Music festivals and concerts in Washington state can be a great reason to plan a trip if you’re looking for an excuse to travel to the Pacific Northwest. Primarily during the warm months of the year, your favorite musicians will take the stage at Gorge Amphitheatre, play Spokane concerts, and participate in music festivals across the state. Whether you’re looking for a three-day festival complete with camping and a wide variety of music, or a night spent at Tacoma concerts, you will find many choices for sitting back and listening to some music during your trip to Washington state.
Of all places to see concerts in Washington state, one of the most desirable venues is the Gorge Amphitheatre. Run by Live Nation and located about a three-hour drive from Seattle, near Portland and Vancouver, this outdoor arena not only attracts some of the best musicians, but also offers incredible scenery. This venue holds 20,000 people and is located right above the Columbia River Gorge. It is often considered to be one of the most scenic places in the entire country to attend a concert. Visitors love the casual lawn seating—bring a blanket and stake out your space to watch the concert. You can even bring picnic materials, though you must purchase beverages inside.
The Gorge Amphitheatre might be the most famous place for concerts in Washington state, but there are plenty more as well. Music fans trying to get the most bang for their buck should check out local festivals. Some festivals aren’t entirely music festivals—such as Bumbershoot, SeaFair, and the Puyallup Fair—but they all offer music as well. If you’re looking for a traditional music festival, many touring festivals make a summer stop in Washington. Examples in past years include Ozzfest, Lilith Fair, Warped Tour, and the Sasquatch Music Festival.
Another popular option is Spokane concerts, which are often cheaper than their counterparts in the larger cities, both in terms of ticket prices and hotels. One great venue is the Spokane Arena, which in addition to hosting sporting events also hosts concerts. You can expect big names at these types of shows in Spokane, and tickets often sell out fast, so be sure to keep an eye on your favorite bands to see if they might be stopping here. There are also several smaller concert venues if you’re looking for a more intimate experience including the Knitting Factory Concert House. Whether you arrive in Washington looking for the biggest name or the newest up-and-comer—you will find a venue to listen to music or spend the night dancing.
Tacoma concerts are also a great choice for music in Washington. The large venue in town is the Tacoma Dome, where you can see internationally-recognized musicians such as Kenny Chesney. Locals might argue however that the best concerts in Tacoma are a little more low-key. Smaller venues such as the White River Amphitheatre, The Showbox SoDo, and El Corazon will connect you to the local music scene. While it might be necessary to buy tickets in advance for the larger concerts and music festivals, there are also many options for last-minute type travelers. No matter what performance you listen to, you will leave Washington with respect for its artistic atmosphere.
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