This weekend check out baby goats and brews in Ballard or feast on crayfish at Old Ballard Liquor Co., or head over to Columbia City for a Blues Festival.

By Rashi Bhogal
August 18, 2016
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FOOD & DRINK

Thu, Aug 18
Baby Goats and Brews
Reuben’s Brew is a family-owned brewery in the heart of Ballard. In the three years they’ve been open they have already won numerous medals and have been praised for their brews. This Thursday, Reuben’s Brews is teaming up with Puget Sound Goat Rescue to help raise funds for the organization. Head over the Reuben’s for a great afternoon of sipping on delicious beer and hanging out with adorable baby goats.The venue is all ages so children also join in on the fun too—no beer of course, but Burgerphenia will be slinging burgers all day.  Due to the high level of interest the brewery is opening earlier than usual and a ticket is needed to actually meet the baby goats, so be sure get there early. Reuben’s Brew, Ballard, free, 12–8pm

Fri, Aug 19
Old Ballard Liquor Co. Crayfish Party
The Old Ballard Liquor Company is throwing a Swedish crayfish boil at Pacific Fishermen shipyard this weekend. Feast on all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish featuring locally caught and live-cooked fish with all the fixings. Tickets are $50 and include food and of course there will be a cash bar on-hand with wine, beer, cocktails, and aquavit- a delicious flavored Scandinavian spirit. All proceeds from the liquor sales go to benefit the Ballard Senior Center. Also, keep that Scandinavian spirit going all weekend by checking out Viking Days at Nordic Heritage Museum on Saturday and Sunday for fun activities, traditional music, amazing food, and a real Viking Village. Pacific Fishermen Shipyard, $50, 7–11pm

Sat & Sun, Aug 20 & 21
Seattle Street Food Festival
South Lake Union has quickly become a hub of food and drink, with weekend markets that consistently have a diverse lineup of street food. This weekend however, the South Lake Union Saturday Market organization is going big…like over 100 local vendors big. From Peruvian street food to farm-fresh, handmade popsicles to Hawaiian-inspired and -flavored lemonades like papaya strawberry, the Seattle Street Food Festival‘s fourth annual event will have something for everyone and their mom—and the kiddos, too! There will also be music, movie screenings, and other entertainment fun. South Lake Union, Free, 11–6pm

KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY

Sat, Aug 20
Puget Sound Beekeepers Association Kids’ Day
The Puget Sound Beekeepers Association is holding a field day at the West Seattle Bee Garden this weekend. It’s the largest educational event with a ton of PSBA beekeepers on hand to answer questions and share their knowledge. Activities for children include hive demos, educational booths, general arts and crafts,honey tasting and a scavenger hunt in the High Point Commons Park P-Patch. West Seattle Bee Garden, Free, 10–1

MUSIC

Sat, Aug 20
Columbia City Blues Festival
The annual Blues Festival is back for its fourth year shining a spotlight on historical music developments throughout the ages. The three night event will explore blues pioneer Robert Johnson and the profound way he influenced other musicians. The first night features music from Johnson, Jonny Shines, and Muddy Waters to name a few. The second night is geared more towards the British absorption of American blues and how it evolved to impact the British Rock-and-roll scene. The last night encompasses the previous two nights and spotlights the legacy of Allan Toussaint on traditional blues in New Orleans while exploring the inspirations behinds bands such as the White Stripes and Black Keys. The Royal Room, $12, Aug 19–21, 8pm

ART

Sun, Aug 21
Mood Indigo: Textiles From Around The World
Artist Rowland Ricketts installation is made up of 89 pieces of cloth in literally every shade of blue that has ever existed throughout history. The display honors the ability of the color blue and the feelings it invokes in the form of cloth. Gathered predominantly by the Seattle Art Museum’s textile collection, the exhibit highlights the historical influence of this soothing shade. Mood Indigo is calming and has transformative power combined with historical context. The exhibition features a silk robe from China, Kimonos from Japan, and ancient pieces from Egypt and Peru. Musical artist Norbert Herber will accompany Rickett’s work with a soundtrack that captures the musical depths the color blue expresses.  

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