Things to Do in Seattle: Saturday, August 9, to Friday, August 15
This week: eat big at the Seattle Street Food Festival on Saturday to fuel up for Bicycle Sunday. Then, enjoy paella and sangria at Terra Plata, party '90s-style with Counting Crows and Toad the Wet Sprocket, and wrap up the week with Shakespeare in the park. Have fun and, as always, check out Groupon for more things to do in Seattle.
Capitol Hill | Saturday, August 9, noon to 10 p.m.
What started three years ago as the Mobile Food Rodeo has expanded to a full festival of street food. This year’s food trucks include Off the Rez, How Pickle Got Out of a Jam, Lumpia World, Ezell’s Chicken, and Full Tilt Ice Cream. Vendors will all have a $5 menu item to encourage sampling from lots of stops. Also featured: a pop-up picnic, beer garden, and Urban Craft Uprising marketplace. (Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave.; free admission, $5+ individual dishes, $30 VIF pass, $75+ picnic pop-up; buy tickets here)
Lake Washington | Sunday, August 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lake Washington Boulevard is closed to motorized vehicles Sunday, allowing families to take their bikes for a beautiful ride by the shore without any worry about cars or traffic. Consider packing a picnic to enjoy at Mount Baker Beach at the north end of the ride or Seward Park at the south. (Lake Washington Boulevard from Mount Baker Beach to Seward Park; free)
Capitol Hill | Monday, August 11, 5 p.m.
Terra Plata can be relied on for excellent food every night of the week, but Mondays are especially delicious with special paella selections, pintxos and tapas, sangria, and flights of Spanish wine. For the designated driver in the group, check out the housemade sodas in flavors like jalapeño and mint or black currant and fennel seed. Weather permitting, grab a seat on the rooftop patio. (1501 Melrose Ave.; $15 per person for paella)
Redmond | Tuesday, August 12, 6 p.m.
Smiling in the bright lights and coming through in stereo, Adam Duritz (who turned 50 this month!) and the rest of Counting Crows will take the stage for an outdoor concert at Marymoor Park, where they’ll be joined by openers and fellow '90s hit-makers Toad the Wet Sprocket. (6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE, Redmond; $45–$75; buy tickets here)
Beacon Hill | Friday, August 15, 7 p.m.
Shakespeare in the park is a summer tradition that GreenStage has kept alive through 26 seasons, but this summer is the organization’s first performing at Jefferson Park. This early Shakespeare comedy delivers romantic hijinks galore when the King of Navarre and his pals attempt to swear off women for three years, just as a lovely princess swings into town. (3801 Beacon Ave. S; free; see additional performances here)
Love's Labor's Lost photos courtesy of GreenStage and Ken Holmes
Leslie Seaton runs the website Fresh-Picked Seattle, a comprehensive calendar of local food, free, and nature events. The site was started in December 2008, and in the past five years, she’s hand-picked and listed thousands of local events – and attended hundreds of them herself! If you want to know when and where to go to learn Thai cooking, hear an author talk, take a kayak class, attend a free wine tasting, or a variety of other fun local activities, she’s the person to ask.