Must List: The Grand Old 4th of July, Greenwood Car Show, ‘Summer Dreams’

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The Grand Old 4th of July
(7/4) Celebrate an old-fashioned Independence Day on Bainbridge Island. The all-day party features a parade downtown, a pizza-eating contest, a street fair and, of course, fireworks in the evening. (Don’t worry: there will be food vendors, live music and entertainment to keep you going until dusk.). The Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce definitely knows how to throw a good party; they’ve been throwing this one for 51 years! Free. Festivities start at 7 a.m.;

Photo by Neon Saltwater


Summer Dreams
(6/28–8/22) This new exhibit at the Winston Wächter gallery is the stuff of 1980s dreams, thanks to Abby Dougherty, who works under the name Neon Saltwater, and her colorful installations of luminescent aquas, vibrating pinks and gelatinous greens. The show also includes works by the pop-inspired design studio Electric Coffin, Peter Gronquist’s wall-mounted 3-D light boxes (his version of “infinity mirrors”) and Jennifer Zwick’s boldly patterned floral photographs. Free. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Mon.–Sat.; Winston Wächter Fine Art, Queen Anne, 203 Dexter Ave. N; 206.652.5855.


Greenwood Car Show
(6/30) The annual Greenwood Car Show is back with food, music and hot rods, of course. Walk through a mile and a half of classic cars and hydroplanes, participate in the ninth annual Beer Can Derby, grab a bite at one of the local restaurants in the Greenwood neighborhood and enjoy some live music. Plus, there is kids zone with a bounce house and games, so bring the whole family along. Free. 8 a.m.–4 p.m.;Greenwood Ave. (between N 90th St. and N 65th St.);


Taiwanese American Film Festival
(6/29–7/1) The Seattle chapter of Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) is hosting the first ever Taiwanese American Film Festival that will showcase seven feature-length films and five short films by Taiwanese American film producers. Opening night on Friday kicks off  with a free showing of the short films, a panel discussion and the chance to experience virtual reality storytelling. Times, prices and locations vary.

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Seattle Symphony
(6/28, 6/30 & 7/1) Camille Saint-Saëns’ Symphony No. 3 (1886), in which he played an organ at full throttle atop a large Romantic orchestra, runs the gamut from typical French elegance to violet-scented piety (the composer was a church organist) to one of the more rousing climaxes in the repertory. It’ll make a great finale to the Seattle Symphony’s season. Times and prices vary. Benaroya Hall, downtown, 200 University St.; 206.215.4747;

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