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🌟 Emerald Hosted, Sponsored, & Partnered
🌟 Festivals, Block Parties, & Shows
🌟 Markets
🌟 Art & Educational Exhibits
🌟 Workshops & Meetings
🌟 September 2022
🌟 October 2022

Emerald Hosted, Sponsored, & Partnered

The South Seattle Emerald Electoral Debate 2022

Oct. 4 — 7–9 p.m.
Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA

The South Seattle Emerald is proud to present our 2022 Electoral Debate! Join us on Oct. 4 at Rainier Arts Center (or livestreamed to your device) where moderator Crystal Fincher will draw from community questions to find out where candidates stand on the issues that matter to you.

Submit your questions for the candidates!

Confirmed Candidates: Emijah Smith and Chipalo Street, candidates for State Representative for the 37th Legislative District, Position 2

Attend live or tune in to the livestream on our Facebook pageRSVP required for live attendance! Masks required. Proof of vaccination or negative rapid test (provided) required.

The Emerald would like to thank our media partners: Real Change News, Hacks & Wonks, KNKX, and KVRU and our community partner, League of Women Voters.

This candidate forum was funded in part by a Voter Education Fund grant from King County Elections and the Seattle Foundation.

On The Block — By Local Artists for Local Artists

Second Saturdays, from May to October — 1–9 p.m.
11th Avenue between East Pike and Pine

From the host: On The Block (OTB) will feature live performances, vintage clothing, street fashion, interactive art, a BIPOC vendors’ marketplace, and more. It’s free and open to the public, with all vendor fees and sponsor proceeds going directly to paying local artists, stabilizing neighborhood arts spaces, and supporting future events.

The Emerald is a proud media partner of On The Block.

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Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market

Wednesdays, May 4–Oct. 12 — 3-7 p.m.
Second Saturdays, November–April ― 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Columbia Park, South Edmunds Street and 37th Avenue South

From the host: Summer is here and that means the farmers market at Columbia Park is open! Shop for hard-to-find food and veggies and meet the vendors on Wednesday afternoons from 3 to 7 p.m. 

All markets are ADA accessible. Vendors accept cash, credit, and debit. All markets accept EBT/SNAP. Swipe your card at the Market Manager Booth. WIC + Senior FMNP also accepted.

For more information about the Columbia City Neighborhood Farmers Market, please visit the following webpage.

Delridge Farmers Market

Second and Fourth Saturdays of the Month — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
May through October
Hope Academy, 9421 18th Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98106

From the host: Join African Community Housing and Development (ACHD) for the opening of the Delridge Farmers Market in the South Delridge neighborhood of West Seattle! A USDA-designated food desert, the area has long struggled with food access for its diverse population; this market seeks to put fresh, local food produced by BIPOC-owned businesses directly into the hands of the neighborhood’s residents.

The Market is designed to provide a wide array of culturally appropriate foods for the immigrant and refugee community in the area. Featuring robust food access programs, the main goal of the market is to bring local, nutritious food to everyone, especially families for whom fresh produce is a financial struggle.

Individuals interested in attending or volunteering at the market should visit Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Rachel at

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Festivals, Block Parties, & Shows

Black & Tan Hall Block Parties

Monthly from June through September — 1–6 p.m.
Black & Tan Hall, 5608 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA

From the host: Join us this summer for Black & Tan Hall Block Parties featuring local chefs and a variety of performers, including live musicians, DJs, and dancers! These soulful block parties are opportunities for neighbors to gather, dance, and enjoy local art and food, and importantly, are a thank you to our community, giving us a chance to come together for joyous gatherings after an isolating pandemic. The Block Parties will be in the alley behind Black & Tan Hall (5608 Rainier Ave S) between S. Findlay and S. Orcas. They are family friendly and will run from 1 to 6 p.m. the last Sunday of each month this summer. Big thanks to the Columbia Hillman Arts & Cultural District for sponsoring these neighborhood gatherings!

To keep up to date with Black & Tan Hall Block Parties, follow Black & Tan Hall’s Facebook event pages.

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Art & Educational Exhibits

Looking for more arts events? Check out the Emerald’s “A September Roundup of Arts Events in the South End!”

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop

Oct. 16–January 2023 at the MoPop

From the host: They say a picture’s worth 1,000 words, and that’s especially true of one of music’s most language-conscious genres: hip-hop. “Contact High” explores four decades of photography, from the late 1970s to today, documenting a revolution not just in music, but in politics, race relations, fashion, and culture. Through more than 170 iconic images of hip-hop’s most influential artists (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Queen Latifah, Tupac, and more) — including contact sheets that give us a rare glimpse into the creative process of a photo session — “Contact High” examines the evolution of hip-hop, connecting us with the experiences, identities, and places that have shaped the world’s most popular music genre.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this exhibit, please visit the MoPop’s “Contact High” exhibit page.

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Workshops & Meetings

The Jan. 6 Hearings: The Limits of Capitalist Democracy and the Real Threat of Fascism

Mondays, Aug. 22–Oct. 3 — 6:30 p.m.

From the host: This six-week series will look at the congressional hearings on the Jan. 6 attempted right-wing coup from a revolutionary and Marxist perspective. Explore how both the Jan. 6 attack on Congress and the hearings themselves expose the limits of capitalist democracy and show the real danger fascism poses.

Register at Readings will be sent upon registration.

Suggested donations of $5 to $10 per week or $25 to $50 for the entire series. Donations help organize and educate! Send checks to FSP, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118; via Venmo #Seattle-PS-FSP; or online at Please add a note that the donation is for the Monday Discussion series.

Weekly topics:

  • *Aug. 22: Trump Paved the Road for the Jan. 6 Coup Attempt for Years (*This session has passed.)
  • Aug. 29: U.S. Democracy Held Together by a Thread on Jan. 6
  • Sept. 5: Labor Day Holiday — No session.
  • Sept. 12: The Capitalist Forces That Favor Trump and Those That Don’t
  • Sept. 19: Trump’s Agenda Is Biden’s Agenda Is Capitalism’s Agenda
  • Sept. 26: “God and Country”: The Mysticism of the Hearings and Its Connection to Fascist Ideology
  • Oct. 3: Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It

Sponsored by Seattle/Puget Sound Freedom Socialist Party.

For more infomation, call 206-722-2453 or email Keep up to date with this Monday discussion series by following Seattle/Puget Sound Freedom Socialist Party’s Facebook event page.

AAWA Virtual Writers Read

Second Sundays Monthly — 2 p.m.

