As the summer sun begins to peak out and make a more regular appearance in the Northwest, now is the time to make the most of the season’s long summer days with community festivals, performance and music, family-friendly activities, outdoor adventures, community fundraisers and post-work happy hours. Here are a few recommendations from the IE.

The Night Life & Happy Hours

BLUE MARTINI LOUNGE
An upscale lounge and live entertainment! Happy hour is from  4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and there is live music every night.  Cover charges apply 7 p.m. to closing on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit:
www.bluemartinilounge.com

THE BROOKLYN SEAFOOD, STEAK & OYSTER HOUSE
1212 2nd Avenue
(between Seneca St & University St)
Seattle, Wash. 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown
Oysters and Spirits hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day! Selected wine and microbrews at $4 each, and there’s even an outdoor patio.  Visit www.thebrooklyn.com/.

BUSH GARDEN
614 Maynard Avenue S.
Seattle, Wash. 98104
Affectionately called “the Bush” by its regulars, join your favorite Karaoke crooners for two-for-one appetizers during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Find out more at www.bushgarden.net.

THE LIST
2226 1st Avenue
(between Bell & Blanchard streets)
Seattle, Wash. 98121
Items on the food list are 50 percent off! Also, there are  $14 for bottles of red or white wine, $3.75 wines by the glass and $2.95 for beers on tap! Can’t go wrong with that. Check out their sumptuous menu at www.listbelltown.com/happyhour.html.
JOHN HOWIE STEAK
11111 Northeast 8th Street #125, Bellevue, Wash. 98004
Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. with bar food $3-$9. They have one of the best, juiciest steak burgers in town!

DANIEL’S BROILER
Lake Union, Bellevue and Leschi
Early Happy hour 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  and 9:00 to close everyday
Enjoy the view with great fancy food pricing from $6 to $12! For more information, visit www.schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler/.

Summer Festivals for Everyone

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
East Pike Street and 12th Avenue
Friday, July 26th – 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 27th – 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 28th – 1 p.m.
Individual day pass: $40
3-Day Passes: $95
The block party features more than 100 Northwest and national bands and DJs in on six stages. Meet your favorite up-and-coming artists while helping the block party rais funds for the Vera Project, KEXP, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and other groups.Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate one hour prior to opening.
For more information, visit capitolhillblockparty.com.

BITE OF SEATTLE
Friday, July 19 – Sunday, 21, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free admission
Where else can you have a bite of the world with each bite within walking distance of each other? In addition to the endless food options and elephant ears, family fun zone and music, this year’s Groupon-sponsored Bite of Seattle will feature nearly 30 brewers from the area in its Bite Craft Beer Tasting in the beer garden. For more information, visit www.biteofseattle.com.
SEAFAIR WEEKEND
Genesee Park/Lake Washington
Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission
Even though the Blue Angels will not be in Seattle’s Seafair this year, have no fear. The 2013 air show is still a go, and includes flying from The Patriot Jet Team, Red Eagles Air Sport, Lucas Oil Air Show, Air National Guard Aerobatic Team and the Flying Heritage Collection. This is one of Seattle’s finest lake parties, so make sure you drink and drive your boat responsibly. For more information, visit www.seafair.com.

SEATTLE CHINATOWN-ID DRAGON FEST
Hing Hay Park, Seattle Chinatown-International District (CID)
Saturday, July 13th, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14th,12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission
Dragon Fest is back this year with vibrant Lion and Dragon dances, Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, Asian drill team, Indian dance performances and more. A food walk and happy hour event with 85 neighborhood restaurants offering discounts will also reprising as a delicious attraction. More information at www.cidbia.org/events.

For the Arts Lover

EDMONDS ART FAIR
700 Main street, Edmonds, Wash. 98202
June 14 – 16, 2013
Friday & Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Come check out various artists’ paintings, photos, sculptures and jewelry in the quaint city of Edmonds.  Free entertainment for the whole family!

ALKI ART FAIR
Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 21
16th Avenue Southwest between Roxbury And Southwest100th streets
It’s an art party for all of West Seattle! Walk along the water, have a bonfire, and check out the local arts show with music and children’s activities against the beautiful Seattle skyline.  This is what Seattle summers are all about.

