June marks the official start of summer and a chance to unwind and enjoy the sunshine. Walk anywhere in Seattle during this time of year and you’ll come across people out on a patio with drinks in hand or laying out on a beach towel at the park. According to Google and the poet Ovid, the month is supposedly named after the Roman goddess of love and fertility, Juno, as well as the Latin iuniores, meaning “younger ones.” It’s no surprise then that June brings in festivities of all kinds that center on love, rebirth, acceptance, and Pride. In short, June is a time of self-love and love for others; of youthful energy; and of knowing our histories, celebrating milestones, and acknowledging that there is still much to be done for a brighter, more inclusive world.
Take that June energy with you wherever you go this month and beyond. Here are a few places and events to consider:
Pioneer Square Art Walk
Kick off Pioneer Square Art Walk and Pride Month with Party Hat’s “Live Print Party + Queer Pop Up.” This collaborative artist space will feature the works of queer artists and makers—Alyssa Anne, Kim Selling, and Ashley Nieves—and their visual art, vintage clothing, and screen prints, respectively. Plus, Anne and Nieves, along with Andrea Marcos and Andrew Lamb Schultz, will print designs onto your blank t-shirt, for a price. June 7, 5-9 pm. Party Hat, 312 S Washington St #G.
Father’s Day Cooking Class with Elysian
Pretzels, dips, and beer—what could be better? Do something special for dad this month by signing up for a cooking class with Elysian’s head chefs. They’ll teach you to make the perfect homemade pretzel and two different sauces, beer mustard and smoked jalapeno cheese sauce. Plus, each ticket comes with two pints of beer! June 10, 1-3 pm. Elysian Fields, 542 First Ave S.
The Undead Cabaret: The Great Seattle Fire of 1889
Go back in time to the Great Seattle Fire—no, seriously. The Undead Cabaret presents a night filled with dark humor, dance, music (and peppered with a lot of history) that shed light on the events of the fire that burned down our city a century ago. Learn about Seattle’s haunted past and you might never be the same again. June 15-17. Spooked in Seattle, 102 Cherry St.
Poetry in a Time of Chaos
Art-and-poetry space Mount Analogue will house Seattle Civic Poet Anastacia-Renee’s installation, “Poetry in a Time of Chaos,” for the month of June. The installation will feature works by Anastacia-Renee, poems by emerging and established poets both local and national, and a “blow-up interactive poem-environment,” with several workshops occurring throughout the month. The event will close on June 30 with a celebration of the second printing of Anastacia-Renee’s (v.) and poet Sarah Galvin’s Ugly Time, both out from Gramma Poetry. June 7-30. Mount Analogue, 300 S Washington St.
E. Smith Mercantile
We’re incredibly sad to see E. Smith Mercantile go after all these years. A true Pioneer Square staple, this mercantile-cocktail bar hybrid has been a favorite for so many in the community. Near the end of June, they’ll be hosting two separate events—their second annual Pioneer Square Rummage Sale & Ice Cream Social, on June 23, and an Estate Sale & Silent Auction Party, on June 24. Come partake in the closing ceremonies and take a piece of E. Smith Mercantile home with you to cherish. June 23 & 24, 12-7 pm. E. Smith Mercantile, 208 First Ave S.
Image from E. Smith Mercantile