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Your Guide to July 2022 Events in Seattle

Capitol Hill Block Party, Ballard SeafoodFest, Seattle Art Fair, and More
June 29, 2022
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Capitol Hill Block Party is back with a chaotic, glitzy, fun lineup including Charli XCX and Diplo.
(Capitol Hill Block Party via Facebook)
Whether July makes you think of hot dogs and fireworks, air-conditioned movie theaters, outdoor concerts and performances, or ice-cold beers, you'll find tons of things to do this month that will allow you to soak up that coveted Seattle sunshine (or stay cool) now that summer is in full effect. As we do every month, we've compiled the biggest events you need to know about in every genre, from the Ballard SeafoodFest to the Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade, from the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival to the Seattle Art Fair, and from Capitol Hill Block Party to ODESZA: The Return. Plus, don't forget to check out our Fourth of July calendar.

 

LIVE MUSIC

Ani DiFranco Add to a List
New York-hailing singer-songwriter and folk-rock icon Ani DiFranco will return to town to play songs from her 20th studio album, Revolutionary Love. The album addresses both the personal and the political, learning to process her anger and frustrations through love and compassion. Fort Worth-based folk-soul artist Abraham Alexander will start the evening.
Neptune Theatre, University District (Fri July 1)

Brit Floyd - World Tour 2022 Add to a List
Brit Floyd, one of the premier Pink Floyd tribute acts, will return to Seattle to revive the style and sound of the '70s rock legends as they faithfully recreate their final 1994 tour. Get ready for the whole enchilada, including a spectacular light show, the iconic circular screen, lasers, inflatables, and various other trippy theatrics.
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (Fri July 1)

Ween Add to a List
Experimental rock band Ween, led by musicians Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo (also known by their stage names, Gene and Dean Ween), has gained a legendary cult status similar to that of the Grateful Dead, Phish, or Frank Zappa with their humorous genre-blending jams and always fresh live performances. Considering the band hasn't released a proper album since 2007's La Cucaracha, you can look forward to a mixed-bag setlist pulling from their classic albums, and maybe a few covers, too.
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Fri July 1)

Circle Jerks with 7 Seconds and Negative Approach Add to a List
Hardcore punk legends Circle Jerks, led by Black Flag co-founder Keith Morris and Redd Kross guitarist Greg Hetson, are stopping by as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of their landmark album, Group Sex. (Both are phrases that should be Googled with caution.) With support from fellow heavies of the early ‘80s hardcore scene 7 Seconds and Negative Approach, this show will surely get your blood pumping.
The Showbox, Downtown (Sat July 2)

Trombone Shorty's Voodoo Threauxdown Add to a List
New Orleans-hailing brass instrument royalty Trombone Shorty has made a name for himself playing alongside giants such as Jeff Beck, Dave Matthews Band, Eric Clapton, and the Foo Fighters. Now he's hosting a curated mini-festival of NOLA-based artists including legendary bounce rapper Big Freedia (who you've most definitely heard on Beyoncé's new single "Break My Soul"), funk ensemble Tank and the Bangas, iconic funk band The Meters, and eight-piece brass band The Soul Rebels.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville (Sat July 2)

Adekunle Gold: Catch Me If You Can The Tour Add to a List
Nigerian highlife singer-songwriter Adekunle Gold, who recently released his new single "One Woman" featuring rapper/singer Ty Dolla $ign, will stop by on his Catch Me If You Can tour, supporting his album of the same name.
Neptune Theatre, University District (Mon July 4)

Femi Kuti & The Positive Force Add to a List
Mercury staffer Ned Lannamann wrote of Femi Kuti: "Although he does not blaze the trails of his famous father Fela so much as follow their established path, his music is brimming with a contemporary urgency. Transposed against the pure, near-rapturous physicality of his Afrobeat music—again, a shadow of his father's, but we'll take it—this show will be a fiery dance party, ignited by a call to activism." He will play in support of his latest album, Legacy+, alongside his band The Positive Force.
Neptune Theatre, University District (Wed July 6)

Chase Atlantic Add to a List
Australian alt-pop trio Chase Atlantic will get extra chill as they bring their Cold Nights tour to Seattle, supporting their genre-fluid 2021 album, Beauty in Death, which blends trap beats with polished R&B melodies. Arrive in time to catch opening sets from pop vocalist Leah Kate and hip-hop artist Xavier Mayne.
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (Fri July 8)

Jason Mraz & Raining Jane: Lalalalivesongs Add to a List
Fedora-wearing acoustic-pop singer-songwriter Jason Mraz, who rose to prominence during the era of Starbucks mix CDs, will bring his Lalalalivesongs tour out to Chateau Ste. Michelle for two consecutive nights in support of his new compilation album of the same name. LA-based folk-rock ensemble Raining Jane will join as his backing band. 
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville (Sat July 9)

Kraftwerk 3-D Add to a List
All the way back in 2015, Stranger music connoisseur Dave Segal wrote: "Kraftwerk have been electronic music's Beatles and Velvet Underground: They both popularized it and inspired thousands of people to create their own unconventional sounds with synths and computers. Kraftwerk's impact on Seattle's musicians runs deep and wide." The iconic quartet will bring their multi-media 3-D concert through town, which began as a series at The Museum of Modern Art. 
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (Sat July 9)

Khruangbin Add to a List
Houston-based instrumental trio Khruangbin weaves together glossy indie rock, East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into a harmonious kaleidoscope of blissful psychedelia. Anticipate hearing tracks off of their critically acclaimed 2020 album, Mordechai, after an opening set from Quebecois indie rock band Men I Trust. 
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Sun July 10)

