Mark your calendars: Beginning next weekend the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle will offer up a summer’s worth of free and ticketed events that make the trip up there even more worth it.
· Ephemeral art installations in the park. Work by Northwest artists Jenny Heishman, Andrew Dadson, Mungo Thomson, Jessica Jackson Hutchins and Whiting Tennis will dot the park beginning June 12, and a new work by Trenton Doyle Hancock involving large sculpture, wall drawings and an interactive public piece (hint: bring lots of plastic bottle caps) will open in the PACCAR pavilion on August 28
· Weekly farmers market. Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 15-Sept. 9 a new Farmer’s Market will be set up along the park’s Z-path, featuring 30 local vendors and chef demonstrations
· Family festivals and performances. An opening Wildflowers Festival noon-3 p.m. June 12 and a closing Salmon Return Festival on Sept. 12 bookend the summer, with kids’ activities and music. In between there are free concerts every Thursday evening from July 15, and a SAM Remix event on Aug. 27 ($15/$12)
· Weekly yoga and drawing in the park. Saturdays see free outdoor yoga classes at 10 a.m., and materials provided for your own drawing dawn-dusk
The Olympic Sculpture Park is part of the Seattle Art Museum, and is open from dawn til dusk every day. 2901 Western Ave., Seattle. Free. 206-654-3100, www.seattleartmuseum.org