Events for the week ahead: Orting SummerFest, troops benefit concert in Tacoma and more

Boy George of Culture Club performs on stage at Chateau Ste. Michelle Thursday.
Boy George of Culture Club performs on stage at Chateau Ste. Michelle Thursday. Invision


SummerFest is big fun

With a theme of “Small Town, Big Fun,” the Orting SummerFest is a day of family fun. There will be 5K and 10K runs, plus a half marathon. There also will be a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, kids activities and vendor booths. Come out from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday to downtown Orting and join in the fun. Admission is free. ortingsummerfest.webs.com.


Rock & Rally at Cheney for wounded service members

Bringing together some of the best local musicians with national act Thousand Foot Krutch, the Rock & Rally For The Troops benefit concert takes over Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Benefiting wounded service members, their loved ones, as well as those who aid in their recovery, the event is sponsored by Operation Ward 57, a nonprofit that supports wounded warriors. The concert begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 day of the event, with limited VIP tickets. Kids ages 11 and younger get in free. For information, go to rockandrallyforthetroops.com.


Tritt bringing his country twang to Emerald Queen

Two-time Grammy Award-winner country musician Travis Tritt has been performing for more than 20 years, and his hits include “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” “Foolish Pride” and “Best of Intentions.” He’s coming to the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma, for an 8:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Tickets start at $35 through Ticketmaster.


Banjo, barbecue and ride a steam locomotive

Jump on the Historic Mount Rainier Railroad for a night of banjo and barbecue. The Tacoma Banjo Band will be entertaining on the 2  1/2-hour steam train ride to the logging museum. There will be barbecue and fun on Friday, starting at 3:30 p.m. Head out to Mount Rainier Railroad, 54124 Mountain Highway E., Elbe. Tickets are $20-$60 and available at mtrainierrailroad.com.

Friday (Aug. 2) — Saturday

Cars, motorcycles to take over Elma streets

Make plans to take in the Heat on the Street Car & Motorcycle Show this weekend, sponsored by the Elma Chamber of Commerce. There will be a cruise-in from 4-7 p.m. Friday (Aug. 5). The main street show is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with music, raffles and vendors. Registration for car entries are $15, admission is free to the public. For information, go to elmachamber.org.


Scavenger hunt highlight of Tacoma walk series

Join in the fun of the Go Walk Tacoma series with this latest installment, “Walk/Transit: Scavenger Hunt.” Explore and learn about the areas of downtown Tacoma through the one- to two-mile walks led by local experts. It starts at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue.


It just took ‘Time’ for Culture Club to return

Billed as their first world tour in years, Culture Club and Boy George returns to the United States. They will be making a stop at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 NE 14th St. Woodinville, for a 7 p.m. concert Thursday. Get your tickets — $55 — at Ticketmaster.


Slipknot adds chaos to White River stop

Known for its attention-grabbing visuals, the heavy metal band Slipknot brings an energetic and chaotic show to the stage. Performing since 1995, the band is on tour and makes a stop at the White River Amphitheatre, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road SE, Auburn, for a 6:30 p.m. concert Thursday. Tickets start at $24 at Ticketmaster.