Friday (Sept. 4) —Sunday
Harbor Days tugboat races
Tugboats and a celebration of maritime history are the main attractions at Olympia Harbor Days. The Olympia Kiwanis sponsors this yearly event with plenty of entertainment, food, arts and crafts, and a special kids activities area. Vintage, working and retired tugs will be moored at Olympia’s Percival Landing. The Port of Olympia will be conducting free tours of the marine terminal Saturday beginning at 11 a.m., running every hour until 3 p.m. Find a good spot Sunday to see the tugs participate in the tugboat races in the bay. Hours are 5-8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 4), 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, go to harbordays.com.
Saturay — Sunday
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Roy Pioneer Rodeo
Pull out those cowboy boots and hats, and head to Roy this weekend for the annual Roy Pioneer Rodeo, 8710 Higgins Greig Road, Roy. The local rodeo features bareback riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, a clown act and more. The gates open at noon Saturday and Sunday, with the rodeo beginning at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $6 seniors, $5 kids ages 6-12 and free for kids 5 and younger; cash only on the rodeo grounds. For more information, go to royrodeo.com.
Get Out to the Rut
Discover nature, learn about the rut, or breeding, habits of hooved animals such as deer, sheep, elk and moose, and maybe even try out the zip line course this weekend at the Get Out of the Rut Weekend at Northwest Trek. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive E., Eatonville. Admission is $19.75 for adults, $18.75 seniors, $12.25 kids 5-12 years old, $9.25 kids ages 3-4 years old and free to kids 2 and younger; Pierce County residents receive a discounted rate. Event activities are included with admission. For more information, go to nwtrek.org.
Comic Bill Engvall at Lucky Eagle
Best known for his work as a stand-up comic, his signature “Here’s Your Sign” bit and as a member of the Blue Collar Comedy group, Bill Engvall brings an everyman's touch to the stage. Make the drive to Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th AVe. SW, Rochester, to see him live at 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $45-$70 and are available by phone or online; 800-720-1788, luckyeagle.com/bill-engvall.
Saturday — Monday
Bumbershoot in Seattle
Billed as Seattle’s biggest music celebration, Bumbershoot returns to Seattle Center for a weekend of all types of music. Don’t expect just great music, this year the 1 Reel Film Festival will be included as well as a visual arts, theater and dance programming, and comedy acts. With more than 80 bands performing at the three-day festival, there’s a genre of music for everyone. Some of the groups performing include The Weeknd, Sean Patton, Raz Simone, Neko Case, Lindsey Stirling and Hozier. Come prepared to explore and spend the day checking out all the venues. Tickets include a three-day pass, VIP pass, and single day passes starting at $85. Go to bumbershoot.com for details.
Friday (Sept. 4) —Saturday
Pink Martini at Chateau Ste. Michelle
Pink Martini, hailing from Portland, is known for its “little orchestra” sound. The 13-member group creates a fusion of jazz, Latin, lounge music, classical and old-fashioned pop. See them perform in 7 p.m. concerts Friday (Sept. 4) and Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery, 1411 NE 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $45-$75 and are available through Ticketmaster.
Friday (Sept. 4)
Tim McGraw at White River
With 13 studio albums, 10 of which reached number one on the Top Country Albums chart, country music star Tim McGraw is the real deal. He has garnered three Grammy Awards, 14 Academy of County Music awards, 11 Country Music Association awards, 10 American Music Awards and three People’s Choice Awards. His Soul2Soul II Tour with wife Faith Hill is the highest grossing tour in country music history. He’s coming to the White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn, for a 7 p.m. concert Friday (Sept. 4). Tickets start at $26.75 and you can get yours through Ticketmaster.
Friday (Sept. 4) — Saturday
Comic Wayne Brady at Tulalip Resort
Getting his first American television exposure in the 1990s with the improv show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Wayne Brady has gone on to win a Primetime Emmy Award, host his own variety and talk show that garnered him another four Daytime Emmy Awards, appear on Broadway and many television shows over the years. Make plans to head up to the Tulalip Resort Casino, 10200 Quil Ceda Blvd., Tulalip, to see him in 7 p.m. shows Friday (Sept. 4) and Saturday. Tickets start at $45 and are available through Ticketmaster.