6 Seattle Outdoor Music Festivals in July

Hear that? Outdoor music season is in full swing. Here are some of this month’s highlights
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Sol performing at Capitol Hill Block Party

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Seattle Chamber Music Festival (7/2–7/27)
The main classical event of Seattle’s summer, with music by composers ranging alphabetically from Aho to Vänskä and chronologically from Bach to a new commissioned work by James Newton Howard. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Recital Hall, downtown, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlechambermusic.org

Ballard Seafoodfest (7/13–7/15)
A festival celebrating Ballard’s Scandinavian heritage and connection to the sea—but there’s music too? Oh, yah, with Blitzen Trapper and All Them Witches headlining. Times and venues vary. Free. Downtown Ballard, NW Market Street and 22nd Avenue NW; seafoodfest.org

West Seattle Summer Fest (7/13–7/15)
On stage during this annual neighborhood party: Shannon and the Clams, Dude York and the Dusty 45s are among a lineup as eclectic as you’d expect from a ’hood anchored by Easy Street Records. Times vary. Free. West Seattle Junction, SW Alaska Street and California Avenue SW; wsjunction.org

Jamfest (7/19)
“Peace, Love and Chinatown” is the theme of this year’s music-filled showcase throughout the Chinatown/International District, featuring all-girl teen rock trio Bleachbear and The Voice’s Siahna. 5–9 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Venues vary. Chinatown-International District; wingluke.org

Capitol Hill Block Party (7/20–7/22)
Six stages filled with dozens of local and national acts are headlined by Father John Misty and Dillon Francis. Times and venues vary. One-day passes $65. Capitol Hill; capitolhillblockparty.com.

Wine Country Blues Festival (7/29)
[doo-doooo-doo-doot] Gotta hear me some blues. [doo-doooo-doo-doot] Gotta taste me some wine. [doo-dooo-doo-doot] They serve music all summer. [oh yeah] And everything’s gonna be fine! [piano break] 3 p.m. Prices vary. Chateau Amphitheatre, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Woodinville, 14111 NE 145th St.; 425.488.1133; ste-michelle.com

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