In the Know: SLU Block Party August 12

South Lake Union’s largest neighborhood celebration is back next Friday, August 12th from 11am to 11pm! This year’s (free!) event features a jam-packed lineup including Beat Connection,Hibou, The True Loves, Lemolo, and Danny Newcomb & the Sugarmakers, the “best burger in SLU” competition, the School of Visual Concepts Steamroller Smackdown, Brave Horse Tavern beer garden and more.


// Burger Grilling Competition //

Sample sliders from all five restaurants vying for the coveted title of “Best Burger in SLU” at the Best Burger Grilling Competition presented by Whole Foods Market! Advance tickets can be purchased at Whole Foods Market South Lake Union or at the event for $20.

Tickets include all five of these burgers from South Lake Union restaurants:

  1. Brave Horse Tavern “The Torta Burger Press”
  2. Local Public Eatery “Big Kahuna Burger”
  3. Lunchbox Laboratory “Piggie Smalls”
  4. Pan Pacific Hotel “99 Problems But A Peach Ain’t One”
  5. Sam’s Tavern “Magic Mushroom Burger”

// Restaurants & Food Trucks //

Art Marble 21 / Evergreens Salad / Hurry Curry of Tokyo / Lunchbox Laboratory / Mamnoon Street / Sweetgrass Food Co. / Athenas / Bomba Fusion / D’Asporto by Tutta Bella Neapolitan Pizzeria / Lumpia World / Monster Dogs / My Sweet Little Cakes / Top Pot Doughnuts / Wood Shop BBQ / Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade

// Music //

Bands: Beat Connection / Hibou / The True Loves / Lemolo / Danny Newcomb & The Sugarmakers 

DJs: DJ Tomi (Women Warriors / Head in the Clouds) / DJ Ahold (Tuf)



// Steamroller Smackdown Presented by SVC //

Take in the spectacle of the School of Visual Concepts’ annual Steamroller Smackdown, where teams of top designers will print gigantic posters using a steamroller in lieu of a traditional printing press. This year’s thought-provoking poster theme is Northwest Stories; trophies will be awarded by Seattle Arts and Lectures Executive Director Ruth Dickey. While you’re there, visit SVC’s portable printing parlour and typeset a letterpress poster of your own. For more information visit SVC’s website.

2:25 – Turnstyle | Ten Gun Design | Evolution Press | Annie’s Art & Frame

3:30 – DEI Creative | Facebook | POP | Paper Hammer

4:35 – Starbucks Global Creative | Tether | Fell Swoop | Astronauts & Poets

5:40 – Oracle | City Arts | WONGDOODY | Hornall Anderson

6:45 – Publicis | Amazon | Tableau | AIGA

7:45 – Trophies will be presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures Executive Director Ruth Dickey

// For a good cause //

As the largest festival focused on celebrating and showcasing South Lake Union, proceeds from the Block Party benefit local organizations committed to the neighborhood. This year’s event will benefit the Cascade Playground Activation Committee (CPAC), a non-profit organization that includes Cascade and South Lake Union neighborhood residents, small business owners, and community organizations. The CPAC supports community building and engagement, making Cascade Playground a safe, fun, and enjoyable park to use for all who live and visit in the neighborhood.


SLU Block Party      |       Denny Way & Westlake Ave N, Seattle      |         August 12, 2016