What I love about AUGUST…

 

Freshly grown fruits and vegetables, Obama, how happy others are and loads of fun activities make the top of my list of what I love about August.

There are FARMERS MARKETS all over in every city across the nation during August. It is a prime time to pick up local produce. Shop local, eat responsibly. Fresh fruits and vegetables are yummy! I love that they are so readily available in August.

If I had to order all the months from most favorite to least, August would come in last. It is true. We all have our favorites and least favorites and August is my least favorite month. However, this Operation-Nice-inspired-exercise helped me find the good things about August, helped me appreciate what it has to offer. And so I binged my way into a bunch of fun events in my area in August… and I will share them with you, just in case you happen to be in the Seattle area in August. I love this city!

Seafair (July 30 – August 7th)

Seafair is a yearly event on Lake Washington where there are hydroplane races, air shows, wakeboarding and a bunch of food, concerts and festivities in between (even a bunch of lego activities!!). You can read more about Seafair here.

Obama (sometime in August)1

President Obama is scheduled to come to Seattle in August to talk about the economy and to help raise funds for Senator Patty Murray. Let’s try to make it to this one…shall we?

The Seattle Gift Show (August 21-24, 2010)

…where you can see “explore 10,000 national and innovative new product lines.” All tailored for the Pacific Northwest shopper… might be fun. You can read more about it here.

Railroad Days (August 20-22, 2010)

“Railroad Days is the annual community festival celebrating our spirit and origins as a railroad and logging town, and the home of the Snoqualmie Nation. The event is held in downtown Snoqualmie in and around the Northwest Railway Museum.”2

South Lake Union Block Party (August 13th, 2010)

Food, farmers market, festivities for families, children and adults, beer garden and outdoors cinema. This looks like it might be fun and it is for a good cause.

Proceeds from this year’s SLU Block Party will benefit Historic Seattle, the only nonprofit dedicated to preserving Seattle and King County’s architectural legacy. Supporting Historic Seattle’s longstanding commitment to protecting our local historic buildings is perfectly aligned with South Lake Union’s own values – a neighborhood whose bright future also honors its rich history. A few of the distinctive historic buildings that have been preserved in SLU include the New Richmond Laundry Building at Alley24, the Ford and Pacific McKay buildings as well as the Terry Avenue Building and Van Vorst Building that are part of the new Amazon.com headquarters.

Pierce County Fair (August 12-15th)

Well, I don’t really have to explain what a county fair is… right? =)

BrasilFest (August 15th, 2010)

This sounds very interesting. It is all about learning the cultural traditions in Brazil. They describe it better on their website. Here is a snippet,

BrasilFest  (Brazil spelled with an “S” in Portuguese). The lively world of Brazilian arts and culture will fill Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style. This one-day extravaganza will offer continuous music, dance, workshops and performance that represent a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions as well as traditional folkloric performers. Experience all that this exuberant and vivid culture has to offer, from Capoeira demonstrations and workshops for all ages (Brazilian martial arts), Samba workshops, children’s activities (mask-making, painting), Brazilian instruments, arts and crafts, photo exhibits and films. BrasilFest is the first annual celebration of Brazilian culture in Washington State, drawing a significant audience.3

Tibet Fest (August 28-29th)

From the website,

Tibet’s ancient and modern history is woven through Tibet Fest through a synthesis of traditional performance with modern song and music and discussions of the Tibetan people. Symbolic masks, arts and crafts, children’s activities and traditional foods, along with prayer flags and expert speakers illuminate the culture’s foundation in Buddhism. Presented by the Tibetan Association.4

The Evergreen State Fair (August 26 – September 6th, 2010)

Another one that doesn’t need any explanation. Click here to find out more.

2010 Seattle Peace Concerts 30th Annual Free Summer Park Concert Series (All summer, August 15, 20-22, 29th 2010)

Seattle Peace Concerts’ free summer park concert series, coordinated by Don Glenn since the early 80s, feature well established musicians and entertainers as well as some of the Northwest’s best new artists. Musical styles reflect the diverse contemporary music scene here in the pacific northwest and beyond! – Rock, Pop, Reggae, R&B, Blues, Zydeco, Drum Groups, Choirs, Folk, World Beat, Jazz, and some stuff that defies labeling. These are family events. No alcohol! Admission is free however we encourage folks to bring food bank donations for Northwest Harvest and please contribute what you can when “The Bucket” comes around to help us cover expenses. Another way to support these events, and take home some of the best music performed at these events, is to purchase SPC Compilation Albums sold at these events.5

Music Under the Stars (August 4, 6, 9, 11, 12 and 13th 2010)

The Seattle Chamber Music Society performs and practices outdoors and invites the public to enjoy. Click here to learn more.

