Seattle Events

Hit the town and enjoy all that Seattle has to offer! Check out these upcoming events to keep your social planner booked for spring.

Out on the Town

Keep yourself busy with the many fabulous events around town.


Compiled by Schraepfer Harvey

West Seattle Garden Tour

Tickets for this year’s West Seattle Garden Tourgo on sale throughout the Seattle metro area this week. The Tour takes place Sunday, July 16, and it features a noontime lecture by Seattle P-I columnist and author Marty Wingate. Tickets are $15, which includes admission to the lecture, and are available from ArtsWest Theatre (4711 California Avenue SW, West Seattle; 206.938.0339) and locations throughout the Seattle metro area including:

* West Seattle Nursery 5275 California Avenue SW, West Seattle
* Swanson’s Nursery 9701 15th Ave NW, Ballard
* Wells Medina Nursery 8300 NE 24th, Bellevue
* Capers, 716 N 34th, Fremont
* Marenakos 30250 SE High Pt Way, Issaquah
* City People’s Garden Store 2939 E. Madison, Madison Valley

Raffle tickets will also be sold throughout the day of the garden tour, with prizes including a natural stone garden bench from Marenakos Rock Center and a verandah double glider from Capers.

This year’s tour features an eclectic mix of eight residential gardens–from beachside native plants to an homage to the Mount Huangshan area of China–that will bring inspiration to your own garden. Proceeds from this year’s tour will go to help fund community/gardening projects by the Nature Consortium, Chief Sealth High School, Seattle Youth Garden Works/Marra Farm Coalition.

Now through October 9

At the Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, sculptures by artists from the Northwest, Canada and Switzerland exhibit at the Bellevue Downtown Park and Bellevue City Hall. Admission is free. Details: (425) 638-7000 or

Now through July 8

“Ideas in Form 9: Architecture Model Exhibit” is on display in the Rainier Square Atrium in downtown Seattle. Drop by for a look at architectural models of foam and wood and computer generated 3-D designs made by students and professionals. Free admission. Details:

Now through August 8

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and Historic Seattle’s historic home tours featuring two landmark First Hill mansions, the Stimson-Green Mansion (1899-1901) and Henry H. Dearborn House (1907), are held the second Tuesday of each month from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10. Details: (206) 622-6952 or

July 1–4

The annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival and Classic Speedboat Show draws crowds for the Ed Clark Regatta, the Quick and Daring Boat Building Competition and Race, free public rides, live music and the beautiful wooden boats. Suggested donation is $5. Details: (206) 382-2628 or

July 1–August 6

Seafair features four weeks of community festivals, parades and sporting events, culminating in the appearance of the Blue Angels and the unlimited hydroplane races August 4–6. Admission varies by event. Details: (206) 728-0123 or

July 1–August 26

Seattle Architecture Foundation walking tours continue this summer with “Art Deco: The Roaring 20s, Northwest Style,” July 1, 29 and August 19; “Skyscrapers: Concrete, Glass, Steel and Egos,” July 1, 22 and August 19; “Metropolitan Tract: Denny’s Dream and the Birth of a Skyline,” July 15 and August 26; “Federal Avenue: An Afternoon Open House,” July 15; “Design Details: Lions, Griffins and Walruses, Oh My!” July 22 and August 5; “Ballard: Boomtown Then and Now,” August 12; “Urban Green Reedo Eco Center Green Building Tour,” August 18; and “Downtown Seattle: Controversies, Stories and the Forces Shaping our City,” August 19. Tickets are $10–$25. Details: (206) 667-9184 or

July 4

The WaMu Family 4th at Lake Union returns to Gas Works Park with entertainment and fireworks display. Admission is free. Details: (206) 281-7788 or

July 12

The Seattle Design Center hosts interior design seminars for the public. July’s lineup includes “Design Conscience: Sustainable and Universal Design” and “Lighting Techniques That Enhance Design.” Admission is $10. Details: (800) 497-7997 or

July 12-16

SODO Neighborhood Announce 2nd Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale
For five days only, the retailers of SODO have come together to offer amazing discounts.  Over 20 merchants will be reducing prices by up to 70%.  From home decor to home improvement, dynamic pottery and incredible wine, fantastic art and paper products, outdoor wear and gardening supplies.  Don’t miss this opportunity to shop one of Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods! There will be “FREE merchandise” drawings and food at some of the locations.  All participating stores will be displaying “SHOP SODO” balloons in front of their store to make it easy to see where to stop! The SODO district is just ‘South of Downtown’.  This unique neighborhood, is the home of some of Seattle’s most unique retail shops. The name, originally created from “south of the dome”, now easily understood as “south of downtown” has come to be well known as a hub of quality businesses.

