Beat the Summer Heat with These Local Events

As we reach the dog days of summer, there are plenty of activities to take your mind off the heat and the impending start of the school year. Whether you’re looking for outdoor movies, a little culture or a cool drink, we’ve rounded up some ideas to help you keep cool.

There’s nothing like watching a movie outside to make it feel like summer. Carpool Cinema, located at the Phinney Center parking lot, offers a retro way to enjoy a movie. With a price of $20 per vehicle, the cinema is surprisingly affordable for families, and offers a COVID-safe way to experience the movies. Upcoming films include “Moonlight” on August 21 and “Moana” on August 28. More information can be found here.

For a curated cultural experience, the Black Summer Camp film series features movies celebrating Black art and life. This free weekly screening takes place at Plaza Roberto Maestas in Beacon Hill, and will run until the end of October. Guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks. The films shown vary widely, including titles like “Moonlight” and “Blacula,” so families should double check what’s being shown before bringing children. For more information, check here.

Running from July 1 – October 17, the Seattle Art Museum is hosting an exhibit of Monet’s stunning seaside landscapes. The exhibit features nine other paintings by the famed artist, and five done by his contemporaries. Tickets are $29 and can be purchased online here.

Feel free to don your lederhosen and grab a pretzel at Fremont’s Oktoberfest, open September 17-19. This local beer festival will feature traditional German lager and offerings from local breweries. Dogs are welcome to come to the “Dogtoberfest” portion of the festival, where they can enter a photo contest for CityDog Magazine. More information about the festival can be found here.

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