Puscifer Add to a List
LA-based experimental rock project Puscifer, led by Maynard James Keenan (of Tool and A Perfect Circle), is an outlet for Keenan's "darker and more personal musings," which don't quite fit in with his other bands. Prepare yourself for what's described as a "theater-meets-concert" performance in support of the 2020 album, Existential Reckoning.
McCaw Hall, Uptown (Sun July 10)

Slightly Stoopid Add to a List
The seven-piece Ocean Beach group Slightly Stoopid will generate their big-rock, reggae-inspired, canna-happy vibes to Tacoma alongside kindred reggae-rock groups Pepper, Common Kings, and Fortunate Youth.
Haub Family Field (Sun July 10)

Wolf Parade Add to a List
Wolf Parade, whom Mercury writer Jenni Moore once called "the Montreal art-rock band that’s not Arcade Fire," will play their 2005 debut album, Apologies to the Queen Mary, in its entirety with former band member Hadji Bakara, which will mark his first shows with the band in 14 years.
The Crocodile, Belltown (Mon July 11)

REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy: Live and UnZoomed Add to a List
This illustrious lineup will blast you back in time to the late '70s with performances from beloved rock bands REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Loverboy. The evening promises guitar solos galore, soaring arena-rock vocals, and plenty of nostalgia.
White River Amphitheatre (Tues July 12)

Stray Kids Add to a List
K-pop stars Stray Kids, known for their melding of pop, hip-hop, and electronic sounds will come through town on their Maniac tour, named after their trap-fueled 2022 single of the same name.
Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown (Thurs July 14)

Fleet Foxes Add to a List
The homegrown indie-folk group led by Robin Pecknold will bring their breezy harmonies back through town in support of their Grammy-nominated album, Shore. The album follows their trajectory toward pastoral bliss complete with choir accompaniments, ethereal acoustics, and oceanic imagery.
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Fri July 15)

Kenny Chesney: Here and Now Tour Add to a List
After the cancellation of his Chillaxification 2020 tour, country music golden boy Kenny Chesney will finally return to Seattle on his new and improved tour supporting his laid-back new album, Here and Now, which is perfectly summed up by promo photos of Chesney, barefoot on the beach sporting shorts, a tank top, and a cowboy hat.
Lumen Field, SoDo (Sat July 16)

Scarface: Farewell Tour Add to a List
If there were a Mt. Rushmore for gangsta rap icons, one could definitely make a case for the inclusion of Scarface. His iconic voice and knack for consistently delivering soulful vitriol through a hardcore Houston, Texas, lens have made Scarface a virtual deity in the South, and his influence on hip-hop is celebrated just about everywhere else. Any lyricists who dabble in audacity, insanity, or reality owe him at least a nod of recognition—and only a precious few will be able to match his intelligent, street-level storytelling. Timeless classics like "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" from his Geto Boys days and solo anthems like "My Block" prove that his ghetto psychosis never strays from Southern-fried funk, making Scarface's hall-of-fame résumé all the more sonically potent. CHRIS SUTTON
Neptune Theatre, University District (Sat July 16)

The Lumineers: Brightside World Tour Add to a List
Indie folk-rock crown-holders The Lumineers will return to the region for a massive outdoor concert in support of their new album, Brightside, which AllMusic called "fresher and more rough-hewn than anything [they've] previously released." The evening will get started with performances from singer-songwriters Gregory Alan Isakov and Daniel Rodriguez.
Gorge Amphitheatre (Sat July 16)

A.R. Rahman Add to a List
Back in 2018, Stranger writer Charles Mudede wrote of Indian composer A.R. Rahman: "Born in 1967 in Madras (now Chennai), India, Rahman has a career in Bollywood that spans nearly 30 years. He has won numerous awards, including two Oscars for Slumdog Millionaire (and was nominated for the song 'O… Saya,' which features rapper/singer M.I.A.). He has recorded with the legendary Lata Mangeshkar, a singer I discovered after the soundtrack for Lagaan sent me into the Bollywood rabbit hole (I watched Satyam Shivam Sundaram; I saw the most gorgeous woman to ever appear on film, Zeenat Aman; I heard the heavenly voice of Mangeshkar). Some have called Rahman 'the Mozart of Madras.' I consider him to be the Mozart of Now."
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Sun July 17)

Corinne Bailey Rae Add to a List
If you were glued to the TV every morning in the early 2000s watching music videos, then you probably first saw Corinne Bailey Rae as a VH1 You Otta Know Artist, riding her bike around a scenic park in the video for her 2006 summertime hit "Put Your Records On," which turned her into an overnight success. Although that remains her biggest hit, she is hardly a one-hit-wonder, with three solid albums of coffee shop-soul delights that still sound as fresh as ever. Bailey Rae will take the stage after a set from Seattle-born singer-songwriter Malia.
Moore Theatre, Belltown (Sun July 17)

Mandy Moore: In Real Life Tour Add to a List
Don't act like you didn't know Mandy Moore put out albums—did you not clock the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress's singing chops in Princess Diaries? She'll come to Seattle in support of her latest output, In Real Life, but fingers crossed that she will sing her 1999 hit tween-pop hit "Candy."
The Showbox, Downtown (Sun July 17)

The Avett Brothers Add to a List
Folk familiars The Avett Brothers will break out their signature Americana tunes filled with fiddles, banjos, and pleasant harmony-riddled messages of good and evil.
White River Amphitheatre (Sun July 17)

Rainbow Kitten Surprise Add to a List
Chart-topping North Carolina group Rainbow Kitten Surprise employ a Southern folk inflection in their indie alternative rock more subtle than their name, with neat harmonies and expansive instrumentation standing out as key methods. The five-piece will treat you to an outdoor show with support from Indiana-based alt-blues band Houndmouth.
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Mon July 18)

Kingdom Tour: Maverick City Music x Kirk Franklin Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of their powerful performance at the 2022 BET Awards, gospel ensemble Maverick City Music will take the stage alongside 16-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kirk Franklin in support of their collaborative album, Kingdom Book One. Fellow gospel artists Jonathan McReynolds and Housefires will get the worship tunes flowing. 
Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown (Tues July 19)

