On the List | Independence Day Picnic + fireworks, Ada’s Night Out, Tanabata Festival

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(Image: Plum via Facebook)

(Image: Plum via Facebook)

What are you doing for the 4th? How about joining the High 5 Pie-eating contest, or listening free music, or having a free hot dog and root beer float? Head to Cal Anderson Park on Friday 12pm – 5pm for the 12th Annual Independence Day Picnic This fun community event includes kid activities, a pet-human lookalike contest, and more. See our write up for more details. The 4th also brings Plum Cafe’s annual vegan 4th of July BBQ, 2 to 5 PM at 324 15th Ave E.

Later on Friday, catch the fireworks show over Lake Union from one of many prime viewing spots on the west side of Capitol Hill. Here are our suggestions for best spots for viewing. We did the research so you don’t have to. You’re welcome! Add your best picture to our CHS Flickr group.

adas night outBoth Worlds Two, a new animation film by Stefan Gruber premieres at Ada’s Technical Books on Thursday in the first edition of the store’s new evening series Ada’s Night Out. Included in the $12 admission ticket are “a spread of hors d’oeuvres made from fresh, seasonal produce purchased from local growers, as well as exclusive access to all the features of Ada’s, including our books, coffee, beer and wine. At 9pm we start the screening of Both Worlds Two, followed by Stefan talking about his work and answering questions.

Tanabata_smSunday, the Seattle Japanese Garden in the Arboretum  welcomes you to the Tanabata Festival:

“Tanabata at the Garden is a beautiful day filled with origami-making, and wish writing. As in Japan, Tanabata at the Seattle Japanese Garden is a celebration of the legend of two separated lovers, represented by two stars which only meet once a year in July. Bring your friends and family and hang your origami on the bamboo by our gates, we’d love to see you here in your kimono!”

Something to add? Let us know on the CHS Calendar — more listings below:

