It must be spring, because festivals and arts events are sprouting all over the region. Here’s a list of nine potential to-do’s for the weekend. If you have other outings to recommend to readers, you’re invited to add them to the comments thread.
1. Vegfest. Like the giant pumpkins at the Puyallup Fair, this just seems to get bigger every year. On tap: Healthy vegetarian food information, cooking demos, free food samples, a book sale, health information, kids’ activities and more. It’s open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall. Go to the website for the full-meal deal.
2. Best of the Northwest. More than 140 local artists and crafters are represented at this giant sale at Smith Cove Cruise Terminal. You’ll find jewelry, clothing, paintings, and works of glass, wood, metal, clay, as well as live music, artist demonstrations, kids’ activities, craft beer and wine and food trucks. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 2001 W. Garfield St., Seattle. Details are available from the NW Art Alliance.
3. Gates Foundation Visitor Center Family Day. The foundation’s center in Lower Queen Anne is hosting “Kick it Forward,” exploring how soccer inspires community engagement locally and globally. Activities include making soccer balls from recycled materials, sharing stories about how playing soccer brings joy to kids around the world and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at 440 Fifth Ave. N., Seattle. Read more here.
4. The Moisture Festival. The city’s annual dive into comedy, variety, music and circus arts is underway at Hales Palladium in Fremont, the Broadway Performance Hall and SIFF Cinema. Look for a review of Thursday night’s opening on Friday at seattletimes.com/entertainment. The sprawling lineup is on the Moisture Festival’s site.
5. “Dinner at Wotan’s.” Nordic gods and goddesses party down in Teatro ZinZanni’s new show, a Wagnerian spoof. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes, “This boisterous edition of the Seattle dinner-cabaret can be overbearing at times. But if Wagner-meets-Monty Python is your goblet of mead, expect Viking gags, zany audience participation bits — plus a clever musical jam-up of ‘The Ring,’ Swedish folk ditties and 1980s chart-toppers.” The show runs through May 12 at 222 Mercer St., Seattle. Go to ZinZanni’s site for ticket details.
6. Lakeside School Spring Mini Rummage Sale. This annual event has scaled down a little during construction at the school, but you’ll still find plenty of clothing and other choice items, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Look for even bigger bargains 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, Lakeside School, 14050 First Ave. N.E., Seattle.
7. Tour of Architects. Love to open-house hop? Here’s your chance, on a self-guided tour of custom homes. You can meet the architects who designed them, see cooking demos and partake of wine tastings at some locations, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Seattle area Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Bellevue and the Eastside Sunday. The cost is $25/day or $35/two days; complete info here.
8. Hot Java, Cool Jazz. High-school jazz bands from Garfield, Newport, Mountlake Terrace, Roosevelt and Ballard high schools strut their stuff this weekend at Starbucks’ annual showcase. Garfield and Roosevelt are two of three Seattle-area finalists selected for this year’s Essentially Ellington competition, in New York. Hot Java hits at 7 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $20 and details are on STG’s website.
9. James Bond series. A 50th anniversary celebration of the franchise continues this week at the Grand Illusion. “The Spy Who Loved Me” screens Friday through Sunday, “Moonraker,” Sunday through next Thursday — both in 35mm. See the Grand Illusion’s site for showtimes; the address is 1403 N.E. 50th St., Seattle, in the University District.