Naturally, you’ll end up at the 2016 Seattle Art Fair this weekend…or see some of the free off-site performances…or dance at one of the parties…or attend one of the great exhibitions at local galleries. But you need some variety in your life, lots of music and relaxation. Here are five completely different events that are not related in any way to the art fair this weekend.
Pizza Fest 2016, August 4-6, 2016
If you’re looking for three days of music on the edge, Pizza Fest takes place this weekend at The Funhouse + El Corazon. The festivals showcases a multitude of genres, including punk, rock, garage, no wave, new wave, electronic rap and more. Buy tickets here. Ages 21+.
SAAFF Outdoor Film Series Presents Shaolin Soccer, August 5
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival presents a free screening of the classic martial arts action comedy Shaolin Soccer (in Cantonese with English subtitles) at the newly renovated Hing Hay Park in the Seattle Chinatown-International District. The event starts on Friday, August 5 at 7:30 pm (but the film won’t begin until sunset). All ages.
Intiman Emerging Artist Showcase: Am I Allowed to Be Here, August 5-7
The Seattle Repertory Theatre presents their Emerging Artist Showcase this weekend. Hosted by Intiman Theatre, the free showcase will feature stories from rising theatre talent via three short play sections that revolve around the concepts of identity and race. Reserve your free admission here.
KEXP Presents Concerts at the Mural, August 5
KEXP 90.3FM and Seattle Center have teamed up again to present a series of free, all-ages summer concerts that allow music lovers to take full advantage of Seattle’s beautiful weather (while it lasts). Every Friday evening in August, three bands will play live at the Mural Amphitheater. The first in the series features The Thermals, Acapulco Lips and Mommy Long Legs. Learn more about the event and checkout the lineup for the rest of the month here.
Seattle Opera presents The Wicked Adventures of Count Ory, August 5-7
It’s opening weekend for Seattle Opera‘s 2016-17 season at McCaw Hall, beginning with Rossini’s delightful comedic opera Count Ory. It’s bound to satisfy your need for soaring music and lighthearted theatre.Evening performances begin at 7:30pm stagings, but there is also a Sunday 2pm matinee. Buy individual tickets here. (Or go ahead and subscribe to the full season.)