The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle

Twenty Years. I really can’t believe it’s been that long. Right after I graduated Paul Allen started a program to showcase his love of music, and the local heroes of the city. He called it the Experience Music Project, and it was one of the coolest things I’d ever been to. But it didn’t really catch on, and went through several different rebrands. Enter Frank Gehry (yes, the Guggenheim designer), a couple of smashed guitars, and viola! The MoPop was born. I’ll be honest, during its construction and subsequent opening, I was NOT a fan. The exhibits were amazing, don’t get me wrong. But the building….well, it was just plain ugly. It got a lot of press, some calling it brilliant, others “the ugliest building of our time”. Regardless, it is part of the Seattle Center landscape, and has changed how our city views not only music, but pop culture in general. So if you have a heart for art and all things contemporary, a stop at The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is a must!

Modern Marvels and Wonders

The Museum of Pop Culture is located in the Seattle Center at 325 5th Avenue N. and is open to the public daily between the hours of 10:00 am and 5:00 pm. This one-of-a-kind nonprofit museum isn’t hard to miss with its sleek, abstract silver façade waiting to greet those who walk through the front door. The museum was co-founded in 2000 by Paul Allen, perhaps better known for his work with Microsoft. Initially, the museum was developed as part of the Experience Music Project but has since grown to embody, highlight, and display a wider variety of topics, subjects, and genres that relate to pop culture as a whole.

A Museum with a Mission

The Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle is committed to cultivating creative expression that brings the community together and highlighting the best and most memorable of pop culture is a great way to do that. Guests who make their way to the Museum of Pop Culture can browse displays that feature everything from Minecraft and video game production to the culture of tattooing and a closer look at the rise and music of Nirvana. The museum features a sound lab where visitors can work on creating something unique of their own while those with a passion for guitar will want to be sure to wander through the guitar gallery and marvel at the impressive collection. The combination of continuous and revolving exhibits makes each stop at The Museum of Pop Culture a new experience to be enjoyed.

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Seattle’s Hidden Gem: The Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park

July 15, 1897 I’m sure started like any other summer day in Seattle. While good portions of the city had been rebuilt after the Great Fire of 1889, there was much expansion to accommodate all the new residents that were trying to make a living in the timber, shipping, and railway industries that were growing. Men were working, building new buildings, unloading ships and rail cars, and keeping shops to feed and clothe Seattle’s residents. Women were sewing, cooking, teaching, and raising their children. Children, well, since the schools (all two of them) were barely operating at that time, the kids were either working or running amok. (Ok, that last part isn’t verified, but it’s a safe assumption.)

Gold Rush Fever Begins

Then a simple telegraph changed everything forever. It said that the S.S. Portland was on its way from St. Michael Alaska with 68 prospectors and a ‘ton’ of gold that they had found up in that frozen, and largely unknown, area. While the gold rush had actually begun a little less than a year prior, it took a while for news to spread – and for the men who made it rich to come back with proof of their fortune. Two days later the ship appeared and caused quite the stir to say the least. The Seattle PI (yep, around even then) sent reporters out on a tugboat to interview the returning heroes before they could even dock, and over 5,000 people came out to see what that much gold actually looked like. They weren’t disappointed. As the men came down the gangplank, they hired people from the crowd to help them unload their fortunes. The men cheered and secretly plotted to get a piece of the action. Women swooned and made sure the miners were, uh, taken care of. The children, I’m sure they were still running amok.

Many Try, Few Succeed

Gold Rush fever had struck Seattle and started a period of prosperity and growth that lasted (despite a few ups and downs) well into the 21st Century. The smart businessmen and merchants knew that the hordes of eager prospectors would need supplies for the long and often treacherous, journey up north. Those hordes would be needing not only goods for their trip, but they needed a place to sleep, eat, and entertain themselves while they waited for the next party leaving. It would either be by ship, for those who could afford it (the all-water route up to the Yukon River delta and down to Dawson), or by foot to travel the difficult route up the Alaskan panhandle and over the mountains to the Yukon River and then on to Dawson. Sadly, most of them never made it. Many turned around, unable to handle the harsh conditions of the trip. Some died, not having enough food or clothing to make it to Dawson. Between 1897 and 1900 more than 100,000 people tried to reach the Klondike, but it’s estimated that only about 40,000 actually made it.

But some did make it and found their fortune. And if it wasn’t enough to consider themselves Vanderbilt or Carganie rich, they did take what they made, returned to Seattle, and set themselves up with businesses catering to the men coming back with money to spend. Or came back with nothing but found work in Seattle due to the city’s expansion. Fun Fact: John Nordstrom invested $13,000 of his Klondike find into a shoe store – that store would eventually become the Nordstrom chain that we know today. And there are a lot of stories like that, some men started businesses that are still around today, and some built and opened hotels like the Cadillac, built in 1889, that today houses the Seattle branch of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park.

