Join Spaceworks Tacoma for an arts fundraising cakewalk party this weekend. The City of Tacoma’s program that matches artists with vacant commercial spaces is raising money via a new-fashioned cakewalk, where prizes include locally-made art as well as cakes, DJs include Mr. Melanin and DJ Broam, and there’ll be dance from the Barefoot Collective and a video installation by Kris Crews. 6-9 p.m. Sept. 15. Free, cakewalk tickets $5, artwalk tickets $20. 311 S. 7th St., Tacoma. spaceworkstacoma.org
Seattle Symphony opening night
Ludovic Morlot opens the Seattle Symphony’s new season with an all-American concert of Bernstein, Gershwin and Copland featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell. 7 p.m. Sept. 15. $64-$170. Benaroya Hall, Union Street and Third Avenue, Seattle. 206-215-4747, seattlesymphony.org
Gig Harbor studio tour
Explore Gig Harbor and the work of its resident artists this weekend on the annual Greater Gig Harbor Area Open Studio Tour. Around 25 artists in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard, Fox Island and the Key Peninsula will open up their studios, showing work in media from painting to clay to jewelry, and demonstrating their skills as well as having art for sale. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 15-16. Free. Various locations, see gigharboropenstudiotour.org for maps and locations.
Juried show at The Gallery at TCC
The Gallery at Tacoma Community College opens its 10th annual juried local art exhibition next Monday, featuring artists including Margo Macdonald, Dorothy McCuistion, Bill Colby, Jim Oliver and more. Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 17-Oct. 26, artist reception 4-7 p.m. Sept. 28. Free. TCC, South 12th and South Mildred Streets, Tacoma. 253-460-4306, tacomacc.edu