Must List: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle Opera Summer Fest

What to do this weekend in Seattle
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Must Fest
Rainier Beach Arts & Music Fest

Saturday (7/23, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) The Rainier Beach Arts & Music Fest is a day-long celebration featuring musicians, dancers, spoken word poets and visual artists. Just a few of the day's offerings: performances by Grace Love & the True Loves, Somali Community Dancers and the Pacific Northwest Drumline, art appreciation workshops and food trucks aplenty.

Must Marvel
Malala Yousafzai to Speak at UW

Sunday (7/24, 7:30 p.m.) Shot point-blank in the head for speaking out against the Taliban's ban on girls' education in her native Pakistan, Yousafzai has become a powerful voice for human rights. The youngest recipient (at 17 years old) of the Nobel Peace Prize will share her inspirational story.

Must Party in the Streets
Rock Out at the Capitol Hill Block Party

(7/22 to 7/24, times vary) Stage dive into the urban music festival vibe at the Capitol Hill Block Party, featuring awesome bands including Seattle's high-octane rock band Thunderpussy, Odesza, Chvrches and more.

Must Bravo
Bring the Family to Seattle Opera's Summer Fest

Saturday (7/23, 12 to 3 p.m.) Experience highlights from Seattle Opera's upcoming season at its annual, free and family-friendly Summer Fest at McCaw Hall. Expect live music and dance performances, costume viewings and an opera artist singing tweets in real-time.

Must Shop
Glassybaby Hosts Holiday Shopping Event

(7/23 to 7/24, times vary) It's never too early to get jazzed up about the holiday season. To showcase its new holiday collection, local hand-blown glass votive maker Glassybaby is hosting a Holidays in July event for two days only at its Madrona, Bellevue, University Village and Sea-Tac stores.


If you haven't had occasion to meander through Pioneer Square's Occidental Park lately, then you've likely missed its late-summer, early-fall treasure: a show-stopping art installation from local artist Sophia Wheelwright, up now through mid-October.

Today we have Hempfest, legal marijuana retail outlets, and naked Fremont cyclists. Outdoor rock concerts thrive at places like The Gorge, White River and Marymoor Park.

After a few nips and tucks, the historic 1914 Smith Tower officially reopens its 35th-floor observation deck today!

Painter, author and essayist Barbara Earl Thomas is among Seattle’s most emotionally evocative and socially engaged artists.