On the List | Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day, Jockstraps and Glitter 2023, Optimism goodbye, Maui benefits

Here are a few weekend things to do around Capitol Hill.

  • Jockstraps and Glitter 2023: Dykes have been battling drag queens in charity kickball matches since Capitol Hill was invented. The annual fundraiser organized by Seattle Quake Rugby and The Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence, The Abbey of St. Joan returns Saturday in Cal Anderson Park:
    Come join us for the fundraising event of the summer! Come watch as Quake Rugby take on the Sisterhood of Perpetual Indulgence’s Seattle chapter in a kickball game! Why should I come watch?: Jockstraps and Glitter is the most fun you can have with your clothes on…mostly because ours come off! How is money raised?: Fans pay for things like ruggers and sisters to strip down and play like that, outs, home runs, and make up “swaps” When? August 19th, 1 pm Where?: The kickball field at Cal Anderson! Drinking after?: Join us for the social and an adult beverage after! Bar TBA
  • Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day: Sunday, Cal Anderson and streets across Capitol Hill will host CHGSD 2023. Born in 2007 as a day loosely organized by CHS for people to rally together to hold yard sales across the Hill, the event has grown to focus on a community flea market in Cal Anderson Park organized by the Cal Anderson Park Alliance to help people reuse and recycle while also celebrating the neighborhood’s central park. This year’s sale includes a clothing swap hosted by the Queer and Trans Youth Project while the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Farmers Market will be taking place just down the block. You’ll find more information at capitolhillgaragesale.org.

    Gay Gilmore and Troy Hakala of Optimism (Image: Optimism Brewing)

  • Optimism Garage Sale: In June, CHS broke the news that Capito Hill brewery Optimism Brewing was closing down and making way for Ballard-born Stoup Brewing to take over the Broadway at Union microbrewery and beer hall. This weekend, you can stop by to bid farewell to Optimism — and check out their goodbye garage sale:
    Let’s drain the kegs and sell the stuff this weekend! Garage sale is Friday and Saturday with deals on glassware, merchandise, equipment and more. We are raffling off our neon signs. All proceeds from beer & gear sale benefit the Maui Strong Fund. Please come have a final toast with us!
  • Maui benefits: Many Capitol Hill area venues are raising funds for Maui including E Olive Way’s Hula Hula. Know about more? Let us know in comments.

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Juneteenth 2023 around the Central District: Africatown Summer of Soul, Juneteenth Skate Party Celebration in Judkins Park, REVIVAL Pop-up Market

There is a weekend of Juneteenth celebration ahead across the Central District and Seattle Public Schools and City Hall will have Monday off. Here are a few highlights from the CD and the nearby. Check out the South Seattle Emerald for more from across the area. You can also find more on the CHS Calendar Juneteenth listings. (Note for mobile users — We’re having some technical difficulties with the calendar on smartphones and pads that we hope to resolve soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!)

    • Africatown Community Land Trust Summer of Soul: Africatown will partner with King County Equity Now for a day of music and celebration with Talib Kweli and Kevin Ross in Jimi Hendrix Park on Monday.
      Juneteenth is a reminder of the resilience and strength of our communities and that, in the face of oppression and injustice, we continue to press into our collective brilliance and strength. We recognize this day, just as others that tend to receive temporary limelight in this country, as one that gives us focused opportunity to contemplate how we may continue to honor the contributions and sacrifices of our ancestors. We honor their tireless fight for freedom and are grateful for the paths they have paved that have allowed for the progress we have made today. We are thankful for these sacrifices and contributions each and every day. Continue reading

On the List | Parke Diem returns to Capitol Hill and Capitol Hill Art Walk does Pride

(Image: Parke Diem)

Capitol Hill’s month of Pride got off to a sunny start last weekend in Volunteer Park. There is plenty left to do this week to enjoy some sun, LGBTQIA+ good vibes, and fun happenings around the Hill. For more, check out the CHS Calendar.

