July is (almost) here Seattle, and that means summer is underway! For those who love warm weather, it is officially time to get out and about. If you’re trying to stay conscious of spending there’s still plenty of fun to be had around the city. Here are 25 of the best free & cheap things to do in Seattle this July.

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Mariners Value Games

There are several promotions for the Seattle Mariners this month, including one Value Game you can catch. Tickets for these games start at $10!

When: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2024
Where: T Mobile Park
Cost: $10+

3rd of July Family Celebration

This beloved family celebration is back. Kick off 4th of July on the 3rd, with festivities that include pie eating contests, field games, a DJ and food trucks. There will be fireworks when it gets dark!

When: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2024
Where:  Ballinger Park, 23000 Lakeview Drive
Cost: Free

Seafair 4th Of July

On the 4th of July, check out Seafair, the best way to celebrate Independence Day in the Pacific Northwest. The festivities will include a fully choreographed fireworks presentation accompanied by a musical score!

When:  Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Where:Gas Works Park, South Lake Union Park, And Lake Union
Cost: Free & reserved seating available

Bellevue Family 4th

The Bellevue Family 4th returns to Bellevue Downtown Park for its 32nd year in the Heart of Bellevue. There will be free live performances, activities, food trucks, and a fireworks display at 10:05 p.m. synchronized to a performance from the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

When: Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Where: Bellevue Downtown Park
Cost: Free

Tacoma’s 4th of July Summer Blast

Tacoma’s 4th of July celebration is back! You can enjoy a full day of live music, food, entertainment, and craft vendors. There will be a 20-minute firework display!

When: Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Where: Ruston Way Waterfront
Cost: Free

The Bainbridge Island Grand Old 4th of July

Bainbridge Island will celebrate July 4th taking over downtown Winslow and Waterfront Park from 7am until 5pm. There will be a traditional Pancake Breakfast, Car Show, Street Fair, Kid’s Zone, Beer & Wine Garden, Live Music Stage, and of course, the mile-long Hometown Parade.

When: Thursday, July 4th, 2024
Where: Bainbridge Island
Cost: Free

Pioneer Square Fest

The Pioneer Square Fest returns for its second year! The two-day experience will celebrate music, art and community spirit! There will be with over two dozen bands, across three stages in Pioneer Square!

When: Friday, July 5th to 6th, 2024
Where: Occidental Square Park
Cost: $30

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a performance not to miss this summer. Kicking off on Thursday, June 27th, and running until Sunday, August 4th, the Seattle Shakespeare Company hosts free, outdoor performances of classical plays in parks throughout the Puget Sound region.

When: Thursday, June 27th to Sunday, August 4th
Where: Various locations
Cost: Free

Center City Cinema

Center City Cinema will be screening FREE movies in the park at 12 locations across the city. There will be food trucks on site.

When: June 28th to September 14th, 2024
Where: Locations across the city
Cost: Free

Dancing ‘til Dusk

Back for another year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is hosting Dancing ‘til Dusk for 17 evenings this summer. The lessons take place at parks across 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: July 11th to August 27th, 2024
Where: Various parks in the city
Cost: Free

Free 1st Thursday Public Tour

The Washington Park Arboretum hosts free public tours on the first Thursday of each month. So kick off your month walking through seasonal themes, collections plants, and learn about the history of the organization.

When: Thursday, July 11th, 2024
Where: The Graham Visitors Center, 2300 Arboretum Drive East
Cost: Free

King County Fair 

July also marks the return of the King County Fair. Experience a summer carnival with monster truck rides, food & drinks.

When: July 11th to 14th, 2024
Where:  45224 284th Ave SE, Enumclaw
Cost: $10+

Salty Sea Days

A beloved tradition in Everett returns with Salty Sea Days, a summer block party taking over downtown with live music, a beer garden and family activities!

When: Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th, 2024
Where: 2900 block of Wetmore
Cost: Free

Ballard SeafoodFest

This July, head to Ballard for SeafoodFest! There will be FREE live music, family fun, arts, crafts, and food vendors, seafood, and an impressive craft beer showcase.

When: Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: Along NW Market St and Ballard Ave NW
Cost: Free to attend

West Seattle Summer Fest

West Seattle Summer Fest is bringing a fantastic range of performances, and a variety of musical genres and unique experiences this July! There will also be plenty of local vendors to check out, and food to try.

When: Friday, July 12th to Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where: Intersection of California Ave SW & SW Alaska St
Cost: Free to attend

 Polish Festival Seattle

Seattle Center Festál presents Polish Festival Seattle this July! The festival features authentic Polish food, live music, exhibits, merchants, vodka tasting, beer garden, workshops, and more.

When: Saturday, July 13th, 2024
Where: Armory Food & Event Hall and Mural Amphitheatre
Cost: Free

Chamber Music in the Park 

Chamber Music in the Park is bring free concerts to Seattle area parks! It will feature world-class Summer Festival musicians from all over the world.

When: Saturday, July 13th, and July 20th, 2024
Where: Bellevue Downtown Park and Volunteer Park
Cost: Free

3rd Annual Seeking Cultura Mexican Filipino Tianguis Block Party

Check out this Block Party with over 90 vendors, food, a beer garden, music, live art, performers, family activities, a wellness bar, and more!

When: Sunday, July 14th, 2024
Where:  Seeking Ferments, 1011 Valley Street
Cost: Free

Sequim Lavender Festival 2024

If you’re a fan of supporting local farmers and the fragrant plant, the Sequim Lavender Festival is for you. Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, food and check out hundreds of vendors at the festival’s street fair. There is also a beer garden, which will include local and regional beers.

When: Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where:  202 N Blake Ave, Sequim, WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Bite of Seattle 

The Bite of Seattle is an annual food festival that takes place at the Seattle Center, and features over 250 local vendors, beer and wine gardens, cider tastings, local artisans, and over 65+ musical performers.

When: Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where: Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St
Cost: Free to attend

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival

The Vashon Island Strawberry Festival is back, and its 2024 theme is “Arts, Heritage, Culture.” There will be music, entertainment, and vendors throughout the weekend. A Classic Car Parade and Show will take place on the Sunday.

When: Friday, July 19th to Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where: Vashon Highway 171st to 178th both lanes, Bank Road 97th Ave to 100th Ave both lanes
Cost: Free to attend

Chinatown Seafair Parade

The Greater Seattle Chinese Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2024 Annual Chinatown Seafair Parade, featuring lion and dragon dances, the Seattle Chinese Girls Drill Team, and many more local community groups from the Greater Seattle area.

When: Sunday, July 21st, 2024
Where: Parade starts at S King St and 8th Ave S
Cost: Free

Movies at the Mural

Starting in July, the Mural Amphitheatre lawn will transform into an outdoor theatre with a 40-foot screen and the iconic Space Needle in view. The series takes place on Fridays and feature popular movies that include classic and contemporary films that are appropriate for all-ages.

When: Friday, July 26th to Friday, August 16th, 2024
Where: 305 Harrison St
Cost: Free

Seattle Arab Festival

The Seattle Arab Festival (SAF) features traditional Arab foods, drinks, and desserts inside along with a wide array of local and national vendors with fabulous products from or about the Arab world.  There will also be Arabic music, singing, dancing and other stage performances!

When: Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2024
Where: Armory Food & Event Hall
Cost: Free

Vegan Street Fair

Vegan Street Fair is a free entry annual all ages vegan food celebration where local vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants and vendors come together to serve you bite-size portions of vegan eats and sell you vegan wares all in one place, according to organizers.

When: Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th, 2024
Where: TBA
Cost: Free to attend, $5 bites

Happy July, Seattle!