7 things to do in South Sound this weekend, June 20-22

Staff writerJune 19, 2014 

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FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Show your pride: Olympia’s annual Capital City Pride Festival including parade and party is hosted by and for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied community and its supporters. The kickoff party and street dance is Friday night at the Urban Onion on Legion Way. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Sylvester Park, with the parade starting at noon Sunday on the Capitol steps, where it will head north on Capitol Way, turn east on Fifth Avenue and then head south on Washington Street to the park. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of events, go to capitalcitypride.net.

FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Rockin’ the Bard: Harlequin Productions revives Scot and Bruce Whitney’s original musical version of the Shakespearean comedy “Twelfth Night” with their “A Rock ’n’ Roll Twelfth Night.” Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (June 20) and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $38 general admission, $35 for military and seniors, $25 for students and those younger than 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For more information, call 360-786-0151, go to harlequinproductions.org and read Molly Gilmore’s story elsewhere at http://www.theolympian.com/arts.

SATURDAY -- Berry juicy: Now in its 78th year, the Strawberry Festival at South Bay Grange has become a tradition. There will be entertainment, vendors, strawberry shortcake, and lots of family activities noon-6 p.m. Saturday at the Grange, 3918 Sleater-Kinney Road NE, Olympia. Admission is free. The event benefits the children’s theater company BK Musical Productions.

SATURDAY -- Opa! Go Greek at Little Creek Casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton, at its Greek Food Festival Saturday. Specialty Greek spirits and wines will mingle with saganaki, assorted dolmades, Greek lamb chops, souvlaki, moussaka, baklavas and more. The food will be flowing noon-8 p.m. but it’s a 21-and-older-only event. $10 tickets include 10 food tickets. Go online to little-creek.com to get yours.

SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY -- Sample the great outdoors: Try your hand at camping close to home at the Backyard Campout at Priest Point Park, 2298 East Bay Drive NE, Olympia, starting at 3 p.m. Saturday and wrapping up Sunday morning. Olympia Parks and Centro (formerly Alpine Experience) are co-hosting the event to teach basic camping skills, including setting up camp and outdoor cooking. There will be nature-based activities for all ages. Main dinner entrée and breakfast provided. Cost is $49 per person, with children younger than 3 attending for free. Call 360-753-8365 to register or for more information.

SATURDAY -- Yakkety sax: Jim “King Greasy” Pribbenow will bring his saxophone and band to The Waterstreet Café, 610 Water St. SW, Olympia, the last gig in the Waterstreet Late Night Jazz series. The music starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. To make reservations for dinner and show, call 360-709-9090.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY -- Get slimed: Slugs may not be the most appealing icon of the Pacific Northwest, but Northwest Trek Wildlife Park makes them fun at the annual Slug Fest. Learn all about that iconic slimy symbol, and join in the fun family activity. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Northwest Trek, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Activities are included with admission: $19.75 for adults, $18.25 for seniors, $12.25 for youth ages 5-12, $9.25 for tots ages 3 and 4, and free for those 2 and younger. Go online to nwtrek.org for the details.

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