Panicking because you don’t know what to do this weekend and you’re short on cash? Don’t worry—below, find all of your options for last-minute entertainment that won’t cost more than $10, ranging from the first weekend of KEXP’s Concerts at the Mural to the CID Block Party, and from Dead Baby Downhill XXIII to the Substation Street Fair. For even more options, check out our complete Things To Do calendar and our list of cheap & easy things to do in Seattle all year long.

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  1. Fear Prov Friday
    Improvisers will reveal which elements of the craft freak them out the most—like singing or performing scenes in reverse—before facing their fears onstage in front of a supportive audience. That means lots of clapping and cheering are in order on your part.
    (Fremont, $10)FILM
  2. Meaningful Movies: Reversing Roe
    In 2019, the right to safe abortions is being threatened across the country. Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg’s documentary features interviews with people from both sides of the divide, from doctors to ’70s-bred feminist icon Gloria Steinem to National Right to Life president Carol Tobias. See a screening and stay on for a discussion.
    (University District, free)MUSIC
  3. The Black Chevys, Medejin, Falon Sierra
    Frequent local headliners and rock and soul band the Black Chevys will celebrate the release of their new album with local synth-pop project Medejin and electric soul/R&B artist Falon Sierra. 
    (Columbia City, $10)
  4. Cafe Red 2-Year Birthday Party! Live Music + Sambusa Pop-Up
    Help Cafe Red celebrate two years of business by showing up for live music from acts like Fantasy A, Julie-C, Lyric Divine, and many others. Plus, feast on vegan sambusas (crispy little pastries filled with savory goods).
    (Rainier Valley, free)
  5. Deify, The Y Axes, Brainard
    Fans of AC/DC and Tom Petty might enjoy an evening with bluesy rockers Deify. Catch them after openers the Y Axes and Brainard. 
    (Capitol Hill, $8/$10)
  6. Floral Tattoo, Bad Time Friend, Tarsier Eyes, Sour Girl
    As you might gather from their name, Floral Tattoo play a mix of folk and punk. They’ll be joined by “campfire-rock band Bad Time Friend, ambient noise project Tarsier Eyes, and “the super depressing Regina Spektor of Seattle,” Sour Girl.
    (University District, $5-$10)
  7. General Mojo’s, Glasys, Kate Olson
    If you like your psych-pop equipped with fuzzy guitar, drippy (and trippy) synths, and vocal harmonies, local five-piece General Mojo’s won’t disappoint. They’ll be welcomed with opening sets by Portland electronic artist Glasys and local saxophonist Kate Olson.
    (Ballard, $10)
  8. The Gin Joints
    Birch Pereira and the Gin Joints will provide you with swing, country, and rock-inspired originals.
    (Bothell, free)
  9. KEXP & Seattle Center Present: Concerts at the Mural
    In true KEXP summertime fashion, the station will be partnering with Seattle Center to provide another enjoyable round of free family-friendly concerts this year at the Mural Amphitheater, located within the heart of Seattle Center. Local and touring artists are included in each year’s lineup, with Wolf Parade, Dumb, and Jock Tears kicking off the showcase.
    (Seattle Center, free)
  10. Leif Totusek 1-2-3
    Local jazz pros Leif Totusek, Larry Jones, and Phil Sparks will combine their powers.
    (Green Lake, free)
  11. LNM: Colette, Ramiro, Shannon O, Tony H
    For this Late Night Munchies-hosted dance party, Chicago-born, LA-based underground dance-music artist Colette will bring her sounds to Seattle. Before her set, dance to Ramiro, Shannon O, and Tony H. 
    (Downtown, $10)
  12. Miller-Adams-Scully Trio // Jim Knodle
    With Casey Adams on drums, Gregg Miller on sax, and Tom Scully on guitar, the aptly named Miller-Adams-Scully Trio will take the stage after horn improviser Jim Knodle.
    (Greenwood, free)
  13. Nanami Ozone, Hoop, Fluung
    Local weirdo punx come together for one night only in Eastlake, with sets by Nanami Ozone (featuring members of Numb Bats out of Phoenix), Hoop, and Fluung.
    (Eastlake, $8)
  14. Purple Stardust – A Prince & Bowie Dance Party
    Shake your star stuff to wild tracks by pop kings David Bowie and Prince at this dance party staffed by local Bowie and Prince impersonators.
    (Capitol Hill, $5)PERFORMANCE
  15. Anonymous
    “Live Performance Art Dance piece by New York artist Yoko Murakami in collaboration with NW natives Laura Sullivan Cassidy & Charlie Schuck. Patient: Group Art Exhibition will present a dance performance, a collaboration between New York performance artist Yoko Murakami and Northwesterners Laura Sullivan Cassidy and Charlie Schuck.
