Get yourself to the DIY Fest
If you’re one to “do-it-yourself,” then come out for the annual DIY Fest at Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma. Pierce County Parks and Recreation has done the hard work of getting exhibitors who know a thing or two about gardening, farming, household sustainability, handcrafts and more. It is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free.
Press an apple, dip a candle
It will be a cornucopia of 19th century skills and crafts on display at Arts of the Fur Trade at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Dozens of re-enactors will demonstrate and share their knowledge of skills from the period, such as spinning, weaving, beading, blacksmithing, woodworking, cooking, instrument construction and music. Try your hand at various creative tasks, including making rope, pressing apples to make cider and dipping candles. Hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5-$8, children 4 and younger are free. For more information, call 253-591-5339.
Friday (Nov. 6)
Top 3 rules of opera: Arias, Arias, More Arias
For all you opera lovers, make plans to take in the Jacobsen Series: Arias, Arias, and More Arias at 7:30 p.m. Friday (Nov. 6). The University of Puget Sound will present Dawn Padula, mezzo-soprano; Tanya Stambuk on piano; and Gwynne Kuhner Brown as guest speaker at the performance. It will be held in Schneebeck Concert Hall on the university campus, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma. Tickets are $15; $10 seniors, student and military. Go to pugetsound.edu/calendar or call 253-879-3100.
Classic tires and classic attire
Relive the best of the ’50s at the LeMay Sock Hop Dinner and Dance at 6 p.m. Saturday. The fun retro evening will include dinner. Vintage 1950s attire is encouraged for the adults-only party. It’s at the LeMay Marymount Event Center, 325 152nd St. E., Tacoma. Tickets are $30 for members, $35 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, call 253-272-2336.
Thursday — Nov. 14
With a style of characters, spot on impressions and clever insights, Pablo Francisco brings his off-the-wall comedy to the stage. He has had two Comedy Central specials, “They Put It Out There” and “Ouch.” And now he’s coming to the Tacoma Comedy Club, 933 Market St., Tacoma, for three nights. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Nov. 13-14. Tickets are $17-$20 for the 18-and-older shows. Go to tacomacomedyclub.com to order yours.
Friday (Nov. 6) — Dec. 12
Not far in your motor car
Make a special trip for the kids to Seattle to take in “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” a Seattle Children’s Theatre production opening Friday (Nov. 6). The performance is based on the movie and adapted for the stage. It will continue through Dec. 12 at the theater, 201 Thomas St., Seattle. Tickets are $18 and are available online at sct.org.
Hmong festival 40 years in making
At the end of the Vietnam war, thousands of Hmong people came to the United States from Southeast Asia, mostly from Laos. Celebrate 40 years in America at the Hmong New Year Festival, which recognizes the traditional new year and remembrance of the years past. There will be food, exhibits and live entertain in the Seattle Center Armory from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at 305 Harrison St., Seattle. Admission is free.
A parental affair
Seattle Baby Fest is known as the ultimate expo for expectant and new parents and features seminars, exhibits, products games and prizes and everything for parents. It will take over the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 301 Mercer St., Seattle from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Bring the little ones and join in the fun. Tickets are $20 or $30 a couple, children 12 and younger are free. For more information, go to babyfestnw.com.