May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda
Memorial Day weekend is fast approaching, and that means the annual Northwest Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. It’s Folklife’s 44th year bringing performers and artists together to celebrate Pacific Northwest culture.
Folklife kicks off tomorrow, Friday, May 22nd and runs through Monday, May 25th. About 5,000 performers will take part in Folklife this year, and the 2015 Cultural Focus is “Beats, Rhymes and Rhythms: Traditional Roots of Today’s Branches” highlighting the cross-cultural roots of Hip Hop in the Pacific Northwest.
This year, the Back Porch Stage is back, featuring traditional styles of American music, plus Paperstock returns for a second year with Pacific Northwest poster art. Folklife also features a family-friendly Discovery Zone with family entertainment, including the Seattle Center’s new Artist at Play area.
Folklife is free, although donations are gladly accepted. You can plan your visit here.
And, a heads up that this event will also impact traffic on Lower Queen Anne, as 60,000 people are expected to attend each day of the Festival. Plan on walking or biking if you’re around for the holiday weekend.
Tags: arts, event, Folklife, free, Northwest Folklife Festival, performances
May 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
It’s that time of year again, commencement season! Congrats to Queen Anne graduates, and to help celebrate, Dick’s Drive-In is holding is annual free cheeseburger (or regular burger, if cheese isn’t your thing) giveaway now through June 21st.
This year marks the 19th year of the free burgers-for-grads event at Dick’s. Any high school or college graduate who shows up at any Dick’s location – including our own Queen Anne location – in their cap and gown gets a free cheeseburger or regular hamburger.
Congrats, grads, enjoy the freebie burger!
Tags: Dick's Burgers, Dick's Drive-In, free
April 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
Have you seen the forecast for this week? If you love sun and warm temps, check out the preview of Summer!
And, what is more summery than ice cream? Today, Monday April 28th, is free scoop day at Cupcake Royale. From 2pm to 8pm today only, you can get a free scoop of ice cream at the Queen Anne location at 1935 Queen Anne Ave N.
Only catch – you have to download the F.O.C.R. app (Friends of Cupcake Royale) to get the freebie. Kids without phones (but with parents/guardians) will get a free scoop.
Tags: free, ice cream
April 1st, 2014 by Laura Fonda
For its first free Family Day of the year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center is hosting “Food for Good” this Saturday, April 5th. The event is family-oriented and designed to engage all ages with activities and performances focused on food and nutrition both locally and around the world.
At Saturday’s Food for Good Family Day, visitors can learn about seasonal crops and good nutrition through storytelling, games, and art activities from local community organizations.
The Visitor Center Family Day is free and runs from 10am to 3pm. Highlights of the day will include:
- Hands-on games and art activities that show how easy and exciting it can be to make a difference – one seed or book at a time
- Innovative tools and ideas that help farmers and families around the world
- Storytime with children’s book authors Katherine Pryor and Rick Swan who will lead kids in a discussion about gardening and the importance of trying new foods
- Family-friendly volunteer opportunities in your community
- Performance by Ocheami
- Sampling food from Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nigeria
- Learning local and global food facts from different community organizations
Many community organizations such as Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, Bastyr University, Seattle Tilth, Solid Ground, and more will help make Family Day fun and educational. You can see the list of all participating organizations and RSVP online at the Gates Foundation Visitor Center Facebook page.
Tags: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, events, free
December 24th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
Someone on Twitter tipped us last night to the Queen Anne Helpline Tree lot’s last hurrah – they were giving Christmas trees away for free last night.
Today, there are still plenty of trees to pick from, and they’re free (although, a tax-deductible donation to the Helpline is much appreciated). If you don’t have a tree yet, or were on the fence about getting one, now’s your chance. The trees are in the north lot of the Upper Queen Anne Safeway.
Tags: free, Queen Anne Helpline
August 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
Actively Northwest is hosting #FitMob, a series of free fitness activities around Seattle, and this Saturday, they’re bringing free Zumba to Queen Anne. Instructors will lead participants through Zumba routines, with all fitness levels welcome.
The Zumba class will be held at the Queen Anne Bowl (2806 3rd Ave W) beginning at 8:30am and running (or dancing) through 10am. Actively Northwest will provide snacks and free LifeWise bags to tote your fitness gear home.