Jul 1 – Jul 31 all-day FUEL Montlake
Montlake’s artist, James W. Sutherland shows his fey art work for the full month of July. Enchanting birds, beasts, heart works and more. Celebrating Montlake Unabridged.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 1 – Jul 15 all-day Glam & Tonics Aveda
Hayden discovers mysterious faces in the driftwood he finds on his walks. View them in early July at Glam & Tonics Aveda as part of Montlake Unabridged celebration of the Artists of Montlake.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 1 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Montlake Fuel
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Jul 1 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Class … Continue reading
Jul 1 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Montlake Library
It is story time at the Montlake Branch! Bring your preschoolers to enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and fun with our children’s librarian. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 1 @ 8:00 PM The Hillside Bar
Our monthly Trivia Night is back! Wednesday, July 1st at 8:00pm. $3 per person. Teams of 1-4 people. 1st place team wins the ca$h pot. Last place team wins a free pitcher of Olympia Beer. Special prizes for Best Team … Continue reading
Jul 2 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Class … Continue reading
Jul 2 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Jul 2 @ 8:00 PM Capitol Cider
Iconic environmental singer Dana Lyons teams up with notorious labor hellraiser Anne Feeney to launch Teamsters and Turtles – Together at Last! Starting in Bellingham, WA on July 1st (hometown of Dana Lyons) and sweeping south to Ashland, OR, the … Continue reading
Jul 3 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Class … Continue reading
Jul 3 @ 12:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Cal Anderson Park has a wading pool, fountain, texture pool and reflecting pool, promenade paths, landscaping, a shelterhouse, a plaza, and a children’s play area. OPERATING HOURS 7/3—8/23 Fri/Sat/Sun 12 noon – 6:30 p.m. Via http://www.seattle.gov/parks/wadingpools_detail.asp?id=3102Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 3 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Boise’s Glitter Royalty is spreading their vast reach to Seattle on their west coast tour. From the mountainous expanse of Boise, the Glitterati Gals Burlesque is exploring the west coast this summer. Seattle is their first stop on a journey … Continue reading
Jul 4 @ 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Cal Anderson Park
The most fun FREE community party of the summer. Brought to you by theCal Anderson Park Alliance, this totally FREE, inclusive for families of all types event is the epicenter of fun. Plus, it ends early enough for you to … Continue reading
Jul 5 @ 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market
The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market supports Washington’s small family farmers by creating a vibrant neighborhood farmers market.  Located outside the Seattle Central Community College, the Market runs year-round every Sunday from 11am-3pm, and has been in operation since 2005.  One can find fresh Washington grown produce, fruit and … Continue reading
Jul 5 @ 7:00 PM – Jul 6 @ 1:00 AM Madrona Wine Merchants
It’s Sunday Sipper time at Madrona Wine Merchants — come see what two lovelies that Mark is sampling this Sunday. There is always a surprise in the store. Check out our website: http://www.madronawinemerchants.com to see what we are pouring. Madrona … Continue reading
Jul 5 @ 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Montlake Branch Library
This Ukulele Band strums and sings. You sing along, stomp, dance–It’s all “Ukulele Mojo” for the Independence Day weekend in this Montlake Unabridged event. Bring the kids; bring the elders; Enjoy the band and some refreshments provided by your Montlake … Continue reading
Jul 5 @ 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM TBD
Summer Urban Sketching Classes Sunday afternoons 2:00-4:30 pm Series 1 Perspective and Line Drawing: June 28, July 5, July 12 Series 2 Watercolor sketches: August 9, August 16, August 23 Contact Gail for Registration information and costs.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 5 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM The Summit Building
A free children’s play group at the Summit Building on Capitol/First Hill, for kids ten (10) and under. Every Sunday 3:00pm 5:00pm Summit Building – 420 E Pike, Seattle Need a place (beside your couch) to let your kids bounce, … Continue reading
Jul 6 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Miller Playfield Park
New Students: Summer Sessions of Qigong on Capitol Hill (7:30am Mon. & Wed.) and Chen Taiji in the International District (6pm on Mon. & Thurs.) are SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED 1/3 OFF (3 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 2).  Qigong in Miller Park, … Continue reading
Jul 6 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Capitol Cider
Do you want to learn more about sustainability in your neighborhood? Join us for a Capitol Hill Sustainability Social while enjoying food and drink specials from Capitol Cider! Join the facebook event Meet members of Sustainable Capitol Hill / Capitol … Continue reading
Jul 6 @ 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM Montlake Community Center
The Advisory Council is a group of citizens dedicated to the enrichment of our community. Its support enables us to offer a variety of programs and services for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditGoogle
Jul 7 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
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Jul 7 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM Plymouth Church
The Grammy-nominated Northwest Boychoir and Music Director Joseph Crnko presents its tour program in Seattle on the eve of its departure for a two-week tour of California. The program, performed by boys ages 10-14 will include Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and … Continue reading
Jul 7 @ 7:00 PM Sam's Tavern
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly.  Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, $50 for the … Continue reading
Jul 8 all-day University of Washington Campus. U district.
Marina Abramović hiked across the Great Wall of China to break up with her partner. Lady Gaga spent 72 hours in a giant egg to prepare for a show. Emma Sulkowicz carried her mattress on Columbia University’s campus every day … Continue reading
Jul 8 @ 3:00 AM Canterbury Ale House
More fun than a barrel full of monkeys… Pub Trivia. Get drinks as prizes for answering questions correctly. Great food, great drinks, and some questions to answer to get more beer and food. It’s free to play, prizes to top … Continue reading
Jul 8 @ 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Miller Playfield Park
New Students: Summer Sessions of Qigong on Capitol Hill (7:30am Mon. & Wed.) and Chen Taiji in the International District (6pm on Mon. & Thurs.) are SPECIALLY DISCOUNTED 1/3 OFF (3 MONTHS FOR THE PRICE OF 2).  Qigong in Miller Park, … Continue reading
Jul 8 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Montlake Fuel
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Jul 8 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Washington Park Arboretum
Join us for a Fiddleheads Family Nature Class and make connections with the natural world that will last a lifetime. Through science-based exploration and outdoor play preschoolers and their caregivers will experience the UW Botanic Gardens using their senses. Class … Continue reading
Jul 8 @ 10:00 AM – Jul 13 @ 5:00 PM Sharpe House
LA-based LGBTQ suitmaker Sharpe Suiting returns to Seattle for another pop-up shop from Wednesday, July 8 through Monday, July 13 from 10AM-5PM. Stop by to meet Sharpe’s founder, Leon Wu and check out sample suits To schedule a custom suit … Continue reading

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