Downtown Summer Sounds 2023 @ Downtown Seattle

Free concerts for all 🎤

📸: Courtesy Downtown Seattle Association

🎶 Free concerts happening from July 7th to September 8th
🌇 Locations vary
⏰ See showtimes here 

Does hanging in a park and vibing as the sun soaks away the day sound good? Then scope out the Downtown Summer Sounds series, presented annually by the Downtown Seattle Association. It’s held across two summer months, with over 35 shows at Westlake Park, Occidental Square, City Hall Park, and other downtown locations. Concerts include a range of genres, from punk to funk to hip hop. And there’s an accompanying Spotify playlist!

At Westlake Park, R&B and neo-soul artist Umi kicks off the concert series on Friday, July 7th. The Seattle native is back in town after her Coachella debut. Catch this local songstress for free before tickets to her shows are as pricey as Beyonce’s. 

You can peep the whole line-up here, but here are a few of favs:

🎤 Lemon Boy, an “all-girl sour punk band,” birthed from a daydream shared by three skateboarding gal pals, will jam at City Hall Park on July 12th from 5 to 6:30 pm. 

🎤 DJ and producer Chong the Nomad will deliver midday grooves to Westlake Park on July 20th from 12 to 1:30 pm.

🎤 Double your entertainment as singers Hollis and Shaina Shepherd share a stage, serving soul on July 26th at Lake Union Park from 12 to 1:30 pm.

🎤 Genre-bending, soul/psych rockers Down North—think Red Hot Chili Peppers covering Prince—will blast Occidental Square on August 29th from 12 to 1:30 pm. 

🎤 The final event in this series of free summer shows, funk band Polyrhythmics will blast Bell Street Park with their hypnotic horn-driven escapades on September 8th from 5 to 6:30 pm.


Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.