Redmond Town Center will be transformed into a colorful display of ephemeral art at this weekend's Pacific NW Chalk Fest & Sidewalk Sale. PNW Chalk Fest via Facebook

Our arts and culture critics have already recommended 44 great things to do this week and our music critics have picked the 44 best music shows, but there are still tons more events happening. To prevent some of the quirkier and more extraordinary ones from slipping through the cracks, we've compiled them here—from RuPaul's Drag Race vet Miz Cracker in American Woman to Hai! Japantown, and from Pop+ Woodstock to the final weekend of the Washington State Midsummer Renaissance Faire. For even more options this week, check out our complete Things To Do calendar.

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    TUESDAY

    GEEK

  1. Trivia Tuesday: Schitt's Creek
    Answer questions about your favorite formerly rich family for prizes at this Schitt's Creek trivia night. 

    MUSIC

  2. 13th Annual North City Jazz Walk
    Combine your three favorite activities (listening, eating, and walking) at the 13th Annual North City Jazz Walk. Shoreline pulls out all the stops with Jazz Bites, a selection of food treats from local eateries, and the Jazz Walk itself—a showcase of local and international jazz musicians, playing for your pleasure as you stroll down 15th Ave NE.

    PERFORMANCE

  3. Snaxtime
    This Tuesday-night variety show is back, this time bringing comedy from Andy Iwancio and Sarah Skilling, dance from Jennifer Mealani, and more surprises from MANiCA, Erin Stewart, and one other secret guest. Karaoke will follow.

    READINGS & TALKS

  4. Eighth Generation: How a Seattle Company is Defining the Native American Dream
    The founder of Eighth Generation, an organization that creates opportunities for Indigenous artists, will talk about his work.

  5. Richard Rapport: Seattle's Medic One
    University of Washington School of Medicine professor Dr. Richard Rapport will talk about his new book, Seattle's Medic One: How We Don't Die, which examines one of the country's first pre-hospital coronary care systems started right here in Seattle.

    TUESDAY-THURSDAY

    VISUAL ART

  6. Marianne Kolb and Isabelle du Toit
    Isabelle du Toit shows brightly colored animals and birds alongside Marianne Kolb's portraits of human figures.
    Closing Thursday

  7. Myron Curry: Reflection
    See Seattle artist Myron Curry's realistic acrylic and dry-brush oil paintings.
    Closing Thursday

    TUESDAY & FRIDAY-SATURDAY

    PERFORMANCE

  8. GILLS! GILLS! GILLS!
    Celeste Mari Williams presents three comedies about mating in the deep blue sea. Watch the sexy rituals of anglerfish, octopuses, and more. 

    TUESDAY-SATURDAY

    VISUAL ART

  9. Patient: A Group Art Exhibition
    See collaborative works by local artists Colleen Louise Barry, Laura Cassidy, Sol Hashemi, Rachel Kessler, Yudo Kurita, Yoko Murakami, Nicholas Nyland, and Charlie Schuck. The closing event will feature a Shogetsu ikebana workshop with Megumi Schacher.
    Closing Saturday

    TUESDAY-SUNDAY

    MUSIC

  10. Pianos In The Parks
    If you jump at the chance to show off your own musical skills at the sight of an idle instrument, take note: Parks around the city will be presented with 13 public pianos for the month of August. If you'd rather listen than play, don't miss free pop-up performances from artists like Hana Nelson (Aug 14 at Soma Towers), Dayanna Capulong (Aug 14 at Hing Hay Park), Alexander Oslen (Aug 16 at Phinney Park), and others. 

    WEDNESDAY

    COMMUNITY

  11. The Admiral’s House
    Join Historic Seattle for a happy hour on the lawn of the Admiral's House, the historic estate that was home to the commanding admiral for the Pacific Northwest during WWII.