The Past and the Present

In 1976, the National Parks Service created the Yukon Gold Rush National Historic Park in Skagway, Alaska to preserve the history of that important event. And in 1979 they decided to open a Seattle branch to showcase the part our city played in said event. They chose the ground floor of the then mostly abandoned hotel to display the artifacts, memorabilia, and photos they had collected. Most of the items have been donated by the families of prospectors, the largest coming from the grandchildren of John Hielscher. John spent 15 years in the Klondike, first as a prospector, but later as a hoist operation owner and finally as a shop owner. He saved almost everything, including letters home to family and friends, newspapers, and photos. In 2008 his grandchildren donated everything to the park.

Fast forward to today. The park offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of the prospectors – how they got to the Klondike, where they lived, and how they panned for gold. The two floors are set up as self-guided tours, which you can do before or after watching one (or all!) of the three films they offer about the Kings and Queens of the gold rush. The Kerr Room (named for Ranger Ruth Kerr) houses temporary special exhibits about specific times during the gold rush. The exhibit on display now through the end of the spring is called, “Stories in Every Stitch: Klondike Clothing and Tales They Tell” showcasing the clothing and stories about prospectors, seamstresses, and many others during that time.

Please visit the park’s website for their hours, location, and lots of other information about the park.

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Visiting Seattle in the Fall

A Journey to Seattle in the Fall

The fall is my most favorite time in the Emerald City. The leaves are changing colors, the weather is sunny buy cool, and it’s time for football! Our city has an amazing mix of urban excitement and natural beauty that makes it a great place to spend a long weekend. There are SO MANY things to do in Seattle, but here are a few highlights that will make you start planning your next trip before you even get on the plane home….

Seattle Space Needle

If you haven’t ever experienced the thrill of making your way to the top of this Seattle icon, fall is the perfect time to make it happen. Not only will you avoid long-lines of tourists with an off-season stop, but you’ll have easy access to the floor to ceiling windows at the top offering stunning panoramic views of the Puget Sound. Two levels of observation decks as well as a restaurant and café make the Space Needle a must-stop destination when you visit Seattle in the fall

Kubota Garden

If you’re a summer lover who is dreading the impending cold of winter, make your way towards Kubota Garden to be reminded of all that is lush and lovely. This 20-acre establishment flourishes with foliage that pays tribute to the stunning Japanese landscape. Guests to this site will enjoy wandering through a variety of rock outcroppings, ponds, waterfalls, streams and breathtaking plant life. An oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city, Kubota Garden has been pleasing the mind and imagination of visitors since it’s opening in 1988.

Haunted History Ghost Tour of Seattle

There’s nothing like a good ghost story to get you in the mood for Seattle in the fall festivities and a tour with Haunted History of Seattle knows how to set the paranormal scene. These tours led by professional paranormal investigators are excited to share both their experience and insight with visitors looking for an other-worldly adventure in the Emerald City. Travel together through many of Seattle’s historic neighborhoods and hear stories of the unexplained mysteries that keep paranormal experts researching today. From Pike Place Market to Pioneer Square, Seattle has a history seeped in mystery that’s just waiting to be solved.

Seahawks Football!

If you’re a football lover, there is no better place to take in a game than CenturyLink Field. Our stadium was built with lovers of the game in mind. There are no bad seats – from the first row to the very top regardless of where your tickets are you will have an amazing view of the action. Even if you’re not a Hawks fan, and we’re not playing against your team, you can’t beat live football. Built in 2002, the stadium offers food and drinks from Elysian Brewing, Din Tai Fung, Beecher’s, Ivars, and so much more. And enjoying that craft beer with your local burger has never made you feel better. CenturyLink field is partners with Cedar Grove Composting and Sound Sustainable Farms, promoting local foods from small farmers and offering composting stations throughout the stadium.

Fall in Love with Seattle

There’s something magical about a trip to Seattle in the fall. Make your experience that much better when you book a property for your stay with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Our team is dedicated to providing top-class customer service by booking our guests into luxurious properties that are fit to personal taste and style. Enjoy stylish furnishings, comfortable amenities, and spectacular downtown views when you book with Seattle Oasis. Contact us today when you’re looking for a trip to Seattle that keeps luxury and convenience top of mind. 


Bumbershoot in Seattle 2019

Written By Daniel Pacheco

Bumbershoot in Seattle is a traditional “summer’s over” party, with most area schools starting the Tuesday or Wednesday after Labor Day.  It is a music festival, but it has always been much more than that, and it is definitely a people-watching spectacle.  I love the ability to get in and make your way through different acts.  It gives you an opportunity to be exposed to different music genres.

Seattle Local Tips: This festival is BIG.  There is a lot to see and do, and it helps to go in with a plan.  Review the line-up before going in, and get a loose idea of where you want to be and when.

