Celebrate the opening of the University District light rail station, plus other fun things to do this week

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What happens from October 1 to 7?

Seattle traffic is seeing a major relief — three new light rail stations near Roosevelt High School, in the University District and Northgate are opening Saturday, providing alternative routes for many commuters. And to celebrate, the U District Partnership and Graduate Hotels present the District U Station Opening Festival and $3 Food Walk to commemorate the opening of the U District station.

This outdoor celebration includes live music and entertainment, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, outdoor seating, a beer garden, kids’ corner, and the $3 Gourmet Walk with bites of more than 40 restaurants. Visitors can also visit the District U Farmer’s Market which is held on the same day.

“It’s a real turning point for the neighborhood. We’ve been closed, and much of the University of Washington with its 80,000 staff, students, and employees has been working remotely — it’s the first week they’ve been back, so we’ve got this huge influx of people into the neighborhood said Don Blakeney, executive director of the U District Partnership.

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“We’ve done a lot to beautify the neighborhood and prepare people, but we saw a real-time hook with the opening of the light rail which also brought an additional 12,000 people to the neighborhood on October 2 as a real big throwback to the lights for the district,” Blakeney said.

Visitors can pick up a $3 Food Walk menu and registration form at any participating restaurant (find restaurants online at: districtseattle.com/food-walk-menu) or the U District Partnership tent (Northeast 43rd Street and Brooklyn Avenue Northeast). Each restaurant will serve two $3 bites specially prepared for the opening festival, such as hand-pulled beef noodles from Xi’an Noodles or a taiyaki croissant with matcha cream from Oh Bear Café & Teahouse. Festival-goers can even have their menu stamped every time they buy a $3 bite for a chance to win a grand prize from Graduate Hotels; after five stamps, their entry form can be entered to win a two-night stay and round-trip airfare to one of 30+ Graduate Hotels locations across the country.

The festival also includes live music “to showcase the best in local Seattle entertainment,” Blakeney said. The Xfinity main stage will feature music from North Seattle and beyond, including the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and School of Rock. There will also be UW student groups like Taiko Kai, a taiko drumming group, and an a cappella group. The Mak Fai Kung Fu Club of Seattle will perform a lion dance.

“This festival is the first time in about two years where people can come and reintroduce themselves to the neighborhood, walk around and see it at their own pace… There’s a nice confluence of things – it’s the cornerstone of a summer of experimentation. We’ve really put a lot of thought into how to keep this safe in the context of COVID, so it’s all outdoors and fully self-managed,” Blakeney said, adding that the main stage is deliberately placed in the middle of the street so that people can social distance. and watch safely from afar.

The U District Station Opening Festival and $3 Food Walk will take place from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, October 2 at the U District Station (4300 Brooklyn Ave. N., Seattle). Find more information on: districtseattle.com/district-station-opening-festival

What else is going on

Here are some other events happening October 1-7 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for review, please complete the form at the bottom of the post.

Legendary Children – October 1

The Seattle Public Library is hosting the 2021 Virtual Edition of Legendary Children from 8-10 p.m. It is an evening of performance, dance, empowerment, art and social justice that celebrates house and ball culture and Black, Indigenous and Color queer and transgender communities. RSVP in linefree. spl.org

Candlelight Tour — October 2-3

Campfires and candlelight light up this evening outdoor walking tour of the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum from 6-9 p.m. Attendees will hear the sounds of songs, dances, games and the voices of over 100 historical performers who bring men, women to life. and the children of the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1855 (who will be unaware of 21st century visitors). To buy tickets in line; $18/adult, $13/youth 4-17 years old. 5519 Five Mile Drive, Tacoma; metroparkstacoma.org

Preparing Natural Materials for Holiday Decor—October 2

The Bellevue Botanical Garden is hosting an in-person class for attendees to prepare seasonal horticultural items to include in holiday table arrangements and wreath presentations at 10 a.m.-noon. Learn how to preserve flowers, choose natural elements to enhance decor, and put a mix of things together into a cohesive design. Register in line; $35/general public, $24.50/members. 12001 Main Street, Bellevue; 425-452-2750; bellevuebotanical.org

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Kirkland Urban — October 2

Join Kirkland Urban for a family party celebrating Fiestas Patrias (a celebration of Hispanic and Latino contributions and culture) from noon to 4 p.m. The celebration will include artifacts in partnership with the Sea Mar Museum, educational activities, health screenings, performance dancing, balloons, tattoos, a live DJ and more. To free. 425 Urban Plaza, Kirkland; www.kirklandurban.com

Northwest Orchid Society Fall Show and Sale 2021 — October 2-3

The Northwest Orchid Society presents its 2021 Fall Orchid Exhibit and Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. October 2-3 at the Volunteer Park Conservatory. Enjoy a showcase of orchid exhibits by orchid companies throughout the Pacific Northwest and orchid vendors. Members of the public are encouraged to bring orchids from home for a repotting service or advice on struggling orchids. $4/adult, $2/youth 13-17, free/child 12 and under. 1400 East Galer St., Seattle; nwos.org

BrickCon – October 2-3

BrickCon returns for its 20th Annual Lego Fan Convention and Public Expo at 10am-12:30pm and 1pm-3:30pm October 2-3 at the Seattle Center. The convention features hundreds of Lego displays and Lego-related vendors in the Brick Bazaar. To buy tickets in line; $25. 305 Harrison Street, Seattle; brickcon.org

Whatcom Artist Studio Tour – October 2-3

The Whatcom Artist Studio Tour returns for its 27th annual tour, inviting visitors to meet local artists in their own creative spaces, view their creations and discover their inspiration from 10am-5pm on October 2-3 (and October 9 and 9). ten). There will be 22 studios to explore and many artists will demonstrate their creative techniques. View a map of studio locations in line; free. Location varies; studiotour.net

Steam Train Weekend — October 2-3

Step back in time and ride the rails aboard the Northwest Railway Museum Steam Train powered by Northern Pacific Steam Locomotive 924 at various times October 2-3. The two-hour round-trip experience takes passengers through the scenic upper Snoqualmie Valley and includes a 30-minute stop to visit the train shed exhibit hall. To buy tickets in line$24/adults, $20/seniors, $12/children. 205 E. McClellan Street, North Bend; 425-888-3030; trainmuseum.org

Hula Dance – October 4

Walk through the basic steps of hula and use your body to build hula “vocabulary” at 1:30 p.m. At the end of the hour-long workshop, you’ll have a story to tell through hula. Register in line; free. kcls.org

LAKEtoberfest – until October 10

Sample traditional German dishes such as mini schnitzels, Uli’s famous sausage, bratwurst, pretzels and local beer at Dock & Drink’s LAKEtoberfest. Food and drink available for purchase. 1053 Lake Washington Blvd N., Renton; dockanddrink.com

Jose P. Rogers