Summer in Seattle is the Land of the Free — in more ways than one. First, there’s the feeling of liberation afforded by sunny days and cool evenings, and the easy access to lakes, mountains and trails. Then, there’s free stuff to do, everywhere.
This week, our look ahead to the weekend comprises five suggestions for free fun. If you have additional events to recommend, list them on the comments thread.
And P.S.: If you prefer a weekend preview via video, here’s one recorded this morning at KING 5 TV.
1 Outdoor movies
“Skyfall” is the free, outdoor movie in Kirkland and Redmond on Saturday night. And if that’s too intense for you or the kids: “Dumb and Dumber” plays in Fremont. Bring your own chair. And for a long, long list of screenings in Northwest neighborhoods all summer long, look here.
2 Outdoor theater
Shows by Greenstage, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Last Leaf, Theater Schmeater and more, noon-7 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Volunteer Park, 1247 15th Ave. E., Seattle, free (206-748-1551 or www.greenstage.org).
As Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson writes, “This weekend, 15 plays by Shakespeare and other scribes will be performed by local troupes at Volunteer Park on Capitol Hill … If the weather gods cooperate, expect large crowds for this 25th anniversary edition of the Seattle Outdoor Theatre Festival.” On the lineup: “The Tempest,” “King Lear,” “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Merry Wives of Windsor” and more.
3 Sub Pop Jubilee
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, Airport Way South, Georgetown; free (http://silverjubilee.subpop.com/tagged/news).
If you saw those guys with guitars on top of the Space Needle yesterday, you know that something special is happening in Seattle this weekend. It’s Sub Pop’s 25th anniversary, and the record label is marking it with free music all day Saturday in the Georgetown neighborhood. Bands on tap include The Moondoggies, Built to Spill, J Mascis, Father John Misty, Shabazz Palaces and — fresh from the Needle — Mudhoney.
4 Milk Carton Derby
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (www.seafair.com).
If you’re new to Seattle this must seem insane: People build cockamamie rafts out of milk cartons and then race them on Green Lake. It’s one of Seafair’s signature events, and it draws thousands of people — participants and spectators.
5 Summer festivals
Here’s a short list of neighborhoods hosting festivals this weekend: West Seattle, Redmond, Kent, Pioneer Square, Ballard, Chinatown International District, Mercer Island — it’s nuts, really, because there are even more. Some have parades and fireworks; all have entertainment and food. For Madeline McKenzie’s big list, click here and scroll down to Festivals.