Monthly Archives: May 2017

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in June

Get outside and participate in events for the whole family (or adults-only) this month in and around the Queen Anne neighborhood. Here are some highlights…

June 1: Opening Day of the Queen Anne Farmers Market
3pm – 7:30pm | West Crockett Street & Queen Anne Ave N
The Queen Anne Farmers Market re-opens for its 2017 season on Thursday, June 1st! There will be an opening bell ringing ceremony at 3 p.m. to kick off the market, with a kids Radish Race at 4:30 p.m. followed by live music performances and more. Come enjoy, shop fresh local produce and goods, and savor specialty bites and beverages from food trucks.

June 3: Swedish and American Classic Car Show
12pm – 4pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW is hosting their annual classic car show with both Swedish and American cars (circa 1987 and earlier) on Saturday, June 3rd. Cars will be on show from noon until 4 p.m., with awards for the best car overall, Volvo, Saab, Foreign and People’s Choice. If you’d like to enter your car, contact Gary Ramstad or call 206-365-6913.

June 3 & 4: Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
12pm – 4pm | Seattle Center Armory
Pagdiriwang is a special Festál event that commemorates the anniversary of Philippine Independence with a cultural festival. In celebration, there will be traditional song and dance performances, fashion and cultural games, martial arts and a youth drill team, workshops and craft activities, traditional foods and so much more.

June 4: Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
12pm – 4pm | Seattle Center
The annual Susan G. Komen Pacific Northwest Race for the Cure is on Sunday, June 4th. Registration opens at 6 a.m., with a kids race at 8:30 a.m. followed by the women’s only 5K, coed 5K, and several walks.

June 10 & 11: Festival Sundiata – Black Arts Fest
All Day | Seattle Center Armory
Black Arts Fest 2017 comes to the Seattle Center on June 10th and 11th, as Festival Sundiata. There will be live performances and hands-on activities, in addition to cultural food, goods and fashion. Try African dance or drumming in the available workshops.

June 11: PNB Season Encore
7:30pm | McCaw Hall
Wrap up the 2016-2017 season of the Pacific Northwest Ballet with an encore performance event, celebrating Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold. These beloved Principal dancers are performing for the last time with the PNB on June 11th, after more than 20 years with the company. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will not want to miss!

June 18: Dads Play for Free
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is celebrating Father’s Day with free play for dads! One father figure gets into the museum on Sunday, June 18th for free with one paid child’s admission.

June 23: Midsommar Food and Dance at Swedish Club NW
6pm – 10pm | Swedish Club NW
Enjoy a traditional midsommar meal, including five herring dishes in honor of Alaska Herring Week, plus dancing around the maypole and more on June 23rd. The Swedish Club NW is hosting this fun night of Scandinavian dancing along with a traditional Swedish summer smörgåsbord of food. Tickets are $30/person, and please RSVP and pre-pay: Call 206-283-1090 or e-mail

June 24: Spirit of Indigenous People Fest
All Day | Seattle Center Armory
Enjoy and learn about the dance, arts and crafts, and traditional as well as contemporary music of the indigenous people of North America at Seattle Center Festál’s Spirit of Indigenous People Fest.

June 25: Seattle Pride Parade
11am – 2pm | Downtown/Seattle Center
It’s the 43rd Annual Seattle Pride Parade on June 25th! The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Union Street downtown and ends about 2.5 hours later at the intersection of Denny Way and 2nd Avenue, near the Seattle Center.

June 29: Cocktails and Chemistry
5pm – 8pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Experience the science of cocktails at the Seattle Children’s Museum on June 29th. From 5 – 8 p.m., there will be interactive demonstrations that showcase science in cocktails. Award-winning Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell will be the keynote speaker. The cost is $45 per person, and includes two drink tickets. RSVP here.

Featured photo source: QAFM Facebook page, credit: k.mae studio LLC

The Market Opens June 1st!

The seasonal Queen Anne Farmers Market will be opening on June 1st!  Because of our unusually long rainy season this year in WA State (the longest on record in modern history), some of the farm vendors understandably had a delay with their crops. But our warm season is firmly underway now, as are abundant produce, herbs, and artisanal goods! And listen to the music provided while you shop.

Recently, Seattle was rated the 4th most fit city in the nation. One of the reasons cited for this improvement was the increase in the number of farmers markets in our area: a positive indication that unprocessed, natural food can make a difference in one’s health.

If you would like to visit other farmers markets in other neighborhoods as well, here is a list of places and hours from The Seattle Times. The Queen Anne Farmers Market will be on Thursdays, from 3-7:30 pm through October 12th. Bon appetit!

