The Seattle Japanese Garden officially opens for the 2016 season with opening ceremonies on Sunday. Nadia Borisevich / Shutterstock

It's almost the weekend—do you know what you're doing yet? If not, we've got you covered with this list of events under $10 that require almost no advance planning, like attending opening ceremonies for the Center for Architecture & Design and the Seattle Japanese Garden, eating delicious melted raclette at Culture Club Cheese Bar, and walking around Queen Anne and Hillman City while looking at art (or appreciating literature). See the full list below, and check out even more options for this weekend and into the future on our complete Things To Do calendar.

FRIDAY
1. Candi Pop
Dance to music inspired by all your bubblegum pop guilty pleasures (Spice Girls, One Direction, Hilary Duff, and the like). Plus, there will be free pizza from 9 to 10 pm, so get there early! (Free before 10 pm, Capitol Hill)

2. Colleen McElroy
Colleen McElroy (poet, novelist, editor and longtime UW professor) will read from her newest work, Blood Memory. (Free, Capitol Hill)

3. Matt Ruff
Novelist Matt Ruff will read from Lovecraft Country, a story about Jim Crow America in the 1950s that blends the real-life horrors of racism with eerie science fiction. (Free, University District)

4. Happy Hour at the Swedish Club
Every Friday evening, prospective members are invited to enjoy the Swedish Club's bar with its spectacular Lake Union view, balcony, drinks, Smörgås sandwiches and other Swedish snacks (plus a full dinner menu in the dining room), and live music. There's $5 beer and wine, plus Jeppson's Malört, a Swedish spiced liqueur flavored with wormwood known to be an acquired taste ("like grapefruit and gasoline," one fan says). Once you see the Swedish Club, you'll realize that "prospective members" includes you. ($5 beer & wine, Queen Anne)

5. Bernie Down the House!
Musicians Karl Kamakahi, Kadeejah Streets, Mz ArTiz, Julie Herrera, Dane Garfield Wilson, and The LoveVirus come together to fundraise for Bernie Sanders' campaign, and to remind the audience to get to their nearest Democratic Caucus on March 26th. ($10, Downtown)

6. Young Artist Performance Event
Celebrate the progress of Abbey Arts Young Artists working towards building a career in the art world. Performances range from music to visual art to poetry/spoken word. ($5-$10, Fremont)

7. DUG 8th Anniversary Party
To celebrate the last eight years of bringing funk to Seattle, this double dance floor party features special guest DJs Jon Francois and Bee Hill and residents Christian Science, David James, and Greasy. ($7, Eastlake)

8. Research
Berlin-based Canadian DJ/producer Jayda G. has a deft knack for spinning blissful, Balearic cuts that transform a club—no matter how dank or underground—into an Ibiza beach. ... New York’s J. Albert is a solid producer of sexy, slightly twisted house music and heady techno (and multiple mutations thereof), which has won DJ support from Ben Sims, Avalon Emerson, and other prominent selectors. He’s reportedly going to do a live, percussion-heavy set tonight. Seattle’s Eugene Fauntleroy is one of the brains behind Nacho Borracho’s Weird Room techno event, so you know his selections will skew toward the unconventional, while fellow local Dempsey is a purveyor of beautiful, eccentric house music. - Dave Segal ($7/$10, Downtown)

9. Sons
UW Drama students and guest artists present a reading of Sons, a new play by Oni Faida Lampley about an African-American family in Brooklyn and their 17-year-old son who is searching for his path. ($8-$10, University District, through Sunday)

10. Seattle Fringe Festival 2016
Seattle Fringe Festival showcases local talent that doesn’t often get play on larger stages. This a good thing for several reasons: (1) You get to see fun shows you may have missed throughout the year, (2) There’s a bunch of weird stuff you’re more likely to embrace in a festival-type setting than in an evening at the thea-tah-type setting, and (3) You can check out new work. -Rich Smith ($10, Various locations, through Sat)

11. Visual Chorus
At Visual Chorus presented by Reed O'Beirne, a DJ or live band will provide a live soundtrack to accompany a variety of short films. ($10, Fremont, through Saturday)

12. Hesterfest
This three-day fest sadly arose in order to raise funds for Chris Hesterman, head luthier at the Trading Musician, who is dealing with leukemia and the attendant expensive medical bills. The musical philanthropists donating their time and art to the cause for Hesterman, who’s been repairing guitars in Seattle for 22 years, include noir-ish surf-rock mavericks Diminished Men, psych-rock brutalists Terminal Fuzz Terror, moody, adventurous hiphop producer Stres, and brash Southern-rock revivalists Hand of the Hills. In addition to this musical abundance, Hesterfest offers raffles and prizes, including an “officially licensed Seahawks guitar,” microphones, harmonicas, and more. -Dave Segal ($10, University District)

SATURDAY
13. Grand Opening for the Center for Architecture & Design
Celebrate with AIA Seattle, the Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and AIA Washington Council as they present the new Center for Architecture & Design in the National Building on Western Avenue. Check out the gallery, and take in design workshop and talks from experts at this free event. (Free, Downtown)

14. I Wasn’t Just Saying What You Wanted To Hear
The Alice presents I Wasn't Just Saying What You Wanted To Hear, an installation featuring video and sound works by Katherine Behar, Constance DeJong, Ellie Krakow, Jaeeun Lee and Elise Rasmussen. Today is the opening of the exhibit, which is only open on Saturdays. (Free, Georgetown)

