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27 Cheap & Easy Things To Do in Seattle This Weekend: June 10-12, 2022

White Center Pride, Indigenous People Festival, and More Last-Minute Events Under $15
June 10, 2022
Have a stack of ones at the ready for drag performers at this year's White Center Pride. (White Center Pride)
You know what makes a good weekend great? Getting out and having fun without the hassle of planning or spending a lot of money. We have ideas that fit that bill, from the Indigenous People Festival to March for Our Lives and from White Center Pride Street Party to A Celebration of Queer Women in Music and Comedy

Washington’s statewide mask mandate has been lifted, venues may have their own health guidelines in place. We advise directly checking the specific protocols for an event before heading out.

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Benefit Party for Kharkovchanin Bar Ukraine Add to a List
Show off your dance moves for a good cause with house DJs Pezzner, Michael Manahan, Jamie Schwabl, and Randy Deshaies, who are joining forces to raise money for Kharkovchanin Bar, a former house music hub in the heart of Kharkiv, Ukraine, that has since become a humanitarian commissary that feeds and assists displaced individuals and defenders of the country.
(Cherry Nightclub, Downtown, $15)


A Celebration of Queer Women in Music and Comedy Add to a List
This showcase of all queer women musicians and comedians will provide some cathartic laughter and dancing courtesy of multi-talented drag royalty Betty Wetter, neo-soul group Day Soul Exquisite, dream pop project Pseudo Saint, stand-up jewel Juno Men, singer-songwriter Carrie Biell, and local funnywoman Rohini Jayanthi.
(Clock-Out Lounge, Beacon Hill, $12)


Jones Soda You-Pick Market Add to a List
Jones Soda will celebrate the reopening of its offices with $1 individual sodas, $10 12-packs, mix-and-match 12-packs, and other deals, plus freebies like stickers and a drawing to win a free custom 12-pack.
(Jones Soda Co., SoDo, free)


Blackwater Holylight Add to a List
Portland quintet Blackwater Holylight contrasts shimmering harmonies with sludgy instrumentals that are, according to press materials, "heavy, psychedelic, melodic, terrifying, and beautiful all at once." They will take the stage in support of their latest album, Silence/Motion, after an opening set from kindred souls Spirit Mother and post-punk outfit Weep Wave.
(Chop Suey, Capitol Hill, $15)

Nudity with Dr. Quinn & the Medicine Woman and The Glutz Add to a List
Olympia-based synth jammers Nudity will take a trip up I-5 to bring you some heavy-hitting, mind-melting psychedelic sounds. If you are unfamiliar with the five-piece, we recommend checking out their 2015 album, Astronomicon, which authentically replicates prog rock and krautrock sounds of the 1970s with a unique post-punk perspective. The evening will get started with kindred psych-rock spirits Dr. Quinn and the Medicine Woman and The Glutz.
(Cafe Racer, Capitol Hill, $5-$10)



March for Our Lives Add to a List
Hard to believe we're still protesting this shit, but here we are. In the United States, there have been more mass shootings than days in the year so far in 2022. This doesn't have to be our reality. Show up to show our elected officials that thoughts and prayers aren't—and have never been—enough. Safety from gun violence only comes with concrete change.
(Various locations, free)


Indigenous People Festival Add to a List
The Seattle Indian Health Board and yəhaw̓ Indigenous Creatives Collective have partnered for this free day-long festival, creating a space for celebration of Native cultures through music and dance performances, art exhibitions, food, and Indigenous knowledge sharing. Visitors can take part in a screenprinting activity with their own shirts and patches, snag free posters, and view Sovereign, a special exhibition featuring local Afro-Indigenous creatives.
(Seattle Center Armory, Uptown, free)


Burgundy Wine Tasting Add to a List
Sip some buzzy new Burgundies selected by the Esquin staff.
(Esquin Wine Merchants, SoDo, free)


Beautiful Freaks, Trash Sound Conglomerate, Ghostdivorce, and Rad Max Add to a List
Gear up for an evening of hard-hitting experimental tunes headlined by Seattle queercore trio Beautiful Freaks, who mix equal parts metal, jazz, and punk for an energizing brew of hardcore glam-pop goodness. Plus, arrive in time to catch opening sets from local punks Trash Sound Conglomerate, Spokane noise-rock outfit Ghostdivorce, and '80s inspired dance-rockers Rad Max.
(Conor Byrne, Ballard, $10-$12)

