The neighborhood is fast becoming one full of hidden gems.
Seattle is a city rich with neighborhoods – each offering a unique, fascinating culture, eateries and sights to explore. While many Seattleites only head to our city’s Sodo area for sports games, the neighborhood is fast becoming one full of hidden gems, worth a visit even if you aren’t headed to Safeco or CenturyLink.
“With the rise of independent craft brewing and casual eateries, Sodo continues to bring more restaurants and nightlife options every month, like the new Paseo spot on 1st and Holgate,” says Lauren Bayer, Marketing Coordinator for Sodo’s Living Computers: Museum + Labs. “Along with the regular events and unique shopping opportunities, Living Computers couldn’t be more excited to be at the center of this growing community.”
If you’re looking for a fun new corner of the city to explore this summer, hit the light rail and venture into Sodo. You’ll find plenty to do and see, but here are a few suggestions.
Sodo Flea Market
The second Saturday of the month, this flea market sets up along Occidental Ave. & Forest St. with a home base inside furniture store Rejuvenation. With a curated collection of local artists and artisans put together by Rejuvenation, Atlas Vintage, and Fremont Vintage Mall, you’ll want to check it out for flea market finds old and new.
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Sodo Flea Market at Rejuvenation 2910 1st Ave S.
Emerald City Trapeze
Looking for a place in town where you can enjoy some high-flying adventure? Emerald City Trapeze offers classes no matter whether you’re a first-time flyer or an aerial acrobat, signing up for a kid’s class, date night or ladies’ night. Not sure whether flying is for you? You can always check out one of their seasonal shows, featuring circus performers from all over the world.
Emerald City Trapeze, 2702 6th Ave. S.
Don’t forget to build in time during your Sodo adventure for a brewery stop; this is still Seattle after all. Those who avoid gluten can rejoice here, as all of Ghostfish’s craft brews, as well as all the food in the gastropub, are gluten-free. And yes, you can bring your kids and dogs along as you enjoy a brew, burger and the outdoor patio.
Ghostfish Brewing, 2942 1st Ave. S.
Filson Flagship Store
Who says you have to brave the terrible downtown traffic to get your outdoor gear fix? Head to the brand-new flagship Filson store inside the same building that houses their manufacturing facility. You can shop, or take a tour of the place where this Seattle-based company (since 1897) develops, samples and sews its famed bags, shirts, boots and other outdoor gear – or enjoy both.
Filson Flagship, 1741 1st Ave. S.
Pacific Galleries Antique Mall
If you’re serious about antique shopping, Pacific Galleries Antique Mall is the place for you. Head into their space to comb through more than 42,000 square feet of antiques and fine art, or time your visit to coincide with one of their regularly scheduled auctions or estate sales.
Pacific Galleries, 241 S. Lander St.
Sodo Summer Session Block Party
Can’t decide which Sodo attraction to hit first? Already love the place and want to hang out there more? Put the Aug. 26 Sodo Summer Session on your calendar. The free community fair will feature food trucks, robots, breweries, live music, vendors and even Roomba beer pong (for those 21+). Local bands like the Warren G. Hardings, Area of Defect, Eagle Teeth, And The Flavr Blue (DJ Set) will also be performing throughout the day. Plus, you can stop by Living Computers: Museum + Labs for 50% off admission and enjoy two movie screenings – “Big Hero 6” (2 pm) and “War Games” (7:30 pm) – along with a slew of drop-in activities and workshops.
The first-time event is hosted by Living Computers: Museum + Labs as well as the Sodo Business Improvement Area. “Usually known only as a home to the stadiums and port, we wanted visitors to feel that they can enjoy a full, engaging outing for the whole family or spend a Saturday night with friends exploring events, restaurants, and nightlife in this neighborhood,” says LCM+L’s Bayer. “By creating an all-day, all-ages event with exclusive programming, crowd-pleasing activities, and as many local vendors as possible, we’re hosting an event that will redefine to Seattleites what it means to visit Sodo.”
Sodo Summer Session, 1st Ave. S. and Stacey St. (Just south of Safeco Field)
Living Computers: Museum + Labs provides hands-on experiences with computer technology from the 1960s to the present. From vintage systems and mainframes to the latest robotics and digital tools – discover technology at your fingertips. Come in. Geek Out. LivingComputers.org