Autumn officially begins next week, whether the weather gods know it or not. Certainly the fall arts season is underway, but with the sun out in full force, you might not yet be ready to go indoors to a theater or concert hall.
Here are a few suggestions for the weekend, whether you are an indoors or outdoors kind of person.
The Hops & Crops Harvest Festival celebrates the heritage of local farms raising hops, with beer from local breweries, live music, kids’ activities and more from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, at the Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn. Entry costs $7-$15, ages 12 and younger free. Stay tuned for lots more harvest festivals in the great Northwest — and beer festivals, including Fremont’s popular Oktoberfest, which takes place next weekend.
The biggest of the community festivals this weekend is Fiestas Patrias, which tips its sombrero to Latino culture in the Northwest. It takes place in two locations: Seattle Center and South Park, on Saturday and Sunday. Look for food, music, a South Park parade and more.
Seattle Symphony kicks off its 2012-2013 season Saturday night at Benaroya Hall with an exciting program of American classics and guest violinist extraordinaire Joshua Bell. Its music director Ludovic Morlot’s second year at the helm and anticipation is high — read Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch’s interview with Morlot to learn more.
Pacific Northwest Ballet also begins its fall season next week, with “Cinderella.” But in the meantime, Sunday night, it presents a space-age program that can legitimately be called “out of this world.” The PNB orchestra plays music on celestial themes (e.g., Holst’s “The Planets”); guests speakers include astronaut Cady Coleman; and a special appearance will be made by Nichelle Nichols — a.k.a., “Uhura” from the original “Star Trek.” Oh yes, and there will be dancing, including — what else? — Balanchine’s “Apollo.” The one-night-only event gets underway at 6 p.m. Sunday at McCaw Hall. (By the way, dance fans, don’t miss arts writer Moira Macdonald’s scrapbook on PNB, which turns 40 this year.)
Finally, The Head and the Heart makes a hometown appearance Saturday night at the Paramount. Talk about anticipation: This concert is sold out, but tickets may still be available on the secondary market. Read Andrew Matson’s interview with band member Jon Russell to find out what the folk-rock band’s been up to on its travels around the world.
And if you prefer a video weekend preview, here’s one — recorded this morning at KING 5 TV:
(Photos: Beer by Jose M. Osorio/McClatchy; Fiestas Patrias 2011 by Alan Berner/Seattle Times; Joshua Bell by Lisa Marie Mazzucco; Nichelle Nichols as Uhura courtesy of EMP.)