Showing posts with label Special Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Special Events. Show all posts

Monday, March 18, 2019

Juggler Shares His Experience On the Ice with Cirque du Soleil

Juggler Jorge Petite in Cirque du Soleil's "Crystal."
 (Photo by Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt)
For those who already have trouble walking and chewing gum at the same time, try to imagine ice skating while juggling. Fortunately, that feat has already been mastered by Jorge Petite so that you don’t have to. Jorge appears in the amazing traveling show, Crystal by Cirque du Soleil coming to Everett from April 10-14, 2019.

I got a chance to meet Jorge and Julie Desmarais, a publicist for the show, to discuss this unlikely combination of ice skating and acrobatics. For Jorge, his story started in 2002 when he took ups juggling as a hobby in Chile.

“I just wanted to learn how to juggle three balls and then I started learning tricks from videos I found on the internet and then it became a very serious hobby,” he tells me. “I think five years after that I started doing acts and started performing a little bit. Thirteen years after that I went to École Nationale De Cirque (National Circus School) in Quebec and then started my professional career.”

I saved him from the jokes that I heard others commenting on that he must not have done a lot of ice skating while growing up in Chile, which then got me thinking. I wondered what the most annoying question people ask him was.

“If I juggle chainsaws,” he says. “They always ask me that.”

So, while Jorge may not risk his life, he is still pretty much a daredevil.

Jorge learned how to ice skate during the creation of Crystal about a year and a half ago and about three months before the soft premiere in Lafayette, Louisiana. And he wasn’t the only one. The whole crew had to learn how to ice skate for the company’s 42nd creation.

(Photo by Matt Beard / Costumes: Marie-Chantale Vaillancourt)
Unlike traditional circus show, this production has a storyline about a girl named Crystal trying to find her place in this world and finds it by diving into her own world of imagination. She’s young, creative and misunderstood by others. Her journey begins at a frozen pond where she sees her reflection and then falls through the ice. There, she finds herself in an upside down world where her reflection leads her to path to awaken her own creativity.

“The show Crystal is about looking at things from fresh angles, peeking through the veneer of everyday life, reframing one’s daily reality to see what one might have missed. Sometimes the only way to appreciate things is to look at them sideways,” says the show’s press materials.

So, how did this whole concoction of mixing ice with acrobatics come about? Cirque Du Soleil is known for always pushing the boundaries and creating a show on ice seemed like the next natural step for the company.

“We had to do a bit of research to see how we could implement acrobatics with ice skating,” says Julie. “We also did some workshops with ice skating coaches like Kurt Browning as well as acrobatic coaches and we experimented a lot of new things to see how this could be really possible.”

Jorge is just one of 43 performers in the show which includes trapeze artists, BMX ice bike riders, a clown and a three-person live band. The cast is about half acrobats and half ice skaters coming together as an ensemble performance.

Despite what you might think, Julie assures me that Crystal will present the same quality show usually found under their big top. Everything from the stage to the lights travels with this show in 17 semi-truck trailers traveling to more areas so that more people can experience a Cirque du Soleil show. In total, there are 90 people from 20 different countries that travel with the show for 10-12 weeks at a time. They take two weeks off and then hit the road again for about 300 shows a year.

Crystal will be presented in Everett at the Angel of the Winds Arena for eight shows over the span of five days from April 10-14, 2019. Shows will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 12:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday before the hit the road again. Tickets start at $109 and can be purchase online. The arena is located at 2000 Hewitt Ave., Everett, WA 98201.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Cirque Du Soleil “Wows” With New Show

Review of Cirque Du Soleil's "Volta."
Volta (photo credit: Patrice Lamoureux)
A few things you can always count on when watching a Cirque Du Soleil performance: The show will always be artsy, the acts will always be amazing, the costumes will be crazy and there will almost always be some weirdness involved. Volta, the circus company’s traveling show here for a limited time features all of those elements but this show is probably one of the most family-friendly shows that features stunts that “real” kids could master themselves if they work hard at it.

Focusing a lot on extreme sports this time around, Volta attempts to share a storyline about a young teenager who doesn’t fit in with the usual crowd who march in unison staring at the cell phones all wearing the same grey clothes. He attempts to show off his talent for the “Mr. Wow Show” only to be laughed at off the stage. (The cast and crew of the “Mr. Wow Show” look like they just stepped out of “The Hunger Games” movie) He is then befriended by a group of (literally) colorful characters who don’t dress or act alike and convince him that he is more like them. Or something.

Review of Cirque Du Soleil's "Volta."
(Photo: Michael Kass)
Volta is said to be “about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.” While this production is incredible, the storytelling is confusing at best. Many of the acts do not fit into this theme either, which is fine really. Just don’t expect to be moved by the message. Instead, be surprised by how many times you say “wow” out loud watching the show.

