Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend: July 22-24, 2022

Forest For The Trees, Seeking Cultura, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15
July 22, 2022
Check out this weekend's Forest For The Trees before or after the Seattle Art Fair. (Brooke Fitts)
There's plenty to do this weekend, so we've narrowed down the best budget friendly picks for you, from artsy happenings Forest For The Trees to 18th & Union's Open House, from Ice Cream Social Pop-Up to Seeking Cultura, and from West Seattle Grand Parade to Chinatown Seafair Parade. For even more ideas on things to do, check out our guide to this week's top events.

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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Canton Bebop Pop-Up Add to a List
Chef Christine Li will serve up her unique take on "soy sauce Western" cuisine, exploring the foods of the Chinese diaspora in Western culture with Cantonese influences. This time, the menu features a "wife and wife sandwich" (a queer nod to the Sichuanese dish “husband and wife beef,” made with braised beef, chili oil, slaw, and coriander on sesame griddle bread), a vegan version (glass noodles, bean sprouts, sweet potato, celery, yuba, chili oil, slaw, and coriander on sesame griddle bread), and "eight treasure" flan. Trans POC will receive a sandwich and beverage for free.
(B-Side Foods, Capitol Hill)


Emo Night Brooklyn Add to a List
Drown your teenage dirtbag sorrows in the pop-punk lamentations of Taking Back Sunday, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, My Chemical Romance, and more at this renowned all-emo, all-night dance party.
(The Crocodile, Belltown, $15)

jjjacob jjjames, Lisa Prank, and Heat Maps Add to a List
Seattle bedroom-popper jjjacob jjjames, who has graced stages alongside PNW royalty Brandi Carlile and Harvey Danger, will pay tribute to Coldplay's seminal album, A Rush of Blood to the Head, in honor of its 20th anniversary. Sing along to tear-jerkers like "The Scientist" and "Clocks" after opening sets from one-woman pop punk band Lisa Prank and indie folk project Heat Maps.
(Conor Byrne, Ballard, $10)

KEXP Beats & Eats Add to a List
Every Friday in July, KEXP DJs will spin a live set at the pier while you soak up the sunshine, enjoy some grub from onsite food trucks, sip refreshing brews from the beer garden, and observe impressive roller skating from local skate crews. This week, DJ Yaddy will soundtrack the evening.
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)

Night Rider 87, King Cyber Tiger, and Atomic Pines Add to a List
Kindred spirits Night Rider 87, King Cyber Tiger, and Atomic Pines will light your fire with synth-pop, vaporwave, and electronic bangers from the center of the roller rink. 
(Southgate Roller Rink, White Center, $15)


SLAY Add to a List
Get in formation and head out to the latest installment of this hip-hop dance party geared toward LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks, with all proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood and other local charities. 
(Chop Suey, Capitol Hill, $5-$10)


Plein Air Views of Washington Add to a List
Over 30 artists come together in this annual exhibition of plein air paintings, spotlighting the beauty of Washington state in watercolors, acrylics, and oils. For the artist reception on July 16, local painters Riley Doyle and Teri Capp will demonstrate plein air techniques in oil, so pack your supplies and prepare to paint along in scenic Magnuson Park.
(Magnuson Park Gallery, Northeast Seattle, free; closing)



West Seattle Grand Parade 2022 Add to a List
The West Seattle Grand Parade is a city institution—held annually since 1935, the event is a cherished celebration of Seattle communities, with festive performances, marching bands, drill teams, floats, pageants, and general revelry. The merrymaking leads the way for the Seafair Torchlight Parade Add to a List on July 30.
(West Seattle Junction, Junction, free)


Ice Cream Social Pop-Up Add to a List
I scream, you scream, we all scream for this family-friendly festival showcasing curbside frozen treats from a variety of vendors. Grab a cone and take refuge from the sun with covered seating.
(South Lake Union Saturday Market, free)


Outdoor Movie Festival Add to a List
Sit back and enjoy old-school cinema faves in a family- and dog-friendly setting at Broadview Tap House's Outdoor Movie Festival. With six weeks of Saturday night screenings, the free festival kicks off this week with everyone's fave coming-of-age baseball flick, The Sandlot.
(Broadview Tap House, Broadview, free)

Twisted Flicks: At the Earth's Core Add to a List
Since 1997, Jet City improvisers have created new twists on wacky retro flicks with their own dialogue and sound effects based on audience suggestions and a live musical score (fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will approve). This time around, they're wingin' it with At the Earth's Core, a '76 sci-fi adventure featuring telepathic flying monsters.
(University Heights Center, Northeast Seattle, $5-$18)


BBQ Wines from the Southern Hemisphere! Add to a List
Find out how vino from the Southern Hemisphere can enliven your next backyard cookout. You'll get to taste five wines, including Oyster Bay rosé, Dashwood sauvignon blanc, Jacobs Creek shiraz, Santa Rita carménère, and Clos de Siete red blend.
(Esquin Wine Merchants, SoDo)

