Sunday - Blackberries at the market
What’s in season at Olympia Farmers Market? On Sunday, one answer is the Blackberry Bushes. The Olympia string band grows Appalachian seeds in the rich Northwest soil and reaps a harvest of Americana and bluegrass music with flavors of jazz, indie and punk. The Bushes will play at the market, 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia, beginning at 11 a.m. It’s free. For more details, go to www.olympiafarmersmarket.com or www.theblackberrybushes.com.
Saturday - Day out with art
The city of Olympia’s Waterfront Public Art Tours offer an opportunity to get to know more about the outdoor art downtown. And they’re free. Saturday begins the season’s last month of tours, which are at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and Water Street, by the mural of the big wave. The tours take about an hour and a half and occur every Saturday until the end of September. Call 360-709-2678.
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Friday - Night out with art
See and be seen tonight at First Friday, when shops and galleries stay open later than usual to facilitate browsing. This month, the stylish home-design shop Einmaleins celebrates three years in Olympia and promises big surprises. Einmaleins is at 121 State Ave. N.E., Olympia. For more information about First Friday, go to www.everydayolympia.com/events.
Thursday - Traditional music at Traditions Cafe
Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art is kicking off its concert season with a show by culture-spanning multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky. Molsky plays fiddle, banjo and guitar and has been exploring traditional music from a range of cultures for 20 years. “This one will definitely sell out,” the folks at Traditions write on their website. The show is at 8 p.m. Thursday at the cafe, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W. Tickets are $18 general admission, $12 for students and those with low incomes. Call 360-705-2819 or go to www.traditionsfairtrade.com.
Saturday-Monday: In a rut?
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive, Eatonville. Learn all about the rut or breeding habits of hooved animals such as deer, sheep, elk and moose as they grunt, snort, bugle and spar. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Monday. All activities are included with park admission of $7-$16. Learn more at www.nwtrek.org.
Saturday - Fiddling with jazz
Master violinist Paul Anastasio joins guitarist Vince Brown for Jazz in the Cellar from 9 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe, 825 Columbia St. S.W., Olympia. Anastasio has played with the likes of Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Larry Gatlin and Asleep at the Wheel. There’s no cover charge, but reservations are recommended. Call 360-357-9464.
Saturday - 'Antz' go marching
Imagine a film about a Woody Allen-esque fellow trying to survive in a totalitarian society — and win the heart of a princess (played by Sharon Stone). “Antz” is a story with all-ages appeal. “It’s sharp and funny ... one of those hybrids that works on different levels for different ages,” Roger Ebert wrote of the 1998 film. It has a star-packed cast — from Allen and Stone to Dan Aykroyd, Albert Brooks and Jane Curtin. It’s part of Olympia Film Society’s monthly series of films for kids and families. Check it out at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Tickets are $7, $4 for film society members, $3 for kids. Call 360-754-3635.