SHOWS AT THE KEY ARENA
Admissions vary
Big fan? Your favorite stars are coming to town! For more information about the concert and ticket pricing, visit www.keyarena.com/events.
The Postal Service
Thursday, July 18, 2013
8 p.m.
Bruno Mars & Ellie Goulding
Sunday, July 21, 2013
7:30 p.m.
One Direction
Sunday, July 28, 2013
7 p.m.
The Eagles
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
8 p.m.

SEATTLE CENTER MOVIES AT THE MURAL
July 27, 2013, 9 p.m.
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
Free admission
Ever gone to movies at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre? Nothing screams summer like watching “The Princess Bride” under the summer night skies. And admission is free!

WING LUKE JAMFEST
King Street in the CID
Third Thursdays in June, July and August from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Single Event: $8; students & seniors: $6
Wing Luke Members and Hostelling International Members: $5
Children under 12: Free
Season Pass for all three events also available for $12 to $19.
Reserve your third Thursdays this summer to hang out at Wing Luke’s summer music event, Jamfest!  Some of this year’s artists include Sometimes  Astronaut, Angelo Pizzaro, Killerbees and Holis Wong-Wear.  Jamfest ticket holders can also enjoy discounted food such as $2 pizza slices from World Pizza, $5 Jamfest drinks and  after-hours  Karaoke at the Four Seas. For more information, visit wingluke.org/jamfest.

Find more local summer arts and performances in Alan Lau’s Arts, Etc. calendar at www.iexaminer.org

Family and Kid-Approved Fun

WALLINGFORD SEAFAIR KIDDIES PARADE AND STREET FAIR
Wallingford Avenue North between North 44th and 45th streets in Seattle
Saturday, July 6th, 11 a.m.
Free admission
Your kids will love this summer costume party. Join them and other Wallingford neighbors at the street fair! Pony rides, inflatables, balloon artists, oh my! Parade begins at 11:00 a.m., and all children can join with or without costumes.

KIDS DANCE CAMP
Century Ballroom
915 East Pine Street
Seattle, Wash. 98122
Cost: Varies
Week of July 9-12 and August 5-6
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Raising a future “Dancing With The Stars” competitor? Enroll them in the summer Kids Dance Camp at the Century Ballroom! This 1-2 week dance course will be sure to instill an appreciation for ballroom dancing.  For more information, visit www.centuryballroom.com/home/events/kids-dance-camp.

GREAT WOLF LODGE
20500 Old Hwy 99 Southwest
Grand Mound, Wash. 97531
Price varies
Located at exit 88 off I-5, the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark is a favorite for families with young children year-round. The spray features are sure to invoke screams and giggles for hours.  Save up to 10 percent when you stay two or more nights. For more information, visit www.greatwolf.com/grandmound/deals/morefun-summer.

THE MARTELL WEBSTER FOUNDATION – FAMILY  FUN DAY
Seattle Center
Saturday, August 10, 2013
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come meet NBA player Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards! There will be entertainment, activities, giveaways and “The Avengers” will be playing at 9 p.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/
The API Philanthropist’s Haven

ACRS WALK FOR RICE
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Boulevard
Seattle, Wash.
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This is the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice held by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)  This 2.5-mile walk will benefit the ACRS food bank in the CID to support low-income Asian Pacific American households. Sign up to walk at www.walkforrice.org.

2ND ANNUAL FCS BENEFIT LUAU FIESTA 2013
Filipino Community Center
5470 Martin Luther King Jr. Way,
Seattle, WA 98118
Sunday, July 21st, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
The Filipino Community of Seattle will be hosting its 2nd annual benefit dinner to fund the many cultural youth programs offered in the community.  Early bird tickets will be sold until July 14th with prices ranging from $10 to $25 for youth and adults, respectively. Prices at the door will be $40.

