6 things to do in South Sound this weekend, Aug. 30-Sept. 2

August 29, 2013 

Sand Man race heat skipper Bob Powell checks his watch seconds before the start of the third heat last year at the annual Harbor Days tug races in Budd Inlet.

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Ahoy water lovers: The annual HARBOR DAYS festival will take over the central shores of Budd Inlet from Percival Landing to the Port Plaza from Friday evening through Sunday. Hours for the free festival are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The festival includes a full slate of live music, as well as boat tours, food vendors, arts & crafts booths, kids activities, and the ever-popular tugboat races at 1 p.m. Sunday, with live updates on Mixx 96.1 FM radio. For more information, go to harbordays.com.

FRIDAY -- Monster at the mansion: The State Capital Museum wraps up its outdoor classic film series MOVIES AT THE MANSION at 8:30 p.m. Friday with a not-so-old classic: Mel Brooks’ 1974 spoof “YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.” Head to the front lawn of the historic Lord Mansion, home to the museum, at 211 21st Ave. SW, Olympia, with your lawn chairs, blankets and bug repellent then get ready to laugh. Snacks and drinks will be sold before and during the show; complimentary coffee will be offered. Admission is free, but a donation of $2 is suggested.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY -- Wedding bell blues: Harlequin Productions presents Alan Ball’s comedy “FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS” about the drama of being a bridesmaid. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (plus Sept. 5-7 and 12-14), and 2 p.m. Sunday (plus Sept. 8) at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $32 general admission, $28 for seniors and military, $20 for students. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151 or go to harlequinproductions.org. SATURDAY -- High-altitude tunes: The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument will present the third of its three-part MUSIC ON THE MOUNTAIN concert series with music from funk/soul/pop/jazz band THE BROWN EDITION 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Johnston Ridge Observatory. Organized in partnership with the Cowlitz County Economic Development Council, the outdoor music series provides concertgoers with spectacular crater views, free music, and food and drinks available for purchase at the amphitheater. Rain cancels the event. For more information on the concert series, go to www.facebook.com/MusicOnTheMnt. To check for cancellations due to weather, call 360-449-7804.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Yum: If you love barbecue, head to Columbus Park on Black Lake Saturday or Sunday for Americans for a Better World Charity’s THURSTON COUNTY BBQ COOKOFF GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both day, and there will be a Chili Cookoff on Saturday as well. Compete or just eat, and enjoy live music and local vendors and learn about sustainable solutions. For more information on parking and camping at the event, call Columbus Park at 360-786-9460; email afabworld@gmail.com or call 360-754-2868 for other details.

SUNDAY -- Royal preview: Harlequin Productions is inviting the public to listen in on the first read-through of its next play, Shakespeare’s “HENRY V,” at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Wine Cellar Room at Waterstreet Cafe, 610 Water St., Olympia. The production’s eight actors, playing 38 roles, will read the play out loud for the first time together. The cast includes many familiar faces, including Jason Marr, Daniel Flint, Frank Lawler, Casey Brown, Russ Holm, Christian Doyle and Maggie Lofquist, plus newcomer Taryn Pearce. Admission is free; audience members who want to have dinner and make a night of it are encouraged to arrive early for dinner. The full production of the play opens the first week in October. For more information, go to harlequinproductions.org.

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