Local tastings in Pike Place Market, a music and art festival at Othello Park, an Iranian festival at Seattle Center, and more for your weekend agenda!

By Rashi Bhogal
August 11, 2016

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FOOD & DRINK

Thu, Aug 11
Vino Verite
Vino Verite’s policy on wine tasting is that it should be a fun and interesting experience. And we completely agree! Whether you’re looking to taste wine, buy wine, or just learn more about the elixir of the gods, check out Vino Verite’s free wine tasting event going on every Thursday. The themes are everchanging which keeps this place exciting. Sometimes they will play host to a single winery or winemaker while other times they will turn their attention to a specific region. Their goal is to expose their guests to fantastic wine from all around the world. Vino Verite, free, 5 –8pm

Fri, Aug 12
Sunset Supper
Enjoy delicious food while sipping on local wine and spirits at the anniversary of Pike Place Market. Some of the food vendors include Nue, Seatown, and Shaker and Spear. Work your way through some of the best wineries, breweries, distilleries, and restaurants Seattle has to offer all the while meeting local chefs and makers. Dance under the warm summer sun to music from Grace Love and the True Loves. Another perk? Check out the prize wheel and golden raffle for a chance to win prizes such as spa packages, a Victoria Clipper vacation, and a Pandora bracelet from Ben Bridge to name a few. All proceeds benefit the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports the market, its community, and their low-income neighbors. Pike Place Market, $150, 7:30 –11pm

FESTIVAL

Sat, Aug 13
Iranian Festival
The 10th annual Iranian Festival’s main focus is to learn about cultural roots and contemporary influences of Iran through performances, poetry, visual arts, and food. It’s a great festival for families to enjoy together as well as they will have a ton of hands-on activities and children’s games. Enjoy classical Persian songs by Reza Razvai who has been performing for over 20 years. Watch the Vancouver Pars National Ballet perform Iranian folklore dances on the verge of extinction and enjoy food from vendors like Aria Bakery, Cherry Street Coffee House, and Zaytoon Catering. Seattle Center, Free, All day

KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY

Sat, Aug 13
Seattle Summer Parkways
Seattle Summer Parkways is back and once again opening up the city’s largest public space- the streets for families and community members alike. Feel free to bike, skate, run, and just generally play in the streets during this three-day event which encourages outside family time and also aims to building a strong sense of community around neighborhoods in Seattle. It all kicks off in Rainier Valley with the Heritage Festival. Event goers will be cruising through the streets while visiting parks full of like music and fun activities along the way. Make sure to check out free bike rentals from Pronto Cycle Share and books on bike from the Seattle Public Library. Also don’t forget about the delicious food from local restaurants like Ezell’s, Neema’s Comfort Foods, and Moonie Tunes Ice Cream. Rainer Valley, Free, 12:30 –4:30 pm

Sun, Aug 14
Othello Park International Music and Art Festival
Check out Othello Park’s 10th annual festival where cultures collide bringing an array of music, dance, food, and activities for the entire family. Enjoy family time while supporting Rainier Valley’s businesses such as Cafe Red, Jamaican Island Cuisine, and 314 Pie to name a few. Activities include everything from sailboat races to balloon pops to a Bottle Toss. The entertainment features Somali Dancers, Clave Cubana, Global Heat and many more. There will even be a petting zoo that includes a camel and an art station geared towards hands-on activities for children. Othello Park, Free, noon–6

ART

WedSun, thru Sept 4
Posing Beauty
This Exhibition displays photographs taken from the last century while exploring themes of beauty and examining how African American people were portrayed in pictures from the past. A wide range of photographs taken from a variety of photographers—photojournalists, men, women, and artists alike—delve into themes about perception from within and without. Some of the notable photographers include Sheila Pree Bright, Jamel Shabazz, and Ernest C. Withers. Northwest African American Museum, $7