Friday (Sept. 23)
See and hear the arts
The UP for Arts Fall Concert Series pairs local musicians with visual artists for a night of sights and sounds. The kickoff will feature Hale Bill and the Bopps playing Swedish fiddle and folk music plus photographer Kathy Admire. Come out for the 7 p.m. performance Friday (Sept. 23) at the University Place Library Atrium, 3609 Market Place W., University Place. Tickets are $15. Go to upforarts.wildapricot.org for more information.
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Besides a successful music career that included 12 solo albums, Art Garfunkel has also had a successful film career and published a book of poetry. See him live when he comes to the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, for a 7:30 p.m. performance Saturday. Tickets are $29, $49, $69 and $85 and are available at 253-591-5894 or broadwaycenter.org.
Come celebrate with the community at the Pool Grand Opening at People’s Community Center, 1602 S. Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma. The new indoor swimming pool boasts an indoor spraypad and three lap lanes in its L-shaped design. Join in the ceremony starting at 12:30 p.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting at 1 p.m. and mural dedication at 2 p.m. There will be a free public swim starting after the ceremony and will continue through the afternoon. For more information, go to metroparkstacoma.org.
Originally formed for the TV series by the same name, The Monkees continued as a band recording music after the show was canceled through 1971. With several reunion tours over the years, the group’s three surviving members, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmeth and Peter Tork are celebrating their 50th anniversary by coming to The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show Sunday are $42.50-$72.50, and you can get yours at 800-745-3000 or stgpresents.org.
Friday (Sept. 23) - Sunday
Beer season kicks off
Considered one of Seattle’s largest fall beer festivals, the Fremont Oktoberfest kicks off Friday (Sept. 23) and runs through Sunday. The event features more than 80 breweries, live music, chainsaw pumpkin carving, a stein holding contest, and Dogtoberfest. The event is for adults (21 and older) only Friday and Saturday. Sunday is an all-ages day with guests under 21 allowed in for free with a paying adult. Tickets are $25 for one day and five tasting tokens; $35 for one day and 10 tokens; and festival admission only for $20. Go to fremontoktoberfest.com for more information and to buy tickets.
Saturday - Sunday
Discover 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. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. To find out more, go to festaseattle.com.
Celebrate Nisqually watershed
The 27th annual Nisqually Watershed Festival is a free and family-friendly celebration of the Nisqually River watershed and its denizens. There will be educational games, entertainment and more. The free event takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, 100 Brown Farm Road NE, Olympia. All refuge and festival parking Saturday will be at River Ridge High School, 350 River Ridge Drive, Lacey. There’ll be a free shuttle from the school to the refuge. Learn more at 360-753-9467 or nisquallyriver.org/nisquallywatershedfestival.