Food & Drink

The Must List: SoDo Wine Bash, The End’s Summer Camp and a Polo Party

Your guide to Seattle's hottest events.

By Seattle Magazine Staff August 10, 2017


South Lake Union Block Party
(8/11) Amazon-conquered South Lake Union gets a cultural injection this weekend with a day of community activities, live music and food-truck snacking. Peep performances by Hey Marseilles, Evening Bell, Ayron Jones and the Way, and others or sip local brews in the beer garden before the School of Visual Concepts’ Steamroller Smackdown, in which designers compete to print art with a 5-ton steamroller. 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Free admission, all ages. 101 Westlake Ave N.;

(8/11–8/13) Bike to support Fred Hutch’s cancer research at the fifth annual Obliteride. Participants solicit pledges and then choose to ride on one of four routes around the region. Unable to ride? Donate to a rider or team to help them meet their fundraising commitment, become a virtual rider and raise money, or cheer on the riders as they cross the finish line at Gas Works Park. Times and locations vary;

(8/12) Party at Factory Luxe in the old Rainier Brewery at this first-ever event from Seattle Urban Wineries, a non-profit association of more than 20 wineries from the Seattle area. All the constituent wineries will be in attendance, serving their creations and introducing their neighborhood operations to a wider audience. With many of these wineries tucked into neighborhoods from Ravenna to Georgetown, it’s a prime opportunity to discover the wine that’s been quietly aging just down the block. 1-5 p.m. $30-$40, 21-plus. The Factory Luxe, 3100 Airport Way S.;

The Seattle Polo Party
(8/12) Watch powerful horses galloping at full speed, handled by talented polo players as they lob the ball around the field at the Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club’s social event of the year. Get there early so you can party tailgate style and enjoy the spectacle of spectators who dress to impress. 1 p.m. Prices vary. Enumclaw, Seattle Polo & Equestrian Club, 25901 SE 400th St.;

107.7 The End’s Summer Camp
(8/12-8/13) For two days of outdoor music in August, mainstream-y alt-rock station The End’s Summer Camp is a solid bet. Headlining this year’s mini fest are Canadian indie-rockers and earwormy Australian Vance Joy, with Bishop Briggs, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Minus the Bear and many others rounding out the bill. For some behind the scenes fun, grab a ticket to the “Brew-B-Q”—a backstage barbecue lunch with beer flights featuring party king and Summer Camp host Andrew W.K. and The End DJ Manley. Times and ticket prices vary. Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE, Redmond;


Follow Us

Finding Freedom 

Finding Freedom 

Seattle author Stacey Levine’s new book, Mice 1961, follows two sisters during a single day of their fraught relationship

From the get-go, Stacey Levine’s latest novel, Mice 1961, plunges the reader into a story of motion. “I’m interested in playing with language,” says Levine, who, in addition to authoring several novels and a book of short stories, teaches English composition and creative writing at Seattle Central College. “I’m also intrigued by the drama of

Celebrating 50 Years of Seattle Pride

Celebrating 50 Years of Seattle Pride

From 200 people in 1974 to more than 300,000 today, Seattle Pride has grown into Washington’s largest parade

Seattle's LGBTQ+ history stretches back to the late 1800s when Pioneer Square, known at the time as "Fairyville," was a sanctuary for the queer community, housing thriving gay bars and social spaces...

Tacoma Art Museum Reckons With the Roots of One of its Biggest Collections 

Tacoma Art Museum Reckons With the Roots of One of its Biggest Collections 

TAM’s latest show reconsiders the meaning of Western American art

On the night of Nov. 3, 1885, a mob composed of hundreds of people marched through Tacoma, expelling members of the Chinese community from their homes, intimidating them (with weapons and threats) into leaving the city permanently, and then burning down the remaining houses — often with all of the victim’s possessions still inside.  The…

Trailblazing Women: Jean Smart

Trailblazing Women: Jean Smart

'Hacks' star reflects on her career and how growing up in Seattle shaped her

It's almost noon, and Jean Smart is present as ever during a phone call. She actually asks the first question, about whether I’m a Seattle native. “Oh, you are!” she exclaims, her voice lighting up with even more warmth when she finds out I am a fellow University of Washington alum and, like her youngest,