There are plenty of fun community events this weekend, including the longest-running street fair in the nation. Here's more on that and what else to do May 20-22, 2016.
1. Hit up the University District Street Fair
Eat, drink and be merry at the 47th annual University District Street Fair, which claims to be the longest-running street fair in the United States. The event, running Saturday and Sunday, offers an eclectic selection of food, performances and vendors, making it a hit for people of all ages and interests. If you’re lucky, you may even spot Seattle’s scarf dancer in the crowd.
2. Celebrate independent bookstores
Third Place Books is holding its long-awaited grand opening in the Seward Park neighborhood this weekend — a testament to the resilience of independent bookstores across the nation. Some local celebrities will join the festivities both Saturday and Sunday, including chef extraordinaire Tom Douglas, “Jeopardy!” king Ken Jennings, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” author Maria Semple and pie chef/poet Kate Lebo.
3. Dive into SIFF season
The Seattle International Film Festival kicked off yesterday (with a controversial screening of Woody Allen’s “Café Society“), and will run through June 22. Check out the movie lineup on SIFF’s website — you can even sort the films by mood, if you’re feeling a little overwhelmed — or pick one of the highlights playing this weekend.
4. Venture into the Star Trek universe
Calling all Trekkies! The EMP’s new exhibit, “Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds,” opens Saturday, celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary. The exhibit showcases set replicas, costumes and other artifacts from both the original TV series and the recent film remakes. And remember the tribbles? There will be plenty of those, too.
5. Cheer on the Seattle Storm
The Seattle Storm plays the Minnesota Lynx at KeyArena Sunday afternoon for its first home game of the regular season. Before you go, get to know this year’s players, from veteran Sue Bird to newcomer Breanna Stewart.
P.S. A special shout-out to former Storm player Lauren Jackson, who announced her retirement earlier this year.