Upcoming Fairs and Festivals Near Your Seattle Apartment

July 31, 2016

There’s never a dull moment when you live in Seattle. Besides being one of the most picturesque places to live, there are also plenty of events to keep you and your pals busy all summer long. With August right around the corner, it’s time to start marking your calendars.

 

August 4 – 7: Seattle Art Fair

WaMu Theater is hosting the annual Seattle Art Fair, an amazing exhibition featuring the vibrant and diverse talent of Pacific Northwest artists. If you’re into art or just want to explore some amazing things that are happening in Seattle’s art scene, this is one event you won’t want to miss. This 3-day event has plenty of opportunities and special events so be sure to check out the schedule and ticket information. 

 

August 20 – 21: Seattle Street Food Festival

South Lake Union is hosting one of the largest street food festivals in the nation, and it’s time to gear up for some mouthwatering eats! You won’t regret one of the greatest alfresco-style food and beverage experiences. With over 500 businesses, there’s sure to be a little something for everyone.

 


3 Essential Travel Gadgets to Take With You

July 21, 2016

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It’s time to start packing those suitcases and finally make those weekend getaway plans you’ve been putting off. Whether you’re heading to that quaint, charming town next door or to that secluded romantic beach, here are some essential travel gadgets that will make your life so much easier.

 

Sand-Free Mat

Never worry about sand, dirt, or dust again with your very own sand-free mat. We don’t want to get too technical, but the dual, mesh-layer technology literally makes sand disappear before your very eyes. Trust us, you’re going to want this one at the beach.

 

Portable Charger

You should never have to worry about your phone dying right as you’re trying to take that perfect snapshot. When you’re traveling, the last thing you want is for your phone to suddenly be at low battery. Make sure you’re always ready for pictures, directions, reservations, and more by investing in a portable charger.

 

Clip-On Camera

Stay hands-free with a Narrative Clip-On Camera. Now, you can enjoy your vacation excursions without stopping to take pictures every minute. This clip-on camera does the work for you! When it’s turned on, it automatically takes pictures every minute.


3 Family-Friendly Events Everyone Can Enjoy

July 14, 2016

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There’s plenty to do in Seattle and awesome events are lined up this week for you to enjoy. We’ve kept the little ones in mind for this post and below you’ll find 3 family-friendly events that everyone will enjoy.

 

Music Under the Stars

Friday, July 22, 2016 | 7:15 pm to 9:00 pm | Columbia Library

Bring your blanket and lawn chairs for a free classical music concert under a Seattle night sky.

 

Percussion Extravaganza

Saturday, July 23, 2016 | 11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Benaroya Hall

Drums, cymbals, chimes, oh my! Enjoy some amazing sounds at this exciting event. Tickets are $12.

 

Chinatown Seafair Parade

Sunday, July 24, 2016 | 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm | Chinatown

Come see experience a cultural experience like none other in this historic Seattle neighborhood.

 


How to Make Your BBQ Party a Blast

July 06, 2016

 

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Summer, sunshine, and all things outdoors mean it’s time to gather up your friends and family for a good old-fashioned BBQ party. Whether you’re a seasoned host or want to try something new, here are a few ideas for making sure your BBQ party is a successful one.

 

Send Out Invitations. It’s especially exciting to receive an invitation to any gathering. A simple Facebook event will do. If you’d rather make your own, you can make your own free custom invitations and send them through mail or email.

 

Have Party Games Handy. Keep your guests having fun by providing a few activities that everyone can enjoy. Jenga, Cards, and Trivia are all ways to get everyone involved.

 

Don’t Forget the Music. Background music is great for sending out those summer vibes and keeping the mood festive. Don’t know what to put on your playlist? Here are some song ideas to get you started.

 
Stay on Budget. Have guests bring side dishes, desserts, and other items. Keep your costs low by purchasing food and produce that’s in season. Try not to spend all your funds on meat either, which can get pricey. Instead of going gourmet, head to a local butcher or choose meats that are reasonably-priced.


July Events to Add to Your Calendar

June 30, 2016

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If there’s one thing you can count on living in Seattle, it’s that there’s always something to do! If you need an excuse to try something new with friends and family this month, then here are upcoming events that are sure to put some excitement in your plans.

 

Bite of Seattle | July 15-17,2016

It’s back! This food and beverage showcase features over 60 restaurants, pop-up vendors, and beer and cider tastings. With live cooking demonstrations, 5 outdoor music stages, a wine bar, and much more, bring your family and friends out for one of the most exciting weekends in July. Did we mention admission is free? Find more event information here.

 

Renegade Craft Fair | July 23-24, 2016

With over 200 vendors, this is the perfect fair to find something unique. Whether you’re looking for hand-crafted lotions, high-quality clothes, or unique art by local artists, you will definitely find it here. Go here for more information about this event.


3 Ideas for Hosting a Game of Thrones Viewing Party

June 22, 2016

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Battling kings and queens, oh my! If you have Game of Thrones fever like the rest of us, then it’s time to host your very own Game of Thrones Viewing party with your friends! Not sure where to start? Here are 5 ideas for making sure everyone has a fun night. 

 

Make Invitations

If you’re going to do this, then why not go all out with themed invitations? You can make your own by picking out your favorite medieval font, staining the paper with tea, or burning the edges for an authentic feel.

