Friday (July 10)
Cleaning it up with Regan
Having performed in more than 80 cities each year since 2005 Brian Regan is one of the most popular comedians in the country. Using observational humor and sarcasm, he refrains from profanity and off-color comedy. Come out for a night of laughs when he comes to the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, for a 7:30 p.m. show Friday. Tickets are $55 and are available by phone or online; 253-591-5894, broadwaycenter.org.
Lakewood in the summer
The annual Lakewood SummerFEST is returning with two stages, a soccer tournament, market vendors, food, kids zone and more. It begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, and culminates with the “The Lego Movie” at dusk. Take in the classic car show and listen to the likes of Nashville NW, Unified Culture playing reggae, Sway and more music throughout the day. Bring out the family for free fun. More information at Lakewood SummerFEST.
Feel the rhythm, sing the blues
It’s going to be a full day of music Saturday at Tacoma’s Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival. Puget Sound blues icon Little Bill will play along with the Jr. Hill Band, Dean Reichert Band, James King Band and Driving Sideways. During the day, acts will play on an outdoor stage in Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St.,Tacoma, for free. The fun begins at noon. Evening events will occur inside The Spar and Slavonian Hall with entry for those shows at $20 and limited to 21 and over. For more information, go to tacomaoldtownrhythmandbluesfest.com.
Get in the spirit
Opening Thursday, the Washington State History Museum’s “In The Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts” exhibit is the precursor to the festival and market in August. In its 10th year, the exhibit showcases works by Native American artists from traditional designs to contemporary themes. It highlights culture through carving, sculpture, graphic design, painting and multimedia techniques. The opening and artist award ceremony start at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will feature some of the artists and will include demonstrations. Admission to the museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, is $8-$11. Go to washingtonhistory.org for all the details.
Friday—Sunday and July 17-19
Help your children explore the world of trains at Day Out With Thomas. The family event all about Thomas the Tank Engine and includes an opportunity to take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends-themed activities. It’s happening at the Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie. There will also be live steam models and model trains to check out. It starts at 9 a.m. Friday and continues through Sunday and again July 17-19, with tickets starting at $23. Go to trainmuseum.org/thomas/main.html for details.
Ultimate green car
Tap into the kids’ and your ingenuity at the Veggie Car Races at the Mary Olson Farm, 28728 Green River Road, Auburn. Build a car from vegetables donated by the Mosby Farms and race during the fun family day. Sponsored by the White River Valley Museum, the free event is 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Stop by anytime to participate; there is no registration or admission. For more information, go to wrvmusuem/org/events.html.
Large than life
As part of the Chateau Ste. Michelle Summer Concert Series, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band will be playing in a 7 p.m. concert Saturday. The multiple Grammy Award-winner brings his blends of country music to the stage at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 1411 NE 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $47.50 general admission and $77.50 for reserve seating. Get yours through Ticketmaster.
All about Kent
It’s that time of the year when Kent Cornucopia Days takes over downtown Kent. The festival includes a street fair with more than 600 booths, an art show, entertainment, dragon boat races, a 5K run/walk, an inline skate and skateboard tournament, carnival rides and a grand parade at 2 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the Kent Lions, the festival benefits more than 250 charitable organizations. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. For a complete list of activities, times and locations, go to kcdays.com.