Cheap & Easy

The Best Bang for Your Buck Events in Seattle This Weekend

Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth, Volunteer Park Amphitheater Grand Opening, and More Cheap & Easy Events Under $15 from July 1-4
July 1, 2022
The new Volunteer Park Amphitheater will be celebrated with performances, food, and more fun! (Volunteer Park Trust)
Your long weekend won't be complete without consulting our cheap and easy guide, with events from Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth to Volunteer Park Amphitheater Grand Opening and from Kim Kelly to Reproductive Rights Now. For more holiday fun, check out our guide to Fourth of July food specials and the biggest Fourth of July events.

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Kim Kelly Past Event List
Kim Kelly, journalist, organizer, and labor columnist for Teen Vogue, is no stranger to the issues American workers currently face. Her timely book, Fight Like Hell: The Untold History of American Labor, reveals the hidden histories of marginalized workers whose struggles helped secure today's worker rights. Labor discourse is inescapable right now—Starbucks locations are rapidly unionizing, and Amazon's exploited workers are fed up. Fight Like Hell offers a path forward, casting an eye toward what's possible for American workers with the right organizational tools.
(Elliott Bay Book Company, Capitol Hill, free)


Food Truck Friday Happy Hour Past Event List
Soak up the sun, scarf food truck fare from Your Kuya's Filipino Food and Birrieria Pepe El Toro, treat yourself to a scoop or two from Laina's Handcrafted Ice Cream, and check out hand-crafted wares created by artist and musician Priya Marita Diaz, all while a DJ provides chill vibes.
(The Stonehouse Cafe, Rainier Beach)


Artists at the Center: EntreMundos & Special Guests
Past Event List This week, Seattle Center's Artists at the Center series will feature a free performance from local ensemble EntreMundos Quarteto, who blends Brazilian roots and world rhythms with funk, jazz, and soul sounds. Plus, learn some new moves from Brazilian dancers Deise Costa alongside Léo "Golden Shoes" Imperador.
(Seattle Center, Uptown, free)


Electropika Past Event List
Electropika, "Seattle's number-one global bass party," will return for a special tropical edition. Portland-based DJ LaPaushi will bring South American and neoperreo sounds followed by "the best Brazilian beats your soul can stand" from Another Magic, and a live set from Seattle-based artist Jorge Bex's new solo project FIQUE.
(Madame Lou's at the Crocodile, Belltown, $12)


Grasses Grasses Grasses: Poetry and Healing with 6 Indigenous Poets
Past Event List Inspired by the tragic recent discovery of mass graves of Indigenous children in Canada, this gathering aims to recognize the women and children erased by settler colonialism through a medicine wheel ritual and sharing of Indigenous poetry. Oglala Lakota and National Books Critics Circle Award winner Layli Longsoldier will read alongside Suquamish writer Cedar Sigo, Eastern Shawnee poet and teacher Laura Da', and several others.
(Hugo House, Capitol Hill, free)


Funhouse Flea Past Event List
Head down to Funhouse Flea on Friday evening to scope out the market's wide range of art vendors, tarot, and vintage offerings. Held at one of the city's beloved hard rock music venues, this "alternative" flea market offers discounts on well drinks, drafts, and tall boys to start your weekend off on the right foot.
(The Funhouse, Belltown, free)


KEXP Beats & Eats Past Event 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 the onsite food trucks, sip refreshing brews from the beer garden, and observe impressive roller skating from local skate crews. This week, legendary selector DJ Riz will soundtrack the evening.
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)



Be Well Festival Past Event List
This event hosted by Black Women Housing Alliance will uplift health and wellness with food, music, dancing, discussions, games, activities, free COVID-19 test kits, and giveaways.
(Delridge Community Center Park & Skate Park, North Delridge, free)

