Give an editor a chance to alliterate and, trust me, she will have a hard time resisting. Happily for us here at ArtsPage HQ, this weekend provides a prime opportunity, because beer, books, blues and bugs are bustin’ out all over the city.
This list contains six (boffo!) best bets for entertainment this weekend. But we know that at this time of year, there are many more. If you want to recommend something to other readers — whether it starts with a “B” or not — please do so on the comments thread.
1 Day of Music
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday (Soundbridge will open at 10 a.m. for family activities), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; (206-215-4747 or www.seattlesymphony.org).
One of the most illuminating and upbeat arts events of the season, Seattle Symphony‘s free Day of Music invites the public into Benaroya Hall on Sunday to see and hear performances by 35 musical groups — choirs, chamber orchestras, percussion ensembles, hip-hop artists, symphony musicians and more. Extra special this year is the premiere of the Potlatch Symphony, a groundbreaking collaboration between Cornish professors and Native American musicians.
2 Fremont Oktoberfest
Beer gardens: 5 p.m.-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Village: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, enter at Phinney Avenue North and North 35th Street, Seattle; $25-$40/tasting garden, Village free (fremontoktoberfest.com).
It’s half for grown-ups (the beer-garden part, where adults can taste 100-plus seasonal microbrews on tap), half for kids (a family-friendly Village with fun activities like the Texas Chainsaw Pumpkin Carving Contest) and all fun in Fremont this weekend. A dozen local bands and a fun run are also on the schedule. For more about this Oktoberfest and a more traditional one in Monroe, read Madeline McKenzie’s article.
3 Fall Book Sale
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle (www.friendsofspl.org/booksale.php).
If your household is full of readers, you will not want to miss this bargain-book event. Thousands of gently used books, CDs and other items are up for grabs — most for $1 or $2 (half price on Sunday). Buy a dozen or two and keep your family reading till the holidays. Note: Traffic is going to be heavy in the area Saturday, due to the Huskies game. Click here for bus and bike tips.
4 Triple Door 10th Anniversary
8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Triple Door, 216 Union St., Seattle; $70-$90 (206-838-4333 or thetripledoor.net).
The Triple Door, one of the city’s most eclectic music and burlesque venues, has been celebrating its 10th anniversary all month. The party comes to a climax Friday and Saturday nights with performances by New Orleans falsetto specialist Aaron Neville. Read more about this very special artist in a preview of the event by Seattle Times jazz critic Paul de Barros.
5 Bug Blast
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, University of Washington, Seattle; $7.50-$10 (206-543-5590 or www.burkemuseum.org).
If you (or perhaps a small person in your life) are interested in studying bugs, identifying bugs or even eating bugs, you need to scurry over to the Burke Museum on the UW campus on Sunday for the big Bug Blast. On display will be thousands of specimens — dead and alive.
6 Seattle Fringe Festival
Through Sunday, $10 per show (seattlefringefestival.org).
Have you heard that Seattle’s once-thriving fringe-theater festival has been resurrected? It continues through Sunday with performances by over a dozen local and visiting groups, in Capitol Hill venues such as Richard Hugo House, Annex Theatre and NW Film Forum. Check out theater critic Misha Berson’s preview for details.