Madison Park Events: Things to Do in July

Get out in nature, and enjoy some new experiences this July in Madison Park and Madison Valley.

Throughout July: Workshops at City People’s Garden Store
Various Dates | City People’s Garden Store
Each month, the City People’s Garden Store offers a variety of workshops. In July, the workshops offered are as follows:

Throughout July: Wine Tastings
Varying Times | Madrona Wine Merchants
Madrona Wine Merchants offers wine tastings throughout July for interested or curious wine-o’s!

  • Spanish Wines, July 1st from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, July 2nd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, July 8th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, July 9th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

July 1: Forest Therapy Walk
9am — 10:30am | Washington Park Arboretum
Enjoy a slow, intentional walk through nature on July 1st, for the Arboretum’s Forest Therapy Walk. The Guide will offer place-based invitations so that walk participants can connect with their senses, others, and nature itself with a deeper appreciation and mindful enjoyment. Dress weather-appropriate. Meet at the Graham Visitor’s Center at the start of the walk. Tickets are $15/person.

July 1: First Saturday Family Program – Tanabata Festival
10am — 3pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Wish upon a star at the Seattle Japanese Garden’s Tanabata Festival, celebrated July 1st as part of the garden’s monthly first Saturday Family Program. You can write down your wishes or poems and attach them to bamboo sticks throughout the garden as part of the celebrations. In addition, Seattle Kokon Taiko will offer a live performance, local Japanese sword group Seibu-Ryu Iai Battojutsu will do a demonstration, and P.A.P.E.R. Origami will provide origami folding lessons.

July 6: First Thursday Tram Tour
11am — 12pm | Washington Park Arboretum
The Washington Park Arboretum’s 13-passenger tram offers monthly tours of the expansive nature park. Riders and participants on the first Thursday tour each month will learn about highlights of the season, new plantings, history of the Arboretum and more as they travel from the Graham Visitors Center to the Pacific Connections Garden. This is an open-air tour that operates year-round, rain or shine. Register here.

July 6: First Free Thursday
5pm — 7pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
For July’s first free Thursday at the Seattle Japanese Garden, take part in an Origami in the Garden experience. Learn about the history of origami, and fold your own using the provided paper and instructions. Refreshments will also be provided. Entry to the Seattle Japanese Garden will be free from 3 p.m. until close.

July 7: Twilight Tram Tour
8pm — 9:30pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Experience the Washington Park Arboretum in a whole new light—literally. The Twilight Tram Tour offers a unique chance to enjoy the nightlife of the park, as you ride the 13-passenger tram through the Arboretum and see wildlife such as bats, owls and raccoons. Your guide will share the history of the Arboretum throughout the tour (offered July 7th and 21st). The cost is $20/person.

July 15: Spanish Food and Wine Fair
10am — 2pm | Harvest Vine
Visit Harvest Vine on Saturday, July 15th for a unique opportunity to meet the restaurant’s purveyors and importers, learning how to create some of the favorite dishes and where to find some exceptional ingredients. The “Feria España” Spanish Food and Wine Fair is a special event where attendees can find Spanish wines and sherries that are difficult to find elsewhere, plus Paella kits, peppers, meats, olive oils, cheeses and more! There will be discounts for wine purchases of 6 bottles or more. Entry is $20 per person ($10 of which is a credit toward any food or wine you purchase at the fair).

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