Fun on the Hilltop
Discover the vibrant Hilltop neighborhood at the Hilltop Street Fair on Martin Luther King Way. There will be live music, dance, spoken word, a talent show, art exhibit, car show and more family-friendly fun. Check out the free health and dental screenings, free books for kids, food vendors and the Hilltop Tacoma Film Competition. It is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and is free to the public. For more information, call 253-719-9006.
Saturday — Sunday
Time to get gritty
Going strong for 15 years, Hands On Children’s Museum’s Sand in the City is this weekend in Olympia. There will be sand sculpture contests, lots of family activities including playing in the sand, hands-on arts and science activities, live entertainment and more. It’s a big beach party right in the city. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Experience the museum at a discounted admission of $5.50 during the weekend. Head out to the Hands On Museum, 414 Jefferson St. NE, for a day of fun. For more information, go to hocm.org.
Motorcycles by the hundreds
The third annual Vintage Motorcycle Festival known as The Meet will be held this weekend at LeMay-America’s Car Museum in Tacoma with hundreds of motorcycles on display. Saturday’s general admission is $20 and provides access to the museum and motorcycle events on the show field. It will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and will also feature entertainment by the Seattle Cossacks motorcycle team, music by Reann’s Groove, British Exports and Heart by Heart. On Sunday, a bike ride will leave the museum plaza on a 78-mile route and will end with a barbecue lunch on the show field. For more information, go to americascarmuseum.org.
Friday (Aug. 21)
A night with the Penguins
It’s the final night of Metro Parks Tacoma’s Summer Bash and Movie Friday (Aug. 21). Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs for a night watching “Penguins of Madagascar” under the stars. The movie will be shown at dusk at Norpoint Park, 4818 Nassau Ave. NE, Tacoma, and is free to the public.
A nice kind of Pain
Close out the summer rocking it at the Pain in the Grass concert at the White River Amphitheatre, 40501 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Enumclaw. The KISW sponsored concert will feature Slipnot, Lamb of God and Three Days Grace to name a few of the bands performing. The music starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, with tickets starting at $33. Get yours through Ticketmaster.
American Idol coming to Seattle
As “American Idol” winds down, there is still time to take in the latest tour of American Idol Live featuring the top performers from the past season. It will feature winner Nick Fradiani, as well as Rayvon Owen, Jax and Tyanna Jones. The 7:30 p.m. show Tuesday is at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer St., Seattle. Tickets are $49-$63.50 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Saturday — Sunday
Take in some Tibet culture
Experience the cultural roots and contemporary influences of Tibet at the Seattle Center Festal series’ Tibet Fest this weekend. Sponsored by the Tibetan Association of Washington, the two-day event will feature traditional dance, workshops, visual arts, hands-on activities, games and traditional food. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Seattle Center’s Armory Main Floor. Admission is free. For more information, go to seattlecenter.com.