A Guide to Seattle’s Free, Community-Focused Block Parties

The neighborhood gatherings worth checking out this summer.

June

10 Georgetown Carnival Surrounded by the steampunk feel of Georgetown, expect live music, art sales, and activities for the whole family, plus a significant array of food choices. Free. Noon–10 p.m. georgetowncarnival.com

17 Block Party at the Station South Seattle artists, creatives, and rappers will join this South Seattle block party to celebrate the community. Enjoy a mix of food, clothes, and art vendors at the heart of Beacon Hill. 1600 S. Roberto Maestas Festival St. Free. Noon–8 p.m. stationblockparty.com

29 Sand Point Block Party This small neighborhood block party at Magnuson Park will include a picnic and games. 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Free. 5–8 p.m.

July

29 Outdoor Project’s Seattle Block Party If you’re big about the outdoors and increasing the participation of girls in the outdoors, then this block party is for you. A percentage of all the beer and vendor sales will benefit SheJumps, a community of girls and women empowering each other into outdoor adventure. 1158 Broadway. Free. 2–10 p.m.

August

1 Night Out As part of a national movement to heighten awareness about crime prevention, the Seattle Police Department encourages all Seattle neighborhoods to register a block party on Aug. 1. So far 14 have, including, Mt. Baker, Queen Anne, and the U District. A full map can be found here. Multiple locations. Free.

11 South Lake Union Block Party With live performances by bands like Bread and Butter, it’s likely attendants will get hungry—but look no further, the food-truck selection will be popping. There will also be a beer garden. Activities include hands-on poster making with a letterpress. 101 Westlake Ave. N. Free. Noon–11 p.m. slublockparty.com

19 Mercer x Summit Block Party This all-ages block party/show presented by KEXP, The Vera Project, Maverick Live, Do206, Slummit Productions, and Freakout Records includes 17 performers—and did I mention it’s free? Chop Suey, 1325 E. Madison St. Free. 1 p.m. chopsuey.com.

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