A few months ago, I shared my favorite recurring Seattle events — such as the Moth, Bingo Karaoke, Salon of Shame — all of which take more than a week (or day, or hour) of forethought because they can sell out weeks in advance. Here is an updated summer edition of (mostly free, and more spur-of-the-moment) events to enjoy in the sunshine this summer.
Beach Naturalist Program
Beaches all around town, through 6/24, FREE
Head to one of Seattle’s many beaches and let one of the trained Beach Naturalist volunteers (of many talents and backgrounds) educate you about the amazing marine life. I’ve said it but it bears repeating: The Midwestern child in me is blown away every time I behold the wonder of a local beach. Crabs! Starfish! Those incredible rocks!
KEXP's Concerts at the Mural
The Mural at Seattle Center, Fridays, 8/2 -8/23, 5:30 p.m., FREE
These are some of my favorite summertime events! On Friday nights in August, KEXP hosts a roster of artists for free; these are acts you usually have — and are perfectly willing — to pay good money to see. The series kicks off with No Depression (alt-country) night, featuring Rose Windows and JD McPherson. On August 9th, hardworking, earth-conscious, ethereal indie rockers Cloud Cult (add Minnesotans to that lists and there’s just too much to love) will drop by. The closing show this summer is a preview of the upcoming Decibel (live electronic music) Festival, which features, among others, beloved local band Vox Mod.