  • WEDNESDAY JUNE 7TH: HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRINCE — “Celebrate Prince’s birthday with this special presentation of Purple Rain featuring Q&A with DJ Kevin Cole, a former Minneapolis-based DJ who frequently DJed Prince’s private parties.” — SIFF Cinema Egyptian — Tickets and information.
  • THURSDAY JUNE 8TH: PRIDE MONTH CAPITOL HILL ART WALK — The monthly celebration of Capitol Hill art collides with the annual Capitol Hill celebration of queer love! Check out a pop-up market of LGBTQ+ artists, makers, and vendors selling gifts and goods at Chophouse Row, “wearable art, design, studio production, clever merch and more” at Six of Pikes Studio, a “group show of artists working with elements of the natural world as their muse” all the way over on 19th Ave E’s AMcE Creative Arts, the Palace of Peen at Passable, and a “SUM-MER NIGHT” DJ pop-up at Pike/Pine’s K-Fashion provider SUM. Find a map and more at capitolhillartwalk.com.
  • SATURDAY JUNE 10TH: PARKE DIEM 2023 — Drop in for “Seattle’s longest running, free and family friendly electronic music festival!” as it returns triumphantly to Capitol Hill. The 2023 lineup includes K Theory,  Zof, GLT-ISH (GLTY & GOLD-ISH), DAD BODZ (HEXI & BNGRZ), COOKIE & A J, mofflar & sl1p3s. There is also a giant roster of artists, performers, and creators, plus vendors and food. — Volunteer Park Amphitheater — Noon to 9 PM — parkediem.org.
  • SATURDAY JUNE 10TH: ON THE BLOCK — The Second Saturday “born to help artists and small businesses recover from the pandemic” 11th Ave street fair’s Pride edition will take place 1 to 7 PM with “local art, movement, music, vintage, streetwear, and more.” — ontheblockseattle.com.
  • SUNDAY JUNE 11TH: NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP — Join Caring for Capitol Hill to tidy up around Cal Anderson, 10 AM to noon.

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Volunteer Park Summer Series at the Amphitheater 2023 lineup announced

The Summer Series at the Amphitheater has announced its 2023 lineup — first show is July 13th

The good folks at the Volunteer Park Trust have announced the lineup for the 2023 Summer Series at the Amphitheater, a second season of the free series of shows set up to celebrate the park’s $2.7 million amphitheater replacement that opened last July.

The full 2023 lineup is below. But, first things first, you should enjoy this Memorial Day weekend around the Hill. Here are a few ideas from the CHS Calendar. Missing something? Add your event here.

Memorial Day Weekend On the List

  • Northwest Terror Fest 2023: Neumos and Barboza are hosting this year’s “extreme” metal music festival with the black-clad terror running through Saturday night. Learn more at northwestterrorfest.com. Continue reading

On the List | World Women’s Snooker tournament at Capitol Hill’s Ox Billiards, Garfield High School centennial, Midtown Square grand opening

(Image: World Women’s Snooker)

This summer weekend includes a few potential field trips for you to consider with some big events in the Central District and on First Hill. Jump on the bus or take a summer walk. But stay off the freeways. A major closure of 520 all weekend long will probably make getting around by car a major pain. For happenings closer to home, there’s a major sporting event to consider plus plenty more on the CHS Calendar.

  • 520 closure: The bridge and freeway will be closed from Friday night to early Monday morning but the bike and walk trail will remain open while crews install girders on the Montlake lid and realign the highway.
  • Snooker tournament at Ox Billiards: “For the first time ever, the U.S. will host a World Women’s Snooker tournament,” KNKX reports. Capitol Hill’s own Ox Billiards is the venue. CHS reported on the 2021 opening of the underground pool hall here. The U.S. Women’s Open tournament runs from Friday through Sunday at Ox at 1432 Broadway. Learn more at oxbilliards.com.
  • Midtown Square Grand Opening: The mixed-use development at 23rd and Union celebrates its new Central District residents and commercial tenants with a Friday night party.
  • Play! Adult Field Day: A day of fun and frolic for really big kids runs all day Saturday at Powell Barnett Park.
  • Garfield’s Centennial Celebration: You can also celebrate 100 years of Garfield High School Saturday on the 23rd Ave campus. CHS reported on the anniversary here.
  • Freeway Park Summer Festival: Also Saturday, First Hill’s Seneca Plaza is calling with live music, water games, sprinklers and sweet treats.

Check out the CHS Calendar for more events or to add your own.



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On the List | August Capitol Hill Art Walk, Wainestock returns, Garage Sale Day 2022

The CHS Calendar is in full Capitol Hill summer mode with so many listings, you’re going to have to double book your social plans.

  • THURSDAY brings the August edition of the Capitol Hill Art Walk — details at capitolhillartwalk.com — to venues across the neighborhood while the new Volunteer Park Amphitheater shows off its dance-friendly design with a night of free performances from Lucien Postlewaite,  Whim W’Him, The Seattle Project, and Dance Church putting the new foot-friendly stage to work.
  • SATURDAY AND SUNDAY brings the return of the Wainestock music festival to Volunteer Park. Musician Joe Waine didn’t really want to name his new Seattle music festival Wainestock, he says. He wanted to name it after his best friend, Koji. But, Waine said, “I was pressured into using this name – it’s a joke on the made-up festival Waynestock from Wayne’s World.” Wainestock returns this weekend after a two year hiatus — the name and the concept are the same: friends, great local bands, and hopefully some sun, all together in Volunteer Park.
  • SUNDAY also marks the return of Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day. You’ll find sales underway at a community space in Cal Anderson Park and also a few scattered around the nearby streets as part of the revived Cal Anderson Park Alliance event.

