Seattle Experiences that make great gifts!

If you’re like most people, you still have some folks on your list who you still need holiday gifts for! Here’s a list of events that make great gifts. Some can be given before Christmas (or after Hanukkah) if your gift recipient is free to enjoy the outing with you before the 25th!

A(n Improvised) Christmas Carol (Pike Place Market)

This fun production plays through December 23. Brandon and I took my parents, brother, sister-in-law, and nieces (ages 11 & 14) to this show earlier this week and shared so many laughs. Now through Dec 23: http://bit.ly/2BFM2fd

Newsies: The Broadway Musical (Issaquah & Everett)

“The newsboys of New York . . . become unlikely heroes and stand up for what’s right in this Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated hit full of classic Disney magic and theatricality.” Seattle Times review here.  Issaquah through 12/31, Everett 1/5-2/4: https://villagetheatre.org/issaquah/newsies.php

Taste WA Wine Event (SODO)

One of the biggest wine and food events is offering a $21 discount on Sunday Grand Tasting tickets when you use the code 21TASTE at checkout during the month of December. http://tastewashington.org/

Two Trains Running (Seattle Center)

The Seattle Rep has been wowing theatre audiences with their artistic direction, show choices, and incredible production quality. “Two Trains Running” is their next show. “There’s a new President in the White House, and racial tensions are on the rise. No, it’s not 2017, it’s 1969. At a critical moment in the civil rights movement, Nemphis is forced to consider selling his restaurant to the city of Pittsburgh as urban planning eats away at his beloved neighborhood . . . Two Trains Running is celebrated playwright August Wilson’s portrait of a defining moment in American history. 1/12-2/11: http://bit.ly/2BHWKBR 

Puzzle Break (Capitol Hill & Belltown)

Treat your friends, family, or coworkers to an escape-the-room game by Puzzle Break! I’ve had the pleasure of playing “Escape the Midnight Carnival” and “Escape the Lost Temple” and recommend both! You can book the whole room for your group or join strangers to work together to find hidden clues and puzzles that will help you escape the room and win the game!  “You are trapped in a room.  As you look around you start to notice strange objects and messages – or are they clues? – hidden around the room.  Can you and your team solve the puzzles, find the key, and escape within one hour?” Ongoing. https://www.puzzlebreak.us/

Other events you might want to check out include events some of my clients are hosting, including:

Century Ballroom Dancing (Capitol Hill)

Get a gift certificate for a series of dance lessons or dance nights! Century Ballroom offers lessons in Swing, Salsa, Tap, Bachata, and much more. They’re also hosting a “Swingin’ Prefunk to NYE” on 12/29 with KUOW’s Amanda Wilde (Swing Years & Beyond) and a big New Year’s Eve party with Salsa and Outdancing on 12/31. centuryballroom.com

Homo for the Holidays (Capitol Hill)

This hilarious drag and burlesque show starring some of Seattle’s best is nearly sold out. If you love these genres, you’ll love this show. Now through 12/30. http://homofortheholidays.strangertickets.com/

Regardless of what events you share with your loved ones this holiday season, may your days be merry and bright! Happy holidays to all! – Keridwyn

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Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Fest – A Global Celebration on 11/11

My friend Amanda and I had a delightful time at this event last year. If you love discovering new-to-you wine, beer, and spirits, the Holiday Wine, Beer & Spirits Fest on Saturday November 11th is the place to be!

Tickets here.

Facebook event page here (invite friends!)

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About the event (in their own words):

While we love LOCAL, it’s fun to try WINE, BEER, SPIRITS, & CIDERS from ALL OVER THE PLANET!

We have WINES from ITALY, FRANCE, SPAIN, PORTUGAL, ARGENTINA, & AUSTRALIA as well as 20 wineries from Washington, Oregon, and California!

Sure, we have WHISKEY from Washington, Oregon, & Kentucky – but we also have it and other exotic SPIRITS from FRANCE, CANADA, ARMANIA, as well as unique items such as Kuma Turmeric Liqueur and Tatratea Tea Liqueur from SLOVAKIA!

This event has something for everyone! Not into wine or spirits? How about 3 CIDER companies from OREGON, 3 from WASHINGTON, and 2 from FRANCE! As well as 4 CRAFT BREWERIES and Stella!

But wait – that’s not all! There are 5 booths with free samples of CHOCOLATE and 2 serving CHEESE! And 3 STREET FOOD booths selling delicious NOSHES! And of course, 20 booths of ARTISAN & BOUTIQUES for unique gift ideas!

The 2017 Holiday Wine Fest diverse line-up celebrating the world of libations unlike any other tasting in the Pacific Northwest!

