We Know What You'll Do This Summer

Concerts, festivals, popcorn movies, and much more.

JUNE

6 Chickenfoot The American rock supergroup with former Van Halen members Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony, solo artist Joe Satriani, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith comes through Seattle with their "Different Devil" Tour. WaMu Theater, ticketmaster.com

6 Colin Powell The retired four–star general will discuss his book It Worked For Me. Westin Seattle, seattlecityclub.org

8 Fremont 5K & Briefcase Relay An entertaining evening of exercise and fun. Run or walk the certified fast 5K yourself or compete in the costumed Briefcase Relay in a team of five. Adobe Plaza, fremont5k.com

8–10 Northwest Pinball and Gameroom Show Speakers, vendors, and contests accompany free play on 300 pinball and arcade games. Seattle Center, nwpinballshow.com

8–10 Seattle Mariners vs. Los Angeles Dodgers See how the M's stack up against L.A. Safeco Field, seattle.mariners.mlb.com

9 Flying Wheels Summer Century Work up a sweat with the 45-, 85-, and 100-mile loops or a 25-mile ride around Lake Sammamish, and spend the rest of the day relaxing at the Finish Line Festival. Marymoor Park, cascade.org

• 9 KUBE 93 Summer Jam Watch big–name rappers come together on one stage, including Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, B.o.B., Tyga, Kid Ink, and Kendrick Lamar. Gorge Amphitheater, ticketmaster.com

9 Leukemia Cup Regatta A luau celebration auction and sailing regatta both benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Elliott Bay Marina, leukemiacup.org/wa

9 Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival Celebrate the culture of the Philippines through performances, arts, food, games, martial arts, and a marketplace. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com

• 9 Rusty Oliver's Power Tool Drag Racing Event Convert your blender into a race car at this fun competition on Airport Way in Georgetown. powertooldragracingpress.wordpress.com

9 Seattle Science Festival: Hackers & Cybersecurity Pablos Holman, Yoshi Kohno, and Deborah Gracio offer their takes on this increasingly critical issue. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

9–10 Tastin' n Racin' Hydroplane races and a vintage Unlimited hydroplane exhibit combine for a great day on Lake Sammamish. Lake Sammamish State Park, tastinracin.com

9–17 Marysville Strawberry Festival A market with entertainment and vendors, a parade, car show, talent show, and trike race are just a few things the festival has to offer. Marysville, maryfest.org

10 Phinney Home and Garden Tour Tour five homes and five urban gardens. Phinney Neighborhood Center, phinneycenter.org

10 Shore Run/Walk The 10K, 5K run and walk, and a half–mile kid's run benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Food, music, awards, and prize drawings await runners as they cross the finish line. Course runs from Leschi to Madison Park, fhcrc.org

• 11 Gail Collins This New York Times columnist has made a vow to include Mitt Romney's dog-on-the-car-roof story in everything she writes. Which may not apply to her consideration of Bush, Rove, and the oil industry: As Texas Goes . . . How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

12 Aimee Phan Her debut novel is The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. Seattle Central Library, spl.org

12–14 Mariners vs. San Diego Padres See if the Mariners can win a series against one of the few teams with a worse record. Safeco Field, seattle.mariners.mlb.com

14 Primus San Francisco's experimental and innovative rock group defies classification. Marymoor Park, ticketmaster.com

14–17 Seattle Symphony Pianist Stephen Hough plays the Rach 3, the concerto that drove David Helfgott mad! Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

14–Oct. 7 Bold Expressions: African American Quilts From the Collection of Corrine Riley More than 50 quilts represent the American South from 1910 to the '70s. Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevuearts.org

• 15 Brian Posehn Get in a few good laughs with the actor/comedian, who recently appeared in The Five–Year Engagement. Neptune, stgpresents.org

15 Tedeschi Trucks Band Check out this blues-rock group as they come rollin' and tumblin' through Seattle. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

15–17 Washington Brewers Festival With 50 Washington breweries and more than 200 craft beers, there's no reason not to go. Marymoor Park, washingtonbeer.com

15–17 Mariners vs. San Francisco Giants Watch how the Mariners stack up against the team that's second in the National League West division. Safeco Field, seattle.mariners.mlb.com

15–17 Meeker Days Festival The annual celebration honoring Puyallup's heritage and founding fathers offers entertainment on four stages, craft vendors, and more. Puyallup, puyallupmainstreet.com

• 15–21 Jan Svankmajer: The Surreal Poet The Czech filmmaker, who employs animation, puppets, and stop-motion, is celebrated with seven titles. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

