FRIDAY, August 9
South Lake Union Block Party
Head to this huge party to reap the rewards of a burger grilling face-off and an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing at dusk. Brave Horse Tavern, Lunchbox Laboratory, Whole Foods, Top Pot, and Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar compete for the title of Best Burger in SLU. Hang in the beer and wine garden supplied by Brave Horse and Cuoco, or sample foods from some of SLU’s best restaurants, including Cactus, Shanik, and Tutta Bella. Hopefully you leave saying, “I've had the time of my life.” The festivities start at noon, and there's no cover charge, though the best burger competition requires tickets, and those tickets sell out in advance.
SATURDAY, August 10
Seattle Street Food Festival
From the same folks that brought you the Mobile Food Rodeo, the Seattle Street Food Festival is coming to Cal Anderson Park. And it's bringing tons of food cart, truck, and stand favorites, like Hallava Falafel, Ezell’s, and BeanFish taiyaki. Don’t miss the popup picnic slash culinary competition featuring chefs like Mike Easton of Il Corvo and Jason Stoneburner of Bastille. The festival is free (but, duh, you have to buy food) and picnic tickets are available here for $165.
Hootenanny at Aqua
Don't let summer’s final weeks go to waste. Sip on wine, spirits, and brews on Aqua’s deck—one of the most picturesque spots in Seattle right on the tip of Pier 70. Anticipate a slew of wineries, signature El Gaucho appetizers and freshly shucked oysters from Taylor Shellfish. It is a hootenanny after all. Secure your $95 ticket by calling 206-956-9171.
Street Soccer and Craft Beer for a Cure
If classic European-style shenanigans sound like your idea of a good time, get ready for the Second Annual Greenwood Street Soccer Tournament. It's organized by Naked City Brewing and Fred Hutch as part of PhinneyWood Summer Streets. Greenwood Avenue will be closed off and packed with drunken soccer players. And if you feel like being one of them, sign up your team of five to six by calling 206-838-6299. All registration fees benefit Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research.
MONDAY, August 12
Crush Vigneron Dinner with Cain Vineyards and Chris Howell
The very well-regarded Cain Five from Napa Valley is a great pairing to a Jason Wilson-prepared meal at Crush. Chris Howell, general manager and winemaker from Cain vineyards, will lead diners through a tasting of young and aged vintages of the renowned Cain Five. Tickets are $200 and available by calling 206-302-7874.
Monday Movies at King's Hardware: The Blob
King's Hardware continues its Monday Movies series this month with the theme of Too Big, concentrating on "big things gone awesome". This Monday's offering—1958's The Blob— surely won't disappoint if you're looking for classic, corny fare to pair with your sweet potato fries.