Archive for May, 2010

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May 24, 2010

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Video: Test Drive the Tesla Roadster with John Levesque
May 24, 2010

Seattle Magazine Summer Guide: Mural Quiz
May 18, 2010

1. In Greenwood, near 85th Street and 3rd Avenue. Painted by John Osgood.

2. In Green Lake, between the lake and Woodland Park Zoo, under Aurora Avenue. Painted by Josh Howard.

3. In West Seattle, outside Café Revo (2940 Southwest Avalon Way). Painted by Glenn Case.

4. In Sodo, near 4th Avenue South and Holgate. Painted by ArtWorks.

5. Downtown, on Western near University, on the side of the Seattle Steam & Power Plant. Painted by James Crespinel.
[To come]

6. In Pioneer Square, in Post Alley at Yesler Way. Painted by Billy King.

7. In Ballard, near 45th Street and Leary Way. Painted by Ryan Henry Ward.

8. In Capitol Hill, on 11th between Pike Street and Pine Street.

9. In South Park, on the side of the former Old County Line Bar and Grill (8456 Dallas Ave. S). Painted by Glenn Case with community members.

Seattle Magazine Summer Guide: Summer Mixtape
May 18, 2010

Giving our summer guide an audio component—a summer soundtrack of sorts—has become an annual tradition. This year we’re showcasing an array of local bands in the form of a mixtape (well, a virtual mixtape, since cassettes have gone the way of the Betamax). Thanks to Seattle’s bevy of bands, making a mixtape of local music is easy—the hard part is narrowing down the list. In an attempt do so, I limited myself to recent songs (released in the last year-ish) that seem to scream summer—from the post-punk of Visqueen to the irresistible pop of The Lonely Forest to the happy handclaps of Hey Marseilles (whose new album comes out this month!). Happy listening! – Brangien Davis

Hey Marseilles
To Travels and Trunks
(June 2010)
“Rio”
DOWNLOAD:
Hey Marseilles – Rio

Duchess and the Duke
Sunset/Sunrise
(2008/2009)
“Let It Die”
DOWNLOAD: Dutchess and the Duke _ Let It Die

Visqueen
Message to Garcia
(Sept 2009)
“Hand Me Down”
DOWNLOAD: Visqueen-Hand+Me+Down

The Maldives
Listen to the Thunder
(Sept 2009)
“The New One”
DOWNLOAD: The New One

Tea Cozies
Hot Probs
(Sept 2009)
“Like Luca Brasi”
DOWNLOAD: Tea Cozies – Like Luca Brasi

Grand Hallway
Promenade
(June 2009)
“Blessed Be, HoneyBee”
DOWNLOAD: Grand Hallway Blessed Be, Honey Bee

Throw Me the Statue
Creaturesque
(August 2009)
“Ancestors”
DOWNLOAD: Throw Me the Statue – Ancestors

Ivan and Alyosha (Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary)
The Verse, The Chorus
(October 2009)
“Beautiful Lie”
DOWNLOAD: Head Like a Kite – We’re Always on the Wrong Side of Sunrise

Head Like a Kite
Dreams Suspend Night
(May 2010)
“We’re Always on the Wrong Side of Sunrise”
DOWNLOAD: Head Like a Kite – We’re Always on the Wrong Side of Sunrise

The Head and the Heart
Album: UNTITLED [DUE OUT JUNE]
Song: Lost in My Mind
DOWNLOAD: The Head and the Heart – Lost In My Mind

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Seattle Magazine Summer Guide: Outdoor Music
May 18, 2010

SEATTLE

Seattle Peace Concert Series
6/13–9/19

Get out and enjoy Seattle’s city parks at these free, family friendly concerts held on Sundays featuring local and regional musicians. Canned food donations for Northwest Harvest appreciated.
Must-see shows/bands:
Adrian Xavier (8/29 Volunteer Park), Kuli Loach & Andy Coe Band (9/12 Woodland Park)
Free. Noon-6 p.m. Locations vary. 206.706.3035

