Ride the Ferris Wheel, Watch Fireworks and Listen to the Matrix

A new attraction opens on the waterfront this weekend

Pier 57 Ferris Wheel Opens
Friday (6/29) — Pier 57 owner Hal Griffith has allegedly dreamed of building a ferris wheel on the Seattle Waterfront for years. This weekend, that dream comes true. Riding in climate-controlled gondolas, totally protected from the weather, Seattleites can enjoy views of downtown, Mount Rainier and the Olympic Mountains from a fresh vantage point: suspended 175 feet over Elliott Bay!
Opens around 5 p.m. on Friday. $12; $8.50 (children under 12). Pier 57, 1301 Alaskan Way; seattlegreatwheel.com

The Music of The Matrix
Opens Thursday (6/28-29 ) -- So you’re watching The Matrix on the big screen at Benaroya Hall, but it feels as if the music has exited the film and landed in your lap. No, you haven’t swallowed the blue pill—this is reality, with the Seattle Symphony playing the movie score live (the recorded music is extracted from the film, but the dialogue remains). Costumes are encouraged, so dust off your black vinyl.
Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747; seattlesymphony.org

Cupcake Royale Ice Cream
Saturday (6/30) — Cupcake maven Jody Hall opens her sixth store near Pike Place Market this weekend. The new downtown spot showcases Hall’s “bakeshop-inspired ice cream,” featuring original flavors—some inspired by beloved Cupcake Royale cupcakes, such as Stumptown coffee with ganache ribbon, and some containing actual chunks of cake. Pints are available at all locations, and select stores are offering scoops.
Business hours vary by location. New store is at 108 Pine St.; 206.883.7656; cupcakeroyale.com

Ongoing through Saturday (6/28–6/30) — The final show of Spectrum Dance Theater’s season is a world-premiere work, choreographed by company director Donald Byrd and titled, simply, Love. In contrast to the gritty, cynical takes on love the company performed earlier in the year, this one comes with a hopeful note.
8 p.m. Prices vary. Daniels Recital Hall, 811 Fifth Ave.; 206.325.4161; spectrumdance.org

Fourth of July
Wednesday (7/4) — Wish you could get a better view of Lake Union fireworks show? Watch the display from the Space Needle’s observation deck. The $40 ticket price is steep, but it also includes entry to the new Chihuly Garden & Glass Exhibit, which promises an equal amount of oohing and aahing.
Ticket grants access beginning at 9:15. Space Needle at Seattle Center, spaceneedle.com