SEATTLE ASIAN SPORTS CLUB 20-YEAR CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER
Mercer Island Community & Event Center
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 3 p.m.
SASC youth will be competing in a skills competition with their friends and teammates, so come cheer on them on! SASC will also be recognizing their players in various areas including Defense, Performance and Coach of the Year.  Enjoy the food, music and raffle drawing for $30. For more information, please visit www.sascsports.org.

For the Outdoor Adventurer

WESTPORT FISHING
Westport, Washington
Like King salmon and ling cod? Up for deep-sea fishing? Go to Westport! Various charter companies line the Westport strip, ready to take you fishing! King salmon fishing opens June 8th, and all species open on June 23rd. Tuna fishing will be available in August.Be sure to pack warm jacket and take some Dramamine to ward off the seasickness. The fresh fish will make the three-drive from Seattle worthwhile.

OCEAN SHORES
Ocean Shores is one of Washington’s best staycation spots. Enjoy golfing at the Ocean Shores Golf Course, test your luck at the Quinault Beach Casino or take a family hike to at Damon Point and the state park. Check out the Pacific Paradise Family fun center for go-carts, and if you have time, stop by the Creative Light Gallery for some spectacular images.

WHISTLER VILLAGE
Whistler, B.C.
Whistler is not just for snowboarders and skiers in the winter time! A summer visit to Whistler means river canoeing, zip-trekking and bungee jumping. Swing by the Dublin Inn for delicious bread pudding and Irish beer, and Sushi Village for sushi, but come early! They don’t take reservations and only open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Moe Joe’s Nightclub is always cracking after hours, even on weekdays.

MOUNT ST. HELENS
42218 Northeast Yale Bridge Road
Amboy, Wash. 98601
Despite being an active volcano, beautiful Mount St. Helens has some breathtaking and worthwhile views. The Forest Learning Center at Mt. St. Helens has free admission. The Johnston Ridge Observatory, located 52 miles from I-5, is $8 per person, but the educational experience from atop will leave you in awe. Nearby, you can even go ziplining at the Skamania Lodge!

The Night Life & Happy Hours

BLUE MARTINI LOUNGE
An upscale lounge and live entertainment! Happy hour is from  4 p.m. to 8 p.m. every day, and there is live music every night.  Cover charges apply 7 p.m. to closing on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit:
www.bluemartinilounge.com
THE BROOKLYN SEAFOOD, STEAK & OYSTER HOUSE
1212 2nd Avenue
(between Seneca St & University St)
Seattle, Wash. 98101
Neighborhood: Downtown
Oysters and Spirits hour is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day! Selected wine and microbrews at $4 each, and there’s even an outdoor patio.  Visit www.thebrooklyn.com/.

BUSH GARDEN
614 Maynard Avenue S.
Seattle, Wash. 98104
Affectionately called “the Bush” by its regulars, join your favorite Karaoke crooners for two-for-one appetizers during happy hour from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Find out more at www.bushgarden.net.

THE LIST
2226 1st Avenue
(between Bell & Blanchard streets)
Seattle, Wash. 98121
Items on the food list are 50 percent off! Also, there are  $14 for bottles of red or white wine, $3.75 wines by the glass and $2.95 for beers on tap! Can’t go wrong with that. Check out their sumptuous menu at www.listbelltown.com/happyhour.html.
JOHN HOWIE STEAK
11111 Northeast 8th Street #125, Bellevue, Wash. 98004
Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m. with bar food $3-$9. They have one of the best, juiciest steak burgers in town!

DANIEL’S BROILER
Lake Union, Bellevue and Leschi
Early Happy hour 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  and 9:00 to close everyday
Enjoy the view with great fancy food pricing from $6 to $12! For more information, visit www.schwartzbros.com/daniels-broiler/.

Summer Festivals
for Everyone

CAPITOL HILL BLOCK PARTY
East Pike Street and 12th Avenue
Friday, July 26th – 3 p.m.
Saturday, July 27th – 1 p.m.
Sunday, July 28th – 1 p.m.
Individual day pass: $40
3-Day Passes: $95
The block party features more than 100 Northwest and national bands and DJs in on six stages. Meet your favorite up-and-coming artists while helping the block party rais funds for the Vera Project, KEXP, the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and other groups.Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the gate one hour prior to opening.
For more information, visit capitolhillblockparty.com.