FAQ’s:

Tickets Include: Wine/Cider/Beer/Spirits Tastings, Culinary Samples and Artisan Shopping
Saturday: Wine Enthusiast Noon – 4pm $45.00
Saturday: VIP Connoisseur 5pm – 9pm $55.00 (Take Home a Souvenir Riedel Wine Glass!

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Pocket Potpourri: Tattoos, Acrobats, Pike Place Market & Crisis Text Line

Another August Pocket Potpourri!
Here are a few things that have come to my attention lately that I wanted to be sure to share with you.
Got ink?
The Seattle Tattoo Expo returns August 18-20! Over 200 invite-only tattoo artists will be at Seattle Center during the expo. Enjoy live music and burlesque (including a performance by one of my favorites, Ruby Mimosa!), a beer garden, “Drawing Heads and Hands” workshop, and more. SeattleTattooExpo.com

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Circus arts in action!
 
Don’t miss SANCA (School of Acrobatic & New Circus Arts)’s Staff Show “Summer on the Cirque Riviera” August 18-20 at Broadway Performance Hall. “Catch some rays poolside with buff babes and saucy sailors, but beware of pool sharks! Or just relax and beat the heat with a glass of wine, or perhaps something stronger at Cirkuski Kafić where you may even catch a glimpse of the Green Fairy.” Tickets here.
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Enjoy the tastes of Pike Place
 
Pike Place Market celebrates their 110th anniversary this week and their popular “Sunset Supper” event is this Friday! Celebrate Pike Place Market’s 110th birthday with the party of the summer, Sunset Supper, featuring Seattle’s top chefs, artisan purveyors, breweries and Washington’s favorite wineries and distilleries. This delicious event benefits the Pike Place Market Foundation which supports the Pike Place Senior Center, Food Bank, and so much more. Tickets here.
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Crisis Text Line
 
If you are in crisis or know someone who is, text 741741 for free to talk with a Crisis Counselor 24/7. Save this number in your phone now so you can use it if you find yourself in a time of crisis or want to pass it along to someone else. Learn more.

Pocket Potpourri: Jen Kirkman, Light installations, #SAMRemix & Guacamole

Here’s an early-August edition of “Pocket Potpourri” My way of sharing a bunch of fun tidbits with you in one fun blog post.
Here are some pockets of fun you might like:
The Guac Stop August 9 – 13
What’s better than guacamole? FREE Guacamole! The folks at Wholly Guacamole are going to be at Seattle Center this Wednesday – Sunday with a pop-up “Guac Stop.”
There will be a free guac bar where you can customize your guac with mix in flavors plus some fun activities such as live music, macramé classes, hula hooping, avocado facials, and more.  The Guac Stop opens at 11am daily and ends at 7pm Wednesday & Thursday, 8pmFriday and Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday at The Next 50 Plaza in Seattle Center (between the Armory and Memorial Stadium). eatwholly.com/guac-stop
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#SAMRemix  – August 11
This late-night event happens only a few times a year—and only once a year at Olympic Sculpture Park! Advance tickets are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door. I’m excited to dance and take part in art activities led by local artists Tariqa Waters, Eve Sanford, Sensebellum, Neon Salt Water, and Lion’s Main Art Collective. visitsam.org/remix
 
Lusio: A Night to Awaken  – August 12
Walk through Volunteer Park after dark to witness fun light and sound installations during this free, family friendly event. Be sure to bring a flashlight or headlamp as the ground is uneven and wasn’t well lit last year. The art is delightful, plus you’ll be able to shop for fun LED costume pieces from locally owned Bright Costumes! facebook.com/events/291152831301300
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Comedian Jen Kirkman – September 8 
I was first introduced to Jen Kirkman through her stand up on Netflix. I was reading her book I Can Barely Take Care of Myself last week when I heard she’s back on tour this year, with all new material. Her show “All New Material, Girl” about “her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture” comes to the Neptune Theatre September 8. jenkirkman.com/tour-dates
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Planning on attending one or more of these events? Let me know in the comments or message me on Facebook!

Red, White & Brew – Wine & Beer event this Thursday at Seattle Center!

Seattle Magazine’s “Red, White & Brew” event returns to Fisher Pavilion in Seattle Center this Thursday! The beneficiary for this delicious event is one of my favorite non-profits, Northwest Harvest.

About the event:

Seattle magazine’s tasting event of the summer: Red, White and Brew! Sample from local wineries, breweries and restaurants under the sun at Seattle Center.

