Now that we’re well into summer, it’s time to find a few things to add to this year’s plans. Whether you’re looking for small weekly events to add a little life to your day-to-day or grand outdoor plans and exciting hikes, we have you covered. Here are 13 things to add to your summer bucket list in Seattle.

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. 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

Check out one of the US’s longest lava tubes


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If you’re looking for an unforgettable hike this summer, it might just be time to head underground. Ape Cave is the third longest lava tube in the US and you can hike through a large portion of it. Talk about a unique way to beat the heat!

Try a new restaurant

Seattle restauranteurs have been working hard this year to bring you new restaurants. There are several that have just opened giving you opportunities to try all sorts of new eats. From bagels to coffee,

Summer at SAM


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

See some wildflowers

With summer well underway, there are tons of places to catch glimpses of wildflowers. Whether you want to partake in a long and challenging hike or something on the easier side, we have options for you.

Fly over Seattle


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You don’t have to be a bird to fly over Seattle. Our city has plenty of options for taking to the air between tours and private plane or helicopter charters. So if you’ve been wanting to see what the city looks like from above, you might as well treat yourself to a flight tour. We of course listed out some of the best our city has to offer.

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Sequim Lavender Festival 2023

Guests will be able to enjoy live music, food and check out hundreds of vendors at the festival’s street fair. You can also choose to take a farm tour to see how it’s all grown, pick your own lavender to take home, and even watch on-farm demonstrations. If you miss the festival you can always check out Pelindaba Lavender which is always free to visit.

When: July 21st-23rd
Where: Sequim, WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Experience a swimming hole


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Why go to a city pool when you can go to one in nature? Washington has several swimming holes scattered around the state and you should check them out this summer. What’s more, many are closer to Seattle than you might think.

Listen to a concert at the Locks

The Ballard Locks is hosting a free concert series this summer on the Locks grounds featuring a variety of genres. From big bands to classic hits, and more, you have plenty to choose from. All you have to do is show up with your own chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.

When: Until September 4th
Where: 3015 NW 54th St
Cost: Free/Donations encouraged

Bite of Seattle


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The festival promises more than 200 vendors this year as well as more than 50 musical guests including headliner Sir-Mix-A-Lot. Some of the featured vendors include Chang Thai, Big Island Poke, Sugar + Spoon and more to be announced.

When: July 21st-23rd
Where: Seattle Center
Cost: Free-$75/Varies

Check out the Washington State Fair


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At the very end of summer Washington hosts the biggest and best fair of the year, the Washington State Fair. Full of farm animals, rides, concerts, agricultural displays, and more, this fair is not to be missed.

When: September 1st-24th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $12-$18

Experience a natural waterslide

Love going to the water park but hate the crowds? Try nature! Sounds simple but it’s true. Washington’s Denny Creek has its very own natural waterslide and you should check it out for yourself this summer.

Stroll along a scenic boardwalk


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Did you know Washington actually has several boardwalks? Yep, there’s more to visit than the downtown pier system. Whether you’re looking to watch boats, kites, or simply walk along the water, we have several spots for you to visit.

With that, enjoy summer and make sure you get out there to experience all that Seattle summer has to offer.