The Must List: U District StreetFair, Nordstrom Fire Sale and the Ultimate Muppets Party

Your guide to the best events in Seattle this week.
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Get your crafts on at the University District StreetFair.

Must Indie-Rock Out
Hardly Art’s First Annual 10th Anniversary Extravaganza

(5/18-19) Sub Pop’s scruffier imprint label Hardly Art has been kicking out killer garage rock and all things lo-fi for the last decade. To celebrate turning the big 1-0, the label’s throwing a two-night party at Chop Suey with some of their top bands. Surfy, psych-laced quartet La Luz headlines Thursday’s all ages show, also featuring L.A.’s Colleen Green and local standouts Dude York. Tacocat emcees. Oakland’s doo-wop-y garage vets Shannon & the Clams top the Friday bill (21-plus) with openers Ian Sweet, Dick Stusso and Jenn Champion. 8 p.m. Thu.-Fri., $18-$20, 1325 E Madison St., 206-538-0556; chopsuey.com.

Must Muppet Party
The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

(5/19–1/1/2018) A great chance to see the work of celebrated producer, director, and puppeter Jim Henson’s and his Muppets alongside his non-Kermit-related work: Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, seen in sketches, storyboards, photos, video clips and more than 20 puppets. A Friday kickoff party features live music, cocktails and Q&As with performer Dave Goelz (Gonzo) and puppeteer Karen Prell. Times and prices vary. Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle Center, 325 Fifth Ave. N, 206.770.2700; mopop.org.

MUST SEE ROCKET
Apollo

(5/20) The Apollo 12 rocket’s F1 engine sat on the ocean floor for 43 years, until Jeff Bezos’ team recovered it and took it to Seattle’s Museum of Flight, where it’s displayed for the first time on earth in a new exhibit. Times and prices vary. Museum of Flight, South Seattle, 9494 E Marginal Way S; museumofflight.org.

MUST GET CRAFTY
University District StreetFair

(5/20–5/21) Founded in 1970 to soothe the University District after antiwar riots, the street fair is all about peace, love, food, tunes and shopping. If it rains, repair to the beer garden outside Big Time Brewery & Alehouse on 41st Street. Times vary. Free. University District, University Way between NE 50th and NE 41st; udistrictstreetfair.org.

Must Grab Designer Duds
Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale

(5/24 - 6/4) Make room in your closet—a Nordstrom sale is not to be missed! The retailer kicks off Memorial Day weekend shopping a few days early for their Half Yearly Sale. Rack up brands like Alice + Olivia, Frame Denim, Nike, Diane von Furstenberg and Rag & Bone for a markdown of up to 40 percent off men’s, women’s and kids’ styles, saving your wardrobe and your wallet at the same time. Multiple locations including downtown, 500 Pine St., 206.628.2111, nordstrom.com.