    FOOD & DRINK

  12. Doughnites: Doughnut & Beer Pairing with Lowrider Baking Co.
    Conquer the trifecta of doughnuts, cookies, and beer with this flight of Side Hustle doughnuts topped with Lowrider Baking Cookies and paired with cold brews from Lowercase.

    GEEK

  13. Seattle Bollywood Trivia - Independence Day Special
    Binge your favorite Bollywood films to prepare for this Indian Independence Day trivia night. 

    MUSIC

  14. Big Jazz in the Park
    Jazz Night School students will put on an outdoor concert featuring Big Band Blue.

  15. The Flaming Pies Do The Beatles
    Italian Beatles cover band the Flaming Pies will play a tribute set to their favorite band.

    PERFORMANCE

  16. Norsk Folkedans Stemne
    Norsk Folkedans Stemne will perform Norwegian folk music and dance after a traditional salmon dinner.

  17. T&C Summer Seasons Showcase: Jocelyn Beausire
    At this Tables & Chairs event, performance artist and designer Jocelyn Beausire will be joined by accompanying improvisational musicians for her piece Improvisations on a Female Threat, which the artist says "examines power relations within the context of performativity, acknowledging and manipulating perceptions of my body as a site of constructed youth, vulnerability, and femaleness."

  18. Wise Crows, Stupid Machines & Toy Dinosaurs: Memoirs of a Bohemian Puppet Family
    Watch as this itinerant father/son puppet duo encounters obsessive crows, thinking machines, and secrets hidden in the basement of the Space Needle.

    READINGS & TALKS

  19. Gold That Frames the Mirror: Brandon Melendez, Jaz Sufi, and Will Giles
    Mexican American National Poetry Slam finalist Brandon Melendez will read from his debut collection, Gold That Frames the Mirror. He'll be joined by Kundiman poetry fellows Jaz Sufi and Will Giles.

  20. Seidr Norse Magic & Viking Sorceresses
    Vølvas, Norse female shamans and seers from the Viking Age, are said to have been a force in both predicting and influencing the future by practicing Seidr. Learn about it from self-proclaimed Seidr Vølvas Betsy Bergstrom, Gabriela Sarna, Lorelei Hewitt, and Sea Gabriel.

    WEDNESDAY-SUNDAY

    PERFORMANCE

  21. AJ Clauss: Salty
    AJ Clauss's new play, presented here by ReAct in its West Coast debut, is about "global warming, loss, survival and love." A pair of gay penguins must act to save their zoo (not to mention humanity) from the ravages of climate change.

    THURSDAY

    COMEDY

  22. Bad Date Storytelling
    Hear speakers share the gruesome details of their very worst dates—for this installment, storytellers will focus specifically on embarrassing and/or memorable moments betwixt the sheets—and maybe recount one of your own weird, funny romantic misadventures.

  23. Jokes Inside: A Comedy Show & Fundraiser
    Laugh it up with frequent local headliner Cindy Su (plus other local comics Ann Elise, Bernice Jing Ye, Amin Lakhani, Kimi Rutledge, George Schnibbe, Kyle Stevens, and Carlos Womack) at this fundraiser for the Experimental Education Unit, an alternative early education school that celebrates kids of all abilities.

    FOOD & DRINK

  24. ALL RICE! ALL RICE! ALL RICE!
    Partake in five family-style courses all revolving around rice.

  25. Can You Handle My Randall!?
    Try a range of beers, alcoholic kombucha, and cider all infused with offbeat, fruity, summery ingredients, all curated with the intention of prompting the question, "What the fuck did you put in my beer?"

  26. A Night of Scandinavian Drinking Songs
    Pick up a couple Scandinavian drinking ditties (known as "snapsivor") from experts Kathi Ploeger and Don Meyers and learn how to skål (toast) like a pro over a glass of beer, aquavit, or mead.