Volunteer Park Amphitheater Grand Opening Past Event List
Celebrate the grand opening of the spankin' new Volunteer Park Amphitheater (the park's first new building in 50 years) at this afternoon of live music, keynote speakers, and festivities. Bring a picnic and settle in for performances from "kindie" (aka family-friendly) rockers The Not-Its!, singer-songwriter Alec Shaw, UW's Taiko Kai Japanese drumming ensemble, and others. Food trucks will be on site dishing up delicious bites, too.
(Volunteer Park Amphitheater, Capitol Hill, free)


Blood and Black Lace Past Event List
If you're into Dario Argento's manic, kaleidoscopic horror, you might actually be a Mario Bava superfan. The Italian director mastered the pulpy giallo genre with Blood and Black Lace, venturing into creepier territory than Argento had ever dreamed of. The moody, lurid 1964 film has it all—haute couture, backstabbing, blackmail, and cocaine—and with an 84-minute runtime, you'll still leave the theater (relatively) unscathed.
(The Beacon, Columbia City, $12.50)


FoamFest 2022 Past Event List
All day long, Lowercase Brewing will offer what they dub the "Mosher Pour" (named after craft brewing expert Randy Mosher), designed to yield optimal foam. They claim it "presents a continuous aromatic experience," "creates a smoother experience by knocking carbonation out of solution," and "is gorgeous and totally insta-worthy"—see what the hype is all about for yourself.
(Lowercase Brewing, Georgetown)


Africatown Soul On The Water
Past Event List Turn up to support Black-owned businesses and the city's vibrant African diaspora at this afternoon market. You'll find locally made products, chill vibes by DJ Lake Freeman and other musical performers, juicy bites from Dat Creole Soul and Po'Boy & Tings, and a West African dancing and live drumming workshop led by ADEFUA. It'll all go down at Pier 62, a scenic slice of Seattle's waterfront. 
(Pier 62, Downtown, free)


Blue is Our Color Opening Reception Past Event List
Holding pain, protest, and joy simultaneously, blue hues can be powerful symbols of Black histories and futures. This exhibition utilizes the color blue in collage, fiber works, and photographic processes to expand on experiences of Blackness. Featuring works by Ẹiyẹ njẹ Ọkà Bàba, Brian LaMar, and others, Blue is Our Color includes traditional dyeing and patterning processes from Nigeria and Mali and cyanotypes depicting demonstrations against police brutality.
(Hedreen Gallery, First Hill, free)



Caleb Nichols with Divorce Care and Nathan Reed Past Event List
Caleb Nichols is a singer-songwriter and poet whose work has been featured in publications like Paste and Out Magazine. He’ll play tracks off his upcoming album, RAMON, a queer rock opera, which will be his first full-length release on the Portland-based label and PNW institution Kill Rock Stars. Local indie-rock project Divorce Care and singer-songwriter Nathan Reed will support.
(High Dive, Fremont, $12-$15)

Ghost Mountain Records Showcase: ings, Mt Fog, Lizzy Dutton, and Sophia Corrine
Past Event List Ghost Mountain Records, a local indie label with a focus on queer, femme, nonbinary, and POC artists, will host an evening of angelic vocals and whimsical acoustic sounds with performances from dreamy indie-folk artist ings, folktronica project Mt Fog, Oakland-based singer-songwriter/violinist Lizzy Dutton, and folk songsmith Sophia Corinne. Plus, make sure to snag a poster from the event, which will benefit Rain City Rock Camp for girls and nonbinary students. 
(Vera Project, Uptown, $10-$12)

Kate Dinsmore with Everson Pines & Peter Donovan Past Event List
Kate Dinsmore is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter known for her dynamic vocals and intimate performances with inspirations ranging from jazz to Americana. She will play in support of her latest EP, Version of Me, alongside folk-rock quintet Everson Pines and alt-country songmaker Peter Donovan.
(Tractor Tavern, Ballard, $10)



2022 Naturalization Ceremony
Past Event List Every Fourth of July, the public is invited to welcome Seattle’s freshly minted Americans, as the Seattle Center hosts the swearing-in of dozens and sometimes hundreds of new citizens from around the world. Seattle’s annual naturalization ceremony is one of the largest in the nation. As previously mentioned Past Event List , immigration is what actually makes America great, and the naturalization process can take years or even decades, so this humble-seeming party’s a big deal for many folks. Bring your little tiny flags for wavin’! MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Fisher Pavilion, Uptown, free)

