Can you believe it? June is almost here and things are really looking up in the city. Fingers crossed that we can all enjoy a full reopening of Seattle this month. But either way, there’s plenty for you to check out and enjoy. Here are 30 socially distant things to do in Seattle this June.
This month-long virtual festival is the result of two years of speculation on “future, post-climate disaster, and how climate change will disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minorities in the United States”. The festival will touch on themes and intersections of science, race, Afro-Futurism, imagination, speculation, Sci-Fi, social sciences, and philosophy. Don’t miss it!
When: June 1st-30th
On the first Wednesday of every month, Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. hosts a socially distanced bingo game. It’s a great way to start your month on a high note and have some fun after work. So grab a brew or two and sit down for a super fun game of bingo!
When: June 2nd
Where: 4358 Leary Way NW
Dining has gotten a lot more creative in the past year. At this point, outdoor and patio dining is pretty much the new norm but what about dining on Lumen Field? Yes, that’s where the Seahawks play and it turns out you don’t need to be a football star to step foot on the field. Field To Table is back this June with an amazing lineup of chefs.
When: June 2nd-18th
Where: 800 Occidental Ave S
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
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
We’ll bet that at least a few of you are into all things Disney or know someone who is. Well, you can check out a brand new exhibition at MoPOP featuring “more than 70 original pieces, including ball gowns, sorcerers’ capes, military uniforms, tiaras, and of course glass slippers”. You’ll get to explore the vision, process, and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment through the exhibition.
When: Begins June 5th
Where: 325 Fifth Ave N
This unique festival is all about old-timey storytelling. You can listen to half-hour original works presented in pairs to small audiences. The works come from resident artists and you’ll have an opportunity to check out talkbacks with the artists after.
When: Until June 6th
Where: 3515 S Alaska St
Dorothy Brown’s most recently released book is an “exposé of racism in the American tax system” from the point of view of a law professor and expert on tax policy. You can expect a candid conversation between Dr. Carmen Rojas, President, and CEO of Marguerite Casey Foundation, and Dorothy Brown. They’ll focus on how tax policy in “Washington state systematically leaves Black Americans with less after-tax income, causing the ever-increasing racial wealth gap”.
When: June 8th
Seattle Arts and Lectures is back with author Ocean Vuong. You probably recognize his name for his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. This will be an engaging online talk moderated by musician Perfume Genius. So be sure to get tickets and don’t miss out!
When: June 9th
Get your creative juices flowing with this embroidery class. You’ll learn how to how to embroider fruit onto a tote bag and the virtual class kit comes with everything you need to make your own bag. So be creative and make yourself a super cute new grocery bag.
When: June 10th
On the second. Saturday of every month you can check out a plant share hosted by the Beacon Hill Garden Club. Bring your bedding plants and veggie starts to share or trade for something new. If you’re a green thumb then you absolutely have to check this out.
When: June 12th
Where: 2533 16th Ave S
We’re super excited to say that Georgetown Art Attack is making a comeback. This monthly art walk is back up and running again with tons of different venues for you to check out. Keep in mind each venue does things a bit differently and has different rules for you to follow but this art walk is well worth checking out.
When: June 12th
If you just want to get out for a walk this weekend then we recommend checking out one of our cities stunning botanical gardens. It actually turns out that there are a ton and we’ve gone ahead and created a list for you so that you don’t have to look too hard. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed.
Where: Click above to see our picks
This exhibition from artist Hugo Moro has turned a gallery space into a “dystopian greenhouse, inhabited by glistening and surreal, vines, ferns, and flowers”. The work obscures views both into the gallery and out onto the Pioneer Square neighborhood creating an unforgettable environment. Make sure to make an appointment before going.
When: Until June 12th
Where: 106 Third Ave S
Ready to take your green thumb and plant skills to the next level? Consider learning about Washington’s native plants and how to take care of them and ID them. Just imagine all the cool plant facts you’ll be able to tell your friends!
When: June 14th
You can see a brand new show by Brooklyn-based multimedia artist Dana Robinson at Specialist Gallery. Robinson’s work touches on themes like youth, Black feminine identity, ownership, and nostalgia. The show is definitely worth checking out but be sure to make an appointment ahead of time.