Volta is Cirque du Soleil’s 41’st original show since 1984 and 18th featured under the “big top.” This particular show features artists from the USA, Canada, Finland, Brazil, Italy, Uruguay, Australia, Japan, France, the UK, Russia, China, South Africa, Slovakia, Cambodia and Poland. The costumes that they wear were designed by Zaldy Godo who has done work for the likes of Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears and others. The set is simply a circle with the audience sitting up closer than the usual performance.

Review of Cirque Du Soleil's "Volta."
(Photos: Michael Kass and BenoitZ)
Andrey Kislitsin from Russia plays Mr. Wow who is also the show’s resident clown. He is a young clown who masters older clown techniques. Kids will love this guy who is not only funny, but sweats buckets during his routines. As for the acts, there is a nice mix of things you’ve never seen or thought possible and surprisingly, they aren’t perfect. But what makes this show so great is that when an artist fails on their mission, they are encouraged for their fellow artists and the audience alike to try it again. When they do and succeed, the crowd goes wild. Everyone watching is rooting for all of the performers to win.

Volta’s show’s acts includes:

The Mr. Wow Show
Featuring amazing rope skipping tricks, a man spinning around in a giant ring and larger-than-life costumed judges.

Meeting Ela
This is when the cool, colorful kids coming in performing a bunch of street sports including roller skates and an amazing unicycle act.

Review of Cirque Du Soleil's "Volta."
(Photo: Michael Kass and BenoitZ)
Guardian Angel in the City
Pawel Walczewski performs what is called the “Acro Lamp,” which looks like dining room table that he glides around in the air upon.

Rise & Shine
A bunch of characters jumping on large trampoline and bouncing off the walls. One of the best acts of the night.

Mr. Wow’s Nightmare
The clown attempts to do laundry with some trouble.

This is one unusual act that features a BMX bike rider and a ballet dancer and surprisingly, it works.

Review of Cirque Du Soleil's "Volta."
Perhaps my favorite act of the night included dropping two women from the ceiling on bungees alternating with eight guys swinging on Swiss rings and doing flips.

Leaving the City
Two performers do a balancing act on a contraption called the acrobatic ladder that folds up.

Urban Jungle
This fun act features a group of performers jumping through various shapes at different heights.

La Page
Mr. Wow goes to the beach.

This “hair-raising” performance is just incredible. Danila Bim from Brazil flies around the big top by her hair! Besides looking painful, it was a beautiful production. (Don’t try this at home.)

The kid shows his stuff in a contemporary dance act

An amazing performance featuring a bunch of BMX bike riders and glass-paneled ramps the turn on the giant turntable.

Overall, Volta isn’t as extravagant as previous shows. It does feature fire or water effects, but it does feature a large turntable and some clever set designs. Instead of the usual big closing number/production, Volta only features the cast to run out around the stage, wave and then run back. It was a bit disappointing, but overall, this is another show not to be missed.

Volta continues playing at Marymoor Park through November 4, 2018 with tickets starting at $39. (Tickets can be purchased online here.) Marymore Park is also changing $20 for parking. Marymoor Park is located at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Cirque Du Soleil Returns with “Volta”

"Volta" will perform at Marymoor Park this fall. (Cirque Du Soleil)
While the circus days of Barnum and Bailey and live animals are now gone, we still have Cirque Du Soleil and all of the acrobat feats that come with it.

Returning once again to Marymoor Park this fall, Volta is described as “the ultimate achievement” according to Cirque Du Soleil.

“Volta is a captivating voyage of discovery,” says the press materials. “It’s about finding yourself, and unveiling your personal powers. Inspired in part by the adventurous spirit that fuels the culture of street sports, the show weaves acrobatics in a visually striking world driven by a stirring melodic score.”

This year’s show appears to be a bit different from previous ones as this one has a storyline involving a gameshow contestant who is apparently ashamed of himself because he’s different. He searches for fame in hopes of receiving love and acceptance from others, but of course that is not the solution.
Volta is said to be “about being true to oneself, fulfilling one’s true potential, and recognizing one’s own power to make it possible. Ultimate freedom comes with self-acceptance, and with the liberation of the judgement of others.”

Acts Include:

Acro Lamp
An aerial artist flies in long sweeping arcs. Hanging on with his hands or feet, he swings and spins gracefully using the light to metaphorically illuminate the journey of the character.

Hand to Hand
Two colourful acrobats perform a daring hand to hand duo while rolling on a unicycle as part of a striking group choreography.

Shape Diving
In an electric, urban atmosphere, artists tumble and jump through shapes, sometimes feet first, sometimes backwards, sometimes bent in half, even adding breakdancing and hip-hop-style moves into the mix.

