THIS WEEKEND IN SOUTH SEATTLE—Umoja Fest, Cafe Red 1-Year Anniversary Party, Break Dancing for Kids, and more!

Friday, Aug. 3rd:

Coco at Skyway Outdoor Cinema

“The pre-show gets started at 8pm behind the Skyway 7-Eleven in the US Bank parking lot (but insiders know to get here by 7pm for a good spot). Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket (or picnic table, or beanbag) and some cash for the concession stand. Movie starts at 9pm with a Blu-ray DVD prize drawing to follow.”
Time: 8–11 PM
Where: Skyway Outdoor Cinema—12702 Renton Ave S. (Behind the 7-Eleven)
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Family-Friendly, Outdoors

Image Credit: Umoja Fest

Umoja Fest 2018

“Put the “U” in Umoja = Unity! Umoja Fest brings the Soul to Seafair as the oldest and largest celebration of the Black community and African Diaspora culture in the Pacific Northwest. Three stages of live music, delicious fun, food, culture and family fun are the main ingredients for the Umoja Fest Africatown Festival & Parade…the soul of Seafair! Held in Seattle’s historic Central District, home to the city’s musical legacy ranging from jazz to hip-hop, the festival features three days of attractions including the Africatown Heritage Parade, Children’s Day & Family Fun Village, three stages of live music, Heal The Hood Basketball Tournament, cuisine sampling the African diaspora, marketplace, the community resource fair, and so much more, you won’t want to miss it! For more info visit” Weekend-long event! See website for details.
Time: 10 AM, Fri–7 PM, Sunday 
Where: Judkins Park—2150 S. Norman St

Tags: Festival, Live Music, Culture, Food, Variety, Family-Friendly

The Merry Wives of Windsor

“A free outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s classic comedy. Two Windsor wives turn the tables after learning they’re being played by an old scammer.”
Time: 7–9 PM
Where: Columbia Park—4721 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Theater, Family-friendly, Outdoor

JazzED / Brass Monkeys – Beastie Boys Tribute

Seattle JazzED is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which was founded in 2010 by a small group of volunteers and music educators, who wanted kids to get great music education opportunities, regardless of what school they went to or how much money they had. / Brass Monkeys are the closest you can get to experiencing a live Beastie Boys performance. Based in Seattle and comprised of professional musicians, the Brass Monkeys recreate the look and feel of the Beastie Boys as their three MC’s rap over a mix of the original backing tracks and a live band (guitar, drums, bass).” 
Time: Jazz ED, 6:30 PM / Brass Monkeys, 9:30 PM
Where: The Royal Room—5000 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: JazzED, FREE / Brass Monkeys, $10–12

*Also this weekend at The Royal Room: The nu Trio / Bombazo V. Garifunazo w/ Grupo Bayano, Hagucha Garinagu, & DJ Garifuna (Sat.), Stuart MacDonald Recital / MAE.SUN & SmackTalk (Sun.).
Showtimes and ticket prices vary; See website for individual event details. The Royal Room is All Ages until 10 PM.

Tags: Live Music, Restaurant, Jazz, Rap, Hip Hop

Seafair Weekend

“A Pacific Northwest tradition since 1950, Seafair Weekend Festival is the culmination of the summer-long Seafair Festival. Known and loved as an unofficial Seattle holiday, this is the most anticipated event of summer! ” It’s also extremely loud and draws tens of thousands of people from all over to the Rainier Valley to wreak havoc on local traffic and all that fun stuff. Lake access will be limited. So be prepared, South-Enders! 
Time: 8 AM, Friday–6 PM, Sunday
Where: Genesee Park & Playfield—4316 S. Genesee St
Cost: $30+ per day

Tags: Loud Airplanes, Boats, and People, Also—Festival, Family-Friendly (ish), Outdoor, Live Music, Food, etc.

Ark Lodge Cinemas

Escape Seafair this weekend and show Ark Lodge in Columbia City some love by going to see one these new titles: Eighth Grade, Sorry to Bother You, Three Identical Strangers, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Time: Showtimes vary
Where: Ark Lodge—4816 Rainier Avenue S.
Cost: $8–12

Tags: Movies, Family-Friendly

Saturday, Aug. 4th:

Cafe Red 1-Year Anniversary Party!

“Against all odds, Cafe Red has completed its first full cycle around the Sun. We have been so blessed to share this corner of the Othello neighborhood with you all and are humbled by the amount of support we’ve received from our neighbors and the independent artist community. So let’s party! Featuring an unmissable lineup of local underground artists and performers, as well as world-class treats from one of our favorite local pop-ups, Lahi Seattle.”
Time: 3–10 PM
Where: Cafe Red—7148 MLK Jr Way S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Live Music, Variety, Food, Community, Celebration, All-Ages

Photo Credit: Cafe Red

Wynne C Blue & Her Troublefakers, Evie B, James Anaya

“James Anaya is a Soul/Rock n roll, singer/songwriter, guitar man who likes to push the boundaries of genres. Evie B presents a fresh fusion spanning the Left Coast, exploring all grooves mystical and nautical. Wynne C Blue has been performing her distinctive brand of 80s-flavored powerpop since 2005 with her band The Troublefakers.” 21+
Time: 8 PM
Where: Columbia City Theater (Bourbon Bar)—4916 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE
*Also this weekend at the CC Theater: Fuck Cancer: A Burlesque Benefit Show for Shannon Tendencies (Fri.), No One Is Safe” – Dirtay & Chris Kemp (Sat.), 
Showtimes and ticket prices vary; See website for individual event details.

