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South Lake Union Discovery Center

Centrally located at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue N., the South Lake Union Discovery Center is ideal for your community event, private party or corporate function. The Discovery Center is a stylish, flexible facility that offers a modern backdrop to complement your event—indoors or outdoors! The Discovery Center also offers a display devoted to the area’s history, information about places to do business, an interactive model of the entire neighborhood and helpful staff to guide you. To schedule a walk-through, check availability and get a quote for your event, call the Discovery Center at 206-342-5900 or email events@discoverslu.com. You can also take a virtual tour here! Please visit our business page for additional information.

Activities in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a neighborhood with a distinct live-work-play culture. By day, you’ll see streets bustling with everyone from biologists, to tech mavens and their furry friends. They’ll be visiting the Pike Place Market Express market for fresh produce during their lunch hour, or swinging by a Pronto bicycle-sharing station en route to their next stop. At night, the robust dining scene attracts locals and visitors alike. And when it’s time to play, the options are endless. The walkable neighborhood is home to many events including the annual South Lake Union Block Party. Attractions like the REI flagship store’s indoor climbing wall and watersports at Lake Union Park keep you happy and healthy. And that’s just the start. You can stay up to date about all that South Lake Union has to offer by subscribing to the Discover SLU eNewsletter.

South Lake Union History

Although South Lake Union had humble beginnings, innovation was always a core value of the neighborhood. From sawmills fed by floating logs, to industrial pioneers, big thinkers shaped the area. This didn’t stop when Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen invested $30 million to kick-start an effort to acquire land in South Lake Union to fulfill the City of Seattle’s vision of the Seattle Commons, a massive park which would run from the downtown core to Lake Union. Although the measure was not approved, Allen shifted gears, formed Vulcan Real Estate and developed the acquired land into what you see today. South Lake Union is now home to a diverse mix of retail businesses, office buildings, condominiums and apartments, all designed with an emphasis on walkability, excellent public transportation and sustainable design and construction. The neighborhood was even designated as one of seven Innovation Districts in the United States by the Brookings Institute because of its emphasis on connectivity, technology and community.

Live & Work in South Lake Union

South Lake Union is a unique neighborhood within the City of Seattle, comprised of 170 acres of parks, community amenities, LEED-certified commercial and residential buildings as well as lakefront access and a myriad of alternative transit options. Both residents and business owners are drawn to the neighborhood because of its pedestrian-oriented infrastructure and modern approach to place-making. Public art, pocket parks and historic buildings provide tranquility and a rich culture. From retail, to life sciences, to tech startups, the one thing all businesses in South Lake Union have in common is a desire to innovate and evolve. We’re still growing, and you can join us. Contact Vulcan Real Estate’s Office and Retail Leasing department at 206-342-2000, or email geralynv@vulcan.com to discuss opportunities.

Upcoming Events

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September 1, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

September 3, 10:00 am

SLU Saturday Market

Welcome to Seattle’s newest weekend market, South Lake Union Saturday Market, a refreshing European-style All Food Market place offering over 60 food booths for locals and tourists, and deservedly so. South Lake Union is quickly becoming the culinary heart of Seattle, where you can snack and shop local on Saturdays. Discover what’s local featuring some of Seattle’s finest farms, purveyors, as well as a delicious selection of street food vendors in town curbside.

10:00-3:00 pm

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September 8, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

September 10, 10:00 am

SLU Saturday Market

Welcome to Seattle’s newest weekend market, South Lake Union Saturday Market, a refreshing European-style All Food Market place offering over 60 food booths for locals and tourists, and deservedly so. South Lake Union is quickly becoming the culinary heart of Seattle, where you can snack and shop local on Saturdays. Discover what’s local featuring some of Seattle’s finest farms, purveyors, as well as a delicious selection of street food vendors in town curbside.

10:00-3:00 pm

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September 10, 11:00 am

Science Block Party at Seattle Children’s Research Institute

What: A FREE, “hands-on” event for families at our Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Where:1920 Terry Ave, Seattle, Wash., 98101 Free parking located on Terry Avenue between Stewart and Virginia streets.Learn More:www.seattlechildrens.org/ScienceBlockPartyor call 206-987-1569
Science Block Party
at Seattle Children’s Research Institute
Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy lots of fun activities!
• Step aboard Seattle Children’s Science Adventure Lab.
• Get the kids fitted for a FREE bike helmet (while supplies last; wearers must be 1 to 18 years old and present).
• Learn how we sort cells, manipulate the immune system and more.
• Tour the research institute’s Discovery Portal visitor center.
Enjoy live music from Recess Monkey, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Johnny Bregar, 1 to 3 p.m. Food trucks will be on site, and you may purchase food and beverages.

September 11, 1:00 pm

Cascade Second Sunday Stroll

The Cascade Second Sunday Stroll brings residents, organizations and businesses out in the Cascade and South Lake Union neighborhood, and get deals on treats at featured businesses, try new seasonal flavors, connect with neighbors and experience art pop-ups!

Taking place on the second Sunday of every month, from 1-4PM, everyone is welcome to visit businesses and participating venues in Cascade, that will offer something for everyone.

Join your neighbors in getting out for a fun walk on the Second Sunday from 1-4PM to enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, have a family outing to a new restaurant, experience art, and make every second Sunday a day in the neighborhood.

Participating businesses and offers are listed on our Facebook page.

September 15, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

September 17, 10:00 am

SLU Saturday Market

Welcome to Seattle’s newest weekend market, South Lake Union Saturday Market, a refreshing European-style All Food Market place offering over 60 food booths for locals and tourists, and deservedly so. South Lake Union is quickly becoming the culinary heart of Seattle, where you can snack and shop local on Saturdays. Discover what’s local featuring some of Seattle’s finest farms, purveyors, as well as a delicious selection of street food vendors in town curbside.

10:00-3:00 pm

Facebook page.

September 22, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

September 24, 10:00 am

SLU Saturday Market

Welcome to Seattle’s newest weekend market, South Lake Union Saturday Market, a refreshing European-style All Food Market place offering over 60 food booths for locals and tourists, and deservedly so. South Lake Union is quickly becoming the culinary heart of Seattle, where you can snack and shop local on Saturdays. Discover what’s local featuring some of Seattle’s finest farms, purveyors, as well as a delicious selection of street food vendors in town curbside.

10:00-3:00 pm

Facebook page.

September 29, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

October 6, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

October 13, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

October 20, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

October 27, 10:00 am

Pike Place Market Express at South Lake Union

Pike Place Market – that Seattle icon the world adores – operates several smaller pop-up farmers markets around town, including one in SLU. Wander over to 410 Terry Ave N on a Thursday from 10-2 and eyeball the fresh, gorgeous produce that will make fixing dinner that night a snap…and oh-so-healthy.
Fresh Bucks is program where EBT shoppers can double their EBT dollars at Seattle’s farmers markets, including the “express” markets.

Meman Harishu

aka little lake – nickname given by the Duwamish