Summertime in the Seattle area is filled with a number of highly anticipated events, including several music festivals, some annual concert series and many live performance tours by today’s most popular rock and metal bands. There are a few outdoor music venues that are within an hour’s drive of Seattle that play host to the area’s summer concerts, and not only do you get to listen to your favorite music live, but you also get to enjoy the breathtaking scenery at each location.
Woodland Park Zoo: ZooTunes
5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2500
www.zoo.orgZooTunes outdoor summer concert series takes place at the Woodland Park Zoo’s serenely beautiful North Meadow area of the property. These popular summer concerts have been happening for around 30 years and have featured some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Ziggy Marley, The B-52’s, Blondie, The Doobie Brothers and many more. The concerts at Woodland Park Zoo are family-friendly, picnic-friendly and a limited amount of alcoholic beverages are available on-site, for adults 21-and-over.

Marymoor Park
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
(206) 205-3661
www.marymoorconcerts.comMarymoor Park in Redmond, Washington, is located about 20 miles east of downtown Seattle. It features a spacious outdoor concert arena that’s lined by tall, majestic trees and green, grassy slopes. Marymoor Park can comfortably seat up to 5,000 attendees and has featured musical acts such as The Violent Femmes, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Sublime with Rome, Weezer, Third Eye Blind and several others. Concert goers are allowed to bring low-back chairs, non-alcoholic beverages and food into the venue.

White River Amphitheatre
40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road
Auburn, WA 98092
(360) 825-6200
www.livenation.comLocated on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation, the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn, Washington, first opened in 2003. Since its inception, it has become one of the most popular outdoor concert venues in the state. White River has a crowd capacity of up to 20,000 attendees, including its spacious, general admission lawn seating and about 10,000 reserved seats that are under cover. This venue hosts numerous rock festivals and concerts during its summer months, including KISW’s Pain in the Grass, Rockstar Energy’s Mayhem and Uproar festivals, and the Vans Warped Tour.

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Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
14111 N.E. 145th St.
Woodinville, WA 98072
(425) 488-1133
www.ste-michelle.comJust north of Seattle, in Woodinville, Washington, is the Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery. It features a beautifully landscaped property of about 100 acres, and a smaller outdoor amphitheatre that accommodates more than 4,000 concert goers. Since it began hosting its summer concert series in 1984, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s outdoor venue has featured iconic musicians and bands such as The Beach Boys, Peter Frampton, James Taylor, ZZ Top, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stevie Wonder and many others.

Washington State Fair Events Center Grandstand
110 9th Ave. S.W.
Puyallup, WA 98371
(253) 845-1771
www.thefair.comThe grandstand at the Washington State Fair Events Center, also known as the Puyallup Fairgrounds, has been one of the state’s top outdoor concert venues since the 1980s. In its first years of hosting its annual fall concert series, iconic groups like The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, Alabama and The Oak Ridge Boys played to almost sold-out crowds. In more recent years, Seattle’s own Heart has played the venue, as have other 1970s and 1980s groups such as Duran Duran, Kool and the Gang, REO Speedwagon and Chicago. All tickets sold for Puyallup Fair concerts include admission into the fairgrounds.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on