

Check Out Some Seattle Art

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Take a walk in the Olympic Sculpture Park and then stroll the waterfront for a nice and relaxing Seattle summer day. 

Take A Ride In A Seaplane

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Take in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest from above! Head on over to Seattle Seaplanes or Kenmore Air to setup your next aerial adventure.

Beach Volleyball At Alki Beach

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People actually play beach volleyball in Seattle. West Seattle and Golden Gardens are two a great spots for it. Juanita Beach Park, Lake Sammamish State Park, Green Lake (grass court) are a few other options as well. If you care to take the game inside due to an unscheduled summer rain storm check out Sandbox Sports for a rousing indoor game.

The Washington Park Arboretum Marine Trail

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The Washington Park Arboretum sits along Lake Washington and it is a beautiful place to explore in the summer time. The 1.3 mile trail is moderately trafficked, offers shade and you can even stop for a swim along the way if you want.

Go To A Seattle Farmer's Market

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You literally can go to a farmer's market everyday of the week in Seattle and we have a full schedule to make that a reality.

Farmer's Market Schedule

Watch the Sunset on Sunrise From Luna Park

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The view from Luna Park in West Seattle is gorgeous any day of the year, but those summer sunrises and sunsets are something special. Make your way out to Anchor Point, find a bench, sit back and enjoy the colors change over the Seattle cityscape.

Hangout With A Giant Cowboy Hat And Boots

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Why not relax in a park with giant cowboy boots and a giant cowboy hat? If you are in Seattle you have already done half the work and just need to stop by Oxbow Park in Georgetown. "The Hat n' Boots is as important to Georgetown as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco," says Allan Phillips, former director of the Georgetown Community Council. "If the Hat n' Boots were ever to be gone from Georgetown, it would be like losing our soul."

Ride A bike on the Burke Gilman Trail

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Dust of the good ole bicycle or unicycle or one of those bikes with the really big wheel in front and hit the Burke Gilman Trail. The 27-mile multi-use recreational trail will keep you busy and that heart rate up! 

Go Disc Golfing AKA Frolfing aka Frisbee Golf

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This is a mellow and fun activity that after some practice you can get pretty good at. The startup costs are pretty much spending $30 on a starter set (we bought this one ourselves) and then just going to the nearest Frolf course. Seattle has a few frisbee golf options and we typically to the Howling Coyote Disc Golf Course in Bothell. Locate the closest Seattle frolf location near by CLICKING HERE.

Bicycle Sundays

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Enjoy a bike ride in Seattle with the road all to yourself at Bicycle Sundays! On scheduled Sundays a portion of Lake Washington Boulevard will be closed to motorized vehicles from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Seattle Parks and Recreation invites everyone in the community to bike, jog or stroll along the boulevard between the Seward Park entrance and Mount Baker

The 2019 event dates are

  • May 12, 19, 26
  • June 16, 23
  • July7, 14
  • August 11, 18
  • September 1, 8, 15

Go To A Local Show, Festival and/or Event

We also built out a full schedule for summer featuring all of our favorite upcoming shows and events. Take a look at our Guide To Summer HERE.

We know there are more most excellent summer activities out there and feel free to send your favorite summer activities to [email protected]