Seattle’s Freakout Festival returns to celebrate its 10-year anniversary of putting on live music with an event that promises to help you “find your favorite band without realizing it,” said Guy Keltner, festival director and Acid Tongue frontman.
To prepare attendees for what to expect, Keltner has put together a curated playlist of 176 songs on Spotify (search for “Freakout X”). It is all part of how he hopes audiences will come to find music they then want to see live that they wouldn’t have discovered otherwise.
“This whole fest has really become so special to us because we’re able to hook people with maybe a name or two, but most of the time people don’t know anything about it. They’ll go blindly in and listen to the playlist we’ve put together and be like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve found like 20 bands I loved that I’m going to be planning on seeing that weekend,’ ” Keltner said. “Don’t just see the local bands you love, go out and support everybody. Try to check things out.”
The festival has caught more national attention and was recently featured in Rolling Stone France. For Keltner, he is excited about bringing in talented performers from around the world.
“There is a lot of younger talent I’m especially stoked to bring out, specifically some of the bands from Mexico. Sgt. Papers are one of the coolest [expletive] rock bands. They’re from a town called Hermosillo in northern Mexico,” Keltner said. “They also work closely with one of the other artists in the lineup called Margaritas Podridas. They’re a returning band, but they’re absolutely a highlight for you to be tuned into.”
This is all part of the festival’s commitment to showcasing a wide array of talent from artists that break the mold of who would typically be given the opportunity to perform.
“It’s not representation for the sake of representation, it’s good music for the sake of good music, but it’s just nice seeing that the talent pool has changed in the last 15 years. It used to just be four white dudes with guitars,” Keltner said.
This year, they’re also planning on bringing something different for attendees: an outdoor stage.
“Our main stage is always at Salmon Bay Eagles Club in their upstairs banquet hall. On the street in front of it, we’re closing it down and will have a beer garden with a covered standing area and stage that’s 100% local talent that’s performing,” Keltner said.
Freakout Festival takes place Nov. 10-13 at Tractor Tavern (5213 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle), Salmon Bay Eagles (5216 20th Ave. N.W., Seattle), Sunset Tavern (5433 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle), Conor Byrne (5140 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle), Hotel Albatross (2319 N.W. Market St., Seattle) and Caffe Umbria (5407 Ballard Ave. N.W., Seattle). Four-day tickets are $155. Two-day tickets for Friday and Saturday at $125. VIP tickets, which provide perks like swag, line skip at all venues and two daily drink tickets are $265 for all four days or $185 for Friday and Saturday. Find tickets, event schedules and more at the-freakout.com.
Here are some other events happening Nov. 11-17 in the Puget Sound area. If you would like to submit an event for consideration, please email your event details to email@example.com.
This 21-and-older event features performance artist La Petite Mort exploring “the vivacious heartbeat of cult culture.” It will also include performances from Nox Falls “The Naughty Body,” Black Hearts Society, Meg Austin and Carson St. Clair. Buy tickets online; $28. 9211 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle; 2fingerssocial.com
Looking to get some new equipment to tear up the slopes? The 36th annual Newport Ski and Snowboard Swap is returning for an event that boasts 10,000 new and used snow sports gear items that will get you ready for the winter season. Buyers must preregister for a time online; $10/person and $20/family (first hour only), free entry after the first hour. 4333 Factoria Blvd. S.E., Bellevue; newportskiswap.com
A chance to discover some treasures for the holidays, this three-day fair will offer decorations, household goods, crafted items, jewelry, games and toys. There will also be a raffle as well as baked goods. Free. 630 Seventh Ave. N., Edmonds; holyrosaryedmonds.org
It’s ohfishially the time of year when salmon make their way back into area streams, and Mary Olson Farm is giving you a chance to see their fishy friends in-person. This educational event will give attendees the chance to observe spawning salmon, take part in the water testing and learn about the crucial role salmon play in the ecosystem. Free. 28728 Green River Road, Kent; wrvmuseum.org/events-entry/salmonfest
A vegan meal that doubles as a celebration of Pasado’s Safe Haven’s rescued turkeys, this family-friendly event will have a variety of roasts as well as mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, cranberry orange sauce, green bean casserole, beet and kale salad, and mini-pumpkin pies to get your mouth watering. Register online; $35. pasadosafehaven.org
Featuring more than 25 breweries, cideries and wineries, plus food and live music, this annual 21-and-older event will offer a variety of themed events at local bars and restaurants throughout the weekend. There will be an outdoor tent (dogs are not allowed). Purchase tickets online; $40. Location varies; hopsontherock.com
The Variety Plus Theater is presenting an original musical adaptation of an Italian version of Rapunzel featuring 30 Seattle-area youth and adults. This family-friendly event will have two performances, a matinee and an evening show. Buy tickets online; $17. 8011 Wallingford Ave. N., Seattle; varietyplus.org
After a two-year hiatus, the yearly cook-off is returning for its 25th year with professional and amateur cooks alike preparing their best chili and chowder. It will have opportunities to taste the results from more than 20 participants as well as beer and wine plus a raffle. Buy tickets online; $15-$20. 606 Arrowhead Road, Camano Island; camanoisland.org
Presented by the Bellevue Garden Society, this walk through lichen will be hosted by Katherine Glew and provide insights into the organisms that we find on so many common plants. Members $24.50, nonmembers $35. 12001 Main St., Bellevue; bellevuebotanical.org
Looking to get in the holiday spirit? This event is the place to do it with everything from food, candles, stuffed toys, jewelry and more from local vendors as well as an afternoon performance by the folk dance group Trejdeksnitis. Free. 11710 Third Ave. N.E., Seattle; seattlelatviancenter.com
The string quartet in residence at The Juilliard School is bringing its talents to the Meany Center for the Performing Arts. It will be performing Jörg Widmann’s new string quartet, which will be then paired with Beethoven’s Op. 133. Purchase tickets online; prices vary. 4040 George Washington Lane N.E., Seattle; meanycenter.org
Part of a series of community discussions with panelists ranging from legal experts to activists, this event will specifically focus on policy and advocacy strategy centered on the current political landscape facing the LGBTQIA+ community. The event will include a networking mixer as well as a Q&A after the panel discussion. Buy tickets online; prices vary. 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville; seattlepride.org
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