The crush has already started to converge on Capitol Hill for Block Party 2013. (Gates open at 3 p.m.) If you’re looking to spend your weekend somewhere else — perhaps in more family-friendly or genteel pursuits — here’s a list for you.
Feel free, as every Friday, to add your own recommended events on the comments thread.
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 Seafair Torchlight Parade
Floats, marching bands, drill teams and Seafair royalty, pirates and clowns light up downtown Seattle at the Seafair Torchlight Parade Saturday. A Seattle tradition for 64 years, the parade draws huge, festive crowds that start staking out spots with blankets and chairs early in the morning along the Fourth Avenue route. See Madeline McKenzie’s full preview here.
3 Intiman Theatre Festival
Through Sept. 15, Cornish Playhouse at Seattle Center; intiman.org.
There’s a rash of great theater breaking out all over Seattle. You can start scratching the itch by seeing either “Stu for Silverton” (reviewed by Misha Berson) or “Trouble in Mind” at the Intiman Theatre Festival.
4 'The Wolverine'
Now showing at many area theaters. For info go to the Seattle Times movie page.
It’s been a great summer for blockbusters. First “Star Trek Into Darkness,” then “World War Z” and “Pacific Rim,” and now “The Wolverine,” which got a rave review from Seattle Times contributor Soren Andersen. There’ve been some turkeys along the way, too (we’re looking at you, “Lone Ranger“), but you can’t go too far wrong with any one of the other movies mentioned above.