Blueberry U-Pick Add to a List
Pluck all the fat, ripe blueberries you can manage from Ecolibrium Farms' bushes. You'll be able to walk away with the fruits of your labor for $5 a pint, ready to tuck into pies and other baked goods or just to munch on by themselves—and you won't be charged for any berries you happen to pop into your mouth while picking. (Ecolibrium Farms, Redmond)


Music Under the Stars Add to a List
Seattle Chamber Music will treat Seattleites to sets from local student musicians across different neighborhood parks, followed by a screening of one of their 2022 Summer Festival concerts on a giant outdoor movie screen. Don't miss this opportunity to pack a picnic, watch the sunset, and soak up some exquisite chamber music sounds. 
(Columbia Park, Columbia City, free)

Nevermind (Tribute to Nirvana) with Sugar Nap & Luke Severeid (Stand-Up) Add to a List
Nirvana tribute Nevermind will bring back the spirit of Seattle's holy trinity, complete with a left-handed Fender Mustang, a replica of Dave Grohl's drum kit, and a 6'8" bassist. Folktronica project Sugar Nap will open the show alongside comedian Luke Severeid.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard, $10)

Restless Planet Records: Summer Series on the Patio Add to a List
The sun is finally shining at the Kremwerk complex, and to celebrate they’re teaming up with "all things dance" label Restless Planet Records for a series of outdoor concerts and dance parties on their patio. Details on this week's performance are TBA, so show up and be surprised!
(Kremwerk, Downtown, $12-$15)

Sheverb Add to a List
Sheverb is an Austin, TX-based, women-led ensemble that aims to "address and deconstruct the patriarchal myth of the cowboy western narrative" by recentering stories around women and indigenous peoples in their spaghetti Western-inspired surf rock.
(Darrell's Tavern, Richmond Highlands, $10)

Tremulant Presents: Eliogold Add to a List
Seattle electronic record label Tremulant is back for another intergalactic party, this time with Italian DJ Eliogold, who will bust out some dance floor-ready house and techno bops alongside labelmates Monotropa and Lady ISIS.
(Timbre Room, Belltown, $12)


Cedar River Salmon Journey Add to a List
Thousands of Pacific salmon glide into our local watersheds each year, prepping to produce the next generation of fish. These creatures are a pivotal species in our economy and local ecosystem, and spotting them within an urban watershed is a rare opportunity to witness their epic life cycle. Head to Ballard Locks to check out the spawning salmon in person—you'll find trained naturalists on site to help you locate and learn more about our finned friends.
(Ballard Locks, Ballard, free)


Femme Fatale with The Suspense Is Killing Us Podcast Add to a List
Brian De Palma, king of the erotic thriller, made a few pit stops throughout his career to direct blockbuster flicks like Mission: Impossible and Mission to Mars. But he wasn't done titillating audiences yet—in 2002, along came Femme Fatale, a nod to classic noir starring Rebecca Romijn as the world's most alluring jewel thief. Travis Vogt, Matt Lynch, and Kevin Clarke, hosts of The Suspense is Killing Us podcast and retro thriller fanatics, will introduce this screening.
(The Beacon, Columbia City, $12.50)


Neighborhood Free Yard Share Day Add to a List
What's better than a yard sale? A yard "share"—that means everything is free! At this one-day event, you'll find driveways and yards overflowing with no-cost goodies across the Cedar Park and Lake City neighborhoods, so take a drive or a stroll and see what catches your eye. The community-minded offering helps folks clear out their junk, and you're sure to bring home a tchotchke or two. Win-win!
(Cedar Park/Lake City, Cedar Park, free)


18th & Union's Open House Add to a List
Clown around with the local arts community at 18th & Union's circus-themed open house. The multipurpose performance space will become a big top bazaar for an afternoon of free games, divination, and face painting, libations and ice cream included. Circus freaks won't want to miss the zany performance by Seattle-based clown troupe Impulse 6 Alley.
(18th & Union: An Arts Space, Cherry Hill, free)

Art Opening: Joke Amusan, Maury Diakite, Katherine Kennedy, Tabita Rezaire, and Shanice Smith Add to a List
Pop by Wa Na Wari for the opening of their latest multimedia group exhibition, which features Tabita Rezaire's moon-focused, 12 video-channel dome Satellite Devotion, a tapestry installation by Joke Amusan, and other works by artists Maury Diakite, Katherine Kennedy, and Shanice Smith.
(Wa Na Wari, Central District, free)



Chinatown Seafair Parade 2022 Add to a List
Part of the city-wide Seafair Summer Celebration Add to a List , the annual Chinatown Seafair Parade has spotlit Chinese and Asian American culture in Seattle for over 50 years. The much-loved parade includes a fierce 100-foot dragon, performances by the Chinese Community Girls Drill Team in traditional Chinese opera costumes, colorful floats, and more.
(Chinatown-International District, free)

