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The Blue Angels fly high during Seafair Weekend.


Aug 5–7
Seafair Weekend
You should know the Seafair Weekend drill by now: powerboat races, Blue Angels, family fun, and general Seattle summer revelry. You’re probably either stoked that it’s finally here or have already planned your escape route to avoid all the mess. Either way, enjoy! Genesee Park, $10–$50

Thur, Aug 4
SAM Bike Night
Don’t want to waste the summer weather being cooped up while getting your art fix? Then join area bicycle clubs and pedal down to Seattle Art Museum’s Bike Night at Olympic Sculpture Park. Check out Victoria Haven’s dimensionally deceptive crystalline wall drawings Blue Sun and Jaume Plensa’s mammoth head sculpture Echo, craft your own bike-related art pieces, munch on food truck grub, take guided tours of the park, and listen to live music from local rabble-rousers Chastity Belt and Boyfriends. Olympic Sculpture Park, Free


Aug 5–7
Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend
Seattle’s finally getting its first Baseball Hall of Famer; time to celebrate. Back in the ’90s, the Kid not only saved the Mariners, he was the Mariners. The coolest baseball player ever returns to Seattle for a weekend of festivities including a Griffey bobblehead night, number retirement and Hall of Fame replica plaque game, and replica jersey day. Oh, and the Mariners are playing the Angels too. Safeco Field, $40–$166


Aug 4–7
Seattle Art Fair
Traveling to see art remains a romantic, but rather impractical, idea. Thankfully, Seattle Art Fair offers a globe-spanning art walk under one roof. The event’s second edition brings together 83 world-renowned galleries from Paris, London, Seoul, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle (of course), and more. All of the art, none of the jet lag. The new Projects and Talks program additionally brings in speakers like Carrie Brownstein, Kyle MacLachlan, and Kim Gordon. WaMu Theater, $20

Aug 4–7
Out of Sight

It’s hard to think of any counterprogramming that works as well as Out of Sight. Set on the top floor of King Street Station, a short walk from the Seattle Art Fair at CenturyLink Field Event Center, the group mega show features an embarrassment of Pacific Northwest artist riches without the same pretense of SAF’s galleries. Out of Sight boasts the scrappier independent spirit. Featuring nearly 100 of the top area artists/collectives showing off their wares (paintings, sculptures, drawings, dance projects, etc.), it’s almost too much to take in during one visit. It’s the Seattle art fair that feels authentically Seattle. King Street Station, $10–$100

Aug 6–20
Death and the Maiden
After 18 years of adding freaky pop surrealism to the Seattle gallery scene, Pioneer Square’s Roq la Rue prepares to be laid to rest. The alternative-leaning gallery closes its doors for good on August 20. On August 6, Roq la Rue gathers some of its favorite artists from over the years to throw one final party (or premature wake) to mark the opening of its last group show, Death and the Maiden. Roq la Rue, Free


Thur, Aug 4 
Red Bull Sound Select: Clipping.
Didn’t get to pay an ungodly amount of money to see the Hamilton original cast perform on Broadway? Could I interest you in seeing Tony-winner Daveed Diggs (aka Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) rapping for $3? Before he was a theatrical smash, Diggs made up one-third of the Los Angeles experimental hip-hop group Clipping. Now that his Broadway run is done, the band is back together. Full disclosure: Clipping. sounds nothing like Hamilton. But that’s not a bad thing. With Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson crafting abrasive and twitchy electronic hip-hop beats and Diggs showcasing his MC skills, Clipping. creates a sonic landscape worthy of a sci-fi pirate radio broadcast. Get an early exclusive live preview of songs from Clipping.’s upcoming album Splendor and Misery (out September 9 on Sub Pop) when the group heads to Neumos with Cakes Da Killa and Porter Ray as part of the Red Bull Sound Select series. Neumos, $3–$10

Aug 4–6
Pizza Fest
Cheap pizza and cheap music: what more can you really ask for in life? The Seattle punk rock tradition of Pizza Fest returns for a seventh edition of greasy goodness. The lineup sports national acts like the ultra appropriate Personal and the Pizzas, plus a load of great locals like Stallion, Sashay, VHS, Bread and Butter, and SSDD. Grab a slice and get in the pit. El Corazon, $10–$15; Festival pass $30