16 Kent International Festival Town Ethnic dance, music, spectacular native attire, arts and crafts booths, and authentic cuisine. Kent Square Plaza, kentinternationalfestival.com

16 John Fogerty Hear the legendary rock singer belt out some of his classics: "Born on the Bayou," "Suzie Q," and more. Chateau. Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

16 My Goodness, the Young Evils, Dude York Rescheduled due to Barboza's late opening, these bands will have you rocking all night long. Neumos, neumos.com

16 Next Step Enjoy a night of original choreography by Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers performed by PNB School Professional Division students. McCaw Hall, pnb.org

16 Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra Following 2011's sold-out concerts, the SRJO presents more fantastic music from the 1920s and '30s, played as it was originally created, in "Jazz of the Harlem Renaissance II." Benaroya Hall, srjo.org

• 16 Seattle Science Festival Speakers in the SSF's "Luminaries Series" include best-selling author, professor, and scientist Stephen Hawking, world-renowned paleontologist Dr. Jack Horner (of Jurassic Park fame) and award-winning biologist Leroy Hood. Their presentations will be interwoven with hip-hop and modern dance (!). The Paramount, seattlesciencefestival.org

16 Secret Garden of Lake Forest Park View five beautiful gardens in Lake Forest Park, and watch artists and musicians work and perform in them. Lake Forest Park Town Center, lfpgardentour.com

16–17 Bell St. Pier Rendezvous/Classic Weekend A Classic Yacht Association display of 50 vessels, some available for boarding, plus a vintage automobile and hydroplane display. Bell Harbor Marina, classicyacht.org

16–17 Burien Wild Strawberry Festival A carnival, strawberry-jam break-dance battle, music, performances, and vendors. Burien Town Square Park, wildstrawberryfestival.org

• 16–17 Fremont Fair A weekend to put into practice Fremont's motto "Delibertus Quirkus," or the Freedom to be Peculiar. Festivities include the highly anticipated Solstice Parade. Downtown Fremont, fremontfair.org

16–24 Seattle Erotic Art Festival World-class art and creative expression in many forms are sure to delight your senses, including a gallery, dazzling performances, interactive installations, an erotic short-film exhibit, and some striking people-watching opportunities. Dance after hours to Seattle's top DJs. Fremont Studios, seattleerotic.org

16–Aug. 20 Mary Olson Farm Visit the restored 67-acre 19th-century farm. auburn, wrvmuseum.org

16–Sept. 30 Henry Moses Aquatic Center This outdoor pool will keep you cool with lap swims, public sessions, and water-walking. Henry Moses Aquatic Center, rentonwa.gov

• 16–Sept. 30 In Ruin: Architectural Photographs From the Permanent Collection Feast your eyes on the creations that explore issues of memory and the picturesque through a selection of historical and contemporary photographs spanning more than a century. Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org

17 Front Street Car Show Spend a fun-filled Father's Day viewing classic cars from across the state. With live music, family activities, a trophy and award ceremony with MC Lance Lambert, and an afternoon cruise. Downtown Issaquah, www.fendersonfrontstreet.com

17 Storm vs. Minnesota Lynx Watch our beloved women's team battle the defending WNBA champions. KeyArena, wnba.com/storm

• 19 Scissor Sisters Dance the night away to glam rock and nu-disco spawned from the nightlife of New York. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

20 Anthony Swofford Just after the success of his military memoir Jarhead (later a movie), he examines the lit life in Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

• 21 The B–52s The park is bound to be jumping when their hit "Love Shack" makes its obligatory appearance. Marymoor Park, ticketmaster.com

21 Jean Zimmerman The author discusses the release of her latest, The Orphan Master. Elliott Bay Book Co., elliottbaybook.com

• 21 Subhankar Banerjee The local photographer, whose images of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge captured international attention, talks about his passions. Presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures. Town Hall, lectures.org

• 21–23 Seattle Symphony The season closes with Berlioz's borderline-nuts cantata/opera/something The Damnation of Faust. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

21–23, 28–30 LOVE Spectrum Dance Theater presents contemporary work by artistic director Donald Byrd, set to Britten's Cello Suites (played by Denise Djokic and Wendy Sutter). Daniels Recital Hall, spectrumdance.org

22 Auburn Kids Day Give them a day to remember with inflatable rides, mini-golf, and many other activities. Les Gove Park, auburnwa.gov

