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Our arts critics have already recommended 50 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 24 best music shows, but there are still hundreds more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from an Aretha Franklin tribute night and laser show to Swordsquatch, and from the paranormal Look Up Fest to Back to Hogwarts! A Harry Potter Celebration. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.
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WEDNESDAY

COMEDY

1. Hootenanny
Get over the humpiest, lumpiest day of the week with the help of improv troupes Discard After Use, MARS, Vultures?!, Pancakes For the Table, and TRiO.

GEEK & GAMING

2. 3 Mags Fermentomancer IPA release D&D Campaign
Play Dungeons & Dragons and sip 3 Magnets' newest IPA, the Fermentomancer.

3. Futurama Trivia: The Original Fox Episodes
Answer 50 questions about your favorite futuristic delivery service gang to win prizes.

PERFORMANCE

4. Skinny Dip Presents: World Fusion
See dance performances from around the world from artists like Nanave Radford, Nadira, Marianadancer, Ava Raqs Bellydance, and others.

READINGS & TALKS

5. Back to Hogwarts! A Harry Potter Celebration
In honor of Harry Potter's 20th anniversary, Third Place Books' 20th anniversary, and back-to-school season, allow Jill Kolongowski (Life Lessons Harry Potter Taught Me) to sort you into a Hogwarts house and take Potions 101 with Lynn Brunelle (Big Science for Little People). Plus, enjoy butterbeer, participate in a costume contest, and get a discount on Harry Potter books and merchandise throughout the day.

WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY

READINGS & TALKS

6. Slovenia: Culture, Sports, Food
Yes, yes, we know what "Slovenia" calls to mind for Americans, but Melania is not the only Slovenian around and it's not fair. Specifically, Mateja Loncar is a Slovenian national living in Pullman, WA, and he'll be here to speak about his home country's culture.

WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY

SPORTS & RECREATION

7. Momento SODO Soft Opening
The Sodo climbing gym will open its doors to the public before they officially open on September 8, so throw some chalk on your hands and gear up your calf muscles.

WEDNESDAY-SATURDAY

ART

8. Jennifer Ament: Night is Day. Day is Night.
Jennifer Ament's "artwork for an upside-down world" features encaustic and gold leaf paintings inspired by the state of things in 2018.
Closing Saturday

THURSDAY

ART

9. Free First Thursday: Molly Hashimoto Exhibit Opening Reception
Check out Molly Hashimoto's new exhibit of block prints inspired by the Japanese Garden at this free first Thursday reception. The artist will be around for a live demonstration, and light refreshments will be served.

COMMUNITY

10. Port U: Duwamish River 101
The Duwamish Waterway sustains fish, wildlife, jobs, and public shoreline areas. At this series, you'll learn about marine industrial commerce, fish and wildlife habitat restoration, and Superfund cleanup plans.

FOOD & DRINK

11. Eastside Restaurants Party 2018
Seattle Magazine will celebrate their September Dining issue with tastings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, and distilleries on the Eastside. Plus, guests will get an first look at the newest Porsche and Mercedes-Benz models and a chance to win prizes. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

12. Guest Chef Night with Chef Ana Sainz
Consulate of Mexico culinary advisor Ana Sainz, who creates the menus for consular events, will present a dinner inspired by her home town of Mexico City.

13. Sound Craft Seltzer Capitol Hill Release Party
From the team who brought you Two Beers and Seattle Ciders comes the brand-new "Sound Craft Seltzer," a "light and refreshing craft seltzer fermented on whole and unprocessed ingredients." Chug some boozy bubbly water in rosé, cucumber, and grapefruit while snacking on appetizers and listening to live music from Boots to the Moon.

14. Victoria Redhed Miller: From No-Knead to Sourdough
Author Victoria Redhed Miller will divulge her secrets about baking fresh bread, from simple yeast loaves to sourdough-based creations.

GEEK & GAMING

15. Spaghetti Western Night
Practice your Clint Eastwood sneer for a night of Spaghetti Western trivia, classic movies (like Fist Full of Dollars, My Name Is Nobody and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), and actual spaghetti for eating. Don't forget a cowboy hat.

