Tag Archives: Seattle Events

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.

Sweat, Sprint And Sip Your Way To Fun At The 2017 Hot Chocolate Run!

It’s almost time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This year’s yummy and fun event kicks off on Sunday, March 5th at Seattle Center How’s that for a great way to spend the first Sunday-Funday of March, both for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The fun begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. with the 5K and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Race participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag of goodies to take home, of course, delicious chocolate. Talk about motivation to finish strong!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t count the calories, you will have more than earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not into running or chocolate? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (left) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

This event is great to do with friends, family or even by yourself. You’ll probably leave with new friends after a little friendly competition! This event brings together people from all over the city and state, so get out there, mix, mingle and help build a wonderful feeling of community in our fair city. Sprint into Springtime at this fabulous annual event, get a good sweat on and maybe even make some new friends….oh and eat chocolate! Do we really need to sell you on this?

For more info on this event, road closures, the post-race party and more, visit the Hot Chocolate Run website here.

 

 

 

Anticipated Road Closures:

Street Closure From To Side of Road Closure Time Anticipated Opening
2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

Queen Anne Events: 10 Things to Do in November

In addition to earning an extra hour of sleep in the fall Daylight Savings and the oncoming holiday festivities, there are several Queen Anne events to look forward to this month…

  1. November 1 & 2 – Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar at Swedish Club NW: From November 1st through the 2nd, the Swedish Club Northwest is hosting their annual Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar. There will be crafts, gifts, baked goods, music, entertainment, and more. Admission is only $1, and the event is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
  2. November 3 – Umbrella Tree Opens at Twirl Café: The much-loved café and indoor toddler play area, Twirl Café, will be closing on October 31st. On Monday, November 3rd, the place will reopen as Umbrella Tree! Play and eat at the new Umbrella Tree from November 3rd through 20th, when they will close until December 4th for renovations.
  3. November 3 – Jellyfish Day at the Seattle Children’s Museum: Explore and learn more about a mysterious sea creature, the jellyfish! On November 3rd, from 10:30 a.m. through 2 p.m., the Seattle Children’s Museum will be hosting events and activities focused on the jellyfish for Jellyfish Day!
  4. November 7 & 8 – Oprah’s “The Life You Want” Weekend at Key Arena: Find your calling and summon the courage to live it out, and fulfill your greatest potential. Oprah comes to town November 7th and 8th in “The Life You Want” tour.  Click here to buy tickets.
  5. November 12 – Dine Out for Coe Elementary at 5 Spot: On Wednesday, November 12th, dine at the 5 Spot from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. and 25% of all food sales will support the Coe Elementary art program!
  6. November 12 – Members & Friends Dinner at Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club NW for their dinner for members and friends on Wednesday, November 12th! Kurt Armbruster will be talking about the history of Swedish singing groups and his book, Before Seattle Rocked: A City and Its Music.
  7. November 15 – Bastille at Key Arena: The popular U.K. band Bastille is playing at the Key Arena on November 15th in their “Bad Blood” The Last Stand Tour. Tickets start at $31.50.
  8. November 20 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce November 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on November 20th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.
  9. November 21, 22 & 23 – The International Gem & Jewelry Show: From November 21st through 23rd, attendees of the International Gem & Jewelry Show can buy gems and jewelry direct from designers at a discount price. The show is held daily at the Seattle Center exhibition hall, and is open to the public.

10. November 22 – TEDxRainier at the Seattle Center: The Seattle-area TED event, TEDxRainier is coming up on November 22nd. The event starts at 9 a.m. at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, and offers a full day of educational, inspirational, and exceptional TED talks. Ticket prices start at $75 each.

Featured photo source.

Queen Anne Events: 11 Things to Do in October

How time flies! It’s nearly October, and that means Fall is in full swing. Halloween is just around the corner, and we’re looking forward to these fun Queen Anne events…

  1. Thursdays in October – The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market: Each Thursday through October 16th, the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open on the hill! There’s live music, food trucks, fresh produce, and interesting live events such as chef demos and expert tips. The Queen Anne Farmer’s Market is open every Thursday through October 16th, from 3 – 7:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Anne Ave N and W. Crockett Street.
  2. Fridays in October – Movie & Pizza Night at Twirl Café: Rotating pizzas and movie snacks will be available at Twirl’s weekly movie and pizza night. From 5 – 8 p.m. on Fridays, Twirl will serving pizza and dinner specials for a $7 rotating pizza selection, or $4 cheese pizza. They be playing a G-rated movie (movie starts at 6 p.m.) presented by Video Isle, and kids are encouraged to wear their PJs.
  3. October 3 & 4 – 3rd Anniversary Event at LloydMartin: To celebrate their 3rd anniversary, Chef Sam Crannell and LloydMartin are doing tapas and cocktails evenings on both October 3rd and 4th. Entry are $50/person at the door, and include as much as you like from 10 of the restaurant’s signature favorite dishes served throughout the night. Beverages are offered at additional cost.
  4. October 5 – 18th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome: Create teams to raise money, pledge and join the 18th Annual Puget Sound Buddy Walk on Sunday, October 5th from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Seattle Center. This event was started to raise awareness and funds for Down Syndrome.
  5. October 8 – October Queen Anne Book Co. Story time at Twirl: On the second Wednesday of every month, Tegan from the Queen Anne Book Co. does a FREE story time at Twirl Café! Come join us for this fun event for kids of all ages on October 8th from 10 – 10:30 a.m.
  6. October 8 – Members & Friends Dinner at Swedish Club NW: Head to the Swedish Club NW for their dinner for members and friends on Wednesday, October 8th! Lars Nordstrom from Oregon will be at the club to share about his book, Swedish Roots, Oregon Lives.
  7. October 11 – Swedish Pancake Dinner & Auction: The Swedish Club Northwest’s major fundraising event of the year is on October 11th, with a dress-up evening, mini-auction, games and pancakes for dinner.
  8. October 12 – First Annual Seattle Children’s Festival: For the first time ever, celebrate your neighborhood and kiddos in the 1st Annual Seattle Children’s Festival. The event will take place on the Seattle Center grounds October 12th from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., with no admission fee, for families of all shapes and sizes.
  9. October 16 – Queen Anne Chamber of Commerce October 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. The luncheon takes place at the Best Western Plus Executive Inn at 200 Taylor Ave. N, from 11:15 to 1:00 p.m. on October 16th. The cost is $25 for members, $30 for non-members. RSVP required, to contact@qachamber.org.

10. October 31 – Costume Carnival at Seattle Children’s Museum: The 3rd annual Seattle Children’s Museum Costume Carnival is on October 31st from 4 – 8 p.m. There will be fun activities and programs for kids ages ten and under, including a not-so-scary haunted mountain, a scavenger hunt, a mad scientist lab, booths, games, crafts, treats and more!

11. October 31 – Halloween Party & Marcus Samuelsson at Swedish Club NW: Award-winning Swedish chef and cookbook writer Marcus Samuelsson will be at the Swedish Club on October 31st to discuss his latest book, do signings, and more. Tickets are $75 for singles, $115 for couples (includes a book). Click here to buy tickets.

Featured photo source.