Three Cheap or Free Music Festivals Not to Miss This Month

I just moved to Capitol Hill, so I’m still geeking out over the fact that I can actually walk to shows, restaurants and bars that are awesome. Although Capitol Hill Block Party already happened, there are still a lot of other great acts to catch before the summer ends. And the ones below will even be kind to your wallet.

Summit Block Party:  Saturday, 8/9, 11:00am-9:30pm

A smaller, more intimate (and free) alternative to the craziness of the Capitol Hill Block Party. In addition to great local bands, there will be a BBQ and local artists and craft-makers. The lineup includes psychedelic rock band the Pharmacy, trippy/funky electronica duo Estatic Cosmic Union and the bluesy Great Spiders.

The lineup: The Pharmacy, Estatic Cosmic Union, Snuff Redux, Great Spiders, Kleine, Kelli, Frances Corrado, Wayfinders, Parker Edison, Bad Tats, CMRTYZ, Diogenes, Carnotaurus, Lifeslow, Funky Photos, Nightspace, Spread Thick Crew.

Linda’s Fest: Saturday, 8/23 at 5:00pm

Seattle’s legendary dive bar Linda’s Tavern hosts a superb (almost) all female lineup for their fifth annual Linda’s Fest. Bring earplugs! The event is free. I’ve seen Tacocat, and they do a great high-energy show.

Lineup: Tacocat, Chastity Belt, The Young Evils, Kithkin, Thunderpussy.

Pizzafest: Thursday, 8/14-Saturday, 8/16

Cheese, tomato sauce, dough…maybe some pepperoni? There are few finger foods more universally beloved than pizza, and when you pair that with high-energy punk you’ve got yourself a winning combo. Highline Bar hosts this annual event, and from what I can tell, there’s always a pizza-eating contest. For the most part, it features wild and obscure punk rock music, so, once again, you might want to bring earplugs. The headliners are the Coathangers, an all girl group who originally formed in order to have a blast playing parties.

Lineup: The Coathangers, The Black Olives, Tacocat, The Shivas, White Fang, The Birth Defects, Vexx, Pony Time and others.


-Maggie Tarnawa