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The Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 10–13

Summer festival season is in full swing and this weekend features free concerts, Shakespeare, seafood, cultural celebrations, and much more.

By Seattle Met Staff July 10, 2014

Dude York's Peter Richards showed off his superpower of shredding. Wolverine would be proud.


July 11–13
West Seattle Summer Fest
There's plenty of diversions to keep one entertained at West Seattle Summer Fest: a garden and sustainability expo, a pet junction for our furry friends, a kids activity area with rides and crafts, and the farmer's market. But the crown jewel this year is the free music lineup. Saturday night is particularly rocking, featuring three of Seattle's best acts—Dude York, Vox Mod, and the Moondoggies—plus a headlining performance by Sub Pop Portlandians the Helio Sequence. West Seattle Junction, free.

Thur, July 10
Summer at SAM Kickoff
Summer at SAM kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, special musical and dance performances, hands-on art activities, yoga, food trucks, and more. Bring your friends and family as all-ages are welcome at this free event. Olympic Sculpture Park, free.

Thur, July 10
Wine Rocks
Head down to Bell Harbor and don’t forget to bring your sommelier senses as Wine Rocks invades Pier 66 for a night of live music, fundraising, and plenty of vino. Pier 66, $50.

Fri & Sat, July 11 & 12
Redmond Derby Days
If you're looking for a wide range of entertainment, join the fun at Redmond Derby Days where you'll find food, live music, kids activities, parades, fireworks, a 5k, a pancake breakfast, and more. Redmond City Hall, free.

Sat & Sun, July 12 & 13
Ballard SeafoodFest
Ballard Seafood Fest celebrates its 40th anniversary with two days of gorging on smoked salmon, crunchy crustaceans, munchable mussels, and other tidal treats. Ballard, free.

Sat, July 12
Bastille Bash 2014
Bonjour! Join Seattle Met for the third annual Bastille Bash on Saturday, July 12th, hosted by the neighborhood of Madison Valley. This year, enjoy a larger event footprint, more French-inspired bites from some of the city’s favorite restaurants, wine tastings, live music and entertainment, specials and one-day sidewalk sales, giveaways, art classes for kids, and more. Madison Valley, free.

Sat & Sun, July 12 & 13
Dragon Fest 2014
Forget Game of Thrones; Dragon Fest is where the real dragons are. The International District’s summer cultural celebration always brings the fire with traditional dragon dances and taiko drumming, all sorts of merchants, the always enticing $2 food walk, and even an anime costume contest. Hing Hay Park, free.

July 12–20
White Center Jubilee Days
White Center Jubilee Days covers all the summer basics: Carnival? Check. Street fair? Check. Parade? Check. Car show? Check. It’s even got post–Fourth of July fireworks. Steve Cox Memorial Park, free.


Sat & Sun, July 12 & 13
Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival
The Seattle Outdoor Theater Festival takes over Volunteer Park as eight regional companies perform a variety of Shakespeare’s works across three stages. Volunteer Park, free.


Fri & Sat, July 11 & 12
Pixar in Concert
To the symphony…and beyond! Bring the whole family to Benaroya Hall as Seattle Symphony plays selections from Pixar’s adored filmography including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Wall-E, and Up. Benaroya Hall, $35–$81.


Sat, July 12
Fremont Outdoor Movies Opening Night: The Royal Tenenbaums
The hyperstylized worlds of director Wes Anderson burst with retro charm, twee quirk, and a dash of underlying darkness while (mostly) not becoming parodies of themselves. This summer Fremont Outdoor Movies honors the director with screenings of The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, and Rushmore. Fremont Outdoor Cinema, free.


Thur, July 10
All In: The Rally for KEXP's New Home
After years of planning, fundraising, and plenty of good tunes played, KEXP is ready to open its swank new digs at Seattle Center (the former Northwest Rooms at the corner of Republican Street and 1st Avenue N). The station celebrates with All In: The Rally for KEXP's New Home, which features a beer garden, a speech by DJ John Richards, and a musical performance by the Cave Singers. Seattle Center, free.

Sat, July 12
Light in the Attic Summer Spectacular
Light in the Attic Records is known for re-releasing works of noted artists like Betty Davis, hidden gems like Rodriguez, and producing contemporary hard-hitters like Austin psych-rock group The Black Angels. The label opens up its Ballard shop this Saturday for its first ever summer music spectacular, headlined by brothers Donnie and Joe Emerson, only the duo's third live show in over thirty years. Like any music festival worth its salt, there will be food trucks and vendorsfrom Sub Pop to Beats and Bohosshowing off their records. Light in the Attic, free.

Sun, July 13
The organizers of GroupGirlCon branch out for music-filled night of nerd-approved artists. With local female rappers like Shubzilla, electropop groups, and more high energy performers, the performance will show off up-and-coming music acts united by their love of all things nerdy. Barboza, $8.


July 10–12
Russell Peters
Louis C.K. is more critically adored, Kevin Hart is a bigger movie star, and Jim Gaffigan has a bigger stateside audience, but Russell Peters is actually the most popular standup comedian in the world. The Canadian funnyman dominates outside the states, playing up his Anglo-Indian heritage and selling out massive venues like London’s O2 Arena. So consider yourself lucky if you were able to snag tickets to his appearance at the new Parlor Live Comedy Club Seattle. Parlor Live Seattle, sold out.

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