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.

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.

South Lake Union Block Party – Next Friday!

The most exciting neighborhood event in Lake Union is coming up on Friday, August 12th. It’s the South Lake Union Block Party! Starting at 11 a.m., the festivities commence on the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Ave N.

The jam-packed lineup of local bands for the SLU Block Party’s beat connection includes Hibou, The True Loves, Lemolo, Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers, and more! Musicians and bands will perform throughout the day, so there’s plenty of chances to enjoy their fun sounds.

In addition to live music, there will be a couple of community activities to take part in…

Eateries that are known for their burgers are participating in the “Best Burger in SLU” competition, presented by Whole Foods Market. Purchase tickets for $20 to taste all five sliders from participating rivals: Brave Horse Tavern’s “The Torta Burger Press”, Local Public Eatery’s “Big Kahuna Burger”, Lunchbox Laboratory’s “Piggie Smalls” burger, Pan Pacific Hotel’s “99 Problems But A Peach Ain’t One” burger, and Sam’s Tavern’s “Magic Mushroom Burger”.

The School of Visual Concepts is hosting a Steamroller Smackdown. “Teams of top designers will print gigantic posters using a steamroller in lieu of a traditional printing press. This year’s thought-provoking poster theme is Northwest Stories; trophies will be awarded by Seattle Arts and Lectures Executive Director Ruth Dickey.”

Brave Horse Tavern is hosting a beer garden, with local craft beers, wine and cider and their signature pretzels for sale. Underdog Sports is hosting lawn games in the beer garden, for public enjoyment. And of course, Seattle’s best food trucks will be out and about, serving snacks and delicious lunch and dinner items.

SLU Block Party is free, so it’s a great way to get out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy some fun community activities, food and drink. This year, there will be art, lots of live music and other performances, and food and beverages to excite your taste buds and fill your belly.

See you there!

KEXP Shows Off New Home with Grand Opening Celebration

kexp new home

After years of fundraising, months of planning, and plenty of local hype, KEXP’s New Home will officially open to the public this weekend. On Saturday, April 16th from noon to 9pm, KEXP will host a grand opening celebration for its new home at Seattle Center on the corner of Republican and 1st. This event is free, all-ages, and open to the public.

Bands will perform throughout the day in the public gathering space and courtyard, which will be broadcasted live on KEXP 90.3 FM and online at There will be complimentary tours of the new space every 15 minutes, an interactive installation powered by Microsoft, food trucks, beer garden, limited edition merchandise, and special events at neighboring businesses/organizations including the Vera Project, SIFF and Pacific Science Center.

The new space will allow visitors to watch in-studio performances and observe the live broadcast from a public gathering space. This is the first time in the station’s history that this has been possible. The new home also contains more space for bands and staff, up-to-date equipment, and closer proximity to partners such as the Vera Project and Seattle Center.

Click here for the New Home Grand Opening lineup. RSVP to the Facebook event here. Follow along with the festivities at @KEXPNewHome / #KEXPnewhome and by tuning in to 90.3 FM!

Featured photo via KEXP Facebook event.

Happy New Year! Where to see Fireworks in Seattle

fireworks.pngThe holiday season is upon us! Wether you are new to seattle or you’ve seen Lake Union’s festive celebrations for years, it’s that time again. Luckily for residents of Lake union, just about every place, besides the lake itself that is fantastic for viewing the show is just a a few minutes away from the neighborhood. If you don’t want to go too far,  Argosy Cruises plan to count down to 2016 by offering spectacular boat rides in one of the most prime locations for watching the fireworks display that happen annually at the Space Needle; on the water. Gather with loved ones and usher in the new year with city skylines and fabulous views of the sound and lake union. With a New Year’s Eve party that allows sailing and dancing the night away, you are sure to have a great night!

If you are worried about crowds or prices, there are plenty of places to view the fireworks from all over the city. With Kerry Park being a superb spot for photos and a romantic view, get there first to snag a good spot to see the amazing show. Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Another top location to enjoy the night is Alki Beach where you can sit by the water. Be sure to bundle up and bring a blanket. There is sure to be a bit more room for larger parties to sit on the comfy sand and watch the display.

Though all of these areas are going to be fantastic spots to celebrate, you will find that it might be the most crowded yet the most magical — at the city’s center, the Space Needle itself. Being that close to the fireworks will get the feels going as the view of the show is right over your head. Arrive early and maybe even bring some ear plugs, still, it is safe to say this location is a top spot for a night that won’t be forgotten!