BITE OF SEATTLE
Friday, July 19 – Sunday, 21, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Free admission
Where else can you have a bite of the world with each bite within walking distance of each other? In addition to the endless food options and elephant ears, family fun zone and music, this year’s Groupon-sponsored Bite of Seattle will feature nearly 30 brewers from the area in its Bite Craft Beer Tasting in the beer garden. For more information, visit www.biteofseattle.com.
SEAFAIR WEEKEND
Genesee Park/Lake Washington
Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday & Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission
Even though the Blue Angels will not be in Seattle’s Seafair this year, have no fear. The 2013 air show is still a go, and includes flying from The Patriot Jet Team, Red Eagles Air Sport, Lucas Oil Air Show, Air National Guard Aerobatic Team and the Flying Heritage Collection. This is one of Seattle’s finest lake parties, so make sure you drink and drive your boat responsibly. For more information, visit www.seafair.com.

SEATTLE CHINATOWN-ID DRAGON FEST
Hing Hay Park, Seattle Chinatown-International District (CID)
Saturday, July 13th, 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 14th,12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Free admission
Dragon Fest is back this year with vibrant Lion and Dragon dances, Japanese taiko drumming, Chinese martial arts demonstrations, Asian drill team, Indian dance performances and more. A food walk and happy hour event with 85 neighborhood restaurants offering discounts will also reprising as a delicious attraction. More information at www.cidbia.org/events.

For the Arts Lover
EDMONDS ART FAIR
700 Main street, Edmonds, Wash. 98202
June 14 – 16, 2013
Friday & Saturday – 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Come check out various artists’ paintings, photos, sculptures and jewelry in the quaint city of Edmonds.  Free entertainment for the whole family!
ALKI ART FAIR
Saturday, July 13 – Sunday, July 21
16th Avenue Southwest between Roxbury And Southwest100th streets
It’s an art party for all of West Seattle! Walk along the water, have a bonfire, and check out the local arts show with music and children’s activities against the beautiful Seattle skyline.  This is what Seattle summers are all about.
SHOWS AT THE KEY ARENA
Admissions vary
Big fan? Your favorite stars are coming to town! For more information about the concert and ticket pricing, visit www.keyarena.com/events.
The Postal Service
Thursday, July 18, 2013
8 p.m.
Bruno Mars & Ellie Goulding
Sunday, July 21, 2013
7:30 p.m.
One Direction
Sunday, July 28, 2013
7 p.m.
The Eagles
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
8 p.m.
SEATTLE CENTER MOVIES AT
THE MURAL
July 27, 2013, 9 p.m.
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
Free admission
Ever gone to movies at the Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre? Nothing screams summer like watching “The Princess Bride” under the summer night skies. And admission is free!

WING LUKE JAMFEST
King Street in the CID
Third Thursdays in June, July and August from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Single Event: $8; students & seniors: $6
Wing Luke Members and Hostelling International Members: $5
Children under 12: Free
Season Pass for all three events also available for $12 to $19.
Reserve your third Thursdays this summer to hang out at Wing Luke’s summer music event, Jamfest!  Some of this year’s artists include Sometimes  Astronaut, Angelo Pizzaro, Killerbees and Holis Wong-Wear.  Jamfest ticket holders can also enjoy discounted food such as $2 pizza slices from World Pizza, $5 Jamfest drinks and  after-hours  Karaoke at the Four Seas. For more information, visit wingluke.org/jamfest.

Find more local summer arts and performances in Alan Lau’s Arts, Etc. calendar at www.iexaminer.org!