When: On until June 19th
Where: 300 South Washington Street
Enjoy a night of bingo that’s extra fun thanks to Seattle Cocktail Club, Queen Andrew, and Carla Marie & Anthony of The Carla Marie & Anthony Show. What’s great about this event is that you can pick up your bingo and drink kit and take it home to safely participate. Plus they even have options for out-of-towners!
When: June 22nd
This show revolves around the idea of open eyes, mouths, doors, and portals bridging the distance between time and space. Moriyasu’s work includes ceramic sculptures and oil on porcelain canvas. It’s her first solo show with J. Rinehart Gallery so we absolutely recommend checking it out.
When: Until June 26th
Where: 319 3rd Avenue South
This exhibition by Dawn Cerny references the 1965 novel by French author Georges Perec and has to do with desires of material objects both tangible and intangible. The sculptures in the exhibit embody mindscapes and you’ll see lots of everyday objects that you recognize. We definitely recommend checking it out.
When: April 9th-September 26th
Where: 1300 First Ave
Seattle Pride is going virtual again this year. Hop online to check out a celebration of LGBTQIA+ life and hear from speakers and performers. Namely, you’ll be able to hear from Big Freedia aka the Queen of Bounce music. It’ll be a fun celebration and just remember some in-person events are planned for later this year,
When: June 26th & 27th
The end-of-year exhibition at the Henry is one of the best ways to see what recently graduated and local artists are creating. You’ll get to see fresh work and help support our local artists. Plus this year it’s even better because work will be included from 2020’s graduates as well.
When: Until June 27th
Where: 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St
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 June
Where: 6046 West Lake Sammamish Parkway NE Redmond, WA
Cost: $30 per carload
Canlis’ most recent reinvention is happening until the end of the month and will probably be the last one for a while as the restaurant looks towards reopening. Camp Canlis is a great excuse to treat yourself to some amazing food and also check out what the restaurant is doing with new head chef Aisha Ibrahim.
When: Until June 30th
Where: 2576 Aurora Ave N
June’s Netflix additions are a bit slim. But hey, summer is basically here and that means it’s time to get outside. So if you need a movie or two or TV show, Netflix has you covered as always. If you find a diamond in the rough in this month’s additions let us know.
Where: Click above to see our picks
This amazing show features work from 80 Black artists from the 1920s to now! You’ll be able to see works by artists like Barkley Hendricks, Lorna Simpson, Jacob Lawrence, and many more. This show is one of the best to come to Seattle this year so be sure to check it out while you can.
When: Until August 15th
Where: 704 Terry Ave
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
This exhibition from the Pacific Bonsai Museum “traces the cultural practice of bonsai in location and time”. It looks at the art form in both Japan and the US, ranging from pre-war WWII to incarceration, and the time after. It’s an amazing look into the people who continued to care for bonsai “despite overwhelming hardships”.
When: Until October 1st
Where: 2515 S 336th St Federal Way
Cost: By donation
This show is a unique one for PNW art as it’s showcasing prolific painter Alden Mason’s work. Mason’s artworks helped shape the future of Northwest art through his work and also through his teaching. So if you’ve been curious about local masters, this is a great show to check out.
When: Until October 10th
Where: 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA
The National Nordic Museum might not be on your top list of local museums to visit but it should be. Right now you can check out a visual history of how “Finnish artists have depicted the landscape of their native country from the 1850s to the present day”. You can view 50 paintings and prints borrowed from the Ateneum Art Museum and we highly recommend checking it out.
When: Until October 17th
Where: 2655 NW Market St
It’s Pride Month and a brand new and amazing exhibition is opening at The Washington State History Museum. This new exhibition “highlights historical narratives of transgender people in the West”. You’ll hear stories from the 1860s until the 1940s. These stories tell the history of individuals who defied gender norms and communicate the show’s themes of visibility, identity, acceptance, and history.
When: Until December 12th
Where: 1911 Pacific Avenue
That’s what we have for you to do in Seattle this June. We hope that you get out there and have some fun. Please remember to follow all venue guidelines and wear a mask, wash your hands, you know the drill. Have a great June folks!