Olympic Music Festival (Every Saturday and Sunday at 2pm through August 22nd, 2010)

How lovely! You can go hang out and listen to classical music performed by amazing musicians, some world renowned. They have picnic tables to enjoy a nice picnic with family or friends and they have donkeys! HA! That made me laugh. I think I would like to go to this one for certain. Click here to learn more.

Art of Jazz series (August 12th and 19th, 2010) and Cuong Vu Trio & Friendly Creatures (August 24th, 2010)

Learn to appreciate Jazz in the Seattle area…click here to learn more.

The Concerts at Marymoor Park (August 7, 13, 14, 21, 26 and 29th, 2010)

This is one of the best series of concerts. Big names and little names that should be big perform here. This is the best venue really. This year many of my favorites are performing, the one that stands out is The Swell Season, one of my very favorite bands ever. Read more here.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series (August 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 27, 28, 29 and 30th, 2010)

A series of concerts with lots of well-known artists like Natalie Merchant and Blondie all for promoting music and arts in the Pacific Northwest. The website explains better,

Hosting live performances since 1984, Chateau Ste. Michelle’s Summer Concert Series stands as one of the Pacific Northwest’s great music venues. The annual series features a diverse line-up of top jazz, rock, blues and contemporary artists that are drawn to the intimate Amphitheatre setting.

Chateau Ste. Michelle offers an annual concert series as an expression of community involvement and support of the arts. Net proceeds from the concert series support our charitable contributions program of long-standing philanthropic partnerships with many local and national charitable organizations. 6

Acoustic Blues Festival (August 1 – 8th, 2010) and Blues in the Clubs (August 6th and 7th, 2010)

At the Acoustic Blues Festival you can live and play with the bearers of acoustic blues traditions or you can enjoy many a jazz performing artist in the various clubs throughout Port Townsend on the weekend. You can read more about these by clicking the links above.

ArtsSparks 2010 (August 2-7th, 9th, 14-16th, and 22-23rd 2010)

From the website,

This summer, Occidental Park will become a showcase for the creative imagination of artists. Using this public space as art space, artists will produce everything from street theater, dance, or temporary sculpture to music, media art, or whatever their imagination might envision, bringing the challenge and spark of art into the day-to-day life of downtown. The end result: Occidental Park becomes a place where art and life intertwine–where one goes to meet the unexpected and catch some of the freshest work from local and visiting artists. 7

Center City Cinema – Hing Hay Park: FREE Outdoor Movies in the ParkAug 7 – Spy Next Door – English with Spanish subtitles
Aug 14 – Red Cliff – Chinese with, English subtitles
Aug 21 – Karate Kid II- English with Chinese subtitles
Aug 28 – UP- English with Spanish subtitles

All movies begin at sunset and will be canceled in the case of rain.

Buskers

This one was vague but here is the description: Street performers of all kinds will display their talents on accordions, yo-yos, flutes, toy pianos, violins, their own two feet…the list is as varied as city life. The fun takes place weekday lunchtimes and early evenings (and some weekends) in selected parks.

Family Days with Northwest Folklife West African Rhythms & Moves! (August 21st, 2010)

West African Rhythms & Moves! Dancer and choreographer Etienne Cakpo and his dance and music troupe Gansango, will have you drumming with your hands and your feet! Jump in and dance as Gansango and Cakpo weave elements of drumming, percussion, dance and culture together into an exciting and colorful experience. ((http://www.empsfm.org/calendar/index.asp?m=8&d=21&y=2010&eventID=674&CategoryID=179))

Zoo Tunes Summer Concerts at Woodland Park Zoo (August 3, 11, 25 and 29th 2010)

Music performed at the zoo. Many artists choose to play here. It is worth attending one or two or more, if you want. Read more here.

Out to Lunch 2010 Summer Concert Series (August 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27th 2010)

Free live music performed during lunch hour for your musical luncheon experience.  Read more here.

