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Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in October

Happy Fall! Check out these exciting and fun Queen Anne events coming up in October…

October 1: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on October 1st, with live music by Nordic Reflections, Nordic Spirit, and Bjarne Jacobsen. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

October 1: CroatiaFest
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Experience the vibrant culture of Croatia at the annual Seattle Center Festál celebration of CroatiaFest. On October 1st, the Seattle Center will host live performances, activities, a marketplace and food trucks/booths featuring aspects of Croatian culture and cuisine.

October 3: Fall Breakfast
8am – 9am | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting their annual Fall Breakfast fundraiser on Tuesday, October 3rd. There will be a presentation from King County Executive Dow Constantine and the future of STEM education. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

October 5 & 12: Last Two Queen Anne Farmers’ Market Days
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N
The neighborhood farmers’ market is here through October 12th! Visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North on Thursdays each week for fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, locally made goods and your favorite food truck dining! Plus, market music and chef demos to enjoy.

October 14: TurkFest
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Seattle Center Festál puts on TurkFest on October 14th, as a free cultural event featuring Turkish foods, art, activities, programs and live cultural performances. Enjoy Turkish dancers and musicians, and engage in fun activities and workshops to learn more about Turkey and its people.

October 31: Costume Carnival
4pm – 8pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Visit the Seattle Children’s Museum on October 31st for a Spooktacular Halloween! There will be safe, indoor trick-or-treating for kids ages 10 and under. Costumes are encouraged, but please ensure family-friendliness and no masks. Tickets are $5 per person (adult or child), but free for museum members.

October 31: Dia de Muertos
11am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Honor deceased loved ones at the annual Dia de Muertos celebration on October 31st at the Seattle Center. There will be live music, dance performances, arts and crafts, altar offerings, ornamental displays, and lots of fun at this cultural celebration from Mexico.

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in September

As summer comes to a close, there are plenty of fun end-of-summer activities and Queen Anne events to mark on your calendar…

September 1, 2, & 3: Bumbershoot
9am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Since 1971, Bumbershoot has been one of the largest cultural festivals in Seattle, and one of the largest and most loved contemporary festivals in the U.S. Bumbershoot 2017 showcases a variety of multi-disciplinary arts such as dance, film, music, performing arts, visual arts, theatre, comedy, literary arts and much more. Passes are available for a single day ($149) or the full 3-day event ($249).

Thursdays in September: Queen Anne Farmers’ Market
3pm – 7:30pm | W Crockett St. and Queen Anne Ave N
The neighborhood farmers’ market is here through October 12th! Visit the Queen Anne Farmers Market at West Crockett Street and Queen Anne Avenue North on Thursdays each week for fresh produce, beautiful flower arrangements, locally made goods and your favorite food truck dining! Plus, market music and chef demos to enjoy.

September 9 & 10: Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
9am – 7pm | Seattle Center
Sunday, September 10th is the 10th anniversary event celebrating Hawaiian culture. The Live Aloha Festival includes lei-making workshops, hula dance lessons, live performances, and cultural foods and music to enjoy. Some events also take place on Saturday, September 9th.

September 10: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is delayed one week due to Labor Day weekend. It features an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on September 10th, with live music by Skandia Kapell, Folk Voice Band and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

September 10: Grandparents Day
10am – 5pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Celebrate our wonderful grandparents on September 10th, with a Grandparents Day celebration at the Seattle Children’s Museum. The museum’s daily programs will be themed around grandparents, and there will be a story time at noon. One grandparent gets in free with one paid child admission.

September 16 & 17: Fiestas Patrias
12pm – 9pm | Seattle Center
Celebrate the various cultures and arts from different Latin American countries at the annual Seattle Fiestas Patrias. There will be lots of latino dancing and music, with family friendly activities, visual arts, a marketplace, Latin American cuisine, live performances and more.

September 23: Talk Like a Pirate Day
10am – 5pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Dress up in your pirate costume and head to the Seattle Children’s Museum on September 23rd to talk like a pirate all day!

September 23 & 24: Festa Italiana Seattle
10am – 7pm | Seattle Center
It’s the 30th annual Italian Festival, coming to the Seattle Center on September 23rd and 24th! Come celebrate Italian culture and people with live performances, visual arts, activities, food and lots more! Don’t miss the Taste of Italy™ Wine Tasting and Opening Reception on Friday!

Former Seattle Children’s Home Site to be Named McGraw Square at Queen Anne

It’s been a year since the last update about the project to develop the former Seattle Children’s Home site into townhomes, and now the first look at the final designs has been released. The community will be called McGraw Square at Queen Anne.

Ground has been broken and construction is underway at the project between 9th and 10th Avenues West on West McGraw Street. The site will have 57 townhomes within the 15 three story buildings on the lot. The homes will each have three bedrooms and a garage that fits two vehicles. Some of the townhomes will even have the luxury of a rooftop deck.

Pricing is anticipated to start at $900,000, with pre-sales opening in fall 2017.

Joint Effort to Develop a New Memorial Stadium and High School

The City of Seattle has signed a letter of collaboration with Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to construct a new Memorial Stadium in its present location within the Seattle Center, as well as developing a new high school nearby.

The focus of the collaborative project will be to meet SPS’ needs for a new high school, new Memorial Stadium to support the school, and maintained or increased parking. The City and SPS will work together on site planning, design features for continued shared uses, maintenance of public access and activation, technology, construction activities, mobility planning for transportation, parking, public engagement, and more.

SPS currently owns two parcels of land within Seattle Center, and while the stadium will remain in its present location, the high school could be located at an alternative site. However, the new school will most likely remain in the Queen Anne/Uptown neighborhood, which will relieve a lot of pressure from Ballard High School and Garfield High School, where local high schoolers currently attend.

According to the letter, “We are pleased that our teams will be working together in this arrangement and look forward to achieving the full potential and extraordinary outcomes for our respective projects.”

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