Debra Friedman Memorial Lecture “People Place Power: Advancing Racial and Economic Equity in Changing Communities” with Judith Bell, 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday. University of Washington Tacoma, William Phillip Hall, 1918 Pacific Ave,, Tacoma. Free, registration required. 253-692-5753, tinyurl.com/zorfono
Thursday Night Singles Dance with live local band. 6:30-11 p.m. Thursdays. Allenmore Events Center, 2125 S. Cedar St., Tacoma. $10. 253-927-1161.
“Singing the Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar” Performance by Minnita Daniel-Cox, soprano, and Gwynne Kuhner Brown, piano, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 . University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. Free. 253-879-3555, pugetsound.edu/calendar
Poetry with R.P. Ericksen from poetry collection “Ponderables: Poems on Worms, Souls, Baseball, and Other Important Topics.” 7 p.m. Thursday. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. Free. 253-272-8801 kingsbookstore.com
Friday — Sunday
Oktoberfest Northwest Oct. 7-9. Washington State Fair and Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. $12 Friday- Saturday, $6 Sunday. Free for kids 12 & under all weekend. 425-295-3262, oktoberfestnw.com