The number one complaint year in, year out, is parking.  Either finding it, or if you found it, the price (ouch) you have to pay for the privilege.  Luckily, if you are a Seattle Oasis guest, 75% of our properties are within walking distance, and all are a quick Lyft away. With the housekeeping out of the way, let’s get to the fun.

First Off, Don’t Miss the Chance to be Spontaneous.

Yes, I realize I just told you to go in with a plan.  And do. But allow for time to linger over acts that tickle your ear.  Headliners this year are, among others, Tyler the Creator, Lizzo, HER, The Lumineers, Rezz, and Taking Back Sunday. These spaces will fill up quickly.  But as you are making your way around, keep an open mind for local rapper Sol, amazing vocalist Gallant, or comedian Neal Brennan.  There are over ninety music musical acts and 19 comedic acts so don’t get tunnel vision.

Don’t Be Afraid to Bring the Kiddos to Bumbershoot in Seattle:

Youngershoot is the younger side of Bumbershoot in Seattle, sponsored by the Children’s Museum. There are special exhibits and interactive opportunities for the under 10 set.  It consists of an smaller area segregated from the rest of the Seattle Center campus, with music, art and acts tailored to little ones. In addition, Bumbershoot in Seattle is tagging which acts, in the general line-up, which are kid friendly.

Seattle Local Tip:  If going with little ones, the crowds are smaller earlier in the day.  Strollers are permitted, but discouraged, just FYI. 

Spend the Day:

Bumbershoot in Seattle is more than just music.  There is comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual arts.  You can also practice yoga, see a Laser Dome show, and check out the Sub Pop pop up.  Food is good enough to write home about.  Offerings from Matt’s In The Market (a personal fave), BokBok Fried Chicken, Gracia, Little Uncle, Wood Shop BBQ and more will keep blood sugar levels steady. In addition, the Armory locations are also open during the festival, so beer, wine and vegan options are available.

One Last Pro Tip:

The weather is generally quite nice. Like, sunny and hot nice. So don’t forget to pack your bag with sunscreen, water, and a hat. And if you’re planning on staying for the evening bands (which I highly recommend), you’ll want a sweater or hoodie. Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Check out the best Seattle attractions! Contact us today!


Seattle July Events

Growing up in Seattle, you kind of just know that summer starts after the 4th of July – don’t ask me why, that’s just the way it is. That’s generally when the weather is really nice and the sun shines all the time. Which is why most outdoor Seattle July events. School is out and people flock to the few beaches we have, picnics in the many parks are a daily occurrence, and evening BBQs and music events are what people live for.

First things first, 4th of July! The biggest party that happens is the Seafair Summer Fourth! The party is on both ends of Lake Union, Gas Works Park on the North and South Lake Union Park, not surprisingly, on the South. You can get tickets to both on their website. Gates open at noon for both, and they offer live music, food, and a beer garden to keep you entertained until the real show starts around 10pm. If you can’t make it to the event, or maybe if crowds aren’t your thing, you can watch it live on channel 7.

Seafair is Seattle’s 10-week festival season that has been happening since 1950. There are tons of sanctioned Seafair events, including the 4th of July at Lake Union, the Milk Carton Derby (July 13), Torchlight, Fleet Week (July 29 – Aug 2), and so much more! One of the more unique Seattle July events is the Pirate Landing at Alki Beach. Summer wouldn’t be summer without Pirates! July 6th Alki Beach is transformed – it’s an event you won’t want to miss. Check out the Seafair website for information on all the Seattle July events going on.

If you’re planning a visit to the Ballard Locks, located about 5-ish miles north from the city, you can hear some wonderful live music from local musicians and groups. The Concerts at the Locks are an annual tradition and run through September 2nd. Visit their website to get the lineup. Don’t forget, if you purchase a CityPass you can get tickets to many of our local attractions at a discount, and the Locks are one of them!

ZooTunes at the Woodland Park Zoo are another annual tradition here. If you’ve got an open day, plan a trip to the Zoo and stay for the concert at the end of the day. Tickets sell out pretty fast, so I suggest getting yours now. Not to brag, but our Zoo is one of the best in the country! And don’t take my word for it, everyone says so. Visit their website to see all the offerings, schedule a premium tour or get tickets for the evening concerts. They even have live cams so you can see tigers, bears, and bats in real time. And we have a new baby giraffe, named Hasani (which means handsome in Swahili) who will hopefully be making his debut soon. He and mama have been spending quality bonding time together in private since he was born on May 2nd. But trust me, his first few days in the public areas will be an event you won’t want to miss.

Summer is a great time for sports too, the Mariners and Sounders are still keeping Seattle Playoff hopes alive, and you won’t want to miss seeing a game at T-Mobile Park or CenturyLink Field. Our sports venues offer some really great food and drink options or stick to tradition and buy your old man a hot dog and beer! If you like soccer, the FIFA World Cup is being shown at many bars and most of them offer drink and food specials while you watch. The Stranger has a great list of local sports and recreation events, check out their website and see what there is to do.

