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Lake Union Events: Things to Do in July

Hold onto your hats! There are lots of music events and fun summer activities happening in Lake Union throughout July. Here’s a sampling…

July 1-4: Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
1pm – 4pm | Lake Union Park
Celebrate our city’s maritime history with a special Wooden Boat Festival at Lake Union Park from July 1st through July 4th. Presented by the Center for Wooden Boats, the festival includes rides and tours of wooden boats, a Quick & Daring Boatbuilding challenge, live music, and more.

July 1: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “Red, White & Dead: Shaun of the Dead”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Just in time for the 4th of July, Seattle Outdoor Cinema is bringing back their Red, White & Dead Zombie Walk & Movie Party with a screening of “Shaun of the Dead”. The movie will be screened in high-definition at the SLU Discovery Center’s grass lawn on a 55-foot inflatable screen. This event is 21+, and don’t miss a fun zombie walk around Lake Union, starting at Denny Park, before the event to get in the mood.

July 7: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, July 7th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

July 8: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, July 8th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

July 8: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Wedding Singer”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the largest outdoor movie wedding, and you’re invited! A lucky winning couple is getting married with a themed photo booth, 80’s cover band, and beer garden. Plus, there will be costume prizes for the best-dressed groomsman, bridesmaid, and Julia, Robbie or Glenn Gulia from the movie.

July 10: Out to Lunch Concert – Champagne Honeybee
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features Champagne Honeybee on Monday, July 10th.

July 15-16: Seattle Street Food Festival
All Day | South Lake Union
The 5th annual Seattle Street Food Festival is coming up July 15th and 16th! Enjoy the bounty of Seattle food trucks and curbside bites, plus local handmade products along four city blocks in the heart of South Lake Union. This year, there are over 75 vendors!

July 15: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Fifth Element”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
Cult classic “The Fifth Element” will be screening on Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s 55-foot inflatable screen on July 15th, for your sci-fi viewing pleasure. It’s almost free and super fun!

July 16: 7th Annual Garden Party Extravaganza
1pm – 10pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting their annual Garden Party Extravaganza and celebrating 26 years on Sunday, July 16th. There will be a whole roasted pig, grilling on the patio, live music, a photo booth, oyster bar, and introduction to new vintages of rosé to sample. Entrance is free, and food and drink tickets will be available for $6 each. At 2 p.m., there will be an Iron Bartender competition between Seattle’s five best bartenders. Call to participate as a judge for the Iron Bartender competition for $95, which includes five courses paired with the unique cocktail creations: 206-323-0807.

July 17: Out to Lunch Concert – The Flavr Blue
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue
The Downtown Seattle Association’s Out to Lunch concert series is back and bigger than ever! This free event features The Flavr Blue on Monday, July 10th.

July 21: Pinknic on the Patio
4pm – 7pm | Cuoco
Cuoco is hosting a patio party on Friday, July 21st to feature the delicious pink wine of the summer: Rosé! The first ever Pinknic on the Patio Rosé Party will include snacks, summer music and plenty of rosé samples to enjoy. Wear pink and white! Tickets are $20 per person in advance, or $25 per person at the door and include five tastings and snacks.

July 22: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “The Big Lebowski”
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The annual screening of “The Big Lebowski” at Seattle Outdoor Cinema is here on July 22nd! Sip one of three unique takes on the classic dude-approved cocktail, White Russians, and take part in a costume party as well as the movie.

July 24: Out to Lunch Concert – Limited Edition
4:30pm – 6pm | Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard
Limited Edition will be performing at this next Out to Lunch Concert event in South Lake Union.

July 26: Virginia V Cruise – Bridge to Bridge
7pm – 9:30pm | MOHAI Cafe
Many of Seattle’s bridges offer a unique story and draw visitors and tourists in their own right. For this educational and fun event, board the Virginia V in South Lake Union to explore the bridges around Lake Union and Lake Washington with historian David Williams. Your ticket includes a flight of beer from local Figurehead Brewing Company for those over 21. Tickets are $30 per person, $25 for MOHAI or Virginia V members, and $15 for those under age 21 (free for ages 5 and under). Buy tickets here.

July 29: Seattle Outdoor Cinema – “La La Land” Sing-Along
6pm | SLU Discovery Center
The new musical that won hearts all over the world, “La La Land”, is screening at the South Lake Union Discovery Center for Seattle Outdoor Cinema’s last July outdoor movie night on July 29th. There will be food trucks and a themed beer garden for 21+.

