Crank It Up

No longer Seattle’s dumping ground, South Park is about to experience something the likes of which it’s never seen before: art, bicycles, and live music. The neighborhood’s first-ever Crank It Up festival will give participants the opportunity to make their own velo-art, with free decorations available to give Schwinns a new shine. After the detailing (starting at 1 p.m.), cyclists will crank their pedals in an art parade (at 3 p.m.). (Is this just another opportunity to ride naked through the streets? We’re guessing the event will be slightly more conservative and family-oriented.) Bands including ManAlive will also play, while local artists display and sell their work. (More bands, and booze, will attend the after-party at the County Line Bar.) Who knows—maybe a little artistic expression will suddenly made your crotch rocket a collectible. Cesar Chavez Park, Seventh Avenue South and South Cloverdale Street, Free. 1–8 p.m. JOSHUA LYNCH

Sat., July 12, 1 p.m., 2008

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