Carnation 4th of July Celebration Past Event List
Carnation's 4th of July celebration is back after two years with a beer garden, local food vendors, and live music from singer-songwriter Brittany Daniel, soulful rock outfit Miles Harris & the Deep Cuts, "hard ass soul" band The Staxx Brothers, and funk rock trio Scott Pemberton O-Theory. Plus, feast your eyes on a snazzy firework show to end the evening.
(Remlinger Farms, Carnation, free)

Amazon Seafair Summer Fourth 2022
Past Event List The classic, the original. They don’t even bother putting “July” in the event name, because everybody knows what’s up. This is Seafair’s annual big-ass fireworks show at Gas Works Park, with the pyrotechnics exploding up above Lake Union and “choreographed” (that’s so cute) to a very loud pre-recorded musical score. There’ll also be two beer gardens, scads of food vendors, live bands, and a glow-in-the-dark dance party that ends when the fireworks begin.
(Gas Works Park, Wallingford, free)



Art Marble 21 Fourth of July Weekend and Block Party Past Event List
Art Marble 21, South Lake Union’s premiere multi-level resto-bar and events space that used to be a granite showroom 100 years ago (literally), is whooping it up for the 4th with DJs, a beer garden, and plenty of indoor and outdoor games for the whole neighborhood to enjoy. From Friday through Monday, there’ll be DJs every evening (this part is 21+), and Monday’s festivities run until right before the fireworks start. It’s sort of interesting to think of South Lake Union as a community, since it’s so… corporate-flavored, but yeah, okay. Hella people live in those towers, not just companies, and they need a block party as much as everyone else. This is really nice. MEG VAN HUYGEN
(Art Marble 21, South Lake Union, Free)


Lost Highway Past Event List
When a saxophonist and his wife begin receiving creepy VHS tapes, everything is fine, and they all live happily ever after. Just kidding! David Lynch's '97 nightmare is (of course) a psychological freakout of epic proportions, where two stories intertwine and spiral into a web of murder and deceit. This screening of the brand-new restoration brings new life to the surreal neo-noir.
(SIFF Cinema Uptown, Uptown, $11-$14, Friday-Monday)

Official Competition Past Event List
This Spanish-language film by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat laughs in the face of Hollywood's smug superiority, calling out big-budget productions for their BS while still maintaining a playful, tongue-in-cheek quality. Certified dreamboats Penélope Cruz and Antonio Banderas team up in the sly satire, starring as obsessive egotists hellbent on making the perfect art film.
(SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill, $13-$14, Friday-Monday)


Seattle Chamber Music Society: The Concert Truck Past Event List
This week, the Seattle Chamber Music Society continues 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-Saturday)


Art of the Garden Past Event List
Gather 'round, green thumbs—this juried art show features over 300 works by regional artists inspired by nature and Pacific Northwest gardens. Visitors to Schack Art Center will find paintings, sculptures, and more as part of the free exhibition.
(Schack Art Center, Port Gardner, free, Friday-Sunday)

Jane Rosen: Dual Nature (Light)
Past Event List Renowned sculptor Jane Rosen presents a series of stone and glass compositions in this solo exhibition, touching on the mystical relationships between animal and human realms. Rosen draws inspiration from ancient Chinese calligraphy and Egyptian funerary art, and finds potent textures and colors in her local landscape that echo in her sculptural works. Catch the esoteric exhibition before it closes on July 2.
(Traver Gallery, Pike Place Market, free, Friday-Saturday; closing)

Reproductive Rights Now Past Event List
In the wake of the devastating overturn of Roe v. Wade, share your grief and concerns in a safe space at this reproductive rights art exhibition. Reproductive Rights Now will also have a fundraiser component on opening night in support of Pro-Choice Washington.
(Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery, South Delridge, free, Saturday-Sunday)

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