The 62 Best Things to Do in Seattle This Weekend: September 11-13, 2020

The Seattle Art Museum Reopening, Fiestas Patrias, and More Top Picks
September 11, 2020
As of Friday, the Seattle Art Museum is back open for timed, limited-capacity visits! Snag tickets online in advance. (L Fried)

The forecast is hazy and social distancing is still paramount, but there are lots of things happening this weekend that you can do while staying safe. We've rounded up our top picks below, from the limited-capacity reopening of the Seattle Art Museum and the Fremont Sunday Market to PAX Online to virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events like Fiestas Patrias. For even more options, check out our guides to movies to stream this weekend, and our complete streaming events and protests & resistance calendars.

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All events are online unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY

COMMUNITY

Table of Silence Project
On the 19th anniversary of 9/11, New York's Buglisi Dance Theatre and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts present a reimagining of the Table of Silence Project 9/11, an annual free public performance ritual for peace. The premiere was early this morning on Facebook Live, but you can see it now on-demand. 

FILM

Drive-In Movie: A Most Beautiful Thing
Check out a drive-in documentary screening about the first African American high-school rowing team in the United States, based on the memoir by Arshay Cooper. The release of the film coincides with the announcement of the George Pocock Rowing Foundation's A Most Beautiful Thing Inclusion Fund, which aims to "promote accessibility and inclusion at rowing programs across the country." Half the proceeds will benefit the fund. 
Arena Sports Magnuson (Sand Point)

FOOD & DRINK

Juice Club x Doughbaby
Glug some primo fermented grape juice from the natural wine purveyors at Juice Club and tuck into a cheese-laden pie from the new pop-up Dough Baby, with flavors like "The Squash" (a jammy shallot-olive oil base with fresh mozzarella, marinated squash, house-made ricotta, sweet corn, bagnet vert, Calabrian chili, and white pepper) and spicy salami with Salumi soppressata. DM Dough Baby on Instagram to preorder.
Union Coffee (Capitol Hill)

MUSIC

Jay Thomas' High Crimes and Misdemeanors - CD Release Party
Multi-instrumentalist jazz musician Jay Thomas will play tracks from his newest album, High Crimes and Misdemeanors, live online. 

John Gilbreath of Earshot Jazz: Coronavirus
Hear how COVID-19 is affecting jazz musicians and creative communities in Seattle by tuning in to this live broadcast on Rainier Avenue Radio with John Gilbreath, the executive director of the Earshot Jazz Festival.

Mass Extinction Power Hour
Local synth outfit Beauty Hunters will wrap up their virtual Power Hour series with a night of special guests and live tunes on the internet. 

Rave the Vote
With DJ sets, educational segments, and calls to action broadcasted live on Twitch in four installments, this virtual voter registration drive and dance-music festival features electronic music heavies like A-Trak, Analog Soul, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Yaeji, and many others.

Summoned By Giants // The Deadrones
Local rockers Summoned by Giants and the Deadrones will team up for a livestreamed show benefiting the Seattle Bail Fund. 

Take to the Streets! How Movements Can and Do Win
What do past movements teach us about advancing social justice initiatives of the present? This interactive online discussion with 350 Seattle will get into it. 

READINGS & TALKS

Combating Hate: Empathy Through Storytelling
A panel of speakers will explore the power of empathy in storytelling in this virtual Town Hall event hosted by World Without Hate. Hear from Rais Bhuiyan (World Without Hate), Mark Wright (KING 5), Deeyah Khan (a BAFTA-nominated documentary filmmaker).

Pandemic and Protests: A Virtual Storytelling Event
KNKX and Fresh Ground Stories present six livestreamed stories from locals about the COVID-19 pandemic and the fight for racial equity.

SHOPPING

Outdoor Artwalk at the Greenwood Art Collective
Head to Piper's Lane (west of the Greenwood Art Collective, between GAC and Fred Meyer) to shop for paintings, illos, crystals, jewelry, and other gift-worthy stuff from local artists. Don't forget your mask. 
Piper's Lane (Greenwood)

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

MUSIC

PBJam VIRTUAL FEST 2020
Equally billing all their artists and prioritizing loud and proud jam bands, this virtual edition of Nectar's PBJam Fest will feature a ton of PNW groups who will bring the funk (as well as the jazz and bluegrass). Acts include the Unsinkable Heavies, Lucky Brown, Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce, the High Seagrass, Swindler, and Yak Attack.

