28 in-person Seattle events to try this weekend: May 25-27 June 2021 – EverOut Seattle

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At a glance, this weekend looks like a test run for Seattle’s post-COVID future. With several Pride happenings, live concerts, and an abundance of art events to choose from, we’ve rounded up our picks for in-person events both outdoors and in air-conditioned spaces to help you narrow down your plans for Taking B[l]ack pride to Drive-in from KEXP at On the Boards and from the Food walk to the kite festival to the Shoreline arts festival. As you know, it will be eye-catching, so make sure you fill your water bottle to the brim and put on some sunscreen before you leave home! For even more options, read our guides on the best films this week, upcoming events on sale this week the The best things to do from home this week, this season Drive-in theater, and our complete guide to Pride month and personal activities in seattle.

Note: Events may be canceled due to extreme heat – check event websites before you set off!


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FRIDAY

EAT DRINK

Phinney Food Truck on Fridays
Make your way to the Phinney Center parking lot every Friday this summer for an eclectic selection of food from mobile vendors such as Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Panda Dim Sum, Bumbu Truck, Bean Fish Taiyaki, Delfino’s Pizza, Kiss My Grits , Falafel Salam, Seoul Bowl and Off the Rez.
(Phinney Center)

PROUD

Strange: a drag show
This long-running revue, starring Londyn Bradshaw, is dared to be “Seattle’s Weirdest Drag Show” and is sure to get crazier after its year-long hiatus.
(Kremwerk, city center)

FRIDAY SATURDAY

MUSIC

BowieVision
David Bowie may have left us, but his music lives on in this epic live show that delivers song after song from every stage of the musician’s career. Hear “Rebel Rebel”, “All the Young Dudes”, “Suffragette City”, “Life on Mars?”, “Space Oddity”, “The Man Who Sold the World” and more. The show features world-class singing, skillful musicality, and Bowie-inspired costumes.
Triple door (inner city)

MUSIC

Drive-In at On the Boards: KEXP | Sonic travelogue
A program of live music sessions recorded both at the KEXP studio and in remote locations around the world arrives on the drive-in rig in the On the Boards parking lot with performances by Songhoy Blues, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, HuunHuur-Tu and DakhaBrakha.
On the boards (Queen Anne)

VISUAL ART

In the Backspace: New Works by Ko Kirk Yamahira
“Ko Kirk Yamahira’s works are destruction in the balance,” writes Jasmyne Keimig. “Yamahira creatively breaks up sections of canvas, thread by thread (vertical, horizontal), expanding the width of the material and forcing it to occupy gallery space in new ways.” Check out his latest tactile exploration, canvas and wood deconstructed and reconstructed.
FLOOR (Pioneer Square) – Graduation

Saya Moriyasu, scary actions from afar
Saya Moriyasu’s works are often monumental ceramics that adapt folk art, myths and visual humor. These sculptures and oil works on porcelain canvases “open eyes, mouths, doors and portals that bridge the distance between time and space”.
J. Rinehart Gallery (Pioneer Square) – closing

Surf & Chess
“While chess pieces maneuver through the narrow boundaries of a grid, surfers move fluidly with the behavior of waves,” SOIL writes about her new exhibition, the title of which is based on an analog word formation game. “Chess is calculated and predictable until human fallibility intervenes, and surfing requires human adaptability to an unpredictable element.” Here to explore this tension further are artists Rachel Thomander and Brooklynn Johnson.
FLOOR (Pioneer Square) – Graduation

FRIDAY SUNDAY

MOVIE

RhodZi & Church: Two short films by Charles Mudede
Appropriately shown in the Mudede Theater, MoM shows two short films by The unknownResident filmmaker / philosopher Charles Mudede as part of his Planet C series, which is part of e-flux’s Artist Cinema program. The first, “rhodZi” (June 17th – July 15th), is a collaboration between Mudede, director Adam Sekuler and Tendai “Baba” Maraire from Shabazz Palaces. The second, “Church” (July 15 – August 19), is a joint effort by Mudede, Bellen Drake and, Stranger Genius DK pan.
Museum of Museums (Capitol Hill)

VISUAL ART

The Divine: Beyond the Limits of Strange
If you’re looking for artistic renderings of queerness that go beyond rainbow flags, check out this group exhibition of works by Martha Campo, Ali El-Chaer, Dia Knight, and many others.
Nepantla Cultural Arts Gallery (White Center) – closure

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

Mount Baker Garden Tour
Walk, bike, or frolic on a self-guided tour of ten Mount Baker estates, outdoor living spaces, and vegetable gardens hidden from view. Plus, Shop for garden art by 12 craftsmen.
Different locations (Mount Baker)

