Things to do in the SLU neighborhood Aug. 7-13.

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South Lake Union Block Party

The South Lake Union Block Party, the neighborhood’s big, annual free celebration, takes place from 11 a.m. -11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12. On the grounds: local bands (beginning at 4 p.m.) a “Best Burger in SLU” competition, the School of Visual Concepts’ Steamroller Smackdown and the Brave Horse Tavern beer garden.

Food trucks and vendors will be there all day, with local craft beers, cider and wine, games and refreshments, including Brave Horse Tavern’s signature pretzels at the beer garden. Five restaurants vie for the “Best Burger” title, with sample sliders from all five available for $20.

Proceeds from the Block Party benefit the Cascade Playground Activation Committee (CPAC) community organization to make Cascade Playground a safe and enjoyable park for all who live in and visit the neighborhood; South Lake Union Block Party is outside South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle (slublockparty.com).

‘Toys of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,’ MOHAI

MOHAI’s featured exhibit is displays and activities with Gumby, Barbie, Slinky, Mr. Potato Head, Hot Wheels and other classic toys and games. They’re displayed in living rooms and garage time-capsule settings at the museum through Sept. 25. MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry) exhibits connect visitors with our region’s history and future with thousands of rare objects and historic images, interactive experiences for all ages and special exhibits and programs. Permanent exhibits in the historic former Naval Reserve Building on the shores of Lake Union include souvenirs from the 1962 World’s Fair, artifacts related to local businesses and industries, maritime objects, clothing and textiles from the early 1800s to the present, and everyday household items and neon signs from bygone Seattle establishments such as The Bon Marché and The Dog House bar. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, until 8 p.m. Thursdays in August and first Thursday of every month, 860 Terry Ave. N., Seattle; $13.95-$19.95, ages 14 and younger free (206-324-1126 or mohai.org).

Center for Wooden Boats

The Center for Wooden Boats offers boat rentals, classes and workshops, field trips, lectures, and boats on display. Admission is free, with fees for boat rentals and suggested donation for some programs. One of the Center’s most popular features are free Sunday Sails from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Sign up for the 45-minute rides in classic sail boats is in-person only, beginning at 10 a.m.; space is limited and rides fill quickly, especially on sunny days. One person may sign up three other people who aren’t present. All ages are welcome and life jackets are provided. Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle (206-382-2628 or cwb.org). Boat rides by Seattle Ferry Service are also available on weekends. They’re one-hour cruises on Lake Union and Portage Bay at 11 a.m., 1 and 2:15 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, $3-$16. On Sunday, it’s Ice Cream Cruises, 45-minute tours of Lake Union on the hour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, $3-$12. Ice cream treats are available for $2-$4; from the dock outside MOHAI (206-713-8446 or seattleferryservice.com/schedule2).

 

Amazon

Amazon, the largest private employer in Seattle and worldwide retail powerhouse, has its headquarters in South Lake Union. Amazon campus tours, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wednesdays, are booked far in advance, with waitlists sometimes available (amazonhqtours.com/tour-amazon-hq). In the meantime, walk along with the throngs of Amazon employees through the neighborhood, which is now packed with restaurants and coffee shops. At Cascade Playfield a few blocks away, watch Amazonians play broomball, pushing a giant ball with taped-up brooms to score goals, or walking all sizes and shapes of dogs, since Amazon offices are famously dog-friendly. Also in the neighborhood, Pike Place Market hosts a neighborhood farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 13 at 410 Terry Ave. N. (pikeplacemarket.org/farmers-market); and South Lake Union Saturday Market hosts dozens of food vendors, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday, 139 Ninth Ave. N. (facebook.com/southlakeunionmarket).

 

South Lake Union streetcar

The South Lake Union streetcar runs along a 1.3-mile line from Lake Union Park to downtown Seattle, close to transit connections including buses, Sound Transit Link Rail and Seattle Center Monorail. Bikes are allowed on the streetcar, space permitting, and boarding is accessible for all. Streetcars run about every 15 minutes, with seven stops along the route. Fares are $2.25 for adults, or $4.50 for a daily pass, with discounts for youth and seniors. Transfers are by ORCA card only (seattlestreetcar.org/slu.htm).

Lake Union Park, 12 acres of green space on the water, is Seattle’s newest major park with paths, views, a hand-carry boat launch area and Model Boat Pond, with model boat rental concession sometimes available (seattle.gov/parks/).

For more information on South Lake Union neighborhood attractions and events, check out Discover South Lake Union, discoverslu.com.