    (Pioneer Square, free) READINGS & TALKS
  16. Heather Redmond: Grave Expectations
    Did Charles Dickens solve a murder involving a spinster in a wedding gown in real life? Not that we know of. But he does just that—with the help of his fiancée Kate Hogarth (who did become his wife IRL)—in Heather Redmond’s new historical fiction novel Grave Expectations. Hear the author read.
    (University District, free)
  17. Oyinkan Braithwaite: My Sister, the Serial Killer
    Nigerian debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite will read from My Sister, The Serial Killer, a surprisingly funny, pulpy noir-style thriller.
    (Capitol Hill, free)VISUAL ART
  18. Art Show Opening
    See art curated by Seattle artist KJ Bateman.
    (Green Lake, free)



  19. Meet Us at the Beach: Low Tide Beach Walks
    Seattle Aquarium beach naturalist volunteers will show you around the tidepools at Richmond Beach, Carkeek Park, Golden Gardens, and other local shores, where you can see and learn about sea stars, barnacles, moon snails, and other creatures.
    (Various locations, free)FESTIVALS
  20. festival:festival
    This multidisciplinary festival offers the chance for photographers, multimedia artists, dancers, and others to create artwork on intersectional identities. Among the participants are some of Seattle’s most active and appreciated: singer-songwriter JusMoni, filmmaker/artist/musician Clyde Petersen, slam poet J Mase III, visual artist Ryna Frankel, queer indigenous hip-hop artist Dakota Camacho, choreographer Alice Gosti, and many others.
    (Various locations, free)MUSIC
  21. Marlin James
    Join Marlin James and friends for rompin’ stompin’ bluegrass.
    (Green Lake, $5)VISUAL ART
  22. Anne Marie Nequette
    If you’re too terrified to think directly about sea level rise and its effect on dense coastal cities, let Nequette provide the intermediary of abstract collage inspired by this environmental plight.
    (Pioneer Square, free)
    Opening reception Saturday
  23. Bisco Smith: More Than We Know
    Though the work is rather straightforward, New York artist Bisco Smith makes black-and-white exciting. The marks on his canvas resemble writing, like it’s actually trying to communicate something through words to the viewer. That’s—in part—due to his process of creation. Selecting an instrumental song or beat to play as he paints, Smith then freestyles lyrics “that express the consciousness and energy of that moment.” Although these lyrics aren’t exactly legible (at least to my eye), the paintings pulse with life. Drawing on his background as a street artist, Smith often composes his works using materials like household paint, rollers, spray paint, and white paste. JASMYNE KEIMIG
    (Pioneer Square, free)
    Closing Saturday
  24. Peter Gronquist: Searcher
    Portland-based sculptor-painter-taxidermist Peter Gronquist’s latest show “explores light as an added material to his paintings.” Some of these paintings—though that word strains under the weight of what Gronquist is actually doing—fall somewhere between a James Turrell space and a Dan Flavin installation. He’s interested in how light plays off the surface of his work, using Plexiglas (a type of acrylic) as part of each piece, adding LED lights to certain paintings and not to others. Additionally, Gronquist will also show A Visual History of the Invisible, a series that attempts to capture the shapes and constant presence of the wind. JASMYNE KEIMIG
    (South Lake Union, free)
    Closing Saturday
  25. Resident Artist Exhibition
    Get acquainted with the diverse styles and achievements of Pottery Northwest Resident Artists such as Ryana Lawson, Soe Yu Nwe, and Tzyy Yi Young.
    (Seattle Center, free)
    Opening reception Saturday
  26. Uses of History
    Guest curated by Melissa E. Feldman, Uses of History explores how artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond engage with history and the past. Each artist comes from a different part of the arts and crafts world (painting, glass, weaving, film), and revisits “histories that haunt the present, seeking connection—or a reckoning—with the past.” The show includes major artists exhibiting in the PNW for the first time: Abbas Kowsari of Iran, Haris Epaminonda of Cyprus, and Jeremy Deller from the UK. Uses of History also serves as the North American debut of a few films: Deller’s Everybody in the Place: An Incomplete History of Britain 1984–1992 and Epaminonda’s Chimera (which is currently showing at the Venice Biennale!). JASMYNE KEIMIG
    (Georgetown, free)
    Closing Saturday
  27. yəhaw̓
    Mark the opening of a new arts space in Seattle by attending the opening exhibition, yəhaw̓, curated by Tracy Rector (Choctaw/Seminole), Asia Tail (Cherokee Nation), and Satpreet Kahlon and featuring 200 pieces by indigenous artists working in all sorts of mediums.
