Somehow August is here and that means it’s time to start planning ahead for one of the best months yet. That being said, having fun doesn’t have to cost a ton. So without further ado, here are 14 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this August.

Mindfulness Meditation at the Frye

Need to take some time to get back in touch with yourself? You’re in luck because The Frye has a free, mindfulness meditation that you can attend on the first Wednesdays of the month.

Where: 704 Terry Ave

Karaoke with Baby Ketten

Ready to sing to your heart’s content in front of a bunch of strangers or your friends? It might just be time to head to karaoke at Cafe Racer. You’ll find a professional sound system, lights, a real stage, and an impressive library of music.

When: Every Monday
Where: 1510 11th Ave
Cost: Free

Dancing ‘Til Dusk

Free dance lessons? Sign us up! You can enjoy free lessons and live bands in Seneca Plaza at Freeway Park this month. All you have to do is show up.

When: Aug 4th-25th
Where: Sixth Ave and Seneca St, Freeway Park
Cost: Free

Virtual Silent Reading Party

For those of you that love the Silent Reading Party but are more comfortable at home, you can still enjoy the virtual version. You’ll also get to hear piano tunes from pianist Paul Matthew Moore as you read amongst strangers over zoom.

When: Every Wednesday
Where: Online
Cost: $5-$20


Celebrate with KEXP50 in honor of half a century on-air! The radio station will have musical performances, live broadcasting, food trucks, and more for you to enjoy. It’s also a great excuse to spend some time at Seattle Center if you have yet to do so this summer.

When: August 6th
Where: 305 Harrison St
Cost: Free

Go for a wildflower hike

Now that spring is in full swing and summer is just around the corner, the plants are blooming. That includes our state’s wildflowers which are starting to pop up statewide. Treat yourself to a hike full of beautiful blooms that you won’t soon forget.

Inaugural Hedgebrook Screenwriters Showcase

Enjoy a real diversity of creativity as screenwriters from Hedgebrook‘s illustrious alumnae community bring their work for presentation at the inaugural Hedgebrook Screenwriters Showcase. Who knows, you might just find some inspiration.

When: Until August 13th
Where: 1515 12th Ave
Cost: $5-$25

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Explore an abandoned military base

Looking to have a month full of exploration? Why not treat yourself to a truly unique experience. You can explore an abandoned military base right here in Washington State. Run through tunnels, take in amazing views, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Where: Fort Casey, WA
Cost: $10 Discovery Pass

Brews ‘n Board Games

Snapshot Brewing offers an all-day happy hour for casual tabletop gamers! You can either borrow theirs or bring your own; fill up our punch card and win cool stuff. And get sweet deals like $9 house growler fills every Sunday.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 8005 Greenwood Ave N
Cost: Free/varies

Fremont Sunday Market

Now that the warm weather is here we’re way more in the mood to enjoy Seattle’s outdoor offerings. One of our favorite free things to do in Seattle is check out the Fremont Sunday Market. It’s free to visit and you can shop from an array of new, crafted, and vintage items.

When: Every Sunday
Where: 3410 Evanston Ave N
Cost: Free/varies

Plan a free summer date

Summer is nearly here and that means you have more opportunities than ever to enjoy some great dates. That being said, they don’t have to be expensive! We’ve compiled a whole list of free or cheap date ideas for you in Seattle this summer.

SPL & SAL Summer Book Bingo

This year’s Book Bingo themes include “Outside Your Comfort Zone,” “Banned or Challenged Book,” “Blue Cover,” and “Sci-fi or Fantasy by a BIPOC Author.” You can also fill in squares for “Read Outside,” “Set Somewhere You’d Like to Visit,” “Set South of the Equator” and much more. It’s the perfect chance to read something new!

When: Throughout the summer

Zumba in Freeway Park

The Washington Athletic Club is bringing Zumba classes to Freeway Park on Mondays in July and August this Summer. If you’re looking for a new way to get fit, this might just be it.

When: Until September 1st
Where: Freeway Park, Sixth Ave and Seneca St
Cost: Free

Go hiking with Trailhead Direct

For the 2022 season, you will be able to visit Mount Si. The Trailhead Direct buses will originate from “Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link light rail station and service every 30 minutes to Mount Si, Mount Teneriffe, and Little Si…”

When: Until September 11th
Where: Sound Transit Capitol Hill Link light rail station
Cost: $1.50-$2.75

Have a great month, and enjoy all of the free things to do in Seattle!