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10 Things to Do in Seattle on National Grandparents Day

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[Ricardo Rossi]

Months ago, you promised your grandparents you'd take them out on their special day and then you forgot all about it. Well guess what, sucker, that day has come. Sunday is National Grandparents' Day and it's your job to take them on a tour of Seattle. Here's the thing...you can't take them to the Ballard Locks again. You've done that, like, three years in a row. Plus you took your uncle there last year. The shine is off that diamond. But fear not, Elizabeth Tudor has scoured the city listings for ten events and activities going on this weekend perfect for quality time with Nanna and Poppy (Seriously though, grandparents or not, why aren't you already going to that grilled cheese festival?).

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1. San Gennaro Festival of Seattle

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1225 South Angelo Street
Seattle, WA 98108

Pizza? Olives? Sausage? Gelato? Cannoli? Music from Ray Massa's EuroRhythms? You've never figured out why your grandpa mutters in Italian when he eats pizza, but maybe he'll drink too much wine at this Italian festival, and tell you why.

2. Seattle Design Festival Block Party

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South Main Street & Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

This is not a wild, crazy party, but a two-day celebration and demonstration of Design in Motion. Nine installations from teams of local designers will be set up for your grandpa to ridicule. He never understood modern art, but your grandma loves it. Image: Trevor Dykstra

3. Grandparents Day at Seattle Children's Museum

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305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768
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If you have kids, take everybody here, and grandparents get in free! (2 grandparents per paid child, so don't go loading up on freeloading grandparents...)

4. Esoteric Book Conference

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15th Avenue Northeast & Northeast Pacific Street, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105

Line your eyes with black eyeliner, put on your best black outfit, and pick up your grandparents in your friend's old hearse. They will lovingly remember your emo/goth stage and look on semi-approvingly as you share your appreciation of occult-themed books.

5. Hawaiian Cultural Festival

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Armory, 305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

Remember that time your grandparents went to Hawaii and brought you back that ukulele and all those shells? You still have that stuff! Reminisce together as you nibble on Spam Musubi and shaved ice. Who knows, you might get grandma up there to show off her hula...

6. Round the Rock

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5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South
Seattle, WA 98118

For some reason, your grandma loves watching stand up paddleboarders. Maybe it's the muscular, shirtless young men, or maybe she thinks people look funny doing it, but if she has one beer, she won't stop laughing.

7. Art Walk Rainier Beach

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Rainier Avenue South & South Henderson Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Go on a tour and art walk--guided by an artist in residence—through a Japanese American fusion garden. Or, RSVP for one or both of the Touchstones tours of Beach Square or Rainier Beach waterfront.

8. Center for Wooden Boats

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1010 Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 382-2628
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Let volunteer skippers and crew take you and your grandparents out on the water. Electric boats, yachts, schooners, and more await your grandpa, who feels he has seen way too much bad art, and needs some fresh sea air.

9. 'The Big Melt' Grilled Cheese Festival

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7400 Sand Point Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115

Sample as many grilled cheese sandwiches as you want, and vote on your favorites as you sip craft beer or wine. Your grandpa is in heaven, but your grandma knows her classic heart-shaped ones are the best (you know this too).

10. View Ridge Party in the Park

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4408 NE 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98115

Rest for an hour or two with free food, live music, and noisy kids. Maybe your grandma will find something fun to do in View Ridge (there'll be a booth with info, whew...). It's going to be a hot, sunny day so make sure you bring sunscreen...

1. San Gennaro Festival of Seattle

1225 South Angelo Street, Seattle, WA 98108

Pizza? Olives? Sausage? Gelato? Cannoli? Music from Ray Massa's EuroRhythms? You've never figured out why your grandpa mutters in Italian when he eats pizza, but maybe he'll drink too much wine at this Italian festival, and tell you why.

1225 South Angelo Street
Seattle, WA 98108

2. Seattle Design Festival Block Party

South Main Street & Occidental Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98104

This is not a wild, crazy party, but a two-day celebration and demonstration of Design in Motion. Nine installations from teams of local designers will be set up for your grandpa to ridicule. He never understood modern art, but your grandma loves it. Image: Trevor Dykstra

South Main Street & Occidental Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98104

3. Grandparents Day at Seattle Children's Museum

305 Harrison St, Seattle, WA 98109

If you have kids, take everybody here, and grandparents get in free! (2 grandparents per paid child, so don't go loading up on freeloading grandparents...)

305 Harrison St
Seattle, WA 98109

4. Esoteric Book Conference

15th Avenue Northeast & Northeast Pacific Street, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98105

Line your eyes with black eyeliner, put on your best black outfit, and pick up your grandparents in your friend's old hearse. They will lovingly remember your emo/goth stage and look on semi-approvingly as you share your appreciation of occult-themed books.

15th Avenue Northeast & Northeast Pacific Street, University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98105

5. Hawaiian Cultural Festival

Armory, 305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109

Remember that time your grandparents went to Hawaii and brought you back that ukulele and all those shells? You still have that stuff! Reminisce together as you nibble on Spam Musubi and shaved ice. Who knows, you might get grandma up there to show off her hula...

Armory, 305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

6. Round the Rock

5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South, Seattle, WA 98118

For some reason, your grandma loves watching stand up paddleboarders. Maybe it's the muscular, shirtless young men, or maybe she thinks people look funny doing it, but if she has one beer, she won't stop laughing.

5895 Lake Washington Boulevard South
Seattle, WA 98118

7. Art Walk Rainier Beach

Rainier Avenue South & South Henderson Street, Seattle, WA 98118

Go on a tour and art walk--guided by an artist in residence—through a Japanese American fusion garden. Or, RSVP for one or both of the Touchstones tours of Beach Square or Rainier Beach waterfront.

Rainier Avenue South & South Henderson Street
Seattle, WA 98118

8. Center for Wooden Boats

1010 Valley St, Seattle, WA 98109

Let volunteer skippers and crew take you and your grandparents out on the water. Electric boats, yachts, schooners, and more await your grandpa, who feels he has seen way too much bad art, and needs some fresh sea air.

1010 Valley St
Seattle, WA 98109

9. 'The Big Melt' Grilled Cheese Festival

7400 Sand Point Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115

Sample as many grilled cheese sandwiches as you want, and vote on your favorites as you sip craft beer or wine. Your grandpa is in heaven, but your grandma knows her classic heart-shaped ones are the best (you know this too).

7400 Sand Point Way Northeast
Seattle, WA 98115

10. View Ridge Party in the Park

4408 NE 70th St., Seattle, WA 98115

Rest for an hour or two with free food, live music, and noisy kids. Maybe your grandma will find something fun to do in View Ridge (there'll be a booth with info, whew...). It's going to be a hot, sunny day so make sure you bring sunscreen...

4408 NE 70th St.
Seattle, WA 98115