Seattle Science Festival
A huge success last year, the second annual Seattle Science Festival boasts hands-on experiments, sci-fi movies, live demonstrations, activities and public talks on topics ranging from “The Scoop on Poop” to “Thought Experiments on the Question of Being Human” to “The Science of Ice Cream.” Plus: a seven-hour event entirely focused on bubbles, an exploration of how scientists are trying to reinvent the toilet and, of course, robots!
Northwest New Works Festival
If you’re curious about cutting-edge local performance, don’t miss this longstanding two-weekend fest featuring new work by established and emerging Northwest dancers, actors and musicians. This year promises radical new ideas from local theater faves The Satori Group and Paul Budraitis, and daring dance moves from choreographers Allie Hankins and Paris Hurley.
Queen Anne Farmers Market Opens
Head to the corner of Queen Anne Avenue and West Crockett Street every Thursday for super fresh fare from the likes of Columbia City Bakery, Olsen Farms, Collins Family Orchard, Falafel Salam and beyond, plus a mix of rotating food trucks. Be there on opening day for live cooking demonstrations, music, a radish-on-a-spoon race for kids and (of course) food.
They Might Be Giants
1980s alt-music nerd-band They Might Be Giants is still charming audiences with clever lyrics and irresistible hooks. Hear your favorite hits as well as cuts from the group’s new album, Nanobots, when the band stops in Seattle to rock out at ShowBox SoDo.
Georgetown Power Tool Drag Races
Chainsaws don’t make good racers, but belt sanders, circular saws and vacuum cleaners do, say the experts behind this insanely fun race that pits hilariously hacked tools against each other. With award categories like “Jesus Built My Hotrod” and “Hold My Beer and Watch This,” race organizers suggest you BYO safety glasses and Band-Aids.