The Olympic Peninsula is renowned as an outdoor recreation mecca, but we also have a vibrant music scene, especially in the warmer months, when communities come together to sing, dance, and play along at free outdoor concerts with amazing views. All those extra daylight hours offer ample time to hike and paddle before kicking back with local food, brews, and tunes.
Here’s a handful of outdoor summer concert series on the Olympic Peninsula to help you find the perfect coda to your day of adventure.
Concerts on the Dock: Downtown Port Townsend rocks with free all-ages concerts on Thursday evenings in July and August at Pope Marine Park Plaza. Bring chairs or blankets and settle in to hear great tunes, dance, enjoy the beer garden, and grab a bite from local vendors. Bonus: You can help reduce plastic waste by renting a reusable pottery wine/cider cup created by a local potter or a stainless-steel pint cup.
Free Fridays at the Fort: This popular lunchtime concert and reading series takes place every Friday in summer on the lawn of the Nora Porter Commons at historic Fort Worden State Park. The offerings are eclectic and always interesting: think jazz, old-time fiddle, acoustic blues, and more. Stroll the grounds to explore this historic turn-of-the-century army base and take in views of Admiralty Inlet.
Music in the Park: Bring a picnic basket and a blanket for this series of free, family friendly concerts in Sequim’s Carrie Blake Community Park, where you’ll enjoy a wide mountain view. Music genres run the gamut: big band, blues, Americana, jazz, and beyond. Bonus: The Olympic Discovery Trail travels through the park, making it an easy walk or bike ride from local lodging.
Concerts on the Pier: Do like the locals and hit Port Angeles City Pier on Wednesday evenings for this popular summer music series. Top-notch local and regional bands get everyone dancing to classic rock, bluegrass, funk, indie, Americana, and more. Bonus: Views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca toward Vancouver Island create a dramatic backdrop.
Music in the Park: Every Thursday in summer, the Shelton Skookum Rotary Club presents Music in the Park at Kneeland Park. Enjoy family friendly music, food, and fun with the best of the local music scene.
Bonus Track: Wine, Cider & Song
Discover local music along with local brews. Many wineries, cideries, and breweries on the Olympic Peninsula host summer music events, often with festive outdoor seating and dancing, as well as locally sourced food. Explore them on your journey along the Olympic Culinary Loop.