It’s going to be a beautiful weekend in the Northwest. You may need nothing other than a tall glass of iced tea and a hammock to enjoy it. But if lounging in the backyard grows tiresome (ha!), here are a few outings you may enjoy.
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1 Cinco de Mayo
1 – 5 p.m. Saturday at El Centro de la Raza, 2524 16th Ave. S., Seattle (www.elcentrodelaraza.org).
El Centro de la Raza has hosted a community party marking Cinco de Mayo every spring for the past eight years. This year, the celebration takes place on Quatro de Mayo — that is, Saturday. On the lineup are music and dance performances, children’s activities, crafts and traditional Mexican food. For more community festivals taking place this weekend, check out our big list.
2 Opening Day
Dragon Boat and crew races, 10-11:30 a.m.; boat parade, noon Saturday. From Portage Bay at the west end of the Montlake Cut, ending at Webster Point, Seattle (www.seattleyachtclub.org).
It’s the 93rd year for the popular celebration of spring and the 27th year for the Windermere Cup crew races that kick off the event, according to our in-house community festivals specialist, Madeline McKenzie. Events on the water start with Dragon Boat Exhibition racing with local amateur associations paddling to the beat of drums on each boat in the world’s oldest continuously practiced team sport, which originated 2,400 years ago in China. Crew races by local groups and high-school teams follow, featuring the Windermere Cup competition by college teams from Dartmouth, Cornell and the University of Washington.
3 'Iron Man 3'
Now playing at several area theaters.
The summer blockbuster season officially begins with this hotly anticipated superhero flick. Seattle Times Moira Macdonald writes, “while Robert Downey Jr.’s considerable charms haven’t quite worn thin, they’re getting awfully familiar. Nonetheless, ‘Iron Man 3′ is definitely a big perk-up from the almost-but-not-quite-listless ‘Iron Man 2′; maybe hanging out with the Avengers was a tonic for him.” If you’re a movie fan, you’ll also want to read Macdonald’s massive list of summer movies headed this way.
4 The Cave Singers
9 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 8) Saturday at Showbox at the Market, 1426 First Ave., Seattle; $19.99 (800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com).
Seattle indie-rock band The Cave Singers has moved beyond the minimalism of its earlier albums with its fourth recording, “Naomi.” The band features former members of several notable local bands, including Morgan Henderson (formerly of Blood Brothers and Fleet Foxes) on bass, guitarist Derek Fudesco (Pretty Girls Make Graves) and drummer Marty Lund (Cobra High). The new album, which follows a year of songwriting and a month of recording, has a full, complex sound, writes Gene Stout. Hear it for yourself Saturday night at Showbox at the Market.
5 'World's Fair'
8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through June 21 (no shows May 30-31), 5510 University Way, Seattle; $12-$15 (www.wingitpresents.com).
The actors and improvisers at Jet City Improv invite audiences to fashion their own crime thriller set amid the marvels of the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The “World’s Fair” production will follow real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes as he moves through the crowds at the fair (a tale familiar to readers of Erik Larson’s “Devil in the White City”), and actors will incorporate audience suggestions as the plot unfolds — making each production a mystery.