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Seattle Winterfest kicks off today with Ice Rink and more

November 28th, 2014 by Laura

Seattle Center Winterfest 2014It’s almost December and the Seattle Center winter spectacular kicked off earlier this morning with events galore through the end of the year. The ever-popular Ice Rink at Fisher Pavilion is now open, along with the Winter Train and Village in the Armory. Plus, the Seattle Center is hosting events and performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Here’s the Winterfest events and activities list from the Seattle Center – for full details on any of the events, check out the Winterfest page. Almost all events are FREE, except for the Ice Rink and a $2 suggested donation to conduct the Winter Train:

Winter Train & Village, Armory, FREE
Nov. 28 – Dec. 31; 10am – 6pm daily
Special Hours: closed at 4pmDec. 24, closed Dec. 25
Bonus: Take a turn “conducting” the model train between 10:30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 2:30pm, and 3:30pm – 5:30pm daily. $2 suggested donation.

Winterfest Art Installations, Seattle Center Grounds, FREE
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015

Winterfest Ice Rink, Fisher Pavilion
Nov. 28 – Jan. 4, 2015
Sunday – Thursday 11am – 8pm; Friday – Saturday 11am – 10pm
Special Hours: closed at 4pm Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25; open until 11:30pm Dec. 31
Cost: $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, $2 children ages 5 and under, includes skate rental. Cash only.

Winterfest Ice Sculpting, Outside Fisher Pavilion, FREE
Saturdays: Nov. 29; Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27; 12 noon – 2pm

Winterfest Student Showcases, Armory, FREE
Nov. 29 – Dec. 30, various times
150+ performances by public and private schools and youth groups

Hot Dog USA Jump Rope Team, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Nov. 29; 11am – 12 noon

The Dickens Carolers, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

The Cabiri and Radost Present Carpathian Dawn, Armory, FREE
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 – 30: 2pm – 3pm

Zaniac Comedy Show, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Nov. 30; 11am – 12 noon

Northwest Boychoir Apprentices, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 6; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Bailadores de Bronce, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 7; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

SANCA, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 13; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Garfield Jazz Band, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 14; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Seattle’s Best Damn Happy Hour, Armory, FREE entry (21+)
Thursday, Dec. 18; 5pm – 8pm

Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® Cardholders Free Skate
Saturday, Dec. 20; 11am – 10pm
FREE for cardholders +2 guests. Must show card upon entry.

The Mood Swings, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 20; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Captain Smartypants and Sensible Shoes, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Menorah Lighting Ceremony, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 21; 6pm – 7pm

Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, Armory, FREE
Saturday, Dec. 27; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Klez Kidz, Armory, FREE
Sunday, Dec. 28; 12:30pm – 1:30pm

New Year’s Eve Celebration with THE NINES, Armory, FREE
Wednesday, Dec. 31; 8pm – 11:45pm

Happy Winterfest!

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Thanksgiving Roundup: holiday week activities and events start today

November 25th, 2014 by Laura

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The holiday season kicks off this week with Turkey Day and local festivities. Plus, quite a few events at Key Arena and in neighborhoods close to Queen Anne, so check before you go to avoid getting stuck in event traffic.

If you have an event you’d like us to add, let us know!

Tuesday, November 25:
Bastille, Key Arena, 8pm – estimated attendance of 8,000

Wednesday, November 26:
Usher, Key Arena, 7:30pm – estimated attendance of 10,000

Thursday, November 27 (Turkey Day):
Seattle Turkey Trot, Ballard, 9am start
Annual Queen Anne Turkey Bowl (flag-football), Big Howe Field, 9:30am

Friday, November 28:
Annual Macy’s Holiday Parade, 8:45am start at 7th & Pine
23,000 people expected to attend

Westlake Tree Lighting, Star Lighting, and Fireworks show, 5pm start
25,000 people expected to attend

Saturday, November 29:
Seattle Marathon 5K Race, 8:30am-11:30am
Starts at 5th Ave N bet. Republican and Harrison; ends at Memorial Stadium
1,300 participants expected
See course map for impacted streets

Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon, 10am-11am
Starts at 5th Avenue and Harrison St; ends at Memorial Stadium
See course map for impacted streets

Sunday, November 30:

Seattle Marathon and Half-Marathon, street closures run 7am-2:15pm
Closures include Mercer and 5th Ave N – see course map for impacted streets
15,000 participants expected
Metro Buses will be rerouted and delayed

