The Weekend Guide

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Northwest Chocolate Festival

What: More than three dozen chocolatiers touting samples of their finest desserts converge at the Seattle Center for the third annual event.
Why: Tastings, live music, workshops, culinary demonstrations, and a beer and wine garden for perfect pairing.
When: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Northwest Rooms, 305 Harrison St. Tickets ($20-$40) online at nwchocolate.com.

Melissa Clark at Book Larder

What: The new Fremont cookbook shop hosts the James Beard Award-winning New York Times food columnist for a potluck in celebration of her new book, Cook This Now.
Why: Whip up a favorite Clark dish and take it along.
When: Tonight, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: 4252 Fremont Ave. N. (206-397-4271).

Heineken City Arts Fest

What: A three-day music and arts bender, including works by more than 170 local and national artists and musical acts.
Why: Headliners include alt-country/rock crooner Ryan Adams and hip-hop duo Blackalicious.
When: Today-Sat.
Where: Twenty venues around town. Tickets (all-access pass, $69; single, prices vary) online at cityartsfest.com.

Thread Show

What: Scour the racks for gems by emerging artists, designers, and local boutiques. Cocktails, manicures, DJ-spun tunes, and sweet schwag bags are all part of the fun.
Why: Snag half-price VIP tickets online at dailycandydeals.com.
When: Sun., noon-5 p.m.; VIP access begins at 11 a.m.
Where: Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion, 305 Harrison St. R.S.V.P. for discounted regular tickets ($5) online at threadshow.com. Tickets ($10-$25) at the door.

Cal’s Classic American

What: South Enders get a taste of acclaimed Seattle chef Shannon Galusha’s (Bastille, Veil) culinary prowess at up-and-coming Kent Station.
Why: Classic comfort dishes like wood-fired pizza, steak salad, and donut scraps, all with a Galusha spin.
When: Opens Sat. Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri. & Sat., 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 504 Ramsay Way, Kent (253-327-1966).

Photo: Courtesy of Northwest Chocolate Festival

Book Larder
4252 Fremont Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
Cal's Classic American
504 Ramsay Way
Kent Station
Kent, WA 98032
305 Harrison St
@ 5th Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109