MUSIC

16. Demystifying a Hindustani Music Concert
After giving a performance of Hindustani music, Aditi Upadhya will talk about the lyrical importance and aesthetics of the genre.

17. Mushroomhead, Powerman 5000, The Browning, Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, Skyburial, Ghosts of the Pacific
Alt metal group Mushroomhead use wild theatrical visuals and handmade masks to expand their work on stage for a more immersive, atmospheric metal experience. They'll be joined by Powerman 5000, the Browning, Kissing Candice, Unsaid Fate, Skyburial, and Ghosts of the Pacific.

PERFORMANCE

18. Chocolate Hearts
Local playwright John Ruoff will present three original and delicious comedies that are at once "light and dark, bitter and sweet." The first is "Confessions of the Cocoa Luna," about a trailer park skater who is on the lam in Costa Rica with a Broadway composer escaping from Disney; "Chocolate Hearts," about an introverted dentist who romances with a loony extrovert in a cemetery on Valentine's Day; and "Bitter Sweet," wherein a Vaudevillian troupe will perform a silent routine.

READINGS & TALKS

19. Juventino Aranda: Latinx Identity in Contemporary Art Today
Using Juventino Aranda: Pocket Full of Posies as a jumping-off point, join a discussion on the role of Mexican American and Latinx artists in contemporary America art.

20. Lecture: In the Land of the Finndians with Mia Spangenberg, Ph.D.
Dr. Mia Spangenberg, who created In the Land of the Finndians, the photojournalism book that inspired the Fintiaanit exhibition, will read excerpts and discuss her upcoming film.

21. Restoring Abandoned Agricultural Land to Native Oak-Prairie Habitat
Dr. Robert K. Pelant, the founder of the Pacfic Rim Institute nonprofit, which propagates over 30 species of native plants on Whidbey Island, has spent the last 30 years working on environmentally sound food production in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Hear him talk about his organization and the importance of restoring native species.

22. Steve Steinberg: The World Series in the Deadball Era
As postseason approaches, baseball historian Steve Steinberg will share a book he edited in which various writers and photographers recall the World Series in the Deadball era: The period between around 1900 and the emergence of Babe Ruth as a power hitter in 1919.

THURSDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

23. The Dark Fantastic
Seattle Experimental Theater will improvise a horror story from your suggestions, following the framework of "following one woman’s battle against demons within and without."

24. Something Magical With Billy Kidd
You may have seen Billy Kidd (not to be confused with the Old West outlaw Billy the Kid) on CBS' The Nature of Things or the TV documentary Now You See It. She'll bring her unique mix of magic, comedy, and acrobatics to Fremont on this world tour stop. One reviewer called the show "a combination of the best magic you have ever seen with blue man group."

THURSDAY-SUNDAY

ART

25. Recology
Come celebrate Recology CleanScapes' 2018 Artist in Residence (AIR) program, showcasing new work from Philippe Hyojung Kim, Typology of Absence, and Maria Phillips, Second Nature.
(Opening Thursday)

FESTIVALS

26. IMAGINE: Music and Arts Festival
The mission of this music and arts festival is "to bring a sense of beauty, joy and awe to the world, offered up with a bit of love and kindness." So expect a whole lot of aerialists, trance DJs, and fire dancers set against the natural beauty of Doe Bay.

FRIDAY

ART

27. Pots for Plants: Work by Ciara Jackson
Potted plants are little gaps between what the gallery description calls the "indoor/outdoor divide," and Ciara Jackson uses them to reflect on nature and artifice.
Opening Friday

COMMUNITY

28. A Gathering to Benefit Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project executive director Jorge Baron will answer questions about the organization and share what NWIRP is doing to address the latest work crisis of asylum seekers separated from their children, as well as recent developments around the Dreamers Act.

29. Witches' Night Out Market presents Better Than Basic
This Witches' Night Out market will not only offer mystical wares, but also lectures, workshops, resource tables, and more.

