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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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June 2, 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.

June 9, 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.

June 10-25

Seattle International Dance Festival

The Seattle International Dance Festival is a 16-day explosion of dance and the arts including indoor and outdoor events centered in and around Seattle’s South Lake Union area.

Learn more, view schedule, and buy tickets here.

June 11

Get Out & Boat Fest

Want to venture into the world of boating but don’t know where to start? Already own a boat and want to hone your on-the-water skills? Simply looking for a lively way to spend your Saturday afternoon? Then come to the Get Out & Boat Fest on South Lake Union on Saturday, June 11th from 11am – 4pm.

The Northwest Yacht Brokers Association is hosting a brand new event this summer – the Get Out & Boat Fest, to be held in Chandler’s Cove on Saturday, June 11th (National Marina Day) from 11am – 4pm. This event will be completely FREE to the public and aims to demonstrate the joy and feasibility of boating by getting people out on the water. Attendees of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to ‘Seas the Day – Get Out & Boat!’ at this South Lake Union event.

Fest-goers can experience the thrill of gliding across the water by taking a 45-minute boat ride around Lake Union. Sailboats, power boats under 30’, trawlers and cruisers will be available for rides, allowing attendees to tryout which boat best suits their lifestyle. Participants can learn new skills at hands-on docking, anchoring, technology, rigging and knot tying clinics with the guidance of industry professionals. Boating seminars offered by marine experts will cover topics such as how to buy a boat, trailer a vessel, navigate Pacific Northwest waters and cruise to new destinations. Fest attendees can stroll the docks and visit booths that provide information on what it takes to get into boating, whether it be obtaining a WA State Boaters Card, learning how to finance and insure a boat, or the ins-and-outs of chartering and boat share.

Kayak and SUP demos will be held in the marina’s protected waterways to accommodate novice paddlers. This family-friendly event will also include a kids’ zone, live music provided by local musician Dave Calhoun and food vendors selling hot dogs and ice cream.

The first annual Get Out & Boat Fest aims to increase public awareness of boating by offering opportunities for people to get out on the water, experience boating firsthand, and educate and inform non-boaters so they can learn how to adopt a boating lifestyle.

www.boatsafloatshow.com

June 12, 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, on June 12th 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.

June 16, 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.

June 23, 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.

June 30, 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.

July 7, 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.

July 10, 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.

July 14, 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.

July 21, 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.

July 28, 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.

August 4, 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.

August 11, 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.

August 18, 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.

August 20-21

Seattle Street Food Festival

EAT YOUR CITY! We love to eat local and that’s why we started this festival to explore and discover what’s in Seattle! We are thrilled to bring you over 100 delicious local reasons to enjoy your Northwest on August 20th – 21st in beautiful South Lake Union. Why not, its free? Plus we are bringing you some delightful attractions!

We love to eat local and that’s why we started this festival to explore and discover what’s in Seattle! We are thrilled to bring you over 100 delicious local reasons to enjoy your Northwest on August 20th – 21st in beautiful South Lake Union. Why not, its free? Plus we are bringing you some delightful attractions!

Join our Facebook event. Our event is on 9th Ave N, between Denny Way and Harrison St.

August 25, 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 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 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 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 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 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.

Denny Park

Seattle’s first park — and former graveyard