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It’s big, fun, playful, yummy, arty and social. Happy 10th, Block Party!

Posted July 30, 2014 in Features

10th Annual South Lake Union Block Party
Benefiting Cornish College of the Arts

Friday, August 8, noon – 11 p.m. - Westlake Ave N and Denny Way. Free admission!

The most happening party in SLU roars back on its 10th anniversary, with a focus on arts and entertainment, as well as a full cadre of outdoor activities for the whole family. There are so many fun things to see, do and eat at the Block Party it’s hard to know where to start – so here’s a handy cheat-sheet:

Noon - 3 PM Food sampling – SLU eateries
Noon - 7 PM Kids' area activities
Noon - 6 PM SVC Letterpress Wayzgoose and Steamroller Smackdown
Noon - 10 PM Beer + Wine Garden presented by Bang & Olufsen
3:45 - 6:30 PM Performance by Cornish College musicians Cullen Gray and Julio Lopez
(3:45 PM); Matt Singler Trio (4:45 PM); Tomten (5:45 PM)
4 – 7 PM "Best Burger in SLU" Grilling Competition
(buy advance tickets here or try for free tickets here)
4 – 10 PM Food truck service
6:30 PM Performance by Seahawks Blue Thunder
7 PM "Best Burger in SLU" celebrity judges presentation, hosted by Pat Cashman
8 – 9 PM Performance by Seattle Rock Orchestra
9 PM Cinema on the Lawn – School of Rock (PG-13)


All-age Family Fun
There’s something for everyone at the block party – and little ones are warmly welcomed. Kids will love the bounce house with slide and basketball hoops; bicycle raffle; airbrush face painting; air hockey; and hands-on community art project.

Blue Thunder – The Seattle Seahawks' Blue Thunder drum corps is the powerhouse rhythm section of CenturyLink Field. You’ll feel these beats in your bones!

School of Visual Concepts WAYZGOOSE
Funny name, great event. For the first time ever this family-friendly event will take place at the block party, making it easy for you to stop by and learn about the craft of letterpress. At the Steamroller Smackdown, artists and design firms hit the SVC parking lot to print oversized posters with a two-ton steamroller. Browse and buy hand-crafted letterpress cards, books and ephemera, or take a crank on SVC’s own vintage letterpresses to make your own personalized keepsake.

Live Music – Afternoon performances by Cornish College musicians Cullen Gray and Julio Lopez, the Matt Singler Trio and Tomten will delight the crowd.

Cinema on the Lawn – The School of Rock: No one brings it like Jack Black, so prepare to be educated when The School of Rock is in session. Settle on the Discovery Center lawn at dusk with your blanket and buddies and warm up with a performance from Seattle Rock Orchestra. Then watch the stars come out over the most relaxing movie theater in town.


If you did nothing else at the Block Party, it would be worth attending simply for the luscious grub you’ll find there. SLU’s finest purveyors of fare will be on hand to tempt and delight you, but be sure to get tickets for the burger competition now!

Restaurant booths: Buy food sampling tickets from noon to 3 PM – one ticket for $1 or six tickets for $5 – and redeem them for yummy bites at: Shanik,Kigo Kitchen , La Toscanella, Whole Foods Market, Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub, Lunchbox Laboratory, and more.

Food Trucks: Luscious meals on wheels will park and purvey from 4-10 PM. The lineup: Nomad Curbside Mobile Kitchen, Contigo, Buns, Curb Jumpers, and Kaosamai.

“Best Burger in SLU” Grilling Competition, 4 – 7 PM: Defending champs Brave Horse Tavern (judges' choice) and Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar (people's choice) will throw down for the "Best Burger in SLU" title against Lunchbox Laboratory, Portage Bay Cafe and Whole Foods Market.

Advance tickets are on sale here for just $20. Sample sliders from each contending restaurant and cast your vote for the people’s choice "Best Burger in SLU" award. Tickets are limited to 500 – pre-purchase or be left slider-less.

“Best Burger” Judging - 7 PM: A special judging panel will crown the new reigning burger champ. They include: former Seahawk Joe Tafoya; MOHAI director Leonard Garfield; Seattle Met’s food/drink editor Allecia Vermillion; Top Pot Doughnuts owner Mark Klebeck; and Cornish College Dean Jerry Hekkel. Pat Cashman is the star emcee and all-around funny guy.


The popular beer and wine garden will be full tilt as always, presented this year by Bang & Olufsen. Brave Horse Tavern will serve hand-crafted beers from local breweries, while Trattoria Cuoco will pour a selection of notable reds and whites from Italian wineries. It’s the social spot to hang with friends or meet new ones. (Patrons 21 and older, please.)

Beers and Ciders: Lagunitas Pilsner, Georgetown Choppers Red, New Belgium Snapshot, Rainier,
Seattle Cider Semi Sweet, Deschutes Fresh Squeeze

Wines: Red - Mandrarossa Nero d'Avola 2010; White - Rocca della Macie Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2011


You say it’s your birthday? The SLU Block Party turns 10 this year, but that’s peanuts compared to venerable Cornish College of the Arts, which is turning 100. Cornish is a revered local anchor for the arts, producing visual and entertainment artists known the world over. All proceeds of the block party will benefit Cornish’s annual fund, helping educate outstanding students in need of financial aid.

Learn more about the South Lake Union Block Party at and join our Facebook event page for your chance to win free tickets to the Best Burger in SLU grilling competition. See you there!

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