With weather like this, we’re in no rush to go indoors. So ArtsPage HQ brings you a list of five festivals that start or continue this weekend.
Still, it is the official start of the fall arts season. Consider kicking it off Saturday night at Seattle Symphony’s season-opening concert and party. Don’t forget to dress up!
1 Seattle Buskers Festival
Street performances were legalized in Seattle 40 years ago, and our urban life is livelier for it. Sunday, Pike Place Market hosts more than three dozen performers, including the legendary Artis the Spoonman and folk singer Jim Page, who helped start it all. The following week, you’ll find musicians and events busting out all over the city, from Benaroya Hall to Seattle Public Library. It culminates in a massive singalong in front of EMP on Sept. 20.
2 Seattle Design Festival
Through Sept. 14 at multiple venues: designinpublic.org/program/seattle-design-festival.
Architecture, urban planning, product design, art and more are celebrated at this far-flung festival. Walking tours, panel discussions, outdoor performances and art installations are all part of the lineup. View Seattle Times photographer Erika Schultz’s beautiful gallery to take a peek at what’s in store. The complete calendar of events is here. And don’t miss arts writer Michael Upchurch’s delightful story about a related Little Free Library competition.
3 Night Market and Moon Festival
6 p.m.-midnight Saturday, Union Station Plaza along Fifth Avenue South, Seattle: NightMarketSeattle.com.
Dancing. Shopping. Mini-golf. Food trucks. A Japanese beer garden. This is one of those only-in-the-International District events that brings many of the city’s most appealing features together. Come prepared to eat well and stay up late.
4 Fiestas Patrias
Sept. 13 in South Park, Sept. 13-14 at Seattle Center: seattlefiestaspatrias.org.
This annual fiesta is so grande it spreads over two neighborhoods: South Park and Seattle Center. You’ll find Latino music, food and dance in both locations — plus a health fair and (in South Park) a parade with horses and classic cars.
5 Jefferson Park Jubilee
Noon-10 p.m. Saturday, Jefferson Park, Beacon Avenue and South Spokane Street, Seattle: jeffersonparkjubilee.com.
From taiko to capoeira to skateboarding: Beacon Hill’s diverse cultures come together for one big day out on Saturday. There’ll be food for sale, activities for the kids and — to cap it off — one of the city’s final outdoor movies of the summer, “The Avengers.”
6 Seattle Symphony Concert/Gala
4 p.m. Saturday, Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle, followed by a black-tie reception at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, 411 University St., Seattle: seattlesymphony.org.
Consider it the kickoff to the fall arts season — a concert of French selections, presided over by music director Ludovic Morlot, followed by a swanky party at the Fairmont Olympic. This is one of the few occasions on which Seattleites dress formally to go out; unearth your black tie and join them.
Classical music not your thing? Find hundreds of other arts and entertainment events from now to Thanksgiving in The Seattle Times’ Fall Arts Guide.