You are not dreaming — we have finally arrived. A spectacular Seattle summer ahead of us with a 70% plus vaccination rate in King County. So, it is now high time to grab some friends, get out there and go visit some of your favorite haunts, or discover some new ones. Need a few ideas? For this special summer section, we found some wonderful new shops that opened during the pandemic. And then for even more tips, we asked an array of notable locals — from Congresswoman Primila Jayapal, to Alaska Airlines’ CEO, Ben Minicucci, to Glasswing’s Forest Eckley, to KEXP’s Gabriel Teodros, and many more — what they were looking forward to going/seeing/doing this summer. Below you’ll find their thoughtful, funny go/see/do lists, each filled with some excellent nuggets that might help motivate you to get out there and have some fun.

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One week before Gov. Jay Inslee placed a moratorium on large events, music fans packed Neumos on Capitol Hill for a sold-out concert.
Music

Live music has been slowly creeping back around Seattle for weeks, with the pace likely to pick up after Washington is set to reopen June 30. Here’s a roundup of when some Seattle clubs are reopening, plus a handful that have already started hosting shows.

The new Sushi Bar in Bellevue is Kura Revolving Sushi Bar.
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Food & Drink

One of the year’s big vegetarian openings has landed in downtown Bellevue. Also, Redmond has a new Chinese restaurant known for its chicken broth, and a popular creole food truck now has a brick-and-mortar location in the South End.

Fysah (CQ) performs at a previous Bellevue Beats. The longrunning concert series starts its outdoor concerts on July 7.
Events

Summer is here, and the Puget Sound area is waking up from a pandemic-fueled slumber. This week, we highlight Bellevue Beats, an outdoor summer concert series that returns to live, in-person shows starting July 7, after it had gone virtual last year.

Local picks
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Find out what to do this summer in the greater Seattle area. Tricia Romano introduces this “We Love Local” Special Section of The Seattle Times produced by The Seattle Times Content Studio.

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Ten new local retailers to look out for that opened up in the past year.

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Where to go. What to see. Things to do.

Going back to favorite restaurants and discovering some new ones, too.

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Dining on the water, cycling and visiting vineyards.

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Tom Norwalk

Wandering around a new museum, seeing concerts and hotel bars for drinks with friends.

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Drinking with friends in tiny bars, exploring a new museum and a new nail salon.

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Biking Alpe d’Zoo, seeing some theater, hitting a rally car track.

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Going dancing, rooftop drinks and exploring a new museum.

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Seeing art, dinner with friends and exploring the new location for a favorite bookstore.

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Megan Jasper

Seeing live music, returning to a favorite cafe and swimming in Seattle’s best public pool.

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Boating on Lake Union, revisiting a favorite movie house and dining out at old favorites.

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Treasure hunting in record bins, revisiting favorite food trucks and shopping swap meets.

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Seeing some art, revisiting favorite restaurants and going dancing.

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Drinking rosé in a bar, getting back to movie theaters and enjoying city’s parks.

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Go. See. Do.

Summertime is just as lively and active around Crystal Mountain and Mount Rainier.

Go. See. Do.

Enjoy all the perks and activities found on a cruise ship, then disembark and explore the national park of your choice.