Lake Union Events: Things to Do in October

There are several beverage tastings and other fun Lake Union events coming up in October – read about them below…

October 6: SLU Chamber First Thursday Happy Hour
5pm – 7pm | Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse
Join the South Lake Union Chamber of Commerce and other community members for the First Thursday Happy Hour! This month, the event is on October 6th, starting at Novilhos Brazilian Steakhouse, and then attendees will hop on board a Waterways Cruise with more light appetizers and beverages. The cost is $30 for members and $40 for non-members.

October 7: Dover Quartet
5pm – 7pm | 415 Westlake
Enjoy Beethoven’s early, middle and late string quartet masterworks from the in-demand ensemble Dover Quartet in their Seattle debut on October 7th at 415 Westlake. The price is $45/person (includes one beverage).

October 7: Annual Beer & Wine Tasting
7pm – 9pm | MOHAI
Sip from local breweries and wineries, taste delicious appetizers, and enjoy the fun of a silent auction, raffles and more at the Museum of History and Industry’s 7th Annual Beer & Wine Tasting. It’s an event highlighting the transformative work of Rebuilding Together. Tickets start at $100 per person.

October 8: Fire Day at MOHAI
10am – 2pm | MOHAI
Try on firefighters’ gear, learn about fire safety, enjoy firefighter storytime and investigate the difference between the fire engines of history and those of today at MOHAI’s Fire Day on October 8th. This family-friendly event offers free admission to the Grand Atrium.

October 8: Perfect Pairings Wine Luncheon
1pm – 3pm | Serafina Seattle
Serafina chefs Christian Chandler and Cody Westerfield have joined up with Sommelier Salomon Navarro to host a Perfect Pairings Wine Luncheon on Saturday, October 8th at 1 p.m. There will be a discussion on pairing principles, the grape varietals being showcased and their characteristics, and more. Enjoy your wine alongside a paired four-course lunch at $95/person plus tax and gratuity.

October 22: Better with Bitters Cocktail Class
1pm – 3pm | Serafina Seattle
Herbal remedies known as ‘bitters’ became popular in the bar world in the late 1800s, mostly because of their characteristic of adding depth to a cocktail, drawing out subtle flavors. Take an in-depth and hands-on look at bitters in this cocktail class from Serafina on October 22nd. The price is $80/person plus tax and gratuity, and includes instruction and beverages.

Update on Google’s Seattle Campus

Syndicated from The Seattle Times, by Mike Rosenberg

Google’s massive expansion into South Lake Union has been quickly approved, paving the way for Seattle’s newest marquee tech campus to begin construction soon.

The city’s design review board this week unanimously signed off on the last chunk of the project just south of the shores of Lake Union between Valley and Mercer streets. The approval came with no major changes, aside from some design tweaks, since the project was unveiled in March. The developers recently released new renderings depicting people riding bicycles, petting dogs and frolicking in the grass near the campus.

The project will include several buildings up to 14 stories tall totaling 621,000 square feet, along with 151 new apartments, ground-floor retail space and 812 parking spaces. The current site is a parking lot.

Google plans to move employees from its current office in Fremont once the new South Lake Union campus opens. It also has a large office complex in Kirkland, for a total of 1,900 employees in the state.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based company is interested in the tech talent in the Puget Sound area, which remains far cheaper than Silicon Valley for both office space and housing costs.

The new buildings could fit thousands of workers within earshot of’s growing constellation of offices in the neighborhood, which is also home to a large Facebook outpost.

Paul Allen’s Vulcan Real Estate, which is developing the project, said it expects to begin construction in the first quarter of 2017 and open the offices in early 2019, as it had previously planned.

The overall project was proposed in multiple “blocks” — the design review board had approved the previous stages over the past two months before greenlighting the final section on Wednesday night.

Google’s Seattle Campus will Transform SLU Skyline

Graphite Design Group, the designer behind Google’s Seattle campus, just released a new batch of design images depicting how the campus will transform the South Lake Union skyline. The release comes ahead of the next design review approval meeting, which is scheduled for next week.


The design review meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 21st at 8 p.m. at the Queen Anne Community Center. The project being reviewed is a 14-story building with commercial office and retail space as well as apartments. Six of the floors will be allocated for office space, with eight floors dedicated for 80 residential apartments. A below-grade parking garage will accommodate 370 vehicles. The building will be on the north side of Mercer Street, between Boren and Fairview.

This is one of two buildings on the block between Terry and Boren avenue. The other building is a six-story office building without apartments above. The two buildings will have a combined 313,500 square feet of office space. Once complete, Google’s Seattle campus in South Lake Union will include more than 600,000 square feet of office space.

Construction on the two buildings in design review is planned to begin in the first quarter of next year. The building with combined office and apartments may open as early as Q4 of 2018, with the smaller six-story office building opening in Q2 of 2019.


