Join in celebrating the mighty mushroom at the Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival this weekend at the Lacey-Thurston County Regional Athletic Complex, 8345 Steilacoom Road SE, Olympia. Learn about mushroom culinary uses at cooking demonstrations and discover what it takes to grow them at home. It’s a weekend full of live entertainment, food, a kids’ zone and farm tours. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5; children 12 and younger are free. Go to pnwmushroomfest.com for the details.
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Music on the lawn
Join the Olympia Symphony Orchestra for its annual free outdoor concert at 5:30 p.m. Sunday on the grounds of the Capitol Campus. In its ninth year, the music on the lawn performance will include excerpts from Tchaikovsky, Bellini, Sousa, “West Side Story” and “Romeo and Juliet.” Bring your lawn chairs and blankets for an evening of music. For more information, go to olympiasymphony.com.
Fighting to climb
Billed as the first MMA fight between two quadriplegics, this weekend’s Clash of the Quads pits Joshua Curtis vs. Simon Calcavecchia in a 10 round battle starting at noon Saturday. The two friends will duke it out to raise funds for the Mount Adams: We Won’t Stop Until the Top Climb. Calcavecchia is planning the climb for himself and team to reach the over 10,000 foot summit under his own power. The fight is designed to entertain and highlight the strengths and abilities of quadriplegics. It’s being held at the United Training Center, 7619 Martin Way E., Olympia. Tickets are $10-$25 and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/1691922.
Learn all about the prohibition era in the South Sound at History Happy Hour at The Mark, 407 Columbia St SW, Olympia. It will feature a fun and lively presentation plus discussion from a local historian on prohibition’s effects in Olympia and the South Sound. Stick around for a history trivia contest with fun prizes. The fun starts at 6 p.m. Thursday and a $2 donations is requested. For more information call 253-272-9747.
Days of the pioneers
Celebrate Oregon Trail Days this weekend with the city of Tenino. The annual events features the Black Powder Shooters, arts and crafts, live music, food vendors and old-fashioned small town fun. New this year is the expanded family fun zone with water balls, obstacle courses, giant slide plus more activities. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday at Tenino City Park, 300 Block of Park Avenue. Go online to facebook.com/oregontraildaystenino/timeline for more details.
Friday (July 24)
Fiddles and flutes
Calling all you Irish music lovers for a night of great music at the Cascadia Irish Music Week Teachers Concert at 8 p.m. Friday. The weeklong festival, which ends Saturday, focuses on the traditional Irish music as a language with teachers and students immersing themselves in the genre. It concludes with the concert at The Evergreen State College’s Longhouse, 2700 Evergreen Parkway SW, Olympia. The concert will include Patsy Hanly, Antoin MacGabhann, Sean Gavin and Randal Bays, to name a few. Tickets are $22 adults, $18 seniors and $12 for youth younger than 12 and are available at brownpapertickets.com/event/1692032. A second teachers concert will be at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Phinney Community Center, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Find tickets for the Seattle show at brownpapertickets.com/event/1692043.
Friday (July 24)
Learn the ins and outs of the radio business at the screening of the film “Where the DJs Roam” at 9 p.m. Friday. The entertaining and informative documentary looks at a community radio station and the radio business in general. It will be followed by a Q&A, local and visiting broadcasters will be on hand as well. It’s all happening at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, go to olympiafilmsociety.org/where-the-djs-roam.