Your Weekend Events

PIED PIPER: You may remember us talking about a mob of artists walking through the city, terrorizing the public with affectionate wonder and spontaneous creation. Well, tonight they’re in Duvall. If you’re up for a little travel, you can meet up with them at McCormick Park for an evening of place-based sound by Seattle Phonographers Union and Hollow Earth Radio, a cappella performance by The Bicycle Choir, and grass braiding. Be careful you don’t get caught up in their slippery melodies and follow them off into nature.
Friday 8:00 p.m. // McCormick Park // FREE

BY TORCHLIGHT: The annual Torchlight Parade once again will take over the better part of the downtown streets Saturday evening and, once again, patient thrillseekers will settle themselves along the route much much earlier. Why wouldn’t you? For 62 years, the Torchlight has been a summer standard, like Otter Pops and lemonade stands, a perfect Americana quencher. This year, among so much else, the parade offers the 56th Army Band, Blue Thunder Drum Band, Cranbrook Girl’s Bugle Band, Kennedy High School Marching Band, Pacific Northwest Drumline, Seattle All City Marching Band, Pirates, Sounders FC Sound Wave, Sumner High School Marching Band, University of Washington Helmet, Cheer & Varsity-Alumni Band, and some guy named Drew Carey, whom they’ve declared Grand Marshal. Should be good. Like, lying in a hammock good.
Saturday 7:30 p.m. – Midnight // Downtown Seattle // FREE

STONE CALLER: Beacon Hill kicks up the volume this Sunday with a volunteer-run street concert suggestively titled Beacon Rocks!. Taking over
Festival Street will be The Sweet Somethings, Marc Smason & Joanne Klein & Friends, something codenamed Jumbo, New York composer
Chava Mirel, and Excuse You. Which, c’mon, you know they won’t.
Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. // Roberto Maestas Festival Street (next to the Beacon Hill light rail station) // FREE

Your Weekend Events

CYCLES: Cyclefest & Bikemania take over Magnuson Park this evening for a full free evening of all things pedaled. This includes a high-flying BMX stunt show by top pro rider Nick Halsey and crew, carnival games, a treasure hunt, a bike parade, Tour de France’s Stage 19 on the big screen, and Orkestar Zirkonium out on the grass. Clip in.
Friday 5:00 p.m. // Magnuson Park // FREE

ROCK THE BLOCK: You’ll probably want to avoid Capitol Hill all this weekend unless you have a ticket to the Block Party, the annual street shutdown and music festival along Pike and Pine. Fan favorites Woods, Campfire Ok, The Pharmacy, Grynch, and Battles join dozens more over three days and countless venues. It’s going to be a tallboy of hipsters, sure, but the line-up is transcendent.
Friday 3:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. // Capitol Hill // $27.50 (1-day pass. 3-day passes are sold out)

URGENT AND HEAVY: If you want to get away from it all, then maybe a camping trip up north is in order. And if you’re like us, you probably want your nature with a strong dash of radical expression. Which means there’s no better place for you than Critical Massive, our regional version of Burning Man, held at the Lake Associates Recreation Club in Mount Vernon. Just like the Man, Critical Massive is an experiment in self-reliance and creativity. You’ll need to bring your own supplies (check this prep PDF), safety net, and gifts. A set of faerie wings and some welding gloves wouldn’t hurt either.
Now – Sunday // Lake Associates Recreation Club // $125 at the gate (cheaper tickets can be found in usual and unusual venues)

Attention All-City Band Alumni!

Via MyBallard:

As the Seattle All-City Band gets ready for a summer full of performances in Seafair parades and other community celebrations, they are also on the lookout for alumni.

This year marks the 60th year for the band! To celebrate, they are looking for enough alum to make up a separate band. “We hope to find enough alumni members to have a separate alumni band, which is quite an undertaking,” said Marcus Pimpleton, director of the group. “I think it will be a great experience to have our newest members and those who haven’t played in decades performing in tandem.”

The All-City Band, which is comprised of musicians from throughout the city, was founded in 1952 and is the longest continuous entrant in the Seafair Torchlight Parade. They have also won countless sweepstakes awards in the region’s parades throughout their history.

Your Weekend Events

THE GORGE: It’s the Bite of Seattle this weekend, the annual three-day snack-off where, for the smallest of fees, you can eat yourself silly on items delicious and/or exotic. Stroll a Center-wide smorgasbord that features over 50 Seattle restaurants (including Dancing Zorba, Famous Dave’s BBQ, and Pelmeni Dumpling Tzar), plus another 30 food producers (Trophy Meats and Black Box Wine among them). New this year is Just a Bite! which is exactly what it says, priced at the same level as the first ever Bite of Seattle, back in ’86. It’s like eating history, but not nearly as dry.
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. // Seattle Center // FREE ADMISSION (Food prices vary on vendor)

NOT STARRING AN ANGRY HUGH LAURIE: Before they are demolished for an impending re-development project, 11 Capitol Hill homes will become wide-scale canvases for local artists, their exteriors transformed and their interiors re-imagined. Under the title The Mad Homes Project, the neighborhood will become its own art walk. Among the artists are Troy Gua, Julia Haack, Luke Haynes, Amanda Manitach, Sutton Beres Culler, and Laura Ward, who will reconstruct in the mediums of photography, electricity, and fabric.
Saturday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Continues through August 7th) // 711 Bellevue Avenue East // FREE

ON THE SABBATH: Back in 2004, the area where the Marginal Way Skatepark now sits was a transient campground and garbage dump. Working with nearby businesses and SDOT, local skaters built and now maintain a park all their own to ollie, grind, and carve as they see fit. This Sunday, they’re relinquishing some of their choicest lines to Titanium Sporkestra and Ninkasi for Sabbath Brass Band Sabbath, a fundraising event to keep them goofyfooting on into the future. It’s free, but they’ll be accepting tax-deductible donations to help build a similar park in the SODO district. And how bitchin’ is that?
Sunday 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. // Marginal Way Skatepark // FREE