Beer, Bands and Food Fests: Seattle’s Top 5 Events of the Week

The Must List: Your guide to Seattle's hottest events.

By Seattle Magazine Staff


July 20, 2017

Must Hit the Hill
Capitol Hill Block Party

Two outdoor stages and three indoor venues are set up within six Capitol Hill blocks that encompass neighborhood restaurants, bars, resident art galleries and independent craft booths. Guests 21 and older at one of our favorite summer festivals will have access to any of the three—count ’em—three beer gardens. People from all over the city—and well beyond—are invited to get down to the sounds of bands such as Diplo, Run the Jewels, Wolf Parade, Flor, Julie Byrne, Lizzo, Angel Olsen, Lord Huron, Danny Brown, Naked Giants, Thundercat, Zoolab and others. Times and locations vary, $60-$300,

Must Bite Big
Bite of Seattle

(7/21-7/23) Three days. Four hundred thousand people. More than 60 restaurants and specialty food companies. Craft beer and wine. Chef demos, musical performances and likely a mad case of heartburn followed by a next-day hangover. All in the shadow of the Space Needle. Bite of Seattle laughs at your little neighborhood street fest. This mega food fest can be intimidating, so peep our Bite of Seattle survival guide before heading out. Times vary, free, Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.;

Must Shop and Meet Celebs
Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale + Meet Rebel Wilson

(Sale: 7/21-8/6; Rebel Wilson: 7/22) The biggest shopping score of the year, aka The Anniversary Sale, starts Friday and includes markdowns on brands like Topshop/Topman, FRAME Denim, Veronica Beard, Stuart Weitzman, Alice + Olivia and more. Shop till August 7 drops—that’s when prices go back up again. Weekend bonus? Swing by and say “Hey” this Saturday to Australian comedian and actress Rebel Wilson, of Pitch Perfect and Bridesmaids fame. She’ll be in-store for the launch of her new plus-size collection, REBEL WILSON X ANGELS, with denim, tees, tops, jackets and dresses. Whatever you do this weekend, you can’t go wrong with a trip to Nordstrom. Sale: Multiple locations including downtown; Rebel Wilson: 2-3 p.m. Encore – Level Four, downtown; 500 Pine St., 206.628.2111, 

Must Fly High
Flying Heritage SkyFair
(7/22) History comes to life as some of the rarest planes in the world take to the sky. This is the largest warbird and tank museum on the West Coast, and visitors will be able to see historic planes and tanks from the collection in action, along with WWII reenactors and a hands-on engineering exhibit from the Pacific Science Center. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Prices vary. Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum, Everett, 3407 109th St. SW;

Must Sip
Red, White and Brew
(7/27) Quaff craft brews and sip award-winning wines from Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards while soaking up the sun at the magazine’s tasting event. More than 60 wineries and breweries will be on hand. This year’s event includes beers from Seattle magazine’s inaugural Beer Awards and small plates from local restaurants. 6–10 p.m. $60. Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St.;


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