Viking Days, “Matilda," Pain in the Grass, “Diary of a Teenage Girl” and more are some of the attractions the weekend of Aug. 21, 2015.

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Late summer is typically a slow time in the arts. But there’s still plenty going on in and around Seattle. Here are some of the highlights.


This weekend’s highlights are Viking Days in Ballard — where you can eat, drink and play like a Scandinavian marauder — and the Camlann Medieval Harvest Festival. Read Madeline McKenzie’s preview for complete descriptions and details on both fests. But don’t stop there: We also have a very big list of festivals and community events, which includes info on Tibet Fest, Concerts at the Locks and (for all you Michael Jackson fans) Seattle Thrillers rehearsals.


The lineup of musicals on Seattle stages is particularly strong right now, including “Matilda” at the 5th Ave (a high-energy London/NY hit based on a beloved Roald Dahl book); “Pippin” at the Paramount (a circus-themed fantasia about the wayward son of a medieval king) and Taproot’s “Godspell” (an updated version of the tried-and-true rock musical based on the Gospel of St. Matthew).


Some big draws are headed our way Sunday and early next week, including KISW’s Pain in the Grass (with Slipknot, Lamb of God and Three Days of Grace) at White River Amphitheatre; soul/R&B/pop-fusion artist Miguel at Showbox Sodo; and Modest Mouse at the Paramount. All the details on the concerts are here (be prepared to scroll to the bottom).


Lots of good movies are in local theaters right now. Here are a few our reviewers liked best (click on the links for reviews): the “mesmerizing” sci-fi tale, “Ex Machina”; the touching Brian Wilson biopic“Love & Mercy”; “Mad Max: Fury Road” (“sheer pyrotechnic insanity”); Aardman’s “adorable” stop-motion animation “Shaun the Sheep”; and the new, captivating coming-of-age-film, “Diary of a Teenage Girl.”


Opera lovers will find plenty of performances to love in “Nabucco,” which continues through Saturday night at McCaw Hall. Also on Friday and Sunday: The premiere of “An American Dream,” a piece commissioned by Seattle Opera and based on WWII-era stories of internment.

Note: This article was published and corrected on Aug. 21, 2015. An earlier version gave an incorrect opening date for the Evergreen State Fair, which opens Aug. 27.