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GET OUT: Oktoberfest kicks off, local theaters wrap up current productions and music

Friday (Oct. 9) — Sunday

Oktoberfest Northwest opens at Washington State Fair Events Center

It's fall and time for the Annual Oktoberfest Northwest opening Friday at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. It's three days of music, entertainment, games, kids activities and, of course, beer. There is an entire area just for families with arts and crafts, a root beer garden and games. After 7 p.m. each night, it's an adults-only affair. Hours are noon-midnight Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight Saturday and 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, Sunday is half-price ($5). Children 12 and younger are admitted free all weekend. For more information, go to


Local theater productions in final weekend

▪ It’s the final weekend to come out for The Lakewood Playhouse’s production "A Few Good Men," the Broadway hit about the trial of two Marines written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Beau Prichard. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sundays. The theater is at 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW. Tickets are $25, $22 military, $21 seniors and $19 for students or educators. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to


▪ Tacoma Muscial Playhouse’s classic musical about a boy who asked for more, "Oliver," is also in its final weekend. The theater is at 716 Sixth Ave., and showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $31 adults, $29 seniors, students and military and $22 for children 12 and younger. For more information and to purchase tickets go to


▪ “Into The Woods” at Paradise Theatre, 9911 Burnham Drive NW, Gig Harbor, is a Tony Award-winning, enchanting and touching take on the Brothers Grimm’s characters set in a fairytale about wishes, family and choices. The final showing is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, tickets are $10-$22 and you can get yours by calling 253-851-7529.


Friday (Oct. 9)


University of Puget Sound performs American Music for string orchestra

Join the University of Puget Sound School of Music when it performs John Adams “Shaker Loops” American Music for String Orchestra in a 7:30 p.m. concert Friday. Performed by the string orchestra and conducted by Wesley Schulz, the performance is at University of Puget Sound Schneebeck Concert Hall, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. It is free, go to for more information.