Summer is (almost) here. Soon those of us without foresight will be jockeying for campground space and scouring Airbnb leftovers while belatedly plotting our summer jaunts. But fear not, procrastinators. There are plenty of in-town entertainment options and short-drive festivals still on the table (though some may require a Stubhub splurge).

For a few short months a year, Seattle-area music fans are able to enjoy their favorite bands under the sun/stars without a high probability of getting doused. These are some of the top options for outdoor summer concerts and festivals this season. Soak them up before scurrying back inside the city’s darkened clubs come fall.

Northwest Folklife Festival

Sasquatch is no more, but another Memorial Day weekend tradition marches on at Seattle Center, despite ongoing construction at KeyArena. While the renovations have limited the number of stages at the 48th annual festival, expect the usual globally flavored mix of music, dance, art and more across 20-plus stages and more than 100 vendors. Though the schedule had yet to be revealed at press time, this year’s cultural focus is “Youth Rising,” aiming to amplify the voices of young artists and community leaders. May 24-27; Seattle Center, 305 Harrison Ave., Seattle; $10 suggested donation, $20 per family;

Brandi Carlile: Echoes Through the Canyon

The local star’s been on a tear since the Grammys – launching her own women-led destination fest and Highwomen supergroup, among other ventures — and this mega show at her home state’s signature venue should be one for the books. Country great Emmylou Harris and Northwest folk-rock stalwart Neko Case make for an exceptional triple bill. June 1; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George; $55;

Billie Eilish

The new neo-goth queen of teen pop is riding high after becoming the first artist born in the 2000s to land a No. 1 album with this spring’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” But this early-season Marymoor Park show — which ushers in a terrific summer lineup at the Eastside park venue — sold out well before the rising star earned the distinction. Denzel Curry opens. June 2; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; sold out;

Father John Misty and Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit

One of several all-star Marymoor bills finds Sub Pop’s enigmatic balladeer Father John Misty with Jason Isbell and co., who twang-rocked the park with a jammy, summer-night set last year. Post up early with your low-back beach chair for opener Jade Bird, the British singer-songwriter who charmed a lawn-lounging afternoon crowd at Bumbershoot last year. June 11; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $65-$70;


Timber! Outdoor Music Festival

The laid-back riverside fest brings a solid lineup to Carnation, led by full-throttling garage rockers Oh Sees and venerable alt-rocker Mark Lanegan, plus a deep roster of local/regional talent including Portland’s Haley Heynderickx, Hibou, Summer Cannibals, Anna Tivel and Chong the Nomad. July 11-13; Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 N.E. 40th St., Carnation; $45-$110;

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Paradiso Festival

Any DayGloing EDM fans smarting from the abrupt cancellation of the Bassnectar-led End of the Rainbow fest have a decent fallback (or more likely Plan A) with Washington’s most scenic rage-a-thon. One of the Gorge’s signature events (especially in a post-Sasquatch world), ‘Diso landed two of the biggest names in EDM in shapeshifting bass dropper Skrillex and electro-house hero Kaskade, the rare mainstream EDM producer with matching DJ chops. Other notables include Alison Wonderland, Illenium, Zeds Dead, TokiMonsta and more. June 14-15; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George; $250-$330 weekend pass, $110-$600 camping;

Search Party

Elysian and the Vera Project connect for a cause worth raising a glass to with their annual beery rock bash, as proceeds help fund the beloved all-ages venue. This year’s lineup features 40-plus beers from Elysian and breweries from around the country, with glam-metal hams the Darkness, Seattle garage-punk greats Murder City Devils — whose occasional gigs are indeed occasions — Black Pistol Fire and local punk rock ‘n’ rollers Pink Parts. July 6; Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle; $35-$40 (includes four drink tickets), 21-plus;

Ballard SeafoodFest

Come for the free rock ‘n’ roll, stay for the beer and salmon, if you don’t mind squeezing into the Ballard Avenue beer garden near the crowded live-music stage. The midsummer bash recruited booming power trio the Joy Formidable and classic rock-indebted Portlander Kyle Craft, plus local faves the Moondoggies and Pickwick to help ring in the Ballard tradition’s 45th year. July 12-14; Ballard Avenue Northwest and 22nd Avenue Northwest, Seattle; free,

Beck and Cage the Elephant

Pop/rock chameleon Beck offers the best excuse for Sasquatch fans of yore to hit the Gorge this summer, provided they’re also up for co-headliner Cage the Elephant, the Kentucky rockers who’ve come a long way since “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Spoon sweetens the pot for elder millennial indie-rock fans, while Rough Trade Records’ Starcrawler writhe at the proto-punk altar. July 13; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George; $39.50-$170,