22 Storm vs. San Antonio Silver Stars Watch these WNBA teams fight for the Western Conference top spot. KeyArena, wnba.com/storm

22 New Edition The 30th-anniversary tour features Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ronnie DeVoe, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Johnny Gill. ShoWare Center, showarecenter.com

22–23 Seattle Men's Chorus For "Sing Out," the audience will help choose the repertory. McCaw Hall, flyinghouse.org

22–24 Redmond Town Center Arts Festival Around 100 artist booths, onstage art demos, workshops, music, food vendors, and a sidewalk sale. Redmond Town Center, www.redmond towncenter.com

22–28 Beyond the Black Rainbow This avant-garde reconsideration of the Reagan era is promised to be a mashup of Kubrick, Argento, and Cronenberg. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.org

• 22–July 5 The Films of Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki and other masters of Japanese anime are represented. SIFF Cinema Uptown, siff.net

23 Beach to Chowder Run/Walk Walk or run a 5K/10K race and celebrate with chowder at the end. Bolstad Beach, beachtochowder.com

• 23 Capitol Hill Pride Festival The rainbow flag extends five blocks down Broadway, from East John Street to Roy Street. seattlechatclub.org

23 Nickelback Featuring Bush, Seether, and My Darkest Days. Tacoma Dome, ticketmaster.com

23 Paradiso Experience 12 hours of music on three stages while surrounded by larger-than-life amusement-park rides, high-flying bungee trapeze aerialists, fire-breathing dragons, carnival-style games, trampoline acrobats, crowd-surfing Oompa Loompas, and much more. Gorge Amphitheatre, livenation.com

• 23 Rat City Rollergirls Pushing, shoving, and battling, all on roller skates. Emerald City Skatesaphrenics will take on Rat City's Rain of Terror, followed by the Bay Area Derby Girls (BAD) vs. Rat City's All–Star Team. KeyArena, ratcityrollergirls.com

23 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Join 28,000 of your closest running buddies for this 26.2-mile block party, featuring live local bands and spirited cheer teams every mile. Seattle Center, runrocknroll.competitor.com

23–24 Bellevue Strawberry Festival Take in the historical and agricultural displays and enjoy face-painting, fresh berries, a shortcake-eating contest, music, and classic cars. Crossroads Park, bellevuestrawberryfestival.org

23–24 Shoreline Arts Festival Take a gander at visual and performing arts and and browse a talented artist marketplace. Shoreline Conference Center, shorelinearts.net

23–24 Vashon Island Garden Tour Tour five gardens with music and gardening seminars. Vashon Island, vashonalliedarts.org

23–Sept. 3 Seattle Beaches Start summer with a splash when lifeguards come on duty at Matthews, Madison, Mount Baker, Seward Park, and West Green Lake beaches. Free beginning swimming lessons available for kids 6 and under. seattle.gov

24 Beacon Rocks! Free outdoor family-friendly performances by Beacon Hill musicians. Beacon Hill Station, rockitspace.org/beacon-rocks.html

24 Green Lake Open Water Swim Swim in any style across the half-mile straight course or the one-mile oval course. Green Lake Park, seattle.gov

• 24 Seattle Pridefest The country's largest free pride festival. Celebrate the LGBT community with a parade and festival, replete with beer and music. Seattle Center (and other locations), seattlepridefest.org

24 Skandia Midsommarfest Dance the afternoon away and watch pros perform music and dance numbers. Saint Edwards State Park, skandia–folkdance.org

24 St. Mary's International Festival Partake in music, entertainment, and games from traditions from around the world. St. Mary's Parish, stmarysseattle.org

24 Storm vs. Washington Mystics See which "Washington" team reigns supreme. KeyArena, wnba.com/storm

24–Sept. 30 Summer Sunday Chef Demos Learn a recipe from an area chef using locally grown produce every Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Pike Place Market, pikeplacemarket.org

26 Foster the People Pump up your kicks and get ready to dance to indie-pop sounds. WaMu Theater. wamutheater.com

• 26 Kirsten Grind Why is Kerry Killinger not in jail? Ask this Wall Street Journal reporter and author of The Lost Bank: The Story of Washington Mutual—The Biggest Bank Failure in American History. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

27 Leo Kottke The famed guitarist is joined by ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org/zootunes

28 Tasting Flight Wine Event Enjoy delicious wine in the Woodland Park Zoo's picturesque North Meadow. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org

28–29 The Matrix Live: Film in Concert Ne-Yo, Trinity, and Morpheus may not make an appearance, but the live music is sure to be spectacular. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