From the host: Join the African American Writers’ Alliance (AAWA) at 2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month where AAWA hosts “Writers Read.” Hear special guests and AAWA members. Be an Open Mic star!

For more information and to RSVP for a virtual Writers Read, please visit the AAWA’s “Upcoming Events” calendar and select the session you wish to join.

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September 2022

Free Seed Paper Workshop With Artist Nina Vichayapai

Sept. 24 — 12–4 p.m.
Mini Mart City Park, 6525 Ellis Ave. S. Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Free drop-in paper-making workshop with artist Nina Vichayapai.

Beautify your home or garden and support local pollinators by learning how to make seed paper. During this drop-in workshop, participants can experience the fun approachability of this earth-friendly craft which utilizes recycled paper and live native wildflower seeds. Finished seed papers made by Nina will also be available to decorate and contribute to an ongoing public art project which will be planted at Mini Mart City Park.

For more information, check out Mini Mart City Park’s Instagram.

Base Residency Open House With Hexe Fey

Sept. 24 — 5–6 p.m.
BASE: Experimental Arts + Space, 6520 5th Ave. S, Seattle, WA

From the host: Base resident artist Hexe Fey (he/they) is an interdisciplinary mover, art worker, and community harm reductionist. Hexe is using the Base residency as a research and praxis intensive exploring powwow dancing and the Ghost Dance in relation to personal and sociopolitical history, ancestors, family, and Indigenous futurisms.

Please join us at Base on Saturday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. for Hexe Fey’s Base Residency Open House.

Seating is limited — please reserve a free ticket in advance. 

For more information and to reserve a free ticket, visit Base’s Brown Paper Tickets page.

Climate Now! Series: Presentation by Langdon Cook

Sept. 25 — 7 p.m., doors at 6 p.m.
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle, WA

From the host: South Hudson Music Project presents the first in its Climate series! In collaboration with the Seward Park Audubon Society, the first event is happening on Sept. 25.  The evening features a presentation by local author Langdon Cook.

The evening will also feature signature cocktails using locally foraged ingredients, and music by Sweeter Than the Day + Strings, acoustic instrumental music by composer Wayne Horvitz.

The event is free and open to the general public. Come celebrate the work we do together, and enjoy music, food, drink, and conversation!

For more information and to register for the first Climate Now! series event, please visit The Royal Room’s event page.

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October 2022

Just Speak: Abortion Storytelling

Oct. 7 — 6 p.m.
Beacon Hill, Seattle, WA

From the host: Join us for Just Speak: Abortion Storytelling! 

If you are a someone who has had an abortion and identify as transgender, non-binary, gender-expansive, and/or queer, we want to hear your story! These narratives that are rarely discussed when we talk about navigating abortion access and care.

We are expanding this conversation beyond abortion access for exclusively cis women. We know transgender, non-binary, and gender-expansive people can experience pregnancy and may access abortion if parenthood is not the next step for them in that moment of their life.

Abortion access and care is health care for EVERYONE and we are here to talk about it!!!

💥 Friday, October 7th at 6 p.m. PST, HYBRID EVENT! 💥

Due to safety precautions, you will receive access to the actual location (in Beacon Hill) of the event after registering via Eventbrite.

Zoom (online): Register to attend via
Eventbrite (in-person): Register to attend via 

This is a BIPOC only, QTBIPOC centered event.
This event is FREE.

26th Annual SpiritWalk & Warrior Run 

Oct. 15 — 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 5011 Bernie Whitebear Lane, Seattle, WA

From the host: On Oct. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., join Seattle Indian Health Board for the 26th Annual SpiritWalk & Warrior Run — an opportunity to gather and support our thriving cultures and healthy Native communities!

You can participate in a 5K run or a free, accessible 2K walk, followed by food, entertainment, and an Indigenous vendors’ market for the whole family. Top race finishers and one lucky walker will be awarded a unique, custom-designed beaded medallion.

Proceeds from the SpiritWalk & Warrior Run will fund projects that increase access to culturally attuned care, including a new residential substance use disorder treatment center and renovations to our International District Clinic. When you support our work, you help ensure that Native people continue to thrive on Native land in the Seattle area.

For more information and to register, please visit Seattle Indian Health Board’s run signup form.

(Photo: Juliana Bernstein, court Insomniac Events.)

Boo! Seattle (18+)

Oct. 28 & Oct. 29 — Friday: 6 p.m.–1:30 a.m., Saturday: 5 p.m.–12 a.m.
WAMU Theater, 800 Occidental Ave. S, Seattle WA

From the host: Enter, if you dare. The largest Halloween gathering in the PNW returns, boasting indoor festival rides for Headliners to enjoy, costumed performers, a killer lineup, and 3 stages. 

The House of Haunts, Groove Graveyard, and Den of Darkness await and are set to feature hard-hitting sets ranging a variety of genres from house to bass to dubstep, and more.

4B, Benny Benassi, Jauz, Netsky, Rusko, and Tiësto serve as highlights on the lineup, in addition to a spellbinding “Nightmare on Rezz Street” performance from Rezz.

General Admission for 2-day starting at $149 and 1-day starting at $109; VIP for 2-day starting at $299.99 and 1-day starting at $169.99

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Boo! Seattle’s website.

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Connecting to Our Creeks: Community Event

Sept. 21 — 6:30–8 p.m.
Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 S. Marginal Way SW, Seattle, WA

From the host: Did you know Seattle’s creeks are home to salmon and beavers along with many other wildlife?  Join us for this free, family-friendly event to learn about the local ecosystem of Longfellow Creek and other neighborhood creeks — about their water, native plants, fish and wildlife, and what we can do to keep our creeks healthy.

Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe will give us a tribal welcome and share about the tribe’s connections to these special places, followed by talks from Midsound Fisheries Enhancement Group, Beavers Northwest, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, and Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association.

Light food and refreshments provided.

Registration required, as this is an in-person event.

Hosted by the Duwamish Alive Coalition, Duwamish Longhouse and Delridge Neighborhood Development Association.

For more information and to register for the Connecting to Our Creeks: Community Event, please visit the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association’s event page.

¡Bailemos Juntos! Y Community Dance Party

Sept. 16 — 5–6:30 p.m.
Matt Griffin YMCA, 3595 South 188th St., SeaTac, WA 98188

From the host: Join the YMCA of Greater Seattle and community for a dance party celebrating National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month! Take a dance break and learn some new moves, all while connecting with your local Hispanic and Latinx communities.

For more information and to register for ¡Bailemos Juntos!, please visit the YMCA of Greater Seattle’s Eventbrite page.

