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South Sound Summer Arts in 2015: Outdoor Concerts and Movies

Families in our region have a dizzying array of ways to get outdoors and sample great entertainment. We’ve put together a list of concerts and movies that will get you outside and, in most cases, not even cost you a penny.

Here's what's doing in the South Sound this summer. If we missed something great, email us at calendar@parentmap.com. (And see the lineup for outdoor concerts and movies in the Seattle area.)

Summer concert in the park at Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor
Summer Sounds at Skansie


Kent Summer Concert Series. Free family-friendly shows happen mid-week on Wednesdays, noon–1 p.m. at Town Square Plaza, and Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m. at Lake Meridian Park, July 8–Aug. 13. July 8: Roberto the Magnificent, July 9: The Suffers, July 15: Big Bang Boom, July 16: Little Bill and the Blue Notes, July 22: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, July 23: JP Hennessy, July 29: Tickle Tune Typhoon, July 30: Stooges Brass Band, Aug. 5: The Not-Its! , Aug. 6: Joy Mills Band, Aug.12: Recess Monkey and Aug. 13: Gypsy Soul. FREE. [KENT]

Lacey Children’s Entertainment Series. A mix of entertainment, from comedy to concerts takes place on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., June 23–Aug. 4. June 23: Marvelous Moo Moo Sisters, June 30: Knights of Veritas, July 7: Brian Waite Band, July 14: Roberto the Magnificent, July 21: Jeff Evans, July 28: Ronal McDonald and Aug. 4: Eric Ode. Huntamer Park, 7th Ave. S.E. and Woodland Square Loop, Lacey. FREE. [LACEY]

Summer Sounds at Skansie. Presenting live music and restaurant delivery service to the park. Tuesdays at 6:30–8 p.m., June 16–Aug. 18. June 16: The Coats Jazz , June 23: Uptown Lowdown Band Dixieland, June 30: 133rd Army Band, July 7: Hook Me Up, July 14: Michael Anthony Pratt, July 21: Beatniks Definitive, July 28: Sarah Gerritsen with Bradford Loomis, Aug. 4: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, Aug. 11: Austin Jenckes Country and Aug 18: Funaddicts. Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Dr. Gig Harbor Guide. FREE. [GIG HARBOR] 

Auburn Kids’ Summer Stage. Stop by for concerts at Les Gove park every Wednesday at noon from July 8–Aug.12. You can bring your swimsuits and visit the nearby spray park after the show. July 8: Brian Vogan & His Good Buddies, July 15: Louie Foxx’s One Man Side Show, July 22: Recess Monkey, July 29: Reptile Isle, Aug. 5: The Harmonica Pocket and Aug. 12: Linda Severt’s Juggletunes. On rainy days, shows are inside the Parks Building. Les Grove Park, 910 9th St. S.E., Auburn, 253-931-3043. FREE. [AUBURN]

Bonney Lake Kids’ ClubTons of entertainment twice a week! Mondays at 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 11 a.m., July 6– Aug. 25. July 6: Recess Monkey, July 7: Cap'n Arr, July 13: Brain Vogan and his Good Buddies, July 14: Steve the Pretty Good, July 20: Eric Ode, July 21: Son of Reptileman, July 27: Eli Rosenblatt, July 28: Cowboy Buck and Elizabeth, Aug. 3: The Not-its!, Aug. 4: Last Leaf Theater - Puss n Boots, Aug. 10: Ian Dabson, Aug. 11: Jeff Evans, Aug. 17: Reptileman, Aug. 18: Juggletunes, Aug. 24: Caspar Babypants, Aug. 25: Ronald McDonald, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Touch A Truck. Allan Yorke Park, 7302 W. Tapps Hwy E. Bonney Lake. FREE. [BONNEY LAKE]

