Like your weekend loud and crowded? Or quiet and calm? We've got you covered. Also, check out the photo galleries from Capitol Hill Block Party and the art festivals in Bellevue.

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Like big noisy stuff? You’re in luck this weekend, as three of the hugest events of the summer compete for attention in Seattle and Bellevue. Here are details on those, as well as three alternate suggestions for more genteel pursuits. (Note: For an overall view of how weekend events will affect traffic, click here.)


Seafair Torchlight: Saturday starts with Fanfest at Seattle Center, which includes performers who will be in the parade, food trucks, a beer garden and appearances by the Seafair clowns, pirates and princesses. That’s noon-6 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and it’s free. Then comes the Torchlight Parade, at 7:30 p.m., starting on Fourth Avenue from Seattle Center and presided over by grand marshals (and Seattle Mariners) Felix Hernandez and Robinson Cano.

Capitol Hill Block Party: Three days (beginning Friday); five stages; scores of acts, national and local — all crammed into a few where-it’s-at blocks in the Pike/Pine neighborhood. Tickets are still available at $50 per day; multiday passes are also on sale. Here’s our list of the top-10 draws and a photo gallery from the event.

Bellevue arts fairs: There are — count ’em — three major arts-and-crafts fairs sprawling across downtown Bellevue from Friday to Sunday: The BAM ArtsFair, the 6th Street Fair and the artist-run Bellevue Festival of the Arts. This is truly Christmas in July, where you can start your shopping early. Food, performances and kids’ activities are all part of the package. Complete details about locations, hours and parking are right here. For a peek at the festivities, check out the photo gallery.


Olympic Music Festival: The setting for this chamber music festival is bucolic (a former farm in Quilcene) and the music-making sublime. Don’t miss it. Here’s a preview of this weekend’s concerts.

John Pizzarelli: The guitarist and songwriter headlines with his quartet at Jazz Alley this weekend. (Keep your eyes peeled for him around town, because he’s one of Seattle’s biggest fans, as columnist Nicole Brodeur learned in a 2012 interview.)

Movies: Here’s a selected list of titles currently playing that have received ratings of 3.5 stars or above from our reviewers: “Amy” (a documentary about Amy Winehouse); “Testament of Youth” (an adaptation of a WWII memoir); “The Third Man” (a noir classic); “Dope” (a hip-hop-infused coming-of-age tale); “Ex Machina” (a futuristic tale of artificial intelligence); “Far from the Madding Crowd” (a beautiful, romantic adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel). And for family viewing: “Humpback Whales 3D” and “Inside Out.” For more reviews and info, go to