come to our amazing city with a long list of places they hope to see and
experience. From the Space Needle to Lake Union, the many museums, art
galleries and events Seattle is a place undeniably brimming over with
opportunity. In addition to the iconic landmarks and options for exploration, Seattle
is a city with a reputation for fantastic flavor. If you find yourself in the
Emerald City in February and have a passion for pleasing the palate, don’t miss
your chance to participate in the annual Seattle Wine and Food Experience.
Since it first began in 2009, the Seattle Wine and Food Experience has been one of the city’s premier culinary showcases that draw in crowds by the thousands looking to enjoy the best Seattle has to offer. In 2020, the event will be held February 20-22nd centered around Sodo Park located at 3200 1st Avenue S. The Seattle Wine and Food Experience is hosted by Seattle Magazine, who make it a mission to not only display but elevate the many regional products that make Seattle such a sensational city for fine dining and drinking. In addition to the many tasting options, this event includes, guests who participate will also enjoy educational programming, options to speak with food producers and sensory experiences that are sure to thrill!
Events in One
While all of
the exciting and savory moments that make up this celebration of flavor fall
under the umbrella title of the Seattle Wine and Food Experience, this event is
truly three in one. The first day of the event is dedicated to comfort food and
invites participants to come and enjoy those options that originate in the
Pacific Northwest that come with the inviting feeling of home. On this day,
guests will enjoy everything from fried chicken and burgers to ciders and sweet
beers that come with a side of a warm welcome. The second day of the event
features all that is fancy and invites guests to dress their best and enjoy
bubbling beverages and a selection of seafood that’s hard to top. The final day
of the event is called the Grand Tasting and is definitely one not to miss.
Participants will indulge in the ultimate showcase of fantastic fare from the
Pacific Northwest and those with a passion for wine will be pleased with the
impressive selection that finds its way to the front of the crowd.
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The smell of dumplings, marinated meat, and wok-seared spicy noodles and
veggies. A dancing lion…..are you in Beijing, Taipei, or Hong Kong? Nope! You
are in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District (The ID for us locals)
experiencing Lunar New Year. And while globally it will be celebrated from
January 25 – February 8th, here in the Emerald City we added a few extra
days of fun. Our friends at The Stranger have put together a great list of ways
to celebrate beginning on January 19th. But the biggest party of
them all will be in the ID on February 8th.
World Meets Seattle
New Year Celebration will be hosted on February 8th this year
between the hours of 11:00 am and 4:00 pm. The festivities are hosted throughout
the ID, making it a high-energy and exciting place to be. There’s no cost to
attend this event, just a requirement that you bring a spirit of fun with you. (Pro
Tip: take the bus or an Uber/Lyft as the parking can be nonexistent). Thousands
of visitors make their way this direction in the name of the Lunar New Year
Celebration to observe the cultural traditions, enjoy the food and have a
fantastic afternoon in the company of plenty of others. 2020 is deemed the Year
of the Rat and guests can expect to enjoy a variety of performances, costumes
and events that celebrate this fact. The Lunar New Year Celebration will
feature both lion and dragon dances as well as drumming, cultural performances
and martial arts throughout the day. If you’re traveling to Seattle with little
ones, feel free to bring them along as this is a notoriously family-friendly
event that’s sure to inspire participants of all ages! Keep your eyes open for
the many arts and crafts stands that are designed to be fun, educational and
to the performances and music, the Luna New Year Celebration offers up the
opportunity for guests to take part in the annual $3 Food Walk. Local
businesses will be on hand throughout the day and with a $3 ticket, guests can
sample the delicious goods that are displayed. As you sample the many booths
dedicated to Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai fare just to name a few,
you’ll collect stamps that can be turned in for potential raffle prizes. Plan
on spending the day and enjoy every moment of your Lunar New Year Celebration
in Seattle in 2020.
you’re in town for the Lunar New Year celebration or have plans to come this
way another time of year, the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals is ready
to help take care of your accommodation needs. Contact us today for more information and to start planning.
music, culture, and flavor to your New Year’s Eve celebration in Seattle by
purchasing a ticket to the Seattle Bollywood 2020 Party this year. Organized by
Rainier Events, this party is a crowd-pleaser that’s held at 1950 1st
Avenue South. Tickets range from $50 to $100 per person depending on the type
of package. The fun starts at 9:00 pm with karaoke and comedy before DJ SZNaina
turns up the beats and opens up the dance floor. Bollywood hits are highlighted
all night long with a balloon drop at midnight. This is a 21 and up event
that’s sure to be high energy.
Science Center is one of Seattle’s most popular spots to ring in the new year.
