Seattle Restaurant Week Is Back And Better Than Ever

Today marks the start of the tastiest week of the season- the triumphant return of Seattle Restaurant Week!

We here in Seattle are so blessed with an abundance of fabulous dining options, ranging from simple and inexpensive to exotic, lavish and extraordinary, which usually doesn’t come too cheap. Seattle Restaurant Week is an opportunity for people to explore many incredible restaurants they may not normally spring for by offering fabulous deals you won’t want to miss out on.

Every Sunday through Thursday from April 2nd to April 19th, over 165 restaurants across the city will be offering up $33 three-course dinners, with many also offering $18 two-course lunches as well. These restaurants range in price, type of cuisine and location, giving you tons of options to choose from, in every department!

To maximize your SRW experience, check out a list of participating restaurants here (click on the name of the restaurants to see their location and view their SRW exclusive menu) and be sure to check out The Seattle Times lists of best overall value, best ambiance, neighborhood favorites and SRW newcomers.

If you are going to explore SRW (which we highly recommend you do!), remember to be patient, make reservations and tip your servers well! While SRW is a great opportunity for diners, restaurants do tend to get swamped, and the nicer and more understanding we are as patrons, the better the experience for everyone!

Now, go out and get a healthy dose of YUM, before it’s too late!

Queen Anne Events: Things to Do in April

Get ready for a busy April! There are several Queen Anne events in and around the neighborhood to mark on your calendar to keep the month full of fun and interesting experiences.

April 5-8: Cues and Tattoos Tribal Belly Dance
All Day | Seattle Center
Join Hipnotic Productions for their 11th annual workshop event that celebrates Tribal Belly Dance, Cues and Tattoos, with 28 workshops, two intensive trainings, and five performances. Watch up-and-coming performers and learn how to master this evocative form of dance. After a Friday Night Opening Party ($20), most workshops and events cost $45/each, and the intensives are $225.

April 6: ABBA Night
8pm – 12am | Swedish Club NW
Dance and enjoy music from the ‘70s for the Swedish Club NW’s ABBA night on April 6th! There will be a costume contest and food for attendees (meal is an additional fee). The cost for the main event is $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Get your tickets before they sell out!

April 7 & 8: VegFest
10am – 6pm | Seattle Center Exhibition Hall
Enjoy a healthy vegetarian food festival at the Seattle Center this month! VegFest is April 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and features over 500 tasty food samples, cooking demonstrations, informational sessions about nutrition, a huge selection of books, a kids section and activity area and more. Tickets are $9 at the door (cash or checks only), and kids 12 and under enter for free.

April 8: 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 April 8th (delayed one week due to Easter), with live music. The price is $11 for adults, $9 for club members and $5 for children ages 5-12.

April 9-13: Spring Camp
9am – 4pm | Seattle Children’s Museum
Discovery Day Spring Camp is starting this month at the Seattle Children’s Museum! Each day, kids ages 4-10 can enjoy educational programming and activities centered on a daily theme. Mix and match schedules, enjoy discounts for multiple siblings, and more. The cost is $80 per child for a full day, or $40 for a half day (morning or afternoon options available).

April 12: Monthly Uptown Art Walk
6pm – 9pm | Uptown/Lower Queen Anne
Visit Uptown businesses to experience new art placements at the April Uptown Art Walk. This event takes place on the third Thursday of every month. Click here to view the participating establishments.

April 14 & 15: Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion
The Seattle International Children’s Friendship Festival is an event designed to bring together children from all over the Seattle area to experience, enjoy and engage with children from other cultures. There will be stage performances, exhibitions to showcase different cultural items and visual arts, and more. Admission is free.

April 20-22: Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival
11am – 5pm | Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion & Armory
The latest event for Seattle Center Festál (and the oldest in the series) is the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival, coming up on April 20th through 22nd. Explore Japan’s contemporary influences and cultural roots with live performances, visual arts, food, games, hands-on activities and more. There will be Taiko drumming, artisan demonstrations, and fun for the whole family. This festival was founded 40 years ago and was the first to be hosted at the Seattle Center, in appreciation of 1,000 cherry trees that were gifted to the city on behalf of the government of Japan to commemorate the nation’s bicentennial.

Key Arena Design Open House This Saturday

An open house to review the plans to redevelop KeyArena will be held this coming Saturday, March 24th. The Oak View Group plans to provide a public update on the progress of the plans, which include an effort to secure an NHL expansion franchise that will play in the new stadium.

The March 24th design review open house will be held between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the Seattle Center Pavilion.

The Oak View Group is encouraging attendees to share their favorite experiences of KeyArena at the open house, as well as helping to brainstorm ideas for the future uses and atmosphere of the new venue. Arts and culture engagement, social equity, and integration of the new venue with the surrounding neighborhood are all objectives for this project.

Conversation questions include:

  • How will this project transform the Arena venue?
  • How will this project positively affect social equity?
  • How will this project engage with the Arts and Culture?
  • How will the new Arena enhance Seattle Center?
  • How will the new Arena integrate into the neighborhood and the community?

Click here to register. Or click here to view the full Seattle Design Commission Presentation from January 2018.

Comedian John Cleese at McCaw Hall on March 26th – One Day ONLY!

Come spend a hilarious evening with the “One and Only” John Cleese. John is a legendary comedic actor best known for: “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”, “Fawlty Towers” and “A Fish Called Wanda”. This event is at McCaw Hall on Monday, March 26th at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices start at $48.

BUY TICKETS HERE

“The world’s funniest man” first made his mark as a member of the legendary Monty Python troupe in the 1960s and has gone on to write, produce,  direct and star in some of the greatest comedic hits of the last forty years, even receiving an Oscar nomination for best screenplay for “A Fish Called Wanda”. But John is far from your garden variety entertainer. From the beginning of his career he has continually parlayed his enormous talents into advancing the political causes he believes in.

In 2014, John released his New York Times best-selling memoir, “So Anyway”… The book shares his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University.

Don’t miss a hilarious minute as John Cleese shares his humorous insights on the world and politics and his life.

In addition to JOHN CLEESE, the below speakers are a part of this exciting series:

  • LAURA LING – Journalist freed from North Korean Prison, visits on Monday, May 7, 2018
  • SCOTT KELLY – Former Commander of the International Space Station, visits on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
  • VIOLA DAVIS – 2017 Best Support Actress Oscar winner for “Fences”, visits on Monday, June 18, 2018