Looking forward to the summer? Here’s our roundup of events, activities, entertainment and more around the Seattle area.
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Food and Drink
Sure restaurants are reopening again. But the long daylight hours of Seattle in the summertime are best enjoyed outside, in open air, with good food and friends. Check out these suggested picnic and park pairings from some of Seattle’s best restaurants. Read more here.
Now is the time of less rain, warmer air, longer days and late and lovely sunsets — when Seattle-area restaurant patios and decks are at their best. Here, food critics Bethany Jean Clement and Tan Vinh tell you about their top 10 favorites. Read more here.
State COVID-19 restrictions are expected to expire by June 30 and Washingtonians need a vacation. If you’re not ready to fly, or you just want to explore the Pacific Northwest, consider these 12 road trips from Seattle. Read more here.
As the world emerges from the pandemic, Europe is reopening to travelers. If you’re hankering to make a trip over there this summer, hold on: Hear what European travel expert and Edmonds resident Rick Steves has to say first. Read more here.
Hoping to escape the house without going across the country this summer? Trying to explore our beautiful state while the Pacific Northwest is sunny and dry? No matter your experience level, you’ll find an itinerary that’s your speed in this roundup of Washington state bike trips. Read more here.
As post-pandemic tourism levels pick up, industry analysts say Washington’s rural destinations west of the Cascades are thriving, but Seattle hasn’t had the same kind of luck — and hotel occupancy rates are still lower than they’ve been in a long time. Read more here.
Movies and TV
Not quite post-pandemic, but not quite 2020 either: The upcoming summer movie season offers the usual blockbusters, but many of them can be watched without leaving home. Read more here.
From a scarily quiet horror film to a vibrant (and long-awaited) musical, here are 12 movies arts critic Moira Macdonald looks forward to seeing this summer. Read more here.
Summer is still many weeks away, but local drive-ins are already open, with surely more to come as the weather gets warmer. Here’s where you can find them. Read more here.
A number of marquee festivals and venues had already canceled their summer plans by the time Gov. Jay Inslee announced a June 30 reopening date. Nevertheless, Washington will still have part of its summer concert season — even if it’s starting later than usual. Read more here.
Here are eight engrossing reads recommended by arts critic Moira Macdonald. Read more here.
Summer Book Bingo, from Seattle Arts & Lectures and Seattle Public Library, is back! To help you fill out your bingo card, we asked local booksellers about the season’s must-read titles — conveniently marking off “recommended by a local bookseller” on your bingo board. Read more here.
Theater and Arts
After a year without in-person theater and performances, Seattle-area performing arts groups are taking advantage of the warmer weather and planning plays and performances outdoors. Read more here.
Planning out your summer? Use this interactive guide to find activities around Seattle in summer 2021. Read more here.