Washington’s own battle of the bands—well, actually, festivals—kicks off Memorial Day weekend (May 27–30).
Choose between Sasquatch! (sasquatchfestival.com) at The Gorge in eastern Washington—with artists ranging from local surf rockers La Luz to Florence and the Machine to M83—and Northwest Folklife (nwfolklife.org) at Seattle Center, where this year’s theme explores the power of the human voice.
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival (timbermusicfest.com), July 14–16 at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation, brings together music and family activities that include hiking, kayaking, biking and more.
Capitol Hill Block Party (capitolhillblockparty.com), on the weekend of July 22–24, welcomes artists such as Seattle’s electronic gurus Odesza and indie pop band The Joy Formidable, to name two.
Country music rocks The Gorge Amphitheatre for two weekends in a row, July 29–31 and August 5–7, during the Watershed Music Festival (watershedfest.com). Country king Keith Urban plus the talent of A Thousand Horses are among the artists who will take the stage against a central Washington sunset.
Bid summer farewell back in Seattle on Labor Day weekend (September 2–4) at Bumbershoot (bumbershoot.com). Go for the live music, plus comedy, dance performances, theater, films, visual arts and more, all at Seattle Center.