Today through Sept. 5
Federal Way plays host to The World Championship of Sand Sculpting’s “Tournament of Champions,” an opportunity to see some of the world’s best sand sculptors create temporary works of art from the ground up. Check it out at Hillside Plaza, 31510 20th Ave. South, (two blocks north of the Commons Mall at the old Toys R Us/Target location). The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and opens at 10 a.m. Sunday. For information, see the group’s website.
For all of you cigar lovers, this weekend is the time to indulge at the Seattle Cigar Expo at Seattle Center Fisher Plaza. The event, for ages 21 and older, includes hand-picked cigars, premium spirits, wine from Northwest vineyards and food. Funds will benefit the Cigar Rights of America, a nonprofit advocacy group. Enjoy your cigars in the outdoor smoking terrace from 1-8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $150-$290 at the door or at seattlecigarexpo.com.
The Olalla Bluegrass Festival features music by Eclectic Cloggers, Deadwood Revival, Northern Departure, Blackberry Bushes, Bluegrass Regulators and others. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday at the South Kitsap Southern Little League Field, Olalla Valley Road Southeast and Southeast Hovgaard Road in Port Orchard. Admission is $10-$12, parking is $2. Go to olallabluegrass.com.
Known for successful singles “Buddy Holly”, “Say It Ain’t So”, “Undone – The Sweater Song” and “Island in the Sun,” to name a few, Weezer has been creating its alternative rock sounds since 1992. Catch them at 7 tonight at CenturyLink Field and Events Center, 800 Occidental Way, Seattle. Tickets are $43 through Ticketmaster.
Most people would recognize the guitar sounds of Carlos Santana – melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin and African rhythms. Powerhouse Santana has been performing for more than 40 years and has 10 Grammy Awards plus three Latin Grammy Awards. He will play at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Auburn. Tickets are $31.50-$91.50 through Ticketmaster.
Seattle’s