28–30 Mariners vs. Boston Red Sox Clear your schedule and watch the M's take on the Sox. Safeco Field, seattle.mariners.mlb.com

• 29 Aziz Ansari The Parks and Recreation star will have you laughing out loud. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

29–July 1 SummerFest This ever-popular family festival includes a three-on-three basketball tournament, a 5K run, a public market, and two live performance stages. Fort Steilacoom Park, lakewoodparksandrec.com

29–July 1 Taste of Tacoma Thirty-two restaurants and 20 food companies line up to tickle Tacoma's taste buds. The "Taste Wine and Jazz Garden" offers wine from 10 wineries, live jazz, a comedy club, and four music stages. Point Defiance Park, tasteoftacoma.com

• 29–Aug. 23 35mm: The Celluloid Dream No digital prints here for repertory titles including The Graduate and The Long Day Closes. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

30 Greenwood Car Show Hundreds of classic, antique, and modern cars on display. Greenwood Avenue North, greenwoodcarshow.com

30 Jetty Jam The board-sports festival offers stand-up paddleboard and kiteboard racing, demos, exhibits, and clinics for all ages and abilities. Jetty Island, urbansurf.com

30–July 1 Festival Sundiata This celebration of African and African-American culture includes music on three stages and a car show. Seattle Center, festivalsundiata.org

30–July 1 Gig Harbor Garden Tour This self-guided event showcases seven area gardens. Dinner, an auction, and guest speakers round out the day. Downtown Gig Harbor, gigharborgardentour.com

• 30–July 4 Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Boat lovers from far and wide come to see visiting vessels. Free public boat rides, toy-boat building, and demonstrations are available. Center for Wooden Boats, cwb.org/2012festival

• 30–Sept. 2 Olympic Music Festival Chamber-music favorites, from Mozart to Sousa, each Saturday and Sunday; pull up a hay bale in the barn or spread out on the lawn. Quilcene, Wash., olympicmusicfestival.org

30–Sept. 16 Colman Pool Scheduled to open after major reconstruction, this outdoor saltwater pool is a Seattle summer favorite. Colman Pool, seattle.gov/parks

• 30–Nov. 25 International Conversation Photography Awards Exhibit More than 75 conservation-focused photos by amateurs and professionals were selected from categories such as Wildlife, Landscape, Underwater, and Community at Risk. Winning photographers will be announced on opening day and will speak about their work, photographic techniques, and passion for conservation. Burke Museum, burkemuseum.org

JULY

• 2–29 Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer Festival Twelve concerts, pre-concert recitals, and more. Contemporary offerings include music by Marc-André Hamelin, Adam Neiman, John Adams, and Gary Kulesha. Benaroya Recital Hall, seattlechambermusic.org

3 k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang The sultry crooner hits Seattle as part of her "Sing It Loud" tour. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org/zoo tunes

3 Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax Thrash all night long at this mega-metal fest. White River Ampitheatre, livenation.com

3–10 100% Off: A Recession–Era Romance Local filmmaker Shaun Scott debuts a feature. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.org

• 4 Family 4th at Lake Union Food, games, and more lead up to the big fireworks show. Get there early to stake out your turf. Gas Works Park, family4th.org

4 Grand Old Fourth Celebration A street fair, parade, and fireworks help ring in Independence Day. Bainbridge Island, bainbridgechamber.com

5 Dancing 'Til Dusk A real dance floor and live and DJed music, free in various Seattle parks. danceforjoy.biz

6 DJ Rekha With special guests DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. Neptune Theatre, stgpresents.org

6 The Amazing Spider-Man The saga continues as Andrew Garfield replaces Tobey Maguire. Opens wide.

• 6 The Imposter This SIFF documentary tells of a French-Algerian teen who convinces a grieving Texas family he's their lost son. SIFF Film Center, siff.net

6 The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue w/Donald Fagen Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs round out the bill. Better bring some crackers for the cheese. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

6–8 Seattle International Beer Festival More than 200 rare beers from 16 countries. Seattle Center, seattlebeerfest.com

7 Pioneer Square Fire Festival Displays by Last Resort Fire Department, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, and others, with treasured antique police cars and fire trucks. Occidental Square Park, seafair.com

7 Seafair Pirates Landing Ring in the start of Seafair with the traditional pirate landing, plus music and good eats. Alki Beach Park, seafairpirates.org

7 Wallingford Seafair Kiddies Parade & Street Fair Pony rides, face painters, and more. Wallingford Avenue North between 44th & 45th, seafair.com