There are so many festivals in July! Literally every weekend boasts at least three or four fairs, runs, tastings…everything from the Seattle International BeerFest at the Seattle Center Fisher park and pavilion to the Capitol Hill Block Party (over 100 bands will be playing!) to local neighborhood festivals like the West Seattle Grand Parade (featuring the 2nd year of the Pawrade, for our furry friends) and the Alki Point Art and Music Fair. Our friends at Events12.com have the best list of all the great things to do in and around the city, check it out!

The biggest of all July festivals by far is the annual Bite of Seattle July 19 – 21 at the Seattle Center. Voted “Best Food Festival” for the last several years, the Bite is the original and first Seattle July event dedicated to all thing yummy. For the last 37 years, the Bite has taken over the Seattle Center and filled it with local restaurants, pop-up vendors, beer and cider tastings, live music outdoor beer gardens, live cooking demos and cook-off battles. Friday night is the free Bite Movie Night and the best part – it’s free to attend! This year they’re once again offering The Alley Six Course ‘Multi-Bite’ event that benefits Food Lifeline and the Family Fun Zone. You can get tickets for the Alley and Beer & Cider Tastings here.

July ends with the best parade of the year – Torchlight! Since 1950 Seattlites have been gathering to watch marching bands, floats, dancers, and so much more in the heart of the city. The parade begins at 7:30 PM at the Seattle Center and heads down 4th Avenue to Westlake Park. There isn’t an admission fee for the parade, though if you want to ensure a good seat, reserved seating at the Grandstand is available. But for a true Seattle experience, plan on getting up early and staking out a seat along the parade route. There are food trucks and local eateries offering specials along the entire route. (And yes, the city provides Honey Buckets along the way too.) Bring a comfy camp chair, don’t forget your sunscreen and water, and spend the day people watching.  For all the info you’ll need or to purchase tickets for the grandstand visit their website. The parade will also be broadcast on channel 7.

Days spent adventuring in the city should end in a luxury unit that offers a great living room to rest your feet in and a comfy bed to stretch those tired muscles on. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals offers units that have not only have indoor pools, but roof-top decks for watching the sun set and unwinding with a glass of wine. Give us a call and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can find the perfect vacation rental for your visit!


Experiencing a Seattle 4th of July Celebration

If you’re a traveler who is taken in by astounding landscapes that range from towering mountains to lush forests and glittering waterways in between, Seattle, Washington is calling you. If you’re a traveler that has a heart for urban exploration, mesmerizing museums and art galleries that bring the best of traditional and modern combines, there’s something in the cityscape of Seattle with your name on it. When it comes to versatility, there’s a reason Seattle is so well-loved by visitors from near and far. It’s an amazing place to come and discover any time of year no matter where your interests lie.

However, when the 4th of July rolls around, there’s something particularly inspiring about the Emerald City. This sprawling urban oasis surrounding by unparalleled natural beauty sets an incredible scene for Independence Day festivities. Whether you’re passionate about fireworks or looking to savor the holiday through flavor, there are a few Seattle 4th of July events you simply don’t want to miss.

Seafair Summer Fourth

The only thing better than a fireworks display is a display set to custom music. Immerse yourself in a dazzling soundtrack that comes along with brilliant sky-high glitter when you buy a ticket to Seafair Summer Fourth this 4th of July. Located at Gas Works Park at 2101 N. Northlake Way, guest can be a part of the fun for $60. Fireworks and music begin at dusk but before that time comes, be sure to make the most of the many food trucks that dot the park and offer up a savory bite. An on-site beer garden curbs the beverage craving while live musical entertainment acts as pre-fireworks fun.

The Seattle 4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy your fireworks and a Seatlle 4th of July in pirate-style by boarding a vessel built with fantasy in mind at the hands of Emerald City Pirates on Lake Union. Your watery voyage begins at 8:30 pm and departs from 860 Terry Avenue North. Enjoy onboard snacks, beverages and live music as you wait for the fireworks to start. From your wave-based vantage point, you won’t have to worry about traffic, crowds or obstructed views. Fireworks will dazzle overhead once the sun goes down as you make the most of prime seating on the water. Return to your starting point around 11:30 pm having enjoyed the many sky-high colors that mark this important U.S. holiday.

A Seattle Stay to Remember

When your travels bring you to Seattle for 4th of July, the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is happy to help you book a downtown property that feels like a home away from home. Enjoy comfort, quality, and luxury in equal measure with a downtown view that’s one of a kind. Contact us today to begin planning your Independence Day adventures to Seattle.


