Monthly Archives: March 2016

Queen Anne Events: 11 Things to Do in April

Spring is here, and there are lots of fun Queen Anne events to mark your calendars for in the next month…

  1. April 1-17 – Whirligig at Seattle Center: The Seattle Center Armory transforms into a hub of entertainment for kids with Whirligig, from April 1st through 17th, 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. There will be inflatables and fun, balloon artists, face painting, caricaturists and much more. Admission is $8 for an all-day pass to the main floor, $4.50 for an all-day Toddler Zone pass, and $1.50 for a ticket to a single ride. Thursdays are free!
  2. April 1 & 2 – Big Night at LloydMartin: Each year for April Fools, Chef Sam Crannell hosts a pop-up night at LloydMartin restaurant in upper Queen Anne. This year, it’s going to be a Big Night of Italian features, including clams with white wine, lamb meatballs, braised rabbit and ravioli, veal marsala, and more! The menu will be available both April 1st and 2nd, from 4 p.m. until closing, as a la carte or as a chef’s tasting with wine for $90 per person. Click here to view the whole menu.
  3. April 2 – Ellie Goulding at Key Arena: Ellie Goulding is coming to the Key Arena on Saturday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m. for her tour supporting her third album, Delirium. Buy tickets.
  4. April 2 & 3 – Women’s ‘Second Chance’ Clothing Sale: Donate your gently used clothing to the Swedish Club Northwest by Thursday, March 31st, and then return on April 2nd or 3rd to shop! This event is free and for ladies only, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday with the bar open for martinis and manicures, and the sale continues from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Sunday.
  5. April 3 – Swedish Pancake Breakfast at the Swedish Club NW: Visit the Swedish Club NW on Sunday, April 3rd for their monthly pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.! It’s an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. There will be dancing, live music from Richard Svensson & Bjarne Jacobsen, Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag, and Smilin’ Scandinavians. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.
  6. April 8-10 – Annual World Rhythm Festival: Enjoy musical performances and drum/dance workshops at the 23rd Annual World Rhythm Festival at the Seattle Center, from April 8-10. Admission is free, with activities and performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  7. April 8-10 – Shen Yun at McCaw Hall: Enter the Land of the Divine with the all-new 2016 show, Shen Yun. The ballet is performing at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall from April 8th through 10th. Tickets are $60-$180.
  8. April 11-15 – Spring Discovery Days Camp: The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting their annual Spring Discovery Days Camp from April 11th through 15th. Each day is themed, from Hawaiian and Japanese culture, to Curious George, bubbles, and s’mores! Campers are separated into two groups, 4-5 year olds and 6-10 year olds. Camp day pricing ranges from $35-$80, depending on whether your child participates for all or half of the day. Register here.
  9. April 12 – Drop Everything And Read: Tuesday, April 12th is Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) day at the Seattle Children’s Museum! The museum’s exhibits will offer reading friendly activities, such as reading itself, making bookmarks, and more!
  10. April 15-16 – International Children’s Friendship Festival: Celebrate friendship at the Seattle Children’s Museum, with musical performances, games, arts and crafts, face painting, and more. Children from groups that represent more than 40 countries will be performing cultural dance and singing.
  11. April 21 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce April Luncheon: The Greater Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce meets on the third Thursday of every month. Join the chamber guests and members for networking with other Queen Anne business owners, updates on the events and happenings within the chamber and neighborhood, and words from an occasional speaker. This year’s April luncheon will take place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on April 21st. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

Featured photo source: SeattleCenter.org

Saturday is the Annual Queen Anne Community Center Egg Hunt!

Easter Sunday is this weekend, on March 27th. Your little ones are probably excited about egg hunts and the Queen Anne Community Center won’t disappoint! This year, the annual egg hunt will take place on Saturday, March 26th, so as not to conflict with Easter Sunday celebrations.

Kids ages 10 and under can participate in this free neighborhood event. A basket or bag should be brought along to fill with the goodies from discovered eggs.

The Annual Queen Anne Community Center Egg Hunt will include hidden eggs with candy and small prizes for kids to find, in addition to other Easter activities and a visit from the Easter Bunny!

This year, the hunt will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 26th. Kids and their parents and/or chaperones should arrive about 15 minutes early to make the most of this event.

Rain is always a concern this time of year, but the Community Center has made it known that the hunt will go on regardless of the weather. So, if rain is probable, dress in water-resistant clothing and bring your umbrellas.

If you do not have a church home, and you are looking for options of Queen Anne churches to visit to celebrate Easter, click here for Yelp’s list of the top 10 churches in our neighborhood.

Happy Easter!

French Fest

From the blooming chestnut trees to the buzzing street cafés, spring is the season to soak up that certain joi de vivre Paris has to offer visitors. For those of us who cannot cross the Atlantic this spring, the Seattle Center is offering the next best thing this coming weekend.

Now in its fourth year, the French Fest at Seattle Center is a part of the Seattle Center’s FESTÁL cultural event series and attracts 5,000 visitors. The event is free and open to the public (no admittance tickets are required).

During the event, festival-goers have the opportunity to enjoy many French-inspired activities, including: live music, theater and dance performances, French cuisine, book sales, informative seminars and demonstrations, “best baguette” contest, games and more.

Details
Sunday, March 20, 2016
11:00am to 6:00pm
Seattle Center Armory
Free and open to the public

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Queen Anne Restaurants

You may have missed the Irish Festival last weekend, and even if you didn’t and enjoyed the cultural music and artisan products it showcased, you can’t skip the big day itself! St. Patrick’s Day is this Thursday, March 17th, and there are several ways to celebrate at local Queen Anne Restaurants…

Sully’s Lounge

This local bar does Irish year-round, so you can bet that their St. Paddy’s Day festivities are top o’ the pot! Sully’s will open early, at 12 p.m. noon on Thursday to get the day off to a great start. Although the bar and lounge are rather small, the back deck offers additional space – don’t stay away if the weather’s bad, since the deck will be open, covered, and heated! Oh, and Sully’s is reportedly the only Irish bar in Seattle that doesn’t charge cover on St. Paddy’s Day!

T.S. McHugh’s

Head down the hill to T.S. McHugh’s to enjoy delicious Irish fare with tasty cultural dishes such as soda bread, fresh baked Pot Pies, Fish & Chips and more! Special for St. Patrick’s Day, the local Irish spot will have an Irish-focused menu for the day, featuring Corned Beef & Cabbage, Beef & Guinness Pie, and other cultural favorites. T.S. McHugh’s also stocks the most popular Irish beverages, including Harp Lager and Guinness Stout, a dozen Irish whiskies, and delicious Seattle’s Best Irish Coffee. Live music will be performed by Claypipe and Creeping Time for St. Patrick’s Day, starting in the early afternoon ’til the wee hours. There will be a cover charge for the bar, but not for the dining rooms.

Crow and Betty

Once again, these two Queen Anne restaurants (Crow is in SE Queen Anne and Betty is just north of Galer Street in upper Queen Anne) will be offering a special menu for St. Paddy’s Day! Enjoy a prix fixe menu of slow brined beef brisket with cabbage, baby red potatoes, carrots, horseradish cream, and their famous soda bread ($19/person). The featured dessert continues the theme with house-made Guinness ice cream topped with Jameson Irish whiskey caramel sauce. Reservations advised.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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