Haley Johnsen (Album Release) with Halley Greg and Sophie Add to a List
Portland-based singer-songwriter Haley Johnsen's soulful blend of acoustic rock, country, and pop has drawn comparisons to the likes of Kacey Musgraves, HAIM, and Maggie Rogers. She will hit the stage in celebration of her new album, GONER, with support from blues-rock vocalist (The Voice season 20 contestant) Halley Greg, and indie-folk duo Sophie Dorsten and Alex Dorsten.
(High Dive, Fremont, $15)

Hovvdy – True Love Tour Add to a List
Yeehavv! Austin, Texas hailing indie-pop duo Hovvdy will stop by on their True Love tour, supporting their acclaimed new album of the same name. The album employs warm acoustic guitars and dreamy production (thanks to noted producer Andrew Sarlo, known for his work with Big Thief) for an affectionate array of songs that explore romantic relationships and fatherhood.
(Madame Lou's at the Crocodile, Belltown, $15)

Killroom Records Presents: Johnny Nails, Acapulco Lips, and Bread & Butter Add to a List
Seattle-based label Killroom Records presents this night of retro-infused rock with multi-talented producer/singer-songwriter Johnny Nails, fuzzed-out surf trio Acapulco Lips, and joyous power-pop quartet Bread & Butter.
(Sunset Tavern, Ballard, $12)

Mean Genius (Featuring Members of Windowpane & Ten Miles Wide) & Van EPS Add to a List
Fresh off the heels of their new single "The Ritual," members from local hard rock heavies Windowpane and Ten Miles Wide will debut their roaring new metal-tinged supergroup Mean Genius with support from local rock mainstays Van EPS.
(The Crocodile, Belltown, $15)

Seattle-Isfahan Project: 33 Add to a List
Project: 33, named after the number of arches that make up the bridge across the drought-ridden Zayanderud river, is a collaboration between Seattle and Iran-based composers who have come together to draw attention to the water crisis in Iran, which has been brought on by climate change. Bassist Abbey Blackwell, violinist Luke Fitzpatrick, pianist Laure Struber, guitarist Jeff Bowen, saxophonist Neil Welch, and guitarists Naeim Rahmani and Jeff Bowen will perform the world premiere of these works along with poetry from contemporary Iranian poet Sohrab Sepheri.
(Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford, $5–$20 sliding scale)


White Center Pride Street Party Add to a List
Quirky, independent White Center, which feels like Seattle but is technically unincorporated King County, has always done things its own way, and that extends to Pride. They’re running a pretty sweet indie street party: Show up in the general downtown vicinity to enjoy vendor stalls, beer gardens, live entertainment, and a giant balloon chain like you always see in pix of Coachella. Plus there’s that killer elote stand, also like Coachella, at 15th and 98th. It’s basically just like Coachella except you can walk everywhere, ’cause it’s not 120 degrees. And it’s free. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Downtown White Center, free)


Suzanne Simard Add to a List
Decades of Suzanne Simard's life work are contained within the pages of Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest. The University of British Columbia forest ecologist's book, newly released in paperback, details the complexity of our forests with a clear, elegant communicative style that The New York Times called "astonishing." Simard's work has long been recognized by scientists and peers in the forest-loving community, but Finding the Mother Tree creates a complex web between humans, forests, fungi, and soil that feels like revelatory, personal storytelling.
(Hugo House, Capitol Hill, free)


Beacon Arts Street Fair Add to a List
This open-air gathering encourages community connection with live music, entertainment, art, a public market, and a garden share. Snag some botanical goodies from Black-owned holistic business Full Harvest, and fuel up with sustainably grown coffee beans from Café Che Che.
(Roberto Maestas Festival Street, North Beacon Hill, free)


Family Day at Pier 62 Add to a List
Events like this are a fun reminder that there's more to summer than sweating and thinking about climate change. Sure, most "family-friendly" events boast "something for everyone," but this one really delivers—attendees will find everything from drag queen storytime with feel-good diva Aleksa Manila to a capoeira performance, folkloric Mexican dancing, parkour, and STEM-focused mask-making. You can always hang back and soak up some sweet waterfront views, too.
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)

