The Must List: Milk Carton Derby, Seattle Dragon Fest & More

What to do this weekend in and around Seattle
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Must Race
The Seafair Milk Carton Derby

Saturday (7/16, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Head to Green Lake to cheer on the participants in Seafair's wackiest event. Nearly 100 teams will take to the water in boats that range in style from practical to whimsical—anything goes, as long as they're made out of milk cartons—to battle it out for prizes and bragging rights.

Must See
Masterworks of Vilhelm Hammershøi at the Frye

(7/16 to 9/25, times vary) In collaboration with SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark, the Frye Art Museum presents a rare exhibition of masterworks by one of the 19th century's most distinguished Symbolist painters, Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi (1846-1916).

Must Rock
Timber! Outdoor Music Festival Returns

(7/14 to 7/16, times vary) Timber! returns with a lineup that includes Langhorne Slim & the Law, Telekinesis, Deep Sea Diver, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Chastity Belt, Jason Webley, The Maldives and others. In addition to the musical lineup, the festival offers a number of “adventures,” including REI-sponsored hikes and kayaking, the chance to join a gonzo marching band, and Camp Timber!, which presents special kids’ concerts, crafts and more.

Must Fest
Chinatown/International District Hosts the Seattle Dragon Fest

(7/16 to 7/17, times vary) At the Pan-Asian Seattle Dragon Fest, enjoy dragon and lion dances, Japanese taiko drummers, Seattle Chinese Community Girls Drill Team and other live performers, along with dishes ($2 each) from numerous Asian food vendors. Stay for the Night Market, with its international wares and art from local businesses.

Must Listen
Seattle Symphony Performs Fellowship of the Ring Score

(7/15 to 7/17, times vary) The Fellowship of the Ring, the first film of the beloved Lord of the Rings trilogy, is presented on a giant screen as the Seattle Symphony performs the epic score composed and orchestrated by Academy Award-winner Howard Shore.


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