The Free Grand Opening and Summer Series at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Announced

The Free Grand Opening and Summer Series at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater Announced

From July 2nd to August 18th, Volunteer Park Trust will host a free Grand Opening & Summer Series at the Volunteer Park Amphitheater.

On Saturday, July 2nd from 2:00-7:00pm, Volunteer Park Trust and Seattle Parks and Recreation are hosting a Grand Opening celebration to mark the completion of the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater. The Volunteer Park Trust is also putting on the Summer Series at the Amphitheater this summer, which will feature six free performances and shows every Thursday from July 14 to August 18 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for celebrations all summer long! Every Thursday, watch the show with your friends and family while packing a picnic and a blanket. At each event, there will also be food trucks available.

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

The new Amphitheater at Volunteer Park is opening after seven years and countless volunteer hours spent on outreach, planning, design, and fundraising. This is the first brand-new structure to be added to this iconic park in fifty years, and thanks to its specially made resilient stage floor, it is the only open-air venue in the area that can accommodate professional dance performances.

To serve our community’s needs, the outdated concrete and brick former amphitheater required significant renovations. The award-winning architectural team at ORA created a brand-new facility that was thoughtfully planned under the direction of Volunteer Park Trust.

The new Amphitheater features resilient stage flooring for performances, full ADA accessibility, a roof, all-gender restrooms, storage space, and an actors’ dressing room. The stage’s back wall will swing back when it is not being used for performances, transforming it into a warm, covered pavilion.

The non-profit Volunteer Park Trust was founded with the goal of preserving and enhancing this legendary park designed by the Olmsted Brothers for present-day use and future generations.

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.