July 14–16

Join thousands of art enthusiasts at Kirkland’s Marina Park for Summerfest: Art and Wine on the Waterfront, celebration of arts, crafts, food and wine. Admission is free. Details: (425) 822-7161 or

July 14–16

Local and regional wines, food, art and music are highlights of the downtown street fair, where shuttle buses depart for tours and events at eight lavender farms surrounding Sequim at the Sequim Lavender Festival. Street fair admission is free; tickets for the farms tour are $10. Details: (877) 681-3035 or

July 15

Homes on Whidbey Island featuring eco-friendly materials and systems are open for self-guided tours. Buffet supper is served on the lawn of a home designed by Seattle architect and SH&L Design 100 honoree Nils Finne. Tickets are $20. Details: (360) 579-4553.

July 15 & 16

Wander the lavender farms, attend gardening and cooking workshops and listen to live music during the Vashon Lavender Harvest Celebration. Admission is $5; ages 18 and under are free. Details: (206) 463-4323 or

July 15–August 20

Six homes blend the latest ideas in building, architecture, interior design, landscaping and home technology at this year’s Seattle Street of Dreams Luxury Home and Garden Tour at Dodd Ranch at Allen Lake in Sammamish. Tickets are $14.50–$17.50. Details: (206) 654-4663 or

July 16

At the annual Pilchuck Glass School open house, visitors can tour the 54-acre campus, view the gallery, watch glassworking demonstrations and talk with glass artists. Admission is $20; advance registration is required. Details: (206) 621-8422 ext. 44 or

July 21–23

More than 60 Seattle-area restaurants and seven entertainment stages come together to celebrate the culinary arts at the Bite of Seattle at Seattle Center. Admission is free. Details: (425) 283-5050 or

July 28–30

The Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair includes live entertainment, children’s events, art demonstrations and hundreds of juried artist booths. Admission is free. Details: (425) 519-0770 or

August 7–28

On Silent Movie Mondays, The Paramount Theatre screens films from the 1920s. August features “Don Juan” (August 7), “The Prisoner of Zenda” (August 14), “Sparrows” (August 21) and “The Iron Mask” (August 28). Tickets are $14.50. Details: (206) 467-5510 or

August 26

The AnimaloCity Pet Parade and Festival in Tacoma features an artisan market and an auction of pet beds following the afternoon pet parade. Proceeds benefit the Dugan Foundation and the Rwanda Relief Fund. Admission is free. Details: (253) 572-7700 or


Now through July 15

“Off the Wall: The Dimensions of Evan Blackwell” is at Benham Gallery. Blackwell uses everyday objects such as plastic hangers to create installations and sculpture. Receptions with the artist are June 1 and 3. Details: (206) 622-2480 or

Now through July 13

Winston Wechter Fine Art presents acrylics by Peter Waite. A reception with the artist is June 1. Details: (206) 652-5855 or

Now through July 10

Enjoy a reception on June 8 with artist Lyle Silver, whose harmonious Northwest-inspired landscapes are showing at the Patricia Rovzar Gallery in Kirkland. Details: (425) 889-4627 or

Now through July 21

Experience the contemporary, surreal and whimsical work of Brooklyn artist David Konigsberg at the Ballard Fetherston Gallery. An opening reception is June 16. Details: (206) 322-9440 or

Now through July 9

Howard/Mandville Gallery exhibits paintings and bronze sculpture by John D. Phillips and Leo Osborne. Details (425) 889-8212 or