Tash Sultana Add to a List
Tash Sultana is an Australian gender-fluid singer-songwriter and producer who gained viral success in 2016, after releasing a bedroom recording of their reggae-infused song "Jungle." Sultana will hit the stage in support of their sophomore album, Terra Firma, which was entirely self-recorded, engineered, performed, arranged, and produced, after an opening set from rising pop artist Josh Cashman.
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (Tues July 19)

The Black Crowes Present: Shake Your Money Maker Add to a List
Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson reunite their beloved southern rock and blues outfit The Black Crowes just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their debut album, Shake Your Money Maker.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville (Tues July 19)

CAAMP: Lavender Days Tour Add to a List
The Ohio-based duo headed up by childhood friends Evan Westfall and Taylor Meier will bring their banjo- and guitar-fueled indie-folk to town for an outdoor show supporting their new album, Lavender Days. Named after the common fragrance that can, as Meier put it, "remind you of your grandmother’s perfume or maybe the air freshener in your mom’s car," the album explores the mundane joys of uneventful days that often go overlooked.
Marymoor Park, Redmond (Wed July 20)

Cat Power: Covers Tour Add to a List
Beloved singer-songwriter Cat Power (AKA Chan Marshall) has the unique ability to completely transform an already existing song, breathing new life into old classics and contemporary hits, as evidenced in her wildly popular cover of Phil Phillips' "Sea of Love," which appeared on the soundtrack for the definitive indie film Juno. On her latest album, Covers, she continues this gift, morphing Frank Ocean's emotional ballad "Bad Religion" into an indie-rock jam and Kitty Well's seminal country classic "It Wasn't God Who Made Honkey Tonk Angels" into a snappy jazz club croon.
The Showbox, Downtown (Wed July 20)

Chaka Khan Add to a List
The legendary "Queen of Funk" herself, Chaka Khan, will grace us with her presence as a part of the Woodland Park Zoo's outdoor concert series, Zoo Tunes. Anticipate powerhouse vocals, feel-good grooves, and classic R&B anthems like "I'm Every Woman" and "Ain't Nobody."
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge (Wed July 20)

Machine Gun Kelly: Mainstream Sellout Tour with Avril Lavigne and WILLOW Add to a List
Rapper, musician, actor, and overall sensation Machine Gun Kelly will play tracks from his second collaborative album with Travis Barker, Mainstream Sellout, which completes his metamorphosis from rapper to pop-punk star. The Hot Topic vibes will get started with the legendary early-aughts queen Avril Lavigne and singer-songwriter (and offspring of Jada Pinkett Smith/Will Smith) WILLOW.
Climate Pledge Arena (Fri July 22)

Goo Goo Dolls Add to a List
Buffalo, NY-born alt-rock band Goo Goo Dolls are still going after 36 years. Catch them at the winery as they support their 14th (!) studio album, Chaos in Bloom, which takes a homespun approach, with production from frontman John Rzeznik.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville (Sat July 23)

Rise Up: The Music of Hamilton and Broadway Add to a List
PNW-based vocal ensemble Rise Up will perform powerful renditions of your favorite tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton as well as other Broadway hits including In the HeightsDear Evan HansenRentWickedWaitress, and more.
Benaroya Hall, Downtown (Sat July 23)

Wavves: 12th Anniversary of "King of the Beach" Add to a List
Former stoner punk/Wavves frontman Nathan Williams will take a break from his current stint as a Los Angeles landlord to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the band's third album, King of the Beach,  which is often cited as paving the way for the indie surf rock revival of the 2010s, along with bands like Best Coast, Ty Segall, FIDLAR, etc. Psych-pop project BOYO and shoegaze-influenced quintet Smut will come along for the ride. 
Neumos, Capitol Hill (Tues July 26)

Burning Spear Add to a List
As one of the longest-standing and most influential reggae artists around, Burning Spear (aka Winston Rodney) began making music in 1969, blending the American soul sounds that he picked up on his radio with the traditional roots music from his home of Saint Ann, Jamaica. Now, more than two dozen albums and half a decade later, he is still touring the world performing his political anthems like "Marcus Garvey" and "Slavery Days."
Moore Theatre, Belltown (Wed July 27)

(G)I-DLE Add to a List
K-pop girl group, (G)I-DLE will stop by on their first-ever world tour, just after the release of their pop-punk-inspired new album, I Never Die, which is their first since the departure of former member Soojin.
Showbox SoDo (Wed July 27)

George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove Tour Add to a List
Musical innovator and rainbow-haired legend, George Clinton, will ignite the stage with his pioneering psychedelic-funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. Prepare for the show by revisiting their seminal albums like Maggot Brain, One Nation Under Funk, and Mothership Connection. Contemporary soul super-group The Motet, featuring members of Turkuaz, Fishbone, and Pimps of Joytime, will get the show started.
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge (Thurs July 28)

ODESZA: The Return Add to a List
Electronic duo (and Western Washington University alumni) Odesza will make their return to the stage with three hometown performances just after the release of their new album, The Last Goodbye. The album will feature contributions from a wide variety of artists including electronic composer/vocalist Juliana Barwick, pop singer-songwriter Izzy Bizu, legendary soul singer Bettye LaVette, and more. Don't miss an opening set from electropop duo Sylvan Esso.
Climate Pledge Arena, Uptown (Fri July 29)

