We here at ArtsPage hope you have a few vacation days in the bank, because you’re going to have to miss some work to fit in all the fun the region has planned for you this week. Major art, music and community festivals abound. Here are just a few of them, plus a handful of shows, concerts and movies.
1 Bellevue Arts Fair Weekend
This sprawling event is one of the biggest Bellevue cultural happenings of the year. It’s a three-parter: (1) Bellevue Festival of the Arts, a juried arts and crafts fair near Cost Plus in downtown Bellevue; (2) BAM ArtsFair, which includes performances, art activities and free entrance to Bellevue Arts Museum; and (3) the 6th Street Fair, an street-side fair run by the Downtown Bellevue Association. Go and plan to stay all day.
2 Capitol Hill Block Party
Friday through Sunday, near the intersection of 10th Avenue and Pine Street; $40 (capitolhillblockparty.com).
Capitol Hill’s annual blowout starts Friday and continues through Sunday with a great lineup of local and national bands. It’s one-stop shopping for the music-obsessed.
3 Greenwood Seafair Parade
Greenwood Avenue North from North 95th Street to North 85th Street, west to Sixth Avenue Northwest, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday (www.phinneycenter.org/parade).
Seafair Pirates, marching bands, drill teams, floats and Grand Marshal Pat Cashman are the attractions at this Greenwood summertime tradition, the oldest neighborhood Seafair parade in the region.
4 Timber! Festival
Friday-Saturday at Tolt-MacDonald Park in Carnation; $45 (www.timbermusicfest.com).
This new, rural music festival looks to be a celebration of the indie-folk-rock scene the Northwest is known for. For details about the lineup, check out this item.
5 Randy Newman
6 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodland Park Zoo, 601 N. 59th St., Seattle; $28-$103 (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).
The wickedly funny, Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer-songwriter with the sandpaper drawl has been amusing and educating us for more than four decades now, with social commentary like “Sail Away” and “Short People” and the title theme for the TV show “Monk,” “It’s a Jungle Out There.”
6 Intiman Theatre Festival
Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center, 201 Mercer St., Seattle; ticket prices vary (888-377-4510 or www.intiman.org).
Intiman in 2012 overcame crippling financial debt and temporary closure of its operation to present a first summer festival of four shows at Seattle Center. It returns this year, with “Trouble in Mind” by Alice Childress, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes and Dario Fo’s “We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!,” as well as a new Peter Duchan-Breedlove musical about transgender Oregon mayor Stu Rasmussen, “Stu for Silverton.”
7 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival
8 p.m. concerts are preceded by free 7 p.m. recitals, through Friday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; $15-$45 (206-283-8808 or www.seattlechambermusic.org).
The final week of Seattle Chamber Music Society’s Summer Festival opens Monday with a concert split between American modernists (Bernstein, Ives, Elliott Carter) and two European classics (Mozart’s serene Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano and Schumann’s epic Quintet for Piano and Strings). Wednesday brings Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 7 (preceded by his String Quartet No. 8 at a free 7 p.m. recital), along with works by Mendelssohn (Sonata for Violin and Piano) and Brahms (Quartet for Piano and Strings No. 2). Closing night on Friday features a transcription of “The Rite of Spring” for piano four hands, Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 1 and Barber’s String Quartet (whose adagio movement was later rescored for string orchestra as “Adagio for Strings”).
10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday through Aug. 17, Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle (206-624-0770 or www.gregkucera.com).
The Seattle art pranksters’ new show at Greg Kucera Gallery is titled, appropriately, “Three Way.” And its most revealing piece may be “Self-Portrait’: three steel handcuffs firmly chained together. (Artists John Sutton, Ben Beres and Zac Culler, it seems, are irrevocably linked to each other for eternity.)
9 'The Conjuring'
James Wan’s haunted-house saga is well-crafted, convincingly acted, surprisingly restrained and scary as hell. It’s based on the real-life story of a family that moves into an old farmhouse and, after strange things start to happen, calls in two demonologists/ghostbusters (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to investigate.