Five riders invade the stage to deliver a jaw-dropping, fast and furious performance of nonstop acrobatics on wheels.

Flatland & Ballet Duo
Coming from disciplines that seem worlds apart, two artists create mirror-like images in a mesmerizing synchronized choreography.

Rope Skipping
With an urban, hip hop attitude, they tumble, flip, and perform handstand hops through the spinning ropes

Acrobatic Ladder
Artists climb on two giant articulated ladders pivoting on stage. They execute stunning acrobatic figures while spinning majestically over the audience.

Volta will be playing at the park from September 7 through November 4, 2018 with tickets starting at $39. (Bring some extra cash with you as the park usually charges extra for parking,) Tickets can be purchased online here. Marymoor Park is located at 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Doin' the Puyallup Once Again

Washington State Fair
Washington State Fair
You’d better wake up early and pace yourself if you plan on seeing everything The Washington State Fair in Puyallup has to offer including a rodeo, exhibits, special presentations, concerts, rides, food, animals, arts and crafts, kids fun, over 700 vendors and of course - scones. The Washington State Fair is in operation August 31 through September 23, 2018 and open every day except Tuesdays and Wednesday, September 5. The fairgrounds are located at 110 9th Ave. SE, Puyallup, WA 98371.

The Basics
Mon-Thu. 10:30 A.M.-9:30 p.m., Fri. 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. (Closed Tuesdays and September 5)

General admission (ages 13-61) is $14, Children ages 6-12 get in for $11 and those younger than that get in for free! Seniors (ages 62+) get in for $11.

Parking: Mon.-Fri. $10, Sat.-Sun. $15

What to See
The following will be on site at the fair every day this year: Fair Farm, Grange Displays, Discover the Dinosaurs ($7 additional), Hobby Hall, Home Arts, Northwest Outdoors, Outpost 47, Pioneer Experience 1880’s Variety Show, Planting Patch, Sillyville Rides, The Farm at Sillyville, Timber Gulch, Tractor Tracks, Tumbleweed Crossing Comedy Wild West Gunfight Stunt Show, Woolriders Only Mutton Busting.

Washington State Fair
Cirque Ma’Ceo Equestrian Stunt Show
Special Limited Events:
Urban Farm and Garden: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3
Cirque Ma’Ceo Equestrian Stunt Show: Aug. 31-Sept. 3 ($7 additional)
Run the Puyallup: Sept. 1
World’s Biggest Bounce House: Sept. 6-9
Animals of the World: Sept. 6-12
Seahawks’ Ultimate Fan Contest: Sept. 23
Seahawks’ Ultimate Tailgate: Sept. 23
Thirsty Thursdays at Brew Park: Thursdays
Fireworks Spectacular: Fridays

Washington State Fair
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
This Year's Concerts:
Aug. 1: Chicago at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Khalid at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 2: Florida Georgia Line at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3: Lost 80’s Live at 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 7: Scotty McCreery at 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 8: Jamey Johnson at 9:00 p.m.
Sept. 10: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: Seal at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: Boy George and Culture Club at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: Terry Fator at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: Toby Keith at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 16: Fiestas Patrias
Sept. 17: Lauren Daigle at 7:30 p.m.
Washington State Fair
The classic wooden coaster
Sept. 19: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts/Cheap Trick at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20: Brett Eldredge at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 21: Macklemore at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 22: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 23: Rascal Flatts at 7:30 p.m.

Deals and Discounts
The Washington State Fair offers a large selection of deals and discounts throughout its run. You can find them all here. For discounts on rides, check here.

For more complete information regarding this year’s fair, visit the website.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What You'll Miss If You Skip Seafair 2018

(Photo: Sterling Yun)


The Seattle Seafair Weekend Festival has been in operation since 1950. This year, it promises to be just as much fun (if not more) than it was 69 years ago. Sure, some of the sights and sounds have changed, but the spirit of the festival continues to impress and entertain every year. This year’s festival will take place on August 3-5, 2018 at Genesee Park (4316 S Genesee St, Seattle, WA 98118) with festivities happening in the air as well as on the water each day from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Boeing Air Show Featuring the Blue Angels
The Boeing Seafair Air Show features those men in blue performing acrobatic stunts and demonstrations with twists, turns, flips (and hopefully not flops) by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, A10 Jet, A-10 Thunderbolt Warthog, P-51 Mustang Warbird, Mike Wiskus Aerobatic Stunt Plane, Brad Wuersten Aerobatic Stunt Plane, PBY Catalina also known as the American flying boat, the Port Angeles US Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a bunch more.