Puyallup Concerts in the Park
Puyallup Concerts in the Park

Puyallup Concerts in the Park. Puyallup offers three concert series geared toward families: Tuesdays and Wednesdays noon– 1 p.m. and Thursdays 6:30– 8/8:30 p.m. July 9: Elevator 253 and The Konzelman Brothers, July 14: Tim Noah, July 16: Bubbles & Fog and The Coats, July 21: Reptile Isle, July 23: Wally & The Beavs, July 28: Tweenland, July 29: Eric Haines and The Afrodisiacs, July 30: The 5 Johnsons, Aug. 4: The Rowdy Refs, Aug. 6: British Export, Aug. 11: Trevor & Lorena, Aug. 12: Reptile Isle and . No Rules, Aug. 13: United Generation and Cherry Cherry, Aug. 18: Recess Monkey and Aug. 20: Spike & The Impalers. Saturday Aug. 22, as a part of the Community Campout: The Islanders and The Rhythm Nation. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Pioneer Park 325 S. Meridian. Wednesdays at Bradley Lake Park 531 31st Ave. S.E. 253–841-5457. FREE. [PUYALLUP]

Second Sunday Concert Series.Tacoma presents concerts in the Conservatory at Wright Park, which is technically indoors, but the music can be heard outdoors in Wright Park. So if the kids need to run around (or scream), you can hang outside and still be serenaded. Second Sundays in summer: June 14: TBA, July 12: Kareem Kandi Trio, Aug. 9: Cara Francis Duo and Sept. 13: The Ginger Ups. 1–2:30 p.m. Seymour Conservatory, 316 S. G St. in Wright Park. Suggested donation of $3. [TACOMA] 

Music in the Park. Sylvester Park and Port Plaza, Olympia.  Head outside, perhaps with a picnic dinner, and enjoy music in the park, Wednesdays 7–8 p.m. from July 8– Aug. 26 in Sylvester Park. Note. The Aug. 7 show takes place at Port Plaza. July 8: Abbey Road Live, July 15: Blue Laces, July 22: Little Sara & the Night Owls, July 29: Lukas Rose, Aug. 5 Troubadours, Aug. 7: Wally & The Beaves (Port Plaza), Aug. 12: Ben Potter Band, Aug. 19: Cee Cee James, Aug. 26: Air Force Band of the Golden West.  FREE. [OLYMPIA] 


Lacey Outdoor Cinema Series. Music at 7 p.m., followed by a movie at dusk. July 18: The Goonies, July 25: Disney's Jungle Book, Aug. 1: Muppets Most Wanted  and Aug. 8: Back to the Future 1-3. Huntamer Park, Seventh Ave. S.E. and Woodland Square Loop, Lacey. 360-491-0857. Outdoor Cinema Series. FREE. [LACEY]

CinemaGig Outdoors. Free family movies at Skansie Brothers Park! Movies start at dusk, and in case of rain, the show is canceled. July 11: ET, July 25: Frozen and Aug. 8: Happy Feet. Skansie Brothers Park, 3211 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. Check out their Friday Date Night movies. FREE [GIG HARBOR]

Metro Parks movie night at Kandle Park

Summer Sounds and Cinema. Live entertainment, kids’ activities and concessions by the Auburn Youth Council. Movies start at 7 p.m. July 31: Big Hero 6 and music by Po'okela Street Band, Lea Hill Park. Aug. 7: Frozen and music by Social Network, Sunset Park. Aug. 14: Planes Fire & Rescue and music by The Fabulous Murphtones, Les Gove Park. Various parks: Lea Hill Park, 12305 S.E. 316th St., Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth St. S.E. and Sunset Park, 1306 69th St. S.E. FREE. [AUBURN] 

Summer Bash. Click! Mobile Movies begin at dusk. July 25: The Book of Life, Wright Park, 501 S. I St.; July 31: Dolphin Tale 2, Kandle Park, 2323 N. Shirley St.; Aug. 14: Big Hero 6, Stewart Heights Park, 402 E. 56th St.;Aug. 15: How to Train Your Dragon 2, Gray Middle School, 6229 S. Tyler St.; Aug. 21: Penguins of Madagascar, Norpoint Park, 4818 Nassau Ave N.E. Various Tacoma Parks. FREE. [TACOMA]

Metro Parks summer bash
Summer Bash Movies in the Park

About the author: Lauren Valencia is a former Seattle pre-K teacher and a freelance writer. This article was written in 2013 and updated for 2015.

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