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The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend

Fremont Solstice Fair, Bell Harbor Marina Classic Weekend, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15 from June 17-19
June 17, 2022
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Head down to Bell Harbor Marina for the 25th Anniversary of Classic Weekend! (Port of Seattle)
The weekend has arrived, and it's time to carpe that diem with community events that bring all of the fun and none of the fuss, from Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina to the Fremont Solstice Fair and from CID Food Walk to We Out Here on the Pier Juneteenth Celebration. For more weekend ideas, check out our guide to Juneteenth events


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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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FRIDAY

FESTIVALS

Edmonds Art Festival Add to a List
Starting out as a small community art fair, the Edmonds Art Festival is now an institution in the Pacific Northwest, bringing in creatives from across the nation. Take a quick trip up to Edmonds for the juried art exhibitions and sales, plus kids' activities and bluegrass, salsa, and indie rock performances. It's easy to make a day of it—the outdoor festival overlooks scenic Puget Sound, so grab an ice cream cone from one of the tasty treat vendors on site and take a stroll once you're done perusing the art.
(Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds, free)

FOOD & DRINK

Rosé Tasting Add to a List
Join chef Renee Erickson and wine director Jen O'Neil for a complimentary rosé tasting.
(The Whale Wins, Wallingford, free)

LIVE MUSIC

Clock-Out Lounge Presents: New Age Healers with Kinski and Floored Faces Add to a List
Seattle-based five-piece New Age Healers will mend your heartache with droney psych-rock potions that take inspiration from shoegaze veterans like Echo & the Bunnymen and The Jesus and Mary Chain. Plus, don't miss opening sets from longtime post-rock heavies Kinski and doom trio Floored Faces.
(Clock-Out Lounge, Beacon Hill, $12)

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

HYPER: A Queer Hyperpop Party Add to a List
Beep beep! DJs/drag performers Jane Don't, HYPERPOPPERS, Arson Nicki, and Rowan Ruthless welcome you to a queer dance party to celebrate the future of pop. Hyper pop, Eurodance, and bubblegum bangers by the likes of SOPHIE, Charli XCX, A.G. Cook, Kim Petras, and more will keep your energy up through the night.
(Cafe Racer, Capitol Hill, $10)

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Fremont Solstice Parade 2022 Add to a List
Celebrate summer at the Fremont Solstice Parade, a Seattle rite of passage known primarily for its elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild 'n' free) nude bicyclists—but also offering plenty of stilt-walking, giant-puppet-operating, and twirling around in circles. The procession, organized by the Fremont Arts Council, weaves through the self-proclaimed Center of the Universe right back to the Fremont Fair Add to a List  for even more summer merriment.
(Fremont, free)

Fremont Solstice Fair 2022 Add to a List
More than just the Fremont Solstice Parade Add to a List  and its elaborately painted (and sometimes just wild 'n' free) nude bicyclists, the weekend-long Fremont Fair draws over 100,000 people for shopping, street performances, local bands, a dog parade, and free-spirited, wacky artistic expression. Expect the unexpected.
(Fremont, free)

FOOD & DRINK

CID Food Walk: Summer 2022 Add to a List
Stop at a booth in Hing Hay Park to pick up a menu and spin a wheel for a chance to win prizes like gift cards and gift certificates, then stroll through Chinatown-International District checking out food specials and retail items at participating local businesses.
(Hing Hay Park, Seattle Chinatown-International District)

Served with Cookie Couture: A Drag Barista Experience Add to a List
The iconic local drag star Cookie Couture will serve looks and sling espresso as a guest barista at Fuel Coffee for one day only.
(Fuel Coffee, Wallingford, free)

JUNETEENTH

Juneteenth Celebration 2022 Add to a List
What better way to celebrate Juneteenth than at a park named after Seattle native and rock legend Jimi Hendrix, within shouting distance of the Northwest African American Museum? This feel-good celebration kicks off with a Black business panel and five-hour party on Saturday, followed by a parade and all-day festival on Sunday. Organized by Africatown Community LandTrust, the event spotlights Black brilliance and resilience throughout American history.
(Jimi Hendrix Park, Central District, free)

