Summer's Events & Escapes

A fairly subjective clip-'n'-save selection of the season's major or curiosity-provoking happenings (excluding pop music and outdoor movies). Free except as noted.

8–June 17 NORTHWEST NEW WORKS Musicdancetheatervideoinstallations. On the Boards, 100 W. Roy St., www.ontheboards.org. $14–$30.

June 9–etc. SEATTLE CENTER CULTURAL FESTIVALS Practically every weekend into November, a different ethnicity is celebrated through food, music, dance, and pageantry, starting with the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival this weekend. seattlecenter.com.

June 16–17 FREMONT FAIR & SOLSTICE PARADE On the 16th at noon, the parade: people-powered floats, body paint, naked cyclists. Bring the kids! Gas Works Park and various venues in Fremont, www.fremontfair.org.

June 22–Sept. 23 WORKS FROM THE TRUE COLLECTION Installations and video works from the collection of the founders of Western Bridge. A pretty big deal, says Adriana Grant. Henry Art Museum, UW campus., www.henryart.org. $8–$10.

June 23–24 BELLEVUE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL Including a shortcake-eating contest. Crossroads Park, Bellevue, www.bellevuestrawberryfestival.org.

June 23–24 SLUG FEST All you ever wanted to know about them, including "human slug races." Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, Eatonville, www.nwtrek.org.

June 23-24 SEATTLE PRIDE On again, off again, like Liz and Dick. (I know, no one under 40 understands that reference.) Scheduled at press time: Broadway march (11 a.m.) and Volunteer Park QueerFest (noon–6 p.m.) on Saturday; Fourth Avenue parade (11 a.m.) and Seattle Center PrideFest (noon–6 p.m.) on Sunday. www.seattlelgbt.org, www.seattlepride.org. Free.

June 23–Aug. 28 CAMLANN MEDIEVAL VILLAGE Renfaire meets theme park, more living history than wenches and tankards. Open Saturdays and Sundays. Carnation, www.camlann.org. $5–$9.

June 23–Sept. 9 OLYMPIC MUSIC FESTIVAL Twelve weekends of chamber music in a barn—listen from the lawn or pull up a hay bale. Quilcene, www.olympicmusicfestival.org. $15–$24.

June 27–Aug. 11 CENTRUM A different music festival every weekend, from slide guitar to chamber music, plus a writers' conference, July 16–21. Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, www.centrum.org. Various prices.

June 29-July 1 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL BEERFEST Over 100 to taste, from Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien to Zatec Bright Lager. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, www.seattlebeerfest.com. Entry and 10 beer tickets for $20.

June 30-July 4 LAKE UNION WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL Classic craft on display, with maritime participatory events of all kinds. Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley St. $5. www.cwb.org.

July-Aug. SEAFAIR Since 1950, the festival you love to hate, or perhaps hate to love. Highlights include the Green Lake milk-carton derby and the Pirates' landing on Alki Beach, July 7; the downtown Torchlight Parade, July 28; hydroplane races and the Air Show with the Blue Angels scaring the shit out of your pets, August 3–5; and Fleet Week (hello, sailor!), August 1–5. Various venues, www.seafair.com.

July 3–27 & Aug. 1–10 SEATTLE CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY The queen of the summer classical scene. Lakeside School and Overlake School (Redmond), www.seattlechambermusic.org. Single tickets $16–$42.

July 4 NATURALIZATION CEREMONY Over 500 people are expected to be sworn in as citizens at noon, with speeches and music. Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, www.ethnicheritagecouncil.org.

July 4 WAMU FAMILY FOURTH Activities all day, fireworks at dusk—one of the best displays in the country, Time says. Gas Works Park, www.wamufamily4th.org.

July 7–8 TIVOLI/VIKING DAYS Scandinavian food, music, dance, and a dramatic re-creation of the immigrants' journey to the Northwest. Nordic Heritage Museum, 3014 N.W. 67th St., www.nordicmuseum.org.

July 7–23 WEST SEATTLE HI-YU SUMMER FESTIVAL Culminating in the city's oldest community parade, the American Legion Grand Parade, July 21 at 11 a.m. Various venues, www.hiyu.com.

