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Things to Do in Seattle This Week

A wine walk in Kirkland and a film festival dedicated to the internet's greatest gift to humanity: cat videos.

By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

 Prove your devotion to Betty White (and win STG tickets) at 'Golden Girls'–themed Gay Bingo. Image courtesy Lifelong.


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Seattleites are spoiled for choice when it comes to spending our leisure time. Putting together weekend plans should be a tribulation only because of the sheer variety of options: An exceptional array of museums, independent bookstores, restaurants, bars (and bar trivia), record stores, and local shops render impromptu outings effortless. And a rich performing arts and local music landscape can make any occasion special. 

And the actual landscape? Outdoor recreation opportunities abound, especially if you subscribe to the “no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing” mindset (and if you don’t, are you really from Seattle?). From abundant hikes, ski hills, swimming holes, state parks, and campgrounds just beyond city limits to a voluminous urban trail system, there’s something for the outdoorsperson of every skill and stoke level. Those with little ones (human or furred) can rejoice at a bevy of great playgrounds and parks—and consult our Year of Family Activities for 52 ready-made weekend plans.

Here are the best things to do this month in Washington, along with a festival guide for all your summer planning needs. Find below the best things to do in Seattle, updated weekly. 


Food & Drink

Kirkland Urban Wine Walk

June 24, 5–8:30p | Kirkland Urban Lobby, $35–45

What’s better than an evening stroll? An evening stroll with wine in hand. Technically you can’t walk around downtown with an open container, but an event ticket scores tastings at more than a dozen wineries to peruse at your leisure.

Outstanding in the Field

July 3 and 10, 4pm | Oxbow Farm and Taylor Shellfish, $365

Event organizers take farm-to-table quite literally, setting up huge tables in the expansive fields of host farms. Farmers and chefs craft exquisite dishes with local ingredients, like cod with calamansi vinaigrette and rockfish banh mis.

Visual Arts

FoodArt Collection and Auction

Through Jun 25, 12–5pm | Museum of Museums, $10–20

For the past seven years, art collector Jeremy Buben has been hungry for one thing: comestible-themed art. With over 200 paintings, sculptures, photographs, lighting fixtures, books, and even furniture amassed, the collection is ready to be dispersed to new homes in an accessible, for-the-masses art auction. Before it heads to public sale on June 25, you can feast your eyes on the themed collection.

Art of the Garden

Through August 27, 5–8pm | Schack Art Center, free

Everett’s visual arts center showcases artistic renditions of flora. Nearly 300 pieces of art crafted by over 100 Pacific Northwest creators—acrylics, sculptures, wax pencil drawings—sprout up in the main gallery for the summer.

This still-life by Nikki Gardner appears in Art of the Garden.

Perspectives on Place: Photographs from Here

Through September 5, 10–5 | MOHAI, Free–$22

With just 15 photographs from MOHAI and the Black Heritage Society of Washington State, this exhibit challenges perspectives on what it means to interact with the Puget Sound’s landscape as three community curators bring their insights to historic photographs.

Donna Huanca: Magma Slit

Through February 5, various | Henry Art Gallery, free–$20 donation

Bolivian American artist Donna Huanca does it all in her newest installation: mirrored sculptures, four mural-size paintings, auditory and olfactory components, and a stage where live performers round out a truly immersive sensory experience. Throughout it all, Huanca weaves  female and Indigenous narratives in an exploration of ritual as a means for transformation.

We Are Changing the Tide

Ongoing through April 2023, 10am–5pm | Wing Luke Museum, $17

Intended to challenge and inspire action, this exhibit centers the experiences of BIPOC and migrant populations profoundly affected by climate change. Locally relevant stories (like those of Duwamish River stewardship and the Quinault Nation’s fight against climate change), photographs, artworks, artifacts, and first-person voice recordings combine to display collective action and resistance led by communities living on the front lines of the fight against climate change.

Chromatic Gestures: Color Spectrum Collection

Ongoing Wednesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm | Bellevue Arts Museum, $15

Skagit Valley artist/designer Tricia Stackle brings her minimalist sculpture that doubles as modular, playful sitting pieces to the museum’s entrance gallery. Guests can interact with the 15 pieces, becoming artists in their own right as they move and stack the wool-encased pieces like adult-size building blocks.

Live Music

Ivan & Alyosha

June 24, 7:30pm | St. Mark’s Cathedral, $27

Among impressive chandeliers and organ piping, the Seattle-based folk-pop quintet will play their Beatlesesque anthems. Picnics are welcome in the open floor concert space, but seating options, and a bar, are also available. 

Afrocop and Ollella

June 25, 7:30pm | Sleight of Hand Cellars Sodo, $750–3,000 annual membership

Local nonprofit Black Fret’s June show is all about an intimate, focused listening experience. Once artists take the stage, talking ceases so that attendees can fully appreciate indie-folk cellist Ollella and the psychedelic soul-jazz of Afrocop.

Black Book in the Park

July 4, 3–9pm | Mural Amphitheater, $76

Electronic music producer and Black Book record label founder Chris Lake hosts a Fourth of July party beneath the Space Needle. Long known for his hype house beats, Lake curated a lineup of EDM artists including Yolanda Be Cool and Honey Luv and the likes to bring the energetic vibes back for the first time since the pandemic foiled plans.

