The Must List: Out of Sight, Wild Nearby Exhibit and More

What to do this weekend in and around Seattle
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Must Hear
Rock Out to Concerts at the Mural

Friday (8/12, 5:30 p.m.) Once again, the Seattle Center and KEXP-FM have teamed up to present a Friday-night concert series. This week, artists include Caveman, Naked Giants and Bread & Butter.

Must Fest
Head North for the Summer Meltdown Festival

(8/11 to 8/14, times vary) Enjoy music amid the forest and mountains at the Whitehorse Mountain Amphitheater in Darrington. This year’s lineup includes GRiZ, STS9, Gramatik, Beats Antique, Keys N Krates, Blue Scholars, The Budos Band, Rising Appalachia, Trevor Hall and more. Rafting, horseback riding and rock climbing are also part of the agenda.

Must Marvel
Catch Out of Sight Every Weekend this Month

(Saturdays and Sundays through 8/28, times vary) Last year, Seattle art impresario Greg Lundgren secured and built a space at King Street Station for a satellite exhibit to showcase Seattle's vibrant art scene. This year, the Out of Sight exhibit returned, bringing with it a formidable team of curators including Aktionsart's Julia Fryett, the Frye Art Museum's Justen Waterhouse and more.

Must See
PNB Presents Sculptured Dance

(8/11, 6 p.m.) Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, with its sweeping views of Elliott Bay, is always an enchanting place to enjoy a warm summer evening surrounded by art. As part of the museum’s Summer at SAM series, Pacific Northwest Ballet has commissioned new works from five local choreographers, each of whom has been asked to respond to one of the park’s sculptures.

Must Get Outside 
Burke Museum's Wild Nearby Exhibit

(Through February 5, 2017, times vary) Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of our local mountain range at the Burke Museum's current exhibit, which explores the flora and fauna of the North Cascades. Visit a full-scale replica of a fire lookout, examine natural and tribal artifacts, and be inspired for your visit to the real thing.


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.