July is looking like a jam-packed month full of fun like concerts, festivals, art shows, day trips, and more. You certainly won’t be bored with all the options you have this month. Here are 42 of the best things to do in Seattle this July.
Producer and DJ Vegyn is treating Seattle to a show with guests Feu du Camp and Interwave Surfer. If you’re unfamiliar with his work, he’s known for his production work on Frank Ocean’s Blonde and Endless.
When: July 7th
Where: 2326 2nd Ave
Early 2010’s pop band Poliça is headed to Seattle’s Neptune Theatre! You’ll be able to hear their catchy tunes and enjoy songs from their newest 2022 release.
When: July 7th
Where: 1303 NE 45th St
Ticket prices for Khruangbin are a bit of an eyesore thanks to resellers. That being said, if you’re a fan of the band’s chill tunes, it might just be a price worth spending for a night of outdoor music.
When: July 10th
Where: Marymoor Park, Redmond WA
We love us some good local music. Chastity Belt is exactly that, an early 2010s rock and pop band that’s sure to rock your socks off. Plus they’re playing at one of Seattle’s most iconic venues, The Crocodile.
When: July 13th
Where: 2505 1st Ave
July is looking more and more like a local music month. Legend Fleet Foxes is also playing, bringing magic to Redmond’s Marymoor Park in what is sure to be another unforgettable evening.
When: July 15th
Where: Marymoor Park, Redmond WA
A true 1990s queen, Charlyn Marie “Chan” Marshall aka Cat Power is bringing her relaxing tunes to Seattle’s Showbox at the Market. Hear old favorites as well as new releases.
When: July 20th
Where: 1426 1st Ave
Rapper Joey Bada$$ is headed to Seattle to help our city wrap up July on a high-energy note. Don’t miss this concert if you’re looking for a fun way to end the month.
When: July 21st
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
Capitol Hill Block Party 2022 is full of upbeat artists. You’ll be able to hear from headliners Diplo, Charli XCX, Jai Wolf, Toro Y Moi, 100 gecs, and many more. The lineup this year definitely lives up to the festival’s motto of “the best weekend of summer.”
When: July 22nd-24th
Where: Capitol Hill
Cost: 3 Day GA Tickets $150-$220, 3 Day VIP Tickets $300
Fans of electronic music are probably well aware of Odesza. The group has become quite popular since its early 2010’s start and also happens to be from Bellingham, Washington.
When: July 30th
Where: 1426 1st Ave
The Gorge’s biggest country festival returns this summer with a big lineup. See stars like Miranda Lambert, Morgan Wallen, Chase Rice, and more. Tickets go on sale on February 11th so get your friends together and get ready for 3 days of camping and music festival fun.
When: July 29th-31st
Where: 754 Silica Rd NW, George, WA
Arts & Culture
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
Garcia utilizes textiles, ceramics, metalwork, and queer punk sensibility with the handcraft traditions of Mexico to create his work. You’ll be able to see a new series of linked-chain sculptures made in ceramic, copper, and glass.
When: Until September 25th
Where: 15th Ave NE & University of Washington, NE 41st St
The Green Book Tour is a new self-guided history tour created by the soon-to-open Black & Tan Hall. It’s available both online and as an app depending on your needs. When taking the tour you’ll be transported back in time to the 1920s and 30s as you learn all about the Black-owned and Black-friendly businesses that operated along Seattle’s Jackson Street.
Each first Saturday Kremwerk puts on SIN, a fetish, EBM, and industrial night. You can expect fetish performances, drinks, and dancing. Additionally, you can see features by Seattle Shibari and professional photography by Jason Renek. If you’re looking for something new, this might just be worth checking out.
When: First Saturday of each month
Where: 1809 Minor Ave #10
Each Tuesday you can attend a drag happy hour at 7 pm at Capitol Hill’s Queer Bar. You’ll be able to watch drag icon Jane Don’t and also see weekly guests, and enjoy great eats, & drink specials. It’s sure to be the most fun you’ve had at a happy hour in a while.
Where: 1518 11th Avenue
If you’ve ever wanted to see behind-the-scenes images of your favorite hip-hop artists, this exhibit is for you. MoPOP’s newest exhibit, Contact High allows visitors to see over 170 images of hip hop’s most influential artists like Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac, and more. See four decades of photography, from the late 70s to today, documenting a revolution across different aspects of life.
