Seafood Fest in Ballard, Leadership workshop in South Lake Union, TUF Fest in Judkins Park, and so much more for your weekend agenda.

By Rashi Bhogal
July 7, 2016



Fri, July 8
Movie Night at CenturyLink Field
This Seattle stadium is getting into the film industry…but just for a summer series of movie screenings. First up: Jurassic World.  The movie starts at 7:30 but get there early to check out food trucks and various drink specials. Another plus? DJ Larry Mizell Jr. will be spinning tunes starting at 4. The movie is all ages, but of course, you must be 21 years or older to get your drink on. CenturyLink Field, Pioneer Square, $10 (cash only)


Sat, July 9
Mixed Bag at the Royal Room
Head to Columbia City for a comedy and music variety show all rolled into one. Saturday’s mixed bag, so to speak, will feature local actors Hannah Schnabel, Matthew Kelsey, and Chris Walker. The musical performance will be The Drop Shadows, a Seattle-based band with the old soul of country. Hans Kim will also be in the mix doing standup comedy and the host of the night is Jeanine Walker from Hugo House’s Cheap Wine and Poetry. The Royal Room, Columbia City, $5–$20 suggested donation (no cover), Doors at 6, Show at 7

Wed, July 13
The Watering Whole at the Hillman City Collaboratory
As implied by it’s name, the Watering Hole is where people can go to fill up and feel whole. It’s a creative healing space in which the work and experiences of QTPOC is featured via one or two live performances in music, dance, theater, spoken word, or another method. This quarter Washington D.C.–based singer/songwriter Be Steadwell aka B Steady will perform her funky hip-hop music, which centers around queer POC love and resilience. It’s all ages, but there’s complimentary beer and wine for those 21 years or older. The Hillman City Collaboratory, $10–$15 pre-sale or $20 at the door, 10pm–2

Sat, July 9
TUF Fest
Funded by the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture as well as partnering with Northwest African American Museum, this inaugural TUF Fest is a celebration of visual art, performance, and education. It aims to uplift, expand, educate, and celebrate the female, nonbinary, and trans electronic community. So head to Judkins Park this Saturday for art, live music, workshops, panels, and more hosted by Seattle’s own Sassyblack and Jenn Green. Judkins Park, Central District, Free, 11:30–10pm


Sat & Sun, July 9 & 10
Ballard Seafood Festival
This festival has been going since 1974 and has no signs of slowing down. It started out as a community celebration of Ballard’s close connection to the fishing industry and now decades later welcomes over 65,000 people each year. This year’s festival will play host to art and food vendors from all of the Seattle. Companies such as Arrows Wood Crafts and West Coast Sea Glass will be showing off their crafts among many other arts and crafts vendors. There will also be delicious food from local purveyors like Ballard Brothers Seafood and Burgers and Tumble Swede, a Nordic popup. The beer garden has over 25 beers to chose from and is right smack in the front of the main stage, which will be showcasing musical guests Maszer, Smokey Brights, and Mudhoney. There is also a ton of free activities for kids such as bouncy houses, putt-putt golf, and boat building lessons with the The Center for Wooden Boats. Various locations, Ballard, Free, Sat from 11–10, Sun from 11–9

Fri–Sun, July 8–10
Seattle International Beer Festival
The Seattle International Beer Festival is centered around rare, hard to find exotic beers and the festival showcases over 220 of the best of the best each year. This year they will have 8 Hop, Brette Davis Eyes, Little Freak, Orval Trappist, Reche Mode, Sticky Hands, and The Goat- to name a few. There is literally something for everyone from craft beers to $3 pints of Pilsner Urquell in the beer garden. There are a ton of musical guests set to perform each day. Some of the acts include The Haggis Brothers, The Washboard Cutups, The Rainieros. The Black Crabs, Roy Kay Trio Warren G Hardings, and Hot Club Sandwich. Regular entry is $25 in advance of $30 at the door. Also, free re-entry all weekend with wristband and glass.


Tue, July 12
Intersectionality: Dismantling Racism, a Forum for Southeast Seattle
This event also goes by the title, “A Panel Discussion of Queer People of Color.” In light of the recent shootings at a nightclub in Florida, which directly affected LGBTQIA communities of color everywhere, this panel will aim to unpack that horrible tragedy, and more. Panelists will discuss the impact of fear and terrorism, how homophobia and racism are related as well as distinct from each other. There will be a forum for audience participation. Don’t forget to RSVP or register for the discussion. Rainier Arts Center, Free, Suggest donation $10, 7–9pm

Sat, July 9
Seattle Urban League Young Professionals Leadership Summit
This Saturday at the Fred Hutch Center, up yo’ leadership skills. Learn and engage with leaders from Boeing, Nordstrom, United Way, Black Dot, and more organizations in the Puget Sound area. You can focus on different tracks such as Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Be sure to register asap. Fred Hutch, South Lake Union, 9–5