JULY 1
Rodeo Drive-In in Bremerton is no throwback: It boasts digital audio, three screens, new releases nightly, and a concession stand serving cheesesteaks.
JULY 2
Bring out your dead (er, undead) at the annual Red, White, and Dead Zombie Walk in Fremont; a massive "Thriller" dance is scheduled for 5:30.
JULY 3
Did you know there’s a huge pre-Fourth fireworks display at Emerald Downs racetrack every year? Nothing says "America" like playing the ponies.
JULY 4
The Family Fourth celebration at Lake Union is literally "of the people, by the people." Since 2010, individual donors fund it all: food, music, and fireworks over Gas Works Park.
JULY 6
Twangy Seattle rockers Massy Ferguson are on the rise with their Bruce­-Springsteen-­influenced roots music. Catch them live at a Shoreline Concert in the Park.
JULY 7
Hit the streets of Pioneer Square for the monthly First Thursday Art Walk. Museums are free and open late; galleries pour wine and showcase new work.
JULY 8
After the mega success of her collaboration with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss returns to her bluegrass roots with Union Station at Marymoor Park.
JULY 9
All-acoustic, eco-friendly GreenNote music fest is back for its second year, with singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson headlining at Seattle Center’s Mural Amphitheatre.
JULY 10
It’s Shakespeare in our park all weekend. The Bard’s farce The Comedy of Errors helps kick off the annual Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival at Volunteer Park.
JULY 12
If you miss this Bellevue Summer Outdoor Movies in the Park screening of Despicable Me, know that four other neighborhoods plan to show the (very popular) animated comedy this summer.
JULY 13
Before they jet off to open for Pearl Jam in Wisconsin, Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs play blistering alt-country in a free Out to Lunch show in Waterfront Park.
JULY 14
Does Anita’s Crepes have a food truck? We hope one turns up in honor of Bastille Day at SAM Olympic Sculpture Park’s Picnic at the Park.
JULY 15
Kirkland Uncorked boasts three days of wine and beer tastings, and more than 40 artist booths sponsored by Kirkland Arts Center.
JULY 16
Flying Heritage Collection sends a vintage B-25 bomber into the sky for your viewing pleasure on Free Fly Day. Meanwhile, the International District pulses with Jamfest.
JULY 17
Monktail Creative Music Concern takes its Sounds Outside for two days of experimental jazz and "adventurous music" at Cal Anderson Park.
JULY 18
Kids can get their hands dirty in the "Play with Clay" zone while parents roam the wares of the Summer Solstice Ceramic Art Sale at the Happy Valley Grange in Redmond.
JULY 19
Learn to shuffle step and swing from a pro (for free!) before trying out your new moves at one of the Dancing ’Til Dusk nights at Westlake Park.
JULY 20
The Sounders vs. Manchester United match might be a friendly, but we can’t say the same for Man U’s hooligans vs. the Emerald City Supporters.
JULY 21
Yes, the Indigo Girls are playing a BECU ZooTunes show—again—but this time they’re joined by fresh-faced Americana act Mount Moriah for two nights at Woodland Park Zoo.
JULY 22
Capitol Hill Block Party is Bumbershoot for hipsters: three nights of music in the streets with national acts TV on the Radio, Ghostland Observatory, Explosions in the Sky, and Ra Ra Riot.
JULY 26
Check out the progress of Mad Homes in North Capitol Hill, where five 100-year-old homes slated for demolition have been turned into public art projects.
JULY 27
Tacoma rocker Vicci Martinez takes a break from her TV moment on NBC’s The Voice to play a free Sounds of Summer set at University Village.
JULY 28
Twihards on a pilgrimage to Forks can stop in Snohomish for a Movies in the Park screening of Twilight: Eclipse, the third film in the girl-loves-ghoul series.
JULY 29
It’s a busy day: Start at the Bellevue Festival of the Arts, then head back to Seattle for a Brandi Carlile concert at Woodland Park Zoo, or a screening of Kick-Ass on the lawn at South Lake Union.
JULY 30
Seattle rock rainmakers Soundgarden reunite for their first tour in 13 years. They play the Gorge with Queens of the Stone Age, Mastodon, and Meat Puppets.
JULY 31
Don’t wait until tomorrow (and tomorrow and tomorrow) to see Wooden O’s production of Macbeth. It’s in its final night at Seattle Center.