  27. Stupidly Cheap Beer Day
    Grab a staggeringly inexpensive pint ($4) in honor of Flying Bike's fourth anniversary.

    PERFORMANCE

  28. Leid to Death - Full Moon Party
    Metal and piña colada lovers are invited to gather under the light of the full moon with local "Angel of Death" Catty Wompus. Attendees will get $2 off select drinks, plus a chance to win prizes by entering an "air guitar limbo contest."

  29. Miz Cracker in 'American Woman'
    RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 superstar Miz Cracker, the drag daughter of Bob the Drag Queen, will do a one-woman show paying tribute to feminism and stressing the need for gay male allyship.

    READINGS & TALKS

  30. Dr. Faith Harper: UnF*ck Your Intimacy
    From the author of UnF*ck Your Brain comes a new self-help book about navigating intimacy.

  31. In Focus: Marianne Nicolson
    Native British Columbian artist Nicolson deals with issues of land rights and colonialism, using the traditional imagery that mainstream art is willing to appropriate. Hear a talk about her process and the conflicts she addresses.

  32. Rhys Bowen: Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
    In the new installment of Rhys Bowen's popular mystery series, a murderer puts a damper on a couple's honeymoon in Kenya's Happy Valley. 

    SHOPPING

  33. Magnuson Park Night Market Finale
    Come out to the last Magnuson Park Night Market of the season for an evening of crafters, food trucks, and live music. 

    VISUAL ART

  34. Comics Xerography
    Local artist Max Clotfelter will show you other comic- and zine-makers how to use a photocopier to prepare art, adjust levels of contrast, reduce and enlarge, and other techniques that don't require a computer. 

    THURSDAY-SATURDAY

    PERFORMANCE

  35. How to Really, Really? Really! Love a Woman
    Eleanor O'Brien will enlighten vagina owners and appreciators in this Vagina Monologues-esque solo show.

    THURSDAY-SUNDAY

    COMEDY

  36. Kris Tinkle with Matt Gubser
    New York City-based comic Tinkle runs the Real Ass Podcast and the MMA Hammerfisting Podcast. He'll share this bill with former Last Comic Standing finalist Matt Gubser, who's got a Netflix special called Small, Dork, and Handsome

    FILM

  37. North Bend Film Festival
    The hometown of many Twin Peaks shoots celebrates its second year with a new raft of strange, Northwest-themed movies.

    PERFORMANCE

  38. Peeling
    Sound Theatre Company will stage this production of Kaite O'Reilly's meta, convention-interrogating play Peeling, which the organizers describe as three disabled women stuck in "an overproduced, postmodern production of Euripides' ​The Trojan Women."

    FRIDAY

    COMEDY

  39. Have A Slice with IMNDC
    One lucky audience member will not only get a free slice of pizza, but also see their life transformed into improv comedy onstage. It's a "slice of life," get it? IMNDC—which features Coonoor Behal (Captain), John Carroll (Miscast), and Stephen Carter (former CSz and Jet City ensemble member)—will perform with guests Yeah Okay and SFIT (Seattle's Finest Improv Team).

  40. Medieval Step-Siblings Get Beheaded by Dragon Try Not To Cum CLICK HERE 18+
    Adult breastfeeding. Being ghosted by actual ghosts. Losing friends to relationships. These are just a few subjects that will be broached at this medieval-themed sketch show. 

  41. Teenage Wasteland
    Four delightful improv groups—Mykaela and Your Kayla, Fat Cats, Dirty Blonde, and Slap Bracelet—will perform, with Anthony Householder hosting.

  42. Tough Guys Who Get Laid All The Time
    Delightful improvisers Ethan Smith and soon-to-leave-town Anthony Householder will play up their macho sides as they "re-enact totally real* situations that definitely happened* and are in no way fabricated*." 

    MUSIC

  43. Cash'd Out
    Because the man can never be honored enough, Johnny Cash tribute band Cash’d Out will present a two-show (that's two sets in one night) homage to Johnny Cash rife with that bluesy, back-home spirit.

