Posted by: instanthausfrau | July 9, 2009

Recommended for your Weekend: Pirates, Parties, and Dancing with the Dead.

Seafair Pirates Landing at Alki Beach | Probably my favorite bit of quintessential Seattle Summer, the Seafair Pirates storm West Seattle’s Alki Beach at noon (ish) on Saturday, July 11th. See last year’s write up here. Expect live bands, kids (and grown ups) in pirate costume, pirate themed booths selling various items, and some opportunity for great interaction with the pirates themselves. Inside sources say to expect a real show this year, with some staged pirate combat. Cannot wait!

Seafair Pirates Landing

Alki Beach
Vendors and games start at 9:30am, Pirates land between 11:30 and 12:30.

Buggy Grand Opening Celebration | When you’ve finished getting your pirate fix, head into Madrona for the grand re-opening of Buggy. While they’ve been quietly open for a couple of days, the big party kicks off at 10:00am and lasts until 4pm this Saturday. There are promises of special deals and treats, plus a chance to check out the new, larger space (upstairs, for those used to looking at just street level). Plus, with Cupcake Royale and Madrona Playground nearby, it’s easy to make a day of it.

Buggy Madrona Grand Opening
1422 34th Ave, Unit C
10am – 4pm

Photo courtesy of the Missouri Botanical Garden
Bon Odori Festival in Tacoma | Sponsored by the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, this traditional Japanese Bon Odori (盆踊り) festival takes place on the temple grounds, and features traditional Taiko Drumming, Snow-cones (called kaki-gori in Japanese), folk dances in yukata (lightweight Summer kimono), and more. Bon Odori is sort of a joyful answer to Halloween, where the spirits of the dead are welcomed back to visit with their living descendants, and families return to their traditional homes and visit the graves of their ancestors. The traditional end to the festivities is the Toro Nagashi (where paper lanterns are lit and then floated down rivers symbolically signaling the ancestral spirits’ return to the world of the dead).

Bon Odori
Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA
5pm – 9pm


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