Seattle PrideFest 2019

June is Pride Month! In almost all big cities, and a lot of smaller ones as well, there are celebrations going on. The bigger events are towards the end of the month, though smaller neighborhoods have already started the festivities. Seattle, being a rather progressive city, has been throwing Pride events (officially) since 1974 when the first Pride Week was held from June 24th to the 30th. In 2007, PrideFest (a non-profit 501c3) took over and has been throwing the biggest and best events ever since!

The two ‘official’ Pride events are PrideFest Capitol Hill and PrideFest Seattle Center. Capitol Hill is where Pride began all those years ago, and it stands to reason that it is where the kick-off party is. It’s the biggest festival on the Hill all year, and gets started around noon on Saturday, June 29th. 5 blocks are closed to traffic and are filled with food, vendors, 5 stages of music and entertainment – and some of the best people watching you’ll find. The event is free and goes (officially) until 9pm. And if that’s a little before you want to call it a day, almost every bar in the area has some sort of after party happening!

PrideFest Seattle Center is Sunday, June 30th from noon to 8pm. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York, the event which really started the movement for equal rights for all. The event is free and is tons of fun!

There are a lot of ‘unofficial’ Pride events around the city as well, here is one of the more notable ones you won’t want to miss – TransPride! This event takes place on Friday, June 28th from 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM at Cal Anderson Park following the UW Q’s Trans Pride Parade at Seattle Central Community College. The parade is A LOT of fun and is a great way to meet people from around the state and celebrate our Trans friends and family. This is the yearly kick-off to Pride Weekend and isn’t just for Trans People. Everyone is welcome to join! There will be live music, food and merch booths with just about anything your little heart might desire. TransPride Pro Tip: If you are not Trans, remember not to stare. If this is your first time at an event like this, it may be a new experience seeing Trans people. And as interested as you may be about, well, everything, remember that staring can make people feel weird. And this weekend is all about including everyone and NOT making anyone feel weird. That being said, another point of this celebration is to educate people about the Trans movement and Trans people. So don’t be afraid to ask questions, most everyone will be happy to have an open and honest conversation with you. If you aren’t sure how to address someone (he/him, she/her, they/them) introduce yourself first, and politely ask how they would like to be addressed. Again, as this is about education and the inclusion of everyone, most people won’t be offended by this question.

Let’s talk about Shopping! Each event has it’s own shopping area with vendors offering everything from local art to cool clothing and everything in between. Yes, it is 2019, but a lot of vendors are CASH ONLY so make sure you have some. Many will take debit/credit cards, but at outdoor festivals and parades cash is still king. Don’t forget to stop by the ATM on your way.

A note about parking: there isn’t much. Each event has some public parking lots available, more at Seattle Center an anywhere else, but public transportation or ride sharing are going to be your best bet for a stress-free Pride weekend!

Last, but not least, don’t forget your water and sunscreen! The weather is usually nice, and can even be hot so please be prepared. Since you’ll have your bag or backpack with you for all the amazing treasures you find, it’s a good idea to throw in some lip balm, pain reliever (it can get LOUD) and snacks.

Here are some great resources for Pride Events: https://www.seattlepridefest.org/, https://www.thestranger.com/events/40446605/trans-pride-seattle-2019, https://www.queerpridefestival.com/.

June Events in Seattle!

It’s almost summer!! The weather is getting consistently nicer, the flowers are blooming, and the trees are making the hardscapes of the city softer. June brings us Father’s Day, the tail-end of SIFF, the Rock-n-roll Marathon and raps up with Pride!

Let’s start with Dad. Indoors, outdoors, music, sports, food, drink….no matter what he is interested in, there are tons of options for celebrating his special day. Why not schedule a trip on the water that includes food and drinks? Argosy Cruises and Let’s Go Sailing offer day and evening trips around both Lake Washington and Elliott Bay.

If sports are his thing, the Mariners and Sounders are still keeping Seattle Playoff hopes alive, and you won’t want to miss seeing a game at T-Mobile Park or CenturyLink Field. Our sports venues offer some really great food and drink options or stick to tradition and buy your old man a hot dog and beer!

SIFF (Seattle International Film Festival) runs through June 9th. Known as America’s largest film festival, there are tons of premiers, talks by directors, and chances to meet the actors. And the next week brings us Best of SIFF at Uptown Cinemas, watch the films that were award winners and audience favorites.

There are more festivals in June than you can shake a stick at – literally every weekend boasts at least three or four fairs, runs, tastings…everything from the Bacon Eggs and Kegs Boozy Brunch at CenturyLink Field to the Greenwood Car Show. Our friends at Events12.com have the best list of all the great things to do in and around the city, check it out!

And let’s not forget the biggest part of June festivals: Solstice and Pride! While there are many small, local neighborhood events, by far the biggest are the Freemont Solstice Parade on the 22nd, the Freemont Fair on the 22nd and 23rd, PrideFest Capitol Hill on the 29th, and the Seattle Pride Parade and PrideFest on the 30th. All three give you a chance to eat, drink, shop, and bring out your inner diva – you know you want to pull that feather boa out and dance the night away!

