What to Do in Pioneer Square - September

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We often consider the transition from summer to fall as a time of melancholy and loss. But viewed another way, fall brings with it a specific kind of beauty in the form of rejuvenation and renewal. For many of us, September signals a return to the familiar as we unwind from the busy thrill of summer. With that in mind, now more than ever is a good opportunity to pay closer attention to what we think we know - whether that’s people or places or ideas - and connect with them in a new way. Like the trees that eventually shed old leaves to make room for new ones in spring, September is a month to take things slow, recharge our curious minds, and approach life with positive energy and a fresh perspective.

Here are some events around the neighborhood that invite you to connect with a community and to think differently about our familiar world:

Seattle Design Festival
For two weeks in September, the annual Seattle Design Festival features art installations, panels, tours and more to explore how design can be used to improve our local communities. This year’s theme, TRUST, invites diverse communities throughout the city, from designers to residents to city officials, to envision a more sensible and trusting future together. September 6-21. Various locations.

Hit the Streets Happy Hour
The final Hit the Streets Happy Hour of the season happens this month. Enjoy special happy hour treats from various local businesses around the neighborhood, including yours truly! Stop by to pick up a gift for you or a friend and receive a free stacking ring with your purchase. September 13, 3-6 pm. Fresh Tangerine, 89 ½ Yesler Way.

Night Nation Run
Neon lights, live music and bubbles galore give your standard marathon a run for its money. The 5k Night Nation Run is the world’s first running music festival and is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Runners start and end at CenturyLink Field and the night closes with a dance party, featuring top headliner DJs and all the glow-sticks you’ll ever need. September 15, 5 pm. CenturyLink Field, 800 Occidental Ave S.


The Witching Hour
Cafe Nordo’s eccentric and immersive dinner theater series returns with an ode to the occult. While a group of self-styled occultists read from an ancient text and unleash chaos unto the world, the audience is treated to a “four-curse” meal for a pleasantly terrifying theatrical and culinary experience. September 20 - November 18. Cafe Nordo, 109 S Main St.

Artists Philippe Hyojung Kim and Maria Phillips exhibit new work created from recycled materials to close out their artist residency through Recology Cleanscapes. Typology of Absence and Second Nature both consider art’s role in the environment and encourage viewers to conserve the earth’s resources. September 6-23. 109 S Washington St.


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