Must List: Comic Con, Sounders' Season Opener, Penn Cove Musselfest

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MUST SUIT UP

Emerald City Comic Con

(3/1–3/4) Calling all fans of comic books, cartoons, sci-fi and fantasy to this annual four-day extravaganza. Meet with comic illustrators, animators and writers, along with actors from acclaimed movies and television shows, including Neville (Matthew Lewis) of the Harry Potter series and Back to the Future’s quirky Doc Brown (the one and only Christopher Lloyd). For a how-to manual, click here. Times and prices vary. Washington State Convention Center, downtown, 705 Pike St.; 206.694.5000; emeraldcitycomiccon.com

MUST WEAR GREEN

Sounders’ Season Opener

(3/4) Cheer for the Sounders as they battle new expansion team Los Angeles Football Club on opening day—and watch former Sounders goalie Tyler Miller play for the other side (he joined the California team in the 2017 MLS Expansion Draft). 2 p.m. Prices vary. CenturyLink Field, SoDo, 800 Occidental Ave. S; 206.381.7555; soundersfc.com

Photo via Sounders Facebook

MUST ROCK

Sound Off!

(3/3) This annual battle of Northwest 21-and-younger bands ran Fridays throughout February, reaching a crescendo with finals on this Saturday, March 3, which will be broadcast live on KEXP-FM. Notable alumni of the competition include rising bands and artists such as Maiah Manser, Tomten, Fauna Shade, The Fame Riot, Otieno Terry and musicians who have played with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. Times and prices vary. MoPop, downtown, 325 Fifth Ave. N; 206.770.2700; mopop.org 

MUST LEARN

“Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease” Opening

(3/1) Join the celebration of a new exhibit opening at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center that highlights diseases that are on their way to global eradication. There will be music from Tiffany Wilson and Sohoyini West African Music & Dance, along with food and drinks. The exhibit is presented by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with The Carter Center and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The exhibit is running through August 18. 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Free. 440 Fifth Ave. N; 206.709.3100; gatesfoundation.org

MUST EAT

Penn Cove Musselfest

(3/3-3/4) It’s the annual celebration of mussels on Whidbey Island. Penn Cove mussels are highly sought after and this weekend you can eat them to your heart’s content. There will be a beer garden, chowder tastings, boat tours, and activities for the little ones. You can also enter the mussel eating competition and see how quickly you can devour the delectable shellfish. Prices, times and locations vary. Coupeville; thepenncovemusselsfest.com

Photo via whidbeycamanoislands.com

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