Capitol Hill Block Party
(7/26 to 7/28, times vary) — It’s the sweatiest, loudest, most rockin’ party of the summer, when local musicians and the hipsters who love them swarm Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor. With more than 60 bands (including The Flaming Lips!) performing over three days, this is musical mayhem you don’t want to miss. The three-day pass has already sold out, but single-day tickets are there for the taking.
Must Travel East
Bellevue Arts Fair
(7/26 to 7/28, times vary) — Head to Bellevue for three arts fairs in one (huge!) outdoor area: The Bellevue Arts Museum ArtsFair, the 6th Street Fair and Bellevue Festival of the Arts. Hundreds of artists working in mediums of all kinds will sell and demonstrate their work at this mega-fest that also offers live music, food vendors and fun.
Must Go Barefoot
Beach Rescue Project
Saturday (7/27, 10 a.m. to noon) — Come for the cleanup and stay for the wine and celebration: The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project, which helps keep beaches, rivers, parks and lakes across America “barefoot friendly,” stops at Alki Beach this weekend. Volunteers will tidy up the shore, then party with surf-inspired fare, wine and a live performance by local songstress Vicci Martinez.
Must Get Out
Beer, Bikes and Outdoor Movies
Friday (7/26, 8 p.m.) — This traveling beer and film fest brings 18 independent short films (all themed around bikes, beer, the environment and advocacy) and 18 varieties of small-batch beer from New Belgium Brewing Company to Gas Works Park. As a nightcap: Movie-goers will have the chance to win a rare bicycle from the makers of Fat Tire Ale.
A New Online Jewelry Boutique
Moorea Seal, Seattle magazine’s Designer to Watch for jewelry in 2012, has opened a super-cool online shop (with a huge team of helpers), called, appropriately, mooreaseal.com. The site is focused on beautiful artisan-made items by US-based designers, including Seal’s own jewelry line, Balue/Co (another Seattle mag fave) and awesome bags from Pine + Boon (more local talent).