Friday — Sunday
County fair continues through Sunday
The Thurston County Fair is in full swing through Sunday at the fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey. The traditional fair features animals, games, competitions, entertainment, exhibits, vendors, carnival rides and, of course, fair food. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 6-14 years old, and free for kids 5 and younger. Reminder: If you want to ride the rides, don’t wear open-toed shoes. For information, go to co.thurston.wa.us/fair
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Music in the Park moves to Port Plaza
The Olympia Downtown Association’s Music in the Park outdoor concert series continues with a Friday installment at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW. Come out with your blanket and chair for a night of old-time rock and roll with Wally and the Beaves starting at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but the ODA is selling supporter buttons for $3. See the entire schedule at http://musicintheparkolympia.com/
Beer is the star at Olympia festival
Olympia Brew Fest will be celebrating all things beer at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW. Offering more than 30 Northwest breweries and more than 60 different beers, it will be a haven for beer lovers. There will be live music, food and fun from 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door; designated driver tickets are $5. Entry includes a commemorative mug, six 5-1/2-ounce tastes and all the festivities. Go to olybrewfest.com for more information.
Jazz at Yelm City Park
Yelm is hosting its first Jazz in the Park from 2:30-9 p.m. Saturday. Bring friends and family, picnic baskets and blankets, or try food vendors on site and enjoy an evening of jazz. There will be a beer and wine garden on site. Admission is free. Go to tinyurl.com/Yelm-jazz for more information.
Friday — Sunday
Local plays continue through weekend
You can take in two local theater events this week.
Apple Tree Productions is putting on “Aida” at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. The musical tells of a love story that flourished in a time of hate. Showtimes are 6 p.m. Friday (Aug. 4), 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $12, $8 for Olympia Film Society members and are available online or at the box office. olympiafilmsociety.org.
Creative Theatre Experience’s “Disney’s The Lion King Junior” continues with performances at 8 p.m. Friday (Aug. 4), 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. (Times were moved later because of this week’s extreme heat.) The musical showcases the talents of local youth at the Olympia High School Performing Arts Center, 1302 North St. SE. Tickets are $11.
Saturday through Sept. 16
Women’s art featured in gallery show
Touting the talent of professional female artists from across the state, the Women Painters of Washington Exhibit opens this weekend and will continue through Sept. 16. The juried show features 50 paintings by 38 women artists in all types of media at Childhood’s End Gallery, 222 Fourth Ave. W., Olympia. The opening reception is 1-3 p.m. Saturday.
Bees, kids and art at Pollinator Extravaganza
After working with students and teachers from Avanti High School and Madison Elementary School, local nature artist Carrie Ziegler will unveil a multipurpose art installation at Avanti, 1113 Legion Way SE, Olympia, Friday evening. The installation will provide native bee habitat plus school education opportunities. The Pollinator Extravaganza will include kids games, face painting, native bee lessons, live music, snacks and more from 4:30-6:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to tinyurl.com/y72s6dhm