The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival is taking a break for the second year in a row.

In anticipating our summer season, we had high hopes of bringing SOTF back to Volunteer Park for 2021, but it was just not meant to be. This decision was difficult, as the festival serves as a launching pad for the Seattle’s summer outdoor theater season. Due to the pandemic, few other companies are available, and due to construction at the park, the main Amphitheater stage will not be available for use this summer.

Volunteer Park in undergoing a transformation with the replacement of the old Volunteer Park Amphitheater. This project has been in the works for several years, and is finally fully funded, has started construction, and is slated to be finished in the fall of 2021. While SOTF isn’t happening this year, GreenStage’s Shakespeare in the Park shows will be visiting Volunteer park, and performing on the east side of the main road between the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Volunteer Park Conservatory.

Even though SOTF needs to take another year off, we’re still very excited to be back in the parks this summer!


The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival began in 2001 when GreenStage, Theater Schmeater, and Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O joined forces to bring a full weekend of live theatre to Volunteer Park in Seattle. Since then the festival has grown to include three stages and up to eighteen performances and ten local theater companies. All in two days in one park… AND ALL FREE!

Volunteer Park is located at 1247 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112 – directions and more information about Volunteer Park