I have been a Pearl Jam fan since the moment I heard the song “Porch” when I was in the fifth grade in 1992. Since that time I have seen the band only once, at the 1994 Bridge School Benefit. I had seen Eddie solo (Kentucky 2017) and I saw Temple of the Dog (San Francisco 2016) but the band as a whole…it had been entirely TOO long! When I heard about the home shows, I knew I had to make it happen.
Seeing Pearl Jam in Seattle was literally a dream come true for me. Matt and I went for our 14 year wedding anniversary. We went to Easy Street Records, The Black Sun Sculpture, hit up a local dive bar, some breweries….and pretty much everyone was wearing Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden shirts….all that music was playing everywhere…I was in heaven. At one point Matt even said “I feel like I’m in one of your dreams” 🙂 And to top it all off, Pearl Jam raised over 11 million dollars to help with the homelessness epidemic in Seattle!
We went for a REALLY quick trip, we were literally in and out of there. For our everyday life of having kids, working, etc the timing was horrible. We even missed both kids back to school nights. BUT….TOTALLY worth it! AND we drove…12 hours each way! Though the drive home took a bit longer…the traffic in Seattle and Portland is horrible. We went from Thursday – Saturday. I originally booked our airbnb til Sunday but with school, work, etc I really wanted Sunday to just rest.
Below is our itinerary for the short weekend.
Thursday August 9th
-Leave Brentwood between 4-6am. Estimated arrival 4-6pm (without stopping). Can eat at in n out in Medford, bring snacks!
-Check in to airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/14577606
This place was super cute and in a really cute area (Queen Anne)
Kerry park (Seattle skyline views, near our Airbnb)
-Dinner Out and explore Seattle nightlife. We went to a place called The Outlander Brewing Co. in the Fremont District. Super good bar food, good beers on tap, and live Scottish music! Afterwards we went to a little dive bar down the street from our Airbnb called Targy’s and played some shuffle board and pool.
Friday August 10th
-Have coffee and breakfast at our place. The nice place about staying at an airbnb is you can save money by making your own food! Plus eating out too much upsets my stomach.
Check out MoPop museum, PJ exhibit. PJ exhibit entry @ 10am, line up at 9:45. This was AMAZING!!! If you’re ever in Seattle, definitely check out the MoPop museum!!! Right next to the Space Needle too if you feel like checking that out (we didn’t, no time this trip.)
After the museum we drove over to Easy Street Records. Seattle is a really big city, much unlike San Francisco, it’s very spread out. So it was a little drive. Cute neighborhood, got myself a record, took a picture and headed out.
Afterwards we headed to The Black Sun Sculpture. Apparently this was part of the inspiration for Soundgarden’s hot song Black Hole Sun. Beautiful park! We had a mini picnic and walked around for a bit.
After chilling for a bit at the park we decided to head out towards Safeco. I wanted to make sure we got in on time and didn’t miss a second of Pearl Jam. We went to a brewery called Elysian. I have seen their beer in the grocery store before. Good beer and a short walk to Safeco so it was perfect.
Then, the main event!!! OMG I could not have asked for a better lineup. Seriously, best concert of my life.
Drive home :-(. We definitely took our time. Some of the rest stops in WA are beautiful and volunteers give out free coffee! I love it up there, can’t wait to visit again. I left my ❤️ In Seattle!