Albert Lee Appliance Cup Featuring H1 Hydroplane Racing
The Albert Lee Appliance Cup is the third oldest unlimited race site. Hydroplanes sort of “fly” above the water by a principle of fluid dynamics known as “planing." Only a small part of these ship’s hull actually touches the water during the race! Definitely a must see event.

Other Events
Other events happening this year at the 2018 Seafair Weekend include the Graham Trucking Seafair Cup, the Hyperlite World Class Wakeboarding competition, Monster Energy's BMX Stunt Bikes, the Kids Zone with inflatables and game and more!

Dates, Times, Tickets and All That Jazz
This year’s festival happens August 3-5, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Single day admission ticket are $30 if purchased before August 2, 2018. Ticket prices increase to $40 at the gate. The 3-Day Festival Championship Admission is $75. Youth (ages 6-12) and Seniors (age 62 and up) are just $10 each.

Grandstand Seating on Friday is $30 and $60 on Saturday and Sunday (each day). Friday’s Captain’s Club Seating is $125 and the Captain’s Club Seating for Saturday and Sunday is $150 (each day). Pit Passes are $10.

Active duty, reserve, & retired military may enter Seafair Weekend Festival for free by presenting their Military ID badge at the special Boeing & Military entry gate at Genesee Park. Active duty, reserve, & retired military may also purchase additional reduced price general admission tickets at the gate for $20 per ticket, per day.

Log Boom Tickets
Arguably the best view of the hydroplanes races and the Blue Angels is from what is known as the Seafair Log Boom. Space is limited and tickets are pricey, but if you’re in the mood to splurge (and a lot of people do) here’s your chance.

The Best 4th of July Events in Seattle

Best 4th of July activities in Seattle

While more cities and towns are banning personal fireworks, their Independence Day events are getting bigger and better every year providing safe, fun and (often times) free family celebrations. Here is a list of where to check out this year. All are expected to have a large attendance, so the earlier you arrive the better. Also, don't plan to leave in a hurry either. Be sure to pack up your patience you when pack up your picnic supplies.

More than 60,000 people are expected to attend and roam around the 20-acre park for the 27th annual Bellevue Family 4th presented by The Bellevue Collection. The free festivities include live music, kid’s activities, family entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show set to a performance by the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.The runs from 2:00-10:30 p.m. at Bellevue Downtown Park located at 10201 N.E. 4th St. Complimentary parking will be available at The Bellevue Collection beginning at 6:00 p.m. More info>>> 

For 111 years, the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce has sponsored this all-day party event which begins at 10:00 a.m. Festivities for the day include a 5K Beat Brackett Fun Run, two evening parades, food trucks, live music, dancing and of course fireworks beginning at 10:00 p.m. at Civic Field located at 6th Ave. N. More Info>>>

Begin the day off at the Colors of Freedom Parade beginning at 11:00 a.m. down Colby and Wetmore Avenue in downtown. Lots of marching bands, floats and more. Then, head to Legion Park for the Freedom Festival held from 1:00-11:00 p.m.Free kids’ activities, food fair, beer garden and live music. The Thunder on the Bay fireworks show begins at 10:20 p.m. More Info>>>

Federal Way
Federal Way's Red, White and Blues Festival will be held at Celebration Park located at 1095 S. 324th St. beginning at 3:00 p.m. Enjoy entertainment, games, arts and craft and more. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. or so. More info>>>

The Fourth of July Splash will be held on the shores of Lake Meridian Park located at 14800 SE 272nd St., a full day of fun is planned beginning at 12:00 noon with bouncy houses, T-Bird Puck and Shoot, food booths, old-fashioned games, pie-eating contests and live entertainment all day long. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info>>>

Celebrating the 4th in Kirkland is an all-day affair. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., children will decorate and prepare for the Children’s parade which begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by the Old Fashioned Downtown parade at noon. Then, head on over to Marina Park at 1:00 p.m. to picnic or purchase food from local vendors. Live music begins at 5:00 p.m. and the day finishes up with fireworks at 10:15 p.m. More Info>>>

LakewoodLakewood’s Freedom Fest will be celebrated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Cowan and Memorial Stadiums from 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. with a carnival, car show, roving entertainers, live music, lots of food vendors and more. More Info >>>

Celebrate the 4th from 6:00-10:00 p.m. at Lake Boren Park with food, live music and fireworks starting at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

Renton’s Fabulous 4th of July kicks things off early at 7:00 a.m. Festivities will be held at the Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park located at 1201 Lake Washingon Blvd. N. The Sand Blast Volleyball Tournament will go on from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.n. at the YMCA, KidZone activities including inflatables and face-painting will be held at Walmart from Noon-8:00 p.m., live music will be presented from 12:30-9:30 p.m. and the fireworks show will begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