Kamasi Washington Add to a List
Saxophonist/producer/bandleader Kamasi Washington is one of the most renowned contemporary jazz musicians working today. Known mostly for his sometimes-smooth and sometimes-erratic stylings on the tenor sax, Washington has ascended into the realm of world-class artistry; both his studio debut The Epic and its follow-up Heaven and Earth received universal acclaim, and he’s played on an array of important works, like Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, You’re Dead by jazz fusion artist Flying Lotus, as well as Thundercat’s heartbreak-y space-funk single, “Them Changes.” JENNI MOORE
The Showbox, Downtown (Sun July 31)

The Roots Add to a List
Listen up kids: The Roots’ importance goes wayyyy beyond their role as house band on The Tonight Show. To witness Questlove and Black Thought lead the nine-piece band live is more than just a “good” show—it’s an eclectic, jazz-infused experience that’ll cement Black Thought as one of the most skilled, entertaining, and versatile MCs of all time. If you need further proof of Black Thought’s dominance as a lyricist, head on over to his masterful 10-minute freestyle on Hot 97 with Funk Flex. JENNI MOORE
Woodland Park Zoo, Phinney Ridge (Sun July 31)

FESTIVALS

Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth 2022 Add to a List
The classic, the original. They don’t even bother putting “July” in the event name, because everybody knows what’s up. This is Seafair’s annual big-ass fireworks show at Gas Works Park, with the pyrotechnics exploding up above Lake Union and “choreographed” (that’s so cute) to a very loud pre-recorded musical score. There’ll also be two beer gardens, scads of food vendors, live bands, and a glow-in-the-dark dance party that ends when the fireworks begin. As long as it doesn’t rain—not our fault if it does!!—this event will almost certainly be a mob scene, so you may wanna get a fresh COVID booster beforehand and definitely wear your mask, even though it’s outside. The park spans 19 acres, though, so maybe you can find a secret nook with a visible patch of sky to watch the show from. Gas Works is the best place in the city to find sexy secret nooks, for real. MEG VAN HUYGEN
Gas Works Park, Wallingford (Mon July 4)

2022 Summer Festival: Seattle Chamber Music Society Add to a List
The Seattle Chamber Music Society is, once again, throwing its Summer Festival, with free informal recitals and full orchestral performances for all ages throughout the month of July. The cabal of esteemed artists involved this year will include Noah Bendix-Balgley, Benjamin Beilman, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Stella Chen, and many more.
Benaroya Hall, Downtown (July 5–31) 

Dare To Dance Summer Festival 2022 Add to a List
Dare to Dance Seattle's inaugural summer festival series blends performance, participatory workshops, and cultural exchange in a free, outdoor format. With programming planned at public parks across Seattle, the event aims to build community while showcasing a diverse lineup of dance performers like Afsaana Dance Company, El Rincón de la Salsa Cubana, the MossyBack Morris Men, Parmida Ziaei, and others. Whether you're into hip-hop, Bollywood, or K-pop, you'll find your fave dance styles represented here.
Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill (Sat July 9)

Ballard SeafoodFest Add to a List
Originally started as a celebration of the neighborhood’s fishing industry in 1974, this festival has expanded over the years to include a salmon dinner, a crab shack, a beer garden replete with local craft brews, food and artisan craft vendors, a skateboarding competition, and music. This year's music lineup includes Thunderpussy, Polyrhythmics, and Nite Wave, among many others. Gluttons for punishment can enroll in the lutefisk eating contest, an annual competition to see who can scarf the most of the salty, gelatinous fish.
Ballard (July 15–17)

West Seattle Summer Fest 2022 Add to a List
For the 40th year, spend some time shopping, dancing to live music from great local bands, dining, drinking in beer gardens, and enjoying other summery activities at this annual family-friendly festival. This year's headliners include Naked Giants, the True Loves, Chong the Nomad, and Acapulco Lips. You can also sign up to help paint part of a sealife mural that will be on permanent display in the West Seattle Junction after the fest.
West Seattle Junction (July 15–17)

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival 2022 Add to a List
For this 35th annual event, Winthrop's the place to be for all your rhythm & blues needs this summer: a full three days of music with on-site camping, beer gardens, food, and actual showers so you can hold onto some semblance of your humanity.
Winthrop (July 15–17)

Timber! Outdoor Music Festival 2022 Add to a List
Timber! is full of crowd-friendly folk, rock, and pop performances, and all-ages activities like camping, kayaking, and stargazing. This year's lineup includes the Milk Carton Kids, Built to Spill, Caroline Rose, a Simon & Garfunkel campfire singalong, and more.
Tolt-MacDonald Park (July 21–23)

Capitol Hill Block Party Add to a List
This year, CHBP has a lineup that I can only describe as chaotic, glitzy, fun. Joining British hyperpop star Charli XCX are major acts like Diplo, Jai Wolf, millennial-favorite Toro y Moi, Zoomer favorite 100 gecs, and a bunch of others like Remi Wolf and rap wunderkind Flo Milli. Local acts like Enumclaw, The Black Tones, Archie, and The Grizzled Mighty are also part of the stellar 69+-performer lineup. It's been over two years since the last CHBP took place in 2019, but in December the festival announced a July 22-24 return for the 24th edition of the block party. CHBP's talent buyer and program director Evan Johnson said that this summer is the "perfect time" for the party to make its comeback. As one of the tentpoles of Seattle summers before the pandemic, organizers are hopeful that crowds will turn out to support the tried and true formula of the block party. And as such, CHBP's footprint in the neighborhood will look much the same as it did in years past: two main outdoor stages, several indoor stages and activations, and a giant beer garden right outside the Neumos complex.
Capitol Hill Block Party (July 22–24)

Summer Meltdown Festival 2022 Add to a List
Originally started as a grassroots event on San Juan Island, Summer Meltdown is now a full-fledged music festival a bit closer to Seattle. This year, the event goes down in Sky Meadows Park in Snohomish, a riverfront property that the organizers note is full of "forested camping, beaches, swimming holes, and stunning views." Artists like Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, and Travis Thompson will headline the weekend lineup, rounded out by yoga and meditation workshops, plus a Saturday night forest creature costume party.
Sky Meadows Park, Snohomish (
July 28–31)