July 6–29

Linda Hodges Gallery presents Karen Yurkovich, whose new paintings celebrate the beauty, color and form of plants and flowers. Details: (206) 624-3034 or

July 6–September 2

Sheri Bakes’ textured, impressionistic paintings and Will Robinson’s stone sculptures show at Foster/White Gallery until July 29. New glass sculptures, paintings and installations by Dale Chihuly exhibit August 3–September 2. Details: (206) 622-2833 or

July 6–September 2

Quilts by the rural Alabaman women of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective appear at Greg Kucera Gallery. Details: (206) 624-0770 or

July 6–September 5

D’Adamo/Woltz Gallery honors the simplicity of line with acrylic-on-stainless-steel paintings by Simona Foggitt, July 6–31, and shows oil paintings by Zivana Gojanovic, August 3–September 5. Details: (206) 652-4414 or

July 7–30

Blown and carved glass by Massimo Micheluzzi and paintings by Allen Fulle show at the William Traver Gallery Seattle until July 30. Details: (206) 587-6501 or

July 12–September 10

After an opening reception on July 12, Gunnar Nordstrom Gallery in Kirkland displays Pat Tolle’s colorful aerial-view landscape oils until August 6. An exhibit of photo-real paintings by Misty Martin, “Urban Landscapes,” and Ray Pelley’s “Cocktails” shows August 9–September 10. Details: (425) 827-2822 or

July 13–August 26

Alicia Berger’s geometric encaustics, sometimes covering a 10-by-98-inch canvas, and Iain Stewart’s tonic, well-balanced photographs of land, sea and sky exhibit at the G. Gibson Gallery. Details: (206) 587-4033 or
PHOTO: Iain Stewart’s “The Cloud” / COURTESY G. GIBSON GALLERY

July 15–August 20

Howard/Mandville Gallery hosts a reception July 15 with Joseph Lorusso, whose figurative paintings are featured until July 31. An exhibition of paintings by Todd Williams is on display July 29–August 20. Details: (425) 889-8212 or

July 6–September 4

Garments by Seattle metal artist Sandy Lew-Hailer are on display at Mitchelli’s Gallery Bar in Pioneer Square. Hailer answers questions about her art on July 6. Details: (206) 623-3883 or

August 3–September 2

Friesen Gallery displays abstract oil-on-canvas paintings by Reilly Jensen. Details: (206) 628-9501 or

August 3–September 27

Winston Wächter Fine Art displays Kris Cox’s mixed media on wooden panels. Details: (206) 652-5855 or

August 4–September 3

Blown glass and mixed media by Sean Albert, blown glass by Jonathan Mossop, and blown and carved glass by Ethan Stern are shown at William Traver Gallery Seattle. Details: (206) 587-6501 or

August 5–September 10

Dale Chihuly’s blown glass shows at the William Traver Gallery Tacoma. The gallery also hosts the World Glass Exhibition, which features the work of past Chihuly gaffers. Details: (253) 383-3685 or

August 10–September 11

The nostalgic and surreal figurative paintings by Tyson Grumm are on display at Patricia Rovzar Gallery. Details: (425) 889-4627 or


Now through September 3

“On Mapping: New Perspectives with a Common Thread,” at the Bellevue Arts Museum, exhibits the works of four contemporary West Coast fiber artists, who sew, dye, layer, quilt and embroider using various threads and fabrics to create beautiful testimonies of their relationships with the natural world. Admission is $5-$7. Details: (425) 519-0770 or

Now through September 17

“The Essence of Line: French Drawing from Ingres to Degas,” at Tacoma Art Museum, showcases rarely exhibited drawings and watercolors from some of France’s most influential artists of the 19th century, including Delacroix, Cezanne and Degas. Tickets are $6.50. Details: (253) 272-4258 or

Now through October 8

See the works of University of Washington’s own Akio Takamori on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The museum presents ” Between Clouds of Memory,” a mid-career survey of Takamori’s blend of traditional Japanese art and full-scale figurative ceramic sculpture. Admission is $7.50. Details: (253) 272-4258 or

