Summer Sounds at Skansie
Families in our region can enjoy a dizzying number of options for outdoor entertainment, thankfully back for summer 2021. We’ve put together a list of South Sound-area concerts and movies that will get you outside, keep you entertained and, in most cases, not even cost you a penny.
Here's what's happening around the South Sound this summer. If we missed your favorite series, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'd love to hear about it! And, if you're up Seattle way, consult our list of Seattle- and Eastside-area free summer concerts.
Family-friendly concert series
Kent Summer Concert Series
This series offers a bounty of weekly options from July 7–Aug. 18. Free kid-focused shows happen on Wednesdays, noon–1 p.m., at Morrill Meadows Park. Other ongoing series are family-friendly and take place in the evenings on Wednesdays, 6–8 p.m., at Kent Station, and on Thursdays, 7–8:30 p.m., at Lake Meridian Park. Free.
Lacey in Tune Summer Concert and Entertainment Series
The City of Lacey also offers more than one outdoor entertainment option. The Children's Entertainment Series takes place Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., July 13–Aug. 10, and family-friendly Noon Tunes concerts take place Wednesdays at noon, July 6–Aug. 11, at Huntamer Park. On Fridays at 8 p.m., July 16–Aug. 6, turn up for Friday Flicks, which includes interactive games followed by a family-friendly movie. Games start at 8 p.m. and movies are shown at dusk. Free; preregister.
Auburn's Peanut Butter & JAM and Summer Sounds Concerts
Stop by Les Gove Park for the Peanut Butter & JAM concerts happening Wednesdays at noon, July 14–Aug. 18. There is a fantastic playground to explore after the show. On rainy days, concerts will be rescheduled. The City of Auburn is also now offering the Summer Sounds concert series on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., July 15–Aug. 19, also at Les Gove Park. Free.
Summer Concerts at Covington Community Park
Concerts at the park are back in Covington. Enjoy family-friendly concerts every Friday night, July 2–Aug. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Covington Community Park. Plan on some extra time before or after to explore the cool trails or the super fun playground. Free.
Bonney Lake Summer Concerts
Cruise by Allan Yorke Park for Kids Club, great kid-approved entertainment on Mondays at 6:30 p.m., July 26–Aug. 30. On Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., July 28–Sept. 1, the Tunes @ Tapps series brings live music of varying genres to the park for a great family picnic experience. An outdoor market precedes the Wednesday shows, beginning at 5 p.m. Check the lineup for both series at the website. Free.
Puyallup Concerts in the Park
Outdoor concerts at Pioneer Park are back this year with two series to chose from: the Family Series on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and the Kids Noon Tunes at noon on Thursdays, July 13–August 19. Free.
Summer Sounds at Skansie
Head to revamped Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor for a waterfront outdoor concert. This series runs Tuesdays from 6:30–8 p.m., July 2–Aug. 31. Free.
Sunday and Chill Concert Series at Mary Olson Farm
Chill out on a Sunday at historic Mary Olson Farm in Kent for this relaxing concert series. Three Sunday performances take place July 25, Aug. 15 and Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. Check back for additional details.
Summer Sounds in Federal Way
Head to Steel Lake Park for Federal Way's Summer Sounds Concert Series happening Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., July 7–Aug. 11. Turn up Aug. 11 for a special kids' concert. Free.
Maple Valley Music in the Park
Groove to family-friendly music lakeside at Lake Wilderness Park in Maple Valley on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5–19. Stay awhile and explore the expansive park complete with a playground and swimming beach.
South Sound outdoor summer movies
Lacey's Friday Flicks Series
As mentioned above, the City of Lacey's Lacey in Tune concert and entertainment series is back this year. Friday Flicks is the outdoor movie segment — that also includes interactive family games in the park prior to the film. Games start at 8 p.m. and movies play at dusk. Fridays, July 16–Aug. 6 in Huntamer Park. Free.
Gig Harbor Movies in the Park
Pack your chairs and blankets to enjoy free family movies and popcorn at Skansie Brothers Park! Movies are shown at 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 16–Aug. 27. Note: Screenings will be canceled in the event of rain or high winds. Free.
Federal Way's Movies in the Park
Head to Town Square Park for two Movies in the Park showings, one Saturday, July 24, at 9:15 p.m. and the other Saturday, Aug. 14 at 8:45 p.m. Free.
Friday Night Flicks in Auburn
This series runs three Fridays, July 30 (at Lea Hill Park), Aug. 6 (at Sunset Park) and Aug. 13 (at Les Gove Park). Movies begin at around 9 p.m. Check the full lineup of entertainment and movie titles at the website. Free; preregistration may be required, check the website for updates.
Editor's note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently for summer 2021.