Freeway Estates Community Orchard’s 13th Annual Cider Fest is Saturday, October 21st, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. This sustainable community garden just west of I-5 has lots to see, from perennial gardens to vegetable beds. Come for the free cider and music, and stay for the kids’ activities! You can also shop a selection of pies, jams, salads, and native plants!
Images courtesy of Freeway Estates Community Orchard
Saturday, October 21, 2023 @:00-4:00 p.m.
Freeway Estates Community Orchard
6030 6th Ave NE, just north of NE 60th St – on the west side of I-5
It’s back! The Luminata festival returns on Saturday, Sept. 25th to celebrate the autumnal equinox in style. Take an enchanted stroll around Green Lake lit by candles, string lights and all kinds of luminaries – on boats, humans, and dogs!
You can help make lanterns at several events hosted by the Fremont Arts Council. See them here .
Looking to kick off summer with some free local music? This Saturday, July 1, head to 2326 N. 56th Street between 1st Ave. N and Kensington Pl. from 4:00 -8:00 p.m. for a BYOB block party open to all ages. Four homegrown bands will bring the tunes, and you are welcome to bring your own food and beverages.
As the flier says, the party runs only in shine. Come dance in summer!
Find more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/588865726725399?ref=newsfeed
This Tangletown community garden will get your garden ready for spring at this year’s spring sale – find everything from vegetable and plant starts – including native plants – free seeds, and – wait for it – fairy furniture!
Freeway Estates Community Orchard (FECO, freewayestates.org) is on the West side of I-5, nestled under it, a charming oasis packed with take-home ideas for ecologically friendly gardening.
Saturday, March 25th, 2023
10am-1 (or while supplies last)
Freeway Estates Community Orchard
6030 6th Ave. NE
For more background on this community gem, read our story here.
A winter tradition for over 40 years, the Green Lake Pathway of Lights returns December 10, 2022, from 4:30-7:30 – transforming the lake path into a candelit wonderland. Falling on the second Saturday in December, Pathway of Lights illuminates Seattle’s darkest month with a night of good cheer.
Stroll the inner pathway lit with thousands of glimmering candles, and enjoy stations with complimentary cocoa, live seasonal music, and hot air balloons ascending from the Community Center ball fields.
Pathway of Lights is back after it was skipped in 2021 for the first time in 42 years.
The Hot Air Ballon Glow runs from 4:30-5:30 when weather allows. Organizers and sponsors include the Green Lake Advisory Council and with help from community partners, Lake & Company Real Estate, Green Lake Masons, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, PCC Community Markets, and Aegis.
Help Make it Happen
A free event like this is a massive community effort, and you can help! Volunteering as a family is a great way to bond and create unforgettable memories while supporting this fun event.
Volunteer shifts are available from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include set-up, placing luminaries, recycling, as well as litter patrol and cleanup. For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact John Frazier, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at Johnny.firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-7381.
On September 24, Green Lake will again become a fantasy landscape alight with hundreds of lanterns to celebrate the autumnal equinox, the tipping point between summer and fall, light and dark. On the autumnal equinox, the Sun is directly above the equator, and day and night are the same lengths. It is traditionally a time to celebrate the harvest and wind down into winter’s rest for the following year
Image, Fremont Art Council
Sponsored by the Fremont Arts Council , the evening lantern parade is free and begins officially at 7:30 at the Aqua Theater (by the Small Craft Center) and weaves along the lake eastward to the Seattle Public Theater. The event runs until 11:00 p.m. You can join anywhere along the path. A band leads the parade, and there is an illuminated art display near the theater.
Image, Fremont Art Council
You can make your own lanterns at free lantern-making workshops, or buy some to support the event. The lantern shoppe at the Aqua Theater will open at 6 PM on Saturday September 24. Proceeds benefitting the Fremont Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Find the schedule and more information at https://fremontartscouncil.org/luminata
Why walk when you can paddle? Image, Fremont Arts Council
Looking for a bluegrass soundtrack to your summer evening stroll? On balmy Thursday nights from about 7:00-9:00 p.m. -ish, you can typically find The Shed Boys, a five-person acoustic group featuring bass, fiddle, guitar, mandolin – and of course, harmonica. They specialize in “cranking out high energy, toe tapping fun.” Follow the sweet sound until you find them just southwest of the Bath House Theater.
They also play at private gigs and at watering holes like Murphy’s Ale House in Wallingford, or Vita’s on Orcas Island.
It’s a free-for-all this Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 9am-3pm in Wallingford and Fremont, according to flyers popping up near Meridan Park recently. For searchers, no need to win a Facebook lottery, and for givers, no need to arrange and wait for the pickup that may never come. Just leave the stuff out during the appointed time, and see what’s left after the dust settles.
The map includes homes in Meridian, Wallingford, and Fremont so far. Scan the QR code in the picture below for a map of participating homes or go to this link, and let the loot-hunting commence!
The May Edible Plant Sale returns May 7 & 8. Image from Tilth Alliance website.
Tilth Alliance’s Edible Plant Sale is the unofficial kick-off to spring for gardeners who like to grow their own (food, that is). Held traditionally at Meridian Park Playground, 4800 Meridian Ave N, on the first weekend of May, it became so popular that waiting in line for a timed ticket became the hallmark of spring. It can bring as many as 4000 very excited gardeners to the cozy park. Remote last year, with pick-ups in Rainier Beach, the sale is back in the neighborhood for 2022.
Billed as the “largest selection of organically, sustainably and locally grown vegetable plant starts in the Puget Sound region,” varieties are selected that perform well in the PacNW. You’ll also find pollinator plants, herbs, edible flowers, fruit trees, and garden supplies available in the vendor marketplace.
Go early for the best selection of organic plant starts. Image Tilth Alliance website
A paid ticket to the Early Bird Sale on Friday, May 6 from 5:00 p.m -7:00 p.m. promises lighter crowds and the best selection. Hot tip: sign up now as a volunteer for free access to the Early Bird Sale.
Weekend shopping is free, Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Did we mention it’s popular? If you’re headed to the sale, it helps to get there early. Face masks are encouraged to be worn at the sale.
We could all use some time to breathe, stretch, and take a minute – or 50 – to pause and reset right now. Yoga instructor Michal Lahav, who has been teaching since 1998, is offering drop-in slow flow yoga classes in the field behind the Seattle Public Theater (7312 West Green Lake Dr N) on the west side of Green Lake.
Classes will be one hour long. Registration is not required. Walk-ups are welcome. The fee is $15 per class, payable through Venmo or Paypal. Lahav says, however, that no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
As far as equipment, all you need is a yoga mat, some layers for warmth, and an optional blanket for the final savasana.