FOOD & DRINK

30. Urban Canopy Cocktails
Nurse a cocktail on the rooftop of the Nature Conservancy and chat with Seattle Audubon Society about protecting urban habitats and wildlife.

MUSIC

31. Electric Circus
Hear clever remixes of classic R&B, soul, rock, and psychedelia songs accompanied by light projections. Live performers include Ivan Arteaga, Thione Diop, soprano saxophonist Kate Olson, guitarist Simon Henneman, and many others.

32. Evanescence, Lindsey Stirling
Classical violinist Lindsey Stirling is trying to cross over to the pop and EDM worlds. It’s a bit of an awkward fit, fusing virtuosic strings redolent of 19th-century Europe with the distorted bass drops and massive, splashy beats of this decade’s brostep. But one must give credit to Stirling for attempting such an unlikely commingling of musical elements. Against the odds, her bold stab at making stuffy classical music shake its ass has garnered Stirling a large following. This show is part of her joint orchestra tour with Evanescence. DAVE SEGAL

33. Sade vs. Badu — A Night of Bulletproof Soul
Pay tribute to two soul queens with a night of remixes and originals by Sade and Badu.

34. A Tribute To Aretha Franklin with DJ Riz
Move your body to the expansive legacy of the Queen of Soul with this tribute night to Aretha Frankin with a DJ set by local legend and KEXP regular Riz Rollins.

35. Washed in Black, Wicked Garden
Do you miss grunge? So do these guys. "Definitive" Pearl Jam tribute group Washed in Black are back to pay homage to the music of Pearl Jam alongside Stone Temple Pilots cover group Wicked Garden.

READINGS & TALKS

36. Rebecca Clarren: Kickdown
Portland journalist Rebecca Clarren will read from her debut novel Kickdown, about a woman who returns home to Colorado after the death of her father to find her family's ranch bankrupt and her sister in distress.

SPORTS & RECREATION

37. 7th Annual Bob's Bowl-a-Rama
Knock down some pins to support local children in need through Seattle Ronald McDonald House. When eight people purchase a lane and bowling rental shoes, each will receive a voucher for any Georgetown beer sold at the venue.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

COMEDY

38. Ahmed Bharoocha
A stand-up comedian and member of the sketch troupe Dead Kevin, Ahmed Bharoocha has appeared on Comedy Central, performed stand-up on Conan, been featured on Adam Devine’s House Party, and been showcased as a New Face Unrepresented at Montreal's Just For Laughs Comedy Festival.

39. Puppet Therapy
Jordan Augustine and friends act out through "sadcore sock puppet sessions."

MUSIC

40. MASS
Inspired by the digital-age phenomenon that random people can suddenly become famous through viral videos, this multidisciplinary performance by Lydia Shamoun (which will make use of digital projections and original scoring) set in the near future will explore isolation caused by technology, our society's obsession with fame, and what it means to be a celebrity.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVALS

41. Chinook Fest
Chinook Fest spends three days every summer boasting plenty of camping, artisanal food, craft booze, and some of the finest roots rock, blues, Americana, country, and folk artists out there, like Austin Jenckes, Jonathan Tyler, Whitney Mongé, the Wicks, and more. Friday and Saturday are for the grown-ups, but Sunday's festivities are all ages.

42. CloneAPalooza 6
Camping, comedy, cannabis — what more could you want for a weekend in the woods with hundreds of your closest friends? Enjoy hours of live music, stand-up sets, and plenty of food and vendors to keep you busy for three straight days.

43. Wooden Boat Festival
Now in its 42nd year, Port Townsend's Wooden Boat Festival features exhibitions, booths, food, kids' activities, and plenty of boat rides.

SPORTS & RECREATION

44. Swordsquatch
Make friends who share your love of martial arts and then challenge them to a duel at this three-day festival full of martial arts workshops and competitions.

