8 Things to Do in South Seattle this Weekend (June 3-5)

8 Things to Do in South Seattle this Weekend (June 3-5)

With temperatures in the 80s and 90s expected this weekend, it’s a great time to get out and about. And there’s no need to travel far because we’ve got all sorts of fun happening right here in South Seattle. Here are a few of our faves:

1. Seward Park Clay Studio Spring Sale–Seward Park Clay studio is a not for profit organization dedicated to promoting the growth of ceramic arts. Their annual spring sale includes a preview party fundraiser on Fri., June 3, from 6:30-9:30 pm. There is a $5 suggested at the door. The sale continues Sat., June 4 (10 am-8 pm) through Sun., June 5 (10 am-6 pm). Seward Park

2. 100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch–Through image and color, Seattle-based artist Tariqa Waters tells the story of a matriarch that exists in the margins, free of any privileged agenda, where satire exterminates appropriation. June 4 through Oct. 16 at Northwest African American Museum, Mount Baker

3. “Set It Off” at New Holly Library–A 1996 American crime action film starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise; directed by F. Gary Gray, and written by Kate Lanier and Takashi Bufford. Part of The Seattle Public Library’s African-American film series. Sat., June 4, from 1-4 pm at New Holly Public Library. New Holly

4. 24th Annual Beacon Hill Festival at Jefferson Park–Presented by Jefferson Community Center on Sat., June 4 from 11 am to 4 pm. Featuring entertainment by local schools & other performers, food, carnival games, bounce toys, cotton candy and more. Beacon Hill

5. King & Queen of Rainier Beach Sculpture Dedication & Block Party–Meet artist Peter Reiquam, dance, enjoy performances, eat food, play giant chess with Det. Cookie’s Chess Club, draw on the street, learn about a future chess park on this spot, celebrate SDOT Safe Routes to Schools improvements & this collaborative community achievement! Barton Place at Rainier Ave S & 51st Ave S. Sat., June 4, 11 am-2 pm; FREE Rainier Beach

6. Seattle International Film Festival at Ark Lodge Cinemas–For the first time ever, SIFF–the largest and most highly-attended film festival in the United States–is coming to South Seattle, and we’ve got quite a few choices this weekend, including Aisha, Battle of Sevastopol, The Complexity of Happiness, Insatiable: The Homaro Cantu Story, The Land, Oddball, Ovarian Psycos, The Pretty Ones, Sam Choy’s Poké to the Max and We Are X. Runs June 3 through June 9. Columbia City Whilst visiting the festival, you may want to check out some of the South Seattle hotels to stay in, which will accommodate you whilst exploring your creativity at the festival.

7. Have a picnic by the lake–Southeast Seattle is blessed with several miles of public shoreline and stunning views along Lake Washington, and with temperatures as high as 90-degrees expected this weekend, they’ll likely be well-used. Our route starts at the southern end of the Rainier Valley and winds all the way up the lake to I-90. Follow the link for specific spots.

8. South Seattle Spray Parks–Seattle Parks and Recreation reminds everyone to stay cool and hydrated this weekend. For the little ones, all sprayparks are open, including Beacon Mountain Spraypark at Jefferson Park, John C. Little Spraypark and Georgetown Spraypark in South Seattle. All are open from 8 am to 8 pm daily.

100% Kanekalon: The Untold Story of the Marginalized Matriarch is at Northwest African American Museum from June 4 through Oct. 16.


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