Seattle Presents

The free lunchtime performance series at City Hall, will sizzle this summer with outdoor performances by leading Seattle-area performers Thursdays on the City Hall plaza. All concerts are from noon to 1:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, most performances will move inside the City Hall lobby and end at 1 p.m.

Aug 5 – The Tallboys
Aug 12 – Handful of Luvin’
Aug 1 – Latin Expression
Aug 26 – Clinton Fearon

Seattle SeaChordsmen summer performances

Begin your summer evening listening to great four-part, a cappella melodies sung in barbershop style by members of the Seattle SeaChordsmen, Seattle’s barbershop chorus. The Seattle SeaChordsmen are a group of amateur singers who come together each week to practice and enjoy performing this great American art form. Come enjoy songs from all decades of the 20th century, for barbershop harmony is ageless in its appeal to singers and audiences. These free public concerts are part of the Seattle SeaChordsmen’s commitment to adopt programs each year that stress service to the community, good fellowship, and vocal music education.

Chorus, Thursdays, July 15 and August 12 and Tuesday, September 14
SeaSharps Quartet, Thursdays, August 26 and Tuesdays, September 21 and 28
Raining Sounds’,Thursdays, July 29 and August 19 and Tuesday, September 7

Dancing ‘Til Dusk

Each night will feature a different style of live music and dancing on a newly expanded dance floor. Pre-dance lessons (beginner level) are available from 6 – 7 p.m., followed by the dance from 7 – 9 p.m. Sorry, we’ll have to cancel in the case of rain.  

“Swing into the Blues and Back”
Tuesdays in Westlake Park
July 20 — Kevin Buster’s Lunch Money,
swing and blues
July 27 — Blues and Swing Night with DJ Ari Levitt
August 3 — Glen Crytzer and the Syncopators, big band swing
August 10 — Blues Night with DJ Topher Howard
August 17 — Solomon Douglas Swingtet, swing and blues

“Dance a Little Romance
Thursdays in Freeway Park
July 22 — Portage Bay Big Band,
big band swing
July 29 — Maia Santell and House Blend, swing and blues
August 5 — John Holte’s Radio Rhythm Orchestra, big band swing
August 12 — Tangabrazo, tango
August 19 —This is a Ball Blanc: Joker’s Wild, waltz, swing, and more!* 

Thursdays at SAM
Olympic Sculpture Park
August 26 — Tumbao, salsa

Inside Out Dance Company

Westlake Park
August 3 and 10
Performing ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and modern dances for your entertainment. Presented by the Woodinville Dance Academy.

Family Fun Days In The Park

Amusement park rides and other fun for all ages!!
3  – 6  p.m. 206-684-7710
Westlake Park August 21
Occidental Park Thursday September 9
Occidental Park, Sunday August 8

Summer Arts Program
Arts and crafts activities for youth to enjoy and take home
Ages: 5-11
Fri July 9- August 27, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
International Children’s Park

ThursdayPike Place Express Seasonal Satellite Market

Cascade Playground, 333 Pontius Ave. N
June 24 – September 25

First Thursdays Art in the Park

Occidental Square
Noon – 9 p.m. June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 2

JamFest

JamFest neighborhood summer music festival takes place in the heart of Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. This festival features a variety of live music performances at four venues on First Thursdays from June through September.

Hing Hay Park
July 1, August 5, September 2.

“The Square” Saturday Market & Street Food

Occidental Square
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturdays: July 17 – September 25

Uptown Stroll

Art in Action
Counterbalance Park
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. August 28
Sponsored by the Uptown Alliance and other friends of Counterbalance Park. Info:

Urban Gardening for Apartment Dwellers by Seattle Tilth

$5 registration fee.  To register, please go to www.seattletilth.org
Info: 206-633-0451

Freeway Park:
Container Salad Gardening, Aug. 12, Noon – 1 p.m.
Composting for Apartment Dwellers, August 19, Noon – 1 p.m.
Fall and Winter Container Herb Gardening, August 26, Noon – 1 p.m.

Summer Table Tennis

Wed/Fri July 7- Aug 27 3-6 p.m., Hing Hay Park

Seattle Public Library Used Book Sales

Monday-Friday, June, July and August, Freeway Park

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