Family and Kid-Approved Fun

WALLINGFORD SEAFAIR KIDDIES PARADE AND STREET FAIR
Wallingford Avenue North between North 44th and 45th streets in Seattle
Saturday, July 6th, 11 a.m.
Free admission
Your kids will love this summer costume party. Join them and other Wallingford neighbors at the street fair! Pony rides, inflatables, balloon artists, oh my! Parade begins at 11:00 a.m., and all children can join with or without costumes.
KIDS DANCE CAMP
Century Ballroom
915 East Pine Street
Seattle, Wash. 98122
Cost: Varies
Week of July 9-12 and August 5-6
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Raising a future “Dancing With The Stars” competitor? Enroll them in the summer Kids Dance Camp at the Century Ballroom! This 1-2 week dance course will be sure to instill an appreciation for ballroom dancing.  For more information, visit www.centuryballroom.com/home/events/kids-dance-camp.
GREAT WOLF LODGE
20500 Old Hwy 99 Southwest
Grand Mound, Wash. 97531
Price varies
Located at exit 88 off I-5, the Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterpark is a favorite for families with young children year-round. The spray features are sure to invoke screams and giggles for hours.  Save up to 10 percent when you stay two or more nights. For more information, visit www.greatwolf.com/grandmound/deals/morefun-summer.
THE MARTELL WEBSTER FOUNDATION – FAMILY
FUN DAY
Seattle Center
Saturday, August 10, 2013
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come meet NBA player Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards! There will be entertainment, activities, giveaways and “The Avengers” will be playing at 9 p.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre. Admission is free. For more information, visit http://www.seattlecenter.com/events/
The API Philanthropist’s Haven
ACRS WALK FOR RICE
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Seward Park
5902 Lake Washington Boulevard
Seattle, Wash.
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This is the 23rd Annual Walk for Rice held by the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS)  This 2.5-mile walk will benefit the ACRS food bank in the CID to support low-income Asian Pacific American households. Sign up to walk at www.walkforrice.org.
2ND ANNUAL FCS BENEFIT LUAU FIESTA 2013
Filipino Community Center
5470 Martin Luther King Jr. Way,
Seattle, WA 98118
Sunday, July 21st, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m
The Filipino Community of Seattle will be hosting its 2nd annual benefit dinner to fund the many cultural youth programs offered in the community.  Early bird tickets will be sold until July 14th with prices ranging from $10 to $25 for youth and adults, respectively. Prices at the door will be $40.
SEATTLE ASIAN SPORTS
CLUB 20-YEAR CELEBRATION AND FUNDRAISER
Mercer Island Community & Event Center
Sunday, July 21, 2013 – 3 p.m.
SASC youth will be competing in a skills competition with their friends and teammates, so come cheer on them on! SASC will also be recognizing their players in various areas including Defense, Performance and Coach of the Year.  Enjoy the food, music and raffle drawing for $30. For more information, please visit www.sascsports.org.

For the Outdoor Adventurer
WESTPORT FISHING
Westport, Washington
Like King salmon and ling cod? Up for deep-sea fishing? Go to Westport! Various charter companies line the Westport strip, ready to take you fishing! King salmon fishing opens June 8th, and all species open on June 23rd. Tuna fishing will be available in August.Be sure to pack warm jacket and take some Dramamine to ward off the seasickness. The fresh fish will make the three-drive from Seattle worthwhile.
OCEAN SHORES
Ocean Shores is one of Washington’s best staycation spots. Enjoy golfing at the Ocean Shores Golf Course, test your luck at the Quinault Beach Casino or take a family hike to at Damon Point and the state park. Check out the Pacific Paradise Family fun center for go-carts, and if you have time, stop by the Creative Light Gallery for some spectacular images.
WHISTLER VILLAGE
Whistler, B.C.
Whistler is not just for snowboarders and skiers in the winter time! A summer visit to Whistler means river canoeing, zip-trekking and bungee jumping. Swing by the Dublin Inn for delicious bread pudding and Irish beer, and Sushi Village for sushi, but come early! They don’t take reservations and only open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Moe Joe’s Nightclub is always cracking after hours, even on weekdays.
MOUNT ST. HELENS
42218 Northeast Yale Bridge Road
Amboy, Wash. 98601
Despite being an active volcano, beautiful Mount St. Helens has some breathtaking and worthwhile views. The Forest Learning Center at Mt. St. Helens has free admission. The Johnston Ridge Observatory, located 52 miles from I-5, is $8 per person, but the educational experience from atop will leave you in awe. Nearby, you can even go ziplining at the Skamania Lodge!

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