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Join the R Day celebration this Saturday, October 21 at The Old Rainier Brewery from 5-11pm.<p></p>

Join KEXP & Rainier Beer for free music, free games + a free-king great time at R Day

What’s better than a party with beer and free live music? Trick question – there is nothing better, especially not when the beer is Rainier and the party is in Seattle.

Join the R Day celebration this Saturday, October 21 at The Old Rainier Brewery from 5-11pm. The parking lot will be transformed into the site of the ultimate bash for Seattleites where you can let loose and enjoy celebrating the brewery that was here before Washington even became a state!

The event is a celebration of the Return of the Rainier Beer R to the top of the Old Rainier Brewery, brought back in 2013, live music and the Seattle community. Rainier has been a PNW staple for almost 140 years, so it’s a fun way for them to give back to their loyal local fans. Here’s what you have to look forward to.

Live Music

If you swing by on Saturday, you can hear not one but THREE of the hottest up-and-coming bands on the Seattle music scene perform. The lineup includes:

  • My Goodness, a blues / punk / rock band with a new album that KEXP DJ John Richards calls “one of the top records of the year.”
  • Bread & Butter, a “power pop group that doesn’t skimp on the pop or the power.”
  • Naked Giants, whose music “blends psych, punk, heavy grooves and good old fashioned sing-along choruses.”

Even if you don’t like beer or fun, hearing these talented musicians play live is totally worth your while. When the bands aren’t jamming, KEXP DJ John Richards will fill the parking lot with musical stylings sure to keep your toes tapping.

Great Fun

Can you have a party without party games? Hard to say, but you don’t have to worry about that at R Day. There will be a 50’ inflatable obstacle course as well as games for the Jubilee Team Challenge including flip cup, cornhole, and giant Jenga. It’s sort of like a kid’s birthday party but it’s for adults and there’s more beer. And the music on site will be way cooler than your aunt’s nasal rendition of “Happy Birthday.”

A Great Cause

Proceeds from R Day benefit KEXP, another iconic Seattle institution. As a nonprofit arts organization serving music lovers, KEXP is one of the most influential listener-supported radio stations in the world. They reach over 200,000 global listeners each week and provide vital exposure for up-and-coming artists. Beyond the radio waves, the KEXP Gathering Space is home to community gatherings like visual arts exhibits, live music performances, literary events and other creative endeavors.

KEXP was where Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of indie label Sub Pop DJ’ed. It was the first radio station to play Nirvana because Kurt Cobain knocked on the door in 1988 and dropped off the single “Love Buzz” in person. It’s where Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil DJ’ed back in the day. By attending this fun event, you can help support this historic organization that’s been so influential in defining Seattle’s music scene.

If a free party that celebrates some of Seattle’s most beloved institutions sounds like it’s right up your ally, join in the fun!

To learn more, visit To sign up a team of four to compete in the Jubilee Challenge ($25 cost) visit