 

Create a Makeshift Photobooth

Everyone loves a photo booth. Have people dress up and take pictures in a photo booth you created. You can keep it simple with providing a solid or patterned sheet or blanket as a background. Then, all you need are a few props and some good lighting. Here are some GOT prop printables to check out.

 

Get Creative

Hosting a watch party doesn’t mean that you can’t turn the night into a fun-filled extravaganza! Invest in some goblets. String up a GOT banner in your living room. If you’re feeling really adventurous, consider this printable GOT game that lets you play as you watch!


Father’s Day Gifts for Every Dad

June 08, 2016

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Whether you’re looking to get the perfect gift for your dad, husband, grandfather, or any special guy in your life, here are a few unique gift ideas that are sure to surprise him this Father’s Day. It’s time to think out of the box this year.

 

For the Music Lover

If your dad is a music man, surprise him with thoughtful music-oriented gifts! Wayfair has a great selection of musically-related gift items including a Bamboo guitar cutting board, guitar-shaped ice-cube tray, and even a guitar-patterned  shower curtain!

 

For the Classy Gent

Does your debonair dad love his whiskey? Does he like to keep it classy? If you answered yes, then he’ll love the 5-piece whiskey set from Fitz and Floyd.

 

For the Sports Fan

Does your dad love to express his love for sports through his clothing? Whatever team or sport your dad is into, you’ll find it at FansEdge. From NBA to NFL, you’ll find his favorite team, player, and colors at this store.

 


Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events

June 02, 2016

When you live in the Seattle, Washington area, one of the best things about it is all of the sights to see, events to attend and activities you can take part in. However, the challenge is keeping track of all of the events that you could be going to. If you are looking for upcoming events and activities to start your summer off right in June, get to know some of the best options in the Seattle area so that you can be sure to get your tickets and make your plans as soon as possible.

The Seattle International Film Festival

When: June 1st – June 12th

Where: Multiple Locations

The Seattle International Film Festival is a great experience for anyone in the Seattle area who loves movies that are unique and different. With entries from countries all over the world in all different genres, there is something for everybody.

Festival Sundiata

When: June 11th – June 12th

Where: Seattle Center

The Festival Sundiata is an African American arts festival with a wide variety of artists, vendors, and musical performances. This is a family friendly event that you can bring children to as well.

Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest

When: June 26th

Where: Parade Kick-Off at 4th and Union, PrideFest At Seattle Center

Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest are great ways to support the Seattle area LGBTQ community and have fun while doing so. The parade kicks off at 11am and PrideFest follows the parade at the Seattle Center.

Now that you know a few of the great events around Seattle, Washington in June, you can be sure that you make your plans and get your tickets as soon as possible to enjoy the best that Seattle has to offer.


Top Summer Travel Destinations Near Your Seattle Home

June 02, 2016

The summer season is certainly the time to take a much-needed vacation to get away from it all. Planning a fun and exciting trip with your friends or family doesn’t have to labor intensive. Whether you only have a weekend or want to stay close to home, we’ve compiled a few day-trip travel destinations that we think you’re going to like.

 

Fox Hollow Farm | 24 Miles Away

12031 Issaquah-Hobart Rd. S.E., Issaquah, Wa 98027

Fox Hollow Farm is a quaint little gem hidden in the scenic Washington forestry. Pet a bunny, learn about agriculture, admire the farm animals, stroll through the gardens, or ride a tractor! Fox Hollow Farm is now offering reservations and you can reserve your space here.

 

Tacoma | 40 Miles Away

If you’re looking for something interesting and new to do, spend the day exploring museums in the city of Tacoma, Washington! Tacoma is a beautiful city known for its glass art. Explore hand-blown glass at the Tacoma Museum of Glass or learn about the citywide glass installations at the Tacoma Art Museum. You’ll also find the Washington State History Museum and the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium here, so there’s a little something for everyone.

 

Mount Rainier National Park | 70 Miles Away

39000 State Route 706 E, Ashford, WA 98304

If you have yet to experience the majestic breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, then add it to your summer plans! Climb the glacier routes, enjoy the outdoors, and take in the beauty of Washington. For more information and pass prices, check out their website here.


National Hamburger Day: Where to Get the Best Burgers

May 25, 2016

With National Hamburger Day right around the corner, you’re going to want to find the tastiest burger in Seattle to sink your teeth into. Ranging from traditional to gourmet, you’ll get the perfect blend of meat, cheese, toppings, and bread from the many restaurants throughout the city.

You’ll find the best burgers in Seattle at the following locations:

  • Essex serves a wood-fired oven burger that is out of this world delicious. Topped with a spicy and a malt vinegar aioli and lettuce, you get the choice of adding cheddar, bacon or pickled peppers to this solid meal.
  • Who needs bacon on their burger when they can have it in their burger? Giddy Up Burgers actually grinds bacon into their patty which is appropriately named the ‘Stuffed Pig’.
  • A Japanese burger that explodes with flavor. That’s what you’ll find at Katsu Burger, home of the Mt. Fuji burger, a beef, pork, and chicken sensation topped with three different cheese, a fried egg, bacon, and wasabi mayo/tonkatsu sauce.

Now that you know where to find the best burgers in Jet City on National Hamburger Day, you can sit down and enjoy every delicious mouthful. You may not make it to all of the restaurants on this list in one day but you’ll have a few new places in mind to go to the next time you dine out.