Now through July 16

“Fashion at MOHAI” at the Museum of History & Industry features Théâtre de la Mode, a collection of French fashion mannequins and stage sets conceived in 1945 by leading fashion designers and artists to hail the post-World War II rebirth of the fashion industry. Admission is $5–$7. Details: (206) 324-1126 or

Now through July 30

The Frye Art Museum features colorful giclée prints by Amy Helfand in “Modern Nature” and graphite drawings by Robyn O’Neil, in separate exhibits. Admission is free. Details: (206) 622-9250 or

Now through August 13

Tacoma Art Museum presents the work of 2006 Neddy Artist Fellowship winners, painter Brian Murphy and printmaker Barbara Robertson, along with the works of other nominees. Admission is $6.50–$7.50. Details: (253) 272-4258 or

Now through September 3

“Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes,” at Henry Art Gallery, is an exploration of landscape in which the artist’s wall-mounted sculptures and large-scale installations encourage viewers to rethink landscape and how we see and relate to it. Admission is $6–$10. Details: (206) 543-2280 or

Now through September 3

During the Museum of Glass Hot Shop series, local and international artists-in-residence demonstrate glassmaking and talk with visitors about their craft. Artists include Angelo Filomeno (New York), July 12–16; Nadege Desgenetez (Canberra, Australia), July 19–23; Dale Chihuly (Seattle), August 8–13; Mitchell Gaudet (New Orleans), August 23–27; Karen LaMonte (Prague, Czech Republic), August 30– September 3. Tickets are $4–$10. Details: (253) 396-1768 or

Now through September 10

The Frye Art Museum displays “Ginnungagap,” recent paintings, sculptures, films and works on paper by Sigrid Sandström, and “Sluice Gate,” artworks in hand-tufted wool by Seattle’s Robert Yoder. Admission is free. Details: (206) 622-9250 or

Now through September 17

“The Essence of Line: French Drawing from Ingres to Degas” at Tacoma Art Museum showcases rarely exhibited drawings and watercolors from some of France’s most influential 19th century artists, including Delacroix, Cezanne and Degas. Jay Fisher, senior curator of prints, lectures about the drawings July 20. Admission is $6.50. Details: (253) 272-4258 or

Now through October 8

See the works of University of Washington’s own Akio Takamori on display at Tacoma Art Museum. The museum presents “Between Clouds of Memory,” a mid-career survey of Takamori’s blend of traditional Japanese art and full-scale figurative ceramic sculpture. Admission is $7.50. Details: (253) 272-4258 or

July 1–December 31

“Fresh! Contemporary Takes on Allegory and Nature,” at Museum of Glass in Tacoma, opens the museum’s new Context series, group exhibitions that aim to explore how artists of varied media explore parallel themes. Admission is $4–$10. Details: (253) 396-1768 or

July 6–November 26

Bellevue Arts Museum displays 50 bold and eccentric chairs in “Call Me Chairmaker” by studio furniture maker Garry Knox Bennett. Admission is $7. Details: (425) 519-0770 or

July 7–September 17

“Threshold,” a retrospective of the abstract paintings of Byron Kim, and “The Laughing Monks,” new sculptures by Akio Takamori, exhibit at the Henry Art Gallery. Takamori and Henry Art Gallery Chief Curator Elizabeth Brown converse about the Takamori’s approach to ceramics July 13. Admission is $8–$10. Details: (206) 543-2281 or

August 5–December 17

Museum of History and Industry hosts the touring exhibit “Picturing the Century,” a photographic record of the 20th century collected from the national archives. Admission is $7. Details: (206) 324-1126 or

August 27–December 10

“Rodin: In His Own Words” opens at the Whatcom Museum of History & Art in Bellingham. More than 30 innovative and sophisticated sculptures by Rodin, best-known for The Thinker, are paired with the artist’s own comments about his work and philosophies. Admission is free. Details: (360) 676-6981 or


Now through September 9

Chateau Ste. Michelle’s outdoor concert series includes Lyle Lovett (July 7 & 8), Bruce Hornsby (July 15), A Prairie Home Companion starring Garrison Keillor (July 21), Chris Isaak (July 27), the 98.9 Smooth Jazz Festival (August 5 & 6), Chicago (August 25 & 26) and Bonnie Raitt with Keb’ Mo’ (September 3). Tickets are $29.50–$79.75. Details: (425) 415-3300 or