A scene from Capitol Hill Garage Sale Day 2018


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On the List | Seattle Black Film Festival — 19 years of Black cinema in the Central District

2021 SBFF award winner A Rodeo Film (Image: A Rodeo Film)

With the Seattle International Film Festival’s run already wrapped up this spring in its smaller format pandemic return, the city’s cinematic energy is free to run through Seattle’s film communities. In the Central District this weekend, 17th Ave S’s Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute will host the 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival running Friday through Sunday:

The 19th annual Seattle Black Film Festival will once again animate the halls of the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle’s historically Black Central District, April 29-May 1. The three-day weekend of in-person and video-on-demand screenings, panels, and events will host an international selection of over forty feature films, music videos, documentaries, and short films; showcasing the range and depth of the Black experience on the big screen.

Formerly known as the Langston Hughes African American Film Festival, the festival’s current incarnation under filmmaker Andrea Stuart-Lehalle took shape in 2020 as it relaunched in a streaming-only showcase during the pandemic’s hashest restrictions.

SBFF 2022 Festival Trailer from Langston Seattle on Vimeo.

The 2022 edition features more than 40 films with screenings at Langston and online. Passes ranging from $15 to $90 for “all access” are available here.

For more things to do across Capitol Hill, the Central District, and the nearby, check out the CHS Calendar.



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On the List | Sexy Jesus competition at The Woods, April Capitol Hill Art Walk

He is risen, indeed. Get your fill of blasphemy and art this weekend with a Sexy Jesus competition at a Pike/Pine club and Thursday night’s April art walk at venues across the Hill. Looking for more to do? Check out the CHS Calendar.

  • Capitol Hill Art Walk — Thursday, April 13th — Check out Reverberation, Photographic Center Northwest’s 25th Juried Exhibition, Feminist Masculinity Posters & Quality Agitation from Boycott Society at Rose Temple Bar, or MOTHERLAND from Natasha Marin at Vermillion, the latest in Marin’s Black Imagination constellation of exhibitions.
  • Sexy Jesus Competition — Sunday, April 17th — 11th Ave’s The Woods hosts an Easter Sunday celebration of everybody’s favorite carpenter with cash prizes for the sexiest Jesuses — plural. Starts at 5 PM… and there will be ice cream.



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On the List | Moisture Festival 2022, Nero Gatto fundraiser at Cafe Racer, Bang the Gong all-Asian drag show

Patricia Charms takes the stage as part of the Moisture Festival’s Libertease Cabaret at the Broadway Performance Hall (Image: Moisture Festival)

Here are this week’s highlights from the CHS Calendar. You can also Add Your Event here.

  • Moisture Festival 2022: The annual celebration of comedy and varieté is underway again in 2022 through April 10th with performances at the Broadway Performance Hall and — for the last season — at Hale’s Palladium.
  • Gatto Nero: Cafe Racer hosts a fundraiser Saturday for Seattle’s Malacarne company from choreographer Alice Gosti.
  • Bang the Gong: Stop into Chop Suey for the Sunday all-Asian drag show created and powered by Whispurr Water-Shadow.
  • UPDATE! Bait Shop GalaWe are pretty sure this event planned for Broadway’s Bait Shop is NOT an April Fools’ Day prank:

April 1st, The Bait Shop Endowment for the Arts presents the first annual BAIT GALA. The theme for 2022 is ROCK BOTTOM: An Exploration of Deep Sea Fashion. This evening will showcase the most illustrious fashion designs of the highest order, with an emphasis on the sludgy excess of oceanic opulence. We will have a red carpet, flash photography, appetizers served on hotel trays, and the soft, ambient electronic sounds of shopping at the Southcenter Mall Wet Seal. Costumes are recommended.

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Illumination art for Ukraine to light up Seattle this weekend including Capitol Hill’s Asian Art Museum

(Image: Enlightenment)

Capitol Hill’s Seattle Asian Art Museum will join buildings around the world in a global display of light art this weekend for Ukraine.

The Enlightenment event will light up the art deco facades of the Volunteer Park museum with works from more than 35 illumination artists who have contributed animations “reflecting solidarity with the Ukrainians and oppressed people around the world.”

“The artworks created will be displayed on the facades of The Seattle Asian Art Museum and dozens of buildings in cities around the world,” the producers, Seattle-based creators of the Borealis – a festival of light events and Maxin10sity of Budapest, say. Continue reading