Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend

Seattle Pride Parade, Indigiqueer Festival, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15 from June 24-26
June 24, 2022
With multiple grandstands along an 11-block route, it's best to get your Seattle Pride Parade game plan in order ahead of time. (Nate Gowdy/Seattle Pride)
Finally, FINALLY, Seattleites can switch off their SAD lamps and scale back on the vitamin D supplements...the sun has emerged and is ready to light up your weekend, along with events from Seattle Pride Parade to Taking Black Pride: Seachella and from Indigiqueer Festival to CatVideoFest.

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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Amendola vs. Blades ft. Cyro Baptista and Skerik Add to a List
For over a decade, Hammond B3 organist Wil Blades and jazz drummer Scott Amendola have been churning out funk-ified jazz fusion jams that have left audiences wondering, "how are all of those sounds coming from just two people?" The duo will return to town alongside Brazilian percussionist/composer Cyro Baptista and local saxophonist Skerik.
(Triple Door, Downtown, $10)

Rain City Showcase Add to a List
Snag some goodies from local clothing vendors at a pop-up market while enjoying a live music showcase from local hip-hop artist Ell Wavy, Vancouver-based pop star David July, multi-talented rapper Larry Roz, "pop rap" maestro Kid Cambo, and hip-hop brother duo ABSTRCTN.
(The Factory Luxe, Industrial District, $15)

Ramen Trio (Record Release) Add to a List
Local ensemble Ramen Trio will celebrate the release of their new album, Resembling, which fuses their improvisational jazz style with rock, folk, and modern classical sounds.
(Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford, $5-$15 suggested donation)


SLAY: Pride Edition Add to a List
Get in formation and head out to the Pride edition of this hip-hop dance party geared toward LGBTQ+ and BIPOC folks, and feel good knowing that a portion of proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood and local charities.
(The Crocodile, Belltown, $10)



Block Party Grand Opening Add to a List
The local community-based organization Clean Greens, which is focused on food and social justice, will kick off its season with free barbecue and plant-based meals, a live band, DJ tunes, kids' games, raffles, local vendors, a live cooking demo from the "Kitchen Mechanic" Josh Humphrey, and other family-friendly activities.
(Clean Greens Farm and Market, Capitol Hill)

Seafair Pirates' Landing Add to a List
Swashbuckling buccaneers will convene on Alki Beach from all seven seas (true story) for this signature Seafair event, which comes complete with food vendors and exhibitors.
(Alki Beach, Alki, free)


Indigiqueer Festival Add to a List
Part of the ongoing Indigiqueer Joy campaign, Quileute drag glamazon Hailey Tayathy curated this festival in celebration of the region's strong queer Indigenous community. Coming together for live music, food, and more, this festival also includes guest performances by CHamoru Queer art collective Guma' Gela', Native R&B singer Ramonda Holiday, Miss New Mexico Pride 2022 Tomahawk Martini, and more. (Can't get enough of Indigiqueer's mission? Don't miss the Indigiqueer Joy Exhibition Add to a List on view throughout June at Vermillion.)
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)


Satanageddon! Add to a List
A crucifix flips upside down. A hard-to-clean, vaguely evil goo drips down the walls. Soon, you're in the midst of a mystifying orgy. Film and television went in a batty, sin-obsessed direction during the Satanic Panic, and the American Genre Film Archive's head archivist, Ivan Peycheff, has compiled the best in ultra-rare films, trailers, cartoons, and shorts of the era. Peycheff's program includes Satan War, a creepy tale of which there are only two prints in existence, and Spectre, a mind-boggling TV movie that blends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Strange. Say your prayers!
(Grand Illusion, University District, $5-$11)


Italian Liqueur Tasting Add to a List
Refine your palate by tasting a variety of Italian cordials, aperitivos, digestivos, and liqueurs produced by the Meletti family.
(Esquin Wine Merchants, SoDo)

Lager Fest Add to a List
An abundance of crushable lagers, including Reuben's Pilsner, Wolfsburg Helles, Pre-Prohibition Lager, a Kveik Lager, and Světlé Pivo, plus some guest taps from other Pacific Northwest and European breweries, will dominate the taps at Reuben's Brews.
(Reuben's Brews, West Woodland)

Sweet Tooth Pop-Up Add to a List
Sate your sweet tooth with a selection of confections from local vendors at the South Lake Union Saturday Market.
(South Lake Union Saturday Market)


Oxford Drama with Calm Down Party Add to a List
Polish indie-pop band Oxford Drama began back in 2014, when Gosia Dryjańska and Marcin Mrówka cured their teenage boredom with stripped-down covers of Arcade Fire and Beach House songs. Now, the duo is on a world tour supporting their third full-length album, What's The Deal With Time?, which recalls those previously named influences with dreamy synths, polished pop melodies, and ethereal vocals. Seattle-based indie-rock quartet Calm Down Party will get the chill tunes flowing.
(Vera Project, Uptown, $12-$15)