The event is free, and Actively Northwest is asking that people RSVP via Facebook if possible (although anyone who shows up is welcome). Check-in/registration is at 8:30am and the actual workout begins at 9:00am.
If you’re interested in additional free #FitMob events, they all take place on Saturdays and have the same start time of 8:30am – some are further afield, but take note of the September 7th Yoga and September 14th Tai Chi classes, the former in SLU, the latter at Myrtle Edwards Park:
- September 7 – Yoga in Lake Union Park
- September 14 – Tai Chi in Myrtle Edwards Park
- September 21 – Ravenna Park trail run/walk
- September 28 – Fitness Bootcamp at Garfield Community Center
More information on these additional classes can be found at Actively Northwest’s web site – each week they update the page with the next available class.
Tags: fitness, free, free event, Zumba
August 18th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
Seattle PARK(ing) Day is Friday, September 20th, but if you’d like to see a mini-park take over a parking spot for a day, apply today. Applications are being accepted through August 30th.
The goal of PARK(ing) Day is to “help create a walkable, livable and healthy city”. It’s the 5th year of Seattle PARKing Day, an event that has its roots in San Francisco. On September 20th, you can turn a parking spot or two into a temporary mini-park from 9am to 3pm. All you have to do is apply, it’s free.
PARK(ing) Day Park
If you’re interested in creating a park for Seattle PARK(ing) Day, just submit an application to the Seattle Department of Transportation. You can propose a park either in two mid-block parking spaces on an arterial street or in one mid-block space on a residential street. There are some basic guidelines to follow, and applicants need to submit a site plan and location description to ensure the park meets basic safety standards.
You don’t have to be a professional to draw up your plan, so if you’re artistically challenged, no worries. Scope out your location and submit all application materials via email by August 30th.
Tags: free, mini-park, PARK(ing) Day
August 1st, 2013 by Greg
First movies and now concerts – we should paint more murals in this city. Beginning tomorrow, August 2, KEXP and Seattle Center present a series of concerts at the Mural Amphitheater.
The free concert series runs every Friday night from August 2 to August 23 Tomorrow’s concert, co-presented by No Depression, begins at 5:30pm and features “retro and danceable JD McPherson, folk rockers Rose Windows, and the underground blues of GravelRoad.”
So grab a blanket, pack some snacks, and head on down to the mural. If you’re 21 or over there’s even a bar to help you kick back and appreciate our wonderful summer weather while enjoying these great free concerts. Check out all the bands and some of their music in the list below.
KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural 2013
No Depression Night
Deep Sea Diver
The Grizzled Mighty
Decibel Festival Night
Tags: concerts, events, free, music
July 25th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
Summer continues! But, for some of us, the highlight this weekend may be the drop in high temps back to the 70s… but, also lots of events and quite a few are free! Start out on Friday with a free, 1-hour Shakespeare production in David Rodgers Park and check out the cult classic Princess Bride for free at the Mural Amphitheater on Saturday. And, Seafair is ramping up this weekend with the Torchlight Run and Torchlight Parade on Saturday evening, both starting at the Seattle Center (the run ends there as well). Regardless, plenty to do and the natural Seattle A/C should kick in on Saturday!
- Southbound I-5: closed under the Convention Center Friday 11:59pm to 5am, Saturday, July 28 while WSDOT tests the fire suppression system. Traffic will be rerouted off at Stewart, then left onto Fifth Avenue, then left onto Spring Street and back onto I-5.
- 15th Ave W: Lane closures on 15th Ave W, Sunday, July 28, 8am-4pm for median work. SDOT will close one inside lane on each side of 15th Ave West from the south end of the Ballard Bridge to just south of West Dravus Street
Friday, July 26
- 47th Annual Festival of the Fountains, PacSci, 6pm
- Backyard Bard: Shakespeare’s 12th Night, David Rodgers Park, 7pm FREE
- Mariners vs Twins, Safeco, 7:10pm
- Clips Beer & Film Tour, Gas Works Park, 8pm
- SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: 20 Feet from Stardom, Only God Forgives, The Way Way Back, Frankenstein’s Army (Friday, July 26 only)
Saturday, July 27
- Dragon Boat Festival, South Lake Union Park, 8:30am FREE
- Create Your Own Storybook, Gates Foundation, 11am FREE
- Mariners vs Twins, Safeco, 1:10pm
- UFC on Fox, Key Arena, 12:30pm
- Seafair Torchlight Run, Seattle Center (start/finish), 6:30pm
- Seafair Torchlight Parade, Seattle Center to Downtown, 7:30pm-10pm FREE
- Movies at the Mural: Princess Bride, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 9pm FREE
Sunday, July 28
- Hispanic Seafair, Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre, 11am-7pm FREE
- Mariners vs Twins, Safeco, 1:10pm
- Shakespeare in the Park: Henry V, Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 6-8pm FREE
- One Direction, Key Arena, 7pm
- Sounders vs Chivas, CenturyLink, 8pm
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Tags: events, free
July 23rd, 2013 by Laura Fonda
One of the fun summer things to do around Queen Anne kicks off this Saturday – the Seattle Center Movies at the Mural run every Saturday from July 27th through August 24th. All of the movies start at 9pm (dusk), shown on a 45-foot screen at the Mural Amphitheatre.