8 The Gaslight Anthem Enjoy the lush sounds of this popular indie band. The Crocodile, stgpresents.org

9 Silent Movie Mondays Piccadilly is screened with live organ accompaniment. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

10–Aug. 14 Shoreline Noon Concert Series Live performances at various parks. shorelinewa.gov/parks

10–Aug. 28 Kirkland Summer Children's Concerts Kid-friendly tunes. Various waterfront locations, kirklandsummerconcerts.org

10–Aug. 29 Sounds of Summer Concerts Free outdoor performances. Kent Station, kentstation.com

11–15 Arlington Fly–In Airshows, antique aircraft, and more. Arlington Airport, arlingtonflyin.org

• 11–Aug. 26 Intiman Theatre Festival The beleaguered theater survives to present Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, Miracle!, and Dirty Story. Intiman Theatre, intiman.org

11–Sept. 21 Out to Lunch Concert Series Opening with Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers at Columbia Center. Various venues, downtownseattle.com

11–Oct. 28 Gather Up the Fragments: The Andrews Shaker Collection Some 200 pieces of furniture are featured, all plain and simple. Bellevue Arts Museum, bellevuearts.org

• 12–14 Seattle Symphony Playing Holst's The Planets, Ligeti, and Strauss to projected HD images of our solar system. Benaroya Hall, seattlesymphony.org

12–Aug. 30 Summer at SAM Live music, food trucks, Zumba, and yoga keep the park hopping this summer. Thursdays and Saturdays, seattleartmuseum.org/getout

13 Slash The Guns N' Roses guitar man shreds his axe with Miles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

13–14 Dance This Young performers partner with professional choreographers for multicultural dance. The Moore, stgpresents.org

13–28 Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society Half fairy/half mortal Strephon wreaks havoc on Parliament in G&S's political sendup. Seattle Repertory Theatre, pattersong.org

14 The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary Tour Breezy surf-pop from the group's surviving members. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

14 Ray Davies The Kinks frontman performs with special guests The 88. The Neptune, stgpresents.org

• 14 Frye Art Museum Reopening After its big redo, the First Hill institution celebrates with various activities and the same old collection. fryemuseum.org

14 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival Tasting tents represent more than 25 wineries, breweries, and restaurants. Harbor History Museum, gigharborhistoricwaterfront.org

14–Oct. 7 The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl The Henry encroaches on the EMP's turf. Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org

15 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band Chateau Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

16 Silent Movie Mondays An organist provides live accompaniment to L'argent. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

17–20 People in a Position to Know Olympia's Mike Dixon will press new vinyl records in the museum's entry alcove. Henry Art Gallery, henryart.org

18 American Idol Live Catch all the drama live onstage. KeyArena, ticketmaster.com

• 18 Sounders vs. Chelsea It may have been a "friendly," but last summer's 7-0 loss to Manchester United still stung. Let's hope the Rave Green presents more of a challenge to this year's UEFA Champions League winners, Chelsea FC. CenturyLink Field, soundersfc.com

18 Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black The pundit (daughter of the Arizona senator) and the comedian team up for "A Love Letter to Freedom." Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

18 Out to Lunch Concert Series Pianist Jovino Santos Neto. Bank of America Plaza, downtownseattle.com

19 Ziggy Marley Jam to the reggae of the Marley legacy. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org/zootunes

20 The Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale returns as Batman. Opens wide.

20 Out to Lunch Concert Series The Comatose Brothers. Bank of America Plaza, downtownseattle.com

• 20–22 Capitol Hill Block Party Rock out to more than 100 featured artists and bands, including Neko Case, the Lumineers, Grimes, and Diplo. Capitol Hill, capitolhillblockparty.com

• 20–22 Bite of Seattle The city's fave food fest includes seven stages of entertainment to aid your digestion. Seattle Center, comcastbiteofseattle.com

20–22 Sequim Lavender Festival Farm tours, vendor booths, and purple mist as far as the eye can see. Sequim, Wash., lavenderfestival.com

20–26 ByDesign Graphic artists, font designers, and ad mavens are celebrated on film. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

21 Earth, Wind & Fire Soulful since 1969. Maryhill Winery & Amphitheater, maryhillwinery.com/concerts

21 Florence and the Machine The neo glam–rocker shares the bill with The Walkmen. White River Amphitheater, livenation.com

21 Summer Beer Taste With music, food, and a canine-welcoming atmosphere provided by Barking Dog Alehouse. Phinney Neighborhood Center, phinneycenter.org

