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July 13, 2012 at 10:00 AM

10 top outdoor events in Seattle this weekend

Yes, it’s a little cloudy this morning at Seattle Times HQ. But word is that our brief summer is soon returning. So plan on getting outside this weekend; there’s no shortage of things to do in the open air, including …


OUTDOOR CONCERTS: It’s a boomer bonanza at Chateau Ste. Michelle this weekend, with the Beach Boys playing Friday night, and Ringo Starr on Saturday. The Beach Boys show is sold out, but if you have tickets, music blogger Andrew Matson can tell you what to expect. Rock writer Gene Stout, meanwhile, has a story today about Starr and his All Starr band (whose members include Todd Rundgren — a juicy fact I didn’t previously know). The Chateau remains busy through Sunday, when Lyle Lovett makes his annual appearance.


OUTDOOR FESTIVALS: No shortage of these this weekend. The biggest draw will likely be the Seafair Milk Carton Derby at Green Lake (details here), but don’t overlook the West Seattle Summer Festival at the Junction. The music lineup at the latter includes Star Anna and Alcohol Funnycar and a massive street fair goes on all weekend, Friday-Sunday. Meanwhile, Southeast Seattle celebrates the official grand opening of the long-awaited Jefferson Park redo with the Jefferson Park Jubilee, from 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday (here’s the agenda). If you haven’t visited Beacon Hill lately, prepared to be wowed by a beautifully designed park with some of the best views in the city.


OUTDOOR THEATER: Sound the crumhorns: Shakespeare-in-the-Park season officially begins this weekend with the Outdoor Theatre Festival in Volunteer Park. It runs Saturday and Sunday and involves several troupes (including Seattle Shakespeare Company and Greenstage) and a number of plays (“Twelfth Night,” “A Winter’s Tale,” “Taming of the Shrew” … ). Find out more about these and other non-Shakespearean productions in parks all over the county this summer by reading Misha Berson’s season preview.


OUTDOOR MOVIES: We’re still updating our very long list of outdoor movie screenings several times a week. Seems every neighborhood wants to get in on the fun. This weekend’s choices are “Sherlock Holmes — A Game of Shadows” at Redmond’s City Hall tonight (July 13); “Thor” at the Carillon Point Plaza in Kirkland on Saturday; and perennial favorite “Ghostbusters” in Fremont, also on Saturday. Me? I’m holding out for “O Brother, Where Art Thou” next Saturday night (July 21) in Fremont, but don’t let that stop you. There are screenings in various neighborhoods almost every night during the work week as well. Peruse the full list here.

To close, a weekend preview recorded this morning at KING 5 HQ on Dexter Ave:

(Photos: Ringo Starr by John Partipilo; Jefferson Park skate park by Erika Schultz/Seattle Times; 2011 production of “Much Ado About Nothing” at Volunteer Park by Joel Hawksley; “Thor” by Zade Rosenthal.)



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