Seattle Seafair 2019

In 1950, Seattle was looking to plan something amazing for our centennial in 1951. We didn’t have professional sports (or even the Seattle Center yet), and the organizers wanted an event that would attract tourists from the entire country. Back then the city was known as the “Boating Capital of the World”, so they definitely needed to have something to showcase that as well. Enter Walter Van Camp, a man who directed the St. Paul, Minnesota Winter Carnival, which was very popular and well attended. He started in March 1950 for the next year but got so excited about all the plans that he got the city leaders on board for that very summer. The first Seafair was born in that short amount of time and set for August 11th – 20th, and this included building the Aqua Theater at Green Lake (which seats 5,500) in 75 days!  

The Seafair Pirates in 1950

That first Seafair featured parades, boat races on Green Lake, amateur athletic events, the introduction of the Seafair royalty (still a tradition to this day), and a number of community festivals. Even the always entertaining Pirates were in attendance. The event was incredibly successful, and plans began to expand the event and add the hydroplane races on Lake Washington the next year. In 1972 the Seafair Pirates landing on Alki Beach was added as the official beginning of Seafair. In 2002 the Seafair Half Marathon was added as was the full Marathon in 2005. In 2008 the events were combined to form the Seattle Rock n’ Roll Half and full Marathon. In addition to the marathon events, there is also the Seafair Triathlon at Seward Park and the Torchlight Run, which is prior to the Torchlight Parade. In 2013 the Seafair Summer Fourth started at Lake Union and today offers fireworks shows at both ends of the lake.

These days, Seafair is a 10-week festival, with the first of the 30 + official Seafair events beginning in June and running through the end of August, though the true ending is the Seafair Weekend Festival, which is typically the first weekend of August, and features the hydroplane races on Lake Washington. Though some of the events for this year are already over, there is still plenty of Seafair tradition to experience!

Saturday, July 27th – Seafair FanFest, Torchlight Run, and Torchlight Parade

The Seafair Pirates in the Torchlight Parade

Fanfest is held at the Seattle Center and goes from 12 – 6 PM. The event is free to the public and allows you to see the participants and floats for the parade later that night getting ready and going through their final preparations. Next is the Torchlight Run, which starts at 6pm and begins and ends at the Seattle Center. There are two routes, a 5K and an 8K. The run takes you along the parade route, and since people will already be in their seats, you have an automatic cheering squad! Prizes are awarded for best times and best costumes. 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 to watch 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 KIRO channel 7.  Pro Tip #1: many of the entrants in the parade include live instruments or music (Ok, and maybe a pirate cannon or two)and it can get LOUD. Earplugs are a great way to enjoy yourself without getting a headache.

July 29th – August 3rd – Fleet Week and Boeing Maritime Celebration

The Parade of Ships signals the start of Fleet Week

Since the very first year of Seafair, our city has hosted Fleet Week down on the waterfront to celebrate our men and women who protect us on the water. It begins on Monday the 29th at 12:30 with the Parade of Ships, which includes the Seattle Fire Department ships welcoming our guests into Elliott Bay with the spray of the ships, and then docking at Piers 66 and 69. This year Seafair has worked with the Seattle Navy League and the Port of Seattle to bring you vessels and personnel from the US Navy, the US Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy. One of the best things? You can go on board the vessels for free! See what it’s like to be on these high-tech, floating cities. This is truly an event you do not want to miss. For more information click here.  

August 2nd – 4th – Seafair Weekend

Watch hydroplane races on Lake Washington during Seafair Weekend

Seattle’s unofficial holiday weekend is not to be missed, trust me on this one! The gates open to Genesee Park on Lake Washington at 9 AM every day, and while there is an admission charge Saturday and Sunday, Friday is free and members of our Military (with ID card) get in free all weekend long! There is something for literally everyone here, from live music to food to the beer garden, and of course the hydroplane races and Blue Angels performances. The highlights this year include the Air Show featuring the Blue Angels, the Hydroplane races, the Seafair Cup with E350 boats, Wakeboarding, BMX Stunt Bikes, the KidsZone with inflatables and games, and the Seafair Classic Car Show. Know someone with a boat? The Log Boom is a great way to see the races! All the info you’ll need can be found here. Pro Tip #2: While there is a lot of food for purchase, you are allowed to bring in coolers, food and non-alcoholic beverages in plastic or aluminum containers (they have to be new and sealed). Plan on staying the day and getting a meal at one of the food vendors, but bring plenty of snacks and water. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

After all the Seafair fun in the city, why not come home to 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!


The Bite of Seattle!

Written By Daniel Pacheco

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.

C Davis 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 luxurious, comfortable and conveniently located near Seattle’s most popular attractions. Contact us today to start planning your next getaway!


Spending the 4th of July in Seattle!

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 4th of July events in Seattle 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.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

Enjoy your fireworks and 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 the 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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Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival

One of the great things about Seattle is all of the green spaces – we have so many parks, gardens, and greenbelts, I guarantee there is one within walking distance from wherever you might be right now! Some of the most beautiful spaces, in my opinion anyways, are the areas with cherry trees. This time of year, they are in full bloom and so beautiful. While there are several park sporting the happy pink blossoms, the best place to experience them is at the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Seattle Center.

Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival April 26-28

Seattle is a city of diverse roots, vibrant cultures and a vast array of reasons to celebrate. While it’s an amazing city to visit year-round in the name of nature, entertainment and the creative arts, a trip in the spring is bound to bring you to the Emerald City just in time to celebrate the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Culture Festival. This lively event is one you won’t want to miss while you’re here.

A Festival of Tradition

Hosted April 26 through April 28 at the Fisher Pavilion, the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival is an event built on more than 40 years of tradition. In commemoration of the nation’s bicentennial, Prime Minister Takeo Miki of Japan gifted the city of Seattle with 1,000 cherry trees. In honor of this gift, the city of Seattle began hosting the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival to commemorate this gesture of inter-cultural friendship as well as celebrate the beauty of the blossoms.

Throughout the course of the festival, guests can not only admire the blooms but are introduced to some of the most traditional and breathtaking traditions of Japanese culture. Traditional arts, activities, games, and food are on-hand throughout the festival as a means of providing guests with an interactive approach to learning the customs of Japanese culture. A variety of live performances including drumming and dance provide a stunning visual of elegance. Today, the festival retains the title of the first of its kind to be held continuously at the Seattle Center.

Festival Highlights

While the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival continually proves to be a meaningful and exciting event in the city of Seattle, there are a few activities that find their way to the top of the must-try list for guests. Among them, the art of Shodo, or Japanese calligraphy, tends to be a fan-favorite at this festival. Guest are invited to join experts at the table and try their hand at this impressive and intricate art form. A brush and ink send guests on a journey to learning a technique that has been a part of Japanese culture for centuries. Guests looking to plan their weekend will want to note that the festival runs from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday, leaving plenty of time to taste, play and explore your way through this intriguing event.

Book a Stay in Seattle

When you’re in town for the Cherry Blossom and Japanese Cultural Festival, make sure to let the team at Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals take care of your vacation accommodations. Contact us today for more information and to begin planning your next trip!


April Events Calendar!

April in Seattle. The sun is coming out, the flowers and trees are starting to bud and the city parks are bustling with people. You know it’s true spring in Seattle when you see its citizens outside in 50 degree weather in shorts and tees….if you’re not from here, you won’t understand. If you’re visiting us in April, you have so many choices of things to do – even events that are scheduled outside! One of the biggest events of April isn’t exactly in the city, but is definitely worth renting a car for the day: the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.

The Skagit Valley is located roughly 70 miles north of Seattle, about an hour and a half drive during the week. The festival kicks off on April 1st and runs through the end of the month. There is a downloadable guide and driving map on their website, as well as information about the participating farms and other events that go along with it like the street fair in Mt. Vernon and the Parade in LaConner.

If pretty flowers aren’t your thing, there’s plenty to see closer to home. How about sports? The Seattle Sounders FC have some really exciting matches this month, hosting Real Salt Lake on the 6th, Toronto FC on the 13th, San Jose on the 24th, and LA FC on the 28th.  The Seattle Mariners host the Astros on the 12th – 14th, the Indians the 15th – 17th, the Rangers the 25th – 28th, and end the month with the Cubs on the 30th and May 1st.

Foodies love April, specifically Restaurant Week the 7th – 18th. There are over 165 restaurants participating, and they’re offering 3 courses for only $35! There’s also the Scotch & Beer Festival on the 19th and 20th and Argosy offers their Saturday Wine Cruise every weekend.

Theater & Arts fans have something to go see every night of the week! Highlights include The Lightning Theif at the 5th Ave Theater,  Cats at the Paramount, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Opera, and Seattle Symphony all have full calendars. The Seattle Center has lectures, plays, movies at the Armory and a the Cherry Blossom Festival the 26th – 28th.

Earth day is the 22nd, but in Seattle we need 3 days! The 20th – 22nd is Earth Weekend and there are many events, fairs, lectures, and educational events in every neighborhood.

And don’t forget Easter! It’s technically Sunday the 21st, but there are events happening all weekend long. The BunnyCon Bar Crawl starts at noon on the 20th, that will be some epic people watching! If you’ll be here with the kids, there are Easter Egg Hunts all over the city, and lots of special Easter menus and bruches at almost every restaurant. Why not try something different this year and check out the Easter Brunch on Blake Island. It includes an amazing buffet, Easter baskets and an egg hunt for the kids and time to check out the beach before you sail home.

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.

Let Seattle Oasis Vacation Rentals help you find a luxury apartment in the heart of all the April 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.


Planning for Bumbershoot 2019

 

While Bumbershoot is over for 2018, it’s never too early to plan your trip to Seattle for next year!
By Daniel Pacheco

Bumbershoot is traditionally Seattle’s “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 lose 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, Lourde, Solange, Weezer and Foster the People. These spaces will fill up quickly.  But as you are making your way around, keep an open mind for local act Tacocat, Latin funk group Chicano Batman, or comedian Brody Stevens.  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:

Youngershoot is the younger side of Bumbershoot, 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 is tagging which acts, in the general line-up, are kid friendly. A couple that come to mind immediately: Smokey Brights and The Roots.  Also, check out the dance acts.

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 is more that 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 and more will keep blood sugar levels steady. In addition, the Amory locations are also open during the festival, so beer, wine and vegan options are available.

 

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