Tess Parks Add to a List
Sonic Boom has announced the return of their beloved in-store performances, kicking off with Toronto-based artist (and noted collaborator of '60s psych revivalists The Brian Jonestown Massacre), Tess Parks celebrating the release of her new solo album, And Those Who Were Seen Dancing.
(Sonic Boom Records, Ballard, free)


Art Haus Semifinal: Glitter Gulch Add to a List
Seattle's favorite live drag battle has narrowed the playing field from eight drag luminaries to the final four—now it's time for the gilded and shimmery ArtHaus semifinals. Who will move on to the finale in pursuit of the coveted Arthaus inheritance? Find out at this Pride Saturday event, hosted by season six winners Haus of Carbs. Anything goes at Glitter Gulch, but make sure to sparkle—we suggest adding some garish rhinestones, pearls, gems, and/or glitter to your 'fit.
(Timbre Room, Belltown, $13.60)


Big Gay Salvage Art Show Add to a List
Although they've been a stellar resource for reclaimed materials in the Puget Sound area for decades, you might not associate Second Use Building Materials with visual art. They've set out to change that with the Big Gay Salvage Art Show, planned just in time for Pride to showcase works by local LGBTQ+ artists. The outdoor pop-up gallery will include musical vibes from DJ Starseed and delectable bites from Blackstar Kebab and Lovely & Dapper Desserts. Beneficial Brewing will be on site to wet your whistle while you browse the salvage-made works by Sofya Belinskaya, Blake Blanco, Ian “Bub” Davis, and others.
(Second Use Building Materials, Industrial District, free)

Hula Hula Pride Karaoke Add to a List
Belt out your favorite diva hits at this perpetually packed tiki bar's three-day karaoke extravaganza, hosted by local queen Catty Wompus.
(Hula Hula, Capitol Hill, $5)

Mamma Mia - Pride Edition Add to a List
Shimmy and shake to the biggest, sparkliest hits of the '70s, for a special Pride edition of this ABBA-themed dance party, hosted by DJ Disco Vinnie.
(Neumos, Capitol Hill, $10)

Seattle Pride Beer Garden Add to a List
Elysian's third annual Pride beer garden will feature a drag extravaganza hosted by Londyn Bradshaw, with performances by RuPaul’s Drag Race season 14 star DeJa Skye, Dion Dior Black, Moltyn Decadence, DonnaTella Howe, Rowan Ruthless, and Issa Man, plus music by DJ Jane Don't. A portion of the proceeds from every pint of Elysian's Cake Topper will be donated to Seattle Pride.
(Elysian Brewing Company, Capitol Hill, $10)

Taking Black Pride: Seachella 2022 Add to a List
Our favorite event name in the bunch, “Taking B(l)ack Pride,” has moved from Jimi Hendrix Park to the Seattle Center’s outdoor Mural Amphitheater ths year and will be spotlighting BIPOC trans and queer artists from the U.S. and Canada. Created in response to overwhelmingly white and gay-only pride celebrations, Taking B(l)ack Pride aims to empower BIPOC transgender, queer, and gender-diverse communities in their expression of emotion, culture, and community. As with previous festivals, white allies who attend are asked for a donation toward reparations, as a nod of respect to the people who’re the focus of the festival. Makes sense! MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Mural Amphitheatre, Uptown, donations accepted)

TCHP Presents: A Prideful Juneteenth Add to a List
Dance the night away to house jams courtesy of DJs George Dunye, Almond Brown, and Joey Webb at this joint Pride/Juneteenth party inside of an old train car. All profits from the event will be donated to the Northwest African American Museum.
(Orient Express, SoDo, free)


Summer Sale at Midnight Supply Company Add to a List
The Filipina woman-owned print shop and local creative hub Midnight Supply Company will host this outdoor sale with local art, apparel, and tunes from DJs 1-800-FLOWrs and KBOOGIE. 
(Midnight Supply Company, Riverton-Boulevard Park, free)


Freeway Park In Bloom Add to a List
After months of particularly wacky spring weather, it's finally starting to look a little like summer outside, and the Freeway Park Association is ready to party. This year's In Bloom celebration boasts bluegrass performances, free food and bevvies, botanical installations, a tree tour, and resource sharing from local sustainable and eco-conscious organizations. If you've still got energy to burn after the festivities, the Frye and Seattle Art Museum are walking distance from the park—soak in some more beauty at their fresh Add to a List exhibitions Add to a List .
(Freeway Park, Downtown, free)


