It’s another busy week in Seattle and we’ve got tons of fun events lined up. Read on for our picks, including good stuff for Father’s Day, a pun contest, and Fremont’s famous naked bike ride.
Stand up to hate. Seattle Public Library, Crosscut, and Spectrum Dance Theater are hosting a panel of local LGBTQ leaders to talk about hate crimes and what we can do about them. (Downtown)
Try Persian foods. Nue Seattle is putting on a series of six-course One-World Dinners to “foster an appreciation of our global neighbors” and this one will celebrate Iranian/Persian deliciousness. Check out that menu. (Capitol Hill)
Find out why Seattle is so generous. At Generocity, you can learn about and celebrate a ton of local non-profits, listen to live music, eat food, drink cocktails, get your caricature done…and maybe even discover a place you’ve never heard of where you’d love to spend some time volunteering. (SoDo)
Learn about eating smart. Doesn’t everyone deserve to eat healthy? Northwest Harvest and The Stranger will host a panel about poverty, health, and nutrition, then introduce you to some of the local programs that are trying to make it all better. (Capitol Hill)
Have some fun with that wild mayoral race. Listen as mayoral and city council candidates answer questions from voters at Seattle Candidate Jeopardy. Have a question you want answered? Have an opinion on which 6 of the 21 mayoral candidates should be up on stage? The event’s Facebook page has the links you need. (First Hill)
Make our tech scene a little friendlier. This conference will have keynote speakers, workshops, and panels looking at ways the tech industry in Seattle can open up and include more people in its work. And if you’re new to the game or looking to switch jobs, there’s also a career fair. (Pioneer Square)
Have tons of pun. This audience-judged pun tournament will have contestants competing for who can tell the best one-liners. The contest gets progressively more intense, ending in a ‘pun-off’ among the final four. (Ballard)
Respond to a tragedy. It’s the world premiere of IM(PULSE), a modern dance performance created “in response to the Orlando Pulse Nightclub tragedy and the ongoing aggression towards LGBTQ people.” Reader Sun McElderry let us know about the event, and that there’ll also be time set aside for discussion before and after the show. (Queen Anne)
Why is #EducationSoWhite? Talk equity in education with a panel of leaders in the field at Town Hall. Here’s a stat to get you thinking: “Over 80 percent of teachers in American public schools are white, while the majority of students are kids of color.” (Town Hall Seattle on First Hill)
Explore Seward Park by night. Go on a guided night hike and eat yummy food truck food while you meet birds of prey. All the money raised will go toward Audubon. Thanks, Knute Berger, for the tip! (Seward Park)
Sample beers from 130 Washington breweries. The brews will be flowing all weekend at Washington Brewers Festival, and here’s a bonus: there’ll be live music, wine, cider, activities for kids, and food trucks, too. (Redmond)
Celebrate Solstice. Celebrate the longest day of the year with a parade, fair, and that famous naked bike ride (Fremont). Or wait until the sun goes down and walk through a special pop-up night market. (South Lake Union)
Start Father’s Day early. Family-friendly events are going on all weekend, so take your pick: Bring Dad to see motoryachts and build your own toy boats (Downtown), eat pancakes and play all day (Bellevue), celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of Jimi Hendrix Park (Central District), or hit up a free hip-hop block party. (Beacon Hill)
So many ways to celebrate Dad. If he’s feeling like having a hands-on kind of day, try making keychains at this leather and embossing workshop (SoDo), tossing pizza dough at KEXP’s dance party (Queen Anne), or playing with Legos at the aquarium (Downtown). And if he’s looking for something a little more chill, there’s a food truck rally in a park (Sand Point) or a beach BBQ that celebrates anyone who considers themselves a father figure. (Ballard)
Update: This post has changed to remove inaccurate information about the IM(PULSE) dance performance, which was created by choreographer Donald Byrd with inspiration from artist David Wojnarowicz and activist and playwright Brian Quirk.