It’s all about the brew at the annual Olympia Brewfest from 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday. With more than 30 hand-picked Northwest breweries, and more than 60 different beers, the festival will satisfy just about any beer lover’s palate. There also will be food and live music from Hillstomp, The Brown Edition and The Dogtones throughout the day. Proceeds benefit the Thurston County Chamber Foundation’s Small Business Development Program. Tickets — $25 in advance, $30 at the gate for 21-and-over only — include a commemorative mug and six samples. Additional drink tickets are available. For more information, go to olybrewfest.com.
Friday (July 31)
Books by the Bay
Come out and support the South Sound Reading Foundation at its annual Books by the Bay event Friday (July 31). The seaside literacy celebration will feature a dinner, silent auction and music. Meet award-winning authors, including Erica Bauermeister, Lynn Brunelle, Carol Cassella. Illustrators also will be on hand. It’s being held at the Port Plaza, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia. Tickets are $40, and can be purchased online at southsoundreadingfoundation.org.
Make it a night in the park, bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic and family for a night of fun at the Music in the Park concert series at Sylvester Park, 615 Washington St. SE, Olympia. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 26. Troubadours will play classic rock and blues. For a complete list of bands, go to downtownolympia.com/events.
‘Voice’ contestant Wolfchild to perform
Indie singer and songwriter Gabriel Wolfchild garnered national attention as a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice” this year. See the Hawaiian perform at Waterwitch Presents Concert Series at Rignall Hall, 8131 Urquhart Road NW, on Steamboat Island. Known as a free spirit, Wolfchild shares his music with heart and soul. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday with tickets at $5 or more suggested donation. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Friday (July 31)—Saturday
Back by popular demand
Harlequin Productions has updated its “Sixties Chicks” with new material and surprises, renaming it “Sixties Chicks Too.” The play traces the cultural cataclysm led by women in the 1960s with more than 30 songs that celebrate American women. It has been extended again through Saturday at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday (July31) and Saturday. Tickets are $32 general admission, $29 senior citizens and military, and $20 students and youths. Call 360-786-0151 or go online to harlequinproductions.org for the details.
Funaddicts and Muppets
This week’s Lacey In Tune concert and movie series is all about the kids when the band Funaddicts plays at 7 p.m. Saturday bringing their pop music to the stage. Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks to settle in to watch the movie “Muppets Most Wanted” following the concert. To learn more, call 360-491-0857.
Bard by the bay
It’s that time of summer when the Animal Fire Theatre brings its Shakespeare in the Park series to Priest Point Park on East Bay Drive. The production company will present “The Life and Death of King John” opening Thursday with showtimes of 6:30 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 23. Bring a picnic, blanket or chair, the family, and even the family dog for a night classic stage production in the park. Admission is free, donations are welcome. For more information, go to animalfiretheatre.com.
Saturday and Wednesday
Classics return for Silver Screenings
The Olympia Film Society is kicking off its Silver Screenings, the latest addition to its special film series. The Wednesday and Saturday 4 p.m. matinees are focused on bringing classics back to the big screen and will continue through Sept. 2. Saturday’s showing will be Alfred Hitchcock’s classic “Rear Window” playing at the Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia. Tickets are $8, $5 for society members. Go to olympiafilmsociety.org for a complete list of movies.