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Free children’s concert by Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus this Saturday at McCaw Hall

June 15th, 2015 by Laura Fonda

SMC Free Kids ConcertThis Saturday, June 20th, the Seattle Men’s Chorus (SMC) and Seattle Women’s Chorus (SWC) are presenting their annual children’s concert – and it’s free for kids and their families.

The concert is at 2pm at McCaw Hall, and tickets are still available. Since it’s this Saturday, no tickets will be mailed, so the event organizers are encouraging Queen Anne kids and their families to just show up and have fun.

SMC and SWC will perform “high-energy kid-friendly tunes from the Disney songbook as well as some classics from the 70s rock super-group, Queen” and kids are encouraged to dance and sing along to the live concert.

The performance has a kid-friendly duration of one hour, and audience participation is encouraged and expected – plus, “costumes, laughter, and smiles to remind audiences that equality and acceptance are important messages to people of all ages”.

Kids will even get a free pack of crayons and coloring book to take home. Free concert, fun, and goodies to take home, bonus!

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Northwest Folklife Festival returns to Seattle Center this weekend

May 21st, 2015 by Laura Fonda

Folklife Poster 2015Memorial 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.

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Dick’s Drive-In burger giveaway for grads is on now through June 21

May 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Dick'sIt’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!

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Celebrate the Summer weather preview with free ice cream today

April 28th, 2014 by Laura Fonda

Cupcake Royale Free ScoopHave 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.

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Gates Foundation’s free Family Day celebrates Food for Good this Saturday

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.

Food4GoodAt 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 TanzaniaEthiopia, 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.

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Attention last-minute shoppers: Helpline Christmas Trees available for free

December 24th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Free TreesSomeone 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.

Merry Christmas!

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Free Zumba class at Queen Anne Bowl this Saturday

August 28th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

AFitMobctively 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.

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Apply today to create a mini-park on PARK(ing) Day

August 18th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

Parking Day logoSeattle 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.

Parking Day park

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.

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KEXP and Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural start Friday

August 1st, 2013 by Greg

KEXP & Seattle Center Concerts at the Mural 2013First 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
JD McPherson
Rose Windows

Cloud Cult
Deep Sea Diver
Chastity Belt

The Grizzled Mighty
Dude York

Decibel Festival Night
Natasha Kmeto
Vox Mod

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

July 25th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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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

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, July 26

Saturday, July 27

Sunday, July 28

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Summer Movies at the Mural start this Saturday

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.

Movies at the Mural

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.

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Weekend Roundup – On & Around Queen Anne

June 20th, 2013 by Laura Fonda

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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

Multi-Day Events:

Friday, June 21

Saturday, June 22

Sunday, June 23

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