21–22 Seattle Bon Odori This Japanese Buddhist festival celebrates the lives of deceased family members and friends with traditional music and dance. Seattle Buddhist Temple, seattlebetsuin.org

21–22 Vashon Island Strawberry Festival Includes a parade, classic car show, and live music. Be sure to check out the Saturday-night street dancing. Downtown Vashon Island, vashonchamber.com

21–Aug. 19 Rent The 5th avenue's homegrown production of the popular pop musical. 5th Avenue Theatre, 5thavenue.org

22 China Town Seafair Parade Celebrate in the International District. seafair.com

• 22 Chris Isaak The crooner returns with Shawn Colvin. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

• 23 Neil Diamond You know you won't be able to help belting along with "Sweet Caroline." KeyArena, ticketmaster.com

23 Silent Movie Mondays Ben Hur (not the one with Charlton Heston). The Paramount, stgpresents.org

24 Il Divo The handsome vocal quartet is huge in Europe. Huge. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

• 24 Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers The comedian/banjo man rides in with his bluegrass band and none other than country queen Emmylou Harris. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ticketmaster.com

24 Chuck Palahniuk The Fight Club author visits from Portland to read new stories. Town Hall, townhallseattle.org

25 Fiona Apple With special guest Blake Mills. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

25 Out to Lunch Concert Series Wheedle's Groove. Westlake Park, downtownseattle.com

• 26–29 Into the Vaults: Celebrating the Library of Congress Sullivan's Travels will be among the dozen-odd repertory classics screened. SIFF Cinema Uptown, siff.net

27 Out to Lunch Concert Series Delhi 2 Dublin. Waterfront Park, downtownseattle.com

27–29 Pacific Northwest Scottish Highland Games & Clan Gathering Highland dancers, traditional athletics, and of course pipe bands. Enumclaw Expo Center, sshga.org

27–29 Renton River Days Kids' activities, a parade, and stage performances. Liberty Park, rentonwa.gov/living

28 Go Dog Go! Canine Festival & Dog Walk Bring your dogs to enjoy contests, games, live music, and more. Juanita Beach Park, kirklandwa.gov/gdg

28 Journey and Pat Benatar This '80s nostalgia fest also features Loverboy. White River Amphitheater, livenation.com

• 28–Aug. 26 Movies at the Mural Free movies most Saturdays and Sundays, including the Harry Potter series. Mural Amphitheater, Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com/events

30 Silent Movie Mondays Bible epic King of Kings. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

AUGUST

• 1 Los Lobos, Steve Earle and the Dukes The Grammy-winning band from L.A. and the country-rock bad boy bring their rootsy tunes. Woodland Park Zoo, zoo.org/zootunes

1 Seafair Fleet Week Parade of Ships A tradition since 1950, Fleet Week honors the men and women of the armed forces with a parade at the Port of Seattle. Seattle Waterfront, seafair.com

2 SAM Performs Latin-flavored world music from Big World Breaks as the sun goes down. Olympic Sculpture Park, seattleartmuseum.org

2–5 King County Fair Tractor pulls, pig races, amusements, rides, and all kinds of country summer fun. Enumclaw Expo Center, thekingcountyfair.com

2–30 Movies at Magnuson Park Forrest Gump, The Lion King, Back to the Future, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and The Goonies. Movies begin at dusk. moviesatmagnuson.com

3 The Bourne Legacy The Fourth installment in the spy/thriller series brings new faces like Rachel Weisz and Albert Finney. Jeremy Renner takes over from Matt Damon. Opens wide.

3 Barenaked Ladies, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Cracker If you ever liked BNL's "If I Had a Million Dollars," this mini-'90s revival tour, coupled with a glass of Maryhill wine, will send you right down memory lane. Marymoor Amphitheatre, concertsatmarymoor.com

3–4 Magnolia Summerfest An art show, sidewalk sale, live music, food vendors, rides, and more. magnoliasummerfest.org

3–4 Lake City Pioneer Days and Salmon Bake Celebrate summer in Lake City with a salmon bake, vintage car show, street fair, and parades. lakecityfestival.com

3–5 Blue Angels Navy aviators rule the sky over Lake Washington, to the delight of fans and terror of cats and dogs everywhere. seafair.com

• 3–24 Concerts at the Mural The free KEXP-sponsored music series features the Maldives, Black Whales, My Goodness, Ravenna Woods, Pickwick, and more. Mural Amphitheater, seattlecenter.com

