June 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 38 of the best things to do in Seattle this June.
Music legend Bob Dylan will be touching down in Seattle for his grand world tour. You’ll be able to hear tunes from his 2020 album Rough and Rowdy ways as well as some classics. Keep in mind this is a phone-free concert.
When: June 1st & 2nd
Where: 911 Pine Street
It’s a Seattle summer for Freddie Gibbs, the rapper is playing a concert in the city this June and also at THING at Fort Worden. See him once or twice if you’re heading to the festival.
When: June 2nd
Where: 1700 1st Ave S
British music group Elder Island is in town to support their 2020 release Feral. The evening probably won’t be feral but rather laid back and enjoyable.
When: June 3rd
Where: 925 E Pike St
You probably need no introduction to Tori Amos, she’s one of the most enduring contemporary music artists. Luckily for all of us, she’ll be touching down in Seattle for what is sure to be an unforgettable concert at The Paramount Theatre.
When: June 5th
Where: 911 Pine Street
Two brothers make up Dream, Ivory and together they create tunes that weave experimental instrumentation and life occurrences. If you’re looking for something chill and melancholic this might just be for you.
When: June 7th
Where: 305 Harrison Street
If you want to start your June on an upbeat note, you might want to stop by Neumos. Xavier Wulf is coming to town to play his energetic tunes and it’s sure to be an absolutely popping concert.
When: June 9th
Where: 925 E Pike St
If you like bedroom pop chances are that you like Rex Orange County. He’s coming to play at Marymoor Park making it the perfect opportunity to start your outdoor concert-going. Keep in mind the resellers kinda got to these tickets.
When: June 9th
Where: 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.. Redmond, WA
Perhaps a bit niche but if you’re looking for a concert that will be on the relaxing side this is for you. Tiersen’s newest project highlights the soundscapes he’s known for with all of those glorious piano notes.
When: June 12th
Where: 1303 Northeast 45th Street
Syd of The Internet is on tour for her newest album Broken Hearts Club. It’s sure to be a night to remember with all sorts of grooves.
When: June 14th & 15th
Where: 1426 1st Ave
Seattle represent! Beloved indie band Fleet Foxes is here on their OG stomping grounds to play their newest album Shorein. We’ll assume that at least a few of their older hits will be played as well.
When: June 23rd
Where: 1932 Second Avenue
Arts & Culture
Elizabeth Sandvig and Spike Mafford with Gary Faigin
Learn about one of the most original Northwest artists Michael Spafford, who died earlier this year. His artist wife Elizabeth Sandvig and son Spike Mafford will help listeners look at his work and share their insights and stories. The presentation will include videos of Spafford talking about and working on his paintings, as well as a selection of key images from his long career.
When: June 1st
Where: 1119 Eighth Ave
Bellevue Jazz & Blues Music Series
Thanks to the Bellevue Downtown Association you’ll be able to listen to top national and regional talent at the 15th annual Bellevue Jazz & Blues Series. Some of the featured artists include Grammy Award winner Bobby Rush and Australian composer Blake Noble who will perform ticketed shows at the Meydenbauer Centre Theatre. There will also be 17 free performances by varying artists.
When: June 1-5
Where: Downtown Bellevue
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
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
Of course, the center of the universe has its own fair. The Fremont Fair is a unique experience that every Seattleite should have. It shares some similarities to Folklife in energy but you can expect to see plenty of colors, art, music, and of course the iconic solstice parade.
When: June 18th & 19th
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
Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
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
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
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
From Dawn to Dusk: Nordic Art from Sweden’s Nationalmuseum
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
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
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.
Catch a view on a rooftop patio
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.
Outdoors & Adventure
Take a road trip to a themed hotel
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.
The mountain got over eight feet of snow in April, and it didn’t stop in May which made this year one of the mountain’s deepest spring seasons in history. That means there’s yet another extension of the ski season. You’ll be able to hit the slopes of Green Valley from Friday to Sunday between 9 am and 2:30 pm.
When: Until June 12th
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
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
A new month means tons of new additions. June’s Netflix additions are a mix of new originals and some old favorites. You can also see what’s leaving Netflix in June as well.
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
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.
Get some work done in a new space
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 June and we’ll see you back here in July!
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