Living & Entertainment

Events for the week ahead: Tacoma Pride Festival, Lakewood’s Summerfest, Cornucopia Days, comedy, LakeFair and more

Lili, Ms. Gay Tacoma, left to right, Hayden Eyesli, Mr. Gay Tacoma, Alicia Ross, Imperial Princess, and Angela Hadway, debutante,  enjoying the Tacoma Pride Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Lili, Ms. Gay Tacoma, left to right, Hayden Eyesli, Mr. Gay Tacoma, Alicia Ross, Imperial Princess, and Angela Hadway, debutante, enjoying the Tacoma Pride Festival on Saturday, July 12, 2014. Staff photographer

Friday (July 13) — Sunday

Cornucopia Days in historic downtown Kent

Kent Cornucopia Days will take over Kent’s historic downtown this weekend. Sponsored by the Kent Lions & Foundation, the three-day festival benefits more than 250 charitable organizations. It will feature more than 600 vendors, a dragon boat race, skateboard and inline skate competitions, kids’ activities, live entertainment and a grand parade. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


Celebrate with Lakewood at its annual SummerFest

Lakewood’s SummerFest 2018 will offer food trucks, a trapeze act and live music, including Aaron Crawford, Herding Cats, Nite Wave and Spike and the Impalers. The free event at Fort Steilacoom Park, 8714 87th Ave. SW, Lakewood, will also have kids’ activities, a pet parade and a movie, “Coco,” to top the day off. Hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Go to for more information.

Friday (July 13) — Saturday

Tacoma Pride Festival honors community in week-long event

The Tacoma Pride Festival celebrates inclusion and diversity by honoring the LGBTQA community and fostering pride. The week-long celebration will being with the Pride flag-rising ceremony and Rainbow City Awards at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Pride Day will be from noon-6 p.m. Saturday on Pacific Avenue between South Ninth and Seventh streets. Music will include Sisters, Mirrorgloss, the Little Donuts, DJ Lady V, Iscot, Glitterati, Jay 5, Jenuwine Beatue and Lady Chablis. The Mix Pride Block Party will be at The Mix, 635 St. Helens Ave. Other activities will take place through July 22. For a schedule, go to

Friday (July 13) — Saturday

Jay Mohr plays the Tacoma Comedy Club

With an acting background that includes “Gary Unmarried,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Jerry Mcguire,” “Are We There Yet?” and “The Incredible Burt Wonderston,” Jay Mohr has also done stand-up comedy since 1990. He will be at the Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., for four shows at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the 21 and older shows are $30-$40 and available online at

Tuesday —Wednesday

Grand Cinema hosts Pride Film Series

In partnership with the Tacoma Pride Festival, the Pride Film Series will celebrate diversity through independent films. Three Dollar Bill Cinema and The Grand Cinema, 606 S. Fawcett, will present two films — “Saturday Church” and “Local Produce.” “Saturday Church” will be shown at 1 and 6:45 p.m. Tuesday; “Local Produce,” 12 locally produced short films, will screen at 1 and 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Admission is $5 matinee, $10.50 general admission. Call 253-593-4474 or go online to for more information.

Saturday —Sunday

Spiders, snakes and reptiles, Oh My

Featuring educational reptile and mammal displays, the Pacific Northwest Reptile & Exotic Animal Show will have more than 100 vendors tables, informational displays and educational information for the beginner to the advanced hobbyist at the Washington State Fair Event Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $15 for a two-day pass, $5 for children 6-10 years old and free for kids 5 and younger.

Friday (July 13) — Sunday

Nordic tradition and historic fishing connections theme of Ballard SeafoodFest

The Ballard SeafoodFest, a community tradition since 1974, will celebrate Ballard’s historic connection to the fishing industry and its Nordic roots. The free, three-day festival will feature live music, a beer garden, kids’ activities, arts and crafts, a salmon barbecue and a crab shack. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. Go to for more information.

Friday (July 13) — Sunday

Olympia’s LakeFair takes over shores of Capitol Lake

This year’s Capital Lakefair on the northeastern shore of Capitol Lake in Olympia will offer up a basketball tournament, battle of the bands, a car show, live entertainment, the Funtastic carnival, a grand parade and a fireworks show. Hours are noon-11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For a rundown of events, go to