Get Wild: Mayhem Festival
Heavy metal from around the world escalates to deafening volumes with three stages of extreme riffage.
Power chords: Picks of the fest are epic power metal masters Mastodon and Finnish headbangers Children of Bodom.
Today 1p. White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Rd SE, Auburn (800) 653-8000. $20-105 here.
Nearby: Zola's; Odd Fellas; Flying Fish Sushi
Light Up The Night: Fireworks over Lake Union
Our Fourth of July spectacular almost didn't happen, but new sponsors stepped in to deliver the pyrotechnic show we deserve.
Bring a fork: A pie-eating contest, live music, and a beer garden will keep you busy until the explosions start at 10:20p.
Thu Noon-11p. Gas Works Park. 2101 N Northlake Way, Wallingford (206-684-4075). Free.
Nearby: Blind Pig Bistro; Ivar's; Joule
Drink Deep: Beerfest
If you didn't get your fill of beers on the Fourth, Friday sees three straight days of sudsy splendor at Seattle Center.
Tons of taps: We're talking more than 200 different brews from 16 countries, plus food and music.
Fri-Sun. Seattle Center Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St, Queen Anne (206-684-7200). $25-45 here.
Nearby: The Sitting Room; Sully's; Paragon
Rise From Your Grave: Red, White, & Dead Zombie Walk
Thousands of faux-undead will try to beat Minneapolis's record for the largest zombie assembly in one place.
No mere mortal can resist: Activities include a grocery store invasion and a re-enactment of the classic Thriller dance.
Sat 3p. Seattle Center Next 50 Plaza, 305 Harrison St, Queen Anne (206-684-7200). Free.
Nearby: Lola; Black Bottle; The 5 Point Cafe