August 6

SLU Block Party is Back!

The Dandy Warhols headline this year’s one-day festival.

Come meet your neighbors on August 9 at the annual South Lake Union Block Party. Live music, food trucks, a beer and cocktail garden, and more than 70 local businesses and organizations will be on-site. The SLUBP’s annual community partner this year is James Beard winner FareStart, a local nonprofit that works to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing culinary job training and job placement to those in need.

The Dandy Warhols are set to close out the event’s slate of excellent performances. The Portland-based alt rock group is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a number of Northwest shows, including the SLUBP, before it kicks off an international tour later this year. Other music acts include sets by Sisters, Whitney Mongé, Polyrhythmics, and Naked Giants. The SLUBP has always managed to attract quality regional music acts, especially considering this event is free to the public, but this year’s fete promises to be bigger than ever with The Dandy Warhols headlining.

For the first time ever, the SLUBP will dish out cocktails in its beer garden overlooking the main stage. Quench your thirst with specialty cocktails by Jack Daniel’s, plus sip on Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzers and a variety of brews. Food trucks will be onsite all day. Watch for tasty nosh from Wood Shop BBQ, Stack’s Burgers, Alaska Weathervane Seafood, The Grilled Cheese Experience, Kaosamai, and more.

Art lovers, rejoice—the School of Visual Concepts’ Steamroller Smackdown poster competition will once again join the festivities. Design pros from all over the city will compete by creating oversized posters with the assistance of a five-ton steamroller. This year’s theme, “Bridges,” was inspired by Humanities Washington. Block Party attendees can watch the all the action and also make their own posters with the guidance of letterpress experts at School of Visual Concepts’ Plein Air Printing Parlour.


Date: Friday, August 9
Time: Noon–11pm
Place: South Lake Union Discovery Center, between Westlake Ave. N. and Denny Way. Click for map.
Who: The event is open to all ages, 21 and over only for the beer and cocktail garden.
Cost: Free to attend. Bring cash or cards for food and drink purchases.

Story by Ethan Chung and photography courtesy of Erin Lodi.

At The Center

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