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July 20, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Weekend preview: 2 days, 27 festivals

It’s festivalmania this weekend in the great Northwest. At last count, no less than 27 fairs and fests are scheduled, celebrating everything from wizards to geoducks to the Battle of Antietam.

Listings maven extraordinaire Madeline McKenzie compiled a master list of the week’s events, including all the festivals. But here are some of the highlights:


Bite of Seattle: It’s not just food anymore. Yes, 38 vendors will purvey tastes from around the globe, but there’s also music, comedy and water-diving DockDogs. The most appetizing thing on the lineup, in my opinion, is Bite Movie Night: An outdoor screening of the Elvis movie “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” plus an Elvis impersonator, a Beatles tribute band and free Dick’s burgers in the beer garden as long as supplies last. (Not long, I’ll wager.) Friday through Sunday; admission is free. Find an overview here or go to the official site.

Capitol Hill Block Party: The event of summer, for some of our musically minded city-dwellers. At least until Bumbershoot. This year’s acts to anticipate: The Lumineers, Neko Case, Allen Stone and Beat Connection, according to music blogger Andrew Matson. Look for live coverage all weekend on his blog and a print wrap-up in Monday’s Seattle Times. It runs Friday through Sunday, and last I looked there were still daily $30 tickets available for all three days.


Bon Odori: This is one my personal favorites on Seattle’s annual calendar, because it’s unique, colorful and so true to its roots. Bon Odori honors deceased family members and friends, with folk dances, cultural and martial arts exhibits, taiko drumming, traditional Japanese foods and more. It runs 4-10 p.m. Saturday and 3-8 p.m. Sunday at the Seattle Buddhist Temple, 1427 S. Main St., Seattle.

White Center Jubilee Days: A true neighborhood celebration, with a carnival, street fair, entertainment and kids activities Friday through Sunday. Also look for a car show on Saturday and a parade on 16th Avenue parade on Sunday. Most — but not all — events are at Ed Cox Memorial Park, 1321 S.W. 102nd St., Seattle.


Kirkland Uncorked: Shop, grill, eat, drink and watch tasty cooking demo’s from Friday through Sunday at Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza in Kirkland. Bear in mind there’s an entry fee for this one, ranging from $15-$25, but proceeds benefit a good cause.

Chinatown Seafair Parade: Spectacle, noise and crowds converge on the Chinatown/International District at 7 p.m. Sunday. Look for drill teams, lion dancers, bands, floats, a 100-foot dragon and more.

Did I neglect your favorite festival slated for this weekend? Feel free to chime in on the comments thread and let other readers know about it.

I’ll sign off with a video weekend preview, recorded this morning at KING 5 TV:

(Photos: Bite of Seattle 2011 by Ken Lambert; Bon Odori 2007 by Rod Mar; White Center Jubilee Days 2010 by Joey Anchondo — all Seattle Times staff.)



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