Watershed 2022 Add to a List
This country-music festival will return to the Gorge for a wild weekend of twangin' goodness. Put on your "Shedder gear" (trucker hats?) and get ready for three whole days of down-home studs. This year's headliners include Morgan Wallen, Miranda Lambert, Kane Brown, and others.
Gorge Amphitheatre (July 29–31) 

Federal Way Rhythm & Brews Festival Add to a List
Indulge in the time-honored pairing of beer and bluesy tunes at this festival with two bands and over 30 local craft beers, wines, and ciders. All proceeds benefit Federal Way Symphony Music Education and Performance programs.
Town Square Park (Sat July 30)

Northwest Terror Fest 2022 Add to a List
Seattle’s annual underground extreme music festival is back with an impressive lineup of more than 30 scary-sounding bands over the course of three days. Notable headliners include longtime Santa Monica-based thrash band Cryptic Slaughter, avant-garde heavy metal quintet Ludicra, and death metal outfit Suffocation. 
Neumos, Capitol Hill (June 30–July 2)

FOOD & DRINK

Kirkland Uncorked Add to a List
This summer wine festival, which benefits no-kill shelter Homeward Bound Pet Adoption Center, encompasses a 21+ wine tasting garden with live music and a Saturday "food truck feast," as well as a street fair with a market and a must-see canine modeling contest hosted by CityDog.
Marina Park, Kirkland (July 8–10)

Food Truck Round-Up Add to a List
A selection of your favorite restaurants on wheels will settle curbside for your brunching or lunching pleasure.
South Lake Union Saturday Market (Sat July 9)

SipFest 2022 Add to a List
BYOG (bring your own glass) and take dainty sips of local wine, beer and cider at this outdoor event at the historic Snoqualmie Railroad Park. Plus, snack on charcuterie and listen to live music from classic rockers Dynamite Supreme.
Railroad Community Park, Snoqualmie (Sat July 9)

Sunsets in Snohomish Wine Walk Add to a List
Traipse through the 150-year-old streets of downtown Snohomish while browsing local businesses and familiarizing yourself with vintages from Washington wineries.
Snohomish (Sat July 9)

Bastille Day 2022 Add to a List
Bonnie Birch will serenade you on the accordion as you tuck into a summery three-course meal with options like chilled gazpacho, salade Lyonnaise, seared pork tenderloin, and olive oil cake.
Maximilien, Pike Place Market (Thurs July 14)

Fremont Dungeness Festival Add to a List
On Ballard SeafoodFest Add to a List weekend, hop (crab walk?) over to Fremont to crack open some cold beers and crustaceans at the second annual edition of this event hosted by Revel, Local Tide, and Aslan Brewing.
Revel, Fremont (Sat July 16)

Nicole A. Taylor Author Talk: Watermelon and Red Birds Add to a List
Nicole A. Taylor's new book Watermelon & Red Birds is the first-ever cookbook to focus on Juneteenth celebrations and shares recipes for summer-ready dishes like beef ribs with fermented harissa sauce and roasted nectarine sundaes. She'll chat about the release with Lionesse founder Olaiya Land.
Book Larder, Fremont (Thurs July 21)

Bremerton Summer Brewfest Add to a List
Hop the ferry to Bremerton and taste samples from 30 different Washington breweries, including Reuben's, Jellyfish, Fremont, and more.
Bremerton Boardwalk (July 22–23)

Eastside Beer Week Add to a List
Show some love for the beer-makers up and down Washington's I-405 corridor by visiting 32 breweries (or as many as you like) offering special beer releases in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.
Various locations (July 22–31)

Ice Cream Social Pop-Up Add to a List
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this curbside festival showcasing frozen treats from a variety of vendors.
South Lake Union Saturday Market (Sat July 23)

Sales and Ales Beer Fest: A Tiki Adventure Add to a List
Take in the marine breeze while you try beers and ciders from local purveyors, poured into a souvenir glass, at this beachside tiki extravaganza at Kirkland Summerfest. Don your tackiest T-shirt for a shot at winning a prize.
Marina Park, Kirkland (July 29–31)

Anderson Summer School Brewfest Add to a List
School may be out for summer, but you can seek out some extracurricular edification at this beer festival with over 40 handcrafted ales and ciders from McMenamins as well as local guest breweries and cideries. Artists Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek and Dain Norman and the Chrysalis Effect will provide music.
McMenamins Anderson School (Sat July 30)

VISUAL ART

Hot Off the Press Book Fair Add to a List
Comic connoisseurs, art book aficionados, and DIY zinesters, gather 'round—the eighth annual Hot Off the Press Book Fair showcases self-published and small press works by over 50 regional indie artists and publishers. Find out what the cool kids have been working on at the evening showcase, with participating artists including Alex Graham, Short Run, Phil Elverum, Emerald Comics Distro, and others. Dance-driven locals Student Nurse and Annihilation Squares will set the musical mood.
Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Georgetown (Sat July 9)

Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure Add to a List
Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure offers a comprehensive view of the modernist sculptor's visionary triumphs in the postwar era. The first-ever Giacometti exhibition in the Pacific Northwest, it compiles over 100 busts, statues, paintings, drawings, and prints that highlight the artist's idiosyncratic, vulnerable style. The retrospective also includes snapshots from the artist's studio, captured by Richard Avedon, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and other photography masters.
Seattle Art Museum, Downtown (July 14–Oct 9)

From Dawn to Dusk: Nordic Art from Sweden’s Nationalmuseum Add to a List
This exhibition presents paintings by Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish artists working in the late 19th century; scenes of everyday life reveal the radical changes transpiring in Nordic art during this period. While some painters worked in a popular French realist style, others traveled abroad, returning with fresh takes on the classic Nordic landscape which eventually resulted in a nationally-recognized style.
National Nordic Museum, Ballard (through July 17)

