This Weekend In South Seattle: Rainier Valley Heritage Parade, Othello International Arts Festival, and Columbia City Blues Festival

Events this weekend in the South Seattle area

Friday, August 14th

Movies: Opening Day of Straight Outta ComptonDetails:  In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., this documentary tells the astonishing story of how these young men revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war. Time:4:40pm, 5:40pm,8:00, 9:00pm-Where: 4816 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98118. More Info:

Movies: Skyway Outdoor Cinema: GhostbustersDetails: Preshow starts at 8pm featuring  giveaways & trivia, Luchador Taco Co. & Full Tilt Ice Cream trucks, movie at 9pm with raffle to follow.  We’ll be showing the original Ghostbusters: After the members of a team of scientists (Harold Ramis, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray) lose their cushy positions at a university in New York City, they decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction. Time: 8:00pm- 11:30pm –Where: 12610 76th S, Seattle, WA 98178. More Info:  Click Here

Community: Meat Raffle Details:Every Friday, come on down to the Skyway VFW post for your chance to get a great deal on fresh meat! “Meat” some new friends and save some grocery money. Your dollars help support our great VFW Post and all of the charitable work they do for our vets and our community.-Time: 4:00pm- 7:00pm –Where: Skyway VFW Post 9430: 7421 South 126th Street Seattle, WA 98178

Community: Fill the Backpacks Details:Alajawan’s Hands is looking for volunteers to help organize and stuff backpacks for the big giveaway at August 29th’s Skyway Health & Safety Fair. Please email Sharon Greer at or call 206-772-1430 to volunteer.-Time: 4:00pm- 7:00pm –Where: King County Fire District #20: 12424 76th Avenue South, Seattle 98178

Youth: Everybody Knows:You Grow Girl Summer ProgramDetails: This camp focuses on healthy eating and exercise using fun and diverse sports, games, and activities to engage both body and mind. Outdoor activities will be interspersed with discussions and indoor activities about how the food that we consume affects our energy levels, the way our bodies perform, and our overall health.For girls, grades 4-8.Time: 10:00am- 4:00pm-Where: 2200 Rainier Avenue South Suite 201, Seattle, WA 98144- More Info:

Health: ROAR Farm StandDetails: Join us Friday evenings, June 12th to September 25th, for the weekly ROAR farm stand at the Hillman City P-Patch! Come listen to music, enjoy the beautiful weather, meet your neighbors and purchase some locally grown veggies! Roots of All Roads (ROAR) is a mobile farm stand connecting communities with locally grown produce, facilitating education and creating opportunities to come together through the shared experience of food and nourishment. Time: 5:00pm- 7:00pm –Where: Hillman City P-Patch: 4613 S Lucile Street, Seattle, WA 98118- More Info:

Teen: DYVAS: Zine Launch Party for Powerful VoicesDetails: Develop Your Voice and Speak is a job readiness program for high school aged girls who create a zine (independent form of media) as a form of activism.  Its a potluck so come share some food, listen to youth speak their truth, and help celebrate their voice and accomplishments. Contact Molly Pencke for more information:; 206-860-1026 Time: 5:30pm- 7:30pm –Where: Hillman City Collaboratory: 5623 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle WA 98118

Music: 3rd Annual Columbia City Blues FestivalDetails: A night of Blues and tributes to the musicians who made the artform what it is today . Time: 8:00pm-Where: The Royal Room Seattle  5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle –  More Info:

Saturday, August 15th

Community: Skyway Solutions: Fun at the Park Details:Join neighbors for a fun, interactive event at Skyway Park. Come see the final “unveiling” of the chicken coop art project that local youth have created. Also, give input to the members of the design firm that is working on a new entrance improvements to Skyway Park. Fun for the whole family!-Time: 3:00pm- 5:00pm –Where: Skyway Park: 71st Avenue South, Seattle WA 98178

Sports: 31st Annual Emerald City SwimDetails:The Emerald City Open Water Swim was the first event of its kind in the Seattle area. Dave Gertsch saw the need for an open water swim in Seattle after participating in similar events in California. He organized the first Emerald City Open Water Swim in August of 1984. In the events first year there were approximately 100 participants. Since then the swim has had as many as 500 swimmers. The swim has developed into a family event with entertainment, awards, and door prizes following the swim. There is at least one family who has three generations of swimmers who compete together each year. Participants enjoy trying to find the year of the swim, which is hidden in the T-shirt design, each year. Reportedly, the weirdest door prize awarded at the event was a free tattoo!Time: 7:30am –Where: 5898 Lake Washington Blvd S- More Info: Click Here

Community: Rainier Valley Heritage ParadeDetails:Celebrating the cultures of the most diverse neighborhood during this weekend festival with a parade, street party and park entertainment and fun.  Enjoy food, games, music, and friends from around the world!  Parade features entertainment that will delight with “heritage” as the theme and will emphasize neighborhood street fun without cars.  Second day fun continues with park activities with of art and music representing the cultures of our area, including visiting camels! Time: 12:00pm-4:00pm- Where: Rainier Avenue between S. Brandon & Alaska Streets Seattle, WA 98118

