Showing posts with label Seattle Center. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Seattle Center. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Don't Forget Your 'Bumpershoot' This Labor Day

Named after the humble umbrella, The Bumpershoot festival is held every Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center.

Nearly 50 years of age, thousands come through the gates to enjoy music of all kinds, comedy, spoken word, dance, live theatre and more at both indoor and outdoor stages. Some of the performing act are:

Music Lineup: J. Cole, The Chainsmokers, SZA, Fleet Foxes, Lil Wayne, Illenium, Portugal The Man, RL Grime, Phoenix, Ludacris, Young Thug, Chromeo, Blondie, Cold War Kids, T-Pain, Mura Masa, Gryffin, DVSN, Rhye Bishop Briggs, Tinashe, The Revolution, Tritonal, Kelela, Lane 8, Emancipator Ensemble, Moses Sumney, Deorro, Marian Hill, AJR, Noah Gundersen, Towkio, Poolside, Superorganism, Bahamas, Bhad Bhabie, Elderbrook, Olivia O’Brien, Saweetie, Arkells, Black Pistol Fire, Yung Pinch, Cherry Glazerr, London On Da Track, Sasha Sloan, Knox Fortune, Elohim, Mt. Joy, Xavier Omar, Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, Daysormay, Ducky, Maxo Kream, Fisher, Field Report, Sloucher, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Kailee Morgue, Marc E. Bassy, The Pink Slips, Ella Vos, Jade Bird, GG Magree, BAS, Jillian Jacqueline, Duckwrth, The Regrettes, Ripe, Travis Thompson, Jack Harlow, Knife Knights, Grynch, Yuno, Jpegmafia, Cozz, LovelytheBand, Wimps, Ethan Tucker, Khanvict, Carlie Hanson, Xie, Great Grandpa, Brent Amaker the the Rodeo, Donormaal, UMII, Noodles, DJ100Proof, Mersiv, Jo Passed, BAG (Blimes X Gifted Gab, Jake Crocker, Let’s Eat Grandma, Desure, Skating Polly, Craig Jaffe, Micaiah Sawyer

Comedy and Conversation Lineup: Eugene Mirman, Last Podcast on the Left, Think It, Say It, Do It, Langston Kerman, The Omnibus Project with Ken Jennings & John Roderick, Emily Heller, Alex Edelman, Sam Jay, Josh Johnson, Liza Treyger, Shane Torres, Haunting Renditions: Plugged in with Eliot Glazer, Chris Fairbanks, On Deck with Courtney Karwal, Jamel Johnson and Mike Mulloy, Amir K., Kate Willett, Lisa Best, Off Book: The Improvised Musical with Jessica McKenna and Zack Reino, Bri Pruett, Dear Owen Wilson with Blair Socci, Kortney Shane Williams, Gavin Matts, Bad Jokes with Wilfred Padua and Hansmjustin, Sophie Buddle, Arts Corps Presents: Youth Speak Seattle, Alyssa Yeoman, Seattle Battle of the Word, Sam I’Am – They/Them.

Visual Arts Lineup: Dylan Neuwirth (Courtesy of Season), Celeste Cooning, 1 Reel Film Fest, Pottery Northwest, Everyday Black, Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center, Rockart Poster Show, Subpop Pop Up, Ames Bros. Pop-Up, Amplifier, Let’s Get Visual Visual, Alchemy Arts Collective, Art/Not Terminal Gallery

Dance Lineup:
Yogashoot: Presented by Corepower & Yogahustle, Khambatta Dance Company, Massive Monkees, Seattle Kokon Taiko, Theatre Puget Sound

All performances areas and venues and designed for all-ages, however the material shared may not be appropriate for children. However, there is a special children’s programming area for kids age 12 and under. Some areas are marked as “Emerald” or “VIP” where alcohol is allowed but children are not. This year’s Bumpershoot will be held August 31 through September 2, 2018. For tickets and other info, check out the festival's website.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Running of the Green

The F5 St. Patrick's Day Dash


The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash 5k has been a tradition in Seattle since 1985 where they say, “Run, Walk, Jog or Crawl! To Celebrate the Arrival of Spring and the Irish in us all!” This year’s race will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018 Beginning from the Seattle Center, the course winds down through downtown and back. Simple right? As motivation, there will be a giant bear garden waiting for you at the end. And the event is not just for adults either. There will be a special “Leprechaun Lap” 1 K for kids age 10 and younger too.

The F5 St. Patrick’s Day Dash benefits the Detlef Schrempf Foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities. Funds are directed to local organizations which provide critical support and services to youth in our community.