 
Performance

Bruce

Through July 3, various | Bagley Wright Theater, $17–99

In the musical’s world premiere, a young, then-unknown Steven Spielberg travels to a sleepy fishing island off Cape Cod to film Jaws. Based on The Jaws Log, a firsthand account of the film’s making by Spielberg’s co-writer Carl Gottlieb, the show chronicles the risk and resilience required to film a classic, accompanied by an original score.

Titanish

July 15–August 7, various | Seattle Public Theater, $36

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Titanic, Rose and Jack’s romance takes to the stage in a parody adapted for Greenlake’s shoreline theater. The fast-paced, 80-minute show pairs nostalgia-inducing nineties ballads with the tale of one of the twentieth-century’s most infamous disasters.

Hamilton 

August 3–September 11, various | Paramount Theatre, $49–$299

History buffs and musical theatre aficionados, unite. The show that inspires memes and passionate singalongs stops in Seattle, and tickets are on sale now. The musical blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway to present the story of Founding-Fathers-era America, told through the biography of Alexander Hamilton. You may recognize him from the $10 bill back when we used cash. 

Film

CatVideoFest

June 34–26, various | SIFF Cinema Egyptian, $15

This feline film fest is a nonstop compilation of those cat videos grandma shares on Facebook, and we’re not complaining. The folks at SIFF sifted through countless hours of unique submissions to curate a reel of the best recent cat videos, with a portion of ticket sales going to the Progressive Animal Welfare Society. 

Festivals

Seattle Iranian Festival

June 25, 11–7pm | Armory Food & Event Hall, free

The 16th annual festival centers its theme around women this year. Dance, music, and poetry performances celebrating the contributions of women to Iranian culture and history take the spotlight, while Persian food, tea, and pastries refresh attendees. A bazaar hosts vendors selling handmade goods, and children’s activities provide themed fun and education for all ages.    

Totfest

June 25–26, various | Magnuson Park, $60–90

In an ode to the glorious potato, Seattleites have crafted an entire festival around what is perhaps the tuber’s best iteration: the tater tot. Admission scores attendees tickets to sample from over fifty beers and fifteen creative tot dishes including tequila jalapeno poppers, a dungeness crab bangkok medley, and churro tots topped with Nutella and cinnamon.

Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you tater tots. 

Readings and Lectures

PNW Womxn of Color Reading

June 30, 7–9pm | Hugo House, free

Hosted by writer and educator Anne Liu Kellor and poet Kalehua Kim, 18 women and nonbinary writers bring their short works to the stage—many for the first time. Their work spans genres, with memoir, poetry, and essays all appearing. 

Chelsea Austin

July 9, 1–4pm | Barnes and Noble Southcenter, free

Austin’s memoir chronicles her childhood on the fringes of “normal,” raised by two fathers at a time when same-sex households and surrogacy were less widely accepted. The author, life coach, and motivational speaker signs books and speaks about the process of cementing her own identity, persisting through mental health challenges, and finding self-worth and joy.

Special Events

Great Outdoors Month Celebration

June 25, 11–5pm | South Lake Union Discovery Center, free

Someone please tell the Seattle weather that June is Great Outdoors Month, and we’d really like to get outside under some sunny skies. In a rain or shine day of walk-up clinics and lessons, attendees can pick up a new hobby with instruction from experts in plein air painting, disk golf, glass terrarium planting, yoga, photography, hiking, and all the damp, muddy outdoor fun the PNW has to offer.

Seattle Pride Parade

June 26, 11am | Fourth Avenue, free

See our pride guide for details on a whole month of festivities.

Gay Bingo: Betty White Party

July 9, 7pm | Fremont Studios, $60–95

Bingo is just the beginning in an evening fueled by bites and Golden Girls–inspired cocktails. Betty White adulation abounds in the costume contest, a crowd-favorite Tops and Bottoms game heats up the rivalry, and bingo brings home prizes like Seattle Theater Group tickets, Patagonia goods, and passes to the Museum of Pop Culture.

Dance Church Popup Class

July 21, 5:30pm | Frye Art Museum, $20

People of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds, and identities can get groovy with an hour-long Dance Church movement class. Unique to this Seattle popup date, the work out–dance class hybrid will take place inside an art gallery. Loud beats and light projections replace the traditional quiet of an art museum as participants move, dance, and sweat inside the Jeremy Shaw installation with lead instructor Lavinia Vago.

Spirit Returns 2.0

Ongoing Tuesday–Saturday, 10–5pm | Duwamish Longhouse, free

The Duwamish Longhouse houses a permanent exhibit exploring the complex relationship between the Duwamish and early settlers, who together created the Seattle area we know today. Artifacts and personal stories from the Alki Point landing party can also be found at the Log House Museum.

On the Block

Every second Saturday, 1–9pm | 11th Ave and East Pike, free

The best of Capitol Hill’s Arts District, all condensed into one block-wide party each month. The creative marketplace gathers live performers, vintage clothing racks, street fashionistas, interactive artists, and vendors for a day to support sustainable opportunities for local artists and small businesses.

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