SATURDAY

ART

45. The Birds Are Coming!
Back in April, students from three Magnolia elementary schools were tasked with identifying a bird species they saw swooping around the neighborhood. Then, the schools were each given a species of bird for the students to make designs of (Catharine Blaine got white pigeons, Our Lady of Fatima Parish School got black crows, and Lawton Elementary got yellow starlings) and the best ones were chosen in June. Now, local muralist Andy Eccleshall has used the designs to paint a mural of all three birds. Community members are invited to witness the unveiling and celebrate with bird-themed activities, photo booths, music, and food.

46. Chance Fashion's 2018 Full-Figured Edition
Local fashionistas will show off clothes for plus-sized models.

47. Fall Open House
The art center's open house will feature live art demonstrations, jazz, children's activities, a "hot bronze pour," and food trucks.

48. Grace Rosario Perkins: I Don't Mind
This Californian/New Mexican artist combines "words, objects, faces, signifiers, and sound" with a punk aesthetic to meditate upon indigenous communities, land, history, and her own life. Curated by Natalie A. Martínez.

49. Leschi Art Walk Festival
Wander around Leschi and browse art, leather goods, glass, jewelry, and more during the seventh annual Art Walk in this neighborhood. There will also be a kids' dance and a movie in the park.

COMMUNITY

50. Fall Plant Sale
Make the transition from summer to autumn a little easier by scooping up a wide variety of orchids, cacti, carnivorous plants, tropical plants, and more.

51. FallAbundance Plant Sale
Take 25 percent off shrubs, perennials, young trees, and all other greenhouse inventory for your fall plant collection.

52. New Moon Farm Goat Rescue Open Barn
Visit the sanctuary's (totally adoptable) goats and give them the "petting therapy" they deserve.

53. Open House
Meet the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute staff, learn about their resources, and hang out with community members while you enjoy live music from Jackson Street Jazz Walk. Don't forget to bring canned food donations for Northwest Harvest.

54. Thai Festival Seattle
Discover Thai culture by watching traditional and contemporary music, dance, and theater performances, seeing a Thai cooking demonstration, and shopping from food and craft vendors.

55. Urban Plant Pop-Up
This curbside pop-up will feature potted plants from a number of local shops.

56. The Urbanist Tour: Vashon Island by Ferry, Foot and Bus
Hop on the ferry to Vashon Island to explore the beach at low tide, discuss the history of the island, visit Vashon Household's Roseballen community land trust, and shop at a farmer's market.

FESTIVALS

57. 4th Annual Sweet Corn Festival
Kick off harvest season with a festival dedicated to all things corn: roasted corn, kettle corn, corn mazes, and corn shucking contests, to be specific. Plus, in addition to regional vendors who show up every year, this year will also feature the cereal grain wares of kids who have been growing their own corn.

58. 2018 Marysville Brew & Cider Fest
Local breweries and cideries, including Schilling Cider, Lazy Boy Brewing, Sumerian Brewing, and more, will each sample three of their favorite offerings. Proceeds will benefit Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce programs, "designed to assist and provide resources for the local business community."

59. Arts-A-Glow
The days will begin to darken, and we'll fight back the only way we know how: gorgeous lantern parties in the park! Make your own lantern out of whatever you like, dress up, eat, and prolong the magic of sunset. There will be folk music, face painting, art installations, and more in this dreamy melange.

60. Kitsap Septemberfest
Can't wait for the beer madness of Oktoberfest? Head to Bremerton for beer tastings, live music, a pinball and arcade tournament, a pinup pageant, and more in support of local veterans.

FILM

61. Silent Movie Remix
Nicholas Nicfit Gilmore will live-mix a score to Fritz Lang's silent dystopian classic, the still-impressive Metropolis. Nicfit promises a score of "1930's swing, to modern day hip hop, and electronic music."

FOOD & DRINK

62. Happy Tails Wine Walk
Rally your canine companions and human friends and walk to different wineries to sample their wares. Proceeds will benefit Homeward Pet.

63. Sour Beer Day
Observe Sour Beer Day by guzzling pucker-forming Lucky Envelope brews like Passionfruit Brett Sour, Cuke Nukem Cucumber Sour, and Cranberry Pineapple Sour, and top it all off with Indian street food from the Chaat N Roll food truck.