    (Pioneer Square, free)
    Closing Saturday



  28. Magnolia Summerfest
    Parades, live music, food, Urban Craft Uprising vendors, outdoor movies, bouncy houses, and much more will all be within reach at the Magnolia Summerfest throughout Seafair Weekend.
    (Magnolia, free)
  29. Umoja Fest
    Celebrate African diaspora culture in the Northwest by joining the Africatown Heritage Parade (featuring dance troops and drill teams), dancing to live music (including Soul N the Park, a roots stage, and a hip-hop stage), watching the Heal the Hood Basketball Tournament, eating from food trucks, and shopping for goods at a marketplace.
    (Atlantic, free)PERFORMANCE
  30. GreenStage: Backyard Bard and Shakespeare in the Park
    For even more outdoor Shakespeare (in addition to Wooden O productions), check out plein-air performances by GreenStage: full-length stagings of the history play Henry IV: Part 2 (directed by Chris Shea with gender-flexible casting) and the comedy Taming of the Shrew (directed with a feminist twist by Jennifer Crooks)—plus “Backyard Bard”‘s one-hour, four-player versions of Measure for Measure and The Merry Wives of Windsor.
    (Various locations, free)
  31. Wooden O Productions
    Seattle Shakespeare Company will present two free, outdoor plays: an all-male Twelfth Night for the comedic half (directed by Mary Machala) and a no-male Romeo and Juliet (directed by Leah Adcock-Starr) for the tragic counterpart. Catch them in Seattle and all around the Sound.
    (Various locations, free) VISUAL ART
  32. Dede Falcone: And So It Is
    Falcone’s rich, jammy colors swirl together in expressions of “placement, displacement, connection, and fragmentation of human connectedness to the natural environment.”
    (Capitol Hill, free)
    Closing Sunday
  33. Erin Kendig: Giants
    These gouache and watercolor paintings double as love letters to Northwest flora and fungi. Using mixed perspectives, patterns, curious symmetries, and sinuous lines, Kendig evokes animistic landscapes and mushrooms and plants with plenty of personality.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
    Closing Sunday
  34. Rick Araluce: The Night Theater
    Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Araluce specializes in detailed, illusion-filled, faintly sinister tiny dioramas that look incredibly realistic and impart feelings of delicious disorientation. It feels like you’re peeking into a parallel universe that isn’t quite to scale with ours.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
    Closing Sunday
  35. Xenobia Bailey, Henry Jackson-Spieker, Marita Dingus, Nastassja Swift: Installations
    The new Central District gallery Wa Na Wari is accomplishing something beautiful: nurturing the legacy of black creativity in the neighborhood, formerly a bastion of Seattle’s African American culture, by, among other things, exhibiting the work of excellent artists. This group of installations should be an impressive demonstration of the possibilities of this approach, with four prominent black artists contributing new work. Crochet master Xenobia Bailey, who’s had pieces exhibited in many museums, crafts marvelous trippy hats, mandalas, sculptures, and more out of textiles. Guggenheim Fellowship winner Marita Dingus produces mixed-media sculptures using salvaged materials. Accomplished sculptor Henry Jackson-Spieker, known for small- and large-scale sculptures, “explores tension, balance and symmetry” and innovatively interrogates gallery space. Rising Virginian artist Nastassja Swift creates felted fiber dolls as well as paint, print, and performance works. Any one of these artists would be worth seeing; taken together, they make up something unmissable.
    (Central District, free)
    Opening reception Saturday



  36. Celebrate the Birthdays of Social Security & Medicare: Expand Social Security! Medicare for All!
    Local and visiting leaders (including Pramila Jayapal and Teresa Mosqueda) will celebrate the birthday of Social Security and Medicare by calling on Congress to make the programs accessible to all.
    (Mount Baker, free)
  37. Global Playground
    Northwest Folklife presents a day of kids- and family-focused live music, art-making, and games in the sun (we hope). Take in live sets from Laureli, Majorette Dance, and the Washington Diamonds Drill Team and Drumline; craft your own guitar pick and make collages; and play putt-putt, corn hole, and giant Jenga.
    (Seattle Center, free)
  38. Latino Expo 2019
    Immerse yourself in Latinx culture through music and dancing, workshops, food, and more. There will also be free medical screening and childcare.