  44. Emo Nite
    Bring back the early-mid 2000s with your deep passion for gauged ears, flat-ironed hair, and Pete Wentz's smirk. Emo Nite, presented by Emo Night LA, is the new sensation of reliving your MySpace glory in the form of a high-energy, passionately emo DJ night.

  45. Paint It Black
    Local queer EDM performer Brandon Lentz will host this amalgamation of electronic music and fashion, with DJs Baskets, Vanz, and BenTraxx also on the decks.

  46. Punks on the Truck!
    If the weather is nice, four punk bands will play "out on the truck" (we assume that means either in the bed or on the hood of a pickup). You're looking at Aces Over Kings, the Finger Guns, Mables Marbles, and Heck Yes. 

    PERFORMANCE

  47. Live Salsa with Buena Vibra
    Local salsa sextet Buena Vibra and Seattle-based Cuban DJs Reinier and Yambu will keep you entertained while you feast on a catered dinner from Cafe Con Leche and sip mojitos. Plus, you can learn some moves yourself in a complimentary dance lesson. 

    READINGS & TALKS

  48. Chelsea Biondolillo: The Skinned Bird
    In her new book of essays, Chelsea Biondolillo explores the natural world and "leaving and finding home."

    FRIDAY-SATURDAY

    COMEDY

  49. Bo Johnson
    Seattle's Bo Johnson gigs regularly around the PNW, but he's been seen more widely ("more than six million times") in the prank video "'Bo and Matthew Sneak into a Movie Theatre." See him in the flesh.

    VISUAL ART

  50. Carol Rashawna Williams: For the record,
    Seattle-based interdisciplinary artist Carol Radhawnna Williams uses (mostly) recycled materials in two monoprint, painting, and sculpture installations that advocate for the sharing of resources as a means of combatting race inequality and climate change.
    Opening Friday

  51. Let's Clay in the Park
    Spin some clay on a wheel or mold it with your bare hands at this free building session with studio artists. If you so choose, you can go home with your own raku-fired pottery. There will be free snacks. 

    FRIDAY-SUNDAY

    COMMUNITY

  52. Chief Seattle Days
    Established in 1911, this three-day festival honors Suquamish's Chief Seattle with a graveside ceremony, a co-ed softball tournament, a parade through downtown Suquamish, a horseshoe tournament, a pow wow, and more.

    FESTIVALS

  53. Pacific NW Chalk Fest & Sidewalk Sale
    Chalk art isn't just for kids who live in the suburbs—at this annual festival, chalk artists from around the world will transform Redmond Town Center into a colorful display of ephemeral creations. The three-day affair also includes a sidewalk sale, local food and drinks, live music, and kids' activities.

    GEEK

  54. Dragonflight
    Share your passion for tabletop gaming with others at this community-run festival.

    PERFORMANCE

  55. The Gray Presents: The Year
    To celebrate its first year of life, the Gray dance company will present three pieces (one new and two previously performed) choreographed by artistic director Beth Terwilleger. The organizers add, "The night will focus on the audience and their individual, unique experiences with dance performance."

    SATURDAY

    COMEDY

  56. Max Amini Live in Seattle: Authentically Absurd Tour
    Persian American touring comic Max Amini will bring his Authentically Absurd show to Seattle. 

  57. Saturday Night’s Queer: Featuring Friends of Dorothy!
    Let the queer improvisers of Friends of Dorothy, plus the new comedy duo Bearly Woke, make you laugh with spontaneous feats, plus hear stand-up by the very droll Kathleen Nacozy, Tambre Massman, and others.

  58. Wingin' It
    If you think you've seen some weird stuff on airplanes, imagine the stories flight attendants have in their arsenals. These improvisers will use real tales of stratosphere-level shenanigans from audience members.

