Kickin’ Boot Whiskey Kitchen
The folks who brought you the The Matador present a new addition to Ballard’s bevy of barbecue restaurants. Kickin’ Boot will serve house-smoked meats, Southern barbecue and lots and lots of whiskey. Read Cody Bay’s full preview to learn more about the menu offerings, including something she describes as “a terrifying meat extravaganza.”
Opens at 4pm on 8/16 and 8/17, then 11am-2am daily. Ballard, 5309 22nd Ave. NW; 206.783.BOOT; kickinboot.com
Auction of Washington Wines
The 25th annual Auction of Washington Wines celebrates Washington wines and benefits the uncompensated care program at Seattle Children’s and Washington State University’s viticulture and enology program. In addition to tasting delicious local wines, we’re looking forward to the always stellar dessert tent, which boasts a Cirque du Soleil theme this year.
8/16-8/18. $150. Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 145th St.; 425.488.1133; auctionofwashingtonwines.org
BAMIgnite: Funk Out
Bellevue Arts Museum is throwing an after-hours party on their new rooftop sculpture garden. Enjoy music from KEXP DJs Darek Mazzone & Chilly, African dance and music performed by Gansango Music & Dance Company, plus an interactive exhibit for which you can play curator for a day by bringing your own item to showcase.
8/17. 8-11pm. $12 at the door (free for members). Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE; 425.519.0770; bellevuearts.org
MUST GO OUTSIDE
Hike to a Waterfall
Imagine: just an easy mile through the mossy woods and suddenly, you’re standing at the base of a roaring 70-foot-tall giant, soaking up spray and reveling in the fact that two hours earlier, you were in the city. Check out our Best Northwest Hikes guide to find the perfect adventure for taking advantage of this sunny weather—within city limits, or well beyond.
Outdoor Summer Cinema
Two outdoor movies will take you back in time this weekend: Revisit those debauchery-filled college days with Animal House, screening at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, where beer and barbecue will be served (21+ only; no food fights!); Or go further back by way of a souped up DeLorean, with the more family-friendly screening of Back to the Future at Magnuson Park.
Red Hook's Moonlight Cinema Woodinville: 8/16, 6pm. $5. 14300 NE 145th St., Woodinville, 425.483.3232; redhook.com
Pemco Outdoor Movies at Magnuson: 8/16, 7pm. $5. Magnuson Park Athletic Fields, 7400 Sand Point Way NE; epicap.com