Goi Thom Toui at Tamarind Tree
On those days when our Seattle summer doesn’t live up to its potential, I like to head to the tiny tropical oasis that is Tamarind Tree’s bamboo-tree-lined patio for the beachiest lunch around: goi thom toui, or fresh pineapple salad ($7.50 at lunch, $9.50 at dinner). Thick slices of perfectly ripe pineapple are plated with sensational grilled prawns, chicken or lemongrass tofu, lightly pickled carrots and jicama, shredded basil and mint leaves, and then roasted peanuts and crisp fried shallots are strewn over the top. Summer on a plate: It is a wonder. International District, 1036 S Jackson St.; 206.860.1404; tamarindtreerestaurant.com
Outdoor Cinema: Labyrinth
Friday (8/5) - Three Dollar Bill's Outdoor Cinema series continues, taking audiences into the magical and impossibly cool world of Jim Henson’s 1986 film, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie as the Goblin King. Grab some hot popcorn and snacks at the concession stand and curl up on a blanket at Cal Anderson Park. 8:30 p.m. Free. Southeast corner of Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill.
KEXP Concerts at the Mural
Friday (8/5) - KEXP’s popular Concerts at the Mural series is more than just a free concert, it's a glorious gathering of local indie music fans. Head to the concert early and you can hang with friends in the beer garden and listen to tunes from KEXP DJs before performances by local favorites–this week featuring The Maldives, Hey Marseilles and the Black Whales. Free. 6 - 8 pm. The Mural at Seattle Center. kexp.org/events.
Georgetown Trailer Park Mall
This is, guaranteed, the most stylish trailer park you will ever set foot in. Since last summer, these 10 teensy shops, tucked between Doris and Nebraska streets behind Jules Maes Saloon, have been peddling their vintage wares out of a parking lot that feels as funky and fun as the campground of a traveling circus. You can visit Lula B Lightning, with its amazing collection of original Seattle World’s Fair glassware ($8–$18 each); step into the Red Purse Airstream for some seriously head-turning vintage pumps; check out Comet Lodge Mercantile for upcycled steampunk duds from Paris designer Marche Noir; or score yourself some Western wear or embroidered dress shirts for the fellas and kiddos from Frida, formerly located in a shop around the corner on Airport Way. Frida owner Shannon Andersen and her husband, Bruce Andersen (who operates the automobile-themed Interstate Artspace trailer across the way), started the trailer park for last year’s Art Attack and ended up staying, opening up their doors (and sometimes even hosting food-truck friends and showing outdoor movies) every Saturday since. WHAT YOU’LL FIND: Lots of vintage cowboy boots, shoes, dresses and accessories; original artwork by local artists; and there’s even a piñata trailer, selling both custom and premade wacky candy boxes just waiting to get whacked. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: If you can’t make it on a Saturday, watch the park on Facebook and Twitter—sometimes they feel like opening up on a random Thursday as well. Georgetown Trailer Park Mall, 947 Doris St.; georgetowntrailerpark.com