NAACP Juneteenth Celebration Add to a List
Did you know that Juneteenth only recently became a state paid holiday? The Snohomish County NAACP is bringing food, fun, and festivities to celebrate. Head up to the community-building event for homestyle soul food faves from Soul2Go, musical performances, kids' recreation, and a talk by Dr. Janice Greene, president of the Snohomish County NAACP. 
(Willis D. Tucker Community Park, Silver Firs, free)

We Out Here on the Pier Juneteenth Celebration Add to a List
We Out Here festival will commemorate Juneteenth with a free celebration that "honors Black culture and creates space for the community to come together and experience Black brilliance in various forms." Highlights include performances from local singer-songwriter JusMoni and rapper Stas Thee Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction), as well as a pop-up art gallery and tasty food trucks.
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)

LIVE MUSIC

Fremont Solstice Celebration at Nectar & High Dive Add to a List
Sit back and enjoy a full view of the whimsical Fremont Solstice Parade while sipping on a breakfast cocktail (courtesy of the bloody Mary bar) and enjoying performances from local artists and DJs between two of the neighborhood’s music hubs. Highlights include funky covers and originals from disco group Universal Peoples, Cumbia-fusion grooves from local ensemble The Cumbieros, soulful serenades from Americana-rock group Lindstrom and The Limit, and many more.
(Nectar, Fremont, free)

KEXP Presents: Smokey Brights with Shelby Earl Add to a List
The Seattle-based Smokey Brights, who just released their new single “Honey Eye,” will bring crackly and warm guitar-driven rock to the Tractor Tavern. Local singer-songwriter Shelby Earl will come along for the ride.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard, $15)

NonSeq: Mangal Add to a List
Acclaimed mridangam artist and composer Rajna Swaminathan will bring together Seattle-based artists across disciplines for collaborative improvisational performance that "[pushes] the boundaries of their creative process." The experimental ensemble’s name, Mangal, is described as "harmonious or sacred timing" in Sanskrit.
(Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford, $5 - $20 donation)

SHOPPING

Native Plant Sale for Conservation Add to a List
The Spheres, a trio of big ol' glass domes that Amazon calls an "indoor rainforest," are admittedly pretty cool. Part business offices, part lush greenery, visitors can explore the trippy botanical space on the first and third Saturday of each month, free of charge. As part of their Plants for Conservation program, Amazon is raising funds to support Woodland Park Zoo’s Living Northwest Conservation Program at this plant sale. When you greenify your own living space with native plants, you help support pollinators and local ecosystems, too. Win-win!
(The Spheres, Belltown, free)

PhinneyWood Art Sale and Stroll Add to a List
For this scenic stroll, PhinneyWood residents will create makeshift galleries and boutiques in their yards. Cute! A mobile map will guide you through the streets, where you'll find art, jewelry, wearables, housewares, and more (don't miss Kela Designs' cute corgi stickers, Della Made Me's functional pottery, or Katie Dean's antique letterpress paper goods). Still itching for more art? At the Phinney Center, booths will be installed with handmade wares straight from local residents.
(Phinney Center, Phinney Ridge, free)

SUNDAY

FATHER'S DAY

Drag Me to Brunch - Father's Day Edition! Add to a List
The Capitol Hill brewery will regale you and your dad with a drag show hosted by Londyn Bradshaw, with fabulous performances by Dion Dior Black, Cookie Couture, and special guests. The festivities will also include plenty of special brunch menu items and other activities.
(Elysian Brewing Company, Capitol Hill, free)

Fathers Day Brunch & Juneteenth Celebration Add to a List
This community-focused, Black-owned cafe and nonprofit "grounded in excellence" will celebrate both Father's Day and Juneteenth Add to a List with a comforting brunch spread that features chicken and waffles, cheesy shrimp and grits, egg scrambles, a fruit platter, a waffle bar, sweet potato "pie pockets," banana pudding jars, and coconut mango passionfruit Bundt cake.
(Black Coffee Northwest Café, Richmond Highlands, $15-$45)

Father's Day Brunch and Raffle Add to a List
The Caribbean and Jamaican favorite Taste of the Caribbean will serve up specials like rum punch, mimosa pitchers, jerk wings with waffles, and ackee and saltfish bowls. Live DJs will also add to the festive atmosphere, and the restaurant will raffle off prizes, including a 55-inch TV, a gift basket, a $200 gift card, and two tool sets.
(Taste of the Caribbean, Central District)

