3 Reasons to Stay in Seattle During Winter Break

With almost a whole month between Fall Quarter and Winter Quarter, many international students choose to travel, whether back to their home countries or around the U.S. and Canada.

But there are plenty of reasons to stay right here in the Seattle area during the winter break! Here are three of our favorites:

Go Skiing!

Even though it rarely snows in Seattle or Shoreline, and when it does it’s gone in just a day or two, in the mountains nearby, there is plenty of snow for skiing. From Shoreline, you can be on a snow-covered mountain in less than two hours.

Experience a Bavarian-Style Winter Wonderland in Leavenworth

See beautiful Bavarian architecture dressed up in lights for the holidays, walk through the snowy mountain village, or stay warm and cozy inside while enjoying traditional German foods and drinks. Or better yet, do all three!

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Seattle Center

Dan Bennett from Seattle, USA [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Ring in the new year on the dance floor at a free dance party at Seattle Center, and finish the evening off watching the fantastic fireworks display at the Space Needle!

Baby Duck and Goose Season at Green Lake

Spring is here once again, and with the sunshine and warm weather come baby ducks and baby geese!

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You can see lots of them from the walking and biking path along Green Lake in the north part of Seattle, just about a fifteen-minute drive from Shoreline’s campus. They are 100% adorable.

As a bonus, here is some fun vocabulary: young ducks are called “ducklings,” and the word for a young goose is “gosling.”

3 Things to Do on a Sunny Day in Seattle

Since we’re currently enjoying our nearly annual April/May mini summer, we thought this would be a good opportunity to share some ideas on what to do on a sunny day in Seattle. The forecast for this weekend is looking warm and mostly sunny. Whatever you do, make sure you get outside and soak up some vitamin D!

1. See the best view of Seattle from Kerry Park

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Located in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, Kerry Park is home to the most dramatic views of the Emerald City (one of Seattle’s nicknames), with the Space Needle standing tall in front of the downtown skyscrapers, and Mount Rainier huge in the distance.

2. Walk along the waterfront

Golden Gardens

Golden Gardens in Ballard is a beautiful place to walk along the Puget Sound. There are many other options as well, though. Alki Beach in West Seattle offers great views of downtown Seattle across the water, while Discovery Park in Magnolia has a whole range of hiking options, from woods to bluffs to beach, if you want a little more variety.

3. Enjoy the musicians at Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market Musician

In addition to being famous for coffee, Seattle is famous for its musical culture, home to famous musicians such as Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Jimi Hendrix, arguably the best guitar player of all time. On the street outside of Pike Place Market, you can hear all different kinds of music. There are singing groups, guitar players, and, here, a trumpet player.

 

Holiday Festivities in Seattle This Weekend

Take a break from homework and studying this weekend and check out these great and FREE holiday events around downtown Seattle!

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Sheraton Gingerbread Village – Tuesday, November 21 through January 1
The Downtown Sheraton Hotel is celebrating their 25th year of exceptional gingerbread creations. This year the theme is honoring Seattle. They have viewing hours every day, so stop by when you have the chance.

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Macy’s Holiday Parade – Friday, November 24
If you’re an early riser, head downtown to see watch the Macy’s Holiday Parade! The parade route is along Fifth Avenue and University, ending at Macy’s. The parade starts at 9:00am and will last for around an hour.

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Magic in the Market – Saturday, November 25
If you don’t want to fight against Friday’s crowds, you can still kick off holiday celebrations in Pike Place Market on Saturday! Starting at 11:00am, there will be live music performances, photos with Santa, and a tree lighting at 5:00pm.

– Meg Humphrey

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival

The Short Run Comix & Arts Festival is taking place on Saturday, November 4 at Seattle Center, from 11:00am – 6:00pm. This free event is all about showcasing independent artists, writers, and creators.

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The Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center will be where the Book Expo is held, and the Vera Project will house all of the programming. There will be spotlights on featured creators, an Animation Tent, a bake sale, screen printing demonstrations, and a life size coloring book mural. There’s also an all-ages after party at the Vera Project from 8:00pm – 11:00pm.

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If you are interested in art or publishing, make sure you check out Short Run! There is a full list of exhibitors and programming on the Short Run website. For more information on events on campus and around Seattle, follow the International Education Facebook page.

– Meg Humphrey

Free Concerts at Seattle Center

Come get a taste of Seattle’s independent music scene at Seattle Center! Every Friday during August, KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center sponsor free concerts.  They take place on the Mural Amphitheatre Lawn starting at 5:30 pm.