Now in its sixth year, the event honors the winning wineries showcased in Seattle magazine’s Washington Wine Awards selected by a panel of the top local sommeliers and wine professionals. NEW this year, Red, White & Brew will also feature the winners from Seattle magazine’s inaugural Beer Awards.

Check out their video from 2016:

Enjoy sips from 60+ wineries and breweries and bites from local restaurants.

Event Partner: Washington State Wine
Presenting Sponsor: AMLI
Sponsors: Tulalip Resort Casino, Celebrity Cruises, Room & Board
Beneficiary: Northwest Harvest

Planning on attending? RSVP and invite friends to their FB event page! Hope to see you there.

P.S. Be sure to swing by the Pike Brewing booth and try their awesome beers! Love those guys!

#RWBSEA

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Disclosure: Red, White & Brew provided me with two tickets to this event, but my decision to share this preview post is my own, as are my opinions. As always, I only post about events/experiences I think you, dear reader, would be interested in!  – Keridwyn

Don’t miss these Seattle events! Here Lies Love, Veg Out & more!

As I prepare to take my 14-year-old niece to her first Cirque Du Soleil show (Luzia in Marymoor Park now through May 21 – review coming soon!), I wanted to stop by the blog for a quick hello to let you know of some great events coming up soon.

GIVEAWAYS: Lady Rizo April 19 & Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival April 29
If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, scroll back through SeattlePockets to enter giveaways for Lady Rizo at The Triple Door on April 19 and the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29. Word is the tickets for the afternoon Cheese & Meat fest are sold out and tickets for the evening session are nearly sold out.

 

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Veg Out Seattle April 13
One of my favorite event planners, Kelli with Shindig Events, is hosting “Veg Out” – a super awesome vegetarian event on April 13. You’ll get to try some of the latest & greatest veggie foods from some of the best proprietors and chefs in Seattle and beyond. This event is at Canvas and is 21+ (stick around for the after party!) This event will donate to Whole Kids Foundation, who support schools and inspire families to improve children’s nutrition and wellness. You know when Shindig Events is involved, it’s going to be fun.

Here Lies Love April 7 – May 28
I’ve been looking forward to this production since I first heard about it! Here Lies Love plays The Seattle Repertory Theatre April 7 – May 28, with music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim. The theatre will turn into a 360-degree immersive spectacle experience. You can choose standing tickets and be a part of the dance party or sit and watch. Brandon and I have tickets for April 21 (standing/dancing tickets of COURSE)! About the show: “Seattle Rep’s Bagley Wright Theatre transforms into a wild dance party, where techno beats spin and tell the story of the People Power Revolution that inspired the world and changed the Philippines forever. Here Lies Lovetraces the non-violent restoration of democracy in the Philippines in 1986 and follows the meteoric rise and dramatic fall of the controversial First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Two-time Tony-nominated director Alex Timbers helms David Byrne (Talking Heads) and Fatboy Slim’s one-of-a-kind “poperetta” about the Filipina “Steel Butterfly” and the power of the people.”
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GIVEAWAY: Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival on April 29

Brie. Gouda. Havarti. BRING IT ON. I’m giddy with excitement for the Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival!
The Seattle Cheese and Meat Festival is in town one day only on April 29 with two times to choose from. This festival will be at McCaw Hall (I was recently there for Pop! Bubbles and Seafood—this is a great venue for tasting events!)
Proceeds from this event will go directly to Food Lifeline, which helps provide 90K meals a day to local food assistance programs and is working to create a sustainable approach to ending hunger in Western Washington.
So YES: delicious bites (and sips! What would a cheese event be without wine?!) for a great cause. Plus you can also purchase some of your favorite bites before you leave the event.
Local purveyors include: Salumi, Fancy Ass Olives, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Odin Brewing, Pastrome, Tamer’s Beef Jerky, Masquerade Wine, Smith Brothers Farms, French Cider, Ferndale, Silver Springs Creamery, Twin Sisters Creamery, Friday Harbor House of Jerky, Mollusk, Darigold (a co-op of local dairy producers), The Farmstead, Honest Biscuits, Blue Mountain Affinage Company, Full Circle Farm, and more!
“The festival gives attendees the ability to learn about new cheeses, meats, and pairings while tasting the product itself. The vast array of food they taste gives attendees sense of that next charcuterie board build,” Festival said Dave Bain, Cheese and Meat Festival Producer. “It also allows mom and pop shops to showcase their homemade recipes.”
This event is 21+. Tickets at cheeseandmeatfestival.com/seattle.
Want to win a pair of tickets? Comment on this blog post then enter the giveaway here.
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Image via Seattle Cheese & Meat Festival Facebook. 
Disclaimer: This event provided me two tickets to attend this event, however all opinions are my own.