Bumberhaters, you know who you are: You avoid Seattle’s annual three-day music and arts festival because it’s too crowded, too loud, too expensive. So here’s a look ahead to the weekend tailored just for you.
These suggestions are specially selected to help you finish out a beautiful Northwest summer with a final round of outdoor entertainments, before fall sends us all scurrying back inside. Please share your own recommendations with other fellow Bumbervoiders on the comments thread.
1 Fremont Outdoor Movies
Dusk Saturday, Fremont Studios, 3501 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $5 suggested donation (www.fremontoutdoormovies.com).
The outdoor movie season is winding down, but you can haul a lawn chair to Fremont this Saturday night for one final screening in Fremont Outdoor Movies‘ annual series: It’s “Jurassic Park” (PG-13) — fun for thrill-seekers of all ages.
2 Seattle Beaches
Details: 206-684-4075 or seattle.gov/parks.
This weekend also marks your last chance to swim at city beaches with a lifeguard on duty. Take the kids and enjoy warm, late-summer waters while everyone else is looking for parking near Seattle Center.
Details: Noon-7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Monday, weather permitting, beaches at Matthews, 9300 51st Ave. N.E.; Madison, 1900 43rd Ave. E.; Mount Baker, 2301 Lake Washington Blvd. S; Seward, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd. S.; and West Green Lake, 7312 W. Green Lake Dr., Seattle.
3 Outdoor cocktails
Forget the crowded beer tents at Bumbershoot with overpriced, under-chilled beer in plastic cups. Here’s a list of the 10 best places to order cocktails against scenic backdrops in Seattle and Kirkland.
4 Bremerton Blackberry Festival
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, Aug 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 1. Louis Mentor Boardwalk, Bremerton (blackberryfestival.org).
Savor the last, sweet taste of summer — literally. The ferry ride to Bremerton is just an extra. The 25th Annual Blackberry The festival features entertainment, kid activities, food vendors, a beer garden, blackberry wine, and arts and crafts vendors.
5 'The Simpsons' marathon
There’s nothing particularly summery about this one, but if you just want to stay home with the car parked
this weekend, don’t forget that FXX is airing all 552 episodes of America’s favorite cartoon right now (the blitz ends Monday). Follow along with daily missives for “Simpsons” fans written by the “Simpsons” fiend behind our ArtsPage blog.