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Grand Opening and Summer Series at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater

Announcing the free Grand Opening & Summer Series at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater, produced by Volunteer Park Trust from July 2nd to August 18th.

In celebration of the completion of the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater, Volunteer Park Trust and Seattle Parks and Recreation are throwing a Grand Opening celebration featuring music and keynote speakers on Saturday, July 2nd from 2:00-7:00pm. Over the summer, Volunteer Park Trust is also producing the Summer Series at the Amphitheater, hosting six free shows and performances on Thursday evenings, July 14 to August 18, from 6:00-8:30pm.

Come celebrate with us all summer long! Bring a picnic, your blanket, and your friends and family to enjoy the show each Thursday. Food trucks will also be available at every event.

July 2 / Grand Opening Celebration:
The Not Its! Taiko Kai Alec Shaw Brittany Davis LeRoy Bell & His Only Friends

July 14 / Picnic in the Park + KNKX Welcomes an Evening of Jazz Piano:
Duende Libre Marina Albero Marc Seales

July 21 / World, Folk, & Pop:
The Paperboys Zan Fiskum

July 28 / C89.5 Welcomes the Spirit of Earth Wind & Fire:
Kalimba Tomo Nakayama

August 4 / KNKX Welcomes an Evening of Latin Jazz:
Raul Midon & Alex Cuba Jovino Santos Neto

August 11 / Dance, Dance, Dance!
Lucien Postwaite Whim W’him The Seattle Project Dance Church

August 18 / Women in Song:
Star Anna Alessandra Rose Eugenie Jones V. Contreras

After seven years and countless volunteer hours spent doing outreach, planning, design, and fundraising, the new Amphitheater at Volunteer Park is opening. This is the first new building for this historic park in 50 years and it is the only public outdoor stage in the region capable of supporting professional dance with its custom-designed resilient stage floor. The former amphitheater, an aging concrete-and-brick
stage, needed major upgrades to meet our community’s needs. Volunteer Park Trust led the effort to replace that structure with a new, thoughtfully designed facility by the award-winning architectural team at ORA.

The new Amphitheater includes full ADA accessibility, a roof, all-gender bathrooms, storage space, an actors’ dressing room, and a resilient stage floor for performance. When not used for performances, the stage’s back wall will swing back, creating an inviting, covered pavilion.

Volunteer Park Trust is a non-profit organization with a mission to preserve and enhance this Olmsted Brothers’ landmark park for today and for generations to come.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Sign up here!

Admission to the Summer Series at the Amphitheater is free and open to the public; tickets can be obtained at Eventbrite. Further information is available on the Volunteer Park Trust website at

The Amphitheater in Volunteer Park can be reached by light rail (Capitol Hill Station) and Metro bus routes #10 and #49. Some parking is available in Volunteer Park, but we encourage use of public transportation.