JUNETEENTH

Flammable: Juneteenth Edition with Tony H. & Black Velveteen Add to a List
This dance-party staple, which claims the title of "longest-running house music night on the West Coast," will return for an extra special Juneteenth edition with sets from high-demand local gems DJ Tony H and Black Velveteen.
(Cherry Nightclub, Downtown, $12)

REVIVAL: Juneteenth Pop-up Market Add to a List
Just in time for Juneteenth, pop over to the Capitol Hill EcoDistrict for a celebration of Black businesses. This afternoon market includes music by KEXP's DJ Riz, Black retailers like God Body Soaps and Undefined Clothing, and community resource-sharing. Hungry? There'll be plenty of food vendors on site, too, dishing up delicious treats like Caribbean-inspired ice pops and gluten-free, vegan baked goods. 
(Midtown Plaza, Mann, free)

LIVE MUSIC

Kíla with KEXP DJ Darek Mazzone Add to a List
The Dublin-based group and noted U2 collaborators Kíla will blow your mind with a euphoric live performance that uniquely blends traditional Irish folk with hard-hitting rock ‘n’ roll. World music specialist and KEXP DJ Darek Mazzone will get you warmed up.
(High Dive, Fremont, $15)

Shadowgraphs, Peyote Ugly, & TV Star Add to a List
Portland's Shadowgraphs will serve up an evening of trippy neo-psych, fresh indie rock, and dreamy shoegaze to celebrate their new self-titled album which grapples with "the changing world and their place in it." Local synth-psych trio Peyote Ugly will join the party along with alt-rockers TV Star.
(Sunset Tavern, Ballard, $12)

SPORTS & RECREATION

15th Annual Fenders on Front Street Add to a List
Score some cool points with the old man this Father's Day by bringing him to this vintage streetcar show of classic cars and motorcycles from across the state. They'll be parked in Issaquah's historic downtown district, so prep for a day of old-school Americana fun with live music, food trucks, vendors, and an award ceremony. If that's not wholesome enough for you, the day wraps up with an afternoon cruise to Triple XXX Root Beer Drive-In, Issaquah's '50s-inspired haunt with all the burgers, floats, and chili cheese fries your heart desires.
(Downtown Issaquah, free)

MULTI-DAY

FOOD & DRINK

Chuck's Seward Park Grand Opening Add to a List
Help Chuck's Hop Shop celebrate the grand opening of its Seward Park location at this party featuring a small specialty draft list, and exclusive can releases from Seapine and Urban Family.
(Chuck's Hop Shop, Seward Park, Friday-Sunday)

FESTIVALS

Festival Sundiata: Black Arts Fest Add to a List
First held in 1980, Festival Sundiata is the longest-running African American festival in the Pacific Northwest, and was named in remembrance of Sundiata Keita, founder of the Mali Empire. Spotlighting the many cultures and ethnicities of people of African descent, this festival celebrates Juneteenth with a groovy blend of hip hop, dance, and gospel performances, plus an art gala, youth drill and dance teams, a marketplace with African American vendors, soul food, and more.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free, Friday-Sunday)

SHOPPING

Afrikan Marketplace Add to a List
Arts space Wa Na Wari hosts a monthly Afrikan marketplace, and this edition lines up perfectly with Juneteenth weekend. Shop for jewelry, scarves, home decor, art materials, and more from local Black vendors. For extra fun, stick around afterwards on Friday for free portraits for Black folks Add to a List , or time your visit for Janae Johnson's book release Add to a List on Saturday.
(Wa Na Wari, Central District, free, Friday-Saturday)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina Add to a List
Don't ask us why, but dads like boats, and even more than that, they like classic motor yachts built prior to World War II. This Father's Day, you're sure to spot dads in khaki Dockers at the Bell Harbor Marina docks, where over thirty vintage yachts will be on view for the 25th anniversary of the marina's Classic Weekend. You probably don't have a yacht of your own (bummer), so if you want to feel fancy for dinner afterward, Aerlume Add to a List is within walking distance.
(Bell Harbor Marina, Waterfront, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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