Out to Lunch Concert Series
6/18–9/3

Grab some grub, soak up some sun and enjoy these lunchtime concerts in downtown Seattle’s parks and outdoor spaces. Concerts are every Wednesday and Friday thru the summer from noon-1:30 p.m (see website lineup and locations).
Must-see shows/bands:
Soul musicians from the documentary Wheedle’s Groove (6/18, Harbor Steps), Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (6/30, Occidental Park), Vicci Martinez (7/2, Harbor Steps)
Free. 12 p.m. Locations vary

Fremont Fair
6/19–6/20
Head to the “center of the universe” for the Fremont Fair and enjoy live local  music presented on two stages alongside colorful art cars, heaps of local crafters and fabulous food.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. Times vary. N. 34th Street; 206.632.1500

Georgetown Music Fest
6/25-6/26
Held in conjunction with Seattle Weekly’s Artopia, the Georgetown Music Fest has expanded to five stages of music this year, complete with a beer garden! Rock out to tons of local music and check out all the eclectic art on exhibit.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. Times vary. Georgetown, 1200 block of S. Vale; 2010

Zoo Tunes at Woodland Park Zoo
6/27–8/29

After visiting the cool new meerkat exhibit, spend your evening at the zoo amphitheater for one of the ten great shows scheduled. But be sure to get your tickets early, these shows sell out quick!
Must-see shows/bands:
Jimmy Cliff with Trevor Hall (7/21), Herbie Hancock and The Imagine Project (8/29)
Days and prices vary. 6 p.m. (seating open at 5 p.m.) South Entrance, N. 50th St & Fremont Ave. N.; 206.548.2500

Summer of Fun Concerts in the Park Series
7/7–8/11
Pack a blanket and lawn chair and head to one of these Wednesday concerts where local musicians serenade you while you picnic. The free series rotates in three Shoreline area parks.
Must-see shows/bands:
Freddy Pink and Shoreline’s Swinging Summer Eve celebration (7/21), Geoffrey Castle (8/4)
Free. 7 p.m. Locations vary. 206.417.4645

West Seattle Summer Fest
7/9–7/11
Head to West Seattle and enjoy two stages of live music, roving sidewalk performers, a skateboard exhibition and a Saturday night street dance. Past performers have included Mudhoney and the Super Sonic Soul Pimps. While you’re there check out the Sunday Farmers Market.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. West Seattle Junction, California Ave. SW & SW Alaska. 206.297.6801

Capitol Hill Block Party
7/23–7/24

This hipster fest showcases more than 50 northwest and national indie bands on three stages, and also raises funds for The Vera Project and Home Alive. Festivities go until 2 a.m. each day, so you’d better be ready to rock!
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Times vary. $25/day. E. Pike Street & 10th Avenue; 206.632.8499

South Lake Union Block Party
8/13
Local bands play live while block-partiers sample food from South Lake Union restaurateurs, discover wine from local Washington wineries ($15) and close out the day with an outdoor movie.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. Noon. NW corner of Westlake Ave. N. & Denny Way

Seattle Hempfest
8/20–8/22
Held on the waterfront in Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle’s Hempfest is as much a music fest, as it is a celebration of funny brownies. With five stages and more than 50 bands there will be plenty of tunes to groove to—and food booths, should you get the munchies.  
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. Times Vary. Myrtle Edwards Park; 3130 Alaskan Way W

Central Area Community Festival
8/21–8/22
This community fest will be celebrating its 14th year and the theme for 2010 is “love the life you live.” A live music stage at Garfield Community Center Playfield features live music from local performers. 
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Free. Noon. Garfield Community Center, 2323 East Cherry St.; 206.999.3482

Bumbershoot
9/4­–9/6

Seattle’s largest and most well known music and arts festival, Bumbershoot is the reason to stay in town over Labor Day weekend. Repeatedly drawing big name bands on both the indie and mainstream circuits, the line-up also includes comedy, film and art exhibits.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
Times and prices vary. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 206.816.6444

EAST SIDE

Live at Lunch Concert Series
6/6–9/9

Bellevue’s Live at Lunch series rotates in different open plazas and outdoor spaces throughout downtown. Running Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays through the summer, it’s the perfect chance to get out of the office and take in some free music by local bands in a wide range of genres.
Must-see shows/bands:
New Age Flamenco (7/7, Bellevue City Hall), Pearl Django (8/10, Skyline Tower), Michael Martinez Quartet (8/31, City Center Plaza)
Free. Noon. Locations vary
; bellevuedowntown.org

