For Today

Love Parks Day 2014

Do you work best while wearing a pair of gardening gloves? Do your part by joining Seattle Parks Foundation and EarthCorps by volunteering in Cheasty Greenspace as they remove invasive plants and prep the urban forest for winter planting.

Cheasty Greenspace is a 43-acre forest on the east side of Beacon Hill that provides the south end with a blossoming ecosystem. Volunteering includes tearing out the invasive blackberry bushes and spreading wood chips and mulch. Be sure to register online because the perks include lunch and Love Parks gear (definitely worth that thorn in your thumb).

Love Parks Day 2014, Fri, Aug 15, 10am, Cheasty Greenspace, 4513 Cheasty Boulevard South, free.

For Saturday

Ninth Annual Seattle Bike-In

Hipsters love movies and they love bikes. We might not be Portland, but what could be more hipster than riding your bike to an outdoor movie screening of bike movies?   

The Northwest Film Forum’s ninth annual outdoor movie screening celebrates the city’s love for sustainability and environmentally friendly transportation.

Featuring bike-related film shorts and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s bike chase film, Premium Rush, this free event is sure to be a good time. Bike over to the screening in Capitol Hill and go get your sustainability on, for free.

Ninth Annual Seattle Bike-In, Sat, Aug 16, dusk, Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave, free. 

For Sunday

Beat the Heat

Global warming is upon us, whether some politicians want to accept it or not. Join the conversation with the Washington state chapter of the Sierra Club, and hear from guest speakers Bellevue City council member Lynne Robinson and the vice president of Artisan Electric, a local solar power company. 

The event is kid-friendly, with live music, children's activities, free ice cream, and lot of information about the climate. These guys are smart; they lure you in with the free ice cream and then get you stay because you want to learn more about how you can help your community combat climate change.

Beat the Heat, Sun, Aug 17, 4-7pm, Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE Fourth Street, Bellevue, free.

For Monday

Grand Opening of Herbal Nation 

The Seattle area's second recreational marijuana retailer is opening on August 18 and bringing chilled-out vibes to Bothell. The Seattle PI reported that although Herbal Nation had a soft opening a week prior, they're still working to get the store in tip-top shape for Monday. 

The prices are steep, but so are Cannabis City's in SODO, so it's just a matter of location for recreational users right now. You don't have to buy anything, just go check it out and educate yourself.

Grand Opening of Herbal Nation, Mon, Aug 18, Herbal Nation, 19302 Bothell-Everett Highway, Bothell, free or $20-$34 (we don't judge).

Advance Notice for August 22

Gigantic Bicycle Festival

In a celebration of bikes like only the PNW could, this annual two-day festival will begin with an optional 77-mile bike ride from Magnuson Park to Centennial Fields Park in Snoqualmie. The event will host live music, hand-built bicycles, a variety of art, film, and more.

You can still register for the bike ride, but if you'd like to skip it, you can just hit the festival. Since this is Seattle, there will always be many bike-loving events to take part in, but this one might be especially fun to volunteer for, especially because helping out means you get a free weekend pass; you can do that here. However you decide to get there, just get there. (Pro tip: probably shouldn't take the Hummer).

Gigantic Bicycle Festival, Aug 22-24, Fri 8-10pm, Sat noon-10pm, Sun 8am-6pm, Centennial Fields Park, 39903 SE Park St, Snoqualmie, free-$110. 

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