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

Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade

The Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade marks the start of summer in Seattle. It showcases Seattle’s unique spirit, flavor, and creativity.

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This free event takes place in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. The activities are mainly centered west of Fremont Ave N on N 35th Street and N 34th Street. The parade begins at the intersection of N 36th Street and Leary Way, and ends in Gasworks Park.

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There are food stalls, a craft market, art shows, and live music throughout the weekend. The Solstice parade itself is on Saturday, June 17 at 1:00pm. It will be busy, and it is recommended attendees bus, bike, or use a ride-sharing company to arrive. Parking is extremely limited.

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To learn more about the fair and see their schedule, visit their website. While you’re down there having fun, make sure you visit the famous Fremont Troll!

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

Northwest Folklife Festival 2017

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May 26-29 is the 46th Annual Northwest Folklife Festival! Folklife is a yearly celebration that promotes the arts and cultures that make Washington unique. Over the four day festival, there are over 800 scheduled performances, including music, dance, film, and visual art demonstrations.

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The Northwest Folklife Festival is completely free and takes place throughout Seattle Center. The programming begins at 11:00am every day and ends around 9:00pm. You can view the full schedule, see an area map, and find out what food and shopping vendors will be available on their website.

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Don’t miss out on this amazing event to learn more about the great communities and artists around Seattle!

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– Meg Humphrey

This Weekend: Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival

The Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival is an outstanding event that has been in Seattle’s history for over 40 years! The event is completely free and takes place in Seattle Center in the outdoor Fisher Pavilion and inside the Armory. It spans three days: Friday, April 21st through Sunday, April 23rd.

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The festival has many events planned throughout the weekend including many music and martial arts demonstrations, storytelling, and tea ceremony (chado). Every day has a good mix of performances, so if you can’t make it one day, you won’t miss anything!

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You can wander through exhibits featuring flower arranging (ikebana), kimono, kite making, calligraphy, sword polishing, Yoroi armor, and more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at the festival. For more details, you can check out their official website here.

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

Save Money With Student Discounts

Being a student at Shoreline Community College gives you the opportunity to enjoy what makes this area unique. There are several Seattle attractions that will give you a discount for being a student. When you take a study break, think about checking out some of these activities!

02-09-17-student-discount-pic-2The 5th Avenue Theater will give students 50% off same-day tickets, starting 2 hours before show time. If you’re a fan of musical theater, this is definitely one place you should visit.

At the ACT Theatre, students can see plays and musicals for only $15. The ACT prides itself in supporting new and local artists.

Students receive 20% off tickets at the Meany Center for the Performing Arts. There’s a variety of shows, including dance and musical groups, exploring a variety of cultures.

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For science fiction, media, and popular music fans, the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) is a must-see. Student tickets are $22, and be sure to check what their traveling exhibits are before you go.

The Seattle Repertory Theatre creates imaginative and lively stage plays and musicals. Students can buy $18 tickets to any of their shows.

You can see the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall for only $12. Along with classical music performances, they do special holiday themed shows and have many guest conductors from all over the world.

On a sunny day, head downtown to the Sky View Observatory. For $9, you can get the best view of Seattle from the 73rd floor observation deck.

For those students who are 19 and younger, check out TeenTix! It’s a Seattle based non-profit organization whose mission is to introduce people to the arts early. Through TeenTix, you can purchase $5 tickets for day-of events for many more Seattle area venues.

Meg Humphrey