Summer Concert Series at Chateau St. Michelle
6/12–9/25

Do a little wine tasting before taking in the tunes at the Chateau (or purchase a bottle to enjoy during the show). Tickets sell out fast at this intimate and relaxing venue, so book early!
Must-see shows/bands:
Martina McBride (7/29), Natalie Merchant (8/6), B-52’s & Blondie (8/12), Earth, Wind & Fire (8/27), Harry Connick Jr. (9/25)
Prices and times vary. 14111 NE 145th St., Woodinville, 800.745.3000

Washington Brewers Festival
6/19–6/21

Celebrate both dear ol’ Dad and beer this Father’s Day weekend fest. Boogie with your pop at the music stage between sips of the nearly 200 beers on tap. Festival goers are urged to use public transportation—on-site parking is $15 with advance pass purchase required.
Must-see shows/bands: Flowmotion (6/19)
$20-$25. Times Vary. Saint Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Dr. NE; Kenmore

Concerts at Marymoor Park
6/19–9/19

One of King County’s largest and most popular parks, Marymoor is an amazing place to get out and enjoy nature—and some live music. There’s a beer garden and a huge, grassy expanse so bring a lawn chair or blanket and get your groove on.
Must-see shows/bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead (8/7), Rodrigo y Gabriela with Xavier Rudd (8/13), Doobie Brothers (8/26)
Prices and times vary. 6406 Lake Sammamish Pkwy NE; 206.205.3661

6th Street Fair Downtown Bellevue
6/23–6/25

This street fair showcases work from more than 140 artists, including sculpture, jewelry, home décor, woodwork and glass. The fair also hosts a music stage with local music from more than a dozen bands.
Must-see shows/bands:
Camille Bloom (7/23), Stickshift Annie (7/24), Brian Butler (7/25)
Free. 10 a.m. Downtown Bellevue, NE 6th St. & 106th Ave. NE; 425.453.1223

FARTHER FLUNG

The Gorge Amphitheatre
5/29–10/2
Ranked among the top outdoor music venues in the nation, the Gorge Amphitheater overlooks the Columbia River Gorge. With its sweeping views, grassy terrace seating and the dry eastern climate, it’s the premiere outdoor venue in the state—but bring a sweater, it gets chilly at night.
Must-see shows/bands:
Kings of Leon (7/17), Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Joe Cocker (6/11, 6/12), Dave Matthews Band (9/3, 9/4, 9/5)
Times and prices vary. 754 Silica Road NW, George; 509.785.6262

White River Amphitheatre
6/6–8/15

Get your head a-banging with White River’s rock and metal loaded line-up this summer. The venue has booming sound and a covered seating area, but getting in and out of the parking area is a slow crawl, so allow ample time.
Must-see shows/bands:
Sting with Royal Philharmonic (6/6), Iron Maiden (6/22), Rush (8/7)
Times and prices vary. 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd., Auburn; 360.825.6200

Sleep Country Amphitheater
6/11–10/3
Formerly the Amphitheater at Clark County, this venue features covered reserved seating and a general admission lawn. It borders Clark County Fairgrounds and is just outside of Vancouver, WA.
Must-see shows/bands:
Crosby Stills and Nash (6/11), Lilith featuring Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow & Erykah Badu (7/2)
Times and prices vary. 17200 NE Delfel Rd., Ridgefield; 360.816.7000

Conscious Culture Festival
6/11–6/12
This first annual gathering of music, art and education, promoting social justice, equality, sustainability, healthy living, organic farming and all-around conscious living, features local indie artists spanning folk, rock, reggae and world music.
Must-see shows/bands:
Staxx Brothers, Big High, Panda Conspiracy, Buffy Sainte-Marie
$76 weekend pass includes camping. Times vary. Barter Fair Site, Hwy 20, Tonasket; 800.838.3006

Maryhill Winery
7/10–8/28

Bordering Oregon on the Washington side of the Columbia River, Maryhill’s amphitheater overlooks grape orchards and the river gorge with a backdrop of Mt. Hood. Though it’s one-tenth the size of the amphitheater in George, Maryhill’s view definitely contends with its colossal upriver rival.
Must-see shows/bands:
Natalie Merchant (8/7), Earth, Wind & Fire (8/28)
Prices vary, 7 p.m. shows. 9774 Hwy 14, Goldendale; 877.627.9445

