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Originally published Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Milk-carton boats and festivals galore | Weekend Preview

Activities for the weekend of July 12-14, 2013, include the West Seattle Summer Fest, Seafair Milk Carton Derby and Pioneer Square Fire Festival. Films opening include “The Way, Way Back” and “Pacific Rim.”

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AROUND TOWN

West Seattle Summer Fest: Merchant sidewalk sale, arts and crafts vendors street fair, music, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, California Stage and beer garden open later; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, California Avenue Southwest and Southwest Alaska Street, Seattle (206-935-0904 or wsjunction.org/summerfest/ ).

Seafair Milk Carton Derby: Milk-carton boats of all sizes and shapes compete for prizes, kids’ entertainment, SUP (stand up paddleboard) demonstrations and competition, vendors, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Green Lake Park, 7201 E. Green Lake Drive N., Seattle (www.seafair.com).

Pioneer Square Fire Festival: Celebrating the rebirth of Pioneer Square after the Great Seattle Fire of 1889 with antique fire engines, vintage police cars, activities by Last Resort Fire Department, Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum and Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Square Park, Occidental Avenue South and South Main Street, Seattle (www.lastresortfd.org).

AT THE MOVIES

“The Way, Way Back”: A summer coming-of-age comedy starring Liam James as an awkward teenager vacationing with his mom (Toni Collette) and her boyfriend (Steve Carell). It opens Friday at several theaters.

“Pacific Rim”: Guillermo de Toro’s new sci-fi blockbuster wannabe concerns a war between humans and sea creatures. It has previews late Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters (at many in 3D).

“Grown-Ups 2”: This comedy/sequel stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek and Maya Rudolph. It also has late-night previews Thursday and opens Friday at several theaters.

“More Than Honey”: A documentary that looks at honeybee colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. It opens Friday at the Varsity.

“Maniac”: This remake of the 1980 slasher film stars Elijah Wood. It opens Friday at the Grand Illusion.

“The History of Future Folk”: A comedy starring the pop-bluegrass duo Future Folk as extraterrestrials trying to save Earth. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

“The Attack”: A drama about a Tel Aviv surgeon and his wife. It opens Friday at the Sundance Cinemas.

“The Unspeakable Act”: A character study of a young woman’s (Tallie Medel) fixation with her brother. It opens Friday at the Northwest Film Forum.

For reviews and showtimes, go to seattletimes.com/movies or to Friday’s Weekend Plus section.

For more fun this weekend, see Friday’s Weekend Plus. For advance planning, see Sunday’s NW Traveler.

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