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Published on May 24, 2024
Seattle Heats Up with an Array of Free Events at Seattle Center This SummerSource: Seattle Center News and Events

Seattle is set to sizzle this summer as Seattle Center becomes a hotspot for a plethora of free events, as reported by Center Spotlight. With a jam-packed lineup that includes cultural celebrations, food fests, and outdoor fitness classes, locals and visitors alike can look forward to a season brimming with entertainment options.

PrideFest, touted as the country's largest free Pride Festival, promises a vibrant mix of music, food, and festivities on June 30th, while foodies can sink their teeth into the Bite of Seattle, a sprawling event featuring over 250 food and specialty vendors which begins on July 19. For film buffs, Movies at the Mural, unveiled by Prime Video, is rolling out free screenings of cinematic staples and new favorites beneath the towering Space Needle, including the 2023 musical rendition of "The Color Purple" on August 23, according to Seattle Center News and Events.

The festivities don't stop there; Afrobeat enthusiasts can groove to the sounds of BLASTFEST on July 27, featuring high-profile acts like Davido and Ayra Starr. Additionally, Bumbershoot, the iconic arts and music festival, is making a stellar comeback on Labor Day Weekend to mark its 51st year of delighting Seattle with the arts.

For those seeking a more kinetic experience, Summer Fitness, courtesy of Virginia Mason Franciscan Health, invites participants to energize with free yoga and Zumba® classes every Wednesday from June 26 until August 21. Not only will fitness enthusiasts get to sweat it out on Workout Wednesdays but can also savor the serene Seattle atmosphere as they do. Amidst the buzz, art lovers can enjoy self-guided tours through Seattle Center’s Public Art collection, sponsored by Alaska Airlines, providing a quieter counterpoint to the summer's exuberance.

The Seattle Center also plays host to Festál, a year-round series of weekend festivals that celebrate cultural diversity and educate the public on various global traditions throughout the year, with summer offerings including Polish Festival Seattle and the Seattle Iranian Festival — all part of a program intended to enhance appreciation for the Pacific Northwest's rich cultural tapestry.