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From wine tastings to nature tours, mark your calendars for some fun events in the neighborhood and surrounding areas this September.

Throughout September: 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 September, the workshops offered are as follows:

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

  • Petite French, September 2nd from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, “Made in the USA”, September 3rd from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Round Two of the French Open, September 9th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, September 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Willamette Valley, September 16th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, September 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, September 23rd from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, September 24th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, September 30th from 2 – 4 p.m.

September 2: First Saturday Family Program – Origami in the Garden
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Origami originated far back in Japan’s 6th century, and was then used exclusively for formal rituals and ceremonies. Since the 17th century when it was made available for recreational purposes, it has been enjoyed by many. This September, the Japanese Garden is hosting “Origami in the Garden” for the monthly Family Saturday event.

September 7: 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.

September 7: First Free Thursday
4pm — 7pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Photographer Ray Pfortner has curated a lovely Fall Photography Exhibit at the Seattle Japanese Garden, which will be showcased for the First Free Thursday in September. An opening reception begins at 4 p.m., with refreshments provided. Entry to the Seattle Japanese Garden will be free from 3 p.m. until close.

September 8-25: Madison Park Art Walk
5pm — 9pm | Madison Park
Enjoy local artists at spots around the neighborhood during the Madison Park Art Walk, September 8th through 25th. The opening night reception is at Starbucks on September 8th from 5 – 9 p.m.

September 9: Moon Viewing
6pm — 10pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
Each year, the Seattle Japanese Garden lights up with lanterns and other luminaries for an enchanting evening celebrating the full moon. Guests will enjoy live performances on the koto, bamboo flute and percussion from guest musicians, as well as a Haiku competition.

September 12: A Closer Look Arboretum Tour
6:30pm — 8pm | Washington Park Arboretum
Take a journey through the Washington Park Arboretum and learn more about the interesting plant collections, in a tour led by Ray Larson, the Curator of Living Collections for the UW Botanical Gardens. The plants with fall interest will be highlighted on September’s tour. RSVP – the $5 at the door is a donation toward the Arboretum’s Education Programs.

September 21: Europvin Wine Dinner
6pm — 9pm | Harvest Vine
Enjoy a special evening showcasing the brightest wine regions of Spain, by tasting Spanish wines alongside thoughtful dinner course pairings. Lucia Ramos Perez of Europvin is hosting the event with Harvest Vine, and Chef Joey Serquinia is preparing the menu, which includes a roasted suckling pig! Click here to view the full menu. Tickets are $115/person, all-inclusive.

Don’t miss out on a really fun and delicious dinner tomorrow evening at Harvest Vine! The restaurant is holding a prix-fixe paella dinner of five courses with wine pairings and flamenco entertainment from performer Ben Woods. Courses include fried Galician-style green peppers with sea salt, heirloom tomato salad, paella of rabbit, chicken and chorizo, a selection of Spanish cheeses and accompaniments, and Spanish-style vanilla bean custard. Click here for more details and to buy tickets.

Date: Thursday, August 17th

Time: 6 p.m. (dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.)

Price: $160/person (all-inclusive)

Enjoy some of these fun Madison Park and Madison Valley events coming up in August…

Throughout August: 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 August, the workshops offered are as follows:

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

  • French Fantasies, August 5th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, Domaine Vetriccie, August 6th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Loire (That’s French, You Know), August 12th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, Frugal French, August 13th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, August 19th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, August 20th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • TBD Tasting, August 26th from 2 – 4 p.m.
  • Sunday Sippers, August 27th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

August 3: 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.

August 3: First Free Thursday
4pm — 7pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
For August’s first free Thursday at the Seattle Japanese Garden, enjoy the 7th Annual Butoh performance of “Wandering and Wondering”, a group of dancers and musicians directed by Joan Laage of Kogut Butoh. Entry to the Seattle Japanese Garden will be free from 3 p.m. until close.

August 4: Twilight Tram Tour
7pm — 8:30pm | 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 August 4th and 18th). The cost is $20/person.

August 5: Forest Therapy Walk
9am — 10:30am | Washington Park Arboretum
Enjoy a slow, intentional walk through nature on August 5th, 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.

August 5: First Saturday Family Program – Kite Making
11am — 1pm | Seattle Japanese Garden
The Drachen Foundation is synonymous in Seattle with kites, and the foundation’s Gregory Kono will host a hands-on kite-making workshop for the Seattle Japanese Garden’s First Family Saturday event in August. This event is free, and the whole family is welcome. The workshop will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., and visitors can make mini koi and yakko kites with Mr. Kono while supplies last.

August 17: Summer Paella & Flamenco Dinner
6pm — 9pm | Harvest Vine
Enjoy a delicious summer paella dinner with wine pairings, supplemented by live flamenco music for full ambiance. The Harvest Vine is hosting a Summer Paella & Flamenco Dinner on August 17th, featuring Ben Woods. Guests may arrive at 6 p.m., with the five-course dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The price is $160/person, and includes the food, wine pairing, entertainment and tax and gratuity.

The rich flavors and exotic cuisine of Spain comes to Harvest Vine on Saturday, July 15th for the restaurant’s “Feria España” Spanish Wine and Food Fair. This is a wonderful opportunity to sample some excellent Spanish wines and sherries alongside delicious small bites as you shop Spanish food products from Culinary Collective and Aneto.

Harvest Vine is known for some creative and tasty Basque dishes featuring many of these food ingredients that are harder to find here in the Pacific Northwest, so this is your chance!

You’ll get to meet a handful of the importers and purveyors, chat with Harvest Vine staff about the food and wine products, and sample some delicious small bites. Chef Joey Serquinia will be creating these appetizers and demonstrating how to use the unique ingredients on sale at the Fair.

The wines and sherries at this Spanish Wine and Food Fair are brought to you by Europvin, American NW Wines and Vinea Imports. You’ll find some bottles that are typically very difficult for consumers to find.

The food products are offered by Culinary Collective and a couple of their featured brands and producers, such as Aneto. In addition to some wonderful Paella Kits stocked with rice and non-perishable ingredients in a 6-person paella pan, there will be meats, cheeses, olive oils, peppers and more.

Tickets are $20 per person, and include a $10 credit toward any food and/or wine purchase at the Fair. There will be discounts for purchases of cases of wine and purchases of six or more bottles.