Seattle is starting to heat up, and per usual, there's no shortage of exciting events happening in and around the city this July! Here’s a curated list of our favorites:
Sunday, July 1 - Washington State Toy and Geek Fest @ Washington State Fair & Events Center
According to a promo on their Facebook page, Toy and Geek Fest is like a Comic Con plus “Star Wars, Toys, LEGO Displays, Amazing Vehicles, Laser Tag, Zombies, Celebrities, Bouncy Houses, Cosplay, Transformers and Gaming.” So it's Comic Con. It sounds like Comic Con to me, but I suppose I have no frame of reference. Anyway, our Assistant Manager Nathan— an avid collector of toys, dabs, and everything in between— might show up to see what this event is all about.
Tuesday, July 3 - Weedeater @ The Crocodile
We try not to inundate our readers with all the amazing metal performances happening in Seattle every month, but if we only only get to mention one band this time, it’s gotta be Weedeater. Originally from North Carolina, Weedeater is one of the biggest names in the sludge/ stoner doom metal genre, and they’re gonna rock The Croc on a Tuesday night.
Wednesday, July 4 - Grand Old 4th of July @ Bainbridge Island
A family friendly Independence Day celebration, the Grand Old 4th of July event in downtown Bainbridge Island (only 35 minutes away from Seattle via ferry) features a pancake breakfast, a beer garden, classic cars, pony rides, and ends with a fireworks show. The last ferry rides back to Seattle will be at 10:30pm, midnight, and 1:25am.
Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day Lunch Cruise @ Waterways Cruises
If you have family visiting from outside of Seattle, consider taking them on a lunch cruise on Lake Washington! This 2-hour boat ride features a three course meal, a full bar, trivia (US and Seattle history), and the captain will narrate the sights around the lake. You’ll be out on the water by 11:30am, and back by 1:30pm for any other 4th of July festivities you have planned.
July 7-8 - Seattle Street Food Festival @ South Lake Union
Round up some friends, smoke it up, then head to the annual Seattle Street Food Festival for 5 blocks of food trucks and street vendors. This year also features a “night market” on Saturday, which pretty much sounds like they’re extending the festival hours into the evening and acting like it’s a separate event (damn marketers). Having attended last year with some coworkers, I strongly advise you show up in high spirits and keep a vape pen handy.
Sunday, July 8 - Bare Buns Fun Run @ Tiger Mountain Nudist Park
Just in case last month’s Solstice Parade wasn’t liberating enough for you, there’s another chance to be one of those people who’s [perhaps too] comfortable being naked in public! Get down to Tiger Mountain Nudist Park and bring $30 for the rare privilege of running 3 miles in the sun with a bunch of other naked people. The marathon ends with skinny dipping. Remember, Tiger Mountain is a family nudist park, so bring the kids, I guess?
July 11-31 - Sasquatch: Ancient Native Perspectives on the Mysterious Beings of the Woods @ White River Valley Museum
Winner of the Longest Name for a July Event Occurring in the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area award [that I just made up], the “Sasquatch: Ancient Native Perspectives on the Mysterious Beings of the Woods” exhibit at the White River Valley Museum highlights the perspectives of Northwest natives who encountered sasquatch (as you may have guessed from the extremely descriptive title).
July 13-15 - Ballard SeafoodFest
An annual festival celebrating local seafood and local beer, Ballard SeafoodFest is an event featuring live music, a beer garden, a lutefisk eating contest, and of course, lots of delicious seafood. Bring your appetite, and lots of Altoids!
Friday, July 13 - Summer Movies: Wonder Woman @ Westlake Park
Watch hit movies for free, outdoors, in the heart of downtown Seattle! The Summer Movies series kicks off this July with Wonder Woman. Don’t forget to bring blankets, folding chairs, and plenty of edibles.
July 14-15 - Luau on the Lake @ Mercer Island
If you miss[ed] the fireworks on the 4th, you get a second chance to enjoy a lit up night sky at Mercer Island 10 days later! Their annual summer celebration is Hawaii themed this time around. Attending this event is something of a yearly tradition for budtender Juliana: “They’re like, the best fireworks ever,” she says with a dead serious expression. "They go on for 15 friggin’ minutes."