Aug 4–7
Doe Bay Fest
The Pacific Northwest’s premiere escapist music festival returns to soak in more warm musical isle vibes. This year’s Doe Bay Fest lineup includes Blind Pilot, Rebirth Brass Band, Sisters, Iska Dhaaf, SassyBlack, and more. It should make for a fitting soundtrack to score all of the communal camping, beach hangs, picnics, and other summery festivities. Doe Bay Resort and Retreat, $150

Fri, Aug 5
Concerts at the Mural: The Thermals
When KEXP puts together free concert lineups, we all win. This year’s edition of the Seattle Center’s Concerts at the Mural series kicks off with the always-superb Portland post–pop punk rockers the Thermals, garage rock outfit Acapulco Lips, and colorful feminist punk group Mommy Long Legs. Later installments feature the the bright indie pop of the Mynabirds, local electronic duo Crater, Industrial Revelation’s garage jazz, and more. Plus, it’s hard to beat the Space Needle for a concert backdrop. Seattle Center, Free

Fri, Aug 5
There’s no nonsense when Detroit’s Protomartyr hit the stage. The critically acclaimed Hardly Art rock group sonically attacks with ruthlessly straightforward efficiency, buoyed by mesmerizing anti-charisma of snarling singer Joe Casey. Neumos should be plenty noise as the band plays tunes from 2015′s The Agent Intellect with opening support from VATS and Lithics. Neumos, $15

Sat, Aug 6
Jenn Champion: "No One" Release Show
After years of making great music as the ungoogleable S,'s Seattle Jenn Champion (formerly Jenn Ghetto) is moving forward to make tunes under her more SEO friendly name (though people named Jenn that have won sports titles will still make it difficult). Her first Hardly Art release under the new moniker comes in the form the enthralling and depressive dance rock single "No One," which picks up where she left off with the superb breakup record Cool Choices. The Artist Formerly Known As S heads to Repair Revolution with Posse, Donormaal, and Nightspace to release the No One EP, which features the new single and six remixes of the song by local artists like Crater, Sassyblack, and USF. Repair Revolution, $7

Sun & Mon, Aug 7 & 8
Wolf Parade
After going on hiatus in 2011, acclaimed Montreal indie rock band Wolf Parade returned to the scene this year with low-key fury (in the form of a deluxe vinyl reissue of its debut record, Apologies to Queen Mary, and a new four-song EP). The band always excelled at mixing disparate parts (from the raggedness of early Modest Mouse to a glam rock sophistication) in a cohesive way that hid the seams. The Sub Pop band’s reunion tour makes a two-night stop at the Neptune with local support from Darto (Sunday) and Deep Sea Diver (Monday). Neptune Theatre, $27


August 5–7
Meet Adrienne Kennedy
This summer Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program for young performers sticks with the festival’s overall theme of African American playwrights by producing Adrienne Kennedy’s The Owl Answers and A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White. The acclaimed writer’s one-acts will be paired with the new short work Black Super Hero Magic Mama, penned by Emerging Artist participant Indra Craig-Galvan. Expected a thought-provoking showcase of race and gender ideas at this free (with RSVP) theatrical event. Seattle Repertory Theater, Free (with RSVP)


Fri, Aug 5
Three Dollar Bill Cinema: The Fierce Awakens: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
Three Dollar Bill Cinema always breaks from the homogeny of Seattle’s other summer outdoor movie series. While others provide eight (!) opportunities to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the queer film organization offers up a more distinct brand of sci-fi camp with its Fierce Awakens slate. The lineup includes Spaceballs, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Barbarella, and it all kicks off with Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks SameCal Anderson Park, Free


Thru Jan 2
World of WearableArt
When can attire skirt around the very basic notions of fashion? When it’s part of World of WearableArt. New Zealand’s annual World of WearableArt competition—the country’s biggest art show—brings together designers from all over the world to show off stunning and outlandish outfits. Think of it like a next level Halloween costume contest for super creative people with excessive amounts of time. It’s not fashion, it’s art that uses the form of the human body as a canvas. The unique (and often impractical) outfits currently make their North American debut in the EMP Museum exhibit, World of WearableArt. For fans of imaginative dress up, it’s worth taking a trip to Seattle Center to check out the 32 fantastical costume creations on display. EMP Museum, $22

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