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The Mix is back with this week’s Friday Five. It’s a weekend bookended by holiday fireworks, but there also plenty of other stuff to do, like these five really amazing, hand-picked events happening in the PNW this weekend that you won’t want to miss.


Friday, July 1

Canada Day Fireworks Cruise / 25 Year Anniversary Party
Friday, July 1 / 7pm
501 Denman St, Vancouver
$35 / 19+

It’s Canada Day, which means day drinking, fireworks and, this year, the 25th anniversary of Vancouver’s largest floating T-dance! Get your tickets asap because it’ll probably sell out. Get to the docks early to avoid the road closures for the parade, then relax and dance out on the water to music from Zach Shore and DJ Harris. Don’t forget to wear your red and white!


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World of WearableArt™ Opening Night
Friday, July 1 / 8pm
EMP Museum (325 5th Ave N, Seattle)
$29 / 21+

EMP is celebrating the North American debut of New Zealand’s largest art show, World of WearableArt (WOW) , with an awe-inspiring evening where fashion and art collide. Although there is no dress code, attendees are encouraged to come adorned in festive attire—from your favorite shoes and accessories to an entire ensemble that makes a bold statement on your personal style.


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Saturday, July 2

Emerald City Softball Classic
Saturday, July 2 – Sunday July 3
Various Locations, Seattle

It’s that time of year again when Seattle’s gay softball league takes over the bars and ballfields around town all weekend. If you a fan of softball, or just softball players, you’ve probably already got this one on your calendar. If not, check out the link to see all the schedules.


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case/lang/veirs at Oregon Zoo
Saturday, July 2 / 7pm
Oregon Zee (4001 SW Canyon Rd, Portland)
$43.50

Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs hit the stage for a live performance of the incredible new album case/lang/veirs. Pitchfork calls the album from these three Americana powerhouse performers an “exquisite tribute to connection and reflection on the things that bind us.” This concer will sap your going out money pretty early on in the month but, aside from seeing this super trio live, you’ll get a digital copy of the album, too.


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We Are Family: A Fundraiser for Orlando
Saturday, July 2 / 7pm
Holocene (1001 SE Morrison St, Portland)
$10 / 21+

If you’re heading to a queer fundraiser for our brothers and sisters in Orlando, this is the one to check out. Music from DJs Sappho, HOLD MY HAND, David Sylvester, Chelsea Starr, SPF666, Stormy Roxx, and Airick X with performances by Wolfgang X, DieAna Dae, and Tammie Brown. Plus, Holocene hasn’t giving any longstanding queer parties the boot to placate the EDM crowd like some other watering holes have. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to the PulseVictim Fund.


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