Since you’ll spend your days doing a lot of walking (we suggest a good pair of walking shoes!) why not stay in a luxury unit that offers a warm pool to stretch those tired muscles in? Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals offers units that have not only indoor pools, but roof-top decks for relaxing on after a long day of adventuring. Give us a call and our friendly and knowledgeable staff can find the perfect vacation rental for your visit!

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March Events You Won’t Want to Miss!

March in Seattle. You might think there’s not much going on due to all of our, ahem, liquid sunshine, but you would be wrong! Seattle is full of indoor spaces that have events all year long like the CenturyLink Events Center and WA State Convention Center to name a couple of the biggest ones.

There’s also plenty happening on the Theater & Arts front: the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Symphony all have full calendars as well as the many theaters that our city boasts. Marie, Dancing Still is at The 5th Ave Theater from March 22nd – April 14th, the Paramount has Cats from the 26th – 31st, the Moore and Neptune have something almost every night and the ACT has the Shakespearian classic Romeo and Juliet for the entire month!

The Seattle Center has lectures, plays, movies at the Armory and a couple of fun festivals including French Fest on the 24th.

Sports finally get underway in March too. The Seattle Sounders FC kick off their 2019 Season on March 2nd hosting FC Cincinnati at 7pm. And the opening day for the Seattle Mariners is Thursday the 28th against the Boston Red Sox. Everyone who shows up gets a magnetic schedule!

If you’re into food and beverage events, March does not disappoint. The Pike Place Pig Out is on the 1st, Seattle Cocktail Week is the 3rd – 10th, Taste Washington is the 28th – 31st and Argosy starts up their every Saturday Wine Cruise event on the 2nd, and it runs through October.

Let’s not forget the biggest event of all in March: St. Patrick’s Day! There’s the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dash at the Seattle Center (it’s also a costume contest), the Irish Festival at Fisher Pavilion, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown, the St. Patrick’s Day Cruise on Lakes Washington and Union, and of course way too many pub crawls, whiskey tastings and costume parties to list.

Click on this link to view the entire 2019 Events Calendar and see what’s going on for your upcoming trip! Events12.com also had a great events calendar that shows fun things to do for the entire Puget Sound Region.

And trust me, you want to be close to all of the fun happenings in Seattle, especially during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Let Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you find a luxury apartment in the heart of action. From Belltown to Capitol Hill, we have something that will fit your needs. And for those of you who want to get away from it all, we have several quieter units available too. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals, Redefining Accommodations since 2007.


Awesome Things to Do in Seattle on a Rainy Day

The Pacific Northwest is an enchanting destination that provides stunning coastline alongside luscious woodlands and towering mountains. Perhaps no place puts this combination of beauty and excitement on display quite like Seattle, Washington. Renowned for its intriguing skyline and lively urban atmosphere, visitors flock to the city in the name of nature, art, attractions, culture and cuisine. This notoriously rainy stop isn’t slowed down when weather hits. In fact, Seattle is a place where a little rainfall leads to endless indoor possibilities. Here are a few awesome things to do in Seattle when the rain keeps you in, but the excitement factor is out of control.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Caffeine lovers and those with a passion for all things Starbucks will find this place the perfect place to get out of the rain and into a dark-roast kind of mindset. The birthplace of Starbucks, Seattle embraces all things coffee-bean and gives visitors a chance to indulge in the fine-brew process as well. The Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room delivers an up-close look at how coffee comes to be, all while offering up savory samples alongside snacks, sandwiches and even pizza! Swing by the gift shop on your way out to pick up your Starbucks souvenirs and head back out into the city energized and ready to take on the day.

Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room

Seattle Space Needle

A rainy day doesn’t have to stop you from making the most of Seattle’s stunning views. Where better to see the city from incredible heights than the top of Seattle’s very own Space Needle? Newly renovated for easier accessibility, a single ticket will allow you to make your way to the very top where floor to ceiling glass provides an unbeatable panoramic view of water, land and sky. Rain or shine, it’s thrilling to see the city from above. Enjoy your vantage point from multiple levels complete with glass flooring and pick up a snack at the in-needle café while you’re at the Seattle Space Needle!

Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour

If you’re up for a little adventure and looking to step out of the rain, book a ticket for Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour and get ready to see a more remote side of the city! Known as the birthplace of Seattle, Pioneer Square was a 25-block of wooden homes and businesses that was tragically destroyed in the Great Seattle Fire of 1889. When buildings were reconstructed on top of the site, nobody realized that below, parts of Pioneer Square remained perfectly intact. Once excavated and restored, the tunnels became the ideal place to educate visitors on the history of the city and Bill Speidel’s Underground Tour quickly became one of the best things to do in Seattle on a rainy day. This winding underground tour takes guests on an exciting path through time, displaying the power of preservation at its best.