SLU Street Closure Party
Gold Bar and its nearby SLU neighbors got their first free street closure permit! The 24K cocktail spot will be slinging drinks to celebrate this new drinking/dining/socially distant chilling area along Ninth Ave, and local DJs will provide live sets all weekend long.
Ninth Avenue (South Lake Union)

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival
The Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival will go virtual this year, promising Hawaiian music, hula, crafts, lei-making workshops, and more.

Virtual Washington State Fair
The Washington State Fair in its usual incarnation is a no-go this year, but you can still get fair food to go via a drive-through and shop from local vendors at a virtual marketplace.

FESTIVALS

Forever Twilight in Forks Festival
If the newest addition to Stephanie Meyer's acclaimed vampire series has you bloodthirsty for more PNW-situated supernatural fandom, look no further than this gathering on Facebook Live, Instagram, and Zoom for four days of virtual events.

FILM

SECS Fest
The not-so-coyly named SECS FEST presents 31 short and two feature-length cinematic tales to titillate, which are selected to "show a diversity of representations: race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, kink, and body-type; with a strong sex-positive core." Filmmakers Henry Baker, Barbara Carrellas, Stephen Crompton, Armine Vosganian, and Shine Louise Houston will be special guests, and there will also be an archival screening of the 1972 film Fongaluli.

FOOD & DRINK

Washington Cider Week
Freak out about cider at approximately a billion tastings (for pickup or delivery) during a week so special, it lasts 11 days! Cideries across the state (like Tacoma's Incline and Chimacum's Finnriver) are doling out specials and food pairings that you can enjoy at home, or on your picnic blanket if you're so inclined. The biggest event of the week is the Seattle Cider Summit (Sat Sept 12) where you can choose from three tastings kits for pickup via drive-through at Downtown Spirits.
Various locations

GEEK

SEAPEX Virtual Stamp Show
Calling all philatelists! At this virtual exhibition, stamp enthusiasts can peruse rare stamps from over 30 collectors and purchase some to add to their own collections.

MUSEUMS

Seattle Art Museum Reopening
The Seattle Asian Art Museum, PACCAR Pavilion at the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the TASTE Café at SAM will all remain closed for the time being, but SAM itself will be open at limited capacity and with limited hours for timed visits, which you must reserve in advance. Masks are required (duh) and visitors' temperatures will be taken before allowed inside the building. Permanent collections remain on view, as well as Danny Lyon: Dissenter in His Own Country.
Seattle Art Museum (Downtown)

PERFORMANCE

:robot_face:
We all miss in-person theater, but Dacha's new interactive play :robot_face: happens to be perfectly suited to a virtual platform. It's all about the growing social intelligence of chatbots (those "agents" you talk to via instant messenger when you have a customer service question), and how our relationships with them can pose similar emotional dilemmas as we experience with humans. In the play, bots experience mental breakdowns, obsessions with surfing, and other things previously denoted to human behavior. You can choose to be a spectator and watch the show like normal, or you can be a "contestant" who can call and interact with the actors.

A Thousand Ways
In this three-part interactive virtual performance lasting an entire year, Obie Award-winning theater-makers 600 Highwaymen respond to social distancing rules that "deliver us from isolation to congregation." In the first installment, A Phone Call (Sept 9-27), you'll glean a telling portrait of the performer on the other end of a mysterious phone call.

SHOPPING

Mask Parade!
The Museum of Museums is partnering with local youth outreach nonprofit Coyote Central to raise money for arts education by selling locally designed masks. 
Museum of Museums (First Hill)

SATURDAY

COMMUNITY

The Big O Gala: A Red Carpet Benefit at the Drive In
Make a red-carpet entrance in your car and enjoy a socially distanced night of short films, door prizes, and "auto d’oeuvres" at this drive-in gala benefiting Vashon's Open Space for Arts and Community.
Open Space for Arts and Community (Vashon)

Cellebration 2020
Help celebrate and accelerate the science of immunotherapy at this online fundraiser with Seattle Children's. 

