NEPO 5k: Don’t Run is Back

Seattle’s boldest neighborhood art walk returns for a second lap.
Be on the lookout for covert lemonade stands and other fun surprises at NEPO 5K: Don't Run

Beacon Hill-based artist Klara Glosova doesn’t worry when people wonder, “That’s art?” She invites the question at adventurous happenings she hosts regularly at NEPO House (her living room turned pop-up art gallery). It’s also a driving question at NEPO 5K DON’T RUN, an art walk truly like no other in the city. The second iteration of this epic event (launched last year) boasts an easier, family-friendly route and even more art, co-curated by Zack Bent and Sierra Stinson. Expect copious performances by local artists, including Sierra Nelson and Rachel Kessler of the Vis-A-Vis Society, and other unexpected encounters, such as camouflaged lemonade stands created by artist group Meadow Starts with P (aka artist Andrew Peterson and his children); a breadcrumb trail of Gretchen Bennett stickers; and a perpetually slamming door by Maggie Carson Romano. Expect to laugh, to “ooh and aah”—and, always, to wonder.

The route begins at NEPO House (1723 S Lander St.) and moves steadily north (and downhill) to culminate at Kobe Terrace park in the International District, where walkers are rewarded for their dedication with food trucks and music. 9/8. Registration at NEPO House: 2:30 p.m. Art walk: 4–7 p.m. Finish-line celebration: 7–10 p.m. at Kobe Terrace. $5 suggested donation. nepohouse.org

TRAVEL TIP: Both the start and finish lines are located near light rail stations.

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