5 Concert Venues You Must Visit in Washington State

Washington State is known for producing some of music’s biggest underground and rock and roll musicians. Legends such as Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and Macklemore all hail from Washington State. So the state as a whole appreciates and welcomes musicians from all different genres and generations. Whether you’re a fan of mainstream pop music, Broadway musicals, or electronic dance festivals, you’ll find venues in Washington where you can enjoy a night celebrating your taste in music, while also enjoying the ambiance. Here is a list of 5 different concert venues you must visit in Washington State.

Winner of concert capacity: Century Link Field, Seattle, WA

Other than being the Seattle Seahawks’ home playing field, Century Link Field brings in some of the biggest names in music throughout the calendar year. Singers such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and U2 have previously performed in Century Link Field, selling out of Century Link’s 67,000 seat capacity within hours of tickets going on sale. Century Link Field offers breathtaking views of the Seattle skyline to enjoy while you’re listening to some of music’s biggest names.

Winner of family friendly: Washington State Fair, Puyallup, WA

 The Puyallup Fair, being one of the top 10 largest fairs in the United States, brings families to the fairgrounds every spring and fall. During the span of the fair, there are some popular family friendly musicians who come to entertain. The Beach Boys, Jason Aldean, and Nickelback are in the lineup for this fall’s concert series. The Puyallup Fair allows you to experience different artists at a fairly low rate who you wouldn’t normally think about seeing. 

Winner of local vibe: Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA

 The Neptune Theater brings in an array of local and upcoming alternative and indie bands throughout the year. The Theater is located right across from the University of Washington in Seattle, so a majority of the audience consists of eager young adults looking to discover the next big name. Owl City, singer of “Fireflies”, performed at the Neptune well before becoming popular. If you’re looking to hear something new, check out the Neptune Theater calendar.

Winner of outside venue: Gorge Amphitheater, George, WA

There is nothing that compares to seeing a concert at the Gorge Amphitheater during the summer months. With outstanding views of the Columbia River and a connected campground, you’re sure to make memories at the Gorge with your friends and family. The Gorge brings in the annual Paradiso Music Festival which attracts the electronic music loving folks, as well as the annual Watershed Festival geared toward country loving fans. With both festivals being multiple days, you really get to experience all the Gorge has to offer.

Winner of historic theater: Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA

The historic story and architectural design of the Paramount Theater sets this venue apart from all the others. The theater has a classic ‘50’s feel to the inside with a stunning balcony. For those who enjoy watching Broadway musicals, the Paramount hosts a handful of big name musicals every year. Recently Wicked, The Book of Mormon, and An American in Paris made their way to the Paramount Theater.

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Whether you are an avid country fan, or like to discover upcoming artists, Washington State has a venue to cater to your taste in music. Washington holds some of the most unique venues to host your favorite bands, so make sure to check them all out during your time spent in Washington State.

Angie Hardie