Deaf Arts Celebration: An Evening to Celebrate BIPOC Deaf Artists
You can participate in Deaf Spotlight's third annual fundraiser, which raises funds for BIPOC deaf artists, from wherever there's internet! The event includes a live performance, a livestreamed auction, and remarks.

Online Democracy Dialogues: Vote-by-Mail
Nervous about voting by mail on account of the USPS trouble? Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman and King County Elections Director Julie Wise will debunk myths, address challenges, and remind you to register to vote during this online event. 

FESTIVALS

Bainbridge Quilt Festival
Check out (and buy) colorful quilts made by local artists at this eighth annual, social distancing-accommodated festival on Bainbridge Island.
Winslow Green (Bainbridge Island) 

FILM

Scarecrow Academy: The Art In Horror
It's almost spooky season, baby! Join film critic Robert Horton for an in-depth look at great horror films throughout time—like the original Night of the Living Dead tonight—in these online one-off classes.

GEEK & GAMING

Seattle Indies Expo
Try out 24 up-and-coming indie games made in the Pacific Northwest every Saturday in September at the virtual edition of this annual festival. 

MUSIC

BEARAXE
Led by powerful frontwoman Shaina Shepherd, soulful prog-rock four-piece BEARAXE bill themselves as "Led Zeppelin meets Lead Belly." Join them for a livestreamed concert.  

ECSC Soul Nite - Happy Hour
Due for some dancing? Your favorite soul-spinning DJs will spin their favorite 45s and go live on Facebook. 

Hold Your Crown Benefit with King Youngblood
Local alt-rockers King Youngblood will take over the virtual stage with tunes both new (like their latest track "Opaque," dedicated to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd) and old. All proceeds will benefit the Hold Your Crown Project, the band's own nonprofit under the Allied Arts Foundation of Seattle that "focuses on breaking the stigma that many young people from middle school through college-age and young adults face when they live with a mental illness."

Modern Drummer Festival
Drummers like Def Leppard's Rick Allen and Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins will pay tribute to the late Neil "The Professor" Peart, whose long, long drum solos defined Rush's legacy.

READINGS & TALKS

Insects, Arachnids, and Fellow Travelers
Listen in on a conversation with award-winning author Seanan McGuire and entomologist Kristie Reddick as they discuss how science fiction and fantasy use bugs as metaphors and proxies for "aliens, societies, fears, and hopes."

Wenfei Tong - The Private Lives of Birds
You thought birds were simpleton vertebrates? Wrong. In her new book Understanding Bird Behavior, biologist Wenfei Tong explores how birds find food, what their courtship rituals look like, their familial conflicts, and the strains of nesting, as well as how birds change certain behaviors based on climate.

SHOPPING

Building Black Wealth Market
Support Black-owned businesses and makers at this socially distant outdoor market.
Jimi Hendrix Park (Central District)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Fly Away 5K
Sprint or stroll at your own pace at this virtual family-friendly 5K, then post your photos online. 

VISUAL ART

Georgetown Art Attack
The art scene of the tiny airport hamlet of Georgetown will show itself once more to both masked/socially distant passersby (like the Summer Daze Market ft. The Big Heart Circus at the Georgetown Trailer Park Mall) and to people at home on their computers. Galleries are offering appointments for viewings at limited capacity, so check with your favorite galleries before visiting.
Various locations (Georgetown)

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Northwest Green Home Tour
Interested in building, remodeling, or buying an environmentally sustainable home that is not necessarily a tiny house? Get inspired by green homes on this self-guided virtual tour.

FESTIVALS

Fiestas Patrias
Celebrate Mexican culture and arts with two full days of live events streamed online as part of the MEXAM Northwest Festival, including a film, a virtual visit to the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture, dance performances, recipes to make at home, and more.

Puget Sound Bird Fest
Explore the Edmonds Marsh through a collection of videos, photo montages, and essays; take a guided walk through Yost Park; meet resident barred owls; and more at this virtual birders' delight.

GEEK & GAMING

PAX Online
Promising a 24/7 (or 24/9, since the event runs for nine days straight) stream of content, events, discussions, and gameplay, the virtual edition of this hugely popular gaming festival is doing things a little differently this year. If you've attended PAX in the past, you know that it's infamously quick to sell out, but that won't be the case this year—it's free!

