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July 5, 2013 at 11:10 AM
5 things to do this Fifth of July weekend
Wooden boats, pirates, Pinocchio: Some of this weekend’s entertainment picks will especially appeal to kids, but we have some grown-up fun to share as well — imported beer, anyone?
Of course this list is just the head on the pint. A much longer list of weekend events is here. And as always, if you have additional weekend events to recommend to fellow readers, we want to hear them. Just leave details on the comments thread.
See you Monday!
1 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 5-7, Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St., Seattle; free (206-382-2628 or www.cwb.org/2013festival).
Seattle’s love affair with boats and penchant for nostalgia come together at the Center for Wooden Boats this weekend. From Friday through Sunday, you can learn about local maritime heritage and ride on historic wooden boats. Bon voyage!
2 'Mayoral Movies'
July 5-8, Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., Seattle; $7-$10, passes available (206-267-5380 or www.nwfilmforum.org).
A very timely movie series kicks off Friday at NW Film Forum on Capitol Hill: “Mayoral Movies.” The Film Forum asked all Seattle’s mayoral candidates to choose a movie to introduce at a public screening. Five of them agreed and the movies — “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “All the President’s Men,” “Papillon,” “The Wind that Shakes the Barley” and “Buddy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Most Notorious Mayor” — screen July 5-8. To find out which candidate is introducing which movie, read this item by Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald.
3 'The Totally True & Almost Accurate Adventures of Pinocchio'
Weekends through Aug. 4 at Volunteer Park and Lake Burien Park (www.balagantheatre.org). Photo Credit: Pamela M. Campi
This free, outdoor show for families is presented by Balagan Theatre at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Volunteer Park (and dates beyond; see the website). It’s a play within a play, about a historic Italian theater troupe struggling (comically, of course) to put on a show about the puppet of legend who wants to be a boy. “Totally True … ” is created by local playwright Brendan Healy and directed by Shawn Belyea.
4 Seafair Pirates Landing
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. S.W, Seattle (www.seafairpirates.org).
Alki Beach will be filled with pirate wannabes of all ages when the Seafair Pirates sail in for the season. Pirate attire is encouraged and pirate gear is available from event vendors. There’s an afternoon pirate-costume contest for kids, storytelling and visits from Seafair and West Seattle Hi-Yu princesses throughout the day. See Madeline McKenzie’s preview for more tips for landlubbers.
5 Seattle International Beer Festival
July 5-7, Seattle Center Fisher Lawn and Pavilion, Seattle; $25-$30 includes 10 beer tickets and a glass (individual beers “cost” between one and seven tickets), package deals available. Info: seattlebeernews.com.
Let’s finish this weekend preview with a good, long draught of beer. The Seattle International Beer Festival brings more than 200 beers from 16 countries to Seattle Center, Friday through Sunday. Some are pretty high-octane, so might we suggest you taxi or bus it home?
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