Tulalip Amphitheatre
7/11–9/2

Leave time enough for rockin’ when the dealin’s done at Tulalip Casino and head to their on-site amphitheater. They wouldn’t have it any other way—since outside food and drinks are not allowed. Leave the picnics and coolers at home and plan for food vendors and a beer garden.
Must-see shows/bands:
The Temptations with the Four Tops (7/11), Billy Idol (8/5), Lynyrd Skynyrd (9/2)
Prices Vary. 6 p.m. shows. 10400 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip; 360.716.5010

Renton River Days
7/23–7/25

This family festival has been running for 25 years. The weekend-long celebration includes arts, crafts, kids’ activities, a parade, rubber ducky derby and two stages of entertainment.
Must-see shows/bands:
Boys of Greenwood Glen (7/23), Darren Motamedy (7/23), Rose Laughlin (7/24), Wenatchee Youth Circus (Cedar River Park 7/23 &7/24, $2)
Free. Times vary. Liberty Park, 1101 Bronson Way N.; 425.430.6528

10th Annual Summer Meltdown
8/6–8/8

This camping and music festival is nestled in the Cascade foothills. With wooded campsites, a river abutting the festival grounds, kid’s village, green village and an overall positive community vibe, there is fun for the whole family and more than 30 independent bands—most hailing from the west coast and Canada.
Must-see shows/bands:
EOTO (8/5), Presidents of the United States of America (8/6), Flowmotion (8/5 & 8/7), Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (8/8), Everyone Orchestra (8/8)  Prices and times vary. Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater, 42501 SR 530 NE, Darrington

Taste of Edmonds
8/13–8/15
Downtown Edmonds transforms into a bustling festival of food and music each August. Now in its 28th year, Taste includes a beer garden, tons of food, arts and crafts booths, and two stages of live local music.
Must-see shows/bands:
Line-up TBA.
$3, 12 & under free. Times Vary. 6th St. & Bell St., Edmonds

Seattle mag Summer Guide: Festivals
May 18, 2010

From the arts to food, here’s our guide to the area’s best summer fests.


JUNE

Edmonds Arts Festival
6/18–6/20
What to expect: One of the Northwest’s oldest and largest arts festivals, this three-day event takes place against the scenic backdrop of Puget Sound. Nearly 240 booths line the festival’s makeshift streets, where artists display and sell everything from paintings, photography and pottery to sculpture, jewelry and furniture.
Insider Tip: Visitors of all ages will feel welcome at this festival. The Kids Creative Corner features activities and performances for young ones, while the wine bar and bistro provides entertainment for the 21+ crowd.
Free entry. Friday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Frances Anderson Cultural Center, 700 Main St., Edmonds; 425.771.6412

Washington Brewers Festival
6/18–6/20
What to expect: A Father’s Day beer festival featuring music, food vendors, and, most importantly, more than 50 breweries (most from Washington State) offering tastes to dads and anyone else who’s old enough to drink and just can’t wait until Oktoberfest. Kids activities (which take place outside the designated brewski zones) keep little ones entertained on Saturday and Sunday.
Insider Tip:
Onsite parking is limited this year so reserve a parking pass online ($15, advanced purchase required) or park at a nearby park-and-ride and take the free shuttle to the festivities. For more info visit: washingtonbeer.com/directionswabf.htm.
Prices vary. Friday (21+ only), 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. St. Edward State Park, 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore; 206.915.0015

Fremont Fair
6/19–6/20
What to expect: Naked (and painted!) cyclists at the Solstice Parade (Saturday only), a full line-up of local music on three stages, a handcraft fair, foods from all nations, street performers of every type, and “art cars” decked out in all kinds of crazy.
Insider Tip: Preserve the environment (and your sanity) by walking, biking, or riding the bus—this gigantic street fair is bursting with everything except parking spaces.
Free entry. N 34th St and Fremont Avenue & Canal Park along the Ship Canal; 206.297.6801