    (Chinatown-International District, free)FESTIVALS
  39. Adult Recess Seattle
    Adults can re-experience the thrill of recess by enjoying a day of schoolyard games like kickball and four-square (if you were one of the few who played such games voluntarily), dancing to old-school hits by live bands and DJs, and eating childhood snacks from food trucks. Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington and Alaska.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
  40. Art in the Garden
    The Ballard P-Patch will stock up on ice cream, baked goods, beer and wine, and more at this family-friendly affair where you can learn about growing your own organic produce.
    (Ballard, free)
  41. CID Block Party 2019
    Head to Chinatown for a day dedicated to Asian Pacific American culture, featuring live music by local greats like Chong the Nomad, Prometheus Brown, Bambu DePistola, and Kronika; a boozy boba beer garden hosted by East Trading Co.; an outdoor screening of Crazy Rich Asians; a Bar Hunt; and much more.
    (Chinatown-International District, free)
  42. Lake City Summer Festival
    Give Lake City some love by spending the day taking in car shows and feasting at a salmon bake before marching in the grand parade.
    (Lake City, free)
  43. Lusio: A Night to Awaken
    This is a free, family-friendly, inviting evening of light, art, and sound, featuring more than 30 light installations spread throughout the park. Expect to see LED sculptures, infinity mirrors, glowing textiles, crystal caves, and more, plus the weird music showcase Monster Planet and the immersive audiovisual show Modular Seattle.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
  44. Substation Street Fair
    This all-ages street fair promises food, music (like School of Rock Seattle, Beverly Crusher, and Goodtime Hustle), art (like a Push/Pull pop-up gallery), vendors, and hands-on workshops.
    (Ballard, free)FILM
  45. Princess Angeline
    See a documentary about Princess Angeline, the daughter of Chief Seattle, and stay on for a discussion with Duwamish elder Edie Loyer Nelson.
    (Lake City, free)FOOD & DRINK
  46. KURB Street Food Pop-Up
    Scoop up street food like banh mi burgers from Mobile Burgerz at this curbside pop-up.
    (South Lake Union, free)
  47. Summer Park Pop Up
    Sample eats from local vendors like El Chito, Poulet Galore, Mystery Bay Coastal Cuisine, and much more. When you’re not chowing down on savory delights, imbibe some craft spirits and try desserts from Salmonberry Goods, Budapastry, and Seattle Pops.
    (University District, free) GEEK & GAMING
  48. Mario Kart N64 Tournament
    Revert to your early gaming days at this Mario Kart tournament.
    (Beacon Hill, $8)MUSIC
  49. Bad Motivator
    Spokane garage-rockers Bad Motivator and Idaho-based emo pop-punks Bitch Fits will share a bill. 
    (Eastlake, $6/$8)
  50. Daniel Pellegrini, Lonnie Baldwin, Evie B, Pellegrini, Matt Lincoln
    Issaquah-born Daniel Pellegrini will perform ’70s- and ’80s-inspired rock songs from his new album with support from local saxophonist and vocalist Evie B, singer-songwriter Lonnie Baldwin, and Matt Lincoln.
    (West Seattle, $10)
  51. Dead Baby Disco Party
    Prepare your bod for the Dead Baby Downhill by busting out your disco moves and sipping drink specials.
    (Georgetown, free)
  52. Decent at Best, Grandmasters
    Genre-bending dudes Decent at Best aim to please all with their mix of electronic, pop, R&B, and trap. They’ll be joined by Grandmasters.
    (Capitol Hill, $10)
  53. Deseo Carmin
    If you know any flamenco moves, bust them out at this night of music with Latin jazz/funk band Deseo Carmin.
    (Bothell, free)
  54. Show for Shaun Scott District 4!
    Seattle City Council candidate Shaun Scott, who’s running in District 4, will host a fundraiser for his campaign with local bands Nic Masangkay, Bad Saint, and izaac mellow.
    (University District, $6-$10)
  55. The Stockings, Dog House Prayer, Will Medina
    Seattle Brit-pop Americana band (points for originality) the Stockings will perform with additional sets from Dog House Prayer and Will Medina.
    (Greenwood, $7)PERFORMANCE
  56. Meow Mix
    At this drag-filled house music dance party, you’ll be rewarded for looking your absolute worst. Tonight’s special cocktail is a “Gimme Kitty.”
    (Ballard, $10)READINGS & TALKS
  57. Joseph Mosconi: Ashenfolk
    Joseph Mosconi will read from his newly released “10-inch box set of minimalist poetry” alongside Western Washington poets Sarah Galvin (whose poems contain “wild imagery and surprising turns” according to Rich Smith) and Robert Lashley.