Museum of Pop Culture

If you’re in Seattle and passionate about all things contemporary and cultural, you’ll want to swing by the Museum of Pop Culture. Founded in 2000, this museum was made to highlight popular culture in a way that inspires visitors of all generations. Featuring exhibits that speak to Marvel Comics, advances in cinema, musical artists like Nirvana and Pearl Jam and much more, there’s a little something for everyone who has ever been interested in what makes something cool, collectible or creative.


There’s nothing quite like soul food to keep you cozy when the rain falls steadily in Seattle. Whether you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds during lunch or dinner hours, JuneBaby is the place to be. Serving up traditional southern fare daily, visitors will be tempted to try everything from Gulf Shrimps to Fried Green Tomato with Pork Belly. Finish it all off with a delicious Beignet to complete your tasty visit.

Seattle Things to Do

Stay and Play in Seattle

When you come to make the most of the scenic city of Seattle, make sure you’re set up in a vacation rental that keeps you right in the heart of it all. Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is a family-run business built on a passion for providing guests with the ultimate Seattle stay. With a vast selection of properties right downtown, you’ll be able to choose between water, sound or city views to match your taste and style. Contact us today to help you find your ideal property to ensure your Seattle getaway is the ultimate customized, cosmopolitan experience and to learn about more things to do in Seattle!


Seattle Pride! A Party for Everyone!

Nationwide, June is Pride Month for most cities. It is a time for people from all generations, all walks of life to come together and celebrate. It is a time to truly embrace all colors of the rainbow. Primaryly,  Pride is a time for Gays and Lesbians to celebrate being out and proud. Being a rather progressive city, Seattle does not disappoint. So if you want to get out and enjoy the festivities, here is what you need to know!

Trans Pride

Friday, June 22 nd – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cal Anderson Park

The kick off of Pride Weekend and not just for Trans people! Allies are very welcome to join. Music with Live Singers and Vendors selling all different type of merchandise.
Your Trans Pride Tip:
If you are not Trans, remember not to stare. For some it may be a new experience seeing Trans people and as interested as you may be about everything, remember that staring can make people feel weird.
Best practice, go up to people and introduce yourself. Say Hi, my name is “NAME” and I use “he/him” or “her/she” or “They/ Them” pronouns. Let them know you are happy to meet them. You can then politely ask “How should I address you?”.
Now if you are a shopper and want to check out the Merch. Make sure you are prepared with some CASH. Yes, many are taking credit cards now. Yet, some people are still on the old cash only system. Need to pull some cash out of your bank? Just hope on over to Dicks Drive In for the Credit Union ATM OR you can run around to the corner of E Olive Way to US Bank.

Queer Bar Pride

Friday, June 22 nd – 4:00 PM – LATE NIGHT

1518 11 th Ave
Welcome to the New Queens on the Block, Queer Bar!
The formerly Purr Cocktail Lounge now Queer Bar is stepping up the game for Pride. Packing a full 3 Days of Entertainment!
This is new as of 2018, so really can not give you much insight other than it looks to be packed full of local Queens and Celebrity Queens. Many of the famous RuPaul Drag Queens are on the line up. For more Details, check out https://www.thequeerbar.com/pride-home/

Pride Fest: Capitol Hill

Saturday, June 23 rd – 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Now in its 5 th year, Pride Fest Capitol Hill is the locals Pride. Shutting down Broadway from Olive up to Roy Street. Packed with Vendors, Food and Entertainment Stages.
You can gather a lot of great free merchandise from all the local merchants trying to get your business or just show off what they do. Restaurants are open and you can catch many Drag Shows at differentstages up and down the entire street.
While the event starts at Noon, I would recommend waiting an hour or so. As we all know, most gays are running on drag time. We all love to show up fashionably late. This event is proof of it. If you hit the street at noon, it is very quiet with only a few people. Plus vendors are still setting up.
Part of the joy of this event is to just walk up and down, checking out all the interesting people, attire and shows. You will see everything from Performing Queens, Dancing Ferries and even Nudists. One of my favorite parts is the local food and the BEER GARDENS…. Yes, you can find beer and sometimes we all need it to handle the chaos of Pride.

Queer Geeks and Gamers
June 23 rd – 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
June 24 th – 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

Last year was the start of the new Queer Geeks and Gamers. Located in the heart of the Seattle Center at the Fisher Pavilion. A great spot to duck out of the blazing sun and relax. They have everything from board games, console games, panels, comics, cosplay contest, exhibitors and more. Two of the best things about this set up….. FREE!!! Yeah, that is right… It is FREE!!!
Plus, they have a Beer Garden for those 21 and up. Oh yeah, the Beer is NOT Free… Sorry, but you gotta pay up for the goods.

