Historic Fort Steilacoom will come alive as reenactors live and work as soldiers, officers, their wives, children and friends at Living History Day. Learn what life was like on the first military installation in Washington state and explore the site.
It is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. SW. Admission is free, donations are accepted and help with the maintenance of the fort. For more information call 253-582-5838.
Celebrate National Public Lands Day and head out to any state park and other park facilities Saturday. Visit places such a Twanoh, Flaming Geyser and Millersylvania state parks without needing a Discover Pass, national parks like Mount Rainier and Olympic National Park will not require the $15 entrace fee and the Forest Service will waive fees for day-use areas such a picnic grounds, developed trailheads and destination visitor centers.
For all the information and details go online to nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.
Get into the spirit of fall at the Harvest Fest Micro-Beer Tasting hosted by the Sumner Downtown Association. There will be food, music, shopping and, of course, beers to sample. Northwest Brewing Company from Pacific, Seven Brides Brewing from Silverton, Ore., Harmon Brewing and Powerhouse Brewing from Tacoma will be represented at the taste. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sumner. Tickets are $20 and include a glass and six taste tickets. For more information call 253-891-4260.
With a mission to increase interest in rats as pets and to bring together breeders and fanciers in the Pacific Northwest, RatsPacNW is hosting it annual Fall Show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn about rats and how to have them as pets at this family event.
It’s taking place at Stokes Auction Acres, 8398 SE Spring Creek Road, Port Orchard. Admission is $2. Go to ratspacnw.org for more information.
With a rise to fame with his platinum-selling second studio album “Comin’ from Where I’m From,” and the follow-up “Charlene,” Anthony Hamilton is also known for the song “Freedom” from the soundtrack album of Django Unchained cowritten and sung as a duo with indie soul singer Elayna Boynton.
The R&B singer will be performing in an 8:30 p.m. show Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $45-$100 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Learn all about the pint-sized cousin to the Llama at Alpaca Fall Farm Days at Firwood Farm Alpacas, 8002 48th St. E., Fife. Discover how alpaca fleece is used and how an alpaca farm runs. Shop for yarn and accessories and check out classes held at the farm.
It is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and it’s free. For more information call 253-926-2582.
Grammy Award-winning Linda Ronstadt has a long résumé in the music world, but now retired, has focused on writing her memoir, “Simple Dreams.” Diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which has left her unable to sing, Ronstadt will share her life and experiences when she comes to Town Hall Seattle, 1119 Eighth Ave.
Come out to hear her speak about her music and life after music at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$35 and are available by calling 206-624-6600.
Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sylvia Herold gets her inspiration from jazz and popular songs from the 1930s through the 1960s. She will bring a selection of songs, along with songs from her newest album, “The Spider and the Fly” to her 7 p.m. show Sunday at Traditions Café and World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. SW., Olympia.
Chuck Ervin will join her on plucked and bowed double bass. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 student/low income. Call 360-705-2819 for more information.
If you are interested in enhancing your home landscape with affordable, beautiful, and native/drought- tolerant plants then head out to the Fall Water-wise Plant Sale at WSU Thurston County Extension /County Parks offices at 4131 Mud Bay Road in Olympia. Find thousands of hard-to-find native and drought-tolerant shrubs, perennials, grasses, and groundcovers to add to your home garden. The sale is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, plant prices average $3-$10. For more information call 360-867-2166 or go online to nativeplantsalvage.org.
Explore and experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Italy at the Italian Festival at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Enjoy live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. Sample authentic food, check out crafts, a puppet theatre, Italian films, a grape-stomping contest and a bocce ball tournament honor and celebrate the “old country.”
Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, admission is free.
Enjoy a relaxing evening of blues featuring The Mark Dufresne Band at The Spar, 2121 N. 30th St., Tacoma. The Washington Blues Society has awarded Dufresne for best vocalist, songwriter and harmonica more than any other local artist. Enjoy his music starting at 7 p.m. Sunday. There is no cover charge. For more information call 253-627-8215.