Located at 200 Second Avenue North, The Pacific Science Center hosts Spectra
each and every year which invites guests to come and make the most of lights,
drinks, dancing, live music and much more! Attending this event guarantees
great views of the downtown fireworks at midnight. In 2020, guests will want to
dress their best as the theme celebrates the roaring 20s. Tickets are $125 for
general admission and jump to $225 for a VIP experience package.
Take time to
celebrate the new year in Seattle and be sure you’re booked into accommodations
that match your getaway style. Contact the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals today for more
information on our stylish and convenient property options downtown.
Eve in Seattle – the choices are endless when deciding how and who you’ll be
spending the evening with. Casual at a local bar? Community event in a public
space with thousands of other Seattleites? Dress up and fancy? I enjoy all
kinds of celebrations, but any excuse to dress up and get my hair done….. So, if you feel like getting fancy and ringing in
the new year in style, Seattle is a particularly exciting city to find yourself
when New Year’s Eve rolls around. There are plenty of options for nice-dress-or-suit
entertainment when you head into the city as December comes to an end. Here are
just a few ideas on places to spend your New Year’s in Seattle this year.
Eve will never be the same when you spend it high above the city with fireworks
exploding above your head! The party at the Space Needle is a fun way to ring
in the new year in style. The event starts at 9:00 PM and your $275 ticket gets
you appetizers, dessert, live music and an amazing DJ for dancing, and
champagne for a toast at midnight. Oh, did I mention the fireworks?
of Pop Culture is known for its annual Indulgence celebration on New Year’s Eve
that draws in over 2,000 guests at a time. This fun and exciting event turns
the museum into a dance floor complete with a live DJ and plenty of delicious
bites and drinks. Comedy shows and cocktails pair perfectly with time spent
browsing the many museum exhibits. Toast to the new year in a venue that
provides more than 35,000 square feet of space designed to be enjoyed. 21 and
over, the party starts at 8:30 PM and Tickets start at $109 for GA.
feeling a little bit fancy and are hoping to celebrate the New Year with a
touch of elegance, make your way to the Fog Room located at 1610 2nd
Avenue. Tickets to this event range from $30 to $200 depending on the grade of
experience package purchased. Guests to the Fog Room on New Year’s Eve will
enjoy endless Champagne, a live DJ and aerial acrobats putting on amazing shows
all night long. The fun starts at 9:00 pm and includes a toast at midnight.
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best life this New Year’s by heading to Seattle for some inspiring fun. Let the
team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals handle your accommodations so you can
make the most of your New Year’s experience. Contact us today for more information and to start planning.
Thanksgiving is here: you know where you’re eating, you know what you’re bringing, and you know who’s in charge of the turkey – which hopefully is in the fridge for thawing! But what are you doing next week? And the week after that?
Here in Seattle, those are not tough questions to answer, other than choosing from the huge list of events, fairs, craft shows, concerts…….you get the idea. And you need to carve out time to spend with family and friends that are traveling to our amazing city to visit you. Why not save some time and do both? While a lot of the events go for the entire month, there are also many that are one or two days only, and you don’t want to miss them!
Holiday Market, Nov 29th – Dec 1st
nerd is a term of endearment and we all have one or two on our shopping list.
Why not find that special something handmade by other nerds? Head to Hangar 30
at Magnuson Park for the GeekCraft Expo Seattle
Holiday Market and shop from over 70 vendors who promise ‘something for
every geek on your Christmas list’.
at Westlake, Dec 6th
of caroling teams, and about 10,000 of their friends and family, for the 33rd Annual
Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition at Westlake Center from 6pm – 8pm.
There will be carolers on every street corner, and the top teams advance to the
sing-off on the Figgy Main Stage! The event raises funds for the Pike Market
Senior Center & Food Bank.
in Poulsbo, Dec 7th
feeling up to an adventure, hop on the ferry and head to Poulsbo for Jule Fest. Start
the day at the Poulsbo Sons of Norway for their annual holiday bazar, which
includes homemade Lefse and other yummy treats. Then head to Muriel Ivereson
Waterfront Park at dusk and watch the Poulsbo Sons of Norway Vikings (yes, Vikings!)
escort the Lucia Bride to the bonfire, which will be lit while the Viking King
reads the Winter Solstice proclamation. Dancing and merriment to follow.
adventuring deserve nights spent in a luxurious home away from home. Cook in the
gourmet kitchen, relax on the comfy couch, or head to the hot tub or pool to
unwind. The professionals at Seattle
Oasis Vacation Rentals are here to help you find the perfect place to call home.
Contact us today for more information and to begin
planning your trip.
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.
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.
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.
Local Tip: If going with little ones,
the crowds are smaller earlier in the day.
Strollers are permitted, but discouraged, just FYI.
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!
