Friday (Sept. 8) — Sept. 24
The State Fair continues with the annual rodeo
The Washington State Fair is in full swing with lots of attractions, music, food, rides and more. This weekend marks the return of the Annual Rodeo with playoffs Friday (Sept. 8) through Saturday culminating in the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday. The parade and cattle drive through Puyallup starts at 10 a.m. Friday (Sept. 8). To plan your trip to the fair, go to thefair.com.
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Support local charities with food, beer and music
Get ready for some early fall fun at Brats, Brews and Bands this weekend. Sponsored by Gateway Rotary Club, the 21-and-older fundraiser brings together great food, an array of beers and local bands for a day supporting local charities. Come out to The Hub at 676 Woodland Square Loop, Lacey, from 1-10 p.m. Saturday to listen to Lott Troubadors, Just Plain Bill, Exit 88, LKMY and Green Tea and other bands on two stages. Tickets are $10. For more information, go to bratsbrewsandbands.com
Friday (Sept. 8)
Nashville artist plays Traditions
Singer Jonell Mosser will take the stage at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, for a 7:30 p.m. show Friday. Mosser performs her own music, but also has been summoned to sing backup for the likes of B.B. King, Trisha Yearwood, Etta James, Wynona and Vince Gill. On Friday she will be joined by a number of accomplished musicians, including Tom Britt, the guitarist for Vince Gill for the last 20 years and Northwest saxophone player Jim Pribbenow. Tickets are $20 general admission or $15 for students and those with low income. Call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com for more information.
Giving shellfish their due
As part of Humanities Washington and the Speakers Bureau, author and clam digger David Berger will share the history of the razor clam and its entwining in the state’s industry, identity and commerce in a talk titled “The Razor’s Edge: The Washington Razor Clam Phenomenon.” He will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Olympia Timberland Library, 313 Eighth Ave. SE. To find out more about the Speakers Bureau and other upcoming talks, go to humanities.org.
Monday, Thursday and Sept. 15-16
OFT’s “Let’s Play” daytime shows kicks off
Bring the family out to enjoy Olympia Family Theater’s “Let’s Play” daytime shows. This month will be “City Mouse, Country Mouse.” Showtimes are 10 a.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 15; and 10 a.m. Sept 16 at the downtown theater at 612 Fourth Ave E. Admission is $5 at the door. For more information on this and upcoming shows, go to olyft.org
Saturday (Sept. 9)
Acoustic harmony is signature of Uncle Bonsai
With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai brings an intricate harmony to the stage when they perform. The Seattle group has been performing for more than 30 years and tackles topics like first-world problems, the afterlife and even holidays with the family. See them in a 7:30 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Café, 300 Fifth Ave. SW. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 for students and those with low income. For more information. call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Friday (Sept. 8) — Sept. 16
Local theater productions continue
Olympia Little Theatre’s “Silent Sky” depicting the real-life group of women who were early 20th-century pioneers in astronomy finishes its run Sunday at the theater at 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:25 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $13-$15. Learn more at olympialittletheatre.org
Harlequin Productions’ “August: Osage County,” a dark comedy about the revelations of an embattled family, continues through Sept. 16 with showtimes of 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $34 general admission, $31 seniors/military, and $20 students/youth. For more information, go to harlequinproductions.org.