SeaTac’s Family Fourth of July will be held at Angle Lake Park located at 19408 International Blvd. featuring a spray park, bouncy houses, live music and more from 11:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fireworks begin at 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

The mother of all Independence Day events, the Seafair Summer 4th will be celebrated at both Gas Works Park from Noon-11:00 p.m. and Lake Union Park from 4:00-11:00 p.m. Both events are free but if you’d like reserved seating for the spectacular fireworks show, that is available as well. Lots of food vendors and a beer garden and live music. The All-American Games in Gas Works Park will feature pie-eating contests, sack races and more. The legendary fireworks show begins at 10:20 p.m. featuring 8,500 pounds of fireworks, so leave your sparklers at home. More Info >>>

Tacoma celebrates its 40th year of the Freedom Fair, Car and Air Show held at the Tacoma Narrows Airport (located at 4109 E-7 Bridgeport Way, University Place, WA 98466) from 10:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. The event features seven stages of live entertainment, an air show, multiple car shows, honoring of military heroes and international food marketplace. Fireworks to begin around 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

Family 4th at the Fort will be held from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m. at Fort Dent Park located at 6800 Fort Dent Way, Tukwila, 98188. Special event activities begin at 4:00 p.m. with inflatables, live music, food vendors, games and more. Fireworks begin at about 10:00 p.m. More Info >>>

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get Your Geek On

Geekwire Bash will be held on March 15, 2017.


Now in its 7th year, Seattle’s Geekwire Bash is just the ticket for techies. Held at the CenturyLink Events Center, the event features video games, arcades, beer pong, ping-pong, dodgeball, sumo wrestling, cornhole and foosball tables at “Seattle’s biggest, geekiest tech party.” But its more than just fun and games, it’s a unique experience for men and women and mix and mingle with hundreds of other people just like you in the tech community.

Geekwire Bash 2018 event will be held on Thursday, March 15 from 3:00 to 9:00 p.m. and as much as kids would love to go, this is a 21+ event. Tickets start at $69 ad can be purchased here. The CenturyLink Events Center is located at 800 Occidental Ave. S., 98134.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Best Wine and Food Event in Seattle

Taste Washington


Billed as the “most delicious event of the year,” Taste Washington is four days spreading the virtues of the state’s very best wine and food. It also boasts of being the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. Sip exclusive pours from world-class vintners, eat gourmet bites from some of the nation’s most-talented chefs and even partake in private food and farm tours – all for the pleasure of your taste buds. Running from March 22-28, 2018, Taste Washington features over 235 wineries, 65 restaurants and 60 culinary exhibitors with most of the events happening at CenturyLink Events Center.

This year’s lineup includes:

Red and White Party: Thursday, March 22
Held at the renowned AQUA by El Gaucho on Seattle’s waterfront, this event features top Washington winemakers pouring only their top bottles. And to make the night extra special, everything you’ll taste is exclusively available at the Red & White Party only, which means you won’t find these wines anywhere else at Taste Washington. Guests are encouraged to wear red and white as well.

On the Farm: Friday, March 23
Learn how Seattle’s restaurants come to serve some of the freshest bounty the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Explore the region’s best products alongside local chefs, winemakers and farmers as they lead you through a carefully curated farm excursion where you’ll have the chance to tour the property and then hear directly from chefs and winemakers as they serve a sensational lunch made from farm-fresh ingredients.

The New Vintage: Friday, March 23
Sample exquisite Washington wines and discover new favorites as you chat with celebrity chefs and sample gourmet bites. Grab your closest friends and dance the night away, but don’t forget to pay a visit to the popular Rosé Lounge for a tasty glass of pink before the evening ends.

Taste and Savor Tours: Saturday, March 24
Eat your way through Pike Place Market, during this early morning food tour tasting locally-made specialties and meeting one-on-one with eight market vendors. Nibble on breakfast biscuits and maple-bacon donuts, catch a fish at the famous Pike Place Fish stand, and discover hidden gems even locals don’t know about.

Grand Tasting: Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Watch celebrity chefs flaunt their culinary skills on the Alaska Mileage Plan Chef’s Stage, slurp freshly-shucked oysters at AQUA by El Gaucho’s oyster bar, and of course, sip and savor tastes from the region’s best wineries and restaurants during this two-day event.

Seminars: Saturday & Sunday, March 24-25
Enhance your knowledge of Washington wine with insight directly from the experts. Hear from top winemakers, Master Sommeliers and national wine personalities at these engaging and educational seminars, which explore what makes Washington State a world-class winegrowing region.