Queen Anne Holiday Social, alcove next to Queen Anne Olive Oil, 2pm-5pm

Sounders vs. LA Galaxy Playoff game, CenturyLink, 6pm
50,000 estimated attendees

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 21st, 2014 by Laura

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First and foremost, remember that 99/Aurora is closed from Friday night through Wednesday morning. It will be a significant traffic impact – roads and busses will be affected, and expect traffic to spill onto Queen Anne. A great excuse to stick around Queen Anne this weekend, where there are plenty of free events to go around.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 22

Saturday, August 23

Sunday, August 24

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 15th, 2014 by Laura

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Happy Friday! Hempfest begins today, so heads up on traffic around Lower Queen Anne/Uptown. A mix of free and paid events round out the weekend, enjoy!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

Multi-Day Events

  • Hempfest, Myrtle Edwards Park, Aug 15-17
  • Viking Days, Nordic Heritage Museum, Aug 16-17 FREE
  • Beatles Week, Seattle Center, Aug 18-Aug 23 (some events FREE)

Friday, August 15

Saturday, August 16

Sunday, August 17

  • BrasilFest, Seattle Center Mural and Armory, noon FREE

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

August 7th, 2014 by Laura

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Back to a packed summer weekend of events! Heads up that Lady Gaga will be at Key Arena tomorrow (Friday) night, with an expected crowd of 13,000 fans. And, if the Seahawks pre-season game tonight isn’t enough for sports fans, take your pick: Mariners, Sounders, Rat City Roller Girls, Reign, and the Storm are all playing at home this weekend. Plus, lots of free events and celebrations enjoy!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • 520 Bridge: closed 11pm Friday, Aug 8 to 5am Monday, Aug 11

Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 8

Saturday, August 9

Sunday, August 10

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 31st, 2014 by Laura

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Happy Seafair weekend! Whether you love or hate the Blue Angels, they’re here to dazzle the crowds at Seafair and their practice tomorrow, Friday, and performances on Saturday and Sunday will close the I-90 bridge and snarl traffic a bit.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • Blue Angels Practice and I-90 Closure: Friday 12:15 to 2:40pm
  • Blue Angels Performances and I-90 Closures: Saturday & Sunday 12:15pm to 2:40pm

Multi-Day Events

Friday, August 1

Saturday, August 2

Sunday, August 3

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 24th, 2014 by Laura

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Saturday looks to be a very busy day around the Seattle Center as several Seafair events take place at, or start from, the Seattle Center grounds. It’s also the first Movies at the Mural weekend, which kicks off with Princess Bride. And, if Shakespeare’s your thing, check out the family-friendly Backyard Bard double-feature at Rodgers Park on Saturday or the Seattle Shakespeare Company’s two shows on Sunday.

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • 99/Viaduct: northbound lanes of the Alaskan Way Viaduct will be closed Saturday from 5:30 pm to approximately 7:45pm for the Seafair Torchlight Run.
  • Seafair Parade route: 4th Ave will close from Broad St to S Washington St from 6pm to 10:30pm.

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 25

Saturday, July 26

Sunday, July 27

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

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Heads up on traffic – not only will the I-90 reduction to one lane westbound begin on Friday, but the Bite of Seattle also kicks off at the Seattle Center with an estimated 40,000 attendees. And, looking forward to early next week, I-90 will still be a bottleneck and President Obama will also be in the area (Hunts Point on the Eastside) on Tuesday, July 22nd when the Mariners take the field at Safeco (7:10pm).

In the meantime, take your pick of summer events and have a great weekend!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our calendar.

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  • I-90 One Westbound Lane: reduced to one through lane at Bellevue Way SE and three lanes across the East Channel Bridge from 9:30pm Friday, July 18 to 5am Friday, July 25

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 18

Saturday, July 19

Sunday, July 20

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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Wine and books come together at Queen Anne Book Company this Saturday

July 17th, 2014 by Laura

QABC SignIf you love wine and want a local guide to wine tours in our state, mark your calendars and RSVP for an event this weekend at Queen Anne Book Company.

On Saturday, July 19th, the shop will be hosting a wine event featuring Steve Roberts’ “Wine Trails of Washington: A Guide for Uncorking Your Memorable Wine Tour” – a guide to tasting tours in our state. Not only can you learn more about wine tours in our state, you can also taste Washington wines and small bites.

