Solstice Evening Birding at Marymoor Park: See birds, watch at dusk for owls on easy 2-mile trail walk, bring binoculars, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond; free, parking $1 (425-576-8805 or

Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade: Beer garden and entertainment, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; crafts, world imports from hundreds of vendors, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Fremont Solstice Parade 3 p.m. Saturday; Seattle Art Car Blowout display of 50 decorated art cars on display, music on four stages Saturday and Sunday; Arts for All activities for all ages, music, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Fremont Abbey Art Center; Dog Parade, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Fremont neighborhood, Seattle (; Solstice Parade, 3 p.m. Saturday on North 36th Street, Fremont Avenue and North 34th Street, from Third Avenue Northwest to Gas Works Park; Solstice Celebration music, food vendors, beer garden, 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Gas Works Park, Seattle (206-547-7440 or


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“Monsters University”: In this prequel to “Monsters, Inc.,” we learn how Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and Sulley (voice by John Goodman) became friends. It has previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters (at some in 3D).

“World War Z”: Based on the novel by Max Brooks, this film adaptation stars Brad Pitt as a man dealing with a zombie pandemic. It also has previews Thursday, and opens Friday at several theaters (at some in 3D).

“The Bling Ring”: Director Sofia Coppola’s satire is based on a real-life group of L.A. teenagers who robbed celebrity homes. It opens Friday at the Guild 45th and Lincoln Square Cinemas.

“Wish You Were Here”: An Australian mystery-thriller starring Joel Edgerton as a compromised married man. It opens Friday at the Varsity Theatre.

“SOMM”: A documentary that follows four sommeliers as they try and pass the Master Sommelier exam. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Film Center.

“An Oversimplification of Her Beauty”: Written, directed by and starring Terence Nance, this relationship drama opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.

“Fill the Void”: A domestic drama, set in the ultraorthodox Haredi community of Tel Aviv. It opens Friday at the Seven Gables.

“Paradise: Love”: The first in a trilogy directed by Austrian Ulrich Seidl that follows a European on vacation in Kenya. It opens Friday at the SIFF Cinema at the Uptown.

For reviews and showtimes, go to or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.

For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.