MUSIC

64. Fat Kid Dance Party Seattle!
This dance party invites people who may have been bullied for their weight to reclaim the dance floor for a mashup of aerobics, line dancing, and sing-alongs.

65. KEXP Record Fair
The station will partner with tons of local labels and private record dealers for an all-day fair selling new and used vinyl. KEXP DJs Sharlese, Atticus, OCNotes, Michele, and Chilly will spin live while you shop.

66. Laser Aretha Franklin
The late queen of soul Aretha Franklin deserves more than anyone to have her music accompanied by beams of light. At this one-night-only show, you can listen to your favorite Aretha hits while laser artists do their thing.

67. Mexicadelia Seattle 2018
Support the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project by dancing to bands from Mexico (like Mortemart), Seattle (like Kimya Dawson, DoNormaal, Guayaba, and Taylar Elizza Beth), and beyond. Correo Aero, Ross Brasheer, and Amanda Manila will give special acoustic performances.

68. Pop2K Night: O-Town, #All4Doras
Relive your millennial childhood with Making the Band veterans O-Town as they perform their hits, including "Liquid Dreams" and "All Or Nothing," with a support set by Seattle's only boy band, #All4Doras.

69. Remembering Avicii — Celebrating His Life & Music
Pay tribute to Avicii's life and work with this evening of music dedicated to his genre, and including tracks by peer artists like Swedish House Mafia, Tiësto, Zedd, Hardwell, NERVO, Galantis, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, and Martin Solveig. Proceeds from this evening will go toward non-profits that facilitate prevention of suicide.

70. School of Rock Seattle Performs The Smashing Pumpkins
Watch the tiny musical treasures of the future play pieces by the rock relics of the past, with School of Rock Seattle's tribute to iconic '90s band the Smashing Pumpkins.

71. Woof Disney: The Dirty Disney Party
Put a saucy twist on your favorite Disney character and dance the night away to beats from Robosex Homosex at this XL Bears party. Butch Alice, Harvey Gent, Kung Pow Meow, Rhode Island Red, and Strawberry Shartcake will perform.

PERFORMANCE

72. Kook Teflon/Fierce Femme Presents: Mona Real, Queer Virtuoso
For their September show, Fierce Femme will showcase illustrations, paintings, and more art pieces by Mona Real, as well as a drag show starring RainBowGore Cake Butylene O'Kipple, Americano, and Baby Guuurl.

QUEER

73. I HEART SLUTS
Raise money at this queer dance party for Bossy Sister, an arts nonprofit.

READINGS & TALKS

74. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky: The Age of Overwhelm
Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, founder of Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship, will share her latest self-help book for those "feeling short on time, resources, and capacity."

75. Writers' Tips, Resources, and Children's Publishing 101
No one knows what young kids these days want to read about more than young kids (and teens) themselves. In this workshop, budding writers and illustrators interested in children's books will get an introduction to publishing from UW's Jolie Stekly.

SPORTS & RECREATION

76. Mountain Fest V - Celebrating Climbing and Mountaineering
Learn about the history of mountain climbing, try your hand at the Schurman Rock, the Glacier, and the Challenge Course, and go on a scavenger hunt on the campgrounds to win prizes.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

77. ARTS at King Street Station - Construction Site Tours
Tour a new city arts and culture center as it's built while hearing from the designers, architects, and contractors.

78. Cascade Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
The Pacific Northwest has been exhibiting some suspiciously desert-like behavior lately, so why not scoop up some desert-like plants? You'll find many varieties of cacti and succulents here.

79. Hostile Architecture Tour
This 10-stop architecture tour around Pioneer Square and Chinatown will look at design "as the result of deliberate processes that serve some and not others."

FOOD & DRINK

80. Jack's BBQ 4th Anniversary
To celebrate four years of Jack's BBQ, try the decidedly unusual delicacy of smoked alligator (if you dare) and quaff brews from the Shiner Beer Truck.