Online Meeting: Childcare Workers Rise Up and Organize!

Sept. 15 — 7 p.m.

From the host: Hear a firsthand account from childcare workers Kailin Tintes and Charlie Morrison of the Magnolia Childcare Union. This union is organizing to represent MightyKidz childcare workers. Ten workers from the day care were recently fired in retaliation for organizing a union to achieve fair wages, adherence to state-regulated teacher/child ratios, and regularly scheduled lunch and 15- minute breaks. The sudden loss of their jobs resulted in financial hardship and loss of medical benefits.

Find out how to help support this important struggle including the workers getting their jobs back. Also on the agenda: Get involved in other upcoming Radical Women activities too.

Register online at

For more information: 206-722-6057•

YWCA Luncheon: Rise & Thrive With Anita Hill

Sept. 15 — 12:30–1:30 p.m.

From the host: This September, YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish brings keynote speaker Anita Hill (women’s rights advocate, educator, and acclaimed author) to their virtual Inspire Luncheon: Rise & Thrive on Sept. 15. This event recognizes and celebrates the resilience of BIPOC women in the face of challenges from COVID-19 and beyond.

Hear Anita Hill share her life’s work advancing women’s rights and ending gender violence. Attendees from across the country can join in community through a fully interactive virtual portal for a lively celebration of the strength, resilience, and boldness of the women YWCA supports. 

Tickets start at $10.

For more information and to register for the YMCA Luncheon: Rise & Thrive With Anita Hill, please visit YWCA’s event webpage.

Georgetown Steam Plant Revitalization Project

Georgetown Steam Plant, 6605 13th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108

Open House/Tours
*June 2 — 6–9 p.m.
*June 5 — 2–4 p.m.
*June 6 — 6–8 p.m.
*June 7 — 6–8 p.m.
*June 8 — 6–8 p.m.
*June 11 — 10–2 p.m.
(*These tour dates have passed.)

Community Workshops
*June 15 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.
*July 20 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 — 6:30–8:30 p.m.
(*This workshop has passed.)

Community Picnic
*Aug. 13 —10 a.m.–2 p.m. (*This event has passed.)

From the host: The Georgetown Steam Plant Community Development Authority (CDA) invites you to help create the Georgetown Steam Plant’s future. Join us in a series of community workshops to design the future use of the Georgetown Steam Plant. We need your ideas and your voice! To assist with planning, we encourage you to register for events. Registration is not required.

To register online, visit To register by phone, call (415) 937-8326 The best future for the Steam Plant depends on all of us working together!

For more information about the Georgetown Steam Plant Revitalization Project, visit

The Seattle Metamodernism Summit

Sept. 10 & 11 — 9:15 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Ballard Homestead, 6541 Jones Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117

From the host: What’s “metamodernism” and what do metamodern art and literature look like, sound like, feel like? Why are individuals and artists — even marketing and branding agents — increasingly drawn to it? Metamodernism is a name given to a sensibility emerging in the recent decades that grapples with our irony-soaked, context-dependent, everything-is-uncertain times by simultaneously embracing postmodern uncertainty and a sense of earnestness, even hope and commitment. How exactly does the current moment inspire artists of all sorts to create in a different, what some call metamodern, register?

The Seattle Metamodernism Summit is a public-friendly event taking place Sept. 10–11. Part symposium and part performance, with time for discussion built in, researchers in metamodern arts, TV and film, architecture, literature, video games, marketing and more are coming together, presenting their ideas to each other and the general public at the Ballard Homestead on Saturday Sept. 10. A live poet and songwriter panel includes locals Sierra Nelson, John Van Deusen (The Lonely Forest), Costello (Pretty Broken Things) and others. The public may attend the Summit in person or online (Zoom) on Sept. 10. The event continues in online only format on Sept 11.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit our website at

SEAPEX 2022: Seattle Philatelic Exhibition

Sept. 9 — 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; UNPA First Day Ceremony, 12–1 p.m. 
Sept. 10 — 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sept. 11 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave. S., Tukwila, WA

From the host: Calling all philatelists! SEAPEX is almost here! Come on out and help us celebrate our 50 years, the Klondike 125th anniversary, and the UNPA First Day Ceremony — The Greatest Spa Towns of Europe from Sept. 9–11 at the Tukwila Community Center!

For more information, including a schedule of events and list of vendors and exhibits, please visit SEAPEX’s website and be sure to follow them on Facebook @SeaPEXShow.

Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Sept. 9 & 10

From the host: The Ninth Annual Jackson Street Jazz Walk (JSJW) is a MUSIC–COMMUNITY–LEGACY event. It celebrates the rich African American musical legacy of the Seattle Central District, where music icons such as Ernestine Anderson, Ray Charles, and Quincy Jones began their iconic careers. This year the celebration kicks off with a Black & White Gala on Sept. 9, featuring two live bands, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, and a no-host bar. The festivities continue on Sept. 10 with the 12-band, seven-stage Jackson Street Jazz Walk. Offering a block-party feel, the Jackson Street Jazz Walk is on the same day as the neighboring Pratt Fine Arts Center’s Open House, giving attendees a gamut of live music and arts activities to enjoy. 

There is no admission fee for the jazz walk; instead, attendees are invited to make donations to support the event and benefit the Northwest Harvest Food Bank. Tax-deductible donations may be made online.

Black & White Gala tickets are $25 and available for purchase on Eventbrite. Black and white attire suggested.
 For more information about the Jackson Street Jazz Walk, including a list of performers, visit

Black & Loud Fest

Saturday, Sept. 10 — 3–10 p.m.
309 North 36th Street

From the host: Black & Loud Fest celebrates the long lineage of Black artists that have strapped on a guitar and raised their fist to the sky across America with a spectacular line up of Pacific Northwest Black artists.  The 2022 Black & Loud Fest features: Down North, King Youngblood, The Black Ends, Jaiden Grayson, Miles Harris & The Deep Cuts, Payge Turner, Earnie Ashwood, a special spoken word/rock and roll performance by T.S The Solution, Jamaar Smiley, and DJ Cherubim_Tha_Multitude and our Emcee 52Kings.

WHERE: LTD Parking Lot in the Fremont Neighborhood, Seattle, WA 309 N 36th St, Seattle, WA 98103

WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 2022, Doors Open 3pm, Continuous music until 10:00pm 

WHAT: Black & Loud Fest ’22 and Documentary Film Shoot 

For Free Passes To Attend Register at Dreaming in Color Entertainment.

