It’s the first full week of July and it’s time to get out of the house and have some fun. Between art, exhibits, performances, and food, the week is looking pretty great. Not to mention, Washington is open yet again, Yipee! Here are 10 of the best things to do in & around Seattle this week.

Stranger Than Fiction: The Incredible Science of Aerospace Medicine

Have you ever wondered about the medical side of sending people to space? Well, this exhibit at the Museum of Flight will tell you all that and more. You’ll learn about all the wacky history between doctors, scientists, spaceflight experts, and more. It’s sure to be one of the more unique exhibits you’ve seen in a while.

When: Begins July 3rd
Where: 9404 E Marginal Way S Tukwila, WA

Kara Mia Fenoglietto: Ballad of the Dolls

This show by artist Kara Mia Fenoglietto looks at “how women experienced the performance of gender roles”. The pieces are made using vintage decorative fabrics and become “a mechanism for empathy and reconsideration of patriarchy”. If you want to see some textile art this is a great choice.

When: July 1st-31st
Where: 312 S Washington St
Cost: Free

Monet at Étretat

Seattle Art Museum is coming back with a bang! We’ve already seen several great shows this year and if you happen to be a fan of impressionism then you’ll want to see this. You can see SAM’s very own Monet and some work by Monet’s contemporaries.

When: July 1st-October 17th
Where: 1300 First Ave
Cost: $29.99

Read with strangers

We love The Stranger’s Virtual Silent Reading Party and highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already. After all, it’s a great way to enjoy a book with others, safely and quietly. So get out your books and get ready to sit back and read with people around the world.

When: Every Wednesday at 6 pm
Where: Online
Cost: $5+

Heidi N Closet at Queer/Bar

If you’re in the mood to see some drag you can check out Queer/Bar’s summer series. You’ll get to see “Heidi N Closet coming to dance the house down, captivate the audience with her southern charm, and whistle dixie to bridge the gap. Performing with Queer Bar’s MX. Cast and will have DJ Baby Van Beezly turning it out all night.”

When: July 9th
Where: 1518 11th Ave
Cost: $18

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Drive-in Movies at Marymoor Park

If you want a break from your regular old streaming you should check out drive-in movies at Marymoor Park. This month you can watch films like Star Wars, Jumanji, Jurassic World, Jaws and more. Now that the weather is getting nice it’s the perfect time to get back into outdoor movie-going so be sure to check it out.

When: Throughout July
Where: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond, WA
Cost: $30 per carload

GreenStage’s Shakespeare in the Park

Nothing says Friday night quite like some Shakespeare, right? Well, regardless of how you feel about Shakespeare you can go see some plays in the park. You’ll be able to see productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest. Plus there are happening throughout summer so you have plenty of time to check it out.

When: July 9th-August 14th
Where: Varies Parks across the city
Cost: Free

PIANO O’CLOCK at Chophouse Row

Each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday you’ll be able to enjoy live music at Seattle’s Chophouse Row. It’s a great way to enhance your shopping experience or to simply come and enjoy. Either way, it’s a relaxing weekly event that you don’t want to miss, and be sure to bring your mask.

When: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
Where: 1424 11th Ave
Cost: Free/Varies

Phinney Food Truck Fridays

Food trucks are always a go in our books. If you feel the same then you definitely don’t want to miss out on Phinney Food Truck Fridays. You can enjoy eats from places like Sam Choy’s Poke to the Max, Panda Dim Sum, Bumbu Truck, Bean Fish Taiyaki, Delfino’s Pizza, Kiss My Grits, Falafel Salam, Seoul Bowl, and Off the Rez. It’s sure to be delicious.

When: Friday’s through August 27th
Where: 6615 Dayton Ave N
Cost: Varies

Summer Book Bingo

Seattle Public Libraries Adult Summer Bingo is back and better than ever! This year’s summer reading board has book slots like small press, QTBIPOC, Black joy, and more. We highly recommend participating as it’s a great way to check out new books. Plus if you finish your board you can mail it into the library for a chance to win prizes.

When: Until September 7th

With that enjoy the first week of July in Seattle and we’ll catch you back here next weekend to start your weekend on a high note!