It’s a new week, Seattle, and this one’s got tons of quirky events that’ll get you out into your city. Want to learn to make something? Go to a class on how to make medicine, poke, or paper. Need to get out your pent-up frustrations? There’s a big lightsaber battle on Saturday. But that’s not all. Check it out:
Have a magical Monday. Every second Monday of the month, regional magicians put on “the longest-running magic show in Seattle” at Third Place Books. Go watch. (Ravenna)
Make more medicine. Last week, we shared a medicine-making class that caught your attention. As of Sunday night, this week’s sequel had just a few spots left. If you snag one of those spots, the class will have you making oils, salves, and creams. (Capitol Hill)
Math nerds, unite! In case you didn’t notice (we didn’t) 8/15/17 is a Pythagorean triple (yes, that’s referencing the theorem about triangles you might’ve learned in high school). Pythagorize Seattle is inviting us all to play some math games and make a “larger-than-life proof of the Pythagorean theorem” using pinwheels. Whoa. (South Lake Union)
Go on a jazz walk. Take a stroll down five blocks of jazz bands and singers from around the Pacific Northwest. Don’t stress out about burning too many calories on that walk, there’ll be plenty of food and drink to keep your energy up. (Shoreline)
Hear from a hero. Seattle Mountain Rescue board member Bree Loewen has been going on rescue missions around Seattle for almost two decades (according to her blog). Sip on free beer and listen to her tell stories and talk about her new book. (SoDo)
Hang out in a park. For a midweek boost, hit up the free yoga at Seattle Center, take your kids on a one-mile hike with an expert (she writes books about Seattle’s parks), or do some outdoor karaoke downtown.
Stop going out for poke every day. Learn how to make the raw-fish dish of the moment yourself! A Hawaiian-native chef will teach you how…and you can taste some expert-made poke and beer while you sharpen your skills. (Downtown) — UPDATE: This event was canceled.
Draw yourself back to the early 2000s. Were you obsessed with Josie and the Pussycats? Then this is the event for you. No, you’re not just going to watch the movie. You’re going to watch it while somebody pauses it at certain points and gives everyone time to draw the scenes onscreen. Bring your own art supplies or borrow theirs. (Central District)
Do something very Seattle. Take your pick of one of these festivals that’ll go through the weekend: Seattle Hempfest to celebrate and learn about all things cannabis, the Seattle Tattoo Expo to show off or look at body art (including a “worst tattoo” contest), or an appropriately named Gigantic Bicycle Festival (?!) over in Snoqualmie. Plus, there’s a chance to get back to Seattle’s roots with Chief Seattle Days, honoring our city’s namesake.
Understand immigration. Seattle CityClub is inviting young locals to spend half a day at “Civic Boot Camp.” The goal? By the end of the day, you should have a deeper understanding of immigration and what you can do to support immigrants. If you can’t make this one, there’s another one August 25. (Columbia City)
Go green. Meet local farmers, buy their veggies, and learn how to live a little more sustainably. One highlight: The Earth School activity will teach people how to make soap and identify local, helpful plants. (Redmond)
Do something a little different... Check out gorgeous chalk murals from artists all over the world, then bring the kiddos to Ballard so they can brush up on Nordic history at Viking Days. If you haven’t gotten your fill of sword fighting by then, grab your lightsaber and join a big battle at Seattle Center.
In Portuguese, it’s spelled Brasil. Want to learn more about Brazilian culture? Head to Seattle Center for drumming, food, films, martial arts, and more of the country’s traditions. (Queen Anne)