I-Ching Through Thick and Thin Add to a List
Calling on the visual vocabulary of the I Ching, Beijing-born artist Maggie Jiang's paintings merge traditional geometric abstraction (think Mondrian and Josef Albers) with her Chinese heritage. I Ching, an ancient Chinese divination text, offers answers to questions via a series of 64 hexagrams, which Jiang interprets through a bright, hard-edged abstraction that honors the philosophical underpinnings of the practice.
(J. Rinehart Gallery, Pioneer Square, free; opening)



Back Alley Block Parties Add to a List
During the last Sunday of every month this summer, Black & Tan Hall will host joyful community gatherings with local chefs, vendors, live music, DJ tunes, and dance performances.
(Black & Tan Hall, Rainier Valley, free)

Cider Rider Add to a List
Hop on your bike and pedal your heart out on this ride that starts at the Lynnwood Costco and ends with crisp ciders at the Republic of Cider tasting room in SoDo.
(Republic of Cider, SoDo)


PrideFest Seattle Center Add to a List
Near as we can tell, the main difference between PrideFest Capitol Hill Add to a List and PrideFest Seattle Center, both of which are hosted by PrideFest Seattle, is that PFCH is essentially corralled to the Hill, while PFSC is mobile. The Center is the terminus of the Seattle Pride Parade, after it flows up Fourth Avenue and more or less into the International Fountain, where it polymorphs into a giant dance party that radiates outward and all over the Seattle Center campus, so you can expect bigger crowds at this one. They’ll also have food booths, nonprofit orgs, beer gardening, three stages, and hundreds of live performers— including Monet X Change, Aja, and a ballroom showcase. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free)

Pride of the Beast Add to a List
Dabble in the dark arts at this market devoted to all things creepy and occult-themed. An extensive vendor list includes artisans offering jewelry, divination supplies, taxidermy, tarot, crystals, leather, and more. This special Pride edition of the spookfest will be a little more rainbow-tinted than usual, but you'll still find local vendors shelling out occult wares and obscure oddities, from pins and prints to taxidermy and apothecary items.
(Unicorn, Capitol Hill, free)

Red Carpet Runway Drag Brunch Pride Celebration Add to a List
Expect non-stop drag elegance at this all-day Pride celebration, which includes a glittery drag brunch followed by a Pride parade Add to a List after party. In the AM, glamour queen Jessica Paradisco and others will spill the tea (and the bottomless mimosas). Over a dozen queens will perform for the sickening after party, including the legendary Ladie Chablis, Gospel Empress Deeva D. St. Laurent, and rainbow appreciator Rylee Hunty. 
(Taqueria Cantina, Belltown, $14)

Seattle Pride Parade Add to a List
Well, you can’t miss the Seattle Pride Parade. No, seriously, you can’t miss it; with 200 groups participating and half a million spectators, it’s the biggest pride parade in the state and swallows up most of downtown Seattle. (Officially, it runs only half of the length of downtown, but then the southern half is considered the “staging area.”) Shit gets started officially at Fourth and Pike, at the tippy triangle point of Westlake Park, and ends at Second and Denny, at the main entrance to the Pacific Science Center—with at least three stages and four beverage gardens along the way, to keep the works lubricated. Hit PrideFest Add to a List after to keep the party going.
(Westlake Park, Downtown, free)



Roe v. Wade Rallies
Now that the Supreme Court has officially overturned Roe v. Wade, local abortion access groups are gathering across the city this weekend to protest and demonstrate continued support here in Seattle. 
(Various locations, free)


CatVideoFest 2022 Add to a List
Let's face it, we already watch cat videos at home (like...a lot of them). Why shouldn't we watch them do their weird, wonderful thing on a big screen? This annual fest compiles exquisite cat videos from unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and internet icons, creating a program that appeals to the kitty video connoisseur in all of us. If you really need another reason to attend, a portion of ticket sales support PAWS (​​Progressive Animal Welfare Society), a regional nonprofit that helps animals thrive in their forever homes.
(SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill, $14-$15, Friday-Sunday)


Seattle Chamber Music Society: The Concert Truck Add to a List
This week, the Seattle Chamber Music Society kicks off their Concert Truck series, which takes the masterful chamber musicians on the road in a large food truck-style vehicle to serve up fresh (and free!) classical tunes in a series of outdoor concerts around Seattle.
(Various locations, free, Friday-Sunday)

Zimbabwean Music Festival Add to a List
This family-friendly festival celebrates Zimbabwean arts and culture with a weekend full of live music, vendors, and workshops including Shona drumming, traditional dance, marimba lessons, and more.
(Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon, free, Friday-Sunday)

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