Seattle Culture

Kirkland: It's the Water

Kirkland: It’s the Water

Home to more than 100 tech companies

This vibrant neighborhood is popular with young families and many of the 50 or so city parks include playgrounds often teeming with laughing children. In 2022, Money magazine ranked Kirkland the third-best place to live in the United States. In 2023, Smart Asset rated it the No. 7 most livable small city in the country.

llustration by Martin Haake

Must List: March 28-April 3

Must List: March 28-April 3

Cosplay, Beetlejuice, and tulips

Catch Beetlejuice the musical, see NASA’s first artist-in-residence Laurie Anderson, or wander through the tulip fields. Get your anime, gaming, and cosplay fix at Sakura-Con, and don’t miss out on the live taping of a fun radio variety show.

Sakura-Con Returns To Seattle

Sakura-Con Returns To Seattle

The Pacific Northwest’s largest anime convention kicks off this weekend

“It is one of the only conventions where I have the opportunity to talk with every gamut of the social ladder,” Tobias McCurry says. “You have the people who are there to be silly and have a good time cosplaying, and the opportunity to talk with industry professionals all the way up to people who run the show and put things together.”

Seattle: Again The Place To Be

Seattle: Again The Place To Be

Seattle nears pre-pandemic visitor levels in impressive turnaround

Visit Seattle released preliminary figures for 2023 at its annual meeting Wednesday, and found that the region hosted 37.8 million visitors last year, an 8.9% increase from 2022. That’s just 10% less than in 2019, the last full year before the pandemic.

Seattle Launches Public Poetry Campaign

Seattle Launches Public Poetry Campaign

Short poems on sustainability will crop up across the city in April

Poetry installations will appear across Seattle starting April 1 as part of the city’s Public Poetry campaign…

Foot Traffic Rises Again in Downtown Seattle

Foot Traffic Rises Again in Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle Association: Slow recovery continues

Nearly 1.9 million visitors came downtown last month. Downtown averaged 85,000 daily workers, a 16% increase from February 2023. That, however, is only 57% compared to the same period in 2020, right before the pandemic.

The Indie Darling

The Indie Darling

Known for its gritty, industrial past, Georgetown now boasts an eclectic mix of locally-owned cafés, restaurants, and shops

“When I first arrived in Seattle, I was working in a welding shop in Georgetown, and I also lived on Airport Way,” says Tim Ptak, who opened the popular diner Smarty Pants in 2003. “There was nowhere to eat except for grabbing fried chicken at the Shell gas station, and I wanted to open a place where people could get a good lunch and grab something to drink after work.”

Illustration by Martin Haake

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Been to White Center lately? How about Everett or Edmonds?

Seattle’s neighborhoods — suburbs included — are as varied as the landscapes that surround them. Each has its own character and charm. The city’s commitment to sustainability, innovation, and inclusivity fuels that sense of belonging, and fosters a shared responsibility for the well-being and growth of each community.

Illustration by Martin Haake

Seattle Podcast: Tom Mara and Beth Barrett Are SIFF’s Dynamic Duo

Seattle Podcast: Tom Mara and Beth Barrett Are SIFF’s Dynamic Duo

Tom Mara planned to retire when he left Seattle nonprofit radio station KEXP after two stints totaling 34 years. That didn’t last long. In August 2022, Mara accepted the CEO job at the Seattle International Film Festival. Here, he and longtime Artistic Director Beth Barrett discuss how SIFF became one of the largest film festivals in the world, and what’s in store as the festival celebrates 50 years. This year’s festival runs from May 9-19 at SIFF’s four venues across the city, including the venerable SIFF Cinema Downtown (formerly known as The Cinerama).

Must List: March 21-27

Must List: March 21-27

Ignite Seattle, Zakir Khan, and the Purple Crayon

Catch some wildly entertaining rapid-fire talks, watch a classic children’s book come to life, or celebrate all things French. See comedian Zakir Khan, or lose yourself in Torres’ mesmerizing rock.

Seattle’s Most Popular Sports Team is…

Seattle’s Most Popular Sports Team is…

This one may surprise you

The Mariners, of course, broke a two decade playoff drought in 2022 and finished third in the AL West last year, with an 88-74 record. The M’s kick off the 2024 season with a March 28 home game against the Boston Red Sox.

Editor's Note: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Editor’s Note: Welcome to the Neighborhood

Changes are afoot across the region

A stranger was staring at my car, an old Honda CR-V. It was shortly after 8 on a Monday morning, and I was taking my son to school. We’d celebrated his birthday the night before…

Spring Into Seattle's Art Scene

Spring Into Seattle’s Art Scene

A season of premieres, performances, and pioneering art

This spring, Seattle’s arts scene is your playground. Choose from a mix of music, dance, theater, and visual arts.

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