Seattle Belltown Blog




For those of you who don’t know about one of the greatest PNW traditions here in Seattle, here’s your key! All month long enjoy The Argosy Christmas Ship Festival at one of their 65 different Puget Sound waterfronts. The Argosy Christmas Ship sails around to different waterfront communities caroling holiday cheer through their state-of-the-art speaker system. Take a look at their December 2016 schedule, and join your community for a bonfire while listening to the Christmas Ship!

The Argosy Cruise donates a portion of all ticket sales to benefit The Seattle Times Fund For The Needy. The Puget Sound charity ensures that local nonprofits will continue to provide programs and services that serve children, seniors, and families


If dogs wearing costumes makes you smile (whether it’s your pooch or someone else’s), you may enjoy the 2016 Dog-O-Ween held at Bell Street Park in the vicinity of 2nd Ave. on Bell Street in downtown Seattle. The event takes place on Saturday October 22nd from 11 am to 4 pm, with a dog costume contest as well as a performance by the popular children’s performer, Caspar Babypants.

Presented by Seattle’s COLA (Citizens for Off-Leash Areas), this will be the 2nd year for this event. Last year’s event was sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation and 6 community partners, but was cancelled due to extremely harsh weather conditions.

In a former life, Caspar Babypants (real name Chris Ballew) was a member of the musical group “The Presidents of the United States of America”. He now performs well-received, family-centric music, and has recorded 11 children’s albums, including two based on The Beatles’ music. His 12th album is due out in November 2016.

Bring your dog or enjoy someone else’s…in full Halloween attire at Dog-O-Ween.

2016_HC_SEA_CourseMap_Small-791x1024Get ready to sprint your way to sweet sips!

Time to lace up those running shoes and sign up for the annual Hot Chocolate 15/5k run! This fun and festive event will be held on Sunday, March 6th and is fun for seasoned runners and first-timers who aren’t afraid of a challenge!

The 5k begins bright and early at 6:45a.m. and the 15k starts at 7:55a.m. Participants can expect a fun, well organized and challenging race through the heart of beautiful Downtown Seattle (hills and all!), a fabulous SWAG bag to take home and, of course, delicious chocolate!

If you’re looking for a fun way to spend your Sunday while getting a great workout, consider signing up for this once-a-year event. The challenge is worth it to get to the Post Race Party where runners will enjoy music, a family friendly environment and a ‘finisher’s mug’ filled with hot chocolate, chocolate fondue and delightfully dippable treats. Don’t sweat the calories, you will have earned this chocolate indulgence!

The Hot Chocolate Run isn’t just a great way to spend a day off. The Hot Chocolate Run is partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, helping to provide a home-away-from-home for children and the families of children being treated at Seattle Children’s’ Hospital, at little to no cost to the families. A portion of the proceeds from signing up for this race will go to this outstanding cause, helping to make a real difference in our community.

Not ready to lace up and race? That’s fine! But be aware, this race will take place in Downtown Seattle and along many main roads and thoroughfares, so you will want to plan ahead for any travel on that day. Take a look at the map (above) to see the route and read the chart below for a street closure timeline, to help you plan your day.

Get ready for a Hot (Chocolate) Time in the Old Town, this March!



Street Closure



Side of Road

Closure Time

Anticipated Opening

2nd Ave Thomas St Broad St Whole Road 6:15AM 9:10AM
Broad St 2nd Ave Elliott Ave Westbound 6:15AM 9:15AM
Elliott Ave Broad St SR-99 NB On-Ramp SB One Lane 6:15AM 9:20AM
Elliott Ave SR-99 NB On-Ramp Western Ave Whole Road 6:20AM 9:20AM
Western Ave Elliott Ave Spring St Whole Road 6:20AM 9:40AM
SR-99 Bell St John St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
SR-99 Western Ave John St SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Aurora Ave Denny Way 45th St NB Lanes 6:15AM 11:15AM
Aurora Ave 38th St Denny Way SB Lanes 6:15AM 10:25AM
Harrison St Aurora Ave Dexter Ave Whole Road 6:25AM 11:15AM
Dexter Ave Harrison St Mercer St SB One Lane 6:25AM 11:15AM
Mercer St Dexter Ave 5th Ave East Bound Lanes 6:25AM 11:20AM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave SB Lanes 3:00AM 12:00PM
5th Ave Mercer St Thomas Ave NB Lanes 6:25AM 11:25AM

