Here in the Northwest, we endure months upon months of gray, dreary days from early fall until late spring. We weather this drudgery because we know there is nothing more beautiful than a Northwest summer. This much-anticipated time of the year is finally upon us, and with it comes a plethora of outdoor movie and music events. We’ve rounded up a score of events throughout the Eastside for your viewing pleasure.
Redmond Town Center Summer Concert Series
July 16, 23, and 30 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Do a little shopping at Redmond Town Center and grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants while enjoying one of these free family-friendly concerts. Shows include the musical talent of The Banner Days, Cashing in Karma, and Ian Hale and The Legacy.
Marymoor Park Summer Concert Series
Through Sept. 1
Head out to the park and enjoy a concert by headliners such as Fitz and the Tantrums, Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, The Lumineers, Bare Naked Ladies, and more. Check out marymoorconcerts.com for specific dates, times, and ticket prices.
Snoqualmie Casino Summer Concert Series
July 3-Aug. 28
Take in expansive views of Snoqualmie Valley, Mount Si, and the Cascades while enjoying some tunes at Snoqualmie Casino’s Mountain View Plaza. This year’s musical acts include Kool and the Gang, Kansas, Blondie, Huey Lewis and the News, and Olivia Newton-John. All performances begin at 7 p.m. snotickets.com
Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series
Chateau Ste. Michelle is celebrating its 32nd year of award-winning wine and vibrant tunes under the stars. This year’s musical guests include Bob Dylan, Tears for Fears, Chicago, and the Goo Goo Dolls, among others. Not to mention Ste. Michelleís complimentary Chateau 2nd Tuesdays, which feature concerts by local performers on the lawn on the second Tuesday of each month.
Ivar’s Family Fun and Films
Fridays July 22-Aug. 12
Kids will love this outdoor movie series at Gene Coulon Park in Renton. The evening begins with a ton of premovie shows and activities, but once the sun goes down families will be treated to movies like Aladdin, Minions, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and The Goonies. Redhook
Brewery Moonlight Cinema
Thursdays from July 7-Aug. 25
This outdoor movies series at Redhook’s Woodinville location is packed with interactive themes to accompany each movie. Chug syrup and drink a liter of cola while watching Super Troopers, participate in a lightsaber flash mob during Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or don a cape and tights for prizes during a screening of Deadpool. Bring the family along on Aug. 25 for kid-friendly Zootopia; the little ones are encouraged to dress like their spirit animal. Check out redhook.com for more information. Carillon
Point Outdoor Movie Night
Every other Saturday from July 9-Aug. 20
Grab a bite at one of Carillon Point’s many fine eateries before settling down to watch a movie overlooking scenic Lake Washington in Kirkland. This year’s films include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Minions, Spectre, and Inside Out. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit Hopelink, with a suggested $5 donation.
Movies at Marymoor
Wednesdays from July 6-Aug. 24
This summer movie series doesn’t just feature the most popular titles from the last year like Zootopia and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but fan favorites like Back to the Future and The Princess Bride. Additionally, moviegoers can grab a bite to eat from local food trucks and free glow-in-the-dark necklaces to the first 200 people to check in at the Overlake Medical Clinic tent. Admission is $5 per person and an additional $5 per vehicle for event parking. Four-legged friends are welcome.
What to bring:
One blanket for sitting on, and one for staying warm when the sun goes down.
Bring the bug spray today, or you’ll be using plenty of Benadryl cream tomorrow.
Why not bring a whole picnic basket and maybe a bottle of wine. (Check with the venue ahead of time to ensure outside food and/or alcohol is permitted. At some venues, you can buy it when you get there.)
Flashlight or headlamp
We’ve all got flashlight apps on our phones, but many of us forget to charge our phones to capacity. Best to bring a dedicated light so you donít step on anyone on your way to the bathroom.
Most (but not all) events will require cash for admission, snacks, or other goodies; don’t be left in the lurch –bring paper and plastic just in case.
Opt for loose-fitting clothing so your limbs don’t fall asleep during the show, avoid wearing heels that can sink into the grass, and bring a sweatshirt for the impending after-sunset chill.
Most outdoor venues will have porta-potties; need we say more?