Friday, July 20th:
Live Music/Community: Music Under the Stars
“Music Under the Stars is back! Join Seattle Chamber Music Society for another summer of FREE, outdoor classical music at Columbia Park. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and some family and friends to enjoy extraordinary classical music. Each event begins at 7:30pm with live music performed by a student ensemble and continues at 8:00pm with a live audio broadcast of the world-class Summer Festival concert from Benaroya Hall, provided directly to the park by Classical KING-FM 98.1.” ALL AGES
Time: 7:30–10 PM
Where: Columbia Park—4721 Rainier Ave S.
Live Music: Jazz Night School
“Based in South Seattle, Jazz Night School provides high-quality individual and group jazz instruction in a supportive environment for aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities.”
Time: 7 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: By Donation
*Also this weekend at the Royal Room: JazzED (Sat) / MVP: Michael Jackson vs. Prince Live (Sat) / Kate Olson Quartet, Maia Nelson Quartet, & Kammy Yedor Quartet (Sun); Showtimes and ticket prices vary. Some shows free or by donation.
The Royal Room is ALL AGES (until 10 PM)
Dance/Culture: World Dance Party
“Learn Tahitian, Filipino, Hip-Hop, Somali, Hula, West African music, Guatemala, and more styles of dances in 15 minute mini-lessons. Samoa Dance, African Dance/Modern, Bollywood dance, Zumba, Sliders, Somali Dance. Bring a dish to share at the party. Invite your whole crew … Promote positivity and dance out the stress!” ALL AGES
Time: 6–9 PM
Where: Somali Community Services of Seattle—8810B Renton Ave S.
Live DJ/Dancing: Island Stomp 3: Eruption – Feat. Subset
“Reminisce to the dance shores of Bliss-Beat Island and prepare your self for another electronic experience. Mixed-up Events invites you to join us for ISLAND STOMP 3: ERUPTION! This year’s explosive lineup is going to blow you away! House | Bassline | Tropical | Mashups | Trap | Electro | Breaks”—18+ to dance; 21+ to drink
Time: 8 PM–2 AM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Movies: Sorry to Bother You, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Ant-Man & the Wasp, Won’t You Be my Neighbor?
In addition to these new titles, Ark Lodge is also has a 3 PM showing, Saturday, of classic film, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, with a FREE Full Tilt ice cream sample for kids 12 & under w/ ticket purchase! Party on, dudes! Wheelchair accessible. (No close captions for this film.)
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge Cinemas—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Saturday, July 21st:
Live Music/Art: SODO Track Open House
“What was once 2 miles of industrial buildings is being transformed into the longest corridor of mural art. At this outdoor urban art gallery, witness the artistic process of over 60 artists working on the theme of motion. Enjoy drinks and bites, a walking tour of the Track, and meet some of the artists in person!”
Time: 4–8 PM
Where: Canvas Event Space—3412 4th Ave S.
Youth/March: Zero Hour: Seattle Youth Climate March
“We’re gearing up for Zero Hour, the global youth climate march … demanding bold action on climate and environmental justice. Join us as we build on this movement, share our stories and advocate for a better future with sustainable solutions to our lawmakers. Now is not the time to back down.” 9–10:30, Rally w/ all-youth speakers/performers; 10:30–11:30, March to Pratt Park; 11:30–12:30, Closing speakers and performances, community tabling and solutions, art, and youth open mic.
Time: 9 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Garfield Community Center—2323 E. Cherry St
Food/Culture/Buddhism/Festival: 2018 Seattle Bon Odori
“Just us on S. Main St. for the 2018 Bon Odori featuring traditional Japanese dance, food, drinks, cultural displays, and a beer garden with live music and happy hour … Seafair sanctioned community event.”
Time: 4 PM Sat–8 PM Sun
Where: Seattle Betsuin Buddhist Temple—1427 South Main St
Dance/Social Justice/Culture: Dance for the Movement
“Join GABRIELA Seattle for a night of education and dance! This event will include an educational discussion on the One Billing Rising movement and the SONA (State of the Nation Address) in the Philippines. You will also get the opportunity to learn and dance our OBR routine with GABRIELA members. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. This event is part of our Pin@y Summer Nights series.”
Time: 6–8 PM
Where: Massive Monkees Studio: The Beacon—662 S. King Street
Cost: $5–10 (sliding scale donation)
Festival/Art/Music/Culture: Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival
“We’re closing S. Weller Street (behind Uwajimaya) again for our annual Natsu Matsuri Outdoor Summer Festival. Join us for this family friendly event featuring live entertainment, eating contests, games and over 15 food booths! Free to attend. Saturday, July 21st—11 AM–6pm & Sunday, July 22nd—11 AM–5 PM”
Time: All day!
