Hempfest Kicks Off
Join the world's largest event in support of marijuana reform at the Seattle waterfront—the 22nd annual Hempfest, and the first since recreational marijuana use was legalized in Washington state last year. (The state is still working on rules for growing, selling, and using legal marijuana). The event runs all weekend with six stages of music, speakers, tons of food, and many other activities.
Seattle Hempfest, Fri. August 16 - Sun. August 18, noon-8pm (Fri), 10am-8pm (Sat-Sun), Myrtle Edwards Park, free.
Light Up the Night for Science
For its 50th anniversary, Pacific Science Center is holding the "50 for 50th: Future Ready Campaign," an initiative to raise $50 million for the science center's future expansions, renovations, and technological improvements.
As part of the fundraiser, the iconic white arches outside the center can be lit up with your color of choice for $250 per hour or $1,000 for the entire night. The arch-lighting fundraiser will run through the end of August, and all proceeds will benefit the center.
Light Up the Night, August 1 - August 31, Pacific Science Center.
Pro-Choice Hero Wendy Davis
Come show your support for Senator Wendy Davis, the tenacious Texas state representative who filibustered for 11 hours straight to kill legislation that would restrict abortions in Texas, when she visits Seattle this week. (The legislature ultimately passed the law, which bans all abortions after 20 weeks, in a special session, although opponents have vowed to continue the fight.) The visit is hosted by NARAL Pro-Choice Washington. Purchase a ticket to attend.
An Evening with Wendy Davis, Thurs, August 15, 6-7:30pm, The Hub Seattle, 220 2nd Ave. S, $50-$100.
The Economic Opportunity Institute invites you to celebrate the progressive economic organization's 15th birthday at this year's Summer Patio Party. Chow down on all-you-can-eat Latin-inspired dishes to a background of live music. Kids under 12 eat free.
EOI's Summer Patio Party, Thurs, August 14, 6-9pm, The Economic Opportunity Institute, $20.
The Stranger's Night of Genius: Literature
The Stranger's annual "Genius Awards" honor the best and brightest Seattle artists. Culture up with Stranger literature editor Paul Constant as he hosts a reading and Q&A with this year's lit finalists: Political poet Maged Zaher and sci-fi epic author Neal Stephenson.
A Night of Genius, Wed, August 14, 5:30pm, 21+, Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Ave, $10
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