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July 18, 2014 at 12:03 PM

5 fun things to do outdoors this weekend

We may get a little sprinkle on Saturday, but Friday and Sunday are looking fine, and in the great Northwest … we’ll settle for two out of three.

Here are five outdoor entertainments to take advantage of while summer lasts. Keep in mind that these are just a few suggestions, not a comprehensive list. Feel free to add your own weekend picks for other readers on the comments thread.

 

 

 

1 Outdoor movies

An SRO screening in Fremont in 2013. Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

An SRO screening in Fremont in 2013. Photo by Marcus Yam/The Seattle Times.

More than two dozen area towns and neighborhoods host outdoor movie screenings this summer. You bring a low chair and a picnic; your community organizers supply the movie and the fun. This weekend’s highlights: “Gravity,” “The Life Aquatic,” “The Lego Movie,” “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” and more. Look to our big list for all the details.

2 Outdoor theater

Libby Barnard and Johnny Patchamatla in "Othello." Courtesy of GreenStage.

Libby Barnard and Johnny Patchamatla in “Othello.” Courtesy of GreenStage.

Shakespeare in the park is a summertime institution. The area’s two major purveyors are Wooden O and GreenStage. (We’ve heard Wooden O’s “Two Gentlemen of Verona” is particularly entertaining; and GreenStage’s “Othello” gets good marks from our reviewer.) But Shakespeare isn’t the whole picture. For an introduction to all the plays that are on offer around the sound — many suitable for kids — see Misha Berson’s overview.

3 Outdoor food (Bite of Seattle)

Bite of Seattle 2013. Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times.

Bite of Seattle 2013. Photo by John Lok/The Seattle Times.

It’s already underway at Seattle Center — the annual splurgefest. Samples from many top local restaurants; entertainment on four stages; cooking demos staffed by celebrity chefs and more are on offer. Entrance is free; tastes are modestly priced. The basic details are here, and don’t miss food writer Rebekah Denn’s eight tips for surviving the Bite.

4 Outdoor festivals

Bon Odori 2013. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Bon Odori 2013. Photo by Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times.

Beyond the Bite, this weekend sees White Center Jubilee Days; Des Moines Waterland Festival; Kirkland Uncorked; Bon Odori; the West Seattle Grand Parade and many, many more community events. Find them all here.

5 Outdoor music

Lyle Lovett. Photo by Michael Wilson.

Lyle Lovett. Photo by Michael Wilson.

The Northwest’s outdoor music venues are operating full steam. This weekend, Chateau Ste. Michelle hosts Lyle Lovett on Friday and The Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry/Plain White T’s on Saturday. Cheech and Chong present a timely comedy show in Marymoor Park on Saturday. And also on Saturday, classic acts Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power appear at White River Amphitheatre. Finally, FYI, at presstime, the Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival was going on as planned, despite wildfires. Look for updates on that here.

Comments | More in List, Weekend preview | Topics: Bite of Seattle, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Outdoor movies

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