Somehow July 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 12 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this July.

Enjoy the 4th of July

There are plenty of free things to do on the 4th of July. The most notable of course is watching fireworks. Luckily for you, there are all sorts of displays happening around the Sound this July and we’ve compiled a whole list of them for you to check out.

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

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

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.

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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 spring is here we’re way more in the mood to enjoy Seattle’s outdoor offerings. One of our favorite things to check out is 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

Recent Acquisitions: Jeffry Mitchell

The Frye is showcasing work from local “gay folk artist” Jeffry Mitchell. This show highlights his work with lotus bulbs and is sure to be one of the better shows that you see this year. Think bright, happy, and fun pieces.

When: Until July 24th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
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!