Capitol Hill Block Party | Photo: Jim Bennett

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Capitol Hill Block Party | Photo by Jim Bennett

Capitol Hill Block Party | Photo by Jim Bennett

Seattle isn’t a musical hot spot for nothing. Bands and fans come out in droves year-round.

The biggest music festivals in the city are the uberhip Capitol Hill Block Party (July 24–26;—with headliners RATATAT and TV On The Radio—and the ultradiverse Bumbershoot Festival (*Sept 5–7;, starring Ellie Goulding, Hozier, and The Weeknd. Join thousands who turn out every year to enjoy the diverse lineup and discover new artists.

The home turf of the Seattle Seahawks also becomes a music mecca this summer as CenturyLink Field (800 Occidental Ave S; hosts megastar acts like country crooners Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean (June 27), British boy band One Direction (July 15), and chart topper Taylor Swift (Aug 8). Another great bet for live tunes under the stars is at one of the city’s summer concert series. Snap up tickets to hear Ziggy Marley and Kenny Loggins during Woodland Park Zoo’s ZooTunes (*June 19–Aug 19; 750 N 50th St;, and buy a bottle of wine to sip as Harry Connick Jr. and Sheryl Crow play during the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series (*June 13–Sept 12; 14111 NE 145th St, Woodinville; at the winery.

If you have time for an overnight getaway, make the three-hour drive to one of the most scenic concert venues in the country, Gorge Amphitheatre (754 Silica Rd, Quincy;, a 20,000-seat venue overlooking the Columbia River. This summer, it hosts the rock sounds of Train (July 25) and the Foo Fighters (Sept 12), plus the annual Labor Day Weekend visit from Dave Matthews Band (Sept 4–6).

Look no further than Seattle’s KeyArena (305 Harrison St; and the elegant-yet-intimate Paramount Theatre (*911 Pine St;, though, to see some of music’s biggest names. Catch Rush (July 19), 5 Seconds of Summer (July 24), and The Who (Sept 27) headlining KeyArena this year. At The Paramount, enjoy a robust lineup of indie rock favorites, along with family favorite Idina Menzel (Aug 5), and local heroes Death Cab for Cutie (Oct 3–5).

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