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Things to Do in Seattle: Saturday, August 23, to Friday, August 29 8.21.2014

Sample rare brews at the Seattle International Beerfest, BYOP (bring your own pillow) to a Frozen sing-along, and groove to Jack White at Paramount Theater. Later in the week, the Cougars kick off the season against the Scarlet Knights, and Arabica Lounge celebrates chess and damn fine pie with a Twin Peaks–inspired night. Have fun, and as always, check out Groupon for more things to do in Seattle.

Things to Do in Seattle: Saturday, August 2, to Friday, August 8
On this week’s agenda: Olympic Sculpture Park hosts a kids’ day, the Blue Angels return to the Seafair Air Show, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band brings some NOLA sound to Capitol Hill. Plus, Jane Eyre gets a musical makeover and burgers compete for the title of Best in South Lake Union. Have fun, and as always, check out Groupon for more things to do in Seattle.
Things to Do in Seattle: Saturday, July 26, to Friday, August 1
On this week’s agenda: the Torchlight Parade, Pista sa Nayon festival, and an aquavit workshop at the Swedish Club. Plus, circus performers open a screening of Sixteen Candles and psychedelic bands take over Sunset Tavern. Have fun and as always, check Groupon for even more great things to do in Seattle.
Things to Do in Seattle: Week of July 21, 2014
This week: Beatlemania hits SIFF Cinema Uptown, Mormons invade the Paramount Theatre, and a Japanese teahouse sets sail in Lake Union Park. Still thirsty? Check out Groupon for even more great things to do in Seattle.
Things to Do in Seattle: Week of July 14, 2014
Fireworks! Parties! Parades! No, it’s not a belated Fourth of July celebration, it’s how the French celebrate Bastille Day every July 14. Show support of our amis across the sea by attending a Bastille Day Party at Le Pichet, or save up all your energy for belting out “Vacation” when The Go-Go’s take the stage at Chateau Ste. Michelle in the middle of the week. And if all that singing and celebrating saps your energy, Skillet has a Golden Girls–themed happy hour to help you recover. As always, check Groupon for more things to do in Seattle.
Things to Do in Seattle: Week of July 7, 2014
The fireworks may be over, but summer’s just beginning. This week, trade in hot dogs and other all-American eats for some international cuisine at Bastille Bash and the Polish Festival, or time-travel from the comfort of a theater seat by taking in a stage production of Kavalier & Clay or a concert featuring three Motown greats. Oh, and did we mention Lauryn Hill’s in town? If you need more, check out even more things to do in Seattle.
10 Places to Show Your Pride This Weekend
Everybody loves a parade (especially when the grand marshal is George Takei), but it’s not the only way to show your pride this weekend. Below, we’ve highlighted some other ways to celebrate, from family-friendly fests to clothing-optional dance parties.
Things to Do in Seattle: Week of June 23, 2014
This week: Cheer on Cher impersonators, chow down on free barbecue, and watch a parade led by Mr. Sulu. And, of course, if you run out of activities, you can also always check Groupon for things to do in Seattle.
A Delicious Day Trip to Bow-Edison
Seattleites who love gorgeous natural scenery, delicious food, and unique products can basically find everything they need right here in our fair city. But sometimes the open road calls, and it’s time to go exploring. The Bow-Edison area is an excellent destination for a delicious and beautiful day trip. Under 90 minutes from Seattle, it’s a small area that packs a lot of potential. Consider bringing a cooler full of ice for some of the haul, as it’s not humanly possible to eat everything tasty on offer in the area in just one day.
Learn to Knit, Crochet, Sew and More With Fiber Art Classes in Seattle
The Seattle area is certainly not unique in being a great home for the fiber arts (knitting, crochet, sewing, and more), but there are elements to the city that make it especially suited to these hobbies.
Get Back to Nature with These Seattle Parks and Hiking Trails
Seattleites are fortunate to live in a naturally beautifully city, with mountain and water vistas to enjoy around every corner. However, even in such a lovely urban setting, one occasionally needs to leave the city behind and get back to nature, and Seattle offers its citizens many spots even within the city proper to do just that.
For the Birds: Birdwatching in Seattle
Birdwatching might have had a reputation as a slightly geeky activity for a particular subset of the tree-hugging population, but as the 15th most popular outdoor recreational activity (according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service), it’s clear its appeal in recent years has broadened.
Snowshoeing for Seattleites: Classes and Resources for the Novice
Seattle is an active town, but during the gray wet days of winter, it can be difficult to get motivated to head outside for a walk or jog. But for the outdoorsy type, fun in the fresh air can be crucial to counteract the winter blahs.
Culture Crashing at Seattle's International Festivals
The best part about the international festivals that happen throughout the year in Seattle is that nobody’s ever actually crashing—the whole city is invited to these parties. Wherever they come from, immigrants and their descendants carry on the traditions of their native lands, recreating the celebrations they remember, usually in the form of dancing, music, and (everyone’s favorite) food. Seattle is not a very diverse city, but all of the small communities that throw the festivals open the door to their friends and neighbors, sharing their culture, their holiday, their traditions, and their snacks with anyone who wants to join. In general, the events are free, fun, family-friendly, and a great way to learn more about fellow Seattleites. Wondering where to start? Here are a few perennial favorites:
Seattle's Best Bookstores
Maybe it’s the rain that keeps Seattle readers inside, cradling their favorite tome. But there’s no denying that this city loves to crack open a book, or curl up in the stacks of some musty neighborhood vendor. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of quality places to buy, trade, read and enjoy books in the Emerald City. Here are some of the city’s best.
Don't Wait for Free First Thursdays: Other Ways to Visit Seattle-area Museums for Free
Seattle’s Free First Thursday is an excellent local institution: most museums in the area offer free admission and extended hours on the first Thursday of the month.
Heart of Glass: Glassblowing in Seattle
The Northwest is home to a thriving art glass movement, launched largely by Dale Chihuly, a glass artist known for his colorful and large-scale sculptures, and for co-founding the Pilchuck School for glassblowing outside Seattle. Visitors who possess even a passing interest in glass art owe themselves a visit to the area’s several museums and galleries dedicated to the form, where Chihuly’s work stands tall alongside a new generation of glass blowers.
Pioneer Square is Trendy Again
Seattle’s Pioneer Square has long been a destination for espresso bars, old bookstores and interesting shops. Now, tech companies have moved into the office buildings surrounding one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, bringing with them trendy new storefronts and a revitalized feeling to the area.
Get Crafty for a Homemade Holiday
It’s a lovely idea, the thought of making homemade gifts for the holidays. Rather than fighting for parking and scrambling for bargains, one can be cozy at home, basking in the smell of cookies baking or soaps curing.