August is halfway done — grab what you can of summer before it’s gone. We offer things to do in town, and some ideas for farther afield.
1 Take a trip
Way out east: National Lentil Festival, Friday-Saturday, Pullman
Make a day or a weekend out of the goings-on at the Long Beach Peninsula — both fests promise fresh seafood and live music. If you’re in the mood for the dry side, motor on over to Pullman for the big lentil festival — it includes the world’s largest bowl of lentil chili; a lentil cookoff; Lentil Lane Food Court; and beer and wine (are those made of lentils, too? Hope not).
2 Everett Craft Beer Festival
Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Hoyt Avenue & Hewitt Avenue, Everett, $15-$20, includes five tasting tokens, www.washingtonbeer.com/everett-craft-beer-festival
The second annual Everett fest will include beers from Elysian Brewing, Fremont Brewing, Silver City Brewery and tons more. Food available from Dante’s Inferno Hot Dogs. Live music. Carry on.
3 Free outdoor theater
Redmond Acts Out, Friday-Sunday, Anderson Park, Redmond; www.redmond.gov
Redmond Acts Out, a free weekend of performance, opens at 5 p.m. Friday with music from 12 O’Clock Shadow, followed by Split 2nd Improv at 6 and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” from GreenStage at 7. Performances continue 1-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, with productions of “Wedding Horror Stories,” “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and more. And, did you get the part about it all being free? Good.
4 Outdoor movies
Find dozens of outdoor movies in the region here.
Summer equals free outdoor movies, and here are some playing this weekend. Click on the link above for a longer list.
Saturday: “Say Anything,” MOHAI Movies in the Park, Lake Union Park;
“Stay Classy: Anchorman Movie Party,” Fremont Outdoor Movies; “The Help,” Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre;
“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” West Seattle Movies on the Wall, 4410 California Ave. S.W.
Sunday: “The Muppet Movie,” Columbia Park, Seattle
5 Viking Days Festival
9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle; nordicmuseum.org
Come ashore at the Nordic Heritage Museum and try Nordic food, music, crafts and a Viking encampment. Also: a Swedish pancake breakfast (simmer down — pancakes date back to ancient Greece) and a salmon BBQ.