Public Access: BLACKBOX WEATHERMXN Add to a List
On the Boards has channeled their forward-thinking vision into a new programming series. Public Access: BLACKBOX WEATHERMXN compiles four teams of performers and animators, forming a digital performance cohortEach team has created a brief performance piece in "weather forecast technical format," using strategies like green screen and animated text to imagine expansive new forms of storytelling. This series of performances marks the launch of the ongoing cohort program, which will hold an open call for new participants annually.
On the Boards, Uptown (July 21–24) 

Seattle Art Fair Add to a List
Eighty-five gallerists from all over the world will bring first-rate artwork to Seattle for one hectic weekend in the sixth edition of this fair, back for the first time since pre-pandemic days. It's always an impressive display of cool, cutting-edge contemporary art, and plenty of Seattle institutions and artists get involved as well. This year's local highlights include Peter Gronquist's communion (featuring a real pool of water), a full-size totem pole from Preston Singletary, and other projects from Inye Wokoma, Clyde Petersen, Humaira Abid, the Seattle NFT Museum, and more.
Lumen Field Event Center, SoDo (July 21–24)

Alki Art Fair Add to a List
Stroll the promenade and take in a stunning seaside view at this three-day fair, where an extensive lineup of creators and performers will spotlight the energy and diversity of the local arts and culture scene. Live music will set the tone for the weekend, with performances by acoustic Brazilian trio Choroloco, "thrift store folk pop" singer-songwriter Trish Savage, and more. You'll find plenty of munchies from food vendors onsite, and a kids' zone hosted by "galactic preschool" Outer Space Seattle.
Alki Beach (July 22–24)

everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. Add to a List
Everything was beautiful, and nothing hurt. grapples with the incredible paradoxes of human experience, considering the contradictions of trauma, beauty, cruelty, and love. The exhibition, which derives its name from a line in Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, compiles moving image installation works from the Henry's collection, including pieces by Rashid Johnson, Kaari Upson, Lutz Bacher, Sue DeBeer, and Candice Breitz.
Henry Art Gallery, University District (July 23–Jan 8) 

Bellevue Arts Museum Arts Fair Add to a List
An accessible (and family-friendly) event, the BAM Arts Fair also claims to be the "largest award-winning arts & crafts festival in the Northwest." You'll have the chance to peruse goods from more than 300 creators, explore the museum for free, check out food trucks, and more.
Bellevue Arts Museum (July 29–31)

The Infinite Add to a List
This NASA-inspired virtual reality experience allows audiences to become astronauts and freely explore a full-scale replica of the International Space Station. Soundscapes, light design, and even scent will heighten sensory immersion. THE INFINITE is an extension of the Emmy-winning series Space Explorers: The ISS Experience, the largest production ever filmed in space.
Tacoma Armory (through July 31)

PERFORMANCE

The Bonesetter's Daughter Add to a List
Based on the 2001 novel by Amy Tan, this theatrical adaptation follows Ruth, a Chinese American woman whose mother is slowly drifting away due to dementia. Ruth's mother has always been difficult—talking to ghosts and bemoaning a family curse—but a new discovery about her past may bring the two closer together in the end.
Book-It Repertory Theatre, Uptown (through July 3)

BenDeLaCreme is... Ready to be Committed Add to a List
BenDeLaCreme brings her bubbly, effervescent style to the stage in this fresh cabaret show, a "heartfelt spectacular" that's a little cheeky, but as delightful as always. In BenDeLaCreme is...Ready to Be Committed, the blushing wannabe bride is all set to settle down, but first, she'll need a cake, a venue, a dress...and a spouse. Sounds complicated, Ben! She'll dodge weirdos on Grindr and meet Cupid himself in this performance, which blends burlesque, comedy, and original music.
Triple Door, Downtown (July 5–10)

Ron Funches: Back At It! Tour Add to a List
Ex-Portlander, comedian, actor, and writer Ron Funches is a multi-talented funnyman who's been popping up everywhere lately—he's made appearances on Black•ish, New Girl, Nailed It, Conan, and more. Funches calls California home these days, but he'll return to the region with the infectious, memorable comedy for which he's known and loved.
Neptune Theatre, University District (Sat July 9)

2022 Strawberry Jam Add to a List
This theater festival spotlights works from playwrights that expand on the theme "Make America ___." Directors Leah Adcock-Starr, Lamar Legend, Alanah Pascual, Gavin Reub, and others will present their distinctive perspectives on the timely topic—based on titles alone, we're intrigued by Pascual's Make America Call My Mom and Say I'm Doing Good.
12th Avenue Arts, Capitol Hill (through July 9)

Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival Add to a List
A staple of Seattle's summer theater scene for over 20 years, the Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival returns for the first time since 2019 for two jam-packed days of Shakespearean shenanigans in Volunteer Park's fresh amphitheater. Attendees will find a wide variety of approaches to the Bard's works, with performances from Wooden O Add to a List and Greenstage Add to a List (both of whom also have outdoor theater seasons this summer), Seattle ComedySportz, Youth Shakespeare Workshop, Dacha Theatre, and more.
Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill (July 9–10)

Hadestown Add to a List
This Tony-winning musical by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and acclaimed director Rachel Chavkin draws from the mythos of Orpheus, Eurydice, King Hades, and Persephone to construct a fresh love story. Set within an all-too-relatable apocalyptic landscape of climate anxiety and poverty, Eurydice toils in an oppressive industrial setting while Orpheus plans their escape.
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (July 12–17)

