How did the second weekend of August treat you? If you’re ready to continue on with the fun, this week is a great time to do just that. From outdoor dancing to arts events to movies and concerts. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this week!

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 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 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

Oppenheimer in 35mm

Barbie, Oppenheimer, Barbenheimer, whatever you prefer, you can see Oppenheimer in 35mm for a limited time here in Seattle. The viewing takes place at SIFF Cinema Uptown and is a great way to make your movie watching a little something different.

When: Daily until Thursday, August 17th
Where: 511 Queen Anne Ave N
Cost: $13-$14

Summer at SAM

SAM is hosting a ton of different free events this summer. Expect activities and performances that combine visual art, music, and community. There will also be evening concerts with food trucks and art making, daytime movement classes, tours, and community partner activities. So much to do!

When: Thursday, July 13th-Saturday, August 12th, 2023
Where: 2901 Western Ave
Cost: Free

Watch an outdoor movie

It’s time to get outdoors! If you’re hesitant to hike but are happy to take your indoor activities outside, watching an outdoor movie is a great choice. There are several places you can catch flicks outdoors this month and some are even free!

A Living Legacy: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art

The Frye is dedicated to maintaining its collection and growing it with contemporary works. On the seventieth anniversary of this event, the museum is bringing together eight artworks acquired in 2022 that are all on view at the museum for the first time. Works included are by artists Amoako Boafo, Sky Hopinka, Gisela McDaniel, Bony Ramirez, Tschabalala Self, Ann Leda Shapiro, and Sadie Wechsler.

When: Until Sunday, September 17th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
Cost: Free

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Lynwood Luau

Lynwood Luau is a free, festival and celebration of Hawaiian culture. The festival gives you the chance to listen to live music, enjoy dance performances from talented artists, and experience a taste of authentic Hawaiian food. Food available for purchase comes from local vendors and businesses like Kona Kitchen, Poke Me, Lynwood Chef Michael & Team, and Kona Ice Shave Ice.

When: Wednesday, August 16th
Where: 3711 196th St SW, Lynnwood, WA
Cost: Free

Summer in SLU

South Lake Union is hosting a month of interactive events, installations, giveaways, and more. This week you can check out the Pike Place Market Express, Campfire songs, plaza games, and even a block party. You might as well check out one of SLU’s newest restaurants while you’re over there as well.

When: Throughout August
Where: South Lake Union
Cost: Free

Patti Smith

If you want to attend a truly legendary concert this summer, why not see Patti Smith? Her tickets are currently resale but the price might just be worth it for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

When: Wednesday, August 16th
Where: Woodland Park Zoo
Cost: $104+

Seahawks Training Camp

Football season is upon us and that means the Seattle Seahawks are gearing up. If you’re a huge fan or even just curious about how the team prepares, you can watch the Seahawks Training Camp in person this Wednesday. The varied events schedule includes things like giveaways, appearances by the Seahawks Dancers, Blitz, and Blue Thunder as well as a DJ.

When: Wednesday, August 16th
Where: 12 Seahawks Way, Renton, WA
Cost: $16

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: Until Wednesday, August 16th
Where: 2623 NE University Village St
Cost: Free/Varies

Enjoy everything to do in Seattle, and have a great week!