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10 Fun Activities and Events in the U District this Summer

A van with musicians playing inside of it, and people sitting on a lawn outside. The season is summer.

Concert Hall on Wheels (photo: University Heights Center)

June is finally here, bringing in some sunny days to Seattle! Let’s make the best of this weather by checking out these fun and exciting events happening in the U District this summer!

A van with musicians playing inside of it, and people sitting on a lawn outside. The season is summer.

The Seattle Chamber Music Society will be putting on a concert on wheels at UHeights! Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy this free outdoor concert with your friends and family! No need to RSVP, learn more here.

Sunday, June 25th, 6:00 p.m.

Dance and skip your way to the Summer Park Pop Up! On the second Saturday of July, August, and September, University Heights Center + University District Farmers Market presents food, music, and art in the park. This event is free for all ages to enjoy.

Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on July 8, August 12, and September 9

Celebrate the U District Farmers Market at Farmers Market Week

This summer, the U District Farmers Market is turning 30 years old!

Join the special celebration on Saturday, August 5th and 12th as event organizers sell new merch, give treats to shoppers, and provide special recognition for vendors who have been at there since the very beginning.

Saturday, 9am – 2pm, August 5th & 12th

Enjoy a Concert at the Neptune Theatre

Special concerts are happening at this local venue all summer long! 

And more! Check out the full list of events at the Neptune.

Catch an Improv show with Jet City Improv!

See the best improv teams in Seattle share the stage for a show at U Heights Center

Limited Time Art Exhibitions at The Henry

Henry Art Gallery will be showcasing limited exhibitions all summer long. Entry to the gallery is free, though a donation is highly encouraged. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon learning about local and contemporary artists.

See some of Seattle’s best stand-up comedy at Laughs Comedy Club

Laughs Comedy Club offers shows Wednesdays through Saturdays. Wednesday nights feature a comedy mix of at least 10 comedians, and Thursday nights are reserved for comedy showcase where comedians test fresh material. 

Upcoming weekend headliners include:

Attend a live show at the Blue Moon Tavern 

Established in 1934, the Blue Moon Tavern is embedded in history. Check out some local Seattle bands, or test your mettle at an open mic night. See the full calendar for showings.

Head to an Open Mic Night in the U District!

The U District offers several opportunities for artists, musicians, comedians, and poets to put themselves out there in front of an audience. 

Bulldog News
  • Open Mic Night – June 17
  • Open Mic Poetry Night – July 8
Blue Moon Tavern
  • Open Mic Night – Wednesdays at 7:30pm
College Inn Pub
  • Volta! Words & Tunes Open Mic Night – centering queer and trans people of color, every third Wednesday (July 20, August 17, and September 21)
Innervisions Posters & Framing
  • Open Mic Night every first Friday of the month (July 7th & August 4th)

U District Art Walk

Every third Friday of the month, a few U District businesses exhibit art from local Seattle artists. It’s a great way to see the neighborhood while also supporting small businesses. For details on Art Walk exhibitions happening this summer, check out the U District Art Walk website.

More things to do:

There is so much more our unique neighborhood has to offer. Plan your next adventure to the U District by viewing our full list of arts and entertainment venues, classes and activities, and places to eat!