Pirates, naked cyclists, zombies … it must be summer in Seattle. And that’s official, folks, since the solstice is today. (Take a look at our very cool solstice puzzle and quiz for seasonal fun.)
Below you’ll find a list of five things to do to usher in another glorious Northwest summer, including a Seafair preview and the Fremont Solstice Parade/Fremont Fair. If you have more weekend events to recommend to other readers, add your suggestions to the comments thread.
1 Seafair Festival kickoff
11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Westlake Center, 400 Pine St., Seattle (www.seafair.com).
The chatter around town is that KIRO has dropped Pat O’Day as the voice of the hydros. But as O’Day said himself this morning on the Bob Rivers Show, Seafair will go on. And you’ll get a sneak peek of what’s in store at today’s kickoff event at Westlake Center, which continues till 2 p.m.
2 Fremont Solstice Parade
Here’s where the naked cyclists come in. Fremont’s annual Crazy Party begins this afternoon, with a three-day fair. The solstice parade (cue the cyclists) begins at 3 p.m. Saturday. Mixed into all of this is art cars, sun-worshipping yoga, a canine parade and more. If you’ve never been, this is a one-of-a-kind Seattle event that should not be missed.
3 'Still Afloat'
10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (until 8 p.m. Thursdays) MOHAI, Seattle; $12-$14 www.mohai.org
Sometime during this Seattle summer, we can almost guarantee that you will momentarily fantasize about waking up with a lake where your front lawn usually is. The Museum of History and Industry taps into our collective love of floating homes with a new exhibit, “Still Afloat: A Contemporary History of Floating Homes.” Visitors can explore “floating-home culture,” as well as the technical innovations that make life on the water possible, through photos, video interviews and a scale model.
4 Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, North Seattle Community College, 9600 College Way N., Seattle (206-682-7567 or www.friendsofspl.org).
Stock up on summer reading at the summer Friends of Seattle Public Library book sale. Thousands of novles, cookbooks, travel books, CDs, DVDs, comics and more will be on sale at bargain-basement prices. Bring your own bag and fill it up for you and the kids.
Find reviews and showtimes at seattletimes.com/movies.
Summer is blockbuster time, and there are a few of those in the multiplexes (see our reviews of Brad Pitt’s zombie actioner “World War Z” and the Supermanic “Man of Steel” for starters). But there are several other good titles to recommend as well, including Joss Whedon‘s terrific “Much Ado About Nothing,” “SOMM” for the foodies in the crowd and — for the kids — “Monsters University.”