Saturday — Sunday
Enjoy Zoo Boo at Point Defiance
Bring the family in costume for Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium’s Zoo Boo this weekend. Join in the fun of the themed activities, including watching animals enjoy special pumpkin treats and see the creative jack-o’-lanterns designed by the keepers. It is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the zoo in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Wear a costume and receive $2 off general admission. For more information, go to pdza.org.
Acclaimed college orchestra at Pantages
Having performed throughout the United States and traveled to perform in Norway, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland, Spain and China, St. Olaf Orchestra is one of the premier ensembles at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. It has been called one of the best college orchestras in the nation. See the group perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma. Tickets are $20, and complimentary tickets are available to students at the box office. Call 253-591-5894 for more information.
Saturday and Oct. 24
Hand-blown glass pumpkins looking for home
It’s that time of year when hand-blown pumpkins are the stars at the annual Northwest Glass Pumpkin Patch. The touring show boasts more than 2,000 glass pumpkins made at Tacoma Glassblowing Studio ready for a home. Enjoy the variety of colors, shapes and sizes of the glass pumpkins that are made for autumn but pretty enough to display year-round. It is coming to the Point Defiance Pagoda in Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and will be traveling to Pioneer Park Pavilion in Puyallup on Oct. 24. Pumpkins start at $35. For more information, call 253-383-3499.
Saturday — Sunday
Motor sports expo destined for Puyallup
It isn’t just about snowmobiles this year at the WSSA Snowmobile and Power Sports Expo and Swap Meet. The weekend expo will include snow bikes, motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs and snowmobiles, plus seminars, commercial vendors and lots to see. It’s from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Washington State Fair Events Center, 110 Ninth St. SW, Puyallup. Also check out the swap meet in the blue parking lot both days. Admission is $10, kids 12 and younger are free. To find out more, go to wssa.us.
Wildlife film festival runs with the bears
This year’s Milotte Wildlife Film Festival focuses on the “monarchs of the north” — the North American bear. Namesakes of the festival, Alfred and Elma Milotte spent more than 30 years observing wildlife on three continents and filming for Walt Disney’s “True Life Adventure” series. South Sound filmmakers have submitted three-minute nature videos for consideration in the annual contest with qualifying videos being shown at the festival along with the two feature films, True Life Adventure’s “Bear” and “Bear Country.” Speakers include Lorna and Darrell Smith with the nonprofit organization Western Wildlife Outreach. They’ll address the grizzly bear recovery program in the North Cascades. The festival begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday with two screenings of both films at Midtown Grill, 20609 state Route 410, Bonney Lake. Admission is free. For more information, go to mwlff.org.
Friday (Oct. 16) — Saturday
Brandi Carlile brings new release to Paramount
Growing up not far from Tacoma in Ravensdale, Brandi Carlile will perform in support of her latest release, “The Firewatcher’s Daughter.” Known for the singles “The Story” and “That Wasn’t Me,” her music is a blend of country and classic. She will be at the Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle, for a two-night engagement Friday (Oct. 16) and Saturday. Special guest performers are Secret Sisters. Shows are at 8 p.m. with tickets from $31.25-$71.25, available at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
Friday (Oct. 16)
Irene Rodrìguez Compañía coming to the Moore
With a Latin flair, the Irene Rodrìguez Compañía is led by accomplished Cuban dancer and choreographer Irene Rodríguz. López is a prima ballerina and a master of Spanish dance. Her mission is to “focus on creating new trends that make the Spanish genre evolve.” She is bringing her dance company to The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle, for a 7:30 p.m. performance Friday (Oct. 16). It features six dancers and four flamenco and Cuban musicians intermingling traditional flamenco and contemporary dance. Tickets are $22.50, and you can get yours at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.
YouTube sensation Sings coming to Seattle
Making her mark in the comedy world as a YouTube sensation, Miranda Sings bring comedy, hit songs, magic tricks and never-seen video to her stage show. With more than 60 million views on YouTube, she has performed her one-woman show on tour and is coming to The Moore Theatre, 1932 Second Ave., Seattle, for two shows — 4 and 7:30 p.m. — Saturday. Tickets are $32.50 and available at 877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org.