Sunday Brunch: Sunday, March 25
A brilliant Seattle musician will be paired with two amazing chefs to create a very special event, exclusive for festival goers. Join us at Quality Athletics before the Grand Tasting on Sunday to see what happens when music and food collide. Our three celebrities will collaborate on a menu and a playlist – served up with Grey Goose Bloody Marys and St~Germain Brunch Cocktails.

Naturally, this is a 21 and over event and tickets range from $45 to a whopping $585 depending on your “tastes.” Tickets can be purchased online. The CenturyLink Field Events Center is located at 1000 Occidental Ave. S. in Seattle.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Seattle Bike Show and Outdoor & Adventure Expo


Held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center, two shows come together for one exciting time. The Outdoor Gear & Adventure Expo combines some interactive fun with more than 100 exhibitors from the Pacific Northwest. Here you can try out a 250’ Zip Line, climbing wall, bike pump track, beer garden and take in a number of great speakers and presenters. Meanwhile, the Seattle Bike Show features the best of biking with over 75 different exhibitors promising to offer some of the lowest prices for various gear along with some well-known speakers and presenters. You’ll be able to test out new bikes in the test ride area (there’s one for kids too!), enjoy a performance by Ride & Glide Professional BMX Stunt Team and more. It’s all happening Saturday, March 3 (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, March 4 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) at the CenturyLink Field Event Center which is located at 800 Occidental Ave. S., 98134. Tickets are $12 and those age 17 and under get in free. Tickets are good for both shows.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bungy Jump Naked for Mental Illness


The Naked Bungy Jump for BCSS is an important fundraising event for the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society, Victoria branch. Now in its twelfth year, the weekend continues to be a leading contribution of funds that help individuals living with schizophrenia and psychosis. During the event at WildPlay Element Parks in Nanaimo – participants will leap 150-­‐feet wearing nothing but a show of support.

Get more than $200 worth of pledges and you can jump for free! Money raised during the jump will go toward helping British Columbia Schizophrenia Societies of Victoria and Nanaimo give mental health assistance to more than 2300 people this year (half* of whom may not have other support from friends, co-workers, or family). That includes all kinds of youth, advocacy, and awareness programs about schizophrenia – as well as individual and family support.

The event will be held February 17 and 18, 2018 at WildPlay located at 35 Nanaimo River Rd., Nanaimo, BC V9X 1S5. You must be 18 years of age or older and NO PHOTOGRAPHY will be allowed on site during the event to ensure the privacy of participants. However, those participating can receive photos of their jump from a professional photographer for free afterward via email if you dare. Snacks including s’mores will be available to purchase on site.

Click here for full information.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

The Blind Café: Not Your Normal Date

The Blind Cafe 2018
The Blind Cafe comes to Seattle in February. (The Blind Cafe)


To date, The Blind Café has treated over 15,000 people who have wined and dined in the dark. It is facilitated by legally blind staff and designed to change the way you “see” the world. The award-winning community awareness event includes a concert, dinner and discussion all in the dark.

“This is NOT just another dinner in the dark…it’s a community experience where people connect, learn and break bread together without their visual conditioning, social etiquette and cell phones,” says the creators.

The vegan and gluten-free dinner is created by a professional chef using ingredients from local farms and businesses. The Q&A discussion is between the guests and the keynote speakers and servers. The concert is something else.

“Ever wonder what it like to experience a live music performance in complete pitch darkness? These unique and intimate performances bridge the gap between the artist and their audience as they're empowered to participate in an active music listening experience, in the complete and total pitch dark! Learn what it was like to experience live music without the distraction of your visual conditioning, social etiquette and cells phones.”

The Seattle Blind Café event will take place February 8-10, 2018 with two shows each night at 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. at Nalanda West, 3902 Woodland Park Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103. Tickets are $95 person and sell out fast. For tickets or more information, visit The Blind Café website. Hope to not see you there.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Where to Find Santa Claus in Seattle


The jolly old elf is easy to spot when you're not looking for him, but can be difficult to find when you are! Here is where he'll be hanging out now through Christmas Eve:

Macy's Downtown Seattle (3rd Floor), 300 Pine St., Seattle, 98181 - (206) 506-6915
  • Dec. 4-7: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 8-23:  9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m.