Taste of Tacoma
6/25–6/27
What to expect: An estimated 275,000 food lovers feasting on tasty treats ranging from barbeque to gyros, offered by more than 30 area restaurants and 15 additional food vendors at the South Sound’s self-proclaimed “Ultimate Family Picnic.” Plus, it’s good for you (should you choose to make it so): each vendor offers a Right Bite menu item, a healthier alternative with fewer calories, fat or sodium.
Insider Tip: This year the Taste turns 25 and to celebrate there’s free birthday cake! Line up Saturday to snag one of the 800 available pieces then partake in the party as Bubble Man, Reptile Man and Radio Disney perform.
Free entry. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St., Tacoma; 425.283.5050

Shoreline Arts Festival
6/26–6/27
What to expect: Dance performances, “junk” bands, rock stacking and collage-making workshops are just a few of the activities happening at this free festival with an impressively eclectic agenda of artsy things to see, hear and experience. Home also to the Philippine Festival for the past decade, the festival features cultural rooms displaying Philippine artwork and artifacts. And kids are treated to a hands-on art arena.
Insider Tip: This year marks the fest’s 20th anniversary and instead of dwelling on the past, they are looking forward with their 2010 theme: “Creating our Future: Choose the Arts!” With this agenda in mind, visitors can experience art, music, and dance from the various cultures that make up the Shoreline/Lake Forest Park community up close and person.
Free entry. Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. NE, Shoreline; 206.417.4645

Seattle Pride Parade and Festival
6/27
What to expect: You’ll see some of the most creative floats (and outrageous costumes) of any parade in the city, followed by PrideFest at Seattle Center with beer gardens, music, and revelers of all ages cooling off in the International Fountain. In addition to being one heck of a party, each year PrideFest celebrates an important event in LGBT movement, and this year it’s the recent passage of Referendum 71.
Insider Tip: Dodge the Westlake crowds and stake out a spot at the parade’s wine tasting and beer garden on the corner of Fourth and Bell.
Free. Parade: 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., starts at Union Street & Fourth Avenue., progressing down Fourth to Denny Way. Festival: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Seattle Center Grounds, 305 Harrison St.; 206.322.9561


JULY

Bellingham Festival of Music
7/1, 7/6, 7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/14, 1/18
What to expect: Seven evenings of classical and chamber music performed by the Bellingham Festival Orchestra, comprised of top musicians from all over the country and conducted by longtime festival artistic director Michael Palmer.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss wunderkind Joshua Roman, the former principal cellist for the Seattle Symphony. Since going solo in 2008, Roman’s bravado, flawless technique and spot-on interpretations have propelled him to near rock star status within the world of Classical music, and we expect his July 10 performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major and Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme to offer up more of the same.
Times and prices vary. Western Washington University, PAC Concert Hall, 516 High St., Bellingham; 360.650.6146

33rd Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival
7/3–7/4
What to expect: Plenty of free, hands-on nautical activities for all ages. Build a toy boat, sail a model boat, take a boat ride (are you getting the theme?) or construct and race your own craft on the spot in the “Quick and Daring” race.
Insider Tip: If you haven’t visited the South Lake Union area lately, plan to explore it during this fun family festival. Even with renovations still underway, the new and improved Lake Union Park is one of the best spots in the city to spend a summer day.
Free. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Center for Wooden Boats and Lake Union Park, 1010 Valley St.; 206.382.2628

Seafair
7/10–8/8
What to expect: Still going strong after 61 years, Seafair is one of Seattle’s oldest and most wide-ranging summer celebrations. Perennial crowd pleasers include the Blue Angels air show, hydroplane races on Lake Washington, the Torchlight Parade downtown, a milk carton boat race on Green Lake and countless other family friendly events designed to get Seattleites outdoors and enjoying the sunniest time of the year.
Insider Tip: Head to Genesee Park on Lake Washington after the Chevrolet Cup hydroplane race and take advantage of cheaper tickets for the music and fireworks show (available after 6 p.m.).
Prices, times and locations vary; 206.728.0123

Redmond Derby Days
7/9-7/10
What to expect: The nation’s longest running bicycle race celebrates its 70th anniversary with a traditional bike “criterium” (a multi-lap race on a closed course). Non-stop pedal action is guaranteed for riders and spectators, plus all-day festivities such as a beer and wine garden, carnival rides, music, free games and two parades.
Insider Tip: As a grand finale, the day ends with fireworks at City Hall.
Free. Friday, 6 p.m. –10 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. City Hall Campus, 15670 NE 85th Street, Redmond; 425.556.2299

