Friday (June 19)
“Pride 25”: Capital City Pride kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, at the Urban Onion lounge, 116 Legion Way SE, in Olympia and runs through late afternoon Sunday. Festivities begin with an opening song, followed by a welcome from Mayor Buxbaum, Pride founders. The weekend offers music, entertainment and information celebrating and supporting our LGBT friends and neighbors. For a complete schedule of entertainment and events, visit capitalcitypride.net.
Harlequin Productions revisits the tumultuous decade with this reworking of 2009’s “Sixties Chicks,” a musical revue looking at how women’s lives changed through the decade. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (June 19), Saturday, Wednesday-June 27, July 2-3, 10-11 and 16-18. Matinees at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28 and July 5, 12 and 19, at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Tickets are $39, $35 for military and seniors, $25 for students and those under 25. Discounted rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to curtain. For Wednesday’s performance, pay what you can. Information: 360-786-0151, harlequinproductions.org.
Community Youth Services and the city of Olympia have joined forces to bring the Bridge Summer Concert Series to the Artisan Well Park in downtown Olympia. Open to the public and free, the concerts are at 6:30 p.m. every other Friday and feature DJs, rappers and bands from across from the Northwest, along with local youth performers from The Bridge music program. The concert Friday (June 19) feature DJ Luvva J, Just-In & Emmey (Bridge feature performers), Champagne Duane and MC Swamp Tiger. To find out more, go to http://communityyouthservices.org.
Saturday (June 20)
The Port of Olympia will host the 2015 Boatswap & Chowder Challenge at Swantown Marina. The event is set for 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday. This event draws boaters and clam chowder enthusiasts from miles around for a day of fun on Olympia's waterfront on East Bay. The Boatswap & Chowder Challenge is a community festival that features a clam chowder cook-off among local area restaurants and caterers, a boat and gear swap for boaters, plus music and family entertainment all day. The event will open at 11a.m., with chowder tasting beginning at 1 p.m., and ending at 2:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free, but there is a cost of $5.00 per person to participate in the chowder tasting. Awards for the best tasting chowders will begin at 3:30 pm.
With a mission of dancing for clean water everywhere, Global Water Dances will be held across the world on Saturday. The local effort is a moving dance that begins at 5 p.m. at Moxlie Springs Basin at Watershed, and moves across the city with the international Global Water Dance performed at 6:30 p.m. at Yashiro Japanese Garden. To get the details of the route and times, call 360-705-1216.
With Asturium and Breton roots, the Canadian duo, Qristina and Quinn Bachand rose quickly in the international Celtic music world, winning the 2010 Top Traditional Group and the 2011 Top Duo at the Irish Music Awards. They will be playing an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Traditions Cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia. Tickets are $15, $10 student and low income. For more information, call 360-705-2819.
Wednesdays and Saturdays (June 24-Aug 9)
Summer is here and it’s time for the Lacey In Tune Concerts in the Park to kick in. There’s plenty of music for all tastes in this year’s series, including the likes of 133rd Army Band, Spike and the Impalers, Prime Time Country, Funaddicts, and Wally & the Beavs to name a few. Concerts are noon Wednesdays through Aug. 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays July 11-Aug. 9, and are free. Come out to Huntamer Park in Woodland Square. For more information, call 360-491-0897.
Sunday (June 21)
Marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, join the local yoga community in a free Solstice Yoga Class in the Capitol Rotunda. Following traditions across the country the doors open at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with yoga enthusiasts filling the Rotunda. Lead by a collaborative effort of yoga instructors, it all begins at 9 a.m. For more information, go to http://yogaloft.biz.