The Emerald is a proud media partner of Black & Loud Fest 2022. Want a sneak peek of the Black & Loud Fest? Check out the Emerald’s article “Outside the Mainstream: The First Black & Loud Festival Showcases Alternative Black Music.

Northwest International Ukrainian Festival

Sept. 10 — 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Crossroads Park, 16140 NE 8th St., Bellevue, WA 98008

From the host: Join us in celebration on Sept. 10 for the fifth annual Northwest Ukrainian International Festival!

The festival will feature:

  • Ukrainian customs including traditional clothing, crafts, and more.
  • Delicious and authentic Ukrainian food.
  • Vendor booths featuring local businesses.
  • Stage performances including bands, soloists, and choirs.
  • Activities for all ages — including inflatables, games, and a trout fishing pond.
  • Opportunities to support Ukraine in its ongoing battle for freedom.
  • And much more!

For more information about the Northwest International Ukrainian Festival, please visit the festival’s website.

Truth in Community: White Center CDA’s 20th Anniversary Gala

Setp. 10 — Doors open at 5 p.m.
South Seattle College Brockey Conference Center, 6000 16th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA

From the host: It is with great pleasure that the White Center Community Development Association presents our 20th Anniversary Gala: Truth in Community. This theme of TRUTH encapsulates all that has happened within the last 20 years of our history. We are excited to see you all again in PERSON to celebrate all of our collective work and partnerships. Our work could not have been done without the brilliance of the White Center community and the tireless support from all YOU!

Please note that this is a formal event which means that you show up in your “Sili” best. No bikinis please … this means look good and wear something that gives you some wiggle room for all the fun!

We will be following CDC-recommended guidelines for our event.  Looking forward to celebrating this WCCDA milestone with all of you!

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 20th Anniversary Gala, please visit

Pratt Open House & Jackson Street Jazz Walk

Sept. 10 — 6 p.m./9 p.m.
1902 S. Main St., Seattle, WA 98144

From the host: Join us for the Pratt Open House and Jackson Street Jazz Walk! The event is free and everyone’s welcome.

The open house and jazz walk will include:

  • Demos by teaching artists.
  • Hands-on art activities.
  • Youth and teen art projects. 
  • Fun games and prizes.
  • Food trucks.
  • Beer garden.
  • And live music from the Jackson Street Jazz Walk (see above event listing for more details)!

Visit for locations in the neighborhood and lineup of musicians. For more information about the Pratt Open House, please visit Pratt Fine Art Center’s event webpage.

Beacon Arts Street Fairs

Second Saturdays, April 9–Sept. 10 — 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
South Roberto Maestas Festival Street, Seattle, WA 98144 

*April 9: Mercado de Pascua (*This event has passed.)
*May 14: Indigenous Peoples Market & Pinoy Express (*This event has passed.)
*June 11: South End Public Market & Pinoy Express (*This event has passed.)
*July 9: Pinoy Express & TBD (*This event has passed.)
*Aug. 13: El Marcado & Pinoy Express (*This event has passed.)
Sept. 10: South End Public Market & Pinoy Express

From the host: The block north of the Beacon Hill Light Rail Station will be hoppin’ with live music, local arts and crafts, free plants and seeds, and fun stuff to do for the whole family. Enjoy a monthly celebration of Beacon Hill achievements, talent, and local color, created  by and for our neighbors. 

Join us every second Saturday in April through September 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

For more information, including a map of vendors and a schedule of events, please visit

Beacon Hill Garden Share

Saturdays monthly through Sept. 10 — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
The Station Coffee Shop, 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St., Seattle, WA

From the host: Free seeds, plants and supplies to share! Bring your extras and take what you need, plus a chance to get the best tips from Master Gardeners. Plants and seeds that are offered have an emphasis on growing food reflective of our diverse community.

The garden share is funded by donations. Make a donation for Posies and fresh cut flower bouquets from our gardens. Direct donations of seeds, plants and cut flowers are encouraged!

For more information, please visit

Downtown Summer Sounds

July 5–Sept. 9
Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Harbor Steps, and more! 

From the host: Free live, local music is back in downtown Seattle all summer long! With more than 30 scheduled performances from July 5 to Sept. 9, Downtown Summer Sounds 2022 continues a four-decade DSA tradition of bringing outdoor summer concerts to downtown workers, residents, and visitors. From rock and hip-hop to R & B and alt-country, there’s a genre for everyone.

Join us at Westlake Park, Occidental Square, Harbor Steps and more great spots across downtown, and enjoy some of the best local talent Seattle has to offer.

For more information, including the full lineup and specific concert dates and locations, please visit Downtown Seattle Association’s Downtown Summer Sounds webpage.

Roe v. Rave (21+) 

Sept. 8 — 7 p.m.
Supernova, 110 S Horton St., Seattle, WA 98134

From the host: Join us at Supernova on Sept. 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. to raise funds and rage in support of ARC Southeast, an abortion fund serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 

When the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, it failed to protect the most fundamental of all human rights: bodily autonomy. The Dobbs decision disproportionately affects marginalized communities around the country, so we’re harnessing the power of collective action to support our siblings in the South, whose road to safe, necessary reproductive care is now even rockier thanks to Brett Kavanaugh and Co.

Come dance your face off to spite SCOTUS to the sounds of:

LEENI, releasing new album Violet on Aug. 18, 2022
JUSTICE MANSLAYER, new release “Alone” now available
INSTANT CRUSH, releasing new album Karma (is Patient) Sept. 2, 2022

Sliding scale tickets available for students and workers in public service jobs. Can’t join us? Check out the donation option at the tickets link to chip in and show your support! 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Roe V. Rave’s event page on Supernova’s ticket website.

KUOW Presents: Commonplace Objects, Uncommon Stories: An Evening with “The Blue Suit”

Wednesday, Sept. 7 — 7–8:30 p.m.
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall
321 Mercer Street

From the host: Join KUOW, Wednesday, September 7th at McCaw Hall’s Nesholm Family Lecture Hall in Seattle for a special evening of storytelling about commonplace objects with immense meaning, featuring The Blue Suit host Shin Yu Pai and special guests Wing Luke Museum Exhibit Director Jessica Rubenacker, musician Tomo Nakayama, and UW Senior Artist in Residence Anida Youe Ali. You’ll hear narratives of the Asian diaspora, told through personal artifacts and heirlooms — from a night-blooming cactus to a plastic tub of miso. These objects aren’t in a museum, but should be. Come hear their stories.

The Emerald is a proud media partner of KUOW’s Commonplace Objects, Uncommon Stories: An Evening with The Blue Suit.” For more information, visit the eventbrite page.