SUNDAY

ART

81. Embroidery 101 - Trucker Hat Straight Stitch
Get ready for the long haul—sartorially speaking—by embroidering your own (or a provided) weird design on a trucker hat. This class, taught by Maxx Follis-Goodkind, is a great deal—supplies and instruction are included.

82. Paint & Drink: Custom Hats!
Immortalize the colorful octopi that live in the Puget Sound by painting one on a mesh trucker hat. They'll provide all the art supplies and the hats — all you need is cash for drinks.

COMEDY

83. GAGOverload!!! Tour
Filipino rapper, actor, and producer Andrew E will appear with Ruffa Mae Quinto and Long Mejia.

84. Wham City
The Baltimore comedy collective will pass through Seattle on its nationwide tour. In their words: "We are doing very, very badly. We thought comedy would save us, but oh god we fucked up so so bad. We suck and we hate ourselves."

COMMUNITY

85. Puppy Pool Party
Your pup can paddle in a kiddie pool and enjoy special treats while you have some fun drinking beer and entering a raffle to win prizes. All proceeds will benefit the Seattle Humane Society.

86. Seattle Floating Homes Tour
Take a peek inside 12 local house boats that float on Lake Union on this self-guided walking tour.

FESTIVALS

87. Columbia City Beatwalk 2018
Head south for the Columbia City Beatwalk, a music festival for locals by locals. This month, catch acts like Nurse Ratchett, Motown's Herman Brown Quartet, JazzHands, Dromeno, We Funk, and Conrad Real.

88. Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival promises Hawaiian music, hula, ono food, Hawaiian crafts, lei-making workshops, and more.

89. Look Up Fest
For a long evening of "high strangeness," this paranormal mini music festival and art exhibition will feature local psychedelic dream pop bands, plenty of beer on tap, and multimedia art displays inspired by paranormal encounters. Music acts include Hibou, Whitney Ballen, Close Encounter, Sleeping Lessons, Sea Salt, and others, with art installations from Liminal Seattle, Sam Peterson, and Blazinspace.

FOOD & DRINK

90. BB6 Pop-Up at Kamonegi
At this new Taiwanese pop-up, tuck into a six-course menu or opt to order takeout from a casual street food-inspired menu.

91. The Chromatic Dinner
Vegan chef Alexander Gershberg and artist Martin Butler will serve what they call a "Neo Futurist Dinner," a synesthetic experience based on Kandinsky's Klangfarbe ("sound-color") and "the Chinese five elements: Tree, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water." They say: "Each course is created in accordance to the colour and underlying design principles of each element."

MUSIC

92. Waveform: Music + Tech Event
Audiophiles and synthesizer fanatics can relish their love of music and tech with dance parties with live DJs, workshops, a "synth petting zoo," pop-up displays, and more.

PERFORMANCE

93. Oleaje Flamenco
Spend a passionate evening with Seattle flamenco dance and music troupe Oleaje, with Miguel Mejia, Jed Miley, Amelia Moore, and Jose El Nino and Samir Osorio on vocals and David Levin on percussion accompanying them live.

94. Trivia Puppet Company Presents: Three Keys
Hear how three ghosts came to know the Queen of the Afterlife in this puppetry triptych with Trivia Puppet Company.

SPORTS & RECREATION

95. Fat Yoga Flow
After an all-levels, body-positive Vinyasa yoga class, stick around for a discussion of fat-positivity within yoga communities.

96. Wag Love Life 5K
After running or walking a 5K, humans can enjoy coffee and doughnuts, watch search-and-rescue demonstrations, and shop from arts and craft vendors while their dogs enjoy a "relaxing massage." Proceeds benefit the canine cancer research.

97. Women of Wonder Run/Walk
Support fitness recovery for cancer patients by running or walking a 5 or 10K race. Participants will recieve finisher medals, personalized race bibs, chocolate brownies, cookies, wine, mimosas, temporary tattoos, and more goodies. Show up early for pre-race yoga.