SHOPPING

Summer of Rosé Wrap Up Market
Bid farewell to summer at this socially distanced market, where you can peruse pink wine, plants, and other local goods.
Bottlehouse (Central District)

SPORTS & RECREATION

Virtual Bike MS: Deception Pass Classic 2020
Raise money for MS research and care by riding your bike through Deception Pass (or wherever you like) and posting your results in this national race.

VISUAL ART

EXTRA
This Vestibule pop-up exhibition features works that indulge fully in their respective materials. "Form shouldn't stop at function. Form should be extra," write the organizers. 
The Cathedral (Ballard)

SUNDAY

COMMUNITY

Love & Community: The Ties that Bind Grandparents' Day 2020
Celebrate your elders with a day of "intergenerational activities" hosted online by the Mayor’s Council on African American Elders and Aging & Disability Services.

Virtual Artist Talk: Swedish Dads with Johan Bävman
One of the seemingly endless things Nordic countries have down pat: parenting. For this talk, photographer Johan Bävman will shed light on Sweden’s generous paternal leave policy. 

FESTIVALS

Fall City Apple Festival
It's crunchy fruit season! Celebrate the bounty of Snoqualmie Valley apples by turning them into cider, trying apple-centric desserts, and trying your hand at pie-baking and hard cider-making competitions. Also in store: pony rides, a beer garden, and music. 
32925 SE 46th St (Fall City)

Tacoma Ocean Fest
This free aquatic-focused festival of arts and sciences will spend its third year online, where you can see music and dance video premieres, underwater films, participate in youth story contests (if you are a youth), hear OceanX talks, and learn about the Puget Sound.

FILM

Brunch-tastic Virtual SQFF Preview Party & Fundraiser
Celebrate Three Dollar Bill Cinema's 25th anniversary and get a sneak peek of some of the trailers for this year's Seattle Queer Film and Festival at this livestreamed birthday party and fundraiser. 

FOOD & DRINK

Ballers' Brunch
Perch on Frolik's rooftop and watch the Seahawks game over cocktails and brunch, with drink specials featuring Absolut Vodka and Jameson.
Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails (Downtown)

Wait a Hoppin' Picking Minute
Help Bad Jimmy's hand-pick locally grown hops just three blocks from the brewery, and they'll turn the resulting harvest into their annual "SEA HOP!" Fresh Hop IPA. You're also invited to drink beer while you work and to be their assistant brewers for the day.
Bad Jimmy's Brewing Co. (Fremont)

MUSIC

Brandi Carlile Performs 'Give Up The Ghost'
Locally bred country music legend Brandi Carlile will perform her 2009 album Give Up the Ghost online in its entirety. Once you purchase tickets, you'll have two weeks to watch the concert. 

Passport Festival
Hear bands from around the world at Live Nation's virtual Passport Music Festival, which will feature a blend of "North Mississippi Hill Country blues" and "the fuzz and power of heavy rock and roll" by GravelRoad. 

PARTIES & NIGHTLIFE

Virtual Decadence 2020
Since New Orleans's annual party Southern Decadence was canceled due to COVID-19, bring your hedonistic energy and sex-positive attitude to this virtual night of short, sexy films. 

PERFORMANCE

Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone - Live from Florence
Musical theater superstar Hershey Felder stars as one America's greatest Broadway composers in this one-night production of George Gershwin Alone. See it streamed live from Italy. 

READINGS & TALKS

Ambassador Capricia Marshall - The Power of Diplomacy
Ambassador Capricia Marshall will share stories from her time as chief of protocol for President Obama, using anecdotes from her book, Protocol: The Power of Diplomacy and How to Make It Work for You.

SHOPPING

Fremont Market Grand Re-Opening
Shop from over 40 curbside vendors at the socially distant return of this outdoor market on its 30th anniversary. Masks and temperature checks are required, pets need to be left at home, and no more than three people per household are allowed to shop at one time. 
Fremont Sunday Market

SPORTS & RECREATION

PNW Hiking
This online presentation with authors Craig Hill and Matt Wastradowski will let you in on the best spots to hike, drink beer, and camp in the Pacific Northwest. 

Seattle Seahawks 2020 Regular Season
Watch and listen to the Seattle Seahawks on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM all season long, starting with a match against the Atlanta Falcons tonight.