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Summer Music Preview: Take Transit to these Free Shows

They say the best things in life are free. We say the best things in life are free of parking!

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There is no shortage of opportunities to catch live music in the region and yes, some things in life are free. Get ready to enjoy the sounds of summer from local bands at no charge!

Bellevue Beats Music Series

When: Now– August 15 
Where: Various locations in Bellevue 
How: 2 Line (Bellevue Downtown Station and Spring District Station)

The Bellevue Downtown Association sponsors free lunchtime outdoor concerts – many of these shows will have a food truck available for tasty eats..  


When: Saturday, June 15 
Where: Pike Place Market, downtown Seattle 
How: 1 Line (0.2 miles from Westlake Station)

Catch BUSKARAMA on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. where all 15 Market busker spots will be filled with talented musicians.

A promotional poster for BUSKARAMA at Pike Place market featuring a fish playing guitar

Bellevue Family 4th

When: Thursday, July 4 
Where: Bellevue Downtown Park 
How: 2 Line (0.9 miles from Downtown Bellevue Station)

For the past 30 years, the Bellevue Downtown Association and various local sponsors have thrown the beloved Bellevue Family 4th. Located at the Downtown Park, attendees gather around 5 p.m. to enjoy free live music, activities, access to delicious food trucks, and an incredible view of the fireworks show.

Columbia City Night Market

When: June 15, July 20, and August 17 
Where: 37th Ave. South (between S. Hudson and S. Edmonds Streets) 
How: 1 Line (0.4 miles from Columbia City Station)

Discover the heart of Seattle’s vibrancy every third Saturday from 6 – 10 p.m. The event includes a beer garden, tantalizing food trucks, local artisanal treasures, and captivating live performances. You can catch this event year-round!

A trio of performers sing at the Columbia City Night Market

Downtown Summer Sounds

Free, live, and local music in downtown Seattle with an array of fun performances. The series continues a four-decade Downtown Seattle Association tradition of bringing outdoor summer concerts to downtown workers, residents, and visitors during lunchtime and after work at 5 p.m.

When: June – August 
Where: Various location downtown Seattle. 
How: 1 Line (TBD stations)

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