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May 2, 2014 at 11:45 AM

5 things to do this weekend, on land and water

Food, movies, boats and free stuff — it’s shaping up to be a perfect Northwest weekend (rain included, free of charge).

Here are a few recommended events to consider, but there are many more. We invite you to share your ideas for weekend fun with other readers via the comments thread.

1 Opening Day

Saturday, Montlake Cut. Info: https://www.facebook.com/WindermereCup.

Last year's Opening Day photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

Last year’s Opening Day photo by Alan Berner/The Seattle Times.

Boating season officially begins with a traditional day of races and festivities on Seattle’s beautiful Montlake Cut on Saturday. It all takes place come rain or shine — this is the Northwest, after all.

2 Free Comic Book Day

Saturday at participating stores: www.freecomicbookday.com.

Perhaps it’s fitting that this annual giveaway takes place the same day “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ kicks off the summer blockbuster season. Several local stores participate. Drop in, browse the shelves and walk out with a free sample of the shops’ choosing.

3 Movies

For reviews and showtimes, go to Seattletimes.com/movies.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2," photo by Niko Tavernise/AP.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” photo by Niko Tavernise/AP.

Did someone say “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″? Here’s Moira Macdonald’s review.

If you’re looking for something a little less predictable, try “Only Lovers Left Alive” — a vampire love story starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston (that is, no, nothing like “Twilight,” according to Moira).

4 Cinerama's Sci Fi Film Festival

Through May 12, Cinerama, 2100 Fourth Ave., Seattle (www.cinerama.com).

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL” — and step into the otherworldly wonder of some of the greatest sci-fi stories ever told on screen. See restored prints of classics, such as “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Alien,” “Fahrenheit 451″ and more. For details, consult Tom Keogh’s preview.

5 Farmers Markets

Ballard Farmers Market, by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

Ballard Farmers Market, by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

Spring vegetables such as asparagus and bok choy are ripe and ready now at Seattle’s year-round Farmers Markets in the U. District (open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays), West Seattle (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays)  and Capitol Hill (11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays). Look for the return of seasonal markets next week, beginning with Columbia City on Wednesday. Neighborhood markets around Seattle and greater Puget Sound follow.

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