Nordstrom Downtown Seattle 500 Pine St. Seattle, WA 98101 - (206) 628-2111
Dec. 4-9: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 10: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Dec. 11-16: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 17: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Dec. 18-23: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Dec. 24: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Pacific Place Mall in Downtown Seattle
600 Pine St., Seattle, WA 98101 – (206) 405-2655

  • Dec. 4-9: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-15: 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 16: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 18-22: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 23: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Westfield Southcenter Mall, 2800 Southcenter Mall, Seattle 98188 - (206) 246-0423
  • Dec. 4-9: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-21: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 22-23 – 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 – 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle, 98125 - (206) 362-4778
  • Dec. 4-7: 10 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 8-9: 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-15: 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 16: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 18-23: 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Bellevue Square (Second level, center court) 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue 98004 - (206) 783-5227
  • Dec. 4-9: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 11-14: 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 15-16: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 17: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 18-21: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Dec. 22-23: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 24: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

    Alderwood Mall, 3000 184th St. SW, Lynnwood, 98037 - (425) 967-8994
    • Dec. 4-9: 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
    • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 1-14: 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
    • Dec. 15-23: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 24: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way, Everett, 98208 - (425) 355-1771
    • Dec. 4-8: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 9: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 10: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 11-15: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
    • Dec. 16-24: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.

      Country Village 23718 Bothell Everett Hwy., Bothell, WA 98021 – (425) 483-2250

      • Dec. 4-9: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 10: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 11-15: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 16: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 17: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 18-23: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 24: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

      Redmond Town Center 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98052 – (425) 869-2640

      • Dec. 4-8: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 9: 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 10: 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 11-15: 10:00 a.m-8:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 16-17: 9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 18-22: 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 23: 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
      • Dec. 24: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

      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.

      Tuesday, July 11, 2017

      It’s All About the Art

      Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
      Seattle Art Fair (Seattle Art Fair)


      The Seattle Art Fair is a one-of-a-kind destination for the best in modern and contemporary art and a showcase for the vibrant arts community of the Pacific Northwest.

      The 2017 Seattle Art Fair will share artwork from 88 exhibitors, from 26 cities from 9 countries! This includes 50 galleries from the Pacific Rim. The fair brings together the region’s strong collector base; local, national, and international galleries; area museums and institutions; and an array of innovative public programming.

      Funded in 2015 by Paul G. Allen, this year’s fair includes these highlights:

      Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
      Nancy Rubins, Study: Big Edge, 2009. 
      (Photo by Rob Ebeltoft) 
      Nancy Rubins
      Nancy Rubins, whose monumental assemblages are typically presented formally in institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, will present a selection of studies of her large- scale sculptures at the fair. She is presenting a meta study of her work, scaled down for the viewer—in the work, 1 ½ inch equals 1 foot.

      Sean Townley
      Sculptor Sean Townley will install his large floor-based sculpture, 7 Diadems (2016), at the fair. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with these boulder-size copies of partial head molds made from a monumental ancient sculpture of the Roman Juno.

      Information about the 2017 Seattle Art Fair.
      Sean Townley, 7 Diadems, 2016.
       (Photo by Jeff Mclane)
      Erika Vogt
      Erika Vogt’s Pool (2017) will transform Seattle’s historic Union Station into a multifaceted installation of sculpture, video and performance inspired by the train station itself as well as Korean spas, creating a space for rest and resistance for the public.

      The Seattle Art Fair will be held at the CenturyLink Field Event Center located at 1000 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle 981034 from August 4-6. The fair will be open from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Admission $50 for a 3-day ticket, $20 for a 1-day ticket for adults, $5 1-day tickets for teens and those age 12 and under get in free! For more information, visit the Seattle Art Fair website.

      Monday, June 5, 2017

      Milk Carton Derby is Coming Soon!

      Seafair Milk Carton Derby


      “Drink your milk – we need more cartons!” is the cry of parents everywhere in the Puget Sound as the annual Seafair Milk Carton Derby (presented by Safeway/Albertsons) is coming soon. Since 1972, people of all ages have been putting their skills to the test to not only build a floating device out of milk cartons, but making it sea-worthy and racing it to boot. Each year, Green Lake sees about 100 of these vessels created by children, adults, families and businesses competing for prizes and of course, bragging rights. And if you have no idea on how to go about building a boat, a special boat-building demonstration will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

      Even if the last you thing you want to do is building something out of milk cartons, the event is a kick to see in person, which is kind of a big deal with music, food vendors, exhibit booths, Seafair personalities a maybe a free sample or two.

      The Lucerne Seafair Milk Carton Derby will held on July 15, 2017 at Green Lake from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. While admission is free, there is a $25 registration fee for those wanting to compete which includes four t-shirts. Those wanting to promote their business with a vessel, the registration fee is $250. Registration is free for military. Additional t-shirts are $23. The registration deadline is June 23, 2017.

      Categories for race include Youth (13 and younger), Adult (14 and over), Family (mixed age division), Military, Commercial, Non-Profits and Groups and Team Challenge (which is by invitation only).

      Green Lake is located at 225 NE 65th St., Seattle 98115. For more information, including where you can pick up empty milk cartons for the big day, visit the Seafair website.