Folklife Festival 2017

Once a year, the NW Folklife Festival enlivens the Seattle Center grounds for a 4-day, homespun, music-and-dance extravaganza, as you might know. Loosely defining the term “folk”, musicians from the Pacific Northwest and far beyond cover a wide spectrum of styles, from the individual singer trying out his/her newly-written song, to a seasoned blues band, a local Norwegian or Asian acoustic group, or an African a cappella choir from across the globe. Common threads connect all these: a celebration and immersion in different music/cultures and warm connection through music and other people.

Kiunka band.  Photo: C. Nelson

Twirl around a big dance floor with 80 other people, try a variety of eats at the food trucks (or bring your own lunch if you’re “line-averse”), look at or buy art, inspect a new guitar crafted by a local vendor, raise your voice in a sea chantey sing-along, or just hang out on the grass. There’s street musicians (buskers) in addition to the over 5,000 performers on stages situated throughout the Seattle Center grounds. And a fun option, for those guests who are musicians themselves (especially traditional songs like “You are my Sunshine”), is to bring your own acoustic instrument or harmonize along with one of the little, impromptu song circles that spring up here and there.

Photo: NW Folklife

This Pacific Northwest gem has been around for 46 years. They are non-profit with many volunteer coordinators that strongly believe everyone, no matter their financial status, should be able to attend this event. But the continuation of this festival in the future will depend upon whether enough attendees are able to make a donation at the gate this year or as a “Friend of Folklife”. $10 for a full day’s entertainment is the suggested donation.

Left: Owuor Arung.  Photo: Piper Hanson.         Right: Mexicans of WA.  Photo: Piper Hanson

Folklife dancing in the pavilion
Photo: Alan Berner/The Seattle Times

Come enjoy the festival on Memorial Day weekend, Friday May 26th through Monday, May 29th.  Check out their website here to find a schedule of daily events to choose from.

Family and Kid-Friendly Adventures in Queen Anne

by Kate Calamusa


The top of Queen Anne provides a walk-and-shop tour that’s short enough for little legs to keep up. Starting at the intersection of Queen Anne Avenue North and West Boston Street, head first into Blue Highway Games (see below). Filled with rare and unique games, the shop also offers snacks and playing tables, should you want to sit and play awhile. Take a quick detour across the street to Queen Anne Dispatch (2212 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-286-1024) to check out its selection of shoes, accessories, and precious baby clothes.

From there head south, where the delights come one after the other. Queen Anne Book Company (1811 Queen Anne Ave. N.; 206-284-2427) is everything a neighborhood bookshop should be, staffed by friendly clerks and featuring the sweetest of children’s book sections. One more block brings you to Once Upon a Time (1622 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-284-7260), a beloved children’s clothing and toy store that even offers classes like toddler yoga. And still one more block will bring you just rewards at the end of your exploration: the hearty, satisfying portions of all-American fare at the 5Spot.


You can also satisfy the family sweet teeth on Queen Anne. Chocolopolis (1527 Queen Anne Ave. N; 206-282-0776) melts up one of the richest cups of hot cocoa around. (Choose any chocolate bar in the store to be made into your treat.) In a red house replete with a sweet garden patio, Le Rêve Bakery &Café (1805 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 100; 206-623-7383) offers amazing twice-baked chocolate croissants and fruit tarts to enjoy. Next door, El Diablo Coffee Co. (see below) serves Cuban coffee and food.


Most likely you’ve seen a photo snapped at Kerry Park (211 W. Highland Dr.; 206-684-4075), which is tucked somewhat obscurely into a quiet QueenAnne neighborhood. Once you find it, you’ll be awestruck by the impressive view of the Space Needle, the downtown skyline, and Elliott Bay. Take a family photo, then head down the flight of stairs to Bayview-Kinnear Park (3rd Ave. W and W. Prospect St.; 206-684-4075), where the kids can run wild by making their way across the climbing wall or sliding down slides tucked into the hillside.

Blue Highway Games
2203 Queen Anne Ave.
AGES 3–5 AGES 6–9 AGES 10–14

Tucked atop Queen Anne Hill, Blue Highway Games is devoted to board games and card games, with an extensive collection of both the rare and mainstream. With tables to try out new games, plus snacks and drinks for sale (and adults-only beer and-board game nights), this charming little shop encourages gamers to stay awhile.

El Diablo Coffee Co.
1811 Queen Anne Ave. N, Suite 101

This charming coffeehouse, next door to the kid-friendly Queen Anne Book Company, specializes in Cuban coffee, offering up intense cubanos, cortaditos, and cafés con leche for the adults, plus several kinds of hot chocolate (the cinnamon-spiced Mexican variety is a favorite) and a sweet toy corner for the cuties.

*(c)2017 by Kate Calamusa. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Seattle Family Adventures by permission of Sasquatch Books.