GET OUT: Duck Daze Festival, Coolio at Jazzbones, Maritime Gig Festival and more fun this weekend

Tacoma News TribuneJune 7, 2014 

DUCK PARADE:. left to right (back to front) Lois Mower (78), Inez Glass (81), and Carita Boswell (69) enjoyed sitting along the sidewalk of Bridgeport Way and watched and photographed the Duck Parade in University Place Saturday morning. (Russ Carmack/The News Tribune) Saturday, June 7, 2003



Free concert offered by Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra
Enjoy the music of the Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra when it performs in a free 7 p.m. concert Saturday. Head out to Peninsula High school Auditorium, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor for an evening of classical music.

Grammy Award winner Coolio plays Jazzbones in Tacoma
Grammy Award-winning rapper Coolio also is a chef, actor, and record producer, who began performing in 1987. To date, he has sold more than 30 million records globally and has performed in concerts around the world. See him in an 8 p.m. show Saturday at Jazzbones, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma. Tickets are $15 and you can get yours by phone or online; 253-396-9169,

Duck Daze Festival celebrates University Place
Join in University Place’s annual Duck Daze Festival featuring the UPTown Crusin’ Car Show, Duck Daze Parade, “Race a Duck” plus festival booths and live entertainment. The parade route will follow Bridgeport Way from South 27th to 34th street, ending at Town Center. The fire and police stations will be open and there will be plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy. It’s from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.


Annual Maritime Gig Festival takes over downtown Gig Harbor
Get ready for music and entertainment, food vendors, historic boat displays, and lots of children’s activities at the annual Maritime Gig Festival in downtown Gig Harbor this weekend. The grand parade will march down Harborview Drive starting at 10 a.m., there will be a classic yacht festival, the farmers market is open Sunday, classic car show on Sunday and the blessing of the fleet. It is 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For a complete schedule of activities go to

Filipino culture is highlighted at Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
In honor of Philippine independence day, the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival brings the sights, sounds and tastes of the Philippines to Seattle Center. Delve into Filipino culture, arts, music and dance along with traditional foods starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sponsored by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington, it’s being held in the Armory/Mural Amphitheater at Seattle Center and admission is free. For more details go to



Gleaning Project kick-off at Wright Park in Tacoma
Join in the kickoff party for the gleaning season at the Harvest Pierce County Gleaning Project. Last year more than 200 volunteers harvested and shared 74,940 pounds of fresh produce and fruit that would otherwise go to waste. Learn about the volunteer project, bring a salad topping to share, and enjoy the start of summer.
It’s 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Wright Park, South Sixth and Yakima avenues, Tacoma and it’s free. For more information call 253-282-8910 or go to ­

Jazz Live features The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group
Enjoy an evening of jazz with The Mel Brown B3 Organ Group when they play at 5 p.m. Sunday. As part of the Jazz Live at Marine View concert series the free concert at Marine View Church, 8469 East Side Drive NE, Tacoma. For more information call 253-229-9206.

History walks explore Medicine Creek treaty
It’s a history lesson in a natural setting at the Nisqually and Medicine Creek historical walk Sunday at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road NE. Join Lynn Corliss as she leads you down history’s path and learn about the events surrounding the signing of the Medicine Creek Treaty. You also will explore how the Nisqually people came to the Nisqually Delta and how their lives changed with the settlement by Europeans. The 1 p.m. program is free, but there is a $3 (for four adults) refuge entrance fee. Meet at the flagpole in front of the visitor center.

Seattle Bach Choir performs acapella
If you’re a fan of acapella then head up to Seattle to hear the Seattle Bach Choir present it 20th Century American Acapella concert. It’s at 3 p.m. Sunday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 609 Eighth Ave., Seattle. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and students and can be purchased at the door.

Season Encore Performance by PNB
The curtain comes down on Pacific Northwest Ballet’s 41st season with its annual Season Encore Performance at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. It’s a show of some of PNB’s greatest hits and features the entire company, along with the orchestra. Some of the pieces include “Romeo et Juliette” excerpt Balcony pas de deux, “Emergence,” “Swan Lake” excerpt Act IV pas de deux, “The Sleeping Beauty” excerpt Bluebird pas de deux, and “The Sleeping Beauty” excerpt Rose Adagio. Tickets are $35-$200 and are available online at

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