Whether you’re feeling broke or flush, there are plenty of things to do in the Seattle area this weekend.
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1 Seattle Children's Festival
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12, Seattle Center, free (206-684-7200 or NWFolklife.org/SCFestival).
Northwest Folklife has a new venture aimed at kids and families — a one-day festival of music, dance, arts & crafts and more, at Seattle Center on Sunday. Magic, puppet shows, Bollywood dance: The lineup sounds so much fun, you’ll feel like a kid again.
2 St. Demetrios Greek Festival
Oct. 10-12, 2100 Boyer Ave. E., Seattle (seattlegreekfestival.com).
There’s more free entertainment to be had on North Capitol Hill at this annual festival of Greek culture. Music, dancing and church tours are yours for the taking, but you might also want to drop a few dollars on some dolmathes, moussaka, souvlaki or other regional delicacies.
3 SAM's 'Pop Departures'
Wednesdays-Sundays through Jan. 11, Seattle Art Museum, 1300 First Ave., Seattle; $12.50-$19.50 (seattleartmuseum.org).
SAM’s splashy new show revisits some of the great Pop artists of the ’60s — Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg — and then traces their influence today. Themes of consumerism and celebrity culture seem just as vital today as they did back then, says reviewer Michael Upchurch.
4 'Movie Music of John Williams'
8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 10-12), Benaroya Hall, 200 University St., Seattle; $30-$105 (206-215-4747 or seattlesymphony.org).
Tickets for this Symphony Pops program are running short, no doubt due to the immense popularity of the movie music of John Williams. He’s the composer behind the scores of “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and many, many other movies you know and love. Read all about the concert in Tom Keogh’s preview article.
5 'Beaumount & Caswell in Hacienda Holiday'
Wednesdays-Sundays, 222 Mercer St., Seattle; $86-$163 (zinzanni.com).
Now for the splurge: Teatro ZinZanni’s latest collage of music, cabaret-style vignettes and circus arts is open for business under the vintage European tent on Mercer Street near Seattle Center. Included in the ticket price (starting at $86 for matinees) is a multi-course meal, with a choice of steak, salmon or a vegetarian entree.