There is a sense of celebration in the air, with Christmas around the corner. The most festive (and delicious!) time of the year is almost here. It’s time to catch up with friends and family over lingering feasts and conversations. Good food and wine are synonymous with Christmas parties. While most of us plan the food way in advance, picking out the wines is often a last-minute stressor. It doesn’t have to be that way!

Living in the PNW sure has its charms, and access to lovely local wines and brews is one of them. With fall on the horizon, I find myself clinging on to the final weeks of summer with lots of outdoor excursions (with the zoo being a favorite!) and refreshing drinks. August is also Washington State wine month, so there are huge wine discounts and fun events that you can check out here.

Here are some of our recommendations for soaking up the rest of the summer. 

Come light up your night and taste some of the best food and drinks the Seattle Area has to offer from local artisans at the historical Pike Place Market. There will also be Entertainment and an Instant-Win Raffle this year! The Arcade Lights event raises money to help continue some of our programming, right here in the Marketplace Community. All proceeds go towards our Senior Center, Food Bank, Preschool, Medical Clinic and so much more!

Every March, Washington State Wine (WSW)—the organization that represents all wineries and vineyards in Washington State—honors the ever-growing Washington State wine industry with a month-long celebration of tastings, pairings, promotions and events. To celebrate Taste Washington Wine Month 2016, the Fairmont Olympic Hotel will host their second annual wine event series.