“If you haven’t been to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash before, get ready for a big party where everyone is Irish for a day! You could be passed by a human pot of gold, a 6ft 10in leprechaun, a group of beer cans, or a grown man in a tutu. With all of the costumes, the Dash is like an Irish Halloween in spring. The Post Dash Bash features live music, plenty of sponsors, great giveaways, a Costume Contest, plus the biggest St. Patrick’s Day beer garden in the region,” boast the race’s website.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Emerald City Never Looked So Green

Seattle's St. Patrick's Day Parade


Seattle's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be marching along the newly green striped path on Saturday, March 17, 2018 beginning at 12:20 p.m. for the Irish Flag Raising at the King County Administration Building (located at 500 5th Avenue) where both Irish and the U.S. National Anthems will be played. Then the parade will proceed from Jefferson up 4th Avenue to Westlake Park. Then, the party continues all weekend long (March 17-18, 2018) at the Seattle Center Armory at 305 Harrison St. for the annual Irish Festival featuring  Irish music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, Irish art exhibits, children’s activities and traditional Irish food and beverages too. You could even win a free vacation to Ireland. The event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Both events will save you some green as admission is free!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

One Step Closer to a Cure

Information about the 2017 Base 2 Space event at the Space Needle.
(Seattle Needle Foundation/Fred Hutch)


The the third time in 55-year history of the Seattle Space Needle, the public is invited to climb the tower’s 832 stairs. Why would you want to when there is a perfectly good elevator available? To raise money and awareness for cancer.

Base 2 Space is open to runner and walkers at least eight years old who will climb two open-air stairways witness 360 degree views in a way that you’ve never experienced before all the way up to the Observation Deck which sits 520 feet above the ground. Then, you’ll jump! (Okay, I’m kidding about that last part.)

One hundred percent of the money raised during the Base 2 Space event will go toward Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Each participant will pay a registration of $75 and must also raise a minimum of $175 in donations. As an added incentive, the top ten fundraisers, the fastest male and female climbers, and two additional participants chosen at random will have the opportunity walk around the Space Needle’s Halo, next April. Only a handful of people have walked the Halo since the Space Needle was built in 1962. (Participants must be 18 years old or older – and maybe a little crazy - to qualify for the Halo Walk.) The big day is Sunday, October 1, 2017 so dust off the treadmill now.

In just two short years, Base 2 Space has raised nearly $1 million for Fred Hutch! For more information and to register, visit the Base 2 Space website.

Eat Your Weight in Free Guacamole

Information on the Guac Stop at the Seattle Center.
The Guac Stop is in town! (Wholly Guacamole)


I can’t believe it either, but I have just been informed that Wholly Guacamole is touring the Seattle area with a pop-up display called The Guac Stop at the Seattle Center. Here you’ll find a guac bar with different varities of the green stuff including one branded just for Seattleites: Apple Guacamole with consists of green apple, jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and salt.

In addition to chowing down, you can spend some time learning how to macrame (seriously!) or hula hooping, get an airbrush tattoos that you don’t have to feel quilty about and get a caricature drawing of yourself – and it’s all free! The Guac Stop will be around all day Wednesday, August 9 through August 13. The Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison St., 98109. For more details, visit

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Information about the 2017 Mini Maker Faire in Seattle.


Billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” the Maker Faire is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers of all ages and backgrounds.

Organized by MoPOP, Seattle Mini Maker Faire offers tech enthusiasts, crafters, scientists, garage tinkerers, commercial makers, and inventors of all ages and backgrounds a platform to share their passion projects. Over the course of a weekend in September, guests are invited to test the latest inventions, participate in activities and talks that blend art, engineering, science, and technology from more than 130 makers.

This year’s initial lineup includes: The Big-Brained Superheroes, Tiny Houses, Makerologist Interactive Exhibits, R2 Builders Club, Making Muggle Magic, Luminescent Grand, Mario the Maker Magician, The Lumbercade, VRMakerDome, Brainfreeze, School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts, Elcano Self-Driving Tricycle and many more.

The Seattle Mini Maker Faire will be held September 16-17, 2017 from 10:00 am.-5:00 p.m. at the MoPOP and Seattle Center’s Next 50 Plaza. MoPOP is located at 325 5th Ave N, Seattle 98109. Discount tickets are available now trough September 1, 2017 online.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Summer Nights Music

Concerts at the Mural
Concerts at the Mural (Seattle Center)


KEXP and Seattle Center present Concerts at the Mural Friday nights this August starting at 5:30 p.m. and while some of the names of the bands playing sound otherwise, all performances are considered “family friendly.”

“Take advantage of the warm summer nights and take in the tunes from some of KEXP's favorite artists. The four FREE all-ages shows are tailored to the culturally curious who seek to discover the best of the area’s independent music scene. Come early to get your seats, enjoy the beer/wine garden, and visit our sponsor booths.”