The Golden Girls Live Add to a List
Miami's silver foxes are hitting the road in this drag tribute to the legendary TV show. Return to Shady Pines to reprise the best of The Golden Girls—complete with cheesecake, Jazzercise, shoulder pads, Blanche's sex life, and subtle shadiness. This uproarious performance stars leading San Francisco drag comics Heklina, Jef Valentine, D’Arcy Drollinger, and Holotta Tymes.
Broadway Performance Hall, Capitol Hill (Fri July 15)

Can Can's Lola Add to a List
It'll be just another evening in paradise at this Copacabana-inspired cabaret, complete with flirtatious showgirls and feathers. This gender-bending summer show will include market-fresh fare and cocktails to quench your thirst. 
Can Can, Pike Place Market (through July 15)

Titanish Add to a List
Crashing on stage this July is Titanish, an unsinkable comedy and uproarious parody of a certain doomed romance flick. The Habit Comedy, creators of A Very Die Hard Christmas, teamed up with Seattle Public Theater for the disastrous musical, complete with original music and fast-paced action that's more hilarious than tragic.
Seattle Public Theater, Green Lake (July 15–Aug 6)

Tim Heidecker Live! Add to a List
Tim Heidecker blends his distinctive brand of absurdist meta-humor with original music for this two-act performance. The legendary weirdo behind Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! and On Cinema at the Cinema is nothing if not polarizing—Vice describes his work as "failure-centric"—but if you "get" his work, you're probably a huge fan. Heidecker will be joined by the Very Good Band for the second half of the show, sharing darkly witty songs from his entire musical catalog.
Neptune Theatre, University District (Sun July 17)

Velocity's Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation Add to a List
This immersive, month-long foray into Seattle's dance community offers unique opportunities to watch, study, and learn alongside other movement artists. The Seattle Festival of Dance + Improvisation has helped dancers build community in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 30 years—this time around, they'll offer training, research, and sharing modules of cohort-based intensives and workshops for novices and experienced practitioners alike.
Various locations (Jul 17–Aug 14)

Come From Away Add to a List
This award-winning Broadway musical sheds new light on an incredible story. In the aftermath of 9/11, the tiny Newfoundland town of Gander welcomed 7,000 stranded strangers after the emergency landing of 38 planes. While nerves ran high, Gander residents housed their new visitors in an exceptional act of care. Come from Away shares the experiences of Gander townsfolk, pilots, and passengers during and after the unprecedented experience.
The 5th Avenue Theatre, Downtown (July 20–Aug 7)

Sal Vulcano Add to a List
Staten Island sweetie Sal Vulcano, founder of the No Presh podcast network and host of Hey Babe! and Taste Buds, will stop by Seattle with more real-life stories and observational humor. Vulcano's stand-up shows are chill and low-stakes; the 20-year veteran comic tends to avoid controversy and political jokes, instead opting for gags about holding pants ransom.
Paramount Theatre, Downtown (Thurs July 21)

War on the Catwalk Add to a List
Fifty queens from around the world will strut their stuff on the runway in this gag-worthy all-ages drag tour. Attendees will spot snackable Kornbread, Canadian provocateur Jimbo The Drag Clown, RuPaul's Drag Race UK season three winner Krystal Versace, and dozens more at War On The Catwalk, hosted by fishy faves Brooke Lynn Hytes and Miz Cracker.
Moore Theatre, Belltown (Tues July 26)

FILM

Seattle Symphony: Joe Hisaishi Symphonic Concert: Music from the Studio Ghibli Films of Hayao Miyazaki Add to a List
The Seattle Symphony will be joined by acclaimed composer/conductor Joe Hisaishi for a performance of scores from his partnership with beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki. Expect to hear music from all of your favorite Studio Ghibli films including Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.
Benaroya Hall, Downtown (Fri July 1)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Concert with the Seattle Symphony Add to a List
The Seattle Symphony will take on the cultural phenomenon with a performance of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, providing the audience with a chance to relive the magic of the film in high-definition on a giant screen amid Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score.
Benaroya Hall, Downtown (Fri July 15)

Nope Add to a List
Modern horror mastermind Jordan Peele dips his toe in science fiction in his newest flick, blending his penchant for spooky social commentary with something a little more alien. Nope follows Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as ranch-owning siblings whose lives in quiet inland California are rocked by sudden encounters with unidentified flying objects.
SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown (July 21–28)

Movies at Marymoor Park Add to a List
This year's drive-in movie offerings at Marymoor Park sound like old-school Americana fun, with screenings of Mean Girls Add to a List , Top Gun (1986) Add to a List , Sing 2 Add to a List , and more. Snuggle up in the car, bring a picnic, or enjoy the food trucks on site.
Marymoor Park, Redmond (through Aug 25)

Movies at the Mural Add to a List
Stretch out on the lawn and enjoy classics like The Princess Bride and newer hits like In the Heights, preceded by film shorts by Cornish students. Amazon Prime Video is the presenting sponsor of this very Seattle experience, set underneath the Space Needle.
Seattle Center, Uptown (July 30–Aug 27)

READINGS & PODCASTS

A Voice for Nature: National Geographic Live Add to a List
Capturing astounding images of nature from Curaçao to Japan, Dutch photographer Jasper Doest illuminates the little-seen connections between humans and wildlife. A Voice For Nature is presented as part of the National Geographic Live series, which shares the efforts of its diverse, adventurous contributors.
Benaroya Hall, Downtown (July 10–12)

Laurie Frankel Add to a List
New York Times bestselling author and beloved local Laurie Frankel will read from her latest novel, One Two Three, at this launch of the book's paperback edition. The spellbinding book tells the story of triplet sisters whose lives are deeply impacted by the tiny, secret-filled town in which they live.
Elliott Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill (Thurs July 14)

