The weekend check out an ice cream festival at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Umoja Fest at Seafair, a free concert at Seattle Center, and more.

By Rashi Bhogal
August 4, 2016

FOOD & DRINK

Thu, Aug 4
FareStart Guest Chef Night
FareStart is an exceptional organization that strives to give people the tools they need in order to succeed. They aim to empower the underprivileged and homeless by training them to work in the restaurant industry. Every thursday FareStart plays host to a Guest Chef Night highlighting a local Seattle chef featuring a three-course dinner for $30. This Thursday, they welcome chef Brian Scheehser who, in his 30 years of experience, has worn many hats in the food industry. He has been a farmer, a cheesemaker, a brewer, and a winemaker who now works at Trellis. This week’s menu includes organic zucchini carpaccio, free-range Chicken with pan-seared rosemary garlic, spring onions, and tomatoes and balsamic reduction. For dessert enjoy a blueberry cobbler served with Madagascar vanilla bean. Friendly reminder: make reservations. FareStart Restaurant, $30, 5:30–8

Thu & Fri, Aug 4 & 5
The Tillamook Summer Ice Cream Tour
The Tillamook Tour is coming to Seattle and bringing its most delicious creations to date. The brand will be unleashing premium ice creams, gelatos, and frozen custards. While in Seattle they will be serving free cups and cones of its creamy Stumptown cold brew coffee ice cream, delicious Oregon marionberry cheesecake frozen custard, and savory California pistachio gelato. The first 100 people in line will also get free ice cream koozies and Stumptown will be offering $3 cold shot affogatos, so grab the kiddos and head to Stumptown this weekend for some free ice cream. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Free, noon–3

COMMUNITY AND CIVIC

Fri, Aug 5
White Center Promise (Back-To-School) Celebration
The sixth annual White Center Celebration is a chance for community members to get together and speak to representatives from over 30 local organizations. The White Center Promise is a long-term initiative which aims to eradicate poverty in White Center. They try and achieve this goal through educational reform which in turn bring social change in communities. Another goal the organization is working towards is to ensure all students graduate from high school and go on to earn a post-secondary credential which leads to a career. The celebration will also have free food, family-friendly entertainment, engaging educational activities, and back-to-school giveaways. Greenbridge Plaza, Free, 5–7 pm

MUSIC

Fri, Aug 5
Concert at the Mural
KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center are once again teaming up to present Concerts at the Mural, a series of musical concerts which features a wide range of sound and artists. The focus of the series is to bring creative, original, and culturally diverse programming to listeners and concert goers. The shows are all designed for the culturally curious who want to learn more about the raw, independent Seattle music scene. There are four free, all ages shows and it all kicks off this Friday with The Thermals, Acapulco Lips, and Mommy Long Legs. Come early to grab seats in the lawn or in the beer garden. Mural Amphitheatre, 5:30

FESTIVALS

Fri–Sun, Aug 5–7
Umoja Fest
Check out the Umoja Festival this Seafair weekend! The festival celebrates the African American community and African Diaspora culture in the Pacific Northwest and the goal of the festival is to entertain but also educate and empower African American people and communities. This year’s bash will feature music, food, culture and tons of family fun. Attractions include the Africatown Heritage Parade featuring various dance groups and drill teams, Children’s Day and Family Fun Village, and Afrobeat & Roots Stage as well as other great musical and performance acts. Judkins Park, Fri–Sat 11–8, Sun 11–7:30

THEATER

Sat, Aug 6
Poetry and Music with Seattle civic Poet, Claudia Castro Luna
Come check out an evening of poetry and music curated by Wendy Call and Catalina Cantu. The event will feature Seattle Civic Poet Claudia Castro Luna whose work has been featured in Poetry Northwest, City Arts, and La Bloga among others. She will be joined onstage by Antonio Gomez and Trio Guadalevin both of which will be accompanying her musically. This event coincides with the  Seattle Art Fair and is part of La Sala presents La Cocina A gallery showcased by artist Amaranta Ibarra-Sandys which features sculpture, paintings, and photography from a group of Latino/a/x artists as well as in interactive installation by Ku. Good Arts Building, Pioneer Square, Free, noon–5pm

ADVANCED NOTICE

Tue, Aug 9
Free Coworking/ International Coworking Day
Don’t forget to check out International Coworking day coming up this Tuesday! If you find yourself in the ID during lunch stop by and grab some free food from Hing Hay Coworkers. The event is about meeting community workers who share office space in the ID. Hing Hay Coworks, International District, Free, 9–5

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