On with the Bon
Enjoy the sounds of traditional Japanese folk dancing and drumming at the annual Tacoma Bon Odori festival Saturday. Performers will be wearing colorful yukata summer kimonos and happy coats as they dance under the lanterns. But you won’t need traditional wear to join in the fun. Fuji Taiko and Matsuri Taiko will bring their heart-thumping drums to liven up the festival. Japanese food including Spam musubi, rice cakes, homemade pies and cookies will be available, and shaved ice, too. It is 5-9 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave., and admission is free. To find out more, call 253-627-1417.
Art on the Hilltop
With a nod to National Night Out, the Hilltop Artists are hosting Arts Night Out from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday. The evening will include glassblowing demonstrations, music, chalk art, food, dancing, T-shirt painting and even more family-friendly activities. Get to know your neighbors and the program. It’s at Jason Lee Middle School, 602 N. Sprague Ave., Tacoma, and is free to the public. For more information, go to hilltopartists.org/events/arts-night-out.
Thursday — Aug. 9
Back to the old country
Take in the old-fashioned country vibe when the Pierce County Fair opens Thursday continuing through Aug. 9 at Frontier Park, 21616 Meridian Ave. E., Graham. There will be 4-H exhibits, demonstrations and livestock, plus live entertainment including the Wenatchee Youth Circus. Hop on some carnival rides and of course take in the variety of fair food. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday-Aug. 8 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 9. Admission is $5; parking is also $5. To get a complete list of events, go to piercecountyfair.com.
Time to adopt
Bring out the family for a full day of free fun and music at Woofstock Annual Pet Adoption and Music Festival. There will be pet-related merchants, organizations and groups with information on pet services, dog agility and obedience demonstrations, and kids’ activities. Last year, 116 pets were matched with owners. It’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the University of Puget Sound’s Todd Field, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. Go to duganfoundation.org for more information.
Thursday — Aug. 9
The town of Morton is opening its doors to share its long logging history at its annual Loggers’ Jubilee, kicking off Thursday. There will be the queen’s coronation at 8 p.m. Thursday, a flea market, lawnmower races, bed races, children’s parade and grand parade, plus top-notch logging show competitions. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 7 for lawnmower races, activities begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 8 and noon Aug. 9 all in the heart of Morton. Admission is $5, $10 for lawnmower races, $7 for logging shows and $3-$5 for the Lion’s Club Breakfast. For a complete lineup of activities, go to loggersjubilee.com.
A ‘Battlestar Galactica’ fan’s dream
Billed as the largest “Battlestar Galactica” celebration in the world, Galacticon 4 brings cast, crew and fans of the series together a the three-day convention at Seattle Center. There will be panels, presentations, vendors, autograph sessions, exhibitions, toys and more. It’s eveything a sci-fi lover would want to experience. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. A day pass is $30 and a weekend pass is $90. To get the details, go to galacticon.org.
You can see him again
It’s a red-hot concert when the Boys of Zummer Tour featuring Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa comes to the White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn. Wiz Khalifa’s megahit “See You Again” has been at the top of the record charts, while Fall Out Boy is known for single hits “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” and “Dance, Dance.” Come out for the 7 p.m. concert Sunday; tickets are $20-$62.75 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Get closer to the sun
Slightly Stoopid describes their music as a fusion of folk, rock, reggae, blues, hip-hop, funk and metal. They tour extensively to promote their love of live music. They have played with the likes of the Dave Matthews Band, the Marley Brothers, the Roots and Snoop Dogg. Come see them in a 5:30 p.m. concert Thursday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway NE, Redmond. Tickets start at $35. Go to marymoorconcerts.com to get yours.