July 31: Out to Lunch Concerts – Scarlet Parke, The True Loves, and Planes on Paper
4:30pm – 6pm | 2121 7th Avenue, Denny Park, Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, Starbucks
Five Out to Lunch concerts are taking place around Lake Union on July 31st. Scarlet Parke will be performing at 2121 7th Avenue, while The True Loves and Planes on Paper are performing in Denny Park. Bleachbear is performing at Amazon’s Van Vorst Courtyard, and General Mojo’s is playing at the Starbucks at 515 Westlake Avenue North.

Get Out & Boat Fest on Lake Union This Saturday!

Head to South Lake Union this Saturday, June 24th to enjoy free boat rides, hands-on clinics, seminars, kids activities and lots of boating-related fun for Get Out & Boat Fest! This event is great for anyone from seasoned boat owners to those who are simply looking for something fun and different to do.

Free boat rides are offered all day, lasting 45 minutes and leaving on the hour every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. There will be power boats under 30 feet, sailboats, cruisers and even fishing trawlers, so that you can pick the boat that fits your lifestyle and interest.

Activities and hands-on clinics will be offered with industry professionals to teach interested participants the basics of docking, anchoring, rigging, knot-tying, and technology. Get Out & Boat Fest also includes seminars on buying a boat, boating safety, chartering a boat and even salmon fishing.

Get Out & Boat Fest is fun for the whole family! Kids can play on a toy boat building from the Center for Wooden Boats and enjoy live music from Dave Calhoun, a Jimmy Buffet cover artist.

According to a press release, “The second annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn all about the boating lifestyle.”

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in June

Food and fun are on the docket for events in June in South Lake Union! Check out some of our highlighted favorites…

Throughout June: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout June, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on June 13th, June 20th, and June 27th.

Mondays in June: Monday Midday Meditation
12:15pm | 415 Westlake
Get your week off to a great start with meditation. Monday Midday Meditation is led by experts Tay and Val, who will guide you through focusing, fueling and flowing through meditation in this rejuvenating event. Click here to purchase tickets.

June 1: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, June 1st, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

June 3: Art on the Fly
12pm | Denny Park
Celebrate the arts, music and dance with food and fun at Art on the Fly, a community event on June 3rd, in tandem with the SLU Saturday Market. There will be numerous outdoor performances, free dance classes, vendors of arts and crafts, food trucks and more.

June 4: Cavatappi Wine Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Serafina
Serafina is hosting a special wine dinner this month, featuring wines from Cavatappi, a Nebbiolo and Sangiovese-focused winery with Peter Dow at the helm. Complementing the wines will be a five-course dinner with Mediterranean dishes. Tickets are $120 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

June 6: Drink & Draw at the VUDE
5pm – 8pm | The VUDE
Sip wine and color at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Charitable Event, Drink & Draw at The VUDE on June 6th. Hosted by the Young Professionals Committee, proceeds from this event support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and cover three tastings of Hand of God wines, light appetizers, one raffle ticket and access to adult coloring books for fun! Additional raffle tickets will be available for sale.

June 10: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, June 10th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

June 11: Arte & Vino at Caffe Torino
2pm – 5pm | Caffe Torino
In their monthly art and wine event Caffe Torino is hosting local artist Jiamin Zhu and her collection titled, The Silk Road. These stunning photographs on canvas are reflections of fantasies and fairy tales encountered on Jiamin’s journey of cultural migration from the east to Seattle.

June 24: South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour
10am – 12pm | REI
Get a closer look at the neighborhood, and examine the key ingredients for urban revitalization on the monthly South Lake Union Under the Microscope Tour. Participants will learn about strategies for urban design and architecture, engage with master planning projects as well as private-public ventures, and find out about unique experiments in development. This month, the tour is on Saturday, June 24th and includes the Stackhouse Apartments, 400 Fairview, Denny Park, 9th and Harrison, and St. Spiridon’s.

June 24: Get Out & Boat Fest
11am – 12pm | Chandler’s Cove
The annual Get Out & Boat Fest is coming up on June 24th, with free 45-minute rides on power and sailboats, education on nautical terms and techniques, and more. This family-friendly event includes kids activities, live music, and food vendors.

June 24: Seattle Outdoor Cinema 25th Anniversary
6pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
It’s the 25th anniversary celebration for the Fremont Outdoor Cinema, now known as the Seattle Outdoor Cinema. The main event is an outdoor showing of Rogue One on a 55 foot inflatable screen. This free family-friendly screening on June 24th will have food trucks, a charity beer garden, and lots of fun.

June 30: Beer Camp Across America
5pm – 9pm | South Lake Union
The largest craft beer festival in America comes to South Lake Union on June 30th. Beer Camp Across America features hundreds of craft beers, food trucks, live music and fun! Tickets are $55 – $75 ($40 for designated drivers).

