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Greenwood Seafair Parade
The 66th annual Greenwood Seafair Parade, one of Greenwood’s favorite traditions, makes its way through the neighborhood starting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27. Thousands line the streets to see 100 entries including bands, drill teams, floats, pirates and more, on Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, then west on North 85th Street to Sixth Avenue Northwest, Seattle. “Greenwood: A Community United” is the theme, inspired by neighborhood support to recover and rebuild after a natural- gas explosion in March destroyed two buildings and damaged others on Greenwood Avenue near North 85th Street. Seattle Fire Department firefighters from Greenwood Station 21 will serve as grand marshals. phinneycenter.org/parade
Woodland Park Zoo/Zootunes
Baby gorilla Yola, born in November and only recently put on public display from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. daily, is the current star among Woodland Park Zoo’s 1,000 animals representing almost 300 animal species. Other zoo attractions include the new Butterfly Garden, keeper talks, Historic Carousel, Willawong Station Bird Feeding and Zoomazium indoor play area for kids. This week, the ZooTunes outdoor concert series hosts “Wierd Al” Yankovic, the lovable, goofy musician who wrote “Eat It,” “I Love Rocky Road” and “Like A Surgeon,” in two shows, 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, July 26-27 ($35-$269). The zoo is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $12.25-$19.95, ages 2 and younger get in free; additional charge for some activities (206-548-2500 or zoo.org).
Seattle’s “largest mid-size theatre company” is currently presenting “Big Fish,” the Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 film. It’s about a onetime traveling salesman who spins exaggerated yarns about his colorful past in small-town Alabama. The show runs through Aug. 13, with performances Wednesdays-Saturdays. 204 N. 85th St., Seattle. $15-$46 (206-781-9707 ortaproottheatre.org).
Phinney Farmers Market
Local produce and prepared food fill the Phinney Farmers Market, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s parking lot on North 67th Street and Phinney Avenue North (seattlefarmersmarkets.org/markets/phinney). The Phinney Neighborhood Association Center, a local mainstay since 1980, is home to a preschool co-op, art gallery, tool-lending library and many community events (206-783-2244 or phinneycenter.org/index.html). Information about local events and businesses is also available on the blog for the Greenwood and Phinney Ridge neighborhoods, phinneywood.com.
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Greenwood/Phinney is a quintessential walkable, urban community with restaurants, brew pubs, coffeehouses, shops and art venues along its main street, Phinney Avenue North, becoming Greenwood Avenue North at North 67th Street. Couth Buzzard Books and Cafe is a popular gathering spot, “Building Community, One Book, One Cup at a Time,” with new and used books, and events including book clubs, jam sessions, Wednesday open-mic nights and Jazz and Poetry Cabaret Saturday (July 30); 8310 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle (206-436-2960 or buonobuzzard.com).