July 11–15 WALKING WITH DINOSAURS Animatronic dinosaurs, up to 75 feet long, in the North American premiere of a fully staged show including a T. rex battle! It makes me feel 8 again! Tacoma Dome, www.ticketmaster.com. $24.50–$79.50.

July 11–Aug. 18 SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK In parks all over the area, Wooden O offers The Merchant of Venice and The Merry Wives of Windsor, July 11–Aug. 5, while Greenstage presents Two Gentlemen of Verona and Richard III, July 13–Aug. 18. Various venues, www.woodeno.org, www.greenstage.org.

July 13–15 KIRKLAND UNCORKED A celebration of Washington wine—it's a family event, with kids' activities, too. Marina Park, Kirkland, www.kirklanduncorked.com. Five tastes for $20–$25.

July 14–15 CHINATOWN–INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT SUMMER FESTIVAL Dance, drumming, and martial arts, in addition to all the food. Hing Hay Park, www.cidbia.org/events.

July 18–22 KING COUNTY FAIR Founded in 1863 (in what is now Georgetown), it's the oldest west of the Mississippi! King County Fairgrounds, Enumclaw, www.metrokc.gov/parks/fair. $4–$7.50.

July 19–22 KLA HA YA DAYS Proudly retro, including a frog-jumping contest and a Civil War re-enactment (?). Snohomish, www.klahayadays.com.

July 20–22 SEQUIM LAVENDER FESTIVAL Not the state's only lavender festival, but the largest, with pick-your-own farm tours for $15. Sequim, www.lavenderfestival.com.

July 21–22 BITE OF SEATTLE Sample goodies from over 50 local restaurants. Seattle Center, www.biteofseattle.com.

July 22 CHINATOWN SEAFAIR PARADE From South Jackson to South King, 7 p.m. International District, www.chinesechamber.net.

July 25–29 IKEA RENTON RIVER DAYS You know, they could just go ahead and change the name of the city to IKEA Renton. Liberty Park, Renton, www.rentonwa.gov/living.

July 27–28 STRICTLY SEATTLE Three weeks of intensive dance classes and workshops culminate in two concerts. Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, www.velocitydancecenter.org. $10–$15.

July 28–29 BALLARD SEAFOOD FEST With an alder-smoked salmon dinner for only $8, a lutefisk-eating contest, a Couture Coverall Contest, and entertainment by Stan Boreson, still sprightly at 138. Various venues, www.seafoodfest.org.

August 4–25 SEATTLE OPERA Wagner's The Flying Dutchman, starring Greer Grimsley and Jane Eaglen. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, www.seattleopera.org. $51–$141.

August 7–Sept. 1 YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN The city that launched Hairspray will work its magic again, Mel Brooks hopes, on his latest movie-to-musical conversion. Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., www.theparamount.com. Ticket price TBA.

August 10 SOUTH LAKE UNION BLOCK PARTY Food, music, games, a beer garden, and Little Miss Sunshine at dusk. Westlake Avenue and Denny Way, www.slublockparty.com.

August 11–12 SWEETFEST The second annual celebration of candy, dessert, and edible art. Marymoor Park, Redmond. $5.

August 17 PIKE PLACE MARKET CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION An all-day party to celebrate a century of fish-throwing. www.pikeplacemarket.org.

August 17 RAUL IBANEZ BOBBLEHEAD NIGHT For the first 25,000 fans. Versus the White Sox, 7:05 p.m. Safeco Field, seattle.mariners.mlb.com. $7–$150.

August 18–19 HEMPFEST At press time, the "cannabis policy reform event" still hadn't gotten its permit to use Myrtle Edwards Park. Location TBA, www.hempfest.org.

August 25 SEAHAWKS VS. VIKINGS The first of two preseason home games. Tickets available late July. Qwest Field, www.seahawks.com. $42–$360.

September 7–23 PUYALLUP FAIR So corny it's hip. Entertainment includes Clint Black (Sept. 11), Weird Al Yankovic (Sept. 12), George Lopez (Sept. 15), and the Pro Rodeo (Sept. 7–9), plus home arts demonstrations and animal exhibits. Puyallup, www.thefair.com. $8–$10/day.

October 21-23 FREMONT OKTOBERFEST Welcome the autumnal equinox with chain-saw pumpkin carving and beer, beer, beer. Various venues, www.fremontoktoberfest.com. Tasting $15–$20.

 
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