Friday (June 26)—Saturday
Wear your kilt
Explore the area’s Scottish heritage at the annual Tacoma Highland Games at Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave. E., Graham. Enjoy massed bagpipe bands, a British classic car show, a clan gathering, vendors and competitions in dancing, field events and piping and drumming. There will be a Celtic concert starting at 6 p.m. Friday (June 26) and events runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $15 adults; $10 youth, seniors and military with identification, and free for children 5 and younger. For a full lineup of activities, go to tacomagames.org.
Friday (June 26)
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Sundown at the Emerald Queen
Gordon Lightfoot has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, to name just few. See him live in an 8:30 p.m. concert at the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Tickets are $20-$60 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Calling fallers and buckers
With roots deep in logging, the annual Buckley Log Show brings together some of the best logging competitors for two days of fun and competition. There will be speed climbing, obstacle bucking, horizontal block chop, ax throwing, log rolling and more. It’s all happening at 344 N. River Ave. in Buckley starting at noon Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. There will be a parade in Buckley starting at 10 a.m. Saturday plus a street fair. For more information go to buckleylogshow.org.
Let the mayhem begin
Billed as the world’s biggest hard and heavy metal music touring festival, Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is coming to the White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Enumclaw. Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyear and The Devil Wears Prada are some of the bands performing in the Tuesday concert starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $33.33-$66.66 and you can get yours through Ticketmaster.
Cinema al fresco
As the weather gets warmer it’s a great time to take in the Drive-In Movie Series at LeMay-America’s Car Museum, 2702 E. D St., Tacoma. Held at the Haub Family Showfield, you can watch the 40-foot oudoor screen from your car or from the lawn on a blanket or chair. “Night at the Museum” kicks off the series. Parking begins at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with showtime at dusk. It’s free and open to the public. To find out more go to lemaymuseum.org.
It’s all going to pot
As part of the Marymoor Park Concert Series, Willie Nelson and Family will play a 7 p.m. concert Saturday. Having earned just about every conceivable award as a musician over a six-decade career, Willie Nelson and Family, his longtime touring and recording ensemble, will be joined by Alison Krauss and Union Station. Head up to Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond, and sit back in the outdoor arena for a night of country music. Tickets are $54.95-$129.95 and are available online at marymoorconcerts.com.
Woodland Park Zoo has kicked off its summer concert series Zoo Tunes that will continue through Aug. 19. The B52s are playing a 6 p.m. concert Monday at the zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. The concert is currently sold out but check online for any late release tickets. The next concert will feature the Indigo Girls on July 12. To see the full concert series line up go to zoo.org/zootunes.
Show your pride
The Seattle Pride Festival returns for two days of fun and celebration starting with the Capitol Hill and Family Day on Saturday. There will be food, story time, the Not-Its, dancing and live performances from noon-7 p.m. for kids, teens and all ages at Cal Anderson Park, 1635 11th Ave., Seattle. The area is drug, alcohol and smoke free for families. Adult fun time will be at 11th Avenue and Pine Street from 1-8 p.m. Saturday and will include food trucks, live performances, DJs, beer garden and drag queens.
The Pride Parade will kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday at Fourth Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle and will run along Fourth Avenue. The party will continue at Seattle Center from noon-8 p.m. with more music, entertainment, food and fun. For all the details go to seattlepridefest.org.