THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Folksy festival: Seattle's Northwest Folklife Festival is synonymous with Memorial Day for many people -- and this year's festival will feature a handful of Olympia bands. (Read about them in Rosemary Ponnekanti's piece elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.) The festival runs 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday through Monday at the Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Admission is by donation. For more information, go to nwfolklife.org/festival for a complete schedule (also available as a mobile app). Remember: Parking is difficult and expensive around the Seattle Center. You can take public transportation, or park at the South Renton Park and Ride (South Grady Way and Shattuck Avenue South) and take a King County Metro shuttle for $2.50 to the festival.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- A monster of a festival: The Gorge Amphitheatre kicks off its summer season with the super hip SASQUATCH! MUSIC FESTIVAL. The 12th annual indie music festival offers four days (Friday through Monday) of famous and not-so-famous players at the amphitheatre near Quincy, overlooking the Columbia River. This year's headliners are Seattle's own MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS, SIGUR ROS, MUMFORD & SONS, THE POSTAL SERVICE and THE LUMINEERS. Tickets are officially sold out. Four-day passes were going for more than $600 on the secondary online market on Thursday; single-day tickets were around $200 at stubhub.com earlier this week. If you still want more information, go to sasquatchfestival.com -- or just read about the fest elsewhere at www.theolympian.com.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- New musical premieres: Olympia Family Theater presents the premiere of Ted Ryles "Cinder Edna," an original musical adaptation of Ellen Jacksons story about Cinder Ella and her spunky and little-known neighbor Edna. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theater, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $16 general admission; $12 for students, seniors and military; $9 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 360-570-1638 or go to olyft.org or tickets.washingtoncenter.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's preview elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/living.
THROUGH THE WEEKEND -- Plays galore: Theres still time to take in other local theater companies spring productions as well.
South Puget Sound Community Colleges production of VIEW OF THE DOME tells the story of an idealistic young Washington attorney trying to make a difference. It is running now through June 2 at the Minnaert Center for the Arts Black Box at SPSCC, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia. Tickets are $12 for adults; $7 for students, seniors and military. Pay what you can for Thursday performances. Go to wcpa.squarespace.com for tickets.
GLOUCESTER BLUE, a dark comedy by Israel Horovitz, is presented by Harlequin Productions through June 1 at State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $31 for adults, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. Go to harlequinproductions.org, or call 360-786-0151.
This is the final weekend for LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL playing at Capital Playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Tickets are $33-$39 for adults, $28-$34 for youth and seniors. Call 360-943-2744 or go to capitalplayhouse.com.
SATURDAY -- Roots royalty: With wry humor, virtuoso harmonica, soulful blues, hot pickin and sweet country vocals, KINGS OF MONGREL are talented, zany and widely respected roots musicians. See them in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
SATURDAY -- Grillin for glory: If you love barbecue, either cooking or eating it, then you wont want to miss the annual AFAB World-sponsored BBQ BY THE LAKE competition. It offers amateur grillers and pitmasters the opportunity to compete for trophies, recognition and bragging rights. Come out to Columbus Park, 5700 Black Lake Blvd. SW, for a day of good eats, demonstrations, tips and fun from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free, parking at the park is $6 a day. For more information, go to afabworld.org MONDAY -- Memorial jazz: Serving up jazz standards and originals, THE GRETA JANE QUARTET features vocalist Greta Jane Pederson, Vince Brown on guitar, Cary Black on bass, and Andrew Dorsett on keyboard. Finish up your Memorial Day Weekend seeing them live from 8-10:30 p.m. Monday at the Royal Lounge, 311 Capitol Way N. A donation of $5 is suggested as a cover.