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See Ludovic Morlot and co. kick off the Seattle Symphony's 2016–17 season on Saturday.

CLASSICAL & MORE

Sat, Sept 17
Seattle Symphony Opening Night Concert and Gala
Music Director Ludovic Morlot and the Symphony open the new season with a spectacular evening of music that brings you the best of two worlds: the soaring beauty of the world of opera and the familiar favorites from the great American songbook performed by the incredible mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato who has become one of the most in-demand singers in the world today. Don’t miss this season opening program of old world elegance and new world vivacity that will leave you charmed and excited for the season ahead. Benaroya Hall, $48–$103

THE SPORTING LIFE

Fri, Sept 16
Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics
If you’ve still got any lingering Olympic fever, Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics is here to cure what ails you. The arena exhibition spectacle features all the Team USA superstars from the past three Olympiads including all-around gold medalists Simone Biles (2016), Gabby Douglas (2012), and Nastia Liukin (2008). The cast also features favorites like Shawn four-time medalist Shawn Johnson, reigning pommel horse bronze medalist Alex Naddour (yes, the men’s team will be there too), and six-time medalist and daughter of everyone’s favorite way-to-nervous parents, Aly Raisman. Flip out over some flips without the agonizing tension of the possibility of years of training ending in heartbreak because of a tiny mistake. KeyArena, $31–$294

CONCERTS

Fri, Sept 16
Drake
There’s currently no better hip-hop pop star than Drake. Because Drake wins. Whenever other MCs try to beef with him, he comes out looking like the victor. While others draw attention for their antics (Kanye), sociopolitical lyrical messages (Kendrick Lamar), or tonal clumsiness (Macklemore), Drake keeps on putting out hit single after hit single and outselling the rest. He may not be creating the soundtrack of the generation, but he’s dominating its party playlist. Tacoma Dome, $50–$130

Sat, Sept 17
Blink-182
It’s hard for pop punk to age gracefully, but the guys of Blink-182 are still giving it a go into their 40s. While founding guitarist and co–lead vocalist Tom DeLonge left the band to investigate aliens (no, really), the band found a capable replacement in Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba. Blink-182’s new album, California, might not achieve the immature glory of the band’s early work, but it can still reach back and play those hits. Well… I guess this is growing up. KeyArena, $25–$84

Sept 17–24
Captain Smartypants: Girl Crazy
The men of Seattle’s comedic queer vocal group Captain Smartypants tap into their inner divas with the ensembles latest show, Girl Crazy. With a mix of classic jazz, modern pop (Spice Girls to Adele), and other campy pop culture tunes (Golden Girls), it should make for a delightful night of playful harmonizing. The ladies of Seattle Women’s Chorus ensemble Sensible Shoes join the fray to add a genuine dose of femininity. The Triple Door, $25–$35

COMEDY

Sept 15–24
SketchFest Seattle
Sketch often feels like the forgotten hyper niche in the Seattle comedy scene, buried well below standup and improv. Thankfully, SketchFest allows the form a chance to flourish. Groups from Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, Olympia, and Winnipeg join 22 local acts to deliver gut-busting punches of short-form hilarity. Pocket Theater and Annex Theatre, $10–$15

Sat, Sept 17
Maria Bamford
While she’s been a favorite of indie comedy fans for years, Maria Bamford finally got a chance to share her manic brilliance with a wider audience with May’s release of her surreal Netflix sitcom, Lady Dynamite. Drawing from her real-life struggles with mental illness and relationships, the series manages to be meta, absurdist, and emotionally empathetic. Expect similar laughter fuel when Bamford brings her standup act to town. Moore Theatre, $27

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sat & Sun, Sept 17 & 18
Seattle Mini Maker Faire
If they build it, we will come. There’s great creative innovation to be found in those tinkering on a small, personal scale. EMP Museum’s Seattle Mini Maker Faire brings together over 120 makers from around the country to show off their creations in the fields of 3D printing, rocketry, interactive art, coding, robotics, and much more. Where else are you going to find a joystick-controlled couch on wheels, 3D photography, steampunk magic, and mech robot vehicles all under one roof? EMP Museum, $21

FILM

Thur, Sept 15
Adult Swim Drive-In
Insomniacs and late night stoners, rejoice! Adult Swim—cable TV’s premiere purveyor of non-kiddie cartoons and absurdist and anti-comedy—brings its traveling roadshow to CenturyLink Field for a night of unaired episodes (including pilots and specials) projected on a 40-foot inflatable screen, plus games, trivia, food trucks (with free vouchers for early arrives), and more. CenturyLink Field, Free

Fri, Sept 16
Friday Night Vibes: Frozen Sing-Along
The Seahawks aren’t and Sounders aren’t the only reason to visit CenturyLink Field. On Friday nights, the stadium’s North Plaza transforms into the city’s biggest patio for entertainment-packed evenings. Bring the kids this week, as the evening features a sing-along screening of the Disney mega hit Frozen and photo ops with costumed princesses. There’s also a beer garden and tunes by DJ Ramos to keep the older crowd entertained with a happy hour before the movie gets underway. CenturyLink Field, Free

FOOD & DRINKS

Sat, Sept 17
Second Annual Ballard Oktoberfest Crawl
The Scandinavian neighborhood will make way for a Bavarian beer crawl all Saturday afternoon. After starting things off at Reuben’s Brews, follow a live German oompah band to Stoup Brewing, Lucky Envelope, and Populuxe Brewing. Each brewery will have special Oktoberfest ales and a commemorative half-liter stein; buy it for $6, buy it filled with brews for $10. To complement those Marzen lagers, dunkelweizens, and other Oktoberfest beers there will be food trucks at each stop ensuring you successfully crawl to each stop. And when in doubt, just eat the free pretzel necklace hanging around your neck. Ballard, $10

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