Circus Gatti brings its tents filled with daredevil acrobats, silly clowns and elephants to Cheney Stadium at 7 p.m. Monday and 2 and 7 p.m. Tuesday. Tickets are $22 for adults. The stadium is at 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma. Call 714-685-1072 or go to www.circusgatti.net.
Here’s your chance to adopt a pet, explore an aviary and petting zoo and watch dog shows and miniature horse demonstrations at America’s Family Pet Expo from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Sunday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at Puyallup Fair & Events Center. Admission is $12 adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for children, ages 5 and younger get in free. For more information, go to www.petexpowa.org.
Tacoma’s own Neko Case returns to her stomping grounds in a show at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre with guest Y La Bamba at 8 p.m. Sunday. A soundtrack from HBO TV series “True Blood” will drop this fall and include a duet by Case and Nick Cave. Tickets for the show are $27-$32 plus fees. Call 877-784-4849 or go to www.stgpresents.org.
Country/bluegrass singer Gillian Welch took time from her tour last week to perform on “Conan.” You can catch her at The Moore Theatre in Seattle at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $30 plus fees. Call 877-784-4849 or go to www.stgpresents.org.
See veteran rocker Ted Nugent’s I Still Believe Tour at 8:30 tonight and Saturday at Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29th St., Tacoma. Off stage, the Nuge is a longtime hunter, outdoorsman and opponent of gun control. Tickets are $44.19-$75.50. Go to www.emeraldqueen.com.
Gig Harbor’s free outdoor movie nights return to Gig Harbor this weekend. Tonight is Classic Night at Donkey Creek Park featuring the 1942 James Cagney film, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and Saturday is Family Night at Skansie Brothers Park featuring the animated “Despicable Me” featuring the voice of Steve Carrell. Both movies start about 9:15 p.m. Free popcorn, water and soda will be provided. Visitors are encouraged to bring low chairs and blankets.
The Mayhem Festival explodes at White River Amphitheatre with Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth and nine other bands. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$80. Go to http://rockstarmayhemfest.com.
Lavender season is in full swing this week as two festivals celebrate the aromatic plant: Blue Willow Lavender Farm is holding its first festival from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday at 10615 Wright Bliss Road, Gig Harbor. The festival offers vendors, live music and farm tours. Free admission. Go to www.bluewillowlavenderfarm.com.
The Mountain Meadow Lavender Festival in Roy features workshops, lavender ice cream and children’s activities from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, at 919 304th St. S., Roy. Free admission. Call 253-843-4109 or go to www.mountainmeadowlavender.com.
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