Events for the week ahead: Dragon boat festival, MayFest in Lakewood, historic homes tour and more

Dragon Boat races return to the South Sound on Saturday as Saint Martin’s University’s Dragon Boat Festival paddlers take to Puget Sound in Olympia.
Dragon Boat races return to the South Sound on Saturday as Saint Martin’s University’s Dragon Boat Festival paddlers take to Puget Sound in Olympia. Staff file, 2011


Be there for dragons

Celebrate diversity and culture at the Saint Martin’s University Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday. It features local performers, community vendors and the famous dragon boat races. Come down to the Port of Olympia, 701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia, for a family day of fun and cultural immersion. Hours are 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Go to tinyurl.com/SMUDragons16 for the full schedule.

Friday (April 29) — May 8

MayFest at Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Gardens, 12317 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood, will bring together a variety of art displays, activities and fun during its MayFest starting Friday (April 29). The weekend event includes Fairyfest with fairies hidden throughout the gardens, Ikebana International No. 147 with more than 20 displays, art by Clover Park High School students, Mr. Bubbleman, face painting, and the Olympia Highlanders Bagpipes and Drum Corps. It will continue through May 8. For a complete schedule, go to lakewoldgardens.org/mayfest.html.

Saturday — Sunday

Home is where the history is — and tour

It’s that time of year to explore some of Tacoma’s finest houses at the annual Historic Homes of Tacoma Tour this weekend. The reception center is Central Lutheran Church, and the tour will include six classic homes in the Stadium-Seminary District. Sponsored by the Tacoma Historical Society, the tour runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 and available at several locations and at the church the day of the tour. Go to tacomahistory.org for a complete list.


Free fun at Cheney

Bring the kids out Saturday for Healthy Kids Day at the Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. There will be games and activities, a chance to meet Rainiers mascot Rhubarb and Tacoma Stars soccer players, a home run derby, firetruck tours and more, 9 a.m.-noon. Sponsored by the YMCA of Pierce/Kitsap County, the event is free and open to the public. For information, go to tinyurl.com/HealthyKids16.


Summer sounds return to UPS

The annual University of Puget Sound Pops on the Lawn concert series kicks off with the university Wind Ensemble with student conductors at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The free concerts are performed on the Karlen Quad or, if raining, at Schneebeck Concert Hall on campus. For information and upcoming performances, call 253-879-3555.

Friday (April 29) — Sunday

Seattle’s Kenny G coming home

Born and raised in Seattle, Kenny G has played professionally since he was 17 years old and toured around the world. Known for his soulful saxophone solos and music, the Grammy Award winner will come to Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, 2033 Sixth Ave., Seattle, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday (April 29)-Sunday. Tickets are $60 and available at jazzalley.com.


Inaugurate May with Puget Sound Revels

Join the Puget Sound Revels to celebrate May Day at Singing in the May events Sunday. Make May flower crowns, join in the maypole dance and enjoy singing at this all-ages, free community event. It is 6-7:30 p.m. at Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma.


Asian-Pacific everything for heritage month

Experience and explore the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, activities, games and a marketplace at the annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration from 11:45 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The free, family event is being held at the Seattle Center Armory. For a schedule of events, go to apiheritage.com.