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Plan Your Bumbershoot 2016 Experience

What's going down at this year's mega-music and arts festival

Now in its 46th year, Seattle’s behemoth music and arts festival returns to Seattle Center for Labor Day weekend (September 2-4). This year’s headliners include some hometown heroes: hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Bellingham indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie. They’ll share the stage with English punk rocker Billy Idol, soulful balladeer Father…

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Must List: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle Opera Summer Fest

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must FestRainier Beach Arts & Music FestSaturday (7/23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) The Rainier Beach Arts & Music Fest is a day-long celebration featuring musicians, dancers, spoken word poets and visual artists. Just a few of the day’s offerings: performances by Grace Love & the True Loves, Somali Community Dancers and the Pacific Northwest…

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The Must List: Milk Carton Derby, Seattle Dragon Fest & More

What to do this weekend in and around Seattle

Must RaceThe Seafair Milk Carton DerbySaturday (7/16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Head to Green Lake to cheer on the participants in Seafair’s wackiest event. Nearly 100 teams will take to the water in boats that range in style from practical to whimsical—anything goes, as long as they’re made out of milk cartons—to battle it…

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The Must List: Twister Beach at Cafe Nordo, Outdoor Festivals

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must SeeSAM Summer Film Series: Cary Grant for President(7/7 to 7/28, times vary) Hollywood icon Cary Grant is the subject of the Seattle Art Museum’s summer film series. July’s films include The Awful Truth (7/7), Bringing Up Baby (7/14), Arsenic and Old Lace (7/21) and My Favorite Wife (7/28). Must LaughHit the Beach with Café…

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Patriotic Celebrations Around the City

Don't know where to spend the Fourth of July? We've got your mega-list of activities

You won’t lack for activities on this patriotic weekend; fireworks shows, live music and food-filled festivities are happening everywhere from Bainbridge to Bellevue. Here’s a mega to-do list: Fiddles on the FourthJuly 4, 1:30 p.m.McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden State ParkTickets $29, $23 and $16 Fiddles & FireworksJuly 4, 7 p.m.McCurdy Pavilion, Fort Worden State ParkTickets…

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The Must List: Seattle Pride Parade, Dog Film Festival and More

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must FestA Whole Weekend Full of Pride(6/24 to 6/26, times vary) Kick off the weekend with the Trans Pride celebration on June 24, then live it up during Saturday’s Capitol Hill Pride festivities. On Sunday, make your way downtown where LGBTQ (and straight) revelers will flock to the sidewalks along 4th Avenue for the 42nd…

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Pacific NW Cider Fest This Weekend, Plus Cat’s Pajamas Spirit

Where to celebrate and drink cider this weekend

There’s a big cider festival happening this weekend that you won’t want to miss, and perhaps the perfect sipper and mixer for cat lovers has recently been released. It’s just more of the non-stop tasty fun from our local beverage producers. Support Cats, Drink Well: The Hardware Distillery (which is down in Hoodsport, Wash.) has…

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6 Summer Festivals to Add to Your Calendar

Art! Food! Dragons?! Whatever it is, Seattle has a summer celebration for it

» July, with its warm weather and late sunsets, is the height of festival season in the Seattle area. While the major event remains Seafair, with its downtown Torchlight Parade on 7/30 and numerous neighborhood satellite events, the month is full of music and cultural celebrations.  » The West Seattle Summer Fest, at the West…

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The Must List: Folklife Festival, ‘Motown’ and Memorial Day Travel Spots

What to do this weekend in Seattle

Must FestNorthwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center(5/27 to 5/30, times vary) Memorial Day weekend brings Northwest Folklife to Seattle Center for its 45th year. The region’s demographics have changed over the years, and the festival has evolved accordingly, embracing a wider, more diverse spectrum of world music, dance and other performances, making it a…

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Midsummer Fun: Where to Celebrate the Solstice in Seattle

Celebrate the high point of summer, Scandinavian style

To say the summer solstice is a big deal in Scandinavia is an understatement: In Sweden, for instance, the midsummer holiday comes second only to Christmas in terms of the scale of celebration. After a season of short, dark days, it’s little wonder those Nordic types break open the schnapps and toast the high point…

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SIFF Gets Real

Virtual reality may be the breakout star of this year’s film festival

For more than 40 years, the Seattle Independent Film Festival (SIFF) has introduced its patrons to up-and-coming talent and films not seen anywhere else in town. This year, a four-day festival within the festival will do more than show viewers new films—it will offer entirely new ways of experiencing film. Produced by Mad Eye Media…

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The Best Outdoor Events of Summer 2015

From music to movies, fun events in and near Seattle that you won't want to miss

Everyone knows how perfect Seattle summers are: the days are long, the nights are warm and the city crackles with a happy, sun-drenched energy. As soon as June rolls around, locals hit the streets ready to make the most of each postcard-perfect summer. From outdoor movies to fairs, there are a whole lot of ways…

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Publisher’s Note: The True Seattle Influencers

Forget social media. These are the real heroes.

In-flu-ence /ˈinflo͝oəns/. The power or capacity of causing an effect in indirect or intangible ways. An emanation of spiritual or moral force. An ethereal fluid held to flow from the stars and to affect the actions of humans. With all the attention on “influencers” on social media, I think we’ve lost the true meaning of…

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Every Car Has a Story: ‘I don’t own cars. They own me.’

Blake Siebe takes a most unusual approach to car collecting

There are two kinds of car collectors. The vast majority fit into a sort of “check box” mentality of acquiring cars anointed by others as collector worthy. In contrast, a rare category of car collectors, I might venture to say, are the true cognoscenti who discover vehicles that no one is yet appreciating. They relish in…