Whatever You Do, Go Outside This Weekend: A Special Summertime Must List

Stunning sunsets can be witnessed at the base of Alexander Calder's "Eagle" at the Olympic Sculpture Park

Olympic Sculpture Park Summer Kickoff
Thursday (7/12) - Beginning this week and continuing every Thursday evening through the summer, Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park features a rotating lineup of fun, including food trucks, live music, wine tastings and other special events. This evening, Eduardo Mendonça’s Show Brazil! and the VamoLá Drum & Dance Ensemble bring a Brazilian carnival to the park, accompanied by the sun’s dramatic drop behind the Olympic Mountains.
Free. 2901 Western Ave.; 206.654.3100; seattleartmuseum.org 

Shakespeare in the Park
Opens Thursday (7/12) - One of Seattle’s greatest summer-evening assets are its two—two!—Shakespeare in the Park theater companies. GreenStage and Seattle Shakespeare’s Wooden O theater mount a total of four different free matinee and evening productions in area parks each summer; this year, don’t miss Twelfth Night for twins/shipwreck/mistaken-identity hilarity, or go for a tragic vibe along with King Leontes in The Winter's Tale If heavy-duty historical drama's your thing, catch Henry VIII; but we'll be tossing down our blankets for the unlikely but loveable The Taming of the Shrew.
Times and dates vary; seattleshakespeare.org; greenstage.org 

Sidewalk Sale-palooza!
Starting Thursday (7/12-7/15) - There’s no better time to patronize local businesses than when they collectively decide to let their merchandise spill into the streets on a sunny weekend. It makes for very efficient (and popsicle-friendly) browsing. Sidewalk sales are planned in Ballard (7/12-7/15), Queen Anne (7/14) and at West Seattle’s Summerfest (7/13-15), featuring a wide variety of locally-owned boutiques and vendors. 

Bastille Day
Saturday (7/14) - It seems fitting to celebrate this tres French holiday at The Corson Building, Seattle’s epicenter of farm-fresh, high-brow cooking. Visit the Bastille Day Fête here for carnival games, live music from local indie bands and delicious crepes, plus oysters from Walrus & the Carpenter. On the same day, Madison Valley—Seattle’s “Petite Paris”—is hosting its first Bastille Day Bash, a street fair featuring food and wine tastings from Belle Epicurean, Luc, and Voila Bistrot, complimentary spa treatments and more.
Bastille Day Fête: 7/14, 2 p.m. - midnight. $25. The Corson Building, 5609 Corson Ave S; 206.762.3330; thecorsonbuilding.com; Bastille Day Bash, 3pm-8pm; East Madison Street from 27th to 29th Avenues; madisonvalley.org

The "Ginger Bird" Ginger Beer Float
With the help of the friendly staff at one of our favorite wine bars, Bottlehouse, arts and culture editor Brangien Davis recently improvised a delectable summer treat: a refreshing combination of ginger beer and ice cream, which you can easily make at home! Click through for the recommended recipe: Add Rachel’s Ginger Beer (it’s non-alchoholic, in case that’s not clear) to two scoops of Bluebird Vanilla Ice Cream. If you’re feeling extra festive, you can add 2 oz of bourbon. Where possible, serve in darling retro ice cream soda glass, or with funky straw.
Rachel’s Ginger Beer is available at a lot of places around Seattle. Bluebird Microcreamery is based in Phinney-Ridge at 7400 Greenwood Ave N.