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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: August 7–10
Chvrches dances to its '80s-inspired electronic tunes, South Lake Union Block Party rocks out, and Sweet Lou gets a bobblehead.
Thur & Fri, Aug 7 & 8
The bright soundscapes created by Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches belie their native land's famously gloomy weather. Singer Lauren Mayberry brings pixie pep to the proceedings on the group's stellar debut LP The Bones of What You Believe. The songs manage to be both fresh and reverent toward the trailblazing UK synth movement of the '80s. Showbox SoDo, $30.
Fri, Aug 8
Arcade Fire's chamber rock anthems soar in front of majestic backdrops like the Gorge. In its only Washington stop in support of Reflektor, the Canadian band hopes to start a party, asking concertgoers to dress in formal attire or costumes. And while Reflektor is a dud compared to the band's other albums, its songs are certainly danceable. Gorge Amphitheatre, George, $40–$325.
Sat, Aug 9
107.7 The End's Summer Camp
Forget canoeing or wilderness survival, get your merit badge in rocking out at 107.7 The End’s Summer Camp. The single-day music festival brings up-and-coming acts that dominate airplay on the radio station. Electronic rock duo Phantogram headlines a slate that includes Bleachers, Wild Cub, and Sir Sly. Marymoor Park, sold out.
CLASSICAL & MORE
Sat, Aug 9
After working more than three decades as Seattle opera’s general director, Speight Jenkins deserves a sendoff as grandiose as the hundreds of productions he’s overseen. He’ll receive his own curtain call at Speight Celebration, a one-night special featuring his most adored singers performing some of his favorite works from Wagner, Gershwin, Puccini, Verdi, and more. McCaw Hall, $99–$399.
Doe Bay Festival
In some ways, Orcas Island's Doe Bay Festival is the quintessential modern Northwest music festival. It's laid back, remote, and feels like a little secret that's all our own. Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, Orca Island, $310 (2 tickets and camping).
Fri, Aug 8
South Lake Union Block Party
Grab burgers, brews, and watch a movie at the South Lake Union Block Party. Past years have had a beer garden, free yoga classes, a burger grilling competition, and plenty of activities for kids. The proceeds will benefit Cornish College of the Arts. South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn, free.
You needn't be in the heart of the city to have a great time this weekend. Rock the suburbs at Kirkland Summerfest where there will be performances, family rides, spectator sports, food trucks, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Kirkland Marina, free.
FOOD & DRINK
Fri & Sat, Aug 8 & 9
Seattle Street Food Festival
The inaugural Seattle Street Food Festival brought over 26,000 patrons to Cal Anderson Park in one day. Now spanning two days, the event offers bites from big-name chefs and street vendors. Cal Anderson Park, free.
THE SPORTING LIFE
Sat, Aug 9
Lou Piniella Bobblehead Night: Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox
The Mariners are enshrining famously fiery skipper Lou Piniella in their hall of fame and immortalizing him with a bobblehead. Be gentle with it, though; it might head-butt you. Safeco Field, $24–$498.