Skagit Valley Highland Games & Celtic Festival
7/10–7/11
What to expect: Put on your kilt, grab your bagpipes and head to this “Scottish 3-Ring Circus,” which offers many authentic competitions including bagpiping, drumming, fiddling, dancing and traditional Scottish athletics. After you’ve given your all to the contests, indulge in the food, beer garden and whiskeys of the world.
Insider Tip: Kick off the weekend with a free Friday night concert (7/9) by the Tannahill Weavers. Direct from Scotland, the band plays an invigorating blend of Scottish and Celtic folk music that is sure to get your feet stomping.
Prices vary. Friday Concert, 7 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Edgewater Park, 600 Behrens Millett Road, Mount Vernon; 888.416.4934

25th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow
7/16–7/18
What to expect: Each year this fest draws ten thousand spectators to celebrate Native American culture and heritage with 25 drum groups, 60 vendors and nearly 600 dancers. Traditional foods such as Indian tacos, fry bread and a salmon bake will satisfy your hunger as you anticipate the crowning of the Pow Wow Princess.
Insider Tip: Don’t miss the Grand Entry at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Free Friday, $5 Saturday and Sunday. Friday, 4 p.m.–10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 3801 W Government Way, Discovery Park; 206.285.4425

Vashon Island Strawberry Festival
7/16–7/18
What to expect: What could be better than starting the day with an all-you-can-eat Kiwanis pancake breakfast? But before you dive into the syrup, check out the street dances Saturday night featuring the Portage Philharmonic and Captain Dick and the Portholes. This weekend-long festival goes well beyond strawberries, with a classic car parade, wine and jazz, the Bill Burby Inspirational 10k/5k Fun Run and more than 225 performers.
Insider Tip: This year a microbrew beer tasting featuring 20 Seattle area breweries replaces the traditional beer garden. To just say “no” to a pitcher of blah Bud and “yes” to local microbrew goodness, head over to Vashon Village (across the street from Ober Park and the Chamber of Commerce) for a cold one, or two.
Free. Friday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Downtown Vashon, along the Vashon Highway; 206.463.6217

Bite of Seattle
7/16–7/18
What to expect: Sixty-plus Seattle-area restaurants and 450,000 hungry folks swarming Seattle Center. Crowd-pleasing food zone The Alley, hosted by Tom Douglas, returns with a slew of local high-end restaurants contributing gourmet items to a delicious $10 buffet. Plus, thanks to the continued success of the Just A Bite tasting booths (offering smaller portions for $3.75), the Bite is expanding this area to include more restaurants.
Insider Tip: If you’re in the mood for local, sustainable fare, check out the Bite’s newest attraction: Green Bites. Six restaurants will offer up regional organic cuisine on the Fisher Roof for a very reasonable $6 or less per serving.
Prices vary. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.; 425.283.5050

Kirkland Uncorked: A Festival of Art, Style & Taste
7/16–7/18
What to expect: At Kirkland’s annual wine festival guests can sample local bottles in the wine garden, shop in the mini boutiques, explore local art in the promenade, taste gourmet cuisine and compete in a grilling competition.
Insider Tip: Puppy lovers won’t want to miss CityDog magazine’s Cover Dog Model Contest Sunday at noon (open to all pooches with $10 entry fee!).
Prices vary. Friday, 5 – 10 p.m. Saturday, 1- 10 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. Marina Park, 25 Lakeshore Plaza, Kirkland; 206.633.0422

Wedgwood Art Festival
July 17
What to expect: A neighborhood art fair that that is serious about going local: the fest only showcases the work of Northeast Seattle artists, though artists from other ‘hoods can get special permission to exhibit.
Insider Tip: In addition to showcasing the wares of jewelry designers, painters and photographers (to mention just a few of the disciplines on display), the festival features food, music, and loads of kid-friendly fun (past attractions included a pirate-themed puppet show).
Free. 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Hunter Farms Tree Lot, 8200 35th Ave. NE

