Must List: SIFF VR Zone, Volunteer Park Pride Festival, 'Love and Ballet'

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MUST WATCH

SIFF VR Zone
(through 6/10) Immerse yourself in a movie—literally—at the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) VR Zone, a pop-up movie house screening virtual reality (VR) and interactive short films. Experience more than two dozen VR and 360 films, documentaries and games, each ranging from three to 20 minutes. Go up in a hot air balloon, fly through a painting or tag along on a training mission with a NASA astronaut. $25. Times vary. Pacific Place, downtown, 600 Pine St.; siff.net

MUST PLAY

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show
(6/8–6/10) The 11th annual Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show features more than 400 arcade games from years past and present, as well as homemade games from Seattle locals looking to make their mark on the scene. Join the expected 4,000 attendees in a raffle for special prizes and merchandise, and compete for world-record pinball scores. Times and prices vary. Tacoma Convention Center, Tacoma, 1500 Commerce St.; nwpinballshow.com

MUST CELEBRATE

Volunteer Park Pride Festival
(6/9) This annual celebration officially kicks off Pride month in Seattle. Enjoy this all-ages celebration in one of Seattle’s iconic parks with food trucks, a craft fair, a beer garden and live music featuring Tacocat, Desi Valentine, Little Bandit and more. Local community leaders and organizers will be speaking throughout the event about issues affecting the LGBTQ community. Free. 12–7 p.m. Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, 1247 15th Ave. E; seattlepride.org


Photo by Angela Sterling

MUST FALL IN LOVE

Pacific Northwest Ballet: Love and Ballet
(through 6/10) In illustration of the title concept, this program spotlights couples in works by Christopher Wheeldon, Benjamin Millepied and Justin Peck, whose Sufjan Stevens–scored Year of the Rabbit premiered in 2012 at the New York City Ballet to raves from The New York Times: “A star is born...I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who wished the whole 30-minute dance could have been encored immediately.” Times and prices vary. McCaw Hall, Seattle Center, 321 Mercer St.; 206.733.9725; pnb.org

MUST PEDAL

Lake to Lake Bike Ride
(6/9) Cyclists of all ages and skill levels are invited to join this scenic ride along Bellevue’s bike trails system. To benefit that city’s youth camp scholarship fund, participants can take the mostly flat 9-mile Greenbelt Loop, or the more challenging 22-mile Lake Loop (covering the geographic area between lakes Washington and Sammamish) with plenty of elevation change. Prices vary. 9 a.m. Start at Lake Hills Community Park, Bellevue, 1200 165th Ave. SE; 425.452.4882; parks.bellevuewa.gov

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