The Must List: July

Our Top To-Do's For July

See the Rockets’ Red Glare
Fourth of July Fireworks

Thanks to the initiative—and donations—of Tom Douglas, Dave Ross and countless local citizens, Seattle’s last remaining in-city fireworks show was rescued in April after nearly fizzling out from a lack of corporate sponsorship. Time to enjoy the star-spangled fruits of our labors! We recommend walking or biking to the Eastlake side of the paved Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop trail, and securing a good spot waterside. 7/4. Free. For a map of the loop, visit

Gobble on the Go
Mobile Chowdown

What’s better than a gathering of Seattle’s best mobile food trucks? A gathering of Seattle’s best food trucks with a beer garden! Sponsored by Seattle Magazine and Suzuki+Chou Communimedia, the fourth Mobile Chowdown takes place in the former Fun Forest space. All your mobile faves will be there (including Marination Mobile), this time augmented with a bouquet of Pyramid brews. 7/10, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. For details, visit Seattle Magazine

Eat En Plein Air
Burning Beast

Seattle’s hottest chefs—including Matthew Dillon, Jason Wilson and John Sundstrom—will convene at beautiful Smoke Farm (outside Arlington) for the third annual Burning Beast, where they’ll cook cow, pig, goat, lamb, duck, salmon, elk and more in the name of promoting local, sustainable agriculture. Music and performances are also on the bill, as are vegetables! 7/11. $75. Grounds open at 3 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m.

Arts Al Fresco
Bellevue ArtsFair

Get out of the mall and into the arts—it’s time for the 64th annual Bellevue Arts Museum Artsfair. This hugely popular event features more than 300 juried exhibitors showcasing drawing, fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wearables and wood, as well as demonstrations by local and global artisans, and, of course, tasty sustenance. 7/23–7/25. Free. Times vary. First level of the parking structure on the west side of Bellevue Square, between NE Eighth Street and NE Fourth Street; 425.519.0770;

Say Om Outdoors
Yoga for Hope and Yoga in the Park

This month offers several chances to take your downward dog for a walk outdoors. Join Yoga for Hope (a fundraiser for cancer care center City of Hope) and nine local yogis in performing 108 sun salutations at the Seattle Center. 7/10, $30, Memorial Stadium, 401 Fifth Ave. N; 800.934.9196; Or, hit the Olympic Sculpture Park any Saturday for Seattle Art Museum’s free Yoga in the Park, taught by instructors from 8 Limbs Yoga. Saturdays in July, 10–11 a.m, Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave.;

Originally published in July 2010