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