15. Rainier Valley Lit Crawl #3
The Rainier Valley Lit Crawl, now in its third iteration, promises a night of literary entertainment by a diverse group of artists at several Southeast Seattle venues, following the path from Spinnaker Bay Brewing, to Big Chickie, to The Collaboratory, and finally to Union Bar. (Free, Hillman City)

16. Open House and $1 Book Sale
Book sale! Book sale! Nationally renowned publisher Wave Books is throwing open its doors and inviting all comers to pursue its wares. There will be "hurt" (slightly damaged) books for $1 and back catalog stuff for $5. There will be mimosas until there are no more mimosas, so you'll want to get there early. Wave publishes some of the most compelling poetry, nonfiction, and translation out there right now. -Rich Smith (Free Entry, Eastlake)

17. Queen Anne Art Walk
Stop by Fountainhead Gallery, Castillo's Custom Upholstery, Idunn Salon and Spa, Beverly Hunnicutt Studio, El Diablo Coffee, Wink Hair Studio, Caffe Ladro, and Queen Anne Olive Oil Co to see art while sampling provided refreshments. They also offer a "Stamp Challenge" for those looking to make the art walk a little more competitive. (Free, Queen Anne)

18. Loralee Leavitt
"Kitchen scientist" and author of Candy Experiments Loralee Leavitt will expand on her recent success to show you even more ways to mess with candy while learning about science in the process. (Free, Eastside)

19. Residencies Revealed: Writers and Programs Tell All
This two-part discussion will first feature representatives from writing residencies (Artsmith, Bloedel Reserve, Drop Out on Orcas, Hedgebrook, Mineral School, Till, and Willapa Bay AIR) then afterwards, the stories of local writers with firsthand experience, including Wendy Call, Bill Carty, Johnny Horton, Donna Miscolta, Corrine Manning, and Christopher Robinson. (Free, Capitol Hill)

20. Elias Khoury
Lebanese novelist and playwright Elias Khoury will read from his latest novel, Broken Mirrors: Sinalcol. (Free, Capitol Hill)

21. 9th Annual South Sound Sustainability Expo
Learn about sustainability from over 100 vendors, interactive workshops, and a mini farmers market. (Free, Tacoma)

22. Antiques & Great Finds Sale
Pay $1 to enter this market featuring antiques and cool stuff (as well as coffee and food) at The Swedish Club. ($1 Entry, Queen Anne through Sunday)

23. Dead Winter Carpenters, Rust on the Rails, and Gipsy Moon
Dead Winter Carpenters bring their old-time rock and roll to Nectar Lounge. ($10, Fremont)

24. Coastlands, Compass & Knife, Second Sleep, and WMD
It's a night of chill electronica and shoegaze at the Rendezvous. ($6/$8, Belltown)

25. A Benefit for Uganda
This benefit, featuring musicians including Planes on Paper and The Swearengens, will raise funds for The Seattle Awake (pronounced Ah-wah-kay) Music Exchange Initiative, an organization working to support the Kristina Health Clinic in Awake, Uganda and, more generally, combat HIV/AIDS across Northern Uganda. ($10+, Ballard)

26. Shout Out! Seattle
Four youth bands will perform at this all-ages benefit for the Rain City Rock Camp for Girls. ($10, Columbia City)

SUNDAY
27. Backstreet Bazaar
On the first Sunday of every month, Hillman City Collaboratory throws a little street festival, featuring live music, food, and local artists. HCC is an energetic new place worth visiting. (Free, Hillman City)

28. Free Sundays at the Henry
Henry Art Gallery (the oldest public art museum in Washington State, and a great place for seeing both local art and traveling exhibits in various media) now offers free entry every Sunday, starting today.

29. Schubertiade
Preceded by a 4 pm lecture by UW Music History Professor Stephen Rumph, Schubert's "The Shepherd on the Rock" and "Arpeggione" sonata will be performed by members of the UW School of Music. (Free, University District)

30. Official Opening of Seattle Japanese Garden
The Seattle Japanese Garden is officially reopening for the 2016 season, and is celebrating with an 11 am Shinto blessing ceremony, a rededication of the original sign that hung in the garden when it opened in 1960, and complimentary tours of the garden. ($4/$6, Madison Park)

31. Shirin Ebadi: Fighting for Human Rights in Iran
Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi comes to Town Hall to speak (with an interpreter) about her personal experience with injustice and her current take on the human rights crises in Iran. ($5, Capitol Hill)

32. Turbo Turkey: March Laughness
Long form improv, short form improv, and a few sketches thrown in for good measure. ($5, Belltown)

33. Weird and Awesome with Emmett Montgomery
On the first Sunday of each month, comedy, variety, and "a parade of wonder and awkward sharing" are hosted by the self-proclaimed "mustache wizard" Emmett Montgomery. ($5-$10, Capitol Hill)

34. Raclette Sunday!
Raclette is a rich, nutty, semi-hard cheese that originated in the Valais region of Alpine Switzerland. It tastes especially good melted, which, according to legend, is what shepherds did with it when they’d gather together on cold nights in the fields. They’d build a fire, melt raclette on hot stones, and then scrape the bubbling hot cheese off onto a simple meal of boiled potatoes, cured meats, and pickles. The communal spirit of raclette lives on at Capitol Hill’s Culture Club Cheese Bar, where they’ll be melting a giant wheel of raclette and serving it up with potatoes and cornichons (and probably some very nice wine). The cheese scraping begins at 6 p.m. and continues until it’s gone. You’ll probably want to get there early. -Angela Garbes ($5-$7, Capitol Hill)

35. Ocelot Omelet, This Blinding Light, and Bacteria
The excellently named Ocelot Omelet headline Barboza for a night of bruising riffs. ($8, Capitol Hill)