    COMMUNITY

  59. Smokey Bear 75th Birthday Happy Hour
    Raise a "smoked cocktail" or a beer to Smokey Bear at this belated party for the forest protection symbol's 75th birthday. Pick up a freshly screen-printed bandana courtesy of Ink Knife Press while supplies last. 

  60. Vera on Your Block
    Join the all-ages music mavens of Vera Project for a day of youth-led live music, DJs, and DIY activities featuring Guantanamo Baywatch and Honeypot.

    FESTIVALS

  61. Hai! Japantown 2019
    Celebrate Japantown at this neighborhood party that will span multiple venues, featuring an All Things Japanese Sale where you can find everything from bamboo baskets to hand-painted sake cups, a traditional live performance from Higo Mako and the Munjuru Okinawa Ensemble, kids' activities, and more. 

  62. CHOMP!
    Settle in for a day of live cooking demos, a farmers market, educational classes about sustainability and the environment, a market of upcycled goods from local makers, and more at this free "local food and sustainable living" festival.

  63. Lagunitas Beer Circus
    As if a regular circus isn't already a feast for the senses, this festival will combine the thrill of live acrobatics, burlesque, and aerial arts with the joy of beer-drinking—not to mention food trucks, games, face-painters, and more. Don't forget to wear your own circus-ready attire.

  64. Snoqualmie Plein Air Paint-Out 2019
    Breathe in that fresh Snoqualmie air and vie for the winning 2020 Plein Air Paint Out poster at this annual "paint-out." The winner will receive a gift certificate to Daniel Smith Art Supplies.

    GEEK

  65. Live Podcast Show with d20 Dames!
    Listen to a live taping of d20 Dames, the biweekly women-led storytelling podcast inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. The organizers add, "Every other week these daring ladies explore a fantasy world with epic shenanigans like beheading or befriending monsters and punching a whole lotta creeps."

    MUSIC

  66. 4th Annual GIBBYFEST
    For the fourth year running, GIBBYFEST, a whole evening of hard-rocking weirdos, will take over a stage and tear your world apart. All funds raised will go to support Gibby Home Fire Prevention.

  67. Belltown Block Party 2019
    Second Avenue will get real rowdy at this punk takeover complete with two stages of local bands (Dwarves, Die Nasty, Duke Evers, Toecutter, and others), a wrestling match, a skateboard showdown, and other tomfoolery.

  68. The Calamity Janes
    The Calamity Janes will cover your favorite pop, country, and rock and roll hits. 

  69. Czechoslovakian Music Night!
    Welcome Prague's Muzicka group on their first visit to the Northwest by dancing to their energetic traditional folk music. 

  70. Daybreaker SEA // Dawn Before Dust
    Wear your beach-ready dancewear to another morning yoga session and dance party with Daybreaker.

  71. DJ Snaxx: Fowl Play
    DJ Snaxx will be manning the decks for all the furries out there at this EDM dance party, so wear your animal costumes and bring your flow toys. 

  72. Global Playground
    Northwest Folklife presents a day of kids- and family-focused live music, art-making, and games in the sun (we hope). Take in live sets from Laureli, Majorette Dance, and the Washington Diamonds Drill Team and Drumline; craft your own guitar pick and make collages; and play putt-putt, corn hole, and giant Jenga.

  73. PLURTH Experience Seattle
    Denver-based EDM group Plurthlings will debut their psychedelic melodic techno project Light Reactive, which takes cues from artists like Shpongle, Cirez D, deadmau5, Vini Vici, Adam Beyer, and Tale of Us. The organizers encourage all the ravers and burners to bring light gloves, poi and spin toys, and hula hoops.

  74. Remembering Avicii - TIM Edition
    Honor the late Swedish electronic musician Avicii by dancing to his posthumous album Tim in its entirety.

  75. The 'Zoid
    For those who like to roam in between sets, 25 local bands will spread out between four venues along Roosevelt Avenue. The lineup is quite stacked, with acts like power trio Tres Leches, the Devo-loving Fabulous Downey Brothers, party-ready free jazz group Fruit Juice, soulful prog-rock four-piece, and Lydia Lund of Chastity Belt.

