Saturday & Sunday
Lakefair parade and fireworks climax of festival
You know it’s summer in the South Sound with Lakefair in full swing this weekend. Make plans for two of the most iconic events of the festival: the Grand Parade and the Fireworks Grand Finale.
Get a spot along Capitol Way Saturday afternoon for the lively and fun Grand Parade. There will be floats, marching bands, and entertainment when the parade officially starts at 5 p.m. on Capitol Way at 20th Avenue, and makes its way to Fifth Avenue at Simmons Street downtown.
Finish off the festival by planning to get to Heritage Park or around Capitol Lake for the Fireworks Grand Finale on Sunday. The fireworks begin at approximately 10 p.m. and are fired from the southeastern shore over Capitol Lake.
Zine-a-thon at Olympia library
Join in celebrating International Zine Month at the Olympia Timberland Library’s 24-Hour Zine Thing challenge from 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday. Come in to create a zine from start to finish in one day or contribute to a collaborative zine. You can use provided supplies, or bring interesting materials to use or share. The free all-ages event at the library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE, also will feature local zine camp kids reading their works.
A night of innovative string music
Known as innovators in the string world, Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston come together for a reunion show at Nova Middle School, 2020 22nd Ave. SE, Olympia. The duo have worked together all over the world. Also joining the duo at the 7 p.m. concert Wednesday are the Reds, a teen folk band from Olympia playing a variety of fiddle music genres. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for youth in advance, or $25 for adults, $20 for youth at the door. Go to tinyurl.com/anger-eggleston
New improv troupe takes the stage
Bringing together some of South Sound’s veteran improv artists, the Olympia Improv Collective will present their first show, “Hello World!” at The Midnight Sun, 113 N. Columbia Ave., Olympia. The show starts at 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 at the door. Go to tinyurl.com/y7qatd28 for more information.
Through July 23
Local plays continue
Animal Fire Theatre’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” the story of love aloof, love accused, love acquitted, and love acquired, continues Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 23 at the Water Garden on the east Capitol Campus, near the Korean War Memorial. All shows begin at 7 p.m. All performances are free and open to the public.
Harlequin Productions’ comedy “First Date” explores the world of digital dating in a fun and unexpected way. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E. Tickets are $42 general admission, $37 senior/military and $20 student/youth. Go to harlequinproductions.org for more information.
Apple Tree Productions’ “Hairspray the Musical” continues at the Capitol Theater, 205 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. There will be an opening act, The Edgewater Trio, before performances. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Friday (July 14), and 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $15, and $12 for Olympia Film Society members, students and seniors. Tickets are available online or at the box office the day of the show. olympiafilmsociety.org.
Christ’s College choir performs
In existence since 1505 and a constituent college of the University of Cambridge, Christ’s College and its chapel choir continue to perform throughout the world. The choir will perform at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Ave. NW, Olympia, at 7 p.m. Saturday. They will sing a range of music, including Parry’s Songs of Farewell, Howell’s Requiem, Finzi’s Lo and The Full. Admisison is free, but a donation of $20 is suggested. For more information, call 360-357-3386.
Acoustic jazz trio Sound Underground comes to Olympia
Based in Miami and New York City, the acoustic chamber-jazz trio Sound Underground has toured the world but is returning to the West Coast on their latest tour. Try to spot their influences from cool jazz to Americana to Bulgarian folklore when they perform at 2 p.m. Saturday at Unity of Olympia, 1335 Fern St. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $10 at the door.