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In the past, having a drink at the Seattle Boat Show required staying within the event’s small makeshift lounge.
But not this year. Showgoers 21 and above will now be able to stroll the aisles of the show with a beer or wine in hand, though hard liquor will still be confined within a gated area. The show, which runs Jan. 25 through Feb. 3, will also include opening night wine tasting and beer tasting on the second Friday.
And if that’s not enough to entertain you, the show will feature daily aerial acrobatic performances. Three separate performances will be happening above the exhibits in the West Hall and are scheduled for 6: 30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Fridays at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27th. There will be no performance on the show’s last day, Feb. 3.
The shows will include “some of Seattle’s most talented aerialists and acrobats doing Cirque du Soleil-style aerial work,” according to a press release.
The shows include:
The Triple Trapeze Quartet — based on the old Hollywood era of sychronized swimming, the piece is performed on a three-section trapeze to music from the 1930s, with women costumed in 1930s-style swim suits.
Mermaid on Cloud Swing — the piece will be performed by Kari Podgorski from Circus Contraption, who the Seattle Times has referred to as “an aerialist par excellence.” Podgorski has appeared in Teatro ZinZanni and performed in various venues in Europe.
Drunken Sailor — Jonathan Rose plays a mariner who’s been tying one on ashore and has trouble staying on his feet. Rose has trained under renowned circus artists Charly Dedessus le Moutier and Gregory Marquet.
This year’s show kicks off on Friday, Jan. 25 with a selection of premium Northwest wineries showcasing their wines from 5 to 9 p.m. Tasting tickets and souvenir wine glasses will be available. Several regional beers will also be available during the show.
The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, will be held at CenturyLink Field Event Center, just south of downtown Seattle, and on south Lake Union. Tickets and additional information are available on the show website.