Photo by AJ Canaria

Party on the Cut - May 5th

Kick off Windermere Cup weekend at the fifth annual Party on the Cut with Boats, Bites, Brews, and Bands!

Who: Open to the public, 21+

What: Enjoy live music, food trucks, drinks, games, and fun!

When: Friday, May 5th, 6:00-10:00 pm

Where: NE Corner of Montlake Cut, near the UW Waterfront Activity Center

Tickets: $30 per person


Proceeds from Party on the Cut will benefit the Windermere Foundation and the Joe Rantz Rotary Youth Foundation.

This year the Windemere Foundation will be donating proceeds from the Party on the Cut to the Joe Rantz Rotary Youth Foundation, (JRRYF). Joe Rantz, the main character of the top selling book The Boys in the Boat, found himself homeless as a teen in Sequim, Washington. In 2018, inspired by Joe’s story, and in hopes of housing homeless youth, the Sequim Rotary established the Joe Rantz Rotary Youth Fund. The goal of the JRRYF is build a home to provide shelter and other services to unsheltered youth. Your ticket purchase to the Party on The Cut will help honor Joe and move the JRRYF towards their $750,000 goal.



Enjoy a sneak peek of race day, with twilight sprints held on a shortened course through the cut from the University of Washington and the international competitors from Australia!



We are excited to have the following food trucks join us for Party on the Cut


Anthony's Finn the Food Truck

Big Dog's

Dicks Food Truck

Kettle & Pop


Ola Mae's BBQ

Sugar & Spoon


Stay tuned for more! If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact us at

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Enjoy libations at our one of our drink tents. We will have beer provided by Anheuser Busch and Ravenna Brewing, seltzers provided by San Juan Seltzer, wine, and mixed drinks.

If you are interested in being a vendor, please contact us at


Live music by Nite Wave and Queen Mother!

Nite Wave - Known for their high energy show, Nite Wave performs 80's hits from Duran Duran, INXS, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Cure, New Order, Prince, Depeche Mode and more! Most noted for being handpicked by Billy Idol to open for the legendary '80s rocker, they have also performed with Tiffany, Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, When in Rome (The Promise) and 90s Platinum artist Everclear. They have been featured on CNN and Good Morning America and have helped raise over $17,000 for Northwest Harvest and American Red Cross.

Queen Mother - Stomp, clap, sing, and shout...  Be a part of the show as "Queen Mother" pays tribute to Queen's music in the space where it belongs, live on stage.  Hailing from Seattle, Queen Mother harnesses the Northwest’s best talent to bring these epic songs to life, including Under Pressure, We Are the Champions, Bohemian Rhapsody, and many more.   With each show they make the whole room a stage, hoping to draw out your inner “Freddie.”

Nite Wave & Queen Mother


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