Must List: Luminata, Snohomish Tweed Ride, Seattle Children's Festival

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| Updated: September 19, 2019
 
 
  • Seattle autumn celebration Luminata at Green Lake
Celebrate autumn's start with lights and sparkle at Luminata

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MUST GLOW

Luminata
(9/21)
This lesser-known sister of the Fremont Solstice Parade celebrates the autumnal equinox. A ceremony at the Green Lake Aqua Theater kicks off the event, to which participants are invited to bring lanterns and come clad in anything luminous and sparkly. The event continues with a stroll along the lakeshore path, where art and music await. Opening ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Free. Green Lake Park; fremontartscouncil.org/luminata

MUST BEHOLD

‘Color Theory’ Flying Trapeze and Aerial Show
(9/21)
Enter a world of wonderous color and dazzling acrobatics at Emerald City Trapeze Arts’ autumn protégé show. “Color Theory” explores color and music through feats performed by talented circus acrobats. 7:30 p.m. Free. North Beacon Hill; emeraldcitytrapeze.com

MUST IMAGINE

Seattle Children’s Festival
(9/21-9/22)
Listen in on a bilingual story time, try African drumming and dancing or build upcycled sculptures with the child in your life at the sixth annual iteration of the interactive festival for kids and their families. Times vary. Free. Seattle Center; nwfolklife.org/seattlechildrensfestival

MUST DRESS UP

Snohomish Tweed Ride
(9/21)
You’ll want to break out your favorite elbow-patch tweeds and corduroy knickers for this vintage-themed bike ride along the historic Centennial Trail in Snohomish. The ride starts at the Machias Trailhead Park, with a break later in downtown Snohomish for tea and other refreshments along with activities, before cyclists return to Machias. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. $15. Snohomish; historicdowntownsnohomish.org/tweed-ride

MUST FLAUNT

BIG MOOD: A Night of Fat Fashion
(9/25)
Big fun awaits at MOHAI’s night of immersive experiences centered around the celebration of all sizes in the fashion world, a demographic that’s too often left out of the clothing conversation. Besides a fashion show, there will be a pop-up market and talks to accompany Seattle Style Month and the museum’s current fashion exhibit on display: Seattle Style: Fashion/Function. 6–9 p.m. Prices vary. South Lake Union; mohai.org

MUST ENGAGE

TUF at Town Hall
(9/21) 
As part of the month-long housewarming events to celebrate the reopening of Seattle Town Hall, intersectional art collective TUF will be hosting an art takeover at the new building to showcase artists from marginalized communities. Through art installations, discussions, live music and more, this multi-disciplined art show will prompt questions about how we define and discuss space, and how we hold space for one another, all within Seattle’s ever-changing physical and societal landscape. 4 p.m. $5-10. Downtown; townhallseattle.org

MUST STEP BACK IN TIME

Indecent
(9/20-10/26)
Sholem Asch’s incendiary God of Vengeance is the play within a play in Paula Vogel’s 2015 Indecent. That performance tells the story of the closure of the show Vengeance, and the cast’s arrest on obscenity charges, after is 1923 Broadway premiere. (Asch set his play in a brothel, and that was only the beginning of what infuriated people about it.) Vogel (a Pulitzer Prize winner for How I Learned to Drive) packs the play, in its Seattle premiere, with challenging topics, including homophobia, anti-Semitism and the power and danger of art. Times and prices vary. Seattle Center; seattlerep.org

MUST RUN

Sundae Runday
(9/22)
Run for a great cause and be rewarded with local Molly Moon’s ice cream sundaes at the end (or Sorbatto sorbet for the dairy intolerant) at this 5K fun run and 4K walk. Your registration fee benefits Girls on the Run and its Puget Sound branch, a charity that empowers young girls through interactive activities and exercise. If you just can’t wait for the sweet treat at the end, there will be water and whipped cream at the halfway point, plus a costume contest with prizes at the finish line. Registration begins at 8 a.m. $40. Seward Park; sundaerunday.com

MUST USE ALL SENSES

Ascend Ascend: A Poetic Performance
(9/20)
Mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky brings his new book of poems, ASCEND ASCEND, to life with a performance that weaves together light, scent and sound. Stucky will be accompanied by Seattle cellist Lori Goldston (who has collaborated with the likes of Nirvana and Lynn Shelton) while he performs works from his book, which was written over the course of just 20 days while Stucky was secluded in the tower of a century-old church. 7:30 p.m. Prices vary. Capitol Hill; atlasobscura.com

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