Where: Uwajimaya Seattle—600 5th Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend
Food/Live Music/Benefit: Royal Esquire Club’s Soul Food Night
“The Royal Esquire Club is proud to present our annual Soul Food Night. This is one of the best scholarship fund raisers you will ever attend. We will have some of Seattle’s finest restaurants represented … The night will be filled with happy people, great food, live and recorded music, games, auctions and so much more. Our event will be an indoor/outdoor extravaganza you won’t want to miss. If you have attended one of our signature events before you know that the food is to die for, so it’s up to you to inform your friends. This event will sell out quickly, get your tickets today. Our musical guests will be Shelby Poole and Arzelia Jones, one band inside and one band outside, now this how we make sure you have a tremendous time.”
Time: 5 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Games/Beer: Argute Game Day
“Robert [co-owner & Game maker!] will demonstrate his game, Argute, to anyone interested. It is a casual card game that is currently available on Kickstarter.”
Time: 4–7 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse—3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend
Image Credit: Farm Fest
Urban Farming/Festival: Farm Fest
“… A celebration of Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands’ transformation into a hub for urban farming and community in Seattle’s Rainier Beach neighborhood! Join the fun! Festivities will include fun activities for the whole family … enjoy bites from food trucks … stage will feature live music all day, including sets from KEXP DJ Stas THEE Boss, Alma Villegas y Azucar, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, D’Vonne Lewis Trio, and a performance by Dance Brazil. Local businesses and community organizations will be serving up refreshments and providing additional opportunities for getting involved in Rainier Beach.” Family-friendly
Time: 10 AM–4 PM
Where: Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands—5513 S. Cloverdale St
Live Music/Family: Taller: Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández with Santiago & Lucía
“We are excited to share that Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández (of the world renowned group Son de Madera) and two of his children Lucía and Santiago are in town! They will be here for the week and will be leading our Saturday workshop! Please bring your instruments and $$$ as there will be a hat going around to collect donations for our guests. No one turned away for lack of funds. Open to all levels and ages.” Facilitated by Seattle Fandango Project
Time: 1:30–4 PM
Where: El Centro de la Raza (playground)—2524 16th Ave S.
Cost: By donation
Visual Art/Music/Dancing: Lusio Lights Georgetown
“Lusio is heading to Georgetown for a new outdoor patio summer sunset series featuring Lusio light art installations and dancing. Find multiple Lusio light art installations of all shapes and sizes coming to life after dark for you to explore … we’ve curated the event with local/regional dj’s ready to provide a perfect backdrop of summer times tunes. The delicious space includes a huge outdoor courtyard with 2 bars, the wonderful Ciudad restaurant and a LOT of space for Lusio Light Art, drinks, and dancing. Dance as the sun sets on the historic Georgetown and watch the art come to life after dark.” ALL AGES
Time: 7 PM–1 AM
Where: Bar Ciudad—1210 S. BAILEY ST
Cost: $20 (kids 12 and under, FREE)
Live Music: Chris LeVaughn, Nova Piston, Johdus, Fiasco & more!
“Chris LeVaughn is a pop-soul singer-songwriter and producer from Seattle, Washington who has performed in many venues and clubs, doing live stage, before releasing his debut album, Chronicles of xLeVaughn.” There’s a bunch of other stuff going on at CC Theater this weekend. See website for details! (This Saturday’s events are 21+)
Time: Shows start at 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Sunday, July 22nd:
Comedy/Film Screening: Uncomfortable the Series—Seattle Watch Party!
“Look, I get it. It seems like everyone and their mom’s are making a web series nowadays and you just don’t really care to watch. I know, I get it. But what if I bribed you with some free food, and and really great stand up? We’re going to have some great local stand ups opening up the show, and the creator/ lead actress of the series will give very short blurbs about the inspiration for each episode. It’ll be short and fun. She is originally from Seattle so she won’t make references to your city. About the Artist: Yola is a stand up comic, improviser and actress. She is one of the co-founders of Disoriented Comedy, which is the first all Asian, mostly female stand up comedy tour.”
Time: 7:30–9 PM
Where: 18th & Union (arts space)—1406 18th Ave
Cost: FREE (RSVP)
Museum/Exhibit: Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies & Bench Mark
“Born to Mexican immigrants in Walla Walla, WA, Juventino Aranda’s search for self-identity informs his process as it relates to the social, political, and economic struggles of Chicanos. His art and activist practices are influenced by the grassroots movements of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, as well as the formal and conceptual strategies of post-minimalist artists. / Bench Mark, a Partnership for Youth exhibition, is an exploration of architecture through space, function, and purpose. Created during sixteen after-school sessions March–May 2018, this collection of works traces the design thinking process students applied while considering Seattle’s urban environment and humans’ interaction with it.”
Time: 11 AM–5 PM (daily; closed Mondays)
Where: Frye Art Museum—704 Terry Avenue