Tags: Live Music, Entertainment, Music Venue

Royal Esquire Club Annual Fish Fry

“The Annual Fish Fry at the Royal Esquire Club was a monster of a success last year. The reviews on the food was overwhelming good. This year we are back and it will be bigger and better. We will be frying the fish on site so it’s fresh and hot. You will be helping contribute to the scholarships for high school students that will be continuing their education in college. This is an event where you will have fun, get fed a delicious meal and help a student with a contribution to a scholarship.The weather should be great but if not this will be an inside and outside event.”
Time: 12–7 PM
Where: Royal Esquire Club—5016 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: $12

Tags: Food, Community, Outdoor, Family-Friendly, Benefit

CID Summer Cinema 

“Free outdoor movie screenings at Hing Hay Park located in the Chinatown-International District” Tonight’s movie is Rumble in the Bronx
Time: 7–11 PM
Where: Hing Hay Park—423 Maynard Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Movies, Community, Family-Friendly, Outdoor

Breaking Dance Class for Kids

“Join us for a SAFE and FUN toddler/preschooler hip-hop + breaking (“break dance”) class in Seattle! WHO: Mini BREAKS w/ Anna Banana Freeze; WHAT: There will be 8 morning pop-up Mini BREAKS dance classes in March and April 2018! The breaking classes are for students ages 2-6, plus their grown-ups.” 7/21–8/12
Time: 10:30–11:30 AM
Where: Washington Hall—153 14th Ave
Cost: $15

Tags: Dance, Breakdance, Kids

Image Credit: Soul N the Park

Soul in the Park

“20 Neo Soul * R&B * Hip Hop * Gospel artist will perform August 4th & 5th along with Seattle’s premiere DJ’s and a comedian host FREE! … Soul N The Park! Music, food, vendors and much much more. Bring the whole family and come enjoy an amazing event.” This event is part of Umoja Fest
Time: 2:30 PM
Where: Judkins Play Field—2150 S. Norman St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Live Music, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B, Gospel, Comedy

Civic Saturday

“During a time of such disconnection and cynicism taking place in civic life, Civic Saturday is designed to be a salve for the civic soul — a place to come together in civic community, be inspired and encouraged to reflect and connect, and create new civic traditions that are joyful and communal. What happens at Civic Saturday? We’ll gather as friends and strangers to hear readings, sing together, share thoughts and ideas, and hear a ‘civic sermon’ from Eric Liu.”
Time: 10:30 AM–12:30 PM
Where: Hillman City Collab—5623 Rainier Ave S.
Cost: FREE

Tags: Civics, Community

Raisin’ in the Sun

“First AME Church “Raisin’ in the Sun” Block Party is Saturday, August 4, from 12-5 p.m. and will benefit schoolgirls in Cameroon. Music, food, games, and entertainment. Everyone is welcome! Bring your relatives and friends…”
Time: 12–5 PM
Where: First African Methodist Episcopal—1522 14th Ave

Tags: Fundraiser, Community, Food, Family-Friendly

Beyond the Tippe: Open Mic/Comedy Showcase

“Beacon Hill’s second most talked about comedy show returns this August! We’re excited to have funny person Lu Smith as our featured performer. Come laugh with your neighbors and/or complete strangers. Comics: Sign-ups at 8:45. Sets will be 4–5 minutes.”
Time: 9–11 PM
Where: Tippe & Drague Alehouse—3315 Beacon Ave S.
Cost: Free to attend

Tags: Comedy, Food, Beer

Jamaica’s 56th Independence Celebration

“Red Lounge & Taste Of The Caribbean Presents: JAMAICA’S 56th INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION. Music and entertainment by: DJ Crazy Chris from Jamaica, ZJ Veteran, DJ X-Ten. Admission $20 (Cover includes): Jamaican appetizers, Jamaican Rum Cake, Champagne toast”
Time: 9–2 AM
Where: Red Lounge—1212 E. Jefferson St
Cost: $20

Tags: Celebration, Culture, Bar, 21+

Summer STAG Party 

Time: 6 PM–1 AM
Where: Slims Last Chance Saloon—5606 1st Ave S.
Cost: $20

Tags: Live Music, Bar, 21+

Wars Outdoors: A New Hope in the Park 

“A short time from now, in a park very close to here, Hello Earth will bring you the first segment in a galactic saga of rebellion, family, and friendship. Like Outdoor Trek the past seven years, A New Hope uses creative casting and innovative stage techniques to bring this classic film to life! Families welcome. Hot dogs for sale most days. Come join the Rebellion!”
Time: 7 PM
Where: Blanche Lavizzo Park—2100 S. Jackson St

Tags: Theater, Family-Friendly, Outdoor

Sunday, Aug. 5th:

Possi Presents: Lemonade Sundays ft. 2Cents (ZACK & CRAZE)

“For the second edition of the 2018 summer Lemonade season we are hella excited to bring you 2Cents, the highly talented duo of FOURCOLORZACK and DJ Craze, along with Blueyedsoul, Stastheeboss, and Justin Hartinger.”
Time: 3–10 PM
Where: Bar Ciudad—1210 S. Bailey Street
Cost: $10

Tags: DJ, Bar, 21+

SocialFit: Boot Camp

“Are you ready to add more to your fitness routine? Are you looking for an activity for the entire family? Social Fit boot camp is exactly for you! The Duncan Connection, Seattle Parks and Recreation, Greenways Initiative, and Associated Recreation Council have joined forces to get our community active. Join TDC every Sunday at Van Asselt Community Center for 60-minutes of fun, sweating, and enjoying the great outdoors.”
Time: 9:30–10:30 AM
Where: Van Asselt Community Center—2820 S. Myrtle St
Cost: FREE

Tags: Health, Fitness, Family-Friendly, Outdoor