109th Annual Seattle Rose Show Add to a List
The city's most glamorous blooms will be on full display for this annual rose show, which attracts gardeners, rosarians (yes, that's a thing), and plain ol' flower fans from far around. Judges will determine the best roses in the bunch—founded in 1913, the Seattle Rose Society is the oldest horticultural society in the Seattle area, so they definitely know what they're looking for. Our favorite part of the rose show? The funky, decontextualized names given to each variety of rose, like "Don Juan," "X-Rated," and "Just Joey."
(Marketplace at Factoria, Factoria, free)


Book Release: Graphic Public Health: A Comics Anthology and Road Map Add to a List
Comics have come a long way from the Garfields and Calvin and Hobbes of yore (although we still love those, too). These days, the graphic medium helps folks make informed, constructive decisions about their health, addressing emerging diseases, environmental health threats, and gaps in health equity. Graphic Public Health: A Comics Anthology and Road Map illustrates the growing versatility of the comic medium and shares how practitioners can jump-start a practice of comic-making for public information. This event showcases original artwork from over a dozen Seattle cartoonists featured in the book, and many of them will be present for the opening reception—stop by to cheer them on and learn a thing or two.
(Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery, Georgetown, free)

Metamorphosis Opening Reception Add to a List
Get Nice Gallery, a chic new space for contemporary art in Ballard, continues to develop its focus on assertive imagery and ultra-saturated palettes with Metamorphosis, a solo exhibition by born-and-raised Seattle artist Stevie Shao. A wrap-around mural featuring wood cutout paintings transforms the gallery space into a world teeming with larger-than-life insects and intricate patterning, all inspired by mythology and her second-generation Chinese American upbringing. Visitors will also find creepy-crawly archival prints and a small run of hand-printed bandanas designed by Shao at the show.
(Get Nice Gallery, Ballard, free)



Blue Hawaii with Mirrorgloss Add to a List
Montréal-based electronic duo Blue Hawaii promise "dance floor euphoria" and "soaring diva vocals" with a set of feel-good house grooves from their latest album, My Best Friend's House. Lustrous electro-pop group Mirror Gloss will get the tunes flowing with their flawless harmonies and infectious beats.
(Timbre Room, Belltown, $12-$15)

Goodnight, Texas with Kelly McFarling Add to a List
Folk-rock wanderers Goodnight, Texas get their name from the sleepy town that marks the geographic midpoint between frontmen Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, who live on opposite sides of the country. The disassembled ensemble, who are known for eclectic projects like a collaboration with legendary metalheads Metallica and a featured track on Netflix's Tiger King, will support their new album, How Long Will It Take Them To Die, a haunting collection of dust-coated western tracks. Alt-Americana songsmith Kelly McFarling will come along for the ride.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard, $15)


Artists at the Center: Alia Swersky Dance Add to a List
Artist and "ritual maker" Alia Swersky's durational performance casts ten dancers in a site-responsive work that echoes and blends sensory input from the performance location with nuanced movement. The work will be supported by an original sound score performed by Sandesh Nagaraj and Jonathan Rodriguez of Till the Teeth, as well as an art installation by ecologically driven artist Mya Kerner. The complex multimedia work is part of the Artists at the Center initiative, a collaboration between the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Center that introduces emerging and established artists to the community.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free)

Drag Queen Storytime with Eucalypstick Add to a List
Reading is fundamental, so gather 'round for two free sessions of afternoon storytime with gorgina blonde bombshell and noted squid lover Eucalypstick. We stan a literate queen! 
(Fuel Coffee, Montlake, free)



Neptune Frost Add to a List
Multi-talented artist Saul Williams's punky sci-fi vision comes to life in Neptune Frost, a turbulent, Afrofuturist thrill ride. The musical film blends thoughts that William explored in his 2016 album MartyrLoserKing with input from co-director Anisia Uzeyman, a Rwandan-born artist. Neptune Frost follows a gaggle of anti-colonial miners-turned-computer hackers in the Burundi hilltops, and sends a powerful message of technology's capacity for progression and radical change. This screening is co-presented by Black Cinema Collective, a group of multicultural artists and scholars examining and celebrating African and Afro-diasporic film.
(Grand Illusion, University District, $5-$11, Friday-Sunday)


Rosé Party Add to a List
This Pike Place Market grocer and prepared foods purveyor will host a soirée with plenty of rosé samples.
(Kitchen & Market, Capitol Hill, Saturday-Sunday)

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