You’ve got all you need for a family reunion — barbecue pits, picnic tables, tennis courts, fishing areas, and waterfront access for your kayaks.
Can we just stay here forever? | Photo by Bubbles in the Park
Pro tips 💡
We’re pretty fortunate that the PNW gives us so many beautiful spots for picnics, but here are a few ways to really step up your game.
BYOG (Bring Your Own Grill) The Seattle City Parks Department allows folks to bring their own charcoal or gas grills — as long as you douse your coal in water or bring nothing more than a 5-gallon tank.
Bubble in the Park | This local business lets you rent out a portable version of those igloo tents we all ogled at during the winter season for your private picnic party. Packages include a two-hour session, set-up, water, dishes + a customized message board. And yes, you can picnic in the rain with this, but bring your own snacks.
Sabor Fest | Thurs., May 5 | 12 p.m. | Various locations in Belltown + Ballard | Prices vary | In celebration of Cinco de Mayo and Latin American culture, many of your favorite hangouts are hosting live music, special tattooing events, art shows, and drag performances.
Sweat + Sip | Thurs., May 5 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The Collective Seattle, 400 Dexter Ave. N. | $5 | Free Flo Fit has a high-energy workout planned with some mingling + drinks to follow. 💪
Smokus Pocus: a 420 Magic Show | Fri., May 6 | 7 p.m. | The Jewelbox Theater, 2322 Second Ave. | This “THC-induced” performance is an opportunity to really have your mind blown — whether under the influence or not. 🪄
Giltterbomb at Supernova | Fri., May 6 | 9 p.m.-4 a.m. | Supernova, 110 S. Horton St. | $20 + | The dance club is spicing up its usual dance party with a kiddie pool filled with 50 lbs of fairy dust and glitter — make yourself the disco ball.
14th Annual Flower Festival | Sat., May 7 | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Pike Place Market | Free | More than 40 tents with peonies, irises + daffodils grown in nearby counties will line the marketplace.🌷
Triple Shot Comedy | Sat., May 7 | 7 p.m. | The Triple Door | $10 donation requested | There’s a strong mix of different sensibilities in this comedian lineup, headlined by Cara Rosellini.
“The Art of Seafaring” | Sat., May 7 | 7 p.m. | Yaw Theater, 6520 5th Ave. S. | $15+ | This contemporary dance piece blends poetry + a mix of dance styles to tell the story of a ship crew’s journey across the sea. 🌊
The Mountain Goats | Sun., May 8 | 8 p.m. | The Showbox | $42.50+ | This indie folk band has grown a devout following since the early 90s — and recently got some extra love after “No Children” was used in a TikTok trend.
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If you’re a Sounders fan, you’re either waking up feeling really good or really hungover. Last night, Seattle became the first MLS team to win the Concacaf Champions League, a trophy that represents the best club in North + South America, and the Caribbean. The Sounders beat Pumas UNAM, 3-0, with goals from Raúl Ruidíaz and Nicolás Lodeiro. (Sounder at Heart)
The Seattle Seahawks will make a bit of history next season — they’ll play the first-ever NFL regular season game to take place in Germany on Sun., Nov. 13 against Tom Brady + the Tampa Bay Buccs. Kick off will take place at 6:30 a.m. PST at Allianz Arena in Munich. So, hope you’re an early riser. 🏈 (ESPN)
West Seattle’s Il Nido is going to be under some new management soon. Original owner Mike Eastonsold the Italian restaurant in order to work on his next project, Bar Bacetto, out in Waitsburg. But fear not — the new owners are longtime manager Cameron Williams and current exec chef Kaite Gallego, which will make for a smooth transition. (Seattle Met)
It’s not quite the Millenium Falcon, but Alaska Airlines’ new “Star Wars”-themed plane is on a good track. Yesterday, the airline unveiled the new plane design that features Han Solo’s famous ship and the franchise’s adorable Porgs. The plane will make regular trips to Orange County for Disneyland guests. ✈️ (GeekWire)
You’ll be in ship shape soon. The University of Washington’s campaign to fix its ASUW Shell House — featured in the best-selling nonfiction book “Boys in the Boat” — just got a huge financial boost. Microsoft president Brad Smith donated $5 million to the cause, with another$2 million flowing in from Microsoft Philanthropies. (GeekWire)
Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) soloist Joshua Grant announced that he will retire from the company at the end of the season. He spent the majority of his 21-year career with PNB and will now focus on his work with Dance Conservatory Seattle, which he founded with his husband and co-artistic director Christopher E. Montoya. 🩰
Popular Ballard brunch spot Biscuit & Bean announced that it will be closing up shop on Mon., May 9after eight years of business in the neighborhood. The owners said that this won’t be the last of their biscuits and gravy — their Lake Stevens location will remain open and they’ll soon launch a new restaurant in LA. (My Ballard)
Starbucks recently revealed that it intends to begin selling NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, to customers who can use them to get access to perks and Starbucks-related experiences. The new feature is a part of Starbucks’ new focus on tech-based initiatives. ☕️ (GeekWire)
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Will we ever stop exclaiming when we see pics of new baby whales? Unfortunately for the people around us, probably not.
The first baby humpback whale of the season was just spotted in the Salish Sea and we’d already sign on as godparents if we could. The baby, who doesn’t appear to have been named yet, is the calf of Big Mama — a frequenter of local waters who just returned from her journey to Hawaii, where she was there to, well… you see the product of that now.
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