Uwajimaya Brings Kai Market to South Lake Union

For nearly 90 years, Uwajimaya has been serving Seattle with quality grocery and goods. A couple of weeks ago, the longtime Asian market announced that they will be opening a specialty market concept, Kai Market by Uwajimaya, early next year in South Lake Union.

The market will take up about 5,500 square feet of space in the ground floor of the building at 400 Fairview Ave. There will be local and international products, ready-to-eat snacks and meals with fresh seafood, and more. Freshly made meal options will have an Asian influence, featuring bento boxes, sashimi, sushi, poke and noodle bowls. The store will also have a live tank for crab, lobster and oysters, with a master fishmonger on hand to help customers select their seafood.

“Kai Market is about options. The lunch crowd can stop in for a hand-crafted bento box in the dining area, while the after-work crowd can take home fresh seafood and a carefully curated selection of quality Asian products for which Uwajimaya is known,” said Denise Moriguchi, President of Uwajimaya Inc. “We were excited to try something new and loved the idea of a store with a smaller, more intimate footprint in a growing, vibrant neighborhood like South Lake Union.”

Kai Market by Uwajimaya is going to be built by Skanska USA Commercial Development, and construction is scheduled to begin this fall. The concept is for an open-air market and food hall, with a curated experience for customers that includes Caffe Ladro, Meat & Bread, Juicy Café, and Verde & Co.

Kai Market is expected to open in early 2017.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in September

Taste, play and learn in the upcoming Lake Union events for September…

September 1: SLU Chamber’s First Thursday Happy Hour
5pm – 7pm | Fred Hutch’s Visitor Center
Explore and learn about the great research happening at Fred Hutch at the SLU Chamber’s First Thursday Happy Hour on September 1st, starting at 5 p.m. There will be beverages and light appetizers, then head to Chandler’s Cove to visit John L. Scott’s office for more drinks, snacks and connecting/networking time. The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Register here.

September 2: Out to Lunch Concert with Naomi Wachira
12pm – 1:30pm | Van Vorst Courtyard
Step out for lunch and enjoy a free live music performance on September 2nd in the Van Vorst Plaza. In the Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch Concert Series, Naomi Wachira will be performing from noon until 1:30 p.m. on the 2nd.

September 9: Secrets of Gin Cocktail Class
1pm – 3pm | Serafina Seattle
Gin is a spirit that has been used in a variety of classic and innovative cocktails for over 200 years. Explore the history of this spirit, try vintage recipes and learn how to use gin in your own home bar in this cocktail class from Serafina. The cost is $80 per person, before tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.

September 9 & 10: Cider Summit Seattle
3pm – 8pm | SLU Discovery Center
The 7th Annual Cider Summit Seattle comes back to South Lake Union this year, with over 150 ciders to try! The event is from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, September 9th and from noon until 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 10th. Tickets are $30-$45 and include a souvenir tasting glass and 8-12 tasting tickets.

September 10: Science Block Party at Seattle Children’s Research Institute
11am – 3pm | Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Climb aboard the Seattle Children’s Science Adventure Lab, get kids fitted for a FREE bike helmet, learn about the Institute’s latest research, tour the Discovery Portal visitor center, and more at a FREE hands-on event at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The Science Block Party is on September 10th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., with live music and food trucks throughout the event.

September 10: Pink Boat Regatta
12pm – 5pm | Lake Union Park
Get ready to don yourself (and your boat) in pink and race in the Pink Boat Regatta in support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation! The Regatta is on September 10th at noon, with a kickoff party and celebration dinner. All proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

September 14: Bourbon Heritage Dinner at Daniel’s Broiler
6:30pm – 9pm | Daniel’s Broiler South Lake Union
Enjoy a gourmet dinner by Daniel’s Broiler’s SLU Chef Ayhan Barlas alongside specially selected bourbons. On September 14th, the Bourbon Heritage Dinner is sure to be a top event of the fall! The cost is $95 per person for the event, which includes food and beverages served (tax and gratuity not included). Reserve your seat here. Click here for the complete menu for the event.

September 11: Cascade Second Sunday Stroll
1pm – 4pm | South Lake Union Neighborhood
On the second Sunday of each month, businesses and residents of Cascade and SLU get out and about to appreciate the fun activities and features of the neighborhood in the Cascade Second Sunday Stroll. Visit participating businesses and venues that offer deals and discounts, special products and services, seasonal treats, art pop-ups, and more.

September 25: Closing of “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s” at MOHAI
10am – 6pm | Museum of History and Industry
Since June, the Museum of History and Industry has exhibited “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s”. That exhibit chronicles the rich contemporary history of toys from the post-World War II era into the innovations of the 1970s. It will come to a close on September 25th.

September 30: Trucktoberfest
5pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
The second annual Trucktoberfest tasting event comes to the South Lake Union Discovery Center lawn from Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd. Enjoy some of the best food trucks with beer from regional breweries, lawn games, an outdoor film series and special guests.