Saturday, July 14 - Milk Carton Derby 2018 @ Green Lake
Billing itself as a “quirky celebration of creativity, science and boatmanship,” the annual Milk Carton Derby is a team challenge in which friends, companies, and non-profit organizations build and race boats using empty milk cartons for floatation. This event, like any other decent Seattle event, will feature food trucks and a beer garden situated on scenic Green Lake. I’ll likely be in attendance as I live close by, so if you smell terpenes in the air, find me and say high.
Sunday, July 15 - The OKstupid Show @ Naked City Brewery & Taphouse
A comedy show about the awkward nature of online dating, The OKstupid Show features a panel of comedians critiquing the real OKcupid profiles of attendees and making constructive improvements. If you don’t take yourself too seriously and you’re comfortable with your OKcupid profile being scrutinized in public, “submit yourself” for a chance to get 2 free tickets for friends, an OKstupid t-shirt, and $25 in bar credit.
Tuesday, July 17 - Herbs in an Hour @ Seattle Seed Company
Washington is the last “green state” that forbids the home cultivation of recreational cannabis, but thankfully it’s still legal to grow rosemary, basil, and thyme (for now). Have a drink, learn how to harvest your own herbs— a great way to cut down on packaging waste— and leave with organic, non-GMO seeds by Seattle Seed Company.
Thursday, July 19 - Weed School: Zoots @ Herbn Elements
Class is in session! Folks from Zoots cannabis will be in the shop from 4-7pm to talk about their popular hard candies, brownie bites, and liquid edible products. All Zoots products will be 20% off all day!
Thursday, July 19 - Stoney LaRue @ Tractor Tavern
Are you a fan of country music? Yeah, me neither. But if we were, we’d have to smoke some joints and go see this country singer named Stoney LaRue. I like his name so much, I’ve decided to adopt “Stoney LaRue” as my new pseudonym, so expect to hear it if you’re preparing my coffee or if you’re on the receiving end of my prank calls.
Fun Fact: Last month we wanted to promote a show at the same venue for the same reason— because the dude’s name sounded like a weed pun— but unfortunately blues-rock singer Dennis Dabbs backed out of the show before we published our June 2018 Events blog.
July 19-29 - Disenchanted @ 12th Ave Arts
Perfect for grown-up Disney fans, Disenchanted is a subversive musical comedy featuring characters like Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. The event promoters specify that this show is “not for the kiddies."
July 20-22 - Capitol Hill Block Party 2018
“Are you going to Block Party?” Every year I hear that question countless times, and every year I check the lineup and feel old because I don’t recognize a single band that’s performing. This year is no exception— I mean, I know who Father John Misty is— but surely the event will still be lots of fun for music fans who enjoy warm weather, confined spaces, and large crowds of drunk festival goers.
Sunday, July 22 - The Roots @ Woodland Park Zoo North Meadow
Best known as the house band on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots are one of the most creative, talented, and entertaining hip-hop groups in history. Catch Tariq, ?uestlove, James, and the rest of the gang as they perform at the Woodland Park Zoo North Meadow. Tickets to the show just sold out, so check Craigslist or stand outside the venue with a sign that says “Need Roots Tix.”
Thursday, July 26 - Weed School: Green Acres Pharm @ Herbn Elements
Class is in session! Our newest vendor, Green Acres Pharm, will be in the shop from 4-7pm to discuss the philosophy and methodology behind their boutique indoor buds. All Green Acres flower, joints, and concentrates will be 20% OFF ALL DAY!
July 28-29 - Coffeecon Seattle 2018 @ Fremont Studios
Seattle is of course well known for its coffee culture and roasters, and now we're home to the world’s first “consumer" coffee festival! For the price of 4 cups of coffee, you can learn how to "brew, taste, and enjoy coffee like never before” and gain access to over 30 classes and brewing demos. For the price of 10 cups of coffee, you can attend both days of the festival plus a special coffee tasting seminar.
…or you could pretty much just walk around Capitol Hill and create your own coffee tasting tour for the same price or less. Your call. In any case, load up on indica strains to help offset the extreme levels of caffeine.
That’s all for July! Check back early next month for a fresh list of Seattle events, and stop by our shop for all your summer fun needs!
Article by Ramsey Doudar; an in-house marketing and social media strategist at Herbn Elements. Ramsey's perspective is influenced by 2 years of budtending, 5 years as a cannabis industry marketing professional, and 10+ years of being a super picky medical patient.