    (Capitol Hill, free)RESISTANCE & SOLIDARITY
  58. Civic Saturday at El Centro de la Raza
    Eric Liu will host Civic Saturday, described as “a civic analogue to church”: a service that celebrates the American civic tradition through readings, songs, silent reflection, and a sermon by Liu himself.
    (Beacon Hill, free)SHOPPING
  59. Lander Flea Market & Block Party
    Lander Street will close to make way for a vintage flea market, outdoor music video and film screenings, a BBQ, and more.
    (Beacon Hill, free)SPORTS & RECREATION
  60. Dead Baby Downhill XXIII
    The details of the 23rd annual Dead Baby Downhill include a race start time of 6 p.m. sharp from Captain Black’s and the assertion that you should definitely wear underwear and use a ride-share bike if you can’t find your own. This wildly popular Mad Max-style bike race and party will end in Georgetown with a raucous evening throwdown with booze, live music, bike jousting, a circle of fire, carnival rides, and much more.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
  61. Project 42 Wrestling Presents: THE 4K 4-WAY
    Wrestlers HBQ (aka the “King of Pop Culture”), Rebel Kel, Nick Radford, and Sonico will go head-to-head in this survival match. The winner gets $4,000, so things should get wild.
    (Eastlake, free)



  62. Blues with Highway 99 Blues Club
    Enjoy “blues beats” by the Highway 99 Blues Club on the Seattle waterfront. 
    (Downtown, free)
  63. 2019 Chittenden Locks Summer Concert Series
    June through September, enjoy live music performances from the Pacific Cascade Big Band (Sat) and Seattle Solid GOLD (Sun) in the gardens by the Ballard Locks.
    (Ballard, free)VISUAL ART
  64. Alicia Lisa Brown: Paintings
    Brown interprets the concept of mimicry in the context of post-colonial Caribbean culture and contemporary art, particularly the imitation of the dominant culture and of the upper classes. She works with motifs of collars, hair, pearls, spoons, lace, and canes.
    (West Seattle, free)
    Opening Saturday



  65. Comedy Church
    Local comics will work out their new material at this spirited showcase. 
    (Capitol Hill, free)COMMUNITY
  66. Corgi Races
    Picture this: a single stubby-legged, perma-smiling corgi running around a race track with carefree abandon. Multiply that vision by 70 and you’ve got the third annual Corgi Races, wherein lovable pups compete in six qualifying heats and a final championship. You can also meet adoptable dogs from the Auburn Valley Humane Society in the picnic area.
    (Auburn, $9)
  67. Local Organizing for a World BEYOND War: Potluck & Strategy Session
    Join World BEYOND War Co-Founder David Swanson for a potluck and strategy session on grassroots organizing.
    (University District, free)FESTIVALS
  68. Seattle Russian Festival
    Celebrate all things Russki at this community festival with performances by Russian artists, traditional food (pelmeni, anyone?), and more.
    (Seattle Center, free)MUSIC
  69. Curse League, Velvet Q, Loud Sleepers, Notes
    Seattle’s Curse League will celebrate the end of their tour with a homecoming show at Full Tilt. Grab a scoop or two and play pinball while they rock out with support from their friends Velvet Q, Loud Sleepers, and Notes. 
    (Capitol Hill, $7)
  70. Dawson Shaw, Maddy Smith, Waking Maya
    Alt-rock songwriter Dawson Shaw, hailing from Sultan, Washington, will headline after opening sets from locals Maddy Smith and Waking Maya. 
    (Fremont, $8/$10)
  71. Garden Party, Guests
    Indie ambient math-rock band Garden Party will play an early evening set with additional guests Mia Day and Yada Yada.
    (West Seattle, $5)
  72. Vervex, Hi Crime, Miko Miko
    Dance to boops and beeps from local electronic artist Vervex, plus Hi Crime and Miko Miko.
    (Ballard, $10)READINGS & TALKS
  73. David M. Skover: The People v. Ferlinghetti
    A scholar of the constitutional foundations of free expression, Seattle University law professor David Skover will read from The People v. Ferlinghetti: The Fight to Publish Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, which he co-authored with UW’s K.L. Collins.
    (Capitol Hill, free)
  74. Helena Fox: How It Feels To Float
    A young woman wrestling with incipient mental illness and queer desires finds her world destabilized when her father disappears in this novel by an Australian author.
    (University District, free)VISUAL ART
  75. Zine-Making Workshop and ZAPP Open House
    Check out the ZAPP zine library, originally part of the Hugo House collection, and learn how to make your own mini masterpiece.
    (Downtown, free)