Renton River Days
7/23–7/25
What to expect: Celebrate the 25th annual family festival that explores the heart of Renton. Arts and crafts, food, two stages of live entertainment and a petting zoo are all part of the exciting line-up for this event. Not to mention this year’s expanded KidZone, with inflatable rides and a slew of kid-friendly activities.
Insider Tip: The most popular event is the Rubber Ducky Derby, where participants drop their ducks from the Houser Street Bridge at 4:30 p.m.(7/25) to watch them race down the rapids. Spectators can gather on the river trail to watch.
Free. Times vary. Liberty Park, Bronson Way N & Houser Way N, Renton; 425.430.6528

Capitol Hill Block Party
7/24–7/25
What to expect: The sweatiest, loudest, most rockin’ party of the summer, packed with local music talent and young hipsters swarming Capitol Hill’s Pike/Pine corridor.
Insider Tip: With more than 50 bands performing over two days (line-up TBA at press time), make a list ahead of time to make sure you don’t miss your favorites.
Times and prices vary. Between Pike Street & Pine Street and Broadway & 12th, Capitol Hill

AUGUST

Enumclaw’s King County Fair
8/12-8/14
What to expect: The oldest fair west of the Mississippi celebrates its 148th anniversary with a theme of “Celebrate Home Grown.” All arts, crafts and entertainment will be locally produced by people on the plateau. Add in the usual 4-H activities and you’ll have a full day of fun at the fair.
Insider Tip: The carnival is still going strong this year with games, food and rides.
Free entry. Enumclaw Expo Center (formerly the King County Fairgrounds), 45224 284th Ave. SE, Enumclaw; 360.615.5620

Seattle mag Summer Guide: Outdoor Movies
May 14, 2010

Fremont Outdoor Movies
Wacky flicks are the specialty of this, the series that started the whole outdoor cinema craze in 1992.
Location: Corner of North 35th Street and Phinney Avenue North
Cost:
Suggested donation of $5 per person
Line-up: Films and dates still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Seating begins at 7:30 p.m., movie at dusk (about 9 p.m.)

Movies at the Mural
Enjoy the classics of family cinema while seated at the base of the Space Needle; you probably never thought you could feel so small yet so spectacular at the same time.
Location: Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St.
Cost: Free
Line-up: 8/7, 8/21, 8/22, 8/28. Films still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates. 9 p.m. 206.684.7200

West Seattle Movies on the Wall

Share your favorite movies with the city by sending in your suggestions; West Seattle wants your help in creating the summer line up!
Location: 4410 California Ave. SW (WSCC activity Center, 4400 42nd Ave. SW incase of rain)
Cost: Free
Line-up: Films and dates still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Seating begins at 6 p.m., movie at dusk (about 9 p.m.); 206.935.0904

Redhook’s Moonlight Cinema
This brewery offers more than just tasty beers for its movie-goers; ladies night and a costume party are two reasons for anyone 21+ to join this social scene.
Location: 14300 NE 145th St., Woodinville
Cost: $5 per person
Line-up: Films and dates still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Seating begins at 6 p.m., movie at dusk (about 9 p.m.); 425.483.3232

Center City Cinema
Gain a bit of knowledge and culture (Spanish subtitles are provided) as you watch the action and drama unfold on the big screen.
Location: Hing Hay Park, 423 Maryland Ave. S
Cost: Free
Line-up: 8/7, 8/14, 8/21, 8/28. Films still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Movie begins at dusk (about 9 p.m.); 206.684.7710

Movies on the Pedestal
Who needs a projection screen when Rainer Tower’s unique design doubles as 50-foot pedestal for entertainment galore?
Location: Rainer Tower, 1301 5th Ave.
Cost: Free
Line-up: Films and dates still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Movie begins 30 minutes after dusk (about 9:30 p.m.); 206.628.5050

Moonlight Movies at Liberty Park
Grab your blankets and nestle into Renton’s oldest park; its 12-acre stretch is sure to provide plenty of seating for you and your posse to enjoy these family classics.
Location: Corner of Bronson Way North and Houser Way North; Renton
Cost: Free
Line-up: Films and dates still TBD at press time. Please check back for updates.
Seating begins at 7 p.m., movie at dusk (about 9 p.m.); 425.430.6700