Category Archives: Events

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.

KeyArena Revamp Bids to be Reviewed at May 11th Open House

By Joe Veyera

The two groups to respond to the city’s request for proposals to redevelop KeyArena will take part in an open house later this month just steps from the multipurpose venue.

Representatives from the Oak View Group and Seattle Partners (a group comprised of AEG and Hudson Pacific Partnership) will be on hand at KEXP (472 1st Ave. N. on May 11 from 5 to 8 p.m. to discuss their plans for the site, and answer questions.

Both proposals peg the cost of a KeyArena renovation to meet NBA and NHL standards at north of $500 million, while expanding the seating capacity to hold more than 17,000 spectators for hockey, and 18,000 for basketball, and preserving the iconic roofline designed by modernist architect Paul Thiry. Where the plans differ is how they each use the footprint, and how they address traffic and transit concerns.

The proposal from the Oak View Group would primarily consist of below-grade expansion, while the Seattle Partners bid calls for extending the existing arena roofline further to the south to add space.

The Oak View Group plan includes an 850-stall parking garage, and proposes offering bundled tickets to events with mass transit or rideshare programs, along with exploring the creation of designated drop-off and pick-up locations for services like Lyft and Uber. Renovation groups have additional strategies for dealing with concerns for parking and transportation.

Meanwhile, Seattle Partners would invest $5 million “to accelerate existing transportation strategies around the arena, and to create a shared mobility hub,” adjacent to it, while investing in the Lake2Bay Corridor.

Recommendations will be presented to the Mayor in June, with the input of the Arena Community Advisory Panel comprised of community leaders, and the City’s Executive Review Team. If the mayor moves forward with one of the two proposals, the City Council would then vote on a development and lease agreement with the winning bidder.

“This is the moment we have all been waiting for. We have two strong proposals to consider,” said Brian Surratt, Director of the Office of Economic Development in a press release last month. “We take this responsibility seriously and understand the sense of urgency for sports and music fans. The City remains committed to choosing the best possible path to bring back the NBA and to bring the NHL to Seattle.”

It’s currently unclear when construction could start. Last month, KeyArena was awarded first- and second-round NCAA men’s basketball tournament games in 2019, pushing the timeline past at least that March. The Oak View Group plan calls for a 19-month timeline to complete design drawings, and secure discretionary approvals and construction permits, along with a 20-month building timeline.

Syndicated from the QueenAnneNews.com. Photo source: The Seattle Times

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in May

May is jam-packed with festivals and other events… check them out and mark your calendars!

May 6: iFest Indie Game Festival
11am – 3pm | Seattle Center Armory
Indie gamers, take note! iFest 2017 comes to Seattle on May 6th. This is a FREE festival for independent game developers: from new startups and established studios to anyone who thinks they might have what it takes to imagine, design, build and market games.

May 6: “The Magic Flute” Opening Night
7:30pm | McCaw Hall
Savor the myth, magic and music in a performance of Mozart’s colorful fantasy, “The Magic Flute”. Opening night of this Seattle Opera event is Saturday, May 6th. “The Magic Flute” runs through Sunday, May 21st, with a closing performance on that day at 2 p.m.

May 7: Scandinavian Pancake Breakfast
8am – 1pm | Swedish Club NW
The Swedish Club NW’s monthly pancake breakfast is an authentic Swedish pancake breakfast complete with ham, lingonberries and all of the fixings. This month, it will take place on May 7th, with live music by Skolkis, Folk Voice Band and the Swedish Women’s Chorus. The price is $9 for adults, $7 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

May 7: Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival
11:45am – 5pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál continues in May with the celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month. On May 7th, visit the Seattle Center Armory to enjoy this free family event, with dance, music, art and more to showcase the culture and traditions of Asians and Pacific Islanders.

May 10: GiveBIG Day
All Day | Queen Anne
Support your local Queen Anne nonprofits this GiveBIG day! On May 10th, donate to these hardworking and wonderful local nonprofit organizations: Swedish Club NW, Picture Perfect Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Farmers Market, Queen Anne Food Bank, Queen Anne Helpline, Seattle Children’s Museum, and the Queen Anne Historical Society.

May 13: Spirit of Africa Cultural Festival
12pm – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Enjoy, learn and participate in Seattle Center’s Festál celebration of the talents of African musicians, dancers and artists. The Spirit of Africa celebration is on May 13th, with some exciting festival performances for the whole family. Click here for more information.

May 13: Annual Auction at the Swedish Club NW
5:30pm – 10pm | Swedish Club NW
The biggest fundraising event of the year at the Swedish Club NW is May 13th, with an auction themed, “Back to Our Roots”. There will be beautiful items for bidding, plus a delicious meal. The cost is $95 per person or $475 for a table of 6.

May 20: Dance Around the World
All Day | Seattle Children’s Museum
The Seattle Children’s Museum is hosting a day of cultural celebration through dance on May 20th! Guest performers will share and demonstrate traditional dances and storytelling.

May 20: Glimpse of China Cultural Festival
10am – 8pm | Seattle Center Armory
Seattle Center’s Festál presents “A Glimpse of China”, a cultural celebration that showcases the cultural roots and contemporary influence of China. There will be live performances, hands-on activities, visual arts, food, games and more – all family friendly and free to enjoy!

May 26-29: Northwest Folklife Festival
All Day | Seattle Center
One of Seattle’s most anticipated events of the year, Folklife, returns for its 46th annual celebration on May 26th through 29th. Learn, dance, play, discover, and more! This festival is all about showcasing the arts and culture of our unique city.