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Saturday, May 18, 2024

Drizzly U-District Street Fair


5/18/24 U-District Street Fair


After a streak of good weather during USk Seattle outings (well, except for soggy Cinco de Mayo), our luck ran out today: The U-District Street Fair was mostly damp to drizzly. Still, I managed to duck under awnings and trees to catch the general fair ambiance of tents and attendees, a balloon man, and two members of a jazz group performing on the stage.


Eventually I got chilly and tired of being dripped on by trees, so I retreated to Ugly Mug Café and Coffee Roasters, where the windows cast a nice backlighting on patrons.

5/18/24 Ugly Mug Cafe


Our luck was back for the throwdown, when it finally stopped raining and the sun even appeared briefly. (By this afternoon when I was back at home, it started pouring! I feel bad for the vendors, who probably lost a lot of sales to the miserable weather.)


For three decades before the pandemic, the annual U-District Street Fair was one of our favorite summer (or near-summer) events. Begun in 1970 with roots in activism for social and political change, this was Seattle’s first street fair and the country’s longest-running festival of its kind. It came back strong in 2022 after a necessary pandemic pause, but we didn’t attend the last couple years. Despite the rain, it was good to be back today, especially with USk Seattle. (The last time USk Seattle met there was in 2019.)

Speaking of USk, Monday is my 12-year anniversary since I joined Urban Sketchers Seattle!

12 years with my tribe!

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