Yelm Prairie Days starts at 7 p.m. Thursday with the grand parade down Yelm Avenue. Following is a carnival nightly and full festival Saturday and Sunday, with vendors, crafts, food, nightly live music and fun. Call 360-791-2900 for more information.
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Tacoma Comedy Club Brad Upton 8 p.m. Thursday, 933 Market St., Tacoma. $15-$20. 253-282-7203, tacomacomedyclub.com
Hollis Giammatteo and Ann Hedreen talk about books “The Shelf Life of Ashes” and “Her Beautiful Brain: A Memoir,” 7 p.m. Thursday. King’s Books, 218 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-8801
Friday — Saturday
Annual Tacoma Highland Games at Frontier Park, 21800 Meridian Ave., E., Graham. Celtic concert at 6 p.m. Friday with games in full force from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. There will be stone cutters, Scottish court reenactment group, Scottish dancers, massed bagpipes and drumming and more. Bring out the family for the full Scottish experience. Tickets are $8-$15 and are available online or at the gate; tacomagames.org
Gritty City Sirens a burlesque and cabaret troupe that celebrates all ethnicities and body types. 7 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Tacoma Little Theatre, 210 North I St., Tacoma. $22-$27. tacomalittletheatre.com.