The outdoor season might not last that long in Seattle, but city residents make great use of it while it’s around. The period from late spring to late autumn is perfect for Seattle concerts, especially since the city is home to a world-famous music scene and legions of music aficionados. From the Northwest Folklife Festival over Memorial Day weekend to Bumbershoot during Labor Day weekend and everything in between, there are fantastic opportunities to see live music in Seattle. The Seattle Center is home to an excellent concert series that spans various genres and Chateau Ste. Michelle hosts a handful of shows featuring some of the legends of rock.
When the skies finally clear, city residents head directly to various Seattle parks. Gasworks Park in Wallingford is a favorite due to its incredible views of the Seattle skyline and the park’s interesting old gasworks structures. The huge Discovery Park in Magnolia is also a favorite for its beaches along the Puget Sound, expanse, and view of the Olympic Mountains. Magnusson Park, in Sand Point on the Lake Washington side, is popular for swimming and for its well-manicured playing fields.
The summer is also a popular time for tours in Seattle, though they’re good any other time of the year as well. There are various food tours around Downtown, such as Savor Seattle and Seattle Bites, cruises on the water, such as those offered by Argosy out of Queen Anne, and ghost tours taking place Downtown, like the ones given by Market Ghost Tours.
Self-guided tours of Seattle are also possible via the city’s excellent range of outdoor activities. Rent a bike and ride the trails throughout town, or hire a kayak and see the city from the water. Seattle is surrounded by stunning mountains and there is no better time to appreciate its incredible natural beauty than when the weather is fine.