What to do in Seattle in July?

(Free) Art in the Parks

We Seattleites, survivors of June 2022, Speak from experience: Moments of dry, sunny skies here are fleeting – take advantage of them while you can. And what better for carp one summer die than enjoying art in the park?

In Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill, a lineup of local bands commemorates the unveiling of the all-new amphitheater (July 2), followed by a series of free outdoor concerts and dance performances throughout the summer, as arts editor Brangien Davis covers it in this week’s newsletter.

Theseus and Hippolytus, by Shakespeare Dream of a summer nightwill also make an appearance on the new Volunteer Park Stage (July 9) as part of the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s summer series of outdoor performances of Wooden O at area parks (July 7-August 7), including understood Point Defiance Park from Tacoma and Confluence Park from Issaquah. The comedy is offset by the darker romance Cymbelineconsidered one of Shakespeare’s last plays, which director Makaela Milburn and artist Meme García have transformed into “a modern, cutting-edge take on Shakespeare’s folk tale of forbidden love, mistaken identities, banishment and reconciliation”.

At Olympic Sculpture Park, Summer at SAM — a series of free outdoor events hosted by the Seattle Art Museum — returns from a pandemic hiatus this month (July 14 through August 20, every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.). With Richard Serra’s acid-washed steel “Wake” sculpture — along with the Space Needle, Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound — as the breathtaking backdrop, live musicians will perform every Thursday evenings. Watch for interactive art creation with local artists, plus yoga and dance classes and, of course, food trucks. On July 14, local band The Pazific will kick things off and play some “West Coast Latin soul.”

A girl dances at a previous Seafair Indian Days annual powwow at Discovery Park (courtesy Jack Storms)

That same weekend, the Powwow Grounds at the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Seattle Discovery Park will be hosted with the annual Seafair Indian Days Powwowhosted by the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation (July 15-17, free or $5). After a two-year wait, the annual powwow, a longstanding tradition that brings Native Americans of all tribes together to celebrate, returns with powwow dancing, arts and crafts stalls, and food natives for sale, including traditionally baked salmon. (Non-native people are welcome, but if this is your first time, check out the FAQ.)

The Free Summer Concert Series at Washington State Parks also features music and dance from a variety of cultures. From the Waikiki Beach Concert Series to Cape Disappointment State Park and Mountain Melodies at Lake Wenatchee State Park at the American Roots Concert Series at Deception Pass State Parkexpect a diverse offering of music from the Americas (including bolero, crabgrass, Brazilian forró, Appalachian jig, Japanese folk tunes and more) amid majestic views of the Northwest.

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