Community: Life Skills to Work: Career Readiness Training ProgramDetails: The Life-Skills-to-Work (LSW) process provides students with the Learn-to-Learn & Cognitive Behavior skill-sets needed for successful transition from prison & jail back to the community. The course work emphasizes practical skills development, assessment tools and application for successful education, training, employment and family reintegration student outcomes.-Time: 8:15am- 2:50pm –Where:New Holly Learning Center 7058 32nd Avenue S. – 2nd floor of the Learners Building Seattle, WA 98118- RSVP:  

Music: Urban Mix 101 presented by Itech 4 Life SolutionsDetails: An intro to the fundamentals of Digital Audio Recording and Music production. Students will be familiarized with the Protools(DigiDesign) work environment as well as the Reasons workspace. Students will also be introduced to an analog mixing console and learn how the digital and analog systems correlate in a typical recording environment. Students will be able to create a unified mix on CD with both vocals and instrumentation by the course’s end.-Time: 1:00pm- 3:00pm –Where: Africatown Center for Education & Innovation 3100 S. Alaska St. Seattle, WA 98108-  More Info:  

Music: Heritage Festival Backlot BBQDetails: Join us for our backlot BBQ and Beer Garden, with live music from Grace Love & The True Loves, General Vicinity, DUBCAR and The Mighty Falling! No cover for entry. -Time: 1:30pm-Where: The Royal Room Seattle  5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle –  More Info:

Music: 3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival Day 2Details: 2nd Day of the Columbia City Blues festival. -Time: 8:00pm-Where: The Royal Room Seattle  5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle –  More Info:

Sunday, August 16th

Community: Othello Park International Music and Arts FestivalDetails:  “Our theme this year is “Oh, Hello!” Join us  for food, fun and festivities that reflect our wonder community’s diverse cultures.  Download our 2015 Prospectus for more about who we are and why we love the International Music and Arts Festival! We’ll gather in a grassy meadow under big, old trees at the 9th annual Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival. A world of ethnic variety will convene with music, dancing, food, art activities, and booths. Of course, there will be Othello’s traditional petting zoo from Old McDebbie’s Farm complete with camel, and his multicultural furry friends. Othello Park features strolling walkways, a permanent stage gracefully designed to suit its pastoral landscape, and a zip line. Come sit, relax, and enjoy the park’s beauty and the show. Then you will want to be up and about visiting the array of tents and booths and sampling Rainier Valley’s colorful diversity of businesses and organizations. One large tent on the green will shelter the Festival’s traditional “Art Creation Station” to engage those young in age and young at heart, in a variety of hands-on visual art activities led by local artists.”-Time:12:00- 6:00pm- Where:  Othello Park: 4351 S Othello Street Seattle, WA 98118

Community: Eat, Shop, Play, and Buy Local on MLKDetails:The Othello neighborhood’s one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of 98118. Support locally owned, independent businesses to maintain our unique community character, provide continuing opportunities for entrepreneurs, build community economic strength, and help retain community-based businesses. Chow down on Chinese cuisine at Foo Lam, Shop for international goods at Phnom Penh, Discover ancient medicines at Seattle Chinese Herb Shop, Get a sneak peak of the latest fashions at New Holly Gifts & Alterations, Snag and Ethiopian Slouchy Bag from Lydia’s Cultural Store, Sample Othello’s newest restaurant at Herbivores & Carnivores, Taste spices from Somalia, Ethiopia, and Eritrea at East African Grocery & Deli and more…
Time: 10:00am- 12:00pm- Where: 7101 MLK Jr. Way S

Community: Beacon Arts Presents Pear-a-diseDetails:There is something for everyone at The Garden House on Sunday August 16 from 2-6pm. 2336 15th Ave S, directly across 15th from the Shell Station. Beacon Arts (our very own all-volunteer arts council) brings you: “Pear-a-dise”. Free, family, fun and totally Beacon Hill awesome! Get a sneak peek at The Mural Project! Bring your little red wagon and load up on free pears! Learn about plans for the Bayview Triangle! Hang out on a gorgeous lawn and play lawn games with the Beacon Hill Garden Club! Get a history lesson about Beacon Hill’s oldest house, The Garden House. Beacon Arts is all volunteer, funded by donations from members like you and support from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. Come on down and have a good time! See the proposed mural designs and get more info here: Beacon Mural ProjectTime: 2:00pm- 6:00pm-

Music: 3rd Annual Columbia City Blues Festival Day 2Details: 3rd Day of the Columbia City Blues festival. -Time: 8:00pm-Where: The Royal Room Seattle  5000 Rainier Avenue South Seattle –  More Info:


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