This week: bourbon and bubble battles, boats on parade, and some face time with Garrison Keillor.
The Mountain Goats
Showbox at the Market | 1426 First Ave.
Tuesday, June 10, 9 p.m.
John Darnielle and Peter Hughes last toured the West Coast back in 2007, so it’s no wonder that shows scheduled in Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and Portland have already sold out. Luckily, tickets are still available for their one-night-only stint at Showbox—best to buy in advance, unless you don’t mind waiting another seven years. ($22.50 in advance, $25 at the door)
Battle of the Bourbons
The Barrel Thief | 3417 Evanston Ave. N.
Wednesday, June 11, 7 p.m.
Kings aren’t typically voted into power, but the quest for the crown takes a decidedly democratic turn at the first Battle of the Bourbons, where participants blindly sample 6 of 12 available pours, then vote for their favorite. The reward for doing your civic duty: 20% off any bourbon on the menu for the rest of the night. ($10)
University Book Store | 4326 University Way NE
Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m.
On tour to promote his latest book, The Keillor Reader, the host of A Prairie Home Companion reads excerpts from the collection, which includes essays, poems, columns, Prairie monologues, and even some unpublished pieces. Afterward, fans can stick around to meet the author and have their book signed. (free)
Seattle Waterfront Classic Weekend: Sail-In Parade
Bell Harbor Marina | 2203 Alaskan Way
Friday, June 13, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
Watch as the West Coast’s largest collection of classic yachts—more than 40 total—makes its way along the waterfront in preparation for the Seattle Waterfront Classic Weekend. The parade can be viewed from any of the downtown piers or from Myrtle Edwards Park. (free)
Bubble Battle Seattle
Cal Anderson Park | 1635 11th Ave.
Saturday, June 14, 3 p.m.
It’s the age-old question: are you a Zook or a Yook? You’ll have to pick a side in this sudsy street brawl inspired (loosely) by the Dr. Seuss classic The Butter Battle Book. Dress the part (orange for Zooks, blue for Yooks); bring bubbles, bubble toys, bubble generators; and prepare for some literal squeaky-clean fun—just leave the butter at home.