Photo courtesy of the Seattle Center
The Seattle Center pitches these free movies as “the perfect destination for a gathering of friends and family or casual weekend date” – plus, great entertainment!
This is the 9th year of Movies at the Mural, and all movies are free with quite a few family-friendly flicks on the list. The Seattle Center advises people to arrive early, and bring a blanket for the sloped Mural Amphitheatre. For your seating comfort, low-back chairs and bean-bags are recommended – but no large bags, large coolers/ice chests, umbrellas or audio/video recorders please.
Movie-goers are welcome to bring a picnic or you can purchase dinner from select Seattle Center Armory food merchants. Seating at Movies at the Mural is first-come, first-served, and four-legged friends are not allowed, so leave your pup at home.
Without further ado, here are the films scheduled for the summer, with descriptions courtesy of the Seattle Center:
The Princess Bride – PG, July 27
The beautiful Princess Buttercup and the dashing Westley must overcome staggering odds to find happiness amid six-fingered swordsmen, murderous princes, crafty Sicilians and rodents of unusual size.
Hugo – PG, Aug. 3
When his father dies, 12-year-old orphan Hugo takes up residence behind the walls of a Parisian train station. There, he meets Isabelle, the daughter of filmmaker Georges Méliès, who holds the key to Hugo’s destiny.
The Avengers (2012) – PG 13, Aug. 10
Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. brings together a team of super humans to form The Avengers to help save the Earth from Loki and his army.
The Help – PG 13, Aug. 17
In 1960s Jackson, Miss., aspiring writer Eugenia Phelan crosses taboo racial lines by conversing with Aibileen Clark about her life as a housekeeper, and their ensuing friendship upsets the fragile dynamic between the haves and the have-nots. When other long-silent black servants begin opening up to Eugenia, the disapproving conservative Southern town soon gets swept up in the turbulence of changing times.
Les Misérables (2012) – PG 13, Aug. 24
Nominated for eight Academy Awards in 2013, the musical version of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of love and sacrifice, first produced for the stage in 1985, now receives the big-screen treatment. The bloody era of the French Revolution is the backdrop to Jean Valjean’s long struggle for redemption.
Tags: events, free, Movies at the Mural
June 20th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
It’s going to be a busy weekend around Queen Anne, especially Saturday when the day kicks off bright and early with the Rock ’n’Roll Marathon and an expected crowd of 25,000 at and around the Seattle Center. It’s so big, the Fremont Solstice Parade has a new start time this year, 3pm – and an equally large crowd is expected to our north (and parking will be tight on the north side of Queen Anne). The Fremont celebration will continue on Sunday, so plan on getting to Fremont via foot or bike!
