Arts Festival Picks

Three festivals provide ample arts in August—but each requires a lot of walking
Brangien Davis  |   August 2013   |  FROM THE PRINT EDITION
Arts In Nature Festival

Arts in Nature Festival
Organized by the Nature Consortium, this fest takes place at Camp Long in West Seattle and emphasizes “interaction rather than transaction” (translation: no vendor booths!). Wandering around the woods, participants will encounter live music (including headlining “eco-rockers” Cloud Cult), dance performances, art installations and a fun “museum of sound” staged in the cabins, plus forest hikes, a ropes course, knitting and writing workshops, and naturalist activities. Shoes: Keens and Tevas will be popular in this enviro-minded crowd, but you can take it one step further by hand-making your own footwear using only the shrubs in your yard. 8/10–8/11. Sat. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. $10. Camp Long in West Seattle; fest.naturec.org

Lo-Fi Arts Festival

Held at the bucolic 360-acre former dairy farm outside of Arlington now known as Smoke Farm, Lo-Fi is an ode to both local arts and ambling, where installations, theatrical performances and music are embedded in the trees, along trails and sometimes in the river. This year’s theme is “Must Be Present to Win,” and the immense list of artists includes Vis-A-Vis Society (poetry scientists), The Satori Group (avant-garde theater), and visual art by Allison Manch and Evan Blackwell. Shoes: Sort of Burning Man but on a forested farm, this fest demands footwear that pairs rugged walkability with indie artistic flair. Consider adorning your hiking boots with an original oil painting. 8/24. Gates open at 10 a.m. $20–$30. Smoke Farm in Arlington; lofiarts.org

Bumbershoot
The annual arts extravaganza is back, with a music lineup that includes big names such as Heart, Crystal Castles and Death Cab for Cutie, and loads of local goodness, including Allen Stone, The Maldives (pictured below), The Redwood Plan, Kithkin and BellaMaine. The non-music marvels around the grounds include talks with Seattle cartoonists Ellen Forney and Jim Woodring; Matt Smith’s funny monologue “My Last Year with the Nuns,” and something called A Puppet Sex Musical. Shoes: Footwear must hold up to being soaked in the International Fountain, stomped on by enthusiastic moshers and mustn’t lose traction in spilled strawberry shortcake. Combat boots are the only way to go. 8/31–9/2. Times vary. $50/one day, $120/three-day pass. Seattle Center; bumbershoot.org