      Thursday, June 1, 2017

      This Bounce House Race is For Big Kids

      The Great Inflatable Race 2017
      (The Great Inflatable Race)


      Hey mom and dad – how many times have you envied your kids going into those bounce houses and having a great ol’ time? Well, now it’s payback time, baby.

      The Great Inflatable Race is part race/part obstacle course and all fun. This one is just for you where you can jump, dive and bounce on the custom-designed inflatables. So let your inner Tigger go wild.

      According to the producers, “The Great Inflatable Race is the first and original all inflatable obstacle fun run that uses giant inflatables spread throughout the running course. You'll start the race climbing one of our inflatables and then race your friends and family to the next inflatable obstacle. This bouncy course contains between 8-10 massive inflatables that will bounce, bump and slide you all over the place! You'll finish the race with a perfect photo op on our final inflatable, and after a nice refreshing drink, you can check out our awesome Inflatable Village.”


      The Great Inflatable Race will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Lake Sammamish State Park which is located at 2000 NW Sammamish Rd., Issaquah, WA 98027 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Entry fee for the race is $75 and $90 for a VIP run, but you follow the link to get a Groupon discount. Also, parking is an extra $10 or free if you have a state parks pass. Click here to register online or to get more information.

      Wednesday, May 31, 2017

      Celebrating Maritime Heritage in Seattle

      Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival


      The Wooden Boat Festival, designed to celebrate the maritime heritage of the Northwest “putting tools in hands and getting people out on the water in historic wooden boats.” This isn’t a “stuffy” event say the organizers. It’s a down-home waterfront event “where everything is fun and most things are free.” One of the big highlights over the course of the event is the Lake Union Challenge Cup where contestants have to build a boat within 24 hours and then race it against other team members and see if it is sea-worthy.

      The Wooden Boat Festival will be held from July 1-4, 2017 at the Center for Wooden Boats located at 1010 Valley St., Seattle 98109. For more information, visit the website.

      Wednesday, May 17, 2017

      Oddmall: Not Your Typical Craft Show



      The Oddmall: Emporium of the Weird is not your typical arts and crafts show. To the organizers, “it’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption.”

      This month over 200 unique booths featuring Pacific Northwest artists, crafters, authors, illustrators and “purveyors of unusual things” will set up shop at the Everett Community College Gymnasium on June 24 and 25 for their summer show. In addition to the vendors, Oddmall features entertainment from local artists, performances by up and coming musicians, jugglers, balloon artists, face painting and a children’s area featuring fun and games with Fairy Princess Lolly.


      The Oddmall will be open from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 11:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Admission and parking is free. The EVCC Gym is located at 2206 Tower St. in Everett, WA 98201. For more information, visit the Oddmall website.

      Tuesday, May 16, 2017

      Wining and Riding

      Woodinville Wine Ride
      (Cascade Bicycle Club)


      The Cascade Bicycle Club is hosting the third annual Woodinville Wine Ride on Sunday, June 4, 2017. Riders will begin their 30-mile route begins at the Woodhouse Wine Estates (in Woodinville's West Valley District) at 9:00 a.m. with riders utilizing the beautiful Sammamish River Trail and scenic low-traffic roads through Woodinville and its surrounding communities.

      The midpoint will feature a wine tasting and food sampling. Riders will return back to Woodhouse where a finish line party awaits with live music, a wine garden, food trucks and more. Family and friends are welcome to join!

      With paid registration, riders will receive a meal & two tickets for wine sampling at participating winery stops along with a wine-themed giveaway item. Registration is $40 for members ($50 for non-members) and $10 for youth members ages 1-12 ($20 for non members)

      The Woodhouse Wine Estates is located at 15500 Woodinville Redmond Rd NE, Woodinville, WA 98072. To register or to learn more information, visit the Cascade Bicycle Club website.

      Sunday, May 14, 2017

      Edmonds Arts Festival

      Edmonds Arts Festival
      (Edmonds Arts Festival)


      One of the longest-running arts events happens every year during Father’s Day weekend right in our own backyard.

      The Edmonds Arts Festival features more than 240 artist booths with original works of art for sale where you can meet every artist in person. In addition, there are three juried art galleries where award-winning work in all media are on display, performers providing live entertainment, more than 20 food vendors (providing ethnic and healthy food choices along with plenty of traditional fair food options), an exhibit of more than 1,000 selected pieces of art from local students, and a “Kids Create” area with hands-on experiences and face painting. Admission to the festival is free but bring some money with you because you’re going to want to bring some of this art home with you!

      The Edmonds Arts Festival happens June 16-18, 2017 (10:00 a.m-8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sunday). Everything happens at 700 Main St. in Edmonds, WA 98020. For more information, visit the festival’s website.