Set sail to the Harbor
Get ready to kick off the summer festival season with 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. Saturday, and there will be a classic yacht festival both days and a classic car show. The traditional blessing of the fleet is Sunday. Hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For a complete schedule of activities, go to maritimegig.com.
Originating in Oakland, California, Tower of Power is best known for its funky soul sound highlighted by a powerful horn section with hits including "You're Still a Young Man," "So Very Hard to Go," "Soul With a Capital S" and "Soul Vaccination." See them in an 8:30 p.m. concert Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $35-$65 and are available through Ticketmaster.
The lakes of Lakewood
Learn about the early days of Lakewood when it was a resort community from the new exhibit, “Playground of the Lakes District,” opening this weekend. The city has seen the rise and sometimes fall of racetracks, ice arenas, golf courses, equestrian stables, dance pavilions, summer mansions and cabins. There will be an open house and reception from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Lakewood History Museum, 6211 Mt. Tacoma Drive SW., Lakewood. Refreshments will be served at the free reception. Museum hours are noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays. For more information call 253-682-3480.
Dogs having their day
It's two days for dog lovers at the American Kennel Club Summer Dog Show taking place at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Sponsored by the Puyallup Valley Dog Fanciers and co-hosted by the Tacoma Kennel Club, it will feature hundreds of dogs and breeds plus exhibitors and everything to do with dogs. It is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with free admission. Enter at the Blue Gate; the event is in the Sleep County ShowPlex. For more information go to puyallupvalleydogfanciers.org
Friday (June 5)
She feels like a woman
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Shania Twain made the best-selling studio album by a female act in any genre with her album “Come On Over” with over 40 million copies sold worldwide. The “Queen of Country Pop” is coming to KeyArena, 305 Harrison St., Seattle, for a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday (June 5). Tickets are $46-$135 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Mondays through June 22
Before the talkies
The Paramount Theater, 911 Pine St., Seattle, and Trader Joe’s have brought back its Silent Movie Mondays series in June. Playing every Monday through June 22 at 7 p.m. a classic silent movie will grace the screen. Following the screening will be a CineClub community discussion about the film, covering silent film trivia and everything else about the genre. “My Best Girl” (1927) starring Mary Pickford will be playing Monday, “The Unholy Three” (1925) is playing June 15 and “Snow White” (1916) is being shown June 22. Tickets are $10 and are available by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org
A sun came
Sufjan Stevens’ music spans a variety of styles from electronica and lo-fi folk to symphonic instrumentation and holiday themed songs. The singer/songwriter is known for his album “Illinois,” that hit number one on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and for the single “Chicago” He will be performing two nights —Wednesday and Thursday— at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Showtimes are 8 p.m. with tickets at $35.75. Get yours by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.
Celebrate Philippines independence this weekend at the Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival at Seattle Center. Enjoy traditional dance, music and historical exhibits. Sponsored by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington, the festivities are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Seattle Center Armory, 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Admission is free. For more details go to festalpagdiriwang.com