Big Dates

Intro copy about fun annual events throughout South Seattle.

MAY

Columbia City Farmers Market
From 3 to 7 pm evry Wednesday from May through October, South Edmunds Street is the place to find some of the freshest local produce and most delicious prepared foods in Seattle! The Columbia City Farmers Market always attracts a vibrant crowd of both locals and visitors. Don’t miss it!

JUNE

Beatwalk
For five nights each spring and summer, Columbia City is the place to hear the best live music in the city. Taking place from 4pm to 9pm on the second Sunday of the month, from June through October, BeatWalk places an extraordinarily talented and diverse range of musicians in our neighborhood businesses, from the book store to the fitness center, the salon to the deli. All sorts of music from all around the world spills into the streets, creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

AUGUST

Rainier Valley Heritage Parade
Rainier Avenue South closes to traffic from Columbia City to Hillman City while dozens of local groups celebrate community diversity with an old-school parade and street festival.

Othello Park International Music and Arts Festival
At Othello Park located a short block from the Othello Link light rail station. The event will feature authentic music, dance and food from East Africa, the South Pacific Islands, the Filipinas, Latin America and more.

Seafair
Each year thousands of Seattleites gather for one of the city’s oldest and most cherished traditions. The worlds fastest powerboats race on the waters of Lake Washington as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels soar in the sky overhead. Kids activities, food vendors and interactive booths sprawl across Genesee Park and live bands play all weekend long on the Live Entertainment Stage.

SEPTEMBER

Mount Baker Day In the Park
Mount Baker’s Day in the Park tradition is one that can be traced back to the very beginning of the Clubhouse and the birth of the Mount Baker neighborhood — neighbors have gathered annually for a picnic in Mount Baker Park since 1909! In 1971 the Clubhouse expanded on the tradition and hosted the first annual Day in the Park festival. That first festival featured field day competitions, prizes were given for craziest hat design and a $1 entry got you ice cream, pop and “better-than-average” draft beer. And, like today, the day began with a children’s parade.

OCTOBER

Halloween Costume Party and Cider Pressing
This fun event is co-sponsored by the Mt. Baker Preschool. Come in costume (or not), bring apples (and pears) if you have them, and a clean container for taking home fresh-pressed juice. Fruit should be organically grown, but doesn’t need to be in pristine condition. Also, new this year we’ll have a short tutorial on making hard cider! (Adults only, behind the building!)

DECEMBER

Mount Baker Home Tour
The Mount Baker Home Tour and accompanying Art & Craft Fair is one of our most popular and long-running programs. The owners of some of Mount Baker’s most beautiful and historic homes will generously open their doors, and allow the community to view the homes, their breathtaking period details, and elegant grounds.

Argosy Cruises Christmas Ships
The Argosy Cruises Christmas Ship festival is a holiday celebration that has been a Pacific Northwest tradition since 1949. Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, over 45 in total. Choirs onboard sing 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.

The Bradner Burn
Start your New Year’s Eve celebrations off right by purging the old and welcoming the new! Toss your regrets, and your hopes for the new year, into the Bradner Burn Barrel, and squeal with your friends and neighbors as they quite literally go up in flames! Feel free to bring comestibles to share if you desire.