8 Things To Do in Thurston County This Weekend, July 19-21

July 18, 2013 


Mercedez Head (from left) of Lacey flies around with her daughter, MJ Dillon, 8, and her cousin Rachal Dillion, 9, as they ride the Scrambler at the Funtastic Shows carnival during the opening day of the Lakefair at Heritage Park on Wednesday.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer

ALL WEEKEND -- Fairly freakin' fun: The behemoth festival that is Lakefair is of course the biggest thing to do this weekend, with the parade on Saturday afternoon, the fireworks on Sunday night, and a whole lot of great food, music and rides in between. The 56th annual celebration runs from noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday, at around Capitol Lake in Olympia. Admission is free, but you'll need to bring money for rides, games, food, etc. For more information, call 360-943-7344 or go to www.lakefair.org -- or read Molly Gilmore's story about the somewhat surprising new group joining the parade this year. It's elsewhere at www.theolympian.com/entertainment.

FRIDAY -- A walk in the grass: Join the Park Stewardship staff for a GUIDED WALK THROUGH GRASS LAKE NATURE PARK from 10 a.m. to noon Friday. The tour will feature information about the park history, flora and fauna. Take in the scenic views and capture photos of wildlife and flowers. Admission is $5. Call 360-753-8380 to register or visit olympiawa.gov/experienceit.

SATURDAY -- An evening with the King: Saturday is going to be a night for Elvis Presley fans at Lacey’s Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE. The Lacey in Tune summer concerts and outdoor movie series will first feature the ILLUSION OF ELVIS when Danny Vernon takes the stage performing songs from all three decades of Elvis’ career. He was endorsed as one of the top 10 Elvises in the world by Elvis Presley Enterprises in 2010. Following the 7 p.m. concert, stick around for a screening of the Elvis movie “BLUE HAWAII” on the big outdoor screen. Admission is free.

SUNDAY -- A good grillin‘: Check out some of the best backyard Joes in the area as well as professionals at the THURSTON COUNTY BBQ COOK OFF at Piper’s Playground, 818 79th Ave. SE, Olympia. Compete or just eat at this A Fab World charity event. Besides barbecue, there will be local vendors, nonprofit and community organizations on hand for a fun day of food and information. It is 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; admission is free. For more information, call 360-754-2868 or go online to afabworld.org.

ALL WEEKEND -- Catch a play: One show is opening this weekend, and three are continuing.

Animal Fire Theatre takes on "JULIUS CAESAR" as its annual al fresco Shakespeare production — this year in a new location: that hotbed of politics, the Capitol Campus. Showtimes are 6:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday (it runs through the first weekend in August) at the Water Garden near the Korean War memorial on the Capitol Campus. Admission is free. For more information, go to facebook.com/AnimalFireTheatre -- or read Molly Gilmore's article at www.theolympian.com/entertainment.

With the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, director Linda Whitney has remodeled Harlequin Productions’ “JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR” with a 21st century update. The show has been extended through July 27 at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$38; rush tickets are available 30 minutes before curtain. Call 360-786-0151.

It’s the final weekend of Capitol Playhouse’s Kids at Play summer children’s theater program production of “THE WHO'S TOMMY.” Based on the Tony Award-winning 1993 Broadway rock opera, the play features the talents of local young actors. The show is at the playhouse, 612 E. Fourth Ave., Olympia. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 students. Call 360-943-2744.

Olympia Little Theatre’s “LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE” is a mostly funny and sometimes touching piece of theater about women’s clothes, shoes, purses – and lives. It’s playing now through July 28 at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Show times are 7:55 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with matinees at 1:55 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12-$15. Call 360-786-9484 or go online at olympialittletheater.org for more information.

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