Civic Cocktail — Testing Education: Are We Ready for the New School Year? (21+)

Sept. 7 — 5 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle (and available Virtually online), 1119 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98101

From the host: Civic Cocktail offers a lively look at big events and important issues facing the Puget Sound region.

Are we ready for the new school year? As students and teachers return to class, they face enormous challenges. From safety to achievement gaps to teacher shortages and the ongoing pandemic impacts, there is no part of our education system that won’t be tested. Big challenges require bold thinking. We sit down with three leaders who know exactly what’s at stake to talk about how we can address these challenges.

Dr. Joshua Garcia, Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent
Brooke Brown, Washington State Teacher of the Year, 2021
Pavan Venkatakrishnan, Student Representative for Washington State Board of Education

Mónica Guzmán, Journalist and Author

Register for the In-Person OR Virtual event through Eventbrite.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

We will adhere to our venue’s current policies on Covid-19. Please check before attending in person for the requirements.

Special thanks to Civic Cocktail’s Title Partner Comcast.

For more information and to register, please visit the Civic Cocktail Eventbrite page.

Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Seattle Chef Showcase

Aug. 29 — 6–8:30 p.m.
El Centro de la Raza’s Centilia Cultural Center, 1660 S Roberto Maestas Festival St., Seattle, WA

From the host: After a two-year hiatus, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) Seattle is proud to bring back local chefs and guests for one of our favorite benefit events, Chef Showcase! Mix and mingle with AAJA Seattle members and friends as you taste and savor delicious food, beer and wine. There will also be a silent auction and raffle items including restaurant gift cards, museum passes, spa experiences, and more. 

As always, proceeds from this signature event benefit the Seattle chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association, which provides scholarships for students and training programs for media professionals. In turn, our recipients strive to share high-quality informative and inclusive journalism for and about our communities.

COVID Safety: The safety of our guests is our highest priority. Centilia Center has walls that open to the outside, promoting air circulation. We are requiring guests be vaccinated and boosted. Please be ready to show proof of vaccination at check in. We are also requiring guests wear masks when not eating or drinking. We strongly encourage high quality masks, like KN95s, KF94s, or N95s, over cloth masks.

Tickets are can be purchased online via Eventbrite by Aug. 28 and are $45 for AAJA members; $55 for non members; and $25 for students. Tickets will also be available at the door for $55.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit AAJA Seattle’s Eventbrite page.

Central American Festival

Aug. 28 — 12–6 p.m.
South Park Community Center, 8319 8th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Strengthen the voice of immigrant and refugee Central Americans through reclaiming and affirming cultural and linguistic identities by providing a festival that unites the Central American communities and celebrate their contributions to Seattle. This is a celebration that highlights both Central American & Afro-Central American communities. Sharing culture through food, dance and live music. Come celebrate the sixth year anniversary!

For more information about the Central American Festival, please visit

Summer of Learning Celebration at the Burke Museum

Aug. 28 — 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Burke Museum, University of Washington Campus, 4300 15th Ave N.E., Seattle, WA

From the host: Children, teens, families, and caregivers who participated in The Seattle Public Library’s Superhero Summer of Learning program are invited to a FREE end-of-summer celebration at the Burke Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Explore the Burke’s exhibits and collections — including dinosaurs, fossils, Northwest Native art, plant and animal collections, and cultural pieces from across the globe — and enjoy these special Summer of Learning activities: 

  • Dress up in your best superhero costume for the Superhero Selfie Station.
  • Hear the story “How Mouse Moved the Mountain,” by Tulalip artist and storyteller Ty Juvinel.
  • Create puppets and act out their superpowers in the puppet theater.
  • Make Ethiopian clay pinch pots with Daniel Kebede.
  • Enjoy crafts and activities with Hindi Time Kids.
  • Listen to Haida language warrior, artist and author Sondra Segundo share her latest work.
  • Enjoy superhero activities with South End Stories.
  • Learn more about the Library and sign up for a library card.

You may RSVP online for the event at the Burke Museum’s website and reserve a timed ticket, but reservations are not required and all are welcome.  

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Burke Museum’s website.

She Devil of the China Seas

Aug. 11–Aug. 27 — 8 p.m.
Theatre Off Jackson, 409 7th Ave. S., Seattle, WA

From the host: Gathering one of the largest Asian American casts in recent history, Pork Filled Productions presents the world premiere of SHE DEVIL OF THE CHINA SEAS, a swashbuckling blend of true history, pirate adventure, Conan the Barbarian, and Marvel comics.

Tse knew one thing: survival. She clawed her way up, using any means possible to aid her injured sister, Hei. But when China’s pirate king, Zhang Ngoi, offers her a chance for more, the sorceress Moh and her dark forces gather to destroy her before she can even accept —and fulfill — a destiny from the gods!

For more information, including a calendar of show dates, and to purchase tickets, please visit Pork Filled Productions ticket portal.

The 2022 Puget Sound Puppet Festival

Aug. 27 — 12–8 p.m.
Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center, 400 S. 2nd St., Renton, WA 98057

From the host: The Puppets are coming to Renton! Festivities will feature family-friendly puppet performances, a drop-in puppet workshop, a screening of Heather Henson’s Handmade Puppet Dreams films, and community activities located in downtown Renton.

All activities are free and open to the public thanks to the generosity of the Renton Municipal Arts Commission and partial funding from 4Culture.

Activities will start at 12 p.m. centred on the Renton Ikea Performing Arts Center with a special performance of Milo the Magnificent by Alex and Olmsted.

For more information, including a schedule of events and shows, and to purchase tickets, please visit the Puget Sound Puppetry Festival webpage on Stranger Tickets. You can also find more information on!

Fighting for Our Lives: An Action Conference on Reproductive Justice

Aug. 27 — 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

From the host: Join other activists in strategizing next steps in the defense of abortion and reproductive justice. This national Women’s Rights Day half-day online event opens with a panel on “Perspectives From Grassroots Leaders,” and features hands-on workshops on “Breaking the Race Barrier,” “Labor in the Forefront,” and “All Aboard for Next Steps.” Don’t miss it!

Admission is free. Register at 

Suggested donation of $5–$50 can be made with registration.

Sponsored by the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice and Radical Women.

For more information contact, 206-985-4621, or visit Keep up to date with Fighting for Our Lives by following Radical Women’s Facebook event page.

The Burien Solar Punk Festival

Aug. 27 — 10 a.m.–11 p.m.
614 SW 120th St., Seattle, WA 98146

From the host: If there is one simple fact that may just change your thoughts on renewable power, it’s this one: In a single hour, the amount of power from the sun that strikes the Earth is more than the entire world consumes in a year.

