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July 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Weekend preview: Summer fun, minus gridlock

Word is that traffic will be a nightmare this weekend. Here’s a list of things to do at each point of the compass — north, east, south and west — so you never have to leave your neighborhood.

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NORTH: Got kids? You’re in luck. The Wallingford Kiddies Parade and Family Festival takes place on North 45th Street on Saturday. Start times are 10 a.m. for the festival, 11 a.m. for the parade. Details here. Also: “Pirates! Band of Misfits,” the latest hit from Aardman Animation (“Wallace and Gromit”), plays this weekend at the Crest Cinema, where all seats are $3. Kids or no, you’ll enjoy this one; read Moira Macdonald’s review, if you missed it.

SOUTH: Pearl Django plays gypsy jazz on the lawn at Cedarbrook Lodge in SeaTac tonight, July 6. Hard to think of a band better suited to playing outdoors on a beautiful summer evening. For daytime fun, pop a wheelie over to Seward Park for Bicycle Sunday (everything you need to know is here).

EAST: Today is Free First Friday at Bellevue Arts Museum. An excellent exhibition of quilts is on view, and the musem stays open till 8. Looking for dinner afterward, without crossing the bridge? Don’t miss Providence Cicero’s warm review of Bin on the Lake, in Kirkland. Also, in the Planning Ahead Dept: Lots of outdoor movies play on the Eastside next week, including “Puss in Boots” (Tuesday, Bellevue Downtown Park); “Grease” (Wednesday, Marymoor); and “Zoolander” (Redhook Ale Brewery, Woodinville). For a big list of big-screen fun all over the region, click here.

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WEST: Grab your best mate and head to Alki for the annual Seafair Pirates Landing. The yo-ho-ho’ing gets underway sometime around noon. (Can’t tell you the exact time, because those pirates are notoriously undependable.) Here’s the rundown on the day’s activities. Looking for a casual restaurant nearby? If you’ve got no kids in tow, you might try Locol, described here.

Feel free to share close-to-home entertainment ideas with other readers by commenting on this article. See you next week!

(Photos: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”/Associated Press. Seafair Pirates Landing/Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times.)

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