Robert Ramsay small logoLocal Queen Anne wine tasting room Robert Ramsay Cellars is joining Queen Anne Book Company for the event. They’ll be featuring tastes of their award-winning wines at the event.

The wine event starts at 3pm and is free – however, please RSVP with Queen Anne Book Company so they can plan ahead for refreshments. You can contact them via email or at 206.284.2427.

Here’s more on Roberts’ book to wet your whistle:

“Local author Steve Roberts guides you through the best wine tours our state has to offer, from Woodinville to Walla Walla. This book features 32 unique WineTrails, most of which can be experienced in a day or two. Profiles of each winery include a winery description, the winemaker ‘s philosophy, photos, contact information and tasting room hours. You’ll also find tips on tasting room etiquette and lessons from Wine Tasting 101. This book will inspire you to hop in the car and support our state wine trade! Take this guide along and read aloud as you uncork, swirl, and sip your way along the WineTrails!”

Mark your calendars and RSVP for a fun event at one of our local merchants!

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Uptown Art Walk features exhibits, live music, and interactive events this Wednesday

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

Uptown Art Walk July posterThe time seems to fly this summer! It’s already time for another Uptown Art Walk, and the weather (while a bit warm for some) continues to cooperate for the monthly event.

Special events on tap for tomorrow night include:

  • Meet the Queen Anne Historical Society and the Uptown Alliance at SIFF Uptown Cinema to grab some chalk and create art right where the proposed Uptown Parklet will reside!
  • Mercer Street Books will host a live reading with author William Kuko at 8:30pm. Also showing accompanying art from Nathan Wood.
  • Caffe Ladro will be showing works by Lashem from Mossy Tree Mercantile.
  • Oil painter Tracy Wallschlaeger will be showing her latest work at BECU.

This go around, the Art Walk committee has provided a map of the walk along with a list of participating vendors and merchants, so you can plan ahead:

Uptown Art Walk July map

Enjoy tomorrow’s Art Walk and mark your calendars for the third Wednesday of August (August 20th), when the Art Walk energizes the area again!

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Free movies at the Mural start next weekend

July 15th, 2014 by Laura

Movies at the MuralThe Seattle Center is getting ready to kick off its free summer movie program! Starting next Saturday, July 26th, you can catch a movie at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre through August 23rd.

The outdoor Movies at the Mural experience includes a giant screen and the striking backdrop of the Space Needle against the summer sky. Movies begin at dusk (around 9pm) and seating is first-come, first-served.

Here’s this year’s line-up:

Saturday July 26: The Princess Bride (PG)

Saturday August 2: Gravity (PG-13)

Saturday August 9: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (PG-13)

Saturday August 16: The Great Gatsby (PG-13)

Saturday August 23: Star Trek Into Darkness (PG-13)

Here are some tips from the Seattle Center to enhance your viewing pleasure:

  • The Seattle Center recommends that you bring low back chairs, blankets or bean bags. You may be directed toward the back of the lawn if you bring high backed chairs.
  • Due to the limited number of seats and the abundance of food in the seating area, we would prefer that movie-goers leave pets at home (except for legal guidance animals).
  • No giant coolers/ice chests, open flames/cooking, umbrellas, video or audio recorders. Like any theater, during the movie we ask people to TURN OFF their cellphones and pagers.
  • Food and beverages are available in the Seattle Center Armory and at food carts on grounds.
  • Alcohol is not for sale at the Mural, but is available at select locations in the Armory.

Grab a blanket or chair, some friends, and head to the Seattle Center on summer Saturdays!

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 10th, 2014 by Laura

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It’s going to be a hot one! There are plenty of outdoor activities and events this weekend, and the temps are supposed to hit the 90s. The NWS has issued an excessive heat watch for the area from 11am Saturday morning until 11pm Sunday night, so be safe if you’re running the Queen Anne Fun Run or having fun at Queen Anne Days!

If you have anything to submit to the Weekend Roundup, email us. You can also add your event to our new calendar. (You’ll be asked to sign up with for an account first.)

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  • 520 bridge: fully closed, Friday night to Monday morning 

Multi-Day Events

Friday, July 11

Saturday, July 12

Sunday, July 13

Have an event that you would like us to report on? Drop us an email at tips@queenanneview.com

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