“Solar Punk” is the festival theme, which envisions a future where community and technology are integrated to create a self-sustaining system. In this event, attendees will learn about alternative self-sustaining ways to work and power their daily lives. It is an iconic one-day event that celebrates the best of Burien and empowers the community by bringing eco-friendly businesses together to showcase what they do and connect them to the community as potential employers.

The proceeds from The Burien Solar Punk Festival will be utilized to support: Key Tech Labs Green Jobs Expo, a Mini Job’s Fair, a Small Business Expo, funds for the new micro solar system, and stipends for the youth Green Pre-Apprenticeship Program 

At this year’s Burien Solar Punk Festival you will see green technologies, like an air-to-water generator, that creates clean drinking water out of the air. You will also see a microgrid solar system that generates energy from sunlight. We even have a farmbot which is an open-source CNC machine that will weed, water, and seed a garden bed all by itself. The future is now and the future is green.

For more info about the event and all that will be taking place during the event visit the event webpage at To learn more about Key Tech Labs visit

Garfield High School Centennial Celebration

Aug. 27 — 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

From the host: After 100 years, what’s a few more months? Come celebrate 100 years of Garfield High School!

There’ll be:

  • Historical displays.
  • Current and former staff reception.
  • Entertainment and food trucks.
  • Mini-reunions by decades on the athletic field.
  • Formal program at 1 p.m. in the gym, doors open at 12:30.

Please join us in our tents on the athletic field, our formal program in the gym, and activities in the main building in the commons and library.

For more information, please visit Learn more about the history and significance of Garfield High School in the Emerald’s article “Garfield High Centennial: Celebrating 100 Years of Shaping the Central District and Beyond.

28th Annual World Rhythm Festival

Aug. 26 — 7–10 p.m.
Aug. 27 — 12–10 p.m.
Aug. 28 — 12–7 p.m.
Columbia Park and Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle, WA

From the host: Join the Seattle World Percussion Society’s 28th Annual World Rhythm Festival! Drum, dance, listen, and learn at this free, family-friendly, mostly outdoor event from Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 at Columbia Park and Rainier Arts Center, 3515 S. Alaska St., Seattle.

Easy access by bus and light rail. Multicultural drum and dance performances and workshops for everyone, beginner to advanced. Opening concert on Friday, Aug. 26, 7–10 p.m. Ongoing events on Saturday, Aug. 27, 12–10 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 28, 12–7 p.m. Dance party Saturday night with Freestyle Candela.

For more information and a schedule of events, please visit

Parties in the Parks at Occidental Square & Westlake Park

Tuesdays & Thursdays, May–Aug. — 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesdays at Occidental Square, 117 S. Washington St.
Thursdays at Westlake Park, 401 Pine St.

From the host: It’s a Party in the Parks, and you’re invited! Join us for a downtown celebration happening twice every week from May through August. Enjoy all-day family-friendly fun with live entertainment, food trucks, and giveaways, plus happy hour starting at 4 p.m. with bar service provided by Party on the Rocks. Grab your coworkers, friends and neighbors and head to Occidental Square every Tuesday and Westlake Park every Thursday, from 11 a.m to 7 p.m.

For more information, including a list of party activities, please visit the Downton Seattle Association/Metropolitan Improvement District’s Events webpage.

Skyway Outdoor Cinema

Fridays, Aug. 5–Aug. 25 — 7 p.m.
Behind the Skyway 7-Eleven on Renton Avenue South, 12610 76th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98178

From the host: Join us on Friday nights in August for a fantastic, fun, FREE film experience for the whole family!

Meet us at 8 p.m. behind the Skyway 7-Eleven on Renton Avenue South in the U.S. Bank parking lot. Don’t forget to bring a comfy chair or blanket and some cash for the concession stand. 

For more information, including the movie lineup, please visit Skyway Outdoor Cinema’s Facebook page. Check out the Emerald’s article “Skyway Outdoor Cinema Adjusts to Bring Community Together” for coverage from last year!

The Wandering Ear Presents: The Exploration With Noah coinflip, SHESGUCCI, N SO, and MORAA (21+)

Aug. 25 — 7–11:45 p.m., doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m.
Barboza, 925 E Pike St., Seattle, WA 98122

From the host: The Wandering Ear (TWE) presents The Exploration! We’ve got the amazing Noah coinflip (@noah_coinflip), MORAA (@moraa_o), SHESGUCCI (@__shesgucci__), and N SO (@n_so____) playing at Barboza (@barboza206) on Aug. 25.

Tickets are $10/$12.

TWE Exploration will be featuring Afrobeats, house, funk, Latin house, Reggaeton, and everything in-between. We will also be celebrating TWE sixth-year anniversary!

If you purchase a ticket and send us proof we will add you to our list where we will be sending you a discount for a special show we are throwing next year!

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Barboza’s website.

Seattle JazzED Block Party

Aug. 25 — 5–8 p.m.
Future JazzHouse Site, 2101 22nd Ave South

From the host: Seattle JazzED is thrilled to announce the annual Block Party is BACK! We’re shutting down the block and having a ball. Come out to the site of JazzHouse, our future home (2101 22nd Ave. S.), on Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5 to 8p.m. for this FREE summer extravaganza event! 

This year’s party will feature fun for the whole family, free food, fun, and live music. Block party-goers will dance in the streets to the funky sounds of the JazzED Second Line and the soulful stylings of Seattle’s own Marina and the Dreamboats. Come on out and join the party!

This is a free public event, and all are welcome. 

For more information and to keep up to date with the Seattle JazzED Block Party, follow the Seattle JazzED Block Party Facebook event page.

24th Annual Brazilian Festival: BrasilFest Carnaval

Aug. 21 — 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, WA 

From the host: Join Seattle Center’s Festál for the 24th annual BrasilFest! The lively world of Brazilian arts and culture will fill Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style. This one-day extravaganza will offer continuous music, dance, workshops and performance that represent a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions as well as traditional folkloric performers. Experience all that this exuberant and vivid culture has to offer, from Capoeira demonstrations and workshops for all ages (Brazilian martial arts), Samba workshops, children’s activities (mask-making, painting), Brazilian instruments, arts and crafts, photo exhibits and films. Not only is this festival important to the Brazilian community but also for the general public that loves Brazil.

For more information and to keep up to date with BrasilFest activities, follow their Facebook page @BrasilFestSeattle.

