This Labor Day weekend's agenda includes the Blackstreet Bazaar in Hillman City, Bumbershoot (duh), and the 7th Annual Blackberry Festival.
By Rosin Saez
September 1, 2016
Ah, yes. The annual arts and music festival in Seattle Center is back, and it’s aiming for a more local lineup than ever: Macklemore, Death Cab for Cutie, plus many more. Instead of trying to type into the echo chamber of Bumbershoot guides, of which there are plenty, here are a few places to get started to plan your Labor Day weekend of food, fun, comedy, arts, and more. The Stranger‘s Complete Guide to Bumbershoot 2016. Seattle Met magazines’ Best of Bumbershoot Friday guide and Best of Bumbershoot Saturday guide. Seattle Center, $129; festival pass $250–$775
7th Annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival
Steadily growing into a bigger and bigger festival each year, Bremerton has been honoring the humble blackberry for seven years along the ferry terminal marina. Enjoy blackberry ice cream, blackberry wine, arts and crafts, entertainment, plus plenty of good eats all weekend long. It’s just a ferry ride away afterall… Bremerton Ferry Terminal, Free, Sat, 10–7, Sun, 10–6, Mon, 10–5
KIDS & FAMILY FRIENDLY
Sat, Sept 3
The weather will be lovely this Saturday, and if you’re looking to get a little sunshine with the little ones, head to this fun hands-on workshop. Kids aged 7 to 12 will learn to draw and sculpt their favorite pokemon. This “Pokemon Lab” is great to meet fellow trainers, “catch” some pokemon, and enjoy fresh air and a snack. Ravenna; Madison Valley, $60, 11-2pm
FOOD & DRINK
B-EATs at Bumbershoot
The annual music and arts festival never lacks snacks. Booth after booth of food and drink vendors line walkways throughout Seattle Center, offering chicken kebabs or chocolate-dipped berry kebabs…a lot of food on sticks. This year though, Bumbershoot has collaborated with Dan Bugge, owner of Matt’s in the Market, Radiator Whiskey, 100 Pound Clam, and an erstwhile Pike Place fish thrower, on B-EATs. Here’s the schedule:
Fri, Sept 2, 5–8pm
Chefs from Matt’s in the Market, Radiator Whiskey, Gracia, Bok a Bok, Little Uncle, and Pike Place Fish Guys will be serving dishes a la carte in the evening or until gone. Look for dishes like curry wurst with tikka masala and shrimp ceviche tostadas.
Sat, Sept 3, 3–8pm
Oregon bay shrimp louie sliders from Matt’s in the Market, chicken mole tamales from Gracia, and Dungeness crab cocktails from Pike Place Fish Guys. Plus, 100 Pound Clam will host a popup oyster bar, bivalve availability willing.
Sun, Sept 4, 3–8pm
Bok a Bok Korean Fried Chicken will be serving piles of chicken wings with sesame soy dipping sauce, ginger slaw, and housemade biscuits. Radiator Whiskey is bringing smoke pork belly to the B-EATs tent, accompanied by dill pickle slaw, Carolina gold barbecue sauce, and fried corn. Little Uncle will have spicy, grilled beef salad and green papaya salad. 100 Pound Clam’s popup oyster bar will come back for round two, again, depending on access to briny bivalves.
Sun, Sept 4
Backstreet Bazaar is back to celebrate the end of the summer. This month there will be a variety of Seattle artists, including music by Mario Casalini And Donormaal, as well as tacos made fresh from local chef, Tarik Abdullah. There will be art, music, food, and beer aplenty. Hillman City Collaboratory, Free, 7–10pm
Thru Sept 4
Inye Wokoma: This Is Who We Are
Last call to see this film-based exhibit by Seattle’s Inye Wokoma, in which Wokoma explores his experience as a black man in Seattle, as well as the relationship between place and spirituality, the merging of family tradition, and how we are informed and affected by our heritage. Frye Art Museum, Free