63 Fresh Ways to Celebrate Summer

Make the most of the season. Pick all the berries, drink on a rooftop, shop choice fits, rock a music fest, road trip to the beach, and so much more.

In this issue:

Arts & Culture

Day in the Life

A SAM Curator Reframes the Mysterious World of Fine Art

The Seattle Art Museum's first ever curator of South Asian art takes us along for a day of liaising with Christie's and local private collectors.

06/09/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Gorge Yourself

Music Festivals Worth a Trip

From the Gorge Amphitheatre to Fort Worden, our favorite live music destinations are coming back to life with fests like Watershed and Thing.

06/03/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Green Machine

Jim Stewart Allen, aka Broccoli Guy, Is Seattle's Biggest Sports Fan

Who's that guy waving broccoli at Mariners and Seahawks games? With a bunch in each hand, Seattle's biggest sports fan has become a staple in the stands.

05/13/2022 By Allison Williams

Prestige TV

Jean Smart's Long, Fascinating Road from Ballard to Hacks

The Seattle-born actress tours the country, in the second season of the HBO series, as Deborah Vance. But her film and drama resume’s already been there.

05/09/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Royals

Let Their Reign Really Begin

After a tumultuous first decade, our women’s pro soccer squad finally has worthy digs at Lumen Field for its lofty athletic and social justice goals.

05/06/2022 By Taylor McKenzie Gerlach

On the Page

Kim Fu Conjures Metaphorical Monsters

Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century uses the power of metaphor to more accurately portray lived experience.

04/29/2022 By Sophie Grossman

Eat & Drink

Chef's Day Off

Recipe: Taichi Kitamura’s Okonomiyaki

This Japanese savory pancake is easy to make ahead and freeze, and can be garnished with everything from tonkatsu sauce to mayo and bonito flakes.

05/26/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Brooke Fitts

Review

When Tomo Broke the Internet

The new tasting menu restaurant from the former Canlis chef defies description and draws a crowd.

05/16/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Above All

A Summer-Ready Guide to Rooftop Patios

From the Mountaineering Club in the U District to South Lake Union's Mbar, our growing number of rooftop patios let you spend the summer on high.

05/11/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Profile

The Scientific Methods of J. Kenji López-Alt

In and out of his Seattle home kitchen, The Food Lab author interrogates the chemistry of smash burgers and probes the elements of wok cooking.

02/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Home & Real Estate

Habitat

Dad, Are You Zooming in My Treehouse?

In Seattle, the backyard treehouse made a comeback, as a DIY project or the work of custom treehouse builders. But now parents want to hang, too.

06/09/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Will Austin

Best Places to Live

The Most Coveted Seattle Neighborhoods and Suburbs

In Seattle's fierce real estate market, competition is always pending. These top neighborhoods were the most competitive according to Redfin.

05/24/2022 By Angela Cabotaje

News & City Life

Somali Independence Day

Mama Sahra Isn't Going Anywhere

Somali Community Services of Seattle director Sahra Farah fights the displacement of a housing boom with a singular blend of patience and vigilance.

06/27/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Explainer

The Different Shades of Tree Equity in Seattle Neighborhoods

As Seattle summers warm, neighborhoods in South Seattle where there are fewer trees are whole degrees hotter than their northern neighbors.

06/07/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Illustrations by Gage Murrey

Obsession

Seattle's Ever-Renewing Relationship with the Public Library

Seattle Public Library chief librarian Tom Fay discusses how the pandemic changed, and strengthened, the institution's role in the community.

06/03/2022 By Zoe Sayler

Enclaves

Andrews Bay Is Where Seattle Spring Breaks All Summer Long

A tranquil Lake Washington cove next to Seward Park has become Seattle’s rowdiest summer party spot—and a Nextdoor nightmare.

05/26/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy

Feature

Let This Be the Last Time

When the So You Want to Talk About Race author designed her new home, she made sure to fill it with memories and meaning right from the start.

04/13/2022 By Allecia Vermillion Photography by Ellie Lillstrom

Feature

Seattle’s Gum Wall: An Oral History

One single story about the Pike Place Market tourist attraction's creation and evolution hasn’t stuck—until now.

03/29/2022 By Benjamin Cassidy Photography by Brandon Hill

Style & Shopping

TREND FORECAST

Shop 5 Summer Trends Fresh-Picked by Seattle Style Experts

Vegan leather Aritzia skirts, chunky Vagabond sandals, layer-ready mesh shirts, and more of what's trending in summer 2022.

06/07/2022 By Zoe Sayler Photography by Patrick Tak

How We Roll

In Seattle, Roller Skating Is a Fashion Haven

Roll Around Seatown brings stylish roller skaters together at Judkins Park.

05/20/2022 By Zoe Sayler Photography by Chona Kasinger

Travel & Outdoors

On Belay

Outdoor Rock Climbing Near Seattle

Break out the ropes and racks to climb Washington’s natural crags. Plus: The dirt behind the storyteller who created climbing's biggest podcast.

06/15/2022 By Allison Williams

Sport

Best Seattle Rock Climbing Gyms

Our indoor crags boast sky-high fake rocks and some of the best bouldering in the country. Plus: Seattle's best free outdoor rock climbing spots.

06/06/2022 By Allison Williams

Growth Potential

The Tiny Mountain Town of Mazama Gets a Little Bigger

Methow Valley residents rallied to raise a new brew pub in their small settlement. But is the quiet corner of the Cascades ready for big time tourism?

05/27/2022 By Allison Williams

Minivan Life

I Hate that I Love Seabrook

Seabrook, Washington, was built from scratch in 2005 to be the ultimate family vacation community. Is its perfection eerie or endearing?

05/24/2022 By Allecia Vermillion

Map Quest

The Long Road Trip Down Long Beach

Wander through 30 miles of southwest Washington for beach walking, kiteflying, and history, starting at Leadbetter Point State Park.

05/23/2022 By Allison Williams

Fruit Forward

The Complete Guide to Pacific Northwest Berries

How we eat and harvest our local fruits, from strawberries to huckleberries and everything sweet in between. Plus: The best fields to pick berries.

05/19/2022 By Allison Williams Photography by Carlton Canary