Now through September 10

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon until September 10, the Olympic Music Festival presents chamber music concerts in a rustic barn on an idyllic 55-acre farm on the Olympic Peninsula. July and August performances include three Beethoven string quartets, July 8 & 9; Shubert’s Sonatina for Violin and Piano, July 29 & 30; Sonatas for Violin and Piano by Beethoven, August 12 &13; and pieces by Stravinsky, Mendelssohn and Brahms, August 26 & 27. Tickets are $10–$26. Details: (206) 527-8839 or

Now through August 16

Tickets sell out quickly for the Washington Mutual ZooTunes series at Woodland Park Zoo. Performances this year include Little Feat, July 5; Shawn Colvin and Dar Williams, July 26; and Etta James, August 16. Tickets are $16–$22. Details: (206) 615-0076 or

July 3–August 11

The Seattle Chamber Music Society holds its Summer Festival at Lakeside School in North Seattle (July 3–28) and at the Overlake School in Redmond (August 2–11). This year’s festival features pre-concert recitals, a family concert (July 11) and an emerging artist concert (July 25). Tickets are $16–$38. Details: (206) 283-8808 or

July 14–July 23

Summer concerts at the Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island include the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra, July 15; the award-winning Jupiter Trio, July 16; and Greta Matassa Quartet, July 21. Tickets are $29; reservations required. Details: (206) 842-7631 or

July 27

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young comes to the White River Amphitheatre. Tickets are $36–$151. Details: (206) 628-0888 or

August 6

The King of the Blues, B.B. King, brings Lucille to the Tulalip Amphitheatre. Tickets are $40-$50. Details: (206) 628-0888 or

August 19

Seattle Opera’s International Wagner Competition brings eight young finalists from New York, Seattle, London and Berlin to sing Wagner arias. Tickets are $42–$52. Details: (206) 389-7676 or

On Stage

Now through July 9

ACT Theatre presents the classic Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress, the first African-American woman to have her work professionally produced on the American stage. The play explores the perceptions of African-American women within their community set against the backdrop of 1960s race riots in Harlem. Tickets are $10-$54. Details: (206) 292-7676 or

Now through July 15

Bartlett Sher’s production of Richard III, Shakespeare’s historical account of the infamous 15th century king, shows at Intiman Theater. Tickets are $27-$46. Details: (206) 269-1900 or

Now through July 23

The Capitol Hill Arts Center stages The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, recipient of the 2005 Nobel Prize for Literature. Tickets are $12-$18. Details: (206) 388-0569 or

Now through August 6

In Bust, the semi-autobiographical one-woman show about working as a volunteer advocate in a Southern California women’s prison, Lauren Weedman promises a side-splitting performance at the Empty Space Theatre. Tickets are $10–$30. Details: (206) 547-7500 or

July 21–August 20

ACT Theatre stages Mitzi’s Abortion, the tale of a young woman facing a difficult decision, by Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron. Tickets are $10–54. Details: (206) 292-7676 or

July 28–August 26

George Bernard Shaw’s Heartbreak House shows at Intiman Theatre, winner of the 2006 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Tickets are $10–$46. Details: (206) 269-1900 or

August 4–12

The hit Broadway musical comedy Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, based on the 1988 film, plays at The Paramount Theatre. Tickets are $22.–$72.50. Details: (206) 467-5510 or

August 5–26

Seattle Opera performs Der Rosenkavalier, a Viennese take on romance set to the waltzes of Richard Strauss. Tickets are $49–$135. Details:  (206) 389-7676 or

August 24–27

Northwest Musical Theatre Company presents Guys and Dolls at the Kirkland Performance Center. Tickets are $10–$18. Details: (425) 893-9900 or

August 7

Megan Cole, who appeared in this season’s Richard III, speaks about her craft for the Intiman Theatre “On Being an Actor” series. Tickets are $10. Details: (206) 269-1900 or