Must List: Hot Sauce Fest, Big Day of Play, Mini Maker Faire

Your weekly guide to Seattle's hottest events.
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MUST ADD HEAT

Hot Sauce Fest  
(8/18) Make your Saturday sizzle at this event, presented by Seattle-based community engagement nonprofit The World Is Fun and local Ballyhoo Hot Sauce Company. Formerly Ballard Burrito Fest, the new event will feature lawn games, films at dusk, food trucks and, of course, hot sauce tastings. Wash down the heat with suds from the beer garden. Proceeds from the day benefit The World Is Fun’s charitable programs. 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Free. Ballard Commons Park, Ballard, 5701 22nd Ave. NW; theworldisfun.org


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MUST GREEN UP

CHOMP!
(8/18) Celebrate local farmers, chefs and restaurants; take in some live music; and immerse yourself in workshops and activities that celebrate locally sourced, healthy foods and sustainable lifestyles. A free shuttle from the Redmond Transit Center adds convenience to this family-friendly sustainable-living fair. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Free; parking $5. Marymoor Park, Redmond, 6046 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE; chomplocal.org

MUST GET OUTSIDE

Big Day of Play
(8/18) Seattle Parks and Recreation wants you to get active, literally. The Big Day of Play is an annual event part of Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Get Moving initiative, a push to get Seattleites involved in outdoor activities with their families and communities. Challenge your friends to a game of pickleball, a PNW favorite, bubble soccer, giant bowling and more. Plus, After hours of running around and kicking butt, make sure to stop by a food truck to refuel. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. Rainier Community Center and Playfields, Columbia City, 4600 38th Ave. S; bigdayofplay.org


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MUST CELEBRATE FOOD

Sunset Supper at Pike Place Market
(8/17) Eat and drink to your heart’s content while supporting Seattle’s most iconic farmers market. The evening soirée will include food from local favorites including Matt’s in the Market and Pasta Casalinga, drinks from Rachel’s Ginger Beer, Copperworks Distilling, and Pike Brewing just to name a few, and a live band so you can dance the night (and pasta) away. Proceeds benefit The Pike Place Market Foundation. 7:30 p.m. $175. Pike Place Market, downtown, on Pike Place between Virginia St. and Pine St.; pikeplacemarketfoundation.org

MUST CREATE

Mini Maker Faire
(8/18–8/19) Dubbed as “The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth,” this family-friendly showcase brings together crafters, garage tinkerers, tech enthusiasts and scientists to show off their creations. Learn how to create a podcast from people behind “Hella Black, Hella Seattle,” find out how you can become a 3-D printing inventor, and see the future of fashion at the Fashion + Tech Show. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Prices vary. MoPOP, Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N; mopop.org

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