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Art in Downtown Issaquah

As we enter the last month of summer, get your fix of outdoor art in Issaquah. In August, every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. and Friday from 6-9 p.m., artists will host pop up shops during the Gas Station Blues concert series at the Historic Shell Station. Issaquah also is inviting artists to participate in the Plein Air art contest, where they’ll compete to capture flower baskets or pots on Front St. The best artwork will be decided by attendees of the Confluence Music Festival and made into t-shirts and cards to benefit the Downtown Issaquah Association.

Woodmark Hotel Celebrates 30 Years

There’s lots to celebrate coming up at the Woodmark Hotel. This year Carillion Point and the Woodmark Hotel are celebrating its 30th anniversary with a free party on August 15 from 5-8:30 p.m. The event will have a beer garden, musical performance, cake, and more. The Woodmark also is celebrating the launch of the upcoming University of Washington football season with Huskie Cruises. For every home game, guests can tailgate on Lake Union to the stadium. The ride is through Waterway Cruises with the boat launching from the Woodmark. Tickets for Huskie Cruises can be found here.

Sky Valley Corks & Kegs Block Party

Heading into its third year, the Sky Valley Corks & Kegs Block Party is taking over a slice of Monroe to host tastings of local breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries. The block party will be on Aug. 3 from 3-10 p.m. and is sponsored by the Monroe/Sky Valley Family YMCA and Cornerstone Academy. The Corks and Kegs Block Party also will have food trucks, live music, games, and dancing. With a ticket, guests will receive a tasting glass and eight tasting tokens. Tickets can be purchased at here.