25 years: America’s Classic Jazz Festival
America’s Classic Jazz Festival, now in its 25th year, draws about 5,000 music fans — including some from as far away as Japan and Australia — to Lacey to hear traditional jazz. The festival kicks off Thursday (today) and runs through Sunday, at Saint Martin’s University, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, in Lacey. Check out some of the music from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday at the Olympia Farmers Market, 700 Capitol Way N., Olympia. Tom Rigney Flambeau and Grand Dominion will play. Tickets are $95 for full weekend, $15 for students ages 14-22; $40 for Friday, $50 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday; free for the afterglow party, the jazz gospel session with Black Swan at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the pavilion on campus and the service at the United Churches. Information: 360-943-9123, olyjazz.com.
Friday (June 26)
Adults can play detective
It’s time for the adults to play at Hands On Children’s Museum’s Adult Swim — CSI: Oly at 7 p.m. Friday (June 26). Eat, drink and play a detective when the museum is turned into a crime scene where you can try your hand at all types of CSI investigative work. Wear a disguise and enjoy food plus a special vodka and whiskey tasting. The museum is at 414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia. Tickets are $25 and are available at hocm.org.
Olympia’s 21st annual Experimental Music Festival features a wide range of unexpected sounds including the Dead Air Fresheners, Knot Pine Box and solo bassist Wendy Atkinson. The festival happens from 7 p.m. to midnight Friday (June 26) at the Eagles Ballroom, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia; from 7 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at Le Voyeur, 404 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia; and from 4-10 p.m. Sunday at Le Voyeur. Tickets are $5-$10 sliding scale for Friday, $5 per night for Saturday and Sunday or $8 for a full pass. They’re available at the door only. For details, go to oemf.freehostia.com.
Historic planes and other flying machines
Olympic Air Show: Don't miss the Olympic Flight Museum's Olympic Air Show! See historic planes and other flying machines. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Olympic Flight Museum, at the Olympia Regional Airport, 7643 Old Highway 99 SE, in Tumwater. The show will feature The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, is bringing its RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit mobile theater and WWII P-51C Mustang aircraft to the Olympic Air Show. The exhibit is a unique opportunity for all ages to experience the inspiring story of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. For more information, visit www.olympicflightmuseum.com
Onion makes you laugh
Best known as the host of the local comedy show “Almost Live,” John Keister continues to tickle audiences’ funny bone. He’ll be coming to the Urban Onion, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. Joining him will be Mike Wally and special guest Rodney Sherwood for a night of laughs. Tickets are $15, VIP $30 and are available at baurice.com.
Olympia Film Society Kids’ Club
Did you know that every Saturday morning, OFS will screen great family and children's films? Check out OFS Kids Club, where kids 12 years of age and younger always get in free! Screenings are at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, in Olympia. This Saturday, June 27, is our final screening of “Paddington.” Free family fun, and a great way to beat the heat! Information: olympiafilmsociety.org.
Celebrating native artists, food and tradition, the Salish Sea Native Arts Celebration will feature canoes on the water and up close, plus drumming, singing and storyteller Roger Fernandez. Come out to the Swantown Marina, 1022 Marine Drive NE, Olympia, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for this free family-friendly event.
Nathalia’s music is therapy for todos
Bring the family out for a free concert by Nathalia at the Hands On Children’s Museum, 414 Jefferson St. E., Olympia. Nathalia, a music therapist, has written and developed music to help children speak Spanish. The special bilingual performance at 1 p.m. Saturday will be in the Outdoor Discovery Center. For more information, go to hocm.org.