July is here Seattle, and that means summer is well underway.  underway before you know it and it is officially time to get out and about. If you’re trying to stay conscious of spending there’s still plenty of fun to be had around the city. Here are 13 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this July.

SCMS Concert Truck

The Seattle Chamber Music Society has a unique offering for you, The Concert Truck. The truck is traveling around the city for “18 performances, 18 locations, 10 days, 8 musicians” and of course, 1000s of music lovers.

When: Thursday, June 22nd-Sunday, July 2nd
Where: Various locations around the region
Cost: Free/Varies

Free Public Tours of Washington Park Arboretum

The Arboretum is one of Seattle’s best spots for getting outdoors, especially in the summer. While you can walk it by yourself at any time, you can also enjoy free tours on the first Thursday of each month from 11:30 am-1 pm.

When: First Thursday of every month
Where: 2300 Arboretum Drive E
Cost: Free

Dancing ’til Dusk

Dancing ‘til Dusk is back for its 16th year, bringing Seattle Parks and Recreation and partners together for 14 glorious nights of outdoor dancing. The event happens across parks in Seattle and begins with a dance lesson for the first hour. No experience is needed but keep in mind the class rotates partners. If you’d prefer not to, you can bring a partner to the lesson.

When: Tuesday, July 11th-Thursday, August 31st
Where: Parks around Seattle
Cost: Free/Varies

University Village 2023 Summer Concert Series

University Village’s free summer concert series is back with six different concerts for you to enjoy. There will be a mix of local and well-known artists and JOEY Kitchen will be hosting the beer garden where you can grab cold beverages, small bites, and juicy burgers.

When: Wednesday, July 12th-Wednesday, August 16th
Where: 2623 NE University Village St
Cost: Free/Varies

Hike to a stunning waterfall

Now that the days are getting warmer and longer you might be looking for ways to cool off. What’s a more memorable way to do that than by hiking to and enjoying a local waterfall? Washington state has many, with several closer to the city than you might think.

Capitol Hill Art Walk

A digital map allows you to pick and choose where you stop on the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Stop by small galleries, local businesses, and more on this monthly art walk.

When: Second Thursday of every month
Where: Capitol Hill
Cost: Free

See some wildflowers

With summer well underway, there are tons of places to catch glimpses of wildflowers. Whether you want to partake in a long and challenging hike or something on the easier side, we have options for you.

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Silent Reading Party: In-Person

The beloved Silent Reading Party is back in person if you’d like to have the experience of reading amongst strangers inside the beautiful Hotel Sorrento. Keep in mind there is a $20 food and drink minimum on top of your ticket price.

When: First Wednesday of each month
Where: 900 Madison St
Cost: $8-$40

Check out Washington State Parks

You can literally check Washington State Parks out of the Seattle Public Library. Well almost, you can check out a Discover Pass which allows you to visit Washington State Parks for free. Keep in mind if you plan on camping you will still have to pay for your spot.

Food Truck Fest

Food Truck Fest invites you to spice up your lunch with a mini food court of options. On the last Wednesday of each month, five local trucks will take over the park. Beyond eats, you can enjoy free live music and games for the perfect lunchtime break.

When: Until August 30th
Where: Westlake Park
Cost: Varies

Visit a museum for free

You may or may not know but Seattle actually has 5 museums that you can always visit for free. We’ve listed them out and given you some details so you can take yourself on the perfect adventure.

Sequim Lavender Festival 2023

Guests will be able to enjoy live music, food and check out hundreds of vendors at the festival’s street fair. You can also choose to take a farm tour to see how it’s all grown, pick your own lavender to take home, and even watch on-farm demonstrations. If you miss the festival you can always check out Pelindaba Lavender which is always free to visit.

When: July 21st-23rd
Where: Sequim, WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Fremont Sunday Market

The Fremont Market is truly a classic Seattle shopping experience and it happens year-round, rain or shine. It’s a great place to find antiques, vintage clothing, and much more. It’s definitely one of the best free things to do in Seattle each weekend.

When: Every Sunday
Where: Evanston Ave N & 34th St

Enjoy all of that beautiful sun and have fun with all of these free & cheap things to do in Seattle!