Jack’s BBQ — Low & Slow Festival

Aug. 20 — 12–6 p.m.
Jack’s BBQ – Algona, 35731 W Valley HWY S., Algona, WA 98001

From the host: (21+ only)

Hey BBQ Friends!

We’re happy to announce the return of the Jack’s BBQ Low & Slow Festival! With a lineup of awesome musicians, fans can hear the best in blues, rock and roll, and country; a little something for everybody to enjoy.

This year’s lineup includes:

  • Kitty Mae
  • Stag
  • Brian Nova
  • Andy Timmons
  • Randy Hansen

To accompany the live music, we’ll be roasting a whole steer! A sight to see that is more than worthy of a photo or two. Each ticket will include a complimentary roasted steer sandwich while other delicious eats will be for sale. Add Chicken Sh*t Bingo and cornhole into the mix — there will be plenty to keep you busy.

And to wash down that hearty sandwich, you can find drinks from our event sponsors including: Tito’s Vodka, WhistlePig Whiskey, Topo Chico, Locust Cider and Shiner Bock.

This year’s event will take place at our Algona location, just south of Highway 18 on West Valley Highway. This is a shindig you won’t want to miss y’all!

For more information and to purchase tickets ($35), please visit Jack’s Low & Slow Festival’s Eventbrite page.

Sidewalk Rummage Sale!

Aug. 20 — 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
New Freeway Hall, 5018 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: The annual Sidewalk Rummage Sale is almost here! This community sale functions much like a yard sale where you can find lightly-loved items at amazing prices.

Find housewares, books, toys, office supplies, jigsaw puzzles, décor, tools, and much more!

Sat., Aug. 20, 11 a.m.–5.p.m.

half-price sale: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.

bagtime: 3 p.m.–5 p.m.

(all you can fit in a bag for $5.00)


To benefit Seattle/Puget Sound Freedom Socialist Party.

For more information contact 206-722-2453,, or visit Keep up to date with the Sidewalk Rummage Sale by following their Facebook event page.

Pacific Northwest Black Pride

Aug. 18–21
POCAAN, 4437 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA

From the host: A weekend for everyone, including workshops, Sage Dinner, health festival, music performances, parties, and more.

Pride 2022 features Sevendeep, RIKO WITH A K, Neverending Nina, Ladie Chablis, Saffron Volt, The Jacob Drummond, Koach T, Lamont White, Edens Garden Series, Bobbi K, Javae, and Regine Dynasty.

For more information, please visit NW Black Pride’s events page.

What the Funk?! An All BIPOC Burlesque Fest

Aug. 18–20
The Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle, WA

From the host: You want the FUNK?! We got the FUNK!

What the Funk?! An All BIPOC Burlesque Fest is BACK at The Triple Door with another installment of their sold-out festival!

Conceived as a tribute to Funk music as a show idea in early 2018 by founder and co producer, Mx. Pucks A’Plenty, WTFFest is now a three night celebration of art and culture.

Puckduction and the Stay Up Late Show bring you three nights of funk, the whole funk, and nothing, but the funk.

Tickets $30–$50.

Keep up to date with What the Funk?! by following the festival on Facebook. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit

Second Annual Rainier Beach Grill Off

Aug. 18 — 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Be’er Sheva Park, 8650 55th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Who will be the next Rainier Beach Grill Master???

The second annual Rainier Beach Grill Off RETURNS after a two-year COVID Hiatus. 

If you love grilling and want to showcase your mad grill skillz for a chance to be named the Rainier Beach Grill Master, sign up to compete via the Rainier Beach Grill Off Facebook event page, or call 206-306-3647. 

Open to ALL COMMUNITY to come down and eat good food, meet neighbors, play some games, and just kick it. Also, get updates on the Be’er Sheva community designed park renovations coming your way!
Check out the 2019 competition on Rainier Beach Link to Lake’s website!

Secrets of Seattle’s Historic Shoreline Walking Tours

Third Wednesdays of the Month, March 16–Aug. 17 — 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Alaskan Way & Lenora Street, Seattle, WA 98121

From the host: More so than most cities, Seattle has shaped itself to suit its needs. Seattle has removed hills, filled tide flats, and created a completely new downtown shoreline. Join geologist and writer David Williams on a 1.5-mile walking tour to explore the last vestiges of the former downtown bluffs, trace the island where Seattle was founded, and examine how the subterranean fill still affects the modern landscape.

Walking tours will be held from March 16 to August 17 on the third Wednesday of each month (March 16, April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, and August 17).

For more information and to register for the walking tours, please visit the following Waterfront Park’s event webpage.

Refuge Outdoor Festival

Aug. 12–14
Tolt-MacDonald Park, 31020 NE 40th St, Carnation, WA 98014

From the host: We are excited to host the 5th annual RefugeFest. Refuge is back at Tolt-MacDonald Park! 3-days and 2-nights filled with opportunities to build community via outdoor recreation, art, music, and conversations. Leave rejuvenated and connected.

ALL bodies are welcome at Refuge — Black, Indigenous, People of Color, Allies, Queer, Trans, Straight, Disabled, and the multitude of other identities that we hold. New to exploring the outdoors? Expert in all things outdoors? Just want to kick it? This event is for you! This event is to build community and take refuge. 

Schedule to include a variety of activities including workshops, physical recreation & skill-building, healing practices, art creation, musical experiences, partner market, AND of course our silent disco. #DoAs MuchorAsLittleAsYouLike.

For more information and to register, please visit

Madaraka Festival

Aug. 13 –14 — 2–10 p.m.
Pier 62, 1951 Alaskan Way, Seattle, WA, 98101

From the host: Join us on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday August 14th from 2:00 pm at Pier 62 at Waterfront Park in Seattle, Washington where we will have live musical performances, African food, and art! Madaraka Festival brings Africa’s finest musicians and creatives together with world renowned artists and innovators for a celebration of music and civic purpose. 

The Emerald is a proud media partner of this year’s Madaraka Festival.

Othello Park International Festival

Aug. 14 — 12–6 p.m.
Othello Playground, 4351 S. Othello St., Seattle, WA 98118

From the host: Mark your calendars! The Othello Park International Festival is returning this summer! This signature event supports Othello’s identity as one of the world’s most vibrant multicultural neighborhoods.

In addition to its onstage array of colorful multicultural music, dance, costume, and art, the Othello Park International Festival includes a variety of children’s games and an art creation station staffed by local artists providing projects that festival attendees can create and take home. Booths featuring local businesses, community organizations, and multicultural food vendors will surround the Park’s beautiful meadow where a dance floor invites attendees to join in the fun and learn from one another.

