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August 2, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Weekend preview: Where to park your lawn chair Aug. 3-5

The forecast is showing full sun this weekend, and outdoor entertainment abounds — most of it free. So grab a lawn chair and make your way to at least one of these events:

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Music at the Mural: The annual live music series gets underway at 5:30 Friday night, Aug. 3, at the Mural Amphitheatre at Seattle Center. Curated by KEXP, the lineup looks great — beginning with a night of mostly acoustic music from Shovels & Rope, Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside, Legendary Oaks and Fly Moon Royalty. Later this month, rock bands and rappers take the stage. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair for seating, but don’t wait till the last minute — the lawn will fill up pretty fast.

Movies at the Mural: You may feel like camping out at the Mural Amphitheatre this weekend, when you hear what’s next. Seattle Center is taking a unique approach to its annual outdoor-movies series, showing all eight Harry Potter movies in a row. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” kicks things off at dusk on Saturday at the Mural; “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” follows on Sunday (on the fountain lawn, just this one night). The Potter marathon continues on subsequent weekends through Aug. 26. Or, if you’re looking for an outdoor movie closer to home, check out the Seattle Times’ big list of big-screen fun. (PS: Please don’t camp out at Seattle Center, as fun as that sounds — overnight guests are not welcome.)

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Dancing til Dusk: You won’t really need a lawn chair for this event, because when you hear the sounds of salsa wafting across Occidental Park, you’re going to want to be up on your feet. Don’t know how to dance? Don’t worry: Every Dancing til Dusk event begins with a one-hour dance lesson, free and open to the public. Saturday’s edition runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. — and the social-dance series continues at parks all over Seattle through the end of August.

Seafair: We know you know Seafair culminates this weekend. (Either that or we are under attack by air and sea.) But if you need the details on the Blue Angels air show; the hydroplane races; or US Navy ship tours, here’s your guide.

Looking for something else to do? See Madeline McKenzie’s lengthy list of weekend activities. And feel free to share your own favorites with other readers by commenting on this post.

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(Photos: Grand Hallway plays at the Mural in 2010, by Dean Rutz/Seattle Times. And Dancing til Dusk 2011 and Blue Angels by Erika Schultz/Seattle Times.)

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