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These concerts are completely free and welcome all ages. Seating is limited, so you want to get there a little early. You can bring your own picnic food or head to the Armory and buy a delicious dinner to enjoy while you watch.

Below is the 2017 line up:

Friday, August 4
The Helio Sequence
Summer Cannibals
COSMOS

Friday, August 11
Telekinesis
SISTERS
Haley Heynderickx

Friday, August 18
Thunderpussy
Surprise Guest
The Courtneys

Friday, August 25
The Maldives
Industrial Revelation
Emma Lee Toyoda

Make sure you follow the International Education Facebook page for more events and announcements!

Seafair Torchlight Parade

One of the main events of Seattle Seafair is the Torchlight Parade! The Torchlight Parade is an evening event where more than 100 parade units march, illuminating a path through downtown Seattle. This year’s parade is Saturday, July 29, starting at 7:30pm.

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The parade route is along 4th Avenue, and most of the seating is free. There are some reserved seating areas, which people can purchase tickets for on the Torchlight Parade website.

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Before the parade starts, there is a Torchlight Fanfest at Seattle Center. There you can get a sneak peek at some of the floats, look around exhibitor’s booths, and get something to eat from the food stalls.

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Come celebrate the 68th year of the Seafair Torchlight Parade!

– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Seattle City Council, Pir8teSteve, and Marian Jürgen Regel

Seafair Seattle Pow-Wow

The United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is hosing their 30th annual Seafair Pow Wow this weekend, July 14-16! A Pow Wow is a Native American gathering of singing, dancing, and celebration. It’s a must-see for anyone who wants to learn about the culture and history of Washington State.

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All people are welcome to the Pow Wow. Come take lots of pictures, learn about Native American and Indigenous traditions and cultures, eat delicious food, and even participate in their Intertribal dance! For more information, check out their website.

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When:

  • Friday, July 14: 4pm – 10pm
  • Saturday, July 15: 10am – 10pm
  • Sunday, July 16: 10am – 8pm

Where:

Admission

  • Friday, July 14: FREE!

Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16: $5 for people 12 and older

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– Meg Humphrey
Photos by Joe Mabel (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Shakespeare in the Park 2017

GreenStage is Seattle’s longest-running Shakespeare Company. It’s their mission to have as many people as possible engage in live theater. This is their 20th season of free Shakespeare in the park and will be performing two full length plays.

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Richard II is the story of King Richard II’s last two years in power on the throne of England. This is the first of Shakespeare’s historical plays about King Richard II’s bloodline, and covers the last two years of his life. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

The Comedy of Errors is a story of two sets of twins separated at birth. The twins run into each other in one city and the trouble begins! Due to cases of mistaken identities, their lives become full of romantic, legal, and outrageous mishaps. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

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GreenStage also has their Backyard Bard program, where four actors put on two hour-long plays. This year, they will be doing A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamlet. Click here for their performance schedule.

The Seattle Shakespeare Company also hosts free outdoor plays under the program Wooden O. They perform in nearby locations like Richmond Beach Park, Edmonds City Park, and Volunteer Park. They also have two plays for this summer.

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Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeare’s romantic comedies. The main characters, Beatrice and Benedick, try to outwit each other as their friends set up a plan for them to fall in love. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

Pericles is a high seas adventure about Pericles, Prince of Tyre. He learns shocking information about King Antioch and he flees for his life. He travels from port to port to keep himself safe, finding love and making a family along the way. Click here for more information and for the full schedule.

There are plenty of times and showings available for every play. Grab your friends, pack a picnic, and have fun!

– Meg Humphrey

Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park

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One of the best ways to enjoy a Seattle summer evening is a movie in a park! Magnuson Park, located near the University of Washington, hosts outdoor movies every summer. The park itself is spacious, with many sports fields, an off-leash dog park, and water access. There’s plenty of parking, and it is located on a couple different bus routes. Come early and explore the area!

The movie line-up this summer is filled with classics and recent blockbusters:

  • Thursday, July 6: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Thursday, July 13: Moana
  • Thursday, July 20: Hidden Figures
  • Thursday, July 27: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Thursday, August 3: La La Land
  • Thursday, August 10: The Lego Batman Movie
  • Thursday, August 17: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them
  • Thursday, August 24: The Princess Bride

There will be food trucks, trivia games, and live entertainment. It’s also fun to pack your own picnic with your friends! The entry is only $5.00 per person, starting at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at dusk, which is around 8:30 p.m. For more information, you can go to their website.

– Meg Humphrey