Seeking Cultura Add to a List
This funky blend of Filipino and Mexican culture includes mariachi, lowriders, and tinikling folk dance performances for one unforgettable block party. Akio's Bakery, Conchaliscious, and Kryse Ice Cream will be on site with cream puffs, conchas, agua frescas, and other sugary treats, and vendors like Old Bones Jewelry and Smash the Box will offer up eclectic witchy goodies, prints, and more.
(Seeking Kombucha, Downtown, free)


Bubbles & Brunch Add to a List
Procrastinators, rejoice—no reservations are required for this Sunday brunch bash, complete with food and drink specials, local artisan vendors, and DJ tunes. Guzzle sparkling wine and nosh on sweet and savory brunch dishes.
(The Stonehouse Cafe, Rainier Beach, free)


Club Sandwich: House and Food Patio Party! Add to a List
Fuel up with delicious seasonal shokupan sandwiches from a collaboration between pop-up Companion Bakes Ayako & Family before you get your booty on the dance floor. House DJs Miles Mercer and MxWix will provide the tunes.
(Timbre Room, Belltown, $5)

Seattle Peace Concerts: Heather Jones & The Groove Masters, Jack & Tina, Willie and the Whips, and More Add to a List
Take in the scenic views of the skyline while rocking out to a mix of folk, rock, and blues from local musicians including Heather Jones & The Groove Masters, Jack & Tina, Willie and the Whips, Blue Healers, and more.
(Gas Works Park, Wallingford, free)


Photo Book and Zine Fair Add to a List
Over 50 exhibitors will share and sell their photo-based publications at Photographic Center Northwest's inaugural Photo Book and Zine Fair, so prepare to stock your coolest tote bag with artsy swag. Whether you're a DIY publication pro or merely zine-curious, there'll be supplemental offerings to catch your eye, like an artist talk with local book artist Alexander Mouton and a zine workshop with photographer Craig Mamanno.
(Photographic Center Northwest, Central District, free)

Summer Art Market Add to a List
This fresh art market is worth a hop on the ferry. Each weekend boasts a rotating roster of creative local vendors, and musicians will jam along as you browse goods from makers like Arcana Metalwork, Laughing Cloud Studio, and Sacral Ocean. Since you're on the island already, make a day of it and stop by scenic Bloedel Reserve Add to a List .
(Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, free)



Akira Add to a List
30 years after the nuking of Tokyo by the Japanese government, a rebel biker gang leader tries to save his friend from governmental control, battling politicians, scientists, and a military leader along the way. The dystopian film set cyberpunk tones that would echo through cinema for decades to come.
(Central Cinema, Central District, $12, Friday-Sunday)

Nope Add to a List
Modern horror mastermind Jordan Peele dips his toe in science fiction in his newest flick, blending his penchant for spooky social commentary with something a little more alien. Nope follows Daniel Kaluuya and Keke Palmer as ranch-owning siblings whose lives in quiet inland California are rocked by sudden encounters with unidentified flying objects.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, $11-$14, Friday-Sunday)


Damp & Dry July Add to a List
Rethinking your alcohol consumption this summer? Whether you decide to go "damp" (reduce your intake) or fully "dry" (abstain from booze altogether), participating local businesses have you covered with a selection of special low-alcohol and zero-proof sips. One dollar from each drink sold will go to Peer Seattle, which provides mental health resources and addiction recovery services for the LGBTQIA+ community and support for those living with HIV/AIDS.
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)

Eastside Beer Week Add to a List
Show some love for the beer-makers up and down Washington's I-405 corridor by visiting 32 breweries (or as many as you like) offering special beer releases in Bothell, Kenmore, Woodinville, Kirkland, Redmond, Duvall, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, and Renton.
(Various locations, Friday-Sunday)


Backyard Bard Add to a List
This series of stripped-down productions offers quick-and-dirty interpretations of Shakespearean masterworks. First up, the feisty comedy Much Ado About Nothing follows two couples who fall in and out of love (and then back in love again), with plenty of tricks, twists, and fake death along the bumpy road. Then, buckle in for Macbeth, the spooky play you probably read in high school—remember all that toil, trouble, and bloody royal tragedy? Performed in underserved parks and neighborhoods throughout Seattle, the two hour-long performances are brought to life by small casts of versatile actors. 
(Various locations, free, Friday-Sunday)

GreenStage: Shakespeare in the Park 2022 Add to a List
Now in their 34th season, Greenstage's free Shakespeare in the Park offerings will include performances of historical tales Henry V and Pericles, Prince of Tyre, crossed-wires comedy Much Ado About Nothing, and dark tragedy Macbeth this summer. Peep their calendar for exact times and locations of performances through August 6.
(Various locations, free, Friday-Sunday)


Forest For The Trees Add to a List
This immersive "art activation" in the historical RailSpur building (two blocks from the Seattle Art Fair) is a must-see. The four-day experience includes eight floors of installations and exhibitions within the 70,000-square-foot space, plus a rotating lineup of musicians performing live. Attendees will find mesmerizing works by Derek Bruno, Gaspar Yanga, Christopher Martin, and more, plus an iteration of ephemeral exhibition XO Seattle. 
(RailSpur, Pioneer Square, free, Friday-Sunday; closing)

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