• 4 Alison Krauss & Union Station w/Jerry Douglas The angel-voiced songbird brings her loyal band and contemporary bluegrass sound in support of 2011's Paper Airplane. Chateau Ste. Michelle, ste–michelle.com

4 Yanni The New Age pianist/composer will set hearts of a certain age aflutter. The Paramount, stgpresents.org

4 Shark Event It's like Discovery Channel's "Shark Week," only up close and personal! Point Defiance Zoo, pdza.org

4–18 Seattle Opera A Chinese princess chops off her suitors' heads until she finds a tenor to fall in love with in Puccini's Turandot. McCaw Hall, seattleopera.org

5 BrasilFest The 14th annual celebration. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com

6 From Hiroshima to Hope The annual floating-lantern ceremony to promote peace, in memory of victims of war. Green Lake, wingluke.org/hiroshimatohope

6 KEXP Ninth Annual BBQ Mad Rad, Virgin Islands, Fool's Gold, and others make up the bill; KEXP DJs host. Mural Amphitheater, seattlecenter.com

9–12 Doe Bay Fest The fifth annual indie and roots-music takeover has become wildly popular. Bands TBA. Orcas Island, doebayfest.com

9–12 Pierce County Fair Highlights include 4-H exhibits, bumper cars, and chicken racing. Graham, Wash., piercecountyfair.com

10 The Campaign Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis star in this spoof of American politics. Opens wide.

• 10 South Lake Union Block Party This free fest includes a burger-grilling competition (with celebrity judges), food trucks, a Brave Horse Tavern beer garden, and cinema on the lawn. South Lake Union Discovery Center, slublockparty.com

10–11 Kirkland SummerFest Shakespeare in the park, live music, food trucks, and a wine and beer garden round out the delights. kirklandsummerfest.org

10–12 Auburn Good Ol' Days Festival Includes a 5K fun run, a juried adult and youth art show, a model-boat and shipbuilders demo, and a classic car show. Auburn, auburngoodoldays.com

10–12 Seattle Tattoo Expo Hundreds gather to expose new talent and showcase fan favorites. Seattle Center, seattletattooexpo.com

10–12 Stillaguamish Festival of the River & Pow Wow Live music, wildlife demos, a salmon bake, and a storytelling tent highlight this alcohol- and drug-free festival. Free and open to the public. Arlington, festivaloftheriver.com

10–12 A Taste of Edmonds Celebrating its 30th birthday. America's #1 Van Halen tribute band the Atomic Punks will play. Edmonds, ataste ofedmonds.org

11 Ready, Set, Go . . . Cook! Chefs from Palace Kitchen and Serafina compete to make an original dish using only fresh farmers market produce. University District Farmers Market, seattlefarmersmarkets.org

11 4-Corners BrewFest Celebrating suds from Georgetown Brewing, Brickyard Brewing, and more. Shoreline, 4-corners.org

11 Tukwila Kids' Festival The band Recess Monkey performs at this action-packed family festival. Tukwila, tukwilawa.gov

11–25 Friends of North Bend Library Book Sale Adult and children's books, CDs, DVDs, and more. Open during library hours. North Bend, kcls.org

12 Victorian Day The conservatory's centennial celebration features a fundraising croquet tournament and prizes for best period costume. Volunteer Park, volunteerparkconservatory.org

12 Pilchuck Glass School Open House Once a year, Pilchuck opens its doors for hot-glass demonstrations and docent and gallery tours, accompanied by live music and concessions. Stanwood, pilchuck.com

16 Picnic & Barrel Auction Mingle with Washington winemakers, enjoy lawn games and gourmet picnic food, and bid on limited-release wines. Chateau Ste. Michelle, auctionofwashingtonwines.org

16–19 Dog Show The Olympic Kennel Club hosts this annual event, with competitions in obedience, agility, and showmanship. Enumclaw, enumclawexpocenter.org

16–Sept. 3 World Championship of Sand Sculpting Top artists in museum-quality sand sculpting show off at the largest competition of its kind in North America. Federal Way, sandchamps.com

17–19 Celebrate Shoreline Free, old-fashioned fun, including sand-castle building, a parade, and a skate competition. Shoreline, cityofshoreline.com

17–19 Flute Quest Workshops, concerts, and a silent auction celebrate and honor the Native American flute. Saltwater State Park, Des Moines, flutequest.com

17–19 Snoqualmie Railroad Days Train rides and parades celebrate Snoqualmie's history as a railroad and logging town. Snoqualmie, railroaddays.com