- Rock‘n’Roll Marathon: Streets near the Seattle Center, including Mercer and 5th Ave, will be closed starting midnight Friday. Northbound 99/Viaduct will be closed between S Hudson St and Roy St from 5am to 3:30pm on Saturday. From Saturday morning into early afternoon, other closures include: I-5 and I-90 ramps at Columbia, Dearborn and Rainier; I-90 express lanes; Broad Street; the downtown core area from 2nd Ave to 5th Ave; Rainer Ave S and Lake Washington Boulevard – course map
- Fremont Fair: Streets closed 1pm Friday through 11:59pm Sunday within the following boundaries: 1st Ave NW; N 36th St; Fremont Ave N; N 34th St /N Canal Street
- Fremont Solstice Parade: Parade route closures start at 2:30pm: Starts at NW 36th St and Leary Way NW; moves east on 36th to Fremont Place N; south on Fremont Place to Fremont Avenue N; south on Fremont Avenue to N 34th Street; east on 34th to Stone Way N; south on Stone to N Northlake Way; east on Northlake into Gas Works Park – map
- Metro: 42 metro bus routes will be affected by the Rock’n’Roll Marathon and Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade
- Friends of SPL June Book Sale, North Seattle Community College, June 22-23
- King’s Wish with Caspar Babypants, Teatro Zinzanni, June 1-30 (weekends)
- Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s MacBeth, Center Theatre, Seattle Center Armory, June 6-23
- Concerts at the Locks, Ballard Locks, FREE June 1-Sept 2 (Sat & Sun, 2pm)
- Imaginate, Pacific Science Center, June 1 – Sept 2
Friday, June 21
- Rock’n'Roll Marathon & Half Marathon Expo, CenturyLink, 10am-7pm
- Fremont Fair Friday Night Pre-Party, 4-11pm FREE
- Honk! Fest West, Georgetown, 6-10pm FREE
- School of Rock Plays: Pearl Jam Ten, The Vera Project, 7pm
- Mariners vs A’s, Safeco, 7:10pm
- SIFF Uptown New & Continuing Films: This is the End, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, The Bling Ring, Paradise: Love
Saturday, June 22
- Rock’n'Roll Marathon & Half Marathon, Seattle Center, 7am-2:30pm
- 12 & Under Skate Clinic with Skate Like a Girl, Seattle Center SkatePark, 10am FREE
- 21st Annual QAHS Mt Pleasant Cemetery Tour, Mt Pleasant Cemetery, 10am FREE
- The RE Store Customer Appreciation & 20th Anniversary Celebration, Ballard, 11am-3pm
- Arts+Crafts Open House, Red Square Yoga, noon-5pm, FREE
- Fremont Fair, Fremont, 10am-11pm, FREE
- Fremont Solstice Parade, Fremont, 3pm – map – FREE
- Fremont Solstice Celebration Festival, Gas Works, 3-9pm, FREE
- Heather Christo Book Signing, Met Market Uptown, 4-6pm, FREE
- Deconstructing the Beatles: Looking Through a Glass Onion, SIFF Uptown, 4:30pm
- Mariners vs A’s, Safeco, 7:10pm
- KnowMads, The Vera Project, 7:30pm
Sunday, June 23
- Fremont Fair, Fremont, 11am-6pm, FREE
- Deconstructing the Beatles: Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!, SIFF Uptown, 12:30pm
- Mariners vs A’s, Safeco, 1:10pm
- Deconstructing the Beatles: Tomorrow Never Knows, SIFF Uptown, 4:30pm
- Geoff Rickly of Thursday, The Vera Project, 6pm
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Tags: events, free, traffic
June 19th, 2013 by Laura Fonda
Have you ever walked, run, biked, or drove by Mt Pleasant Cemetery and wondered what lies within the cemetery walls? (well, maybe not as much as back when the laurels towered over the road, really obscuring the view) The answer is 40 acres with a rich history dating back to 1895, and you can learn more in a free walking tour of the cemetery this Saturday, June 22nd.
In addition to being one of the oldest cemeteries in Puget Sound, Mt Pleasant also boasts “one of the largest varieties of mature trees of any cemetery on the West coast”.
Plus, a roster of historical names that you can discover with the Queen Anne Historical Society this Saturday at the 21st Annual Mt Pleasant Cemetery Tour. Among the notable names, many were early Queen Anne founders and residents: pioneer Asa Mercer (yes, that Mercer); pioneers William and Sarah Bell, members of the Denny Party who arrived in Seattle in 1852; Nils Peterson, first homesteader of the Queen Anne area; and Rev. Daniel Bagley, the pioneer who gave Queen Anne its name.
Learn more about these early Queen Anne settlers, the 1906 S.S. Valencia Disaster, the 1916 Everett Massacre, and more in the 2 hour tour led by Kim Turner, the Queen Anne Historical Society’s Research Lead and historian of Mt Pleasant Cemetery.
The tour begins at 10am at the south entrance, west of the office. Dress for the weather (it’s supposed to be nice, again!), wear sturdy shoes, and learn what history can be found on top of Queen Anne.
Tags: free, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, QAHS