Capitol Hill Block Party

The party-hearty street fest-on-steroids returns with a particularly strong lineup, headlined by Phantogram, bass lord RL Grime and self-love gospel spreader Lizzo, just as the rapper/soul-pop singer’s world-domination cruise is mid-sail. The three-day blowout on the Hill plays to the under-30 crowd with indie-electronic producers (Snakehips, Big Wild), cool hip-hop artists (Aminé, Denzel Curry, Saba) and hip indie acts (Mitski, Yves Tumor) for those who still check Pitchfork reviews. July 19-21; main entrance: East Pike Street and 12th Avenue, Seattle; $70-$425, all ages;


Watershed Festival

The three-day beer-drinkin’ country jam will again fill the Gorge, thanks to a strong modern country lineup (and down-to-party fan base) led by Zac Brown Band, Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, who’s bringing her Pistol Annies mates along for the occasion. The red-hot Kane Brown, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Brandi Carlile’s Highwomen mate Maren Morris and others pad the stacked bill. Aug. 2-4; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George; sold out,

John Prine

The Americana great delivered on his first album of original songs in more than a decade, last year’s Grammy-nominated “The Tree of Forgiveness.” But half the reason this ZooTunes show’s worth jockeying for lawn space is opener Amanda Shires. Over the last two sterling albums of her own, Brandi Carlile’s Highwomen mate has proven one of the genre’s more dynamic songwriters (in addition to playing a mean fiddle) among her generation. Aug. 4; Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $52.50;

Doe Bay Fest

The relaxed, intimate festival at this Orcas Island retreat has been running strong for a decade-plus. The 2019 edition nabbed art-pop stalwarts Tune-Yards and the recently reunited (and still ripping) Treepeople to lead a talented Northwest roster that includes Great Grandpa, Versing, Moorea Masa & the Mood, Cataldo, NAVVI and more. Aug. 7-12; Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, 107 Doe Bay Road, Olga; $195 admission, $138 camping;

Herbie Hancock and Kamasi Washington

This coheadlining tour pairs two boundary pushers from different generations whose jazz wanderings won favor beyond traditional jazz circles. Hancock reportedly has a new album in the works with contributions from Washington and others in his L.A. orbit, including Kendrick Lamar, Terrace Martin and Flying Lotus. Aug. 16; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $50-$89.50;


Sasquatch! Music Festival is now just a memory (’05 Kanye forever), but founder Adam Zacks’ latest creation is the musical event we’re most excited for this summer. This intimate (5,000 capacity) boutique music and arts fest at Fort Worden courses with the ace booker’s indie sensibilities — Jeff Tweedy, De La Soul, Khruangbin, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Calexico and Iron & Wine, Snail Mail — that made Sasquatch an institution. Plus, the new Port Townsend festival offers live podcast tapings, film events (Napolean Dynamite Live), comedy (Todd Barry) and more. Aug. 24-25; Fort Worden, 200 Battery Way, Port Townsend; $109.50-$249.50, kids 13 and under free;

The National

One of the most consistently great bands still running from the ’00s indie-rock boom, the baroque rockers have avoided the divisive left turns of some of their peers without staying completely static either. Canadian indie-pop powerhouse Alvvays opens. Aug. 29; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; sold out;



The lineup was still under wraps at press time, but the long-running Seattle fest is slated to take over Seattle Center during Labor Day weekend yet again. Expect the usual big-fest mix of hip-hop, EDM and indie rock, plus Bumbershoot’s assortment of comedy and other activities. Aug. 30-Sept. 1; Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle;

Dave Matthews Band

Wallingford’s unassuming rock star upholds his Labor Day weekend tradition with another three nights of noodling under the stars at the Gorge. Aug. 30-Sept. 1; Gorge Amphitheatre, 754 Silica Road N.W., George; $49.50-$135,

Death Cab for Cutie

It’s been a year of Seattle superbills for Death Cab, coming off its re-energizing “Thank You for Today” LP. After pairing with ODESZA up in Bellingham this spring, the indie-rock giants link up with fellow local faves Car Seat Headrest for this two-night summer sendoff at one of the metro area’s most scenic, laid-back venues. Sept. 7-8; Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; $45-$59.50;

Gary Clark Jr.

The modern Texas bluesman rides into Chateau Ste. Michelle’s amphitheatre, poised to unleash his trademark solos and fusionist swagger from his politically charged new album. Clark pulls no punches while melding blues, rock, soul and even reggae across “This Land,” detailing the racism he faces as a wealthy black man in America on the searing title track. A welcome addition to the Woodinville winery’s summer lineup. Sept. 11; Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; $55.50-$69.50;