EAT DRINK

Food walk for the kite festival 2021
An incredible boon for the curious, indecisive, and nourishing, the International District’s annual Dragon Fest features more than 30 restaurants offering food samples for just $ 2, plus many more attending ID-wide happy hour.
Various locations (Chinatown-International District)

Pop-Up from Sweet Tooth Inc.
Modesto, Calif., Pop-up Sweet Tooth Inc. will be paying a visit to Tres Lecheria to toss their infamous Flamin ‘Hot Cheetos cupcakes, which the two bakeries first collaborated to make in the Netflix baking contest Sugar rush.
Tres Lecheria (Wallingford)

SHOP

Plantasia
Be inspired by this mega plant sale with raffles, live music and entertainment as well as a cocktail bar with plant motifs for your garden and repotting in summer.
Renton Pavilion

PROUD

Pride skate for all ages!
Bring the whole family (and a mask required regardless of vaccination status) to the White Center for its annual pride skate for all ages.
Southgate Roller Rink (white center)

Cruisin ‘with Clara: Pride 2021
Stand-up comic Clara Pluton is taking a podcast break Hot takes with hot dykes (moderated together with her partner Val Nigro) to moderate a queer-tastic late-night talk show together with Max Delsohn, in which the drag queens Chocolate the Entertainer and Jane Don’t appear as special guests.
Kremwerk (city center)

Kings: A drag show
The Kings of Kremwerk reverse the traditional drag script and bring kings to the stage.
Kremwerk (city center)

Linda’s Pride show on the terrace
Sip something icy on Linda’s terrace while Stacey Starstruck, Londyn Bradshaw, Kitty Glitter, Anita Spritzer, Siren St. James and Old Witch make the heat wave even hotter. (Note: unfortunately sold out.)
Linda’s Tavern (Capitol Hill)

Pride Bash in Martha’s Garden
The dog day care center invites everyone to grab free rainbow bandanas, take pictures in a photo box, watch the new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars, and take part in a costume contest for dogs with their four-legged companions.
Martha’s Garden (South Lake Union)

Pride Vaccination Pop-Up
Get your first or second (with proof of your first) COVID shot on Capitol Hill, then grab a snack from a vendor on Chophouse Row.
Chophouse Row (Capitol Hill)

Taking B[l]ack pride
In memory of the late Dominique Lucious, Diamond Kyree Sanders, Jaida Peterson and other black Trans-Americans who lost their lives to hateful violence, join the Trans Women of Color Solidarity Network and other organizations for an afternoon of dining, performances and other socially distant Pride activities in the park. For everyone who still needs a COVID vaccination, there will even be a mobile vaccination clinic on site.
Jimi Hendrix Park (Central District)

The AMP CONDITION
Celebrate the long-awaited completion of the Seattle AIDS Memorial Pathway – a public art project that honors victims of the AIDS epidemic through a Seattle-centric lens – by viewing the artwork, chatting with the artists, and learning more about the project.
Capitol Hill Light Rail Plaza

SATURDAY SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

Snail proof
After it rains, nudibranchs abound in the grasses and gardens of the Pacific Northwest. Why not celebrate their slimy presence? Take a tentacle tram, make snails and slide down a soap lane in a human snail race. Plus, meet critters up close and snap a photo of a giant snail statue.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park (Eatonville)

Shoreline arts festival
This annual art market will again host over 60 artist stalls, live performances on an open-air stage, and cross-continental cultural displays (such as Latin crafts, African drumming and dancing, and Chinese paper crafts). New additions this year are take-away art kits featuring Pride and the wildlife of the Northwest.
Zoo (coastline)

SUNDAY

PROUD

Columbia City Pride Block Party
The Ferdinand Street Terrace in Columbia City will host the neighborhood’s very first Pride Block Party, featuring a disco DJ set, drag performances by Queen Andrew Scott, raffles, miniature ponies (!!) and loads of food and drink.
The Courtyard (Columbia City)

UnserHAUS: Proud 2021
DJ YourMOM, DJ NotYourDADDY and special guest DJ Sharlese will heat up the decks until midnight.
Kremwerk (city center)

Patio From Hell ft. DJ having sex
DJ Using Sex takes over the terrace until the early evening hours.
Kremwerk (city center)

SHOP

Summer art market & sale in building C
It’s time for this bi-annual art market where you can shop for clothing, jewelry, housewares, and more from Kalindi Kunis, Janee Kreinheder, AJ Power, and Yuko Tanaka Jewelry while enjoying live music.
Building C Studios (Ballard)

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