Our weekend preview is heavy on outdoor events this weekend — hey, it’s August! But the forecast is calling for a little drizzle, so we threw in a couple indoor items as well. Rain or shine, grab a hat and get out there.
1 South Lake Union Block Party
Noon-11 p.m. Friday, South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N., Seattle; free (www.slublockparty.com).
It’s party-party-party all day Friday in one of Seattle’s fastest-growing neighborhoods, South Lake Union. If you haven’t visited lately, here’s your chance. In addition to the area’s new shops and restaurants, you’ll find food trucks, entertainment, a burger-grilling competition, a MOHAI trivia contest and an outdoor, nighttime screening of the guilty-pleasure movie “Dirty Dancing.”
2 Seattle Tattoo Expo
2-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Center Armory, Seattle; $20-$75 (206-447-7725 or www.seattletattooexpo.com).
The photo says it all. People who love their tattoos, love their tattoos — and you can rub inked-elbows with a whole bunch of them at this annual event. See the latest trends and (perhaps) shop for your own special mark.
3 A Taste of Edmonds
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday; Civic Playfield, Sixth Avenue North and Bell Street, Edmonds; $4, ages 12 and younger free (425-776-6711 or www.atasteofedmonds.com).
It’s not all about the food at Taste of Edmonds. There’s entertainment on four stages, arts and crafts and kids’ activities, too. But you won’t want to miss the 35 food vendors, or the beer and wine gardens — with dancing.
4 Harry Connick Jr.
7:30 Friday and Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, Woodinville; $57.50 and $99.50 (800-745-3000 or ticketmaster.com).
As Gene Stout writes, “Connick’s career has been soaring since the early-June release of his current CD, ‘Every Man Should Know.'” He plays two shows this weekend at the beautiful Ste. Michelle Winery.
5 Auburn Days
5K fun run, 7-10 p.m. Friday; grand parade, noon Saturday, Main Street; entertainment and activities, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; street dance, 7-10 p.m. Saturday; classic car/truck/cycle show, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, downtown Auburn (253-939-3389 or www.auburndays.com).
Here’s some fun for South Enders: A parade! Classic cars! Dancing! What more do you want? Food, of course, and there’s that, too. All (and more) in downtown Auburn.
6 Kirkland Summer Fest
Friday-Sunday, Marina Park, 25 Lake Shore Plaza, Kirkland (www.kirklandsummerfest.com).
Eastsiders have their own celebration this weekend, too. The entertainment stretches from Friday to Sunday; kids’ activities, food trucks and a TechZone are thrown in on Saturday and Sunday; dragon boat races and robot battles on Sunday.
7 'Blue Jasmine'
Now playing at the Harvard Exit, 807 E. Roy St., Seattle. Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, language and sexual content.
“Elysium” is the big movie of the weekend, but if you’re looking for something a little less blockbustery, Woody Allen’s latest drama (note: not a comedy!) may be just the ticket. Read Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald’s review for details.