Not into planes and hydros? Here are some things you can do with a friend, a date or the family this weekend.
1 Concerts at the Mural
Aug. 1-22, Seattle Center; see KEXP’s website for details.
A monthlong series of free concerts co-curated by KEXP and Seattle Center kicks off Friday, with a hotly anticipated appearance by Charles Bradley, the “Screaming Eagle of Soul.” Bradley’s from Brooklyn, but the series lineup is heavy on local bands as well. If you miss this week, you have three more opportunities. Shows begin at 5:30 and they’re free; bring a blanket and picnic, and enjoy.
See showtimes at seattletimes.com/movies.
If you want more soul music, go see “Get On Up,” a film biography of James Brown. Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald calls it “buoyant” and gives it 3.5 stars (out of a possible 4). Two other movies also get the 3.5-star treatment from our reviewers this week: “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Mood Indigo.” And don’t forget, outdoor-movie season continues. See our mondo list of free screenings in neighborhoods all over Puget Sound.
3 Kids Day at Olympic Sculpture Park
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at SAM’s Olympic Sculpture Park: seattleartmuseum.org/summer.
Seattle Art Museum has orchestrated a whole summer of outdoor activities at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and this Saturday, the fun is tailored to kids and families. Art-making, all-ages yoga and a public tour are on the laid-back agenda.
4 Watershed Festival
Friday-Sunday, 754 Silica Road, George, Grant County (800-745-3000 or watershedfest.com).
If you don’t already have a ticket, you’re taking your chances, but this is one giant country lineup at the Gorge this weekend. Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum and Jake Owen top the bill. Yeehaw.
5 Community Festivals
Click for a big list of community events this weekend.
Closer to home, but nowhere near the hydro pits, are the Magnolia Summer Festival on Friday and Saturday; Umoja Heritage Parade and Festival at Judkins Park, Friday-Sunday; and SalmonFest and Lake City Pioneer Days Parade, also Friday-Sunday.