August 16th, 17th, and 18th you can expect some hazier than normal weather in Seattle. The 28th annual Seattle Hempfest will be kicking off in Sculpture Park along the water and as usual it’s sure to be an experience. Hempfest is lovingly and proudly known as a “protestival” and is the largest cannabis policy reform festival in the world. In the words of the organizers, Hempfest is first and foremost a political protest rally seeking to change America’s pot laws and to educate the public on the many uses of the cannabis plant.
The original Hempfest started back in 1991 at Volunteer Park and only had about 20 volunteer staff members and 500. This year you can expect about 150,000 attendees over the weekend as well as a staff of almost 1000 volunteers. Will you see people happily enjoying marijuana? Yes. Will there be music? Yes. Lots of delicious food trucks catering to people with the munchies? Tons of them. Despite all that Hempfest isn’t your typical festival – education is really what it’s about as the organizers are looking to make positive changes in marijuana laws, and people’s ideas about cannabis in general, in our country. Throughout the years musicians, actors, political activists, congressman, and even police chiefs have taken the stage.
So, can you go to Hempfest without getting in any trouble? Totally. Is it just full of a bunch of Seattle hippie stoners? Some, but not the majority. Hempfest is free to attend and you’ll see plenty of law enforcement in attendance as well. Roughly 20% of attendees are from out of town, so if you end up visiting you might even run into some people from your home state. As far as staying out of trouble there are still laws you need to follow for a stress-free experience. Hempfest is totally legal and protected by the United States Constitution under your right to freedom of assembly and freedom of speech. However, Hempfest is not a “free zone”. All local, state and federal laws are in full effect at Hempfest, and Seattle parks are designated “Drug Free Zones” which increases the penalties for selling and buying controlled substances. Hempfest is the worst place to attempt to buy or sell illegal substances of any kind. Please don’t do it.
Hempfest is one of the reasons why Washington was one of the earliest states to legalize marijuana and is a GREAT place to get more info on modern marijuana policy. You’ll find experts from all walks of life who can answer all sorts of questions. The legalization of marijuana has gone from a pipe dream, pun intended, to a policy question asked of almost every presidential candidate. No matter what side of the spectrum you fall on you’ll get a wealth of information if you stop by. Parking is very very limited so public transit or walking from most of our properties is the easiest way of getting there. As always if you have any questions feel free to shoot us an email or give us a call! Be sure to also check out the Pike Place Market during your trip!
Summer always starts a little late in Seattle, and the 4th
of July is often a little misty, but to me the Bite of Seattle always feels
like the true summer kickoff. Bite of Seattle originally started in the
Greenlake neighborhood of Seattle but eventually moved to Seattle Center. Think
of it as a giant outdoor summer food court, with beer gardens, music, and a
movie in the grass under the Space Needle. If you are staying in one of our
Seattle vacation rentals, you’ll be either a short walk, or a quick cab ride
away from a delicious weekend. Bite of Seattle runs from July 19th –
21st , from 11am to 9pm on the 19th and 20th,
and from 11am to 8pm on the 21st. Bite of Seattle is a great event
for the whole family, and there are 21 and up beer gardens for the adults as
well. The Space Needle, Pacific Science
Center, and Museum of Pop Culture will all be open during The Bite but you
should plan on everything being busier.
There are ticket packages available for beer, drink, and food packages,
but admission is free there’s plenty to do and eat. At least 20 different
vendors will have items priced at 5 dollars or less so you can eat your way
around the world.
Big Island Poke I’ve called Washington my home since 2007, but before that I spent time in Oahu and this is the closest you can get to authentic Hawai’ian poke with a few add-ons which are popular in the mainland. Poke is fresh raw fish, seasoned and marinated, served over rice, a very good place to start if you’ve been intimidated by fancy sushi rolls. Big Island Poke (pronounced po-kay) will be serving their Hawai’ian Poke bowl, Spicy Ahi Tuna Poke bowl, and Kalua Pork Nachos. Highly recommend.
CDavis Texas BBQ From one end of the spectrum to the other, raw ahi tuna to ribs and brisket cooked low and slow, C Davis Texas BBQ is also worth trying at Bite. Look for the long line, giant trailer that holds the custom grill, and delicious aroma. The pulled pork and brisket are my personal favorites, but there are no regrets to be found on this menu.
Fisher Fair Scones Scones and raspberry jam may sound like a simple snack, but these scones have been a delicious staple in Washington for over 100 years. When the State Fair comes to Puyallup every year Fisher Fair Scones are on everyone’s list of things to eat. These scones can be purchased year-round in stores or on Amazon, but nothing beats a fresh one.
After exploring (and eating!) your way through town, be sure
you’re coming back to a home away from home in downtown Seattle that you’ve
booked with Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals. Our properties are extraordinarily
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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, 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.
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
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.
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!