For more information, including vendor booth information, visit

The Emerald is a proud media partner of this year’s Othello Park International Festival.

Fire & Grace at The Royal Room

Aug. 14 — 7:30 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m.
The Royal Room, 5000 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle WA 98118 

From the host: The acclaimed musical duo of Fire & Grace — violinist Edwin Huizinga and guitarist William Coulter — will perform one night only at Seattle’s The Royal Room, on Aug. 14. This family-friendly evening takes listeners on a musical journey from folk tunes to classical compositions, from tango to Celtic ballads to uptempo foot-stompers. Fire & Grace is an eclectic collaboration, a unique duo exploring the connective musical elements of classical, folk, and contemporary traditions from around the world. Their vast repertoire is all played with a sense of discovery and commitment to the elements of passion and virtuosity — fire and grace — found in these diverse traditions. 

Tickets are $25 plus fees.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Fire & Grace at The Royal Room, please visit The Royal Room’s ticket portal.

2nd Annual Community BBQ & Back to School Backpack Giveaway

Aug. 13 — 1 p.m.
Lifeline Christian Fellowship Church, 1111 S. Carr Rd., Renton, WA 98055

From the host: Come join us for free food, fun and family, a chance to gather with friends and make new ones. BilliePearl has received donations to ensure our kids have access to the supplies they need to successfully start the year. There will also be family-friendly activities, backpacks with supplies, and more (live DJ, giveaways, bounce house)! Enter the prize raffle online!

For more information about BilliePearl’s 2nd Annual Community BBQ & Back to School Backpack Giveaway, visit BilliePearl’s Community Barbecue webpage.

Hai! Japantown

Aug. 13 — 1–5 p.m.
KOBO at Higo, 604 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA

From the host: During Japantown’s annual summer festival, the shops, galleries, restaurants and other creative spaces in this re-surging historic district will be buzzing with music, eats, and activity. Long-time locals, Seattle newbies, area residents, and visitors alike are invited to take part during a summer celebration for the entire family.

Hai! Japantown is hosted by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.

For more information and to keep up to date with Hai! Japantown, follow Japantown Seattle’s Facebook event page. Be sure to check out our prior coverage of Hai! Japantown on the Emerald!

Jefferson Jumpstart!

Thursdays, July 14–Aug. 11 — 7 p.m.
Jefferson Park Amphitheater (NW Corner), 3801 Beacon Ave S, Seattle, WA

From the host: Bring your picnic blanket and get a jumpstart on the weekend with free weekly concerts. Bask in beautiful, local sounds while the golden sun goes down in the neighborhood’s most scenic sunset spot. Featuring unique contemporary music from:

  • July 14: The Whags — psychedelic funk
  • July 21: Talaya — existential soul
  • July 28: Tomo Nakayama — cinematic synth-pop
  • Aug. 4: Supersones — Cuban Son sextet
  • Aug. 11: Elias Alexander — tradance party

Don’t miss our extra special opening act on July 14: Master David Leong’s lion dance team from the Northwest Kung Fu and Fitness.

For more information about Jefferson Jumpstart!, please visit

Duwamish River Festival

Aug. 6 — 12–5 p.m.
Duwamish River People’s Park and Shoreline Habitat, 8700 Dallas Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98108

From the host: Join us for the Duwamish River Festival an event that brings our communities together to celebrate our diversity and the cleanup and restoration of the Duwamish River. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy interactive educational booths, youth art activities, free food, dancing, music and hear from special guests.

For more information, including volunteer sign-ups, please visit the Duwamish River Community Coalition’s event webpage.

Umoja Fest & Parade

Aug. 5–7
Parade on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.
Judkins Park, Seattle, WA

From the host: The Northwest’s most historic and iconic African American celebration is building Black better in 2022! Save the date!

Keep up to date with everything Umoja Fest on their Facebook and Instagram pages. For more information about the festival and parade, please visit the

Book Launch: ‘At Home on an Unruly Planet,’ Madeline Ostrander with KUOW’s John Ryan

Aug. 5 — 6:30–9 p.m.; doors at 6:30 p.m., talk at 7 p.m., book signing and mingling until 9 p.m.
The Collective, 400 Dexter Ave., North Seattle, WA 98109

From the host: Join Northwest Science Writers Association and Folio: The Seattle Athenaeum for a celebration of Madeline Ostrander’s brand new nonfiction book, At Home on an Unruly Planet (Holt). Award-winning KUOW public radio reporter John Ryan will join Madeline on stage to talk about her book, about writing and reporting the longest of long-form science stories, and about hope and solutions amid crisis. Madeline will share experiences from her reporting from remote Alaska to Florida to here in the Pacific Northwest. Then we’ll raise a glass and have time for celebrating and mingling.

You can preorder a copy of At Home on an Unruly Planet in advance from Elliott Bay Book Company (be sure to type “pick up at 8/5 event” in the comments field of the online order). Or you can purchase a book in person at the event. Madeline will be signing books after her talk. 

This event will be held outdoors on the patio of The Collective in South Lake Union. A ticket purchase includes one beverage of your choice (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).There is a full bar and restaurant on the premises.

Tickets are $5–$20.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the book launch event, please visit NSWA’s event webpage.

Fruitbowl Podcast presents Passionfruit (21+)

Aug. 4 — 7 p.m.
Century Ballroom, West Hall at Oddfellows Hall, 915 E Pine St., Seattle, WA 98122 

From the host: A night of fun, frisky femme-centered entertainment, hosted by Rebecca M. Davis. Stand-up comedy, burlesque, music, and storytelling. Watch fabulous local queer performers, mingle with your fellow fruits, and learn about Fruitbowl and its mission to amplify femme-centered, first-person stories about queer coming of age and sex-positive perspectives.

This event is free. Everyone who wants to attend should RSVP, but to honor the intention and goal of this event, we request that cisgender male allies pay a sliding scale donation at the door

For more information and to register, please visit Fruitbowl’s Passionfruit Eventbrite page.

Uncovering the History of Seattle’s Central Waterfront

First Thursday of the Month, March 3–Aug. 4 — 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Occidental Park, 117 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104

From the host: The central Seattle waterfront has layers of stories, many of them hidden from view like the beach that once welcomed Coast Salish canoes. Join HistoryLink historian Jennifer Ott on a 1-mile walking tour across time to explore the piers and people, ships and railroads, and ever-evolving landscape of the waterfront.

For more information, including the route, and to register, please visit Waterfront Park’s event webpage.

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