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7 Things To Do in South Sound This Weekend, July 18-20


The ultimate festival

The 57th annual Capital Lakefair is already taking place on the shores of Capitol Lake, offering music, rides, and food, food, food. Top it all off by watching the Grand Parade on Capitol Way at 5 p.m. Saturday, the South Sound Voice singing competition at 7 p.m. Saturday, and the fireworks over the lake at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The festival itself runs noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight Sunday in Heritage park and its surroundings. Admission is free but you’ll need money for rides, games, food, etc. For more information, call 360-943-7344 or go to


The rockin’ Bard

Harlequin Productions is continuing its rockin' musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" at the State Theater, 202 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $38 general, $35 seniors and military, $25 students and those younger than 25.


The wizarding Bard

Olympia Little Theatre has put a twister, er twist, on "The Tempest, " its second Shakespeare production, setting the characters in the Land of Oz. It continues this weekend at the company's theater, 1925 Miller Ave. NE. Showtimes are 7:55 p.m. Friday (July 18) and Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$14 at, at Yenney Music and at the door. For more information call 360-786-9484.


Hot rods

Bring your car or just envy other people's at Little Creek Casino's Annual Cruise at the Creek Rod & Custom Car Show. The show will pay special tribute to the 50th anniversaries of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Chevelle. The show runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the casino, 91 W. State Route 108, Shelton. It is free to the public for viewing.



The Lacey in Tune concert series once again joins forces with its Outdoor Cinema Series Saturday at Huntamer Park. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a 7 p.m. concert by the big band Olympia Jazz Senators, followed by a double feature of "Mary Poppins" and "Saving Mr. Banks" at dusk. For more information, call 360-491-0857.


Get the giggles

Story Time Productions presents "The Line-Up," a live stand-up comedy show at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. SE. This follow-up show to "The Funniest Kids You Know" will feature local young comedians and special guest Jose Bolanos from Movin' 92.5. Leave the kids at home: the 8 p.m. show Saturday contains strong language. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for Olympia Film Society members and are available online at, at Rainy Day Records or at the door.


They aren’t dead yet

Fans of British comedy troupe Monty Python will want to make it a date when the iconic cast of John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin come together for the stage production "Monty Python Live (Mostly)." It is being telecast at cineplexes across the country at 11:30 a.m. Sunday. It will be playing at the Regal Martin Village, 5400 Martin Way E., and Century Olympia, 625 Black Lake Blvd. SW. Tickets are $18 at the box office.