An argument at a homeless services center in the neighborhood erupted into a fight where one woman hit another with a golf club, in Belltown crime news. The incident occurred when a woman and her daughter were waiting for services at the Downtown Emergency Service Center just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 27th.

The daughter allegedly began arguing with another woman, whom she said was staring at her. The women both threatened each other with violence, causing a security officer to ask them both to leave.

After exiting the building, the woman who was allegedly staring was joined by two more women. At this point, according to police reports, the mother stepped in and told the three women that no one would be allowed to assault her daughter. One of those women proceeded to punch the mother in the face, which caused the argument to escalate to a physical fight in the street outside of the DESC.

One of the three women fighting with the mother and daughter told another of her partners to “get the tool out of the trunk”, at which point the woman took a golf club out of a nearby car and hit either the mother or daughter (the reports online are unclear).

The three women fled the scene in a red Chevrolet, headed southbound on 2nd Avenue. Seattle Police Department bicycle officers arrived at the scene. The officers found the victims to be not seriously injured, although one of the women had an abrasion on her face. Both the mother and daughter victims refused medical treatment, and left the scene after providing police with their statements.

SPD did not get any further information about the three other women who fled the scene.

The DESC has been offering an emergency shelter and sanctuary for adults living with behavioral health problems and chronic homelessness since 1979. According to the website, “[Their] mission is not merely to offer shelter, but to end the homelessness of our community’s most vulnerable people, through an integrated array of clinical services and supportive housing that allows men and women to reclaim their lives and reach their highest potential.”

Featured photo from here.

From live music events to restaurant dinners and Father’s Day, there are lots of fun Belltown events to mark on your calendar for June! Read more about the happenings below…

  1. June 1 – Tavolàta June Sunday Feast: The monthly Sunday feast at Tavolàta in June will feature Wild Mushrooms & Garden Vegetables! The menu includes three courses, each highlighting delicious bounty from farm and forager! Seats are $60 per person, and the dinner is served family-style starting at 6 p.m. Call 206-838-8008 for reservations.
  2. June 10 – The Beatles Trivia at The Crocodile: Beatles fans, head to The Crocodile on Tuesday, June 10th at 7 p.m. for a night of trivia, special cocktails, and prizes for brainiest Beatles fan and best costume. The Beatles Trivia Night is a free event!
  3. June 15 – Father’s Day Brunch at AQUA by El Gaucho: Celebrate Dad with a delicious brunch at AQUA by El Gaucho on Sunday, June 15th for Father’s Day! Call to reserve your table: 206-956-9171.
  4. June 15 – Summer Rock Band Camp Recital at The Crocodile: Enjoy some fabulous entertainment as the Summer Rock Band campers perform a live music recital at The Crocodile on Sunday, June 15th at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person.
  5. June 21 – Jet City Rock (Best of Seattle): The School of Rock, which provides music lessons with a performance-based method, is performing a ‘Best of Seattle’ event on Saturday, June 21st. The Jet City Rock event begins at 5 p.m. at The Crocodile. Tickets are $12 per person.
  6. June 28 – Midsummer Night’s Dream Cabaret at El Gaucho: Enjoy a three-act cabaret show, a four course dinner, full bar, and Sommelier’s selection wine list at El Gaucho Seattle’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Cabaret evening. Doors open at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour, and dinner and the show begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person. Click here to view the menu, and call 206-728-1337 to reserve your seat!

Featured photo from TheCrocodile.com.