Goodbye July, hello August! A new month is upon us and that means plenty of new things to do. If you’re looking to have some fun, this week is a great time to do just that. From festivals to outdoor arts events to movies, concerts, and more. Here are 10 of the best things to do in & 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

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 happy to take your indoor activities outside, checking out an outdoor movie is a great choice. There are several places you can catch flicks outdoors this month and some are even free!

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

Go see Barbie

The highly anticipated Barbie movie is officially out. You can watch it at SIFF Cinema Egyptian in Capitol Hill this week. Put on your best Barbie or Ken attire and get ready to have a blast.

When: Showtimes daily until Friday, August 4th
Where: 805 E Pine Street
Cost: $13-$14

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Seafair Weekend

Seattle’s ultimate water-loving celebration is back this year with hydroplanes, the Blue Angels, a log boom, a parade, and more. It’s time to plan ahead and find a friend with a boat or rent your own so that you can enjoy all of the entertainment from the water.

When: Friday, August 4th-Sunday, August 6th, 2023
Where: Around Seattle
Cost: Free

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

O’Keefe Farms Sunflower Festival

Your admission to the festival includes two U-cut flowers as well as unlimited time to stroll and enjoy the magic of the sunflower fields. There will also be eats from Mr. C’s BBQ and Street Taco David, drinks and a vendor market. Oh and it’s pet friendly!

When: Friday, August 4th-Sunday, August 6th, Friday, August 11th-Sunday, August 13th, Friday, August 18th-Sunday, August 20th
Hours: Fridays 2 PM-9 PM, Saturdays & Sundays 10 AM-7 PM
Where: 17604 NE 182nd Ave, Brush Prairie, WA
Ages 13+ $10Ages 6-12 $5, Ages 5 and under Free, Hayrides available for $1 per person

Check out a new restaurant

Summer is the time to get out there and try new things and if you’ve been hankering to try new food, you’re in luck. Seattle has several new restaurant openings with food ranging from coffee and bagels to jerk and so much more.

Greta Van Fleet

Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet is coming to Climate Pledge Arena for an electrifying concert. Their sound pays homage to classic rock legends, blending nostalgia with a modern flair.

When: Friday, August 4th
Where: 334 1st Ave N
Cost: $49.50+

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