Westside Stories: September

There’s more than enough to explore on the Eastside, but you might consider crossing Lake Washington for these Seattle specialties.

Washington Cheese, If You Please

If you have a Wallace and Gromit-level obsession with cheese, you need to plan a trip across Lake Washington for this event. The Washington Artisan Cheesemakers Festival brings together more than 20 of the state’s most distinguished cheesemakers under one roof, and visitors can try samples from each and every one. Tickets are $40 and include all of the cheese samples you can stomach, as well as three drink tickets, which can be used for beer and wine (the festival is 21 and up). Vote for your favorites in the People’s Choice Awards, and stop by the Festival Cheese Shop to take a bigger block home with you after the event. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Seattle Design Center.

Upcycle Your Inventory

The Handmade & Reclaimed Market is in its fifth year of diverting waste from the landfill and letting community creatives repurpose those materials into a wide variety of goods and items. Hosted by Second Use Events, the Handmade & Reclaimed market is one of the three Handmade markets presented by the organization. This market will feature more than 35 local artists and craftsmen who work specifically with reclaimed and recycled materials. The event will feature food vendors, a beer garden, and family-friendly games, along with vendor booths. Browse all of the market’s trendiest upcycled goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Second Use’s SODO location.

Luminata: Parade of Lights

Brought to you by the Fremont Arts Council, the same organization that hosts the Fremont Solstice Parade, is Luminata — the celebration of the autumnal equinox with a parade of illuminated creations. The public is invited to bring lanterns, glowing garments, and anything else that shines brightly. Luminous lanterns are available to purchase at the Luminata Lantern Shoppe, if you’re lacking in shimmering props. The parade will take place at Green Lake Park from 6–10 p.m on Saturday, Sept. 21. A celebration at the Aqua Theater will kick off the event, and throughout the park there will be music, performances, art installations, and more. This event is free and open to the public.

Aslan Brewery to Open in Seattle’s Fremont Neighborhood

The Bellingham-based brewery is expanding from its northern realm to a much more accessible location in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Traveling 20 minutes to enjoy the specialty brews — such as the ginger rye ale or the B’ham brown — is far preferable to the two-hour commute to its original location. Aslan has two taprooms in downtown Bellingham, and this will be the first expansion outside of the city; although Eastsiders may already be familiar with their Flagship beer lineup, which can be found in numerous Western Washington pubs.

Secrets of Seattle Style

Pacific Northwesterners certainly have a specific aesthetic. Our apparel ranges from grunge to flannel to couture, but there is something unspoken that unites this diverse array of styles. The Museum of History & Industry set out to explore our regional brand of fashion with the exhibit Seattle Style: Fashion/Function, open through Oct. 14. On Sept. 10, curator Clara Berg will dive deeper into the stories and themes revealed in the exhibit in a special fashion lecture from 7–8:30 p.m. MOHAI members can arrive at 6 p.m. for the pre-lecture happy hour. Tickets are $10 for members and $20 for the general public.

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