Kai Market Now Open in South Lake Union

The long-awaited Uwuajimaya spin-off, Kai Market is now open (as of today, May 3rd) in South Lake Union! The market offers sashimi, a poke bar, and delicious grab-and-go meals for lunch and dinner with cold noodle packaged salads and bento boxes. Kai also has a live seafood tank with oysters and crabs, which will soon also feature lobsters. Fresh fish fillets are on ice for purchase as well.

“We’re hoping as the neighborhood grows, that people will eat a lot of seafood,” Warren Huch, store director told the Seattle Times.

To encourage this, Kai Market will host cooking classes and other workshop for hands-on interest in the seafood and Asian-inspired cuisine the market sells.

In addition to prepared meals and fresh seafood, Kai Market offers staple Asian packaged foods, condiments, snacks, and more. There’s a growler-fill bar with sakes, beers and a kombucha.

“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., in a release. “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.”

The establishment is running a couple of specials over the next few days in celebration of the opening:

  • May 3rd: Free Kai Market snack bag with purchase (first 250 customers)
  • May 4th: Free 500mL Ito-En Oi Ocha Tea with purchase of any poke bowl
  • May 5th: Free Chocolate Pocky or Hi-Chew with purchase (first 250 customers)

Online ordering and catering options will be coming soon.

Lake Union Events: Things to Do in May

Get ready to enjoy some fun, food and music events this May in South Lake Union!

All May: Chandler’s Crabfest
Get your fill of crab this month at Chandler’s Crabhouse in South Lake Union! The restaurant’s crabfest lasts all May, with 10 different menu items priced $40 and under. There are five different types of crab, with 12 different preparations – enjoy and explore!

Throughout May: Pasta Classes at Cuoco
6:30pm – 9pm | Cuoco
Learn pasta making technique, recipes and more at Cuoco throughout May, with three fun pasta classes! After instruction and hands-on demonstration, enjoy a 3-course family dinner, plus wine and a take-home portion of your pasta. The cost is $65 per person. For more information, please contact Scott Whited or call 206.971.0710. Classes are on May 2nd, May 9th, and May 16th.

May 4: First Free Thursday at MOHAI
10am – 8pm | Museum of History and Industry
On the first Thursday of the month, May 4th, the Museum of History and Industry offers free general admission for the museum’s permanent exhibits – all day long! The free admission includes: True Northwest: the Seattle Journey, and the Bezos Center for Innovation.

May 11: Family Reunion: Chuckanut and Pfreim Brewery Dinner
6:30pm – 9pm | Brave Horse Tavern
Brave Horse Tavern’s annual Seattle Beer Week dinner is reuniting Pfreim Family Brewers and Chuckanut Brewing for a delicious brewery dinner on May 11th! Brave Horse’s Chef Brian is working up a menu to compliment the beers from these two great breweries. The cost is $60 per person. Call 206-971-0717 to reserve your spot!

May 13: Seattle Makers Market
11am – 5pm | 400 Fairview Avenue
Visit the ground floor of the Market Hall at 400 Fairview on Saturday, May 13th for the monthly Seattle Makers Market series! This free event features handmade goods from crafters, artists, makers and artisans in the Seattle area.

May 14: Mother’s Day Brunch
10am – 3pm | Chandler’s Crabhouse
Happy Mother’s Day! Head to Chandler’s Crabhouse on Mother’s Day to enjoy a complete brunch. For $39 per person, the prix-fixe brunch includes your choice of a starter and entree. Add-ons are available, such as a Crab Cocktail Trio, USDA Filet Mignon, or Alaskan King Crab. Chandler’s also offers a couple of kid-friendly options.

May 18: Third Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health
7pm – 9pm | SLU Discovery Center
First Church of Christ, Scientist Michelle Nanouche will be doing a talk for the Third-Thursday Lecture Series: Exploring Big Ideas – Health A Talk, titled “Finding God, Finding Health.”

May 20: Herbs & Spirits Class at Cicchetti
1pm – 3pm | Cicchetti
Cicchetti is hosting a fun workshop on May 20th, featuring herbs and spirits for liqueurs, liquors, and more. You’ll learn how to capture the essence of garden herbs as you make four cocktails – each paired with delicious dishes. The cost is $80 per person, not including tax or gratuity. Reservations are required: 206-323-0807.

May 26: Back to Bach by Emerald City Music
8pm – 11pm | 415 Westlake
This music event, Back to Bach, examines Bach’s influence on Western music, from percussion to piano and everything in between. Musicians from Lincoln Center, the Curtis Institute and other groups will be performing in a relaxed atmosphere. The cost is $45 (students only $10 admission), and includes an open bar.