Culture Dose: Almost-Spring Flings

Washington State Wine

Cool concerts, cocktails, Kurios & more

Sure, a recent heat wave and string of azure-skied days have filled Seattle’s trails and parks with hordes of eager sun worshippers. It’s been glorious. Yet we must remind ourselves of one undeniable fact: It’s only February; technically, summer’s still a long way off.

Luckily for us, though, this city books awesome concerts, festivals and happenings for every season, and this time of year is no exception. We’ve gathered some tempting ideas on how to pass the weeks until the official arrival of spring.

*GET YOUR OM ON

Yogis unite March 5 through 8 in Lynnwood at the Northwest Yoga Conference. This year the four-day event explores a powerful theme—”Illuminate Your Mind, Body and Spirit”—in its workshops with much-anticipated presenters like Richard Miller and Annie Carpenter, plus at special events with DJ Hyfi, motivational talks, music performances and the return of a bustling marketplace that showcases yoga-centric wares. Single- and multi-day passes are going fast, so interested participants should hop to and register ASAP.

Lion Lady Photography/Courtesy Northwest Yoga Conference
Lion Lady Photography/Courtesy Northwest Yoga Conference

*MUSIC-MAKIN’ MAGIC

This weekend, Wintergrass brings back some boot-stomping fun to an unexpected locale—the Hyatt Regency Bellevue. As one of the biggest bluegrass festivals in the country, the vibrant event gathers regional and national acts—and their fans—from February 26 through March 1. The event features lively performances on multiple stages plus impromptu jam sessions that fill the hotel’s hallways, nooks and crannies until the wee hours. (A kick-off concert rocks Fremont’s Nectar Lounge Wednesday, February 25.)

Mr Sun: Darol Anger, Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy & Ethan Jodziewicz, photo by Shelly Swanger
Mr Sun: Darol Anger, Joe K. Walsh, Grant Gordy & Ethan Jodziewicz, photo by Shelly Swanger

In other music news, on March 7 Ballard Homestead opens its doors as a “new space for community,” curated by Abbey Arts (the folks who consistently fill Fremont Abbey with beautiful music). A free party that day, from 4 to 9 p.m., celebrates the re-opening of the stunning Ballard building (built in 1923).

For other upcoming concert ideas, check out helpful local music blogs and scour websites for upcoming “must-see” shows at spaces like Tractor Tavern (Langhorne Slim returns Saturday, February 28) and Neptune Theatre (where Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield perform March 26).

Jumay Design
Ballard Homestead, photo by Jumay Design

*CLINK CLINK!

Gathering to eat, drink and be merry is the name of the game at Taste Washington, billed as the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. The extravaganza pleases palates from March 26 through 29 at happenings like a VIP party, seminars and the Grand Tasting. A new addition this year, the “Taste Washington on the Farm” excursion on March 27 allows attendees to meet farmers, visit wineries, get their boots a bit muddy and, of course, indulge in local food and wine.

Taste Washington, photo by Kristin Marie Photography

*WANDERLUSTERS UNITE

EverGreen Escapes makes waves with the April 2 opening of its SoDo Adventure Hub, a place for visitors to “personally connect with other passionate wanderers, swap stories and dreams of future adventures and even begin planning the next big trip.” The Hub, the vision of Jake Haupert, owner of the  luxury, eco-conscious adventure tour company, provides a welcoming space (think comfy chairs plus lots of hard copy and online reading material) in which to swap tales and tips, all while savoring a glass of Washington wine.

Courtesy EverGreen Escapes
Adventure Hub, photo courtesy EverGreen Escapes

*STAY CURIOUS

What better way to enliven the season than with the consistently-dazzling characters of Cirque du Soleil? Now through March 22, “Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities” keeps the scene vibrant at Redmond’s Marymoor Park.

Bottom line: However you choose to pass the weeks and months leading up to that coveted season, Seattle has you covered. We’ll see you soon enough, summer, but in the meantime, we’re doing A-ok.