Head to the basement of The Rendezvous (2322 Second Ave; therendezvous.rocks) in Belltown every Monday night for comedian Emmett Montgomery’s weekly variety show, The Magic Hat. While stand-up forms the show’s core, any given week might feature accordion players, pizza mermaids, and more eccentric oddballs.
Take yourself out to a ballgame. When the Mariners (*1250 First Ave S; mariners.com) are in town, it’s tough to beat the value of a weeknight game. The vast majority of home games on Tuesday nights are BECU Value games, where bleacher and view tickets run as little as $16 and main and club level seats are as affordable as $31.
Get a dose of the Seattle sound while munching a midday meal—perhaps from a food truck. From July through late August, Downtown Seattle Association (downtownseattle.org) hosts a summer concert series, bringing great local bands to various urban settings for free live music.
Experience Seattle neighborhoods via the city’s art scene. Check out top work when Pioneer Square hosts First Thursday (pioneersquare.org/experiences/first-thursday-art-walk). Options on second Thursdays include Capitol Hill Art Walk (capitolhillartwalk.com) and West Seattle Art Walk (wsartwalk.org). Ballard Night Out (ballardnightout.com) rounds out the slate each third Thursday.
The Seattle stage shines no matter the material. Find locally produced musicals at 5th Avenue Theatre (*1308 Fifth Ave; 5thavenue.org), as well as high-octane, impromptu hilarity from the likes of Jet City Improv (5510 University Way NE; jetcityimprov.org) and Unexpected Productions (*1428 Post Alley; unexpectedproductions.org).
Seattle has one of the premier soccer teams in the country. Feel the passion during one of the 11 Saturday home matches for the Seattle Sounders FC (*800 Occidental Ave S; soundersfc.com) this season. If the squad is out of town, Quality Athletics (*121 S King St; qualityathletics.com) is a great place to grab some grub, throw back a pint, and watch them take to the pitch.
With open air, welcoming vibes, fresh produce, local food, and plenty of arts and crafts vendors, Ballard Farmers Market (sfmamarkets.com) and Fremont Sunday Market (fremontmarket.com) are both perfect fits for a low-key end to the weekend.
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