When: Tuesday-Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Where: 325 Fifth Ave N
Cost: $30 – $32.50
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
Lauren Halsey’s show is the Seattle Art Museums’ next upcoming exhibition. Her work “spans sculpture, installation, and architecture, including site-specific projects, particularly in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles.” Further, “her work maintains a sense of civic urgency and free-flowing imagination, reflecting the lives of the people and places around her and addressing the crucial issues confronting people of color, queer populations, and the working class.”
When: Until July 17th
Where: 1300 First Ave
Check out 56 paintings by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish artists held in the collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, Sweden, right here in Seattle. You’ll see scenes of everyday life, portraits, and landscapes by Vilhelm Hammershøi, Hanna Hirsch-Pauli, Carl Larsson, August Strindberg, Anders Zorn, and many others.
When: Until July 17th
Where: 2655 NW Market St
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
Food & Drink
Ready for patio season? We’re right behind ya and that’s why we made a list of some of our favorite waterfront patios around the city. Because what’s better than a patio on the water?
Local natural wine shop and bar La Dive actually offers a monthly wine subscription! When you sign up you can choose between three different subscription options. The first option is two bottles a month for $42, then four bottles a month for $84, or six bottles a month for $120.
If you’re looking to eat out this month, why not take in some beautiful Seattle spring views? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite restaurants with rooftop patios perfect for taking in the sights of the city. Whether you’re looking for eats, drinks or both, these spots have you covered.
Damp & Dry July is about all things non-alcoholic. Participating local businesses are donating $1 to Peer Seattle for every low-and-no-alcohol beverage sold. Peer Seattle supports the LGBTQIA+ community with mental health resources, addiction recovery services, and support for those with HIV/AIDS.
When: July 1st-31st
Where: Participating venues around Seattle
This year’s dinners include sittings at Pear Ridge Orchard, Watmough Bay Farm, Orcas Farm, Oxbow Farm & Conservation Center, Taylor Shellfish, and Monteillet Fromagerie. You’ll be able to eat meals cooked by chefs like Cameron Hanin, Jay Blackinton, Melissa Miranda, and many more. What’s more, you’ll be seated in an unforgettable farm location making for what’s likely to be one of your best summer dining experiences this year.
When: Various dates until July 20th
Where: Farms across the state
Cost: $365-$385 per person
Outdoors & Adventure
Treat yourself to a scenic hike the next time you feel like getting outdoors. After all, Washington has tons of lakes and many are easier to enjoy than you might expect.
Have you been wanting to drive down the West Coast? Why not make your trip a little more lively by staying at a themed hotel? From romantic suites to pirate-themed bedrooms, we’ve found several hotels worth checking out.
Lazy rivers aren’t just for theme parks. Washington’s plethora of bodies of water also means that we have plenty of lazy rivers perfect for hot afternoons. Of course, we made. alist of some of our favorites for you.
If you’re open to a take a bit of a road trip you should consider heading to Oregon to rent glass bottom kayaks. You can rent them both during the day and at night making for a unique way to view the water. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.
Where: Wallowa Lake, Oregon
Cost: 4 hours for $45-$85
Walking tours are cool and all but why not experience Seattle from a birds-eye view? Don’t worry, you don’t have to have a pilot’s license, instead, you can choose from one of several plane tours offered in and around the Seattle area.
Summer is just around the corner and that means warmer weather and of course pool time. As you may or may not know, Seattle has tons of great public pools that are available for you to use. Both Colman Pool and Mounger Pool will open on the weekend of June 18th and 19th.
When: June 18th & 19th onward
Some of this year’s movie titles include classics like Labyrinth, Back to the Future, and Napolean Dynamite. And with an early lineup that good, you know the rest of the summer will be even better. As these showings are popular be sure to buy your tickets in advance as they do sell out.
When: Until August
Where: Marymoor Park
Cost: $30 per carload
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
Many of Puget Sound’s firework displays are returning for the first time since the pandemic. If you don’t know where to watch we created a whole list of events just for you.
A new month means tons of new additions. June’s Netflix additions are a mix of new originals and some old favorites. So treat yourself to a little TV time this month.
Washington’s favorite theme and water park will remain open until early September. Like years past, you’ll be able to visit the park seven days a week during peak season which runs mid-June-August. You’ll also have the option to choose between single-day tickets and season passes depending on just how much fun you’d like to have.
Summer is one of the best times to enjoy dates, especially here in Seattle. Whether you just met someone or have been with your SO for years, we have some ideas on how you can make this summer’s dates the best yet.
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
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.
Next, a trio of some “regular”, but still fun, options around the city. If working from home is getting a little old, then maybe check out our roundup of some of the best cafes in the city to get some work done.
Where: Click the link above for our picks
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
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
With that, have a great July and we’ll see you back here in August!