17–19 Taste of Music Vendors, libations, and multiple stages of live blues. Snohomish, tasteofmusic.org

17–23 Splinters In this new surfing drama, shot in Papua New Guinea, local athletes compete in a wave-riding competition. Northwest Film Forum, nwfilmforum.org

18 Indigenous Cultures Day Celebrate Native American traditions. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com

18 Foss Cup Model Tugboat Competition Participants compete in barge-handling and salvage events that test their models' capabilities. Bellevue, shipmodelers.com

18 Taste of Main Desserts, fine cuisine, wine tastings, and giveaways highlight this benefit for the Children's Response Center. Bellevue, tasteofmainbellevue.com

• 18–19 Viking Days A Swedish pancake breakfast, a traditional salmon barbecue, and real-life Vikings celebrate Seattle's Scandinavian heritage. Nordic Heritage Musuem, nordicmuseum.org

19 Pasado's Bark at Marymoor Park Join fellow animal lovers for the second annual fundraiser for rescued animals. Marymoor Velodrome, pasadosafehaven.org

• 23–Sept. 3 Evergreen State Fair Agricultural displays, auto races, and a carnival and rodeo are just some of the fun. Monroe, evergreenfair.org

24 Computer Error: The Worst CGI in Movie History This 90-minute compilation reel comes to us from our friends at The Alamo Drafthouse. Grand Illusion Cinema, grandillusioncinema.org

24 Great Day of Play Families who value recreation, fitness, and making "play" part of the daily routine will enjoy this. Redmond, redmond.gov/play

24 Hit and Run From the producer of The Wedding Crashers comes this action comedy about a former getaway driver and his girlfriend who enter the witness-protection program. Opens wide.

25 Duwamish River Festival Free food, raffles, live music, and educational booths help promote river cleanup and community health. Waterway Park, duwamishcleanup.org

25 Downtown Renton Art Walk & Antique Walk Discover downtown Renton with photography and arts displays, live music, artist meet-and-greets, dance, and more. artsunlimited.org

25 Health Point Family 5K Walk/Run As part of Bothell's Riverfest, this family event promotes health and wellness. Bothell, active.com

25 Run-A-Muk A 5K walk/run and 10K run keep things moving during Mukilteo's Lighthouse Festival. Mukilteo, mukilteolighthousefestival.org

25 Battle of Britain Hurricane and Spitfire aircraft soar across the skies during their annual maintenance flights. Everett, flyingheritage.com

25 The Goddess Festival This fundraiser for three nonprofits benefiting youth, seniors, and families includes live music from Fly Moon Royalty and Annie Jantzer, food, a beer garden, and more. Woodland Park, goddessfestival.info

25 Nudestock A clothing-optional fest (or "nude rock and blues experience") with food vendors, volleyball (careful where you spike!), and live music. Issaquah, fraternitysnoqualmie.com

25–26 Tibet Fest Exploring the roots of Tibet through art, performance, and more. Seattle Center, seattlecenter.com

25–26 Slow Food and Roots Music Festival Promoting locally grown food and sustainable agriculture with a beer and wine garden, multiple music stages, wholesome fair food, and more. Stanwood, slowrootsfestival.com

25–26 Tacoma Maritime Fest Free harbor-boat tours, a beer garden, train rides, and entertainment. maritimefest.org

25–26 Art in the Garden Viewers wandering the grounds encounter a treasure hunt of sorts, with garden art and sculpture tucked along paths and artists on hand to discuss their work. Bellevue, bellevuebotanical.org

25–26 Ride Around Puget Sound This 170-mile weekend ride crosses the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, paved trails, and scenic back roads. rapsodybikeride.com

26 Alki Beach 5K Walk & Run Raise money and awareness for women battling breast cancer. alkibeachrun.com

26 Afrolatino Festival Seattle Salsa, merengue, Latin jazz, reggae, and cumbia, plus Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, and Peruvian food. Magnuson Park, afrolatinofestival.org

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

1 Blues for Food Fest This all-day, all-ages fundraiser for Seattle organizations that feed the hungry features local food vendors, live music, children's gardening projects, and a pie auction. Magnuson Park, bluesforfoodfest.org

• 1–3 Bumbershoot Comedy, dance, visual arts, theater, and film on multiple stages. Headliners include Jane's Addiction, Tony Bennett, Heartless Bastards, and Wanda Jackson. Seattle Center, bumbershoot.org

 
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