Samantha Allen and Melissa Febos Add to a List
Helen Gurley Brown's Sex and the Single Girl is outdated by today's standards, but the book was a huge success upon its 1962 release, selling millions of copies and promoting the radical idea that life wasn't all about finding a husband. Editors Eliza Smith and Haley Swanson have compiled a timely anthology, Sex and the Single Woman, paying tribute to Brown's original work while compiling fresh insights on abortion, queer and trans womanhood, consent, race, disability, single parenthood, and more from today's feminist thinkers. Celebrated authors and Sex and the Single Woman contributors Samantha Allen and Melissa Febos will come together in conversation and celebration of the forward-thinking book.
Elliott Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill (Fri July 15)

Sona Movsesian Add to a List
Sona Movsesian, Conan O'Brien's longtime assistant and host of the Conan Needs a Friend podcast, will hit Seattle in celebration of her satirical memoir The World's Worst Assistant. Movsesian is a cheeky, quick-witted comic in her own right, and she shares her secrets to becoming a nightmarish employee in the uproarious book. Tickets come with a copy of the memoir, and the event includes a public signing and Q&A sesh.
Third Place Books Lake Forest Park (Tues July 19)

Pod Save America: (A)live And On Tour 2022 Add to a List
Strap in for another round of no-BS political conversations—Pod Save America is vaxxed, boosted, and back in action. Hosts Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Dan Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor will visit Seattle with special guests to discuss impending threats to our democracy (but don't worry, they'll also make you laugh). The progressive podcast is the definition of a hit—each episode averages 1.5 million listens, and GQ described it as one of the "most popular strategies for coping with the looming death of the republic." Fun!
Paramount Theatre (Fri July 22)

Daniel James Brown with Tom Ikeda and Michael Shiosaki Add to a List
In honor of the paperback release of award-winning author Daniel James Brown's Facing the Mountain: An Inspiring Story of Japanese American Patriots in World War II, this conversation includes Densho executive director Tom Ikeda and Michael Shiosaki, . They'll come together in discussion of the book, which describes the 442nd Infantry Regiment during the Japanese internment of World War II.
Central Library, Downtown (Sat July 23)

Femme Fatale with The Suspense Is Killing Us Podcast Add to a List
Brian De Palma, king of the erotic thriller, made a few pit stops throughout his career to direct blockbuster flicks like Mission: Impossible and Mission to Mars. But he wasn't done titillating audiences yet—in 2002, along came Femme Fatale, a nod to classic noir starring Rebecca Romijn as the world's most alluring jewel thief. Travis Vogt, Matt Lynch, and Kevin Clarke, hosts of The Suspense is Killing Us podcast and retro thriller fanatics, will introduce this screening.
The Beacon, Columbia City (Sat July 23)

Angela Garbes with Jen Graves: Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change Add to a List
Filipino American food writer and former Stranger staff writer Angela Garbes has penned a book that reframes care work and mothering as a radical and essential form of social justice. In Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, Garbes pulls from her own upbringing as a first-generation immigrant in the United States to consider how mothering has been an economic demand, particularly for women of color. Further, Garbes wonders how the emotionally draining act of mothering might be a channel through which to find a deeper sense of self. She'll be joined in conversation by therapist, professor, and fellow former Stranger writer Jen Graves.
Third Place Books Seward Park (Thurs July 28)

Michael Pollan with Jane C. Hu: This is Your Mind on Plants Add to a List
Michael Pollan has looked closely at the intersections of nature and culture for decades. His past books, including James Beard Award winner The Omnivore’s Dilemma and the critically acclaimed How to Change Your Mind, examine everything from daily food choices to psychedelic research. In This Is Your Mind on Plants, Pollan delves into the attractions and taboos surrounding three "plant drugs"—opium, caffeine, and mescaline—and considers their consciousness-shifting functions across cultures. (As it turns out, our relationships with these plants might be more foundational to our humanity than we realize.) He'll be joined by Jane C. Hu, an award-winning local journalist whose newsletter The Microdose covers psychedelics in depth.
Town Hall Seattle, First Hill (Thurs July 28)

COMMUNITY

Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers & CONCACAF Champions League Championship Celebration Add to a List
The Seattle Sounders are the first MLS club to win the Concacaf Champions League, and they plan to celebrate this with a big party the day of their match against our rivals from the south, the Portland Timbers. Get there early to check out a pre-match beer garden, food trucks, merch, and a "special musical performance." 
Lumen Field, SoDo (Sat July 9)

Gay Days at Wild Waves Add to a List
The Imperial Sovereign Court Of Seattle will set up at the summery theme park for an all-day party full of drag performances, food vendors ("with prices lower than those in the park"), and a beer garden. All vendors will donate their proceeds to charities of their choice.
Wild Waves Theme Park (Sun July 10)

Seafair Indian Days Powwow Add to a List
In conjunction with Seattle Seafair, this three-day event centers Native American traditions with dance performances in traditional tribal regalia, jewelry-making, food, and live music. The Powwow, which has been held annually for 30 years, welcomes all to celebrate, and often draws crowds of up to 10,000 visitors.
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, Magnolia (July 15–17) 

Renegade Craft Add to a List
"The broadest reaching curated craft showcase in the world," Renegade will return to Seattle for a summer market complete with plenty of gifts for everyone from skincare enthusiasts to plant parents, plus food and drink offerings.
Magnuson Park Hangar 30, Sand Point (July 16–17)

Pokémon GO Fest Add to a List
Time to catch 'em all at Pokémon GO Fest! This year, the festivities planned are bigger than ever, so they'll stretch out across the city for expanded trainer experiences in Seattle Center Park and beyond.
Various locations (July 22–24)

Alaska Airlines Seafair Torchlight Parade Add to a List
Over 100 illuminated floats, marching bands, and performers (plus "prancing horses!") will celebrate Seattle in this massive annual parade. Before the main event, don't miss the Seafair Torchlight Run Add to a List .
Westlake Park (Sat July 30)

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