    PERFORMANCE

  76. Ace of Babes: Motorhead Burlesque
    Take a sexy burlesque show and add metal music and circus acts and you've got this horror-comedy extravaganza peppered with sideshow performances. 

  77. Final Fantasy vs. Kingdom Hearts
    Gamers will appreciate this drag tribute to the iconic video game series Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. Stars include Cookie Couture, Londyn Bradshaw, Daddy Issues, and Mercury Divine, so you know it's going to be good.

  78. Flock: A Duet Evening
    See a series of dance duets all about the importance of connection and communication in the isolating world of technology. 

  79. Have Fun, Be Yourself
    Andrew Mayer's one-person comedy show tackles romance and anxiety from his own dating trials and tribulations. 

    READINGS & TALKS

  80. Bookstore Romance Day
    Queen Anne Book Company will celebrate romance fiction in all its bodice-ripping glory with a day of shopping and giveaways. Browse their "display o' love," try a Blind Date with a Book, and eat free snacks.

    VISUAL ART

  81. Hempfest Puff & Paint
    If the second day of Hempfest has you feeling some kind of way, smoke some weed (bring your own) and use your newfound creative energy to make a nice painting. Brushes and canvases will be provided.

  82. Trevor Goosen and Philippe Hyojung Kim: Ordinary Extraordinary
    See ordinary household items transformed into art by Trevor Goosen and Philippe Hyojung Kim, who are interested in mining the theme of "roles of intention and interpretation in the creation and formal engagement with visual art."
    Opening Saturday

    SATURDAY-SUNDAY

    FESTIVALS

  83. Fresh Paint
    Stroll along Everett's waterfront and purchase art straight off the easels from sidewalk vendors.

  84. Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
    For the final weekend of this renaissance faire, plan to hunt for treasure with the swashbuckling Freedom’s Revenge and Emerald Rose pirate crews. The SeaDogs will be providing jolly live music. Plus, enjoy other classic ren faire activities like a marketplace and jousting matches.

    SUNDAY

    COMMUNITY

  85. Greaseball lV Hot Rod & Chopper Show
    Marvel at home-built hot rods, custom chops, rat rods, bobbers, vintage motorcycles, and more. Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Team will also give a special performance, along with local bands and DJ Hubba Hubba.

    FOOD & DRINK

  86. Bennies Pop-Up ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET at Hotel Sorrento
    At this unlimited buffet inside the swanky Hotel Sorrento, pile your plate high with towering stacks of eggs Benedict in quirky combos like fried chicken and savory waffles, shrimp and purple grits, and "smoked salmon stack royale."

    MUSIC

  87. JoJo Siwa
    JoJo Siwa, a Nickelodeon star and teenage YouTube sensation, will show an otherworldly level of human excitement at her D.R.E.A.M. tour stop, which will feature her latest sparkle-pop efforts.

  88. Pop+ Woodstock
    It's been 50 years since Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, and throngs of other legendary musicians played the legendary Woodstock festival. MoPOP will celebrate by granting free access to the Sky Church, screening curated video blocks of Woodstock performances and interviews, hosting an art activity, and displaying some cool artifacts from the Summer of Love. 

    PERFORMANCE

  89. Eulogy of Voodoo Nightshade
    Seattle spooky queen Voodoo Nightshade is bidding our fair city adieu, but not without a party. Her drag children Hailey Peen Nightshade, Dutchess Drew Nightshade, and Terrie Belle Nightshade will be joined by fellow local queens Americano, Baby, Kylie Mooncakes, and Old Witch for one sexy-scary show. 

    SPORTS & RECREATION

  90. Gumshoe 5K Detective Walk
    Get to the bottom of a mystery by solving a series of clues in this three-ish-mile neighborhood walk.