The annual “R Day” celebration of all things Rainier beer is on Saturday in Seattle, and this year’s edition features live music programmed by KEXP, an ice rink and what’s described as an “Olympics-style” team tournament.
It’s been two years since the Rainier “R” was rightfully restored to its place atop the old brewery along Interstate 5, and the celebration of the iconic Northwest brand continues this year with the second annual “R Day” on Saturday, Oct. 24.
This year KEXP is co-sponsoring the event, which will feature live music by Beat Connection and The Helio Sequence, as well as an ice rink and naturally, plenty of Rainier beer. Twelve teams will compete in the Jubilee Team Challenge, an Olympics-style tournament involving flip cup, giant Jenga and an ice-skating relay race.
The winning team will receive medals and other prizes, along with the glory of being crowned “R Day” champion.
IF YOU GO
5-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, Old Rainier Brewery, 3100 Airport Way S., Seattle; admission is free. Free parking is available at Safeco Field Garage and free shuttles will run from the garage to the brewery (www.r-day.com).
When the restored “R” returned in 2013, it was paraded around town before being installed atop the old brewery, and last year a similar “Jubilee Jaunt” procession was led by a giant Rainier Jubilee can.
With the exception of the Grazing Rainiers, this year’s event will be stationary, with everything taking place at the old brewery at 3100 Airport Way S.
Rainier brand manager Michael Scott said that moving to just one location will allow for a more “natural center of energy,” unlike the parades, and that organizers are expecting around 5,000 people to show up.
The event is for those 21 and older.
Pre-“R Day” celebrations will be taking place at bars in the days leading up to the event with music and games, as well as the chance to score a collector series Rainier T-shirt.
Information in this article, originally published Oct. 22, 2015 was corrected Oct. 23, 201. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the event was all-ages.