The Must List: An Entire Weekend Full of Festivals
Must Get Crabby
(7/13 to 7/14, times vary) — Celebrate crustaceans, mollusks and more at the 39th Annual Ballard SeafoodFest, a kid-friendly throwdown that features boatloads of tasty fishes, two stages of live music—including awesome bands Kithkin, Star Anna and Bobby Bare Jr.—a Ballard-based brew bonanza and, yes, a lutefisk eating contest.
Must Head West
West Seattle Summer Fest
(7/12 to 7/14, times vary) — The West Seattle Junction closes the main streets and goes wild for three days with its annual summertime bash. Expect the sidewalks and thoroughfares to be jam packed with bites from Pizzeria 22, Seattle Fish Company and Shoofly Pie among others, art, music, shopping at West Seattle standbys including Capers and Easy Street Records and plenty of activities for pint-sized partygoers.
Must Ooh La La
Saturday (7/13, 3-8 p.m.) — With so many Francophiles looking to experience joie de vivre in Madison Valley, Bastille Bash organizers expanded this year’s French fest along East Madison Street to include 27th, 30th and 29th avenues. Try bites from Cafe Flora, sweets from Inès Patisserie, wines galore and the chance to win three nights in Paris. Oui, s’il vous plaît!
Must Go International
Chinatown/International District Dragon Fest
(7/13 to 7/14, times vary) — Head to the ID for one of the largest pan-Asian festivals in the Northwest. This year’s Dragon Fest promises to rock the streets with two days worth of colorful lion and dragon dances, tasty eats, taiko drumming performances and drill teams aplenty. New: The food walk of your dreams, including $2 bites from more than 30 restaurants, including Uwajimaya, Purple Dot Cafe and Fuji Bakery.
Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee
Saturday (7/13, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) — The grand dame of Seattle’s indie music scene, Sub Pop Records isn’t too old to throw a rager. This celebration takes place on the streets of Georgetown, an appropriately grungy ’hood for the label that launched Soundgarden and Nirvana. The live music lineup showcases the label’s diversity of sound, from longtime local rockers such as Mudhoney and Tad Doyle to the newer folk freakiness of Father John Misty and the genre-busting hip-hop of Thee Satisfaction and Shabazz Palaces.