Here are some tips, whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or just looking for a fresh view of the city.
So, your friends are in town and they want the true Seattle experience. Where should you take them? When you live among the tourist sites, it’s easy to overlook them yourself, and whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or just looking for a fresh view of the city, here’s how to enjoy Seattle like a local.
Browse the farmer’s markets
Seattle in summertime means flourishing farmer’s markets in many neighborhoods. In addition to providing farm-fresh produce, market fare includes local artisan cheeses, meats and seafood, wine, pastries and even pancakes. Check out the Neighborhood Farmers Market Alliance website for a list of locations, events and local vendors to get a taste of what Seattle has to offer.
Revel in outdoor movie nights
It doesn’t get more nostalgic than an outdoor movie, and Seattle’s temperate summers and scenery provide the perfect theater. Hop over to the Eastside for Movies at Marymoor Park nights in Redmond. The full lineup of flicks includes everything from kid favorites like “Coco” and “Jumanji” to the Pacific Northwest ’80’s classic “The Goonies.” Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. and movies show at dusk. Admission is $5 per person in cash or $6 by credit, children five and younger free. 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond. 360-733-2682.
Festivals, festivals and more festivals
Celebrating and mingling are easy this summer thanks to an abundance of festivals, and there’s one for every taste.
- BAM ARTSfair: Celebrating their 72nd year, the Bellevue Arts Museum’s BAM ARTSfair is the largest arts and crafts festival in the Northwest. Running from July 27 – 29, the fair features handmade goods and showcases more than 300 local and national artists. 575 Bellevue Square, Bellevue. 425-519-0742.
- Seattle Art Fair: Held at CenturyLink Field’s Event Center Aug. 2 – 5, the Seattle Art Fair showcases the talent of modern and contemporary artists in the Pacific Northwest. Last year’s event hosted 22,500 guests and featured more than 100 vendors. 800 Occidental Ave S., Seattle.
- SeaFair: A tradition since 1950, SeaFair Weekend is full of exciting and familiar events, including the Boeing Airshow and the Albert Lee Appliance Cup, an H1 Unlimited hydroplane boat race. Make your way to Genesee Park Aug. 3 – 5 to enjoy all 10 signature events and more than 30 community events. 4316 S. Genesee St., Seattle.
- Bumbershoot: Since 1971, the Bumbershoot festival has brought together some of the biggest names in music, comedy, theater and performing arts, and this year is no exception. Head to the Seattle Center Aug. 31 – Sept. 2, and don’t forget to buy your admission pass in advance. 305 Harrison St., Seattle.
Daytrip to Mount Rainier
If you’re craving a short getaway, take a 65-mile drive to Mount Rainier National Park to enjoy the scenery. Guided tours start at $135 per day and include walking up to the Nisqually River and stunning views of Christine Falls and Narada Falls. For those who prefer a more relaxed visit, there are plenty of self-guided activities to choose from. Check out the visitor center for information and sit among the wildlife in the alpine meadows near Reflection Lake.
Visit Molly Moon’s or Salt & Straw
These aren’t your typical ice cream shops. Molly Moon’s is a staple in Seattle with eight neighborhood and Eastside locations. Their local appeal also means that 90 percent of their ingredients are sourced from Pacific Northwest farmers, and you’ll find traditional flavors and a mix of seasonal specialties, including Vegan Thai Tea and Strawberry Rhubarb Sorbet.
For yet another eclectic experience, head over to Salt & Straw located in Ballard and Capitol Hill. Founded in Portland, Oregon, the company is known for their unusual and funky flavors, and this summer’s seasonal picks include Duck Crackling with Cherry Preserves and Jeweled Brown Butter Rice Gelato.
Bike the Burke-Gilman Trail
You don’t need to travel far for some outdoorsy fun, and the Burke-Gilman trail offers 27 miles of recreational space for bikers, runners and walkers alike. Start in Ballard, and if you have the stamina, follow the path all the way to Bothell on the Eastside. 206-684-4075.
Go to a Mariners game at Safeco Field
“America’s pastime” makes for some sunny and relaxing days at the ballpark, and Mariners fans have plenty to look forward to. A full roster of games includes summer events like fireworks nights, value-priced games and “Bobblehead Events.”
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