Whether you fancy festivals, cats or core strength challenges, there's something for you this Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, 2016.
1. Catch some waves — even when it’s gloomy out
Who says you can’t surf in Seattle? With the FlowRider at Snohomish Aquatic Center, you can. Just without the sandy beach. Or the full-size surfboard. OK, it’s not exactly surfing in the traditional sense, but the FlowRider will certainly test your balance and agility with a short, narrow board and the forces of water. If you’re a newcomer, be prepared to wipe-out.
2. Celebrate music and art at the NW Folklife Festival
For Seattleites who aren’t flocking to the Gorge Amphitheatre for Sasquatch! Music Festival this weekend, there’s a great four-day music and art festival closer to home, smack dab in Seattle Center: the Northwest Folklife Festival. This year’s theme, “The Power of the Human Voice through Song,” brings in performances exploring vocal harmony (think glee club), beatboxing, yodeling and other styles. Singers of all levels can also join group song activities, so dust off your karaoke voice for that. And once you’re done, you can treat yourself with some Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, one of the food vendors at the festival.
3. Devour some steakburgers
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How does it stack up against Dick’s Drive-In, home of the “Most Life-Changing Burger in America”? Only your taste buds will tell.
4. Watch this kitty film right meow
Playing Saturday and Monday at the Seattle International Film Festival is “Kedi,” a documentary about the cats of Istanbul. Because what could be more pleasant than watching a feature-length film of cats frolicking around the city? “They are not strays, nor house cats,” the trailer says. Rather, the hundreds of thousands of them living in the streets are just another integral part of Istanbulite life. And those of us who only wish that were the case here in Seattle can live vicariously through this film.
5. Get lost in LEGOs
LEGO blocks become meticulous sculptures and reimagined works of art at “The Art of the Brick,” an exhibit at the Pacific Science Center opening this Saturday. Some of the works include a reincarnated “Mona Lisa,” a massive T-Rex skeleton and a life-size man tearing out his chest (less terrifying than it sounds). Quite a departure, in other words, from the typical child’s LEGO structures. No wonder this exhibit was dubbed one of CNN’s global “must-see exhibitions” in 2011.