Concerts will be held in front of the mosaic mural at the Seattle Center (located at 305 Harrison St., Seattle 98109) a short distance from The Armory so you can pick up some food to go, spread out a blanket and get ready to rock on August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2017. The Seattle Center is located at Admission is free and seating is “first come, first served” so come early. If a show cannot happen outdoors due to rain, it will be moved to the Gathering Space at KEXP's home at Seattle Center. For cancellation information/updates, call 206-684-7200.

This year’s music line up includes:
  • August 4: The Helio Sequence, Summer Cannibals and COSMOS
  • August 11: Telekinesis and Haley Heynderickx
  • August 18: Thunderpussy, Surprise Guest and The Courtneys
  • August 25: The Maldives, Industrial Revelation and Emma Lee Toyoda

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Color Run Dream Tour Dashes Through Seattle

2017 Color Run Dream Tour Seattle
The Color Run Dream Run 


The 2017 Color Run Dream Tour comes to town on May 14 with the inspirational Dream Wall, giant inflatable unicorns, the Foam Zone and Purple Color Zone. Yes, this is a race where you pay to have strangers pelt you with colored powders which stains the white t-shirt you’re wearing to keep as a keepsake after all is said and done. Every participant receives a t-shirt, a color runner headband, unicorn finisher’s medal and color packet.

After signing up online, come a day early on Saturday, May 13, 2017 for the “Check In Party” from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Then, come early the next day for the “Pre-Race Party” with music, dancing, warm up stretching and even prizes. People will begin to line up at 8:00 a.m. with waves leaving every few minutes through 8:45 a.m.

Both the “Check in Party” and the race itself will be held at the Seattle Center located at 305 Harrison St., Seattle 98109.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Free Games? What’s Not to Love?

iFEST 2017 at the Seattle Center


The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (who knew that there was such an academy?) will host the 2017 iFEST at the Seattle Center on Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the main floor of the Armory.

The iFEST is a free festival devoted to indie games of all kinds including video, board and cards and you and guests are invited to try out the newest arrivals created by indie game developers. Other activities include industry speakers and an opportunity to cast a vote for your favorite game via the “People’s Choice” award. Register here to receive free entry to the event.

If you are an indie game developer and want to feature your game at iFEST, contact Pete Huff at or Kirsten Ugalde at

The Seattle Center Armory is located at 305 Harrison St. 98109.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

8th Annual Belgian Fest Located in New Venue

(Washington Beer)


If all beer pretty much tastes the same to you, then this isn’t your event. However, if you consider yourself a connoisseur of such amber-colored ales, you may enjoy attending the 8th Annual Belgian Fest at Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion on Saturday, January 28, 2017.

Over 100 Belgian-styled beers (those brewed with Belgian yeast) will be hightlighted at the event. Admission fee includes a tasting glass and 10 tasting tokens. Each taste is 4 oz. Food will also be available (for an additional cost) at a variety of local food trucks. Session times are 12:00-4:00 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $37 in advance or $45 at the door. The event encourages attendees to bring a designated driver who can get into the event for just $5 which includes soda and/or water. Of course, the event is only open to those age 21 and up and only registered service dogs will be allowed so leave Fido at home with the kids. Separate tickets are required for each session. The Washington Beer Commission encourages you to designate a driver or take public transportation to Belgian Fest.

The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center is located at 305 Harrison St. 98109 and tickets may be purchased here.

Friday, December 23, 2016

New Year’s Eve Party Under the Arches: Spectra 2017

Spectra 2017
(Pacific Science Center)

For those who only thought that the Pacific Science Center was for the kids – you’re wrong. SPECTRA 2017 is a New Year Eve “science” party for those age 21 and older. Now in its fourth year, the party begins at 9:00 p.m. and runs until 2:00 a.m. Those who choose the Infrared Level will enjoy an unobstructed view of the Space Needle fireworks, DJs from KEXP, multiple dance floors, after-hours access to most of the Center’s exhibits (with the exception of the Sherlock Holmes exhibit), live science shows, planetarium shows, laser shows, games, a variety of entertainment, cash bars with beer, wine, wells, champagne and specialty cocktails, party favors, photobooth and of course a coatcheck, which you'll want to take advantage of when you go outside to see the fireworks shooting off the Needle.

Spectra 2017
Tickets are $80 ($75 for Pacific Science Center Members) and can be purchased online and tables that seat ten can be reserved by calling (206) 443-3611.

The Pacific Science Center is located on the grounds of the Seattle Center at 200 2nd Ave. North, Seattle, 98109.