Pride Parade

June 24 th – 11:00 AM – 2:00(ish) PM

The start of it all… The reason Pride Events have become Festivals… The Pride Parade!
You must be ready and know what you are doing to enjoy the parade the right way. Experience has its benefits. Luckily, you have me to give you some insights!

First, if you want a good spot upfront on the curb, get there EARLY! And I do mean EARLY. This is like camping out for your favorite concert tickets. Every year, people put out couches and canopies the night before to save their spot and to have a comfy set up.
The parade will start at 4 th and Union, heading up 4 th Avenue. The parade can take a bit to get down to the other end of 4 th Avenue. So, bring something to keep yourself occupied. I personally recommend being towards the end of the parade. WHY? Because once the parade ends, everyone at the start will get up and walk to Seattle Center for the Pride Fest. Yet many are not considerate about the parade or those watching. They will walk down the street and pretty much take over the end of the parade.

If you are driving in the area. Pick a side! This parade is so long in length and time that you can literally be STUCK where you do not want to be stuck. If you can leave your car for the day, do it. Then walk to everything. So keep in mind if you want to go up to Capitol Hill, you need to park on the east side, 5 th Avenue or Greater. If you want to head to the water front or highway 99, park on the west side from 3 rd or lower. The police will be at every intersection on 4 th Avenue and they are strict. Even if you are a resident on 3 rd , 4 th or 5 th Avenue.
You can find multiple locations down 4 th Avenue that will have announcers. Often, they are Drag
Queens. If you ever been to a Drag Show, you know that Queens can be LOUD. So, keep that in mind as you pick your location to camp out and watch the Parade. If you are too close, you might have a headache by the end of the parade. Too far, you barely will be able to hear anything.
Also, remember to bring your Sunglasses, Sun Block and WATER… LOTS of WATER… Far too often people pass out from Heat Stroke or Dehydration. You can get supplies from the local stores, yet lines can be long, prices high and sometimes sold out.

June 24 th – 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM
PrideFest 2018: Seattle Center

After the Parade, head over and check out the Festival. You will find some merchant vendors, lots and lots of food vendors. Literally, it is like going to the county fair. Heck, they even had Alligator at one stand. So, bring your appetite if you love Fair Food. In addition, there is lots of music coming from a couple different stages. Performances by Bands, Singers and Drag Queens. Not to mention the Hot GoGo Boys Dancing too!

One of the fun parts of Seattle Center is the Big Fountain. Many people will play in the water and strip down to almost nothing. Often you see people in underwear because they didn’t think to bring shorts or a suit. So, if you want to play in the water, plan ahead! Or wear cute underwear at least! We are tired of seeing the old nasty tightly whities.

The center can get rather crowded… Food will have lines, Bathrooms too. Just remember, the day is supposed to be fun. So if it gets to be too much, stop in and one of the beer gardens to cool of with a nice drink. Usually, my trick is to take the loop around the center to check out the merchants, see the people and then head out for food away from the Festival. More affordable away from the event and less lines.

The Cuff Street Party
1533 13 th Ave
This is the Party of All Parties! Truly the Finale of the Weekend!
The Cuff is a Leather/Kink Gay Bar that over the years has also become a Dance Club for ALL. Each year, they shut down 13 th Avenue from Pine to Pike and also use the large parking lot across the street. Beer Booths up and down the Street, plus you can get Drinks inside.
This is the party that will be PACKED and is only for those 21 and Up. And by packed, I do mean the entire street is nothing but people having a good time, listening to music and performers from the stage at the end of the street.
The biggest tip for this event… Get your Bracelets in the MORNING!! YES, the Morning!!! So that means getting you tired self from all the fun the night before, up and out of bed. They usually open the line around 9:00 AM or 10:00 AM, you will want to check their site in advance at
Bracelets will cost about $25 and the reason you want to go early. You typically wait about 20 minutes in the morning through the line for the bracelet. Then you head off to the Parade. When you return from the Parade, you are able to walk right through the gate showing your Bracelet. NO LINE. Or if there is a line, it is very small. If you wait till after the parade to get your bracelet, you will be waiting in a line that wraps around the entire block to the other side, about 3 hours or more!
Another good tip! Beer lines can be long… So, do not get a pitcher and glasses to share with friends. Get a pitcher and drink right from the pitcher. They always use short and wide plastic pitchers that have handles. You can easily put your hand around the pitcher under the handle and use it like a mug. This will save you from multiple tips to the beer line. Plus, BRING CASH.
The Street Party will be hot and going by 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM, then will slow down after 6:00 PM as people will have had a long day in the sun. Plus many work the next day. If you are smart, take that Monday OFF to recover!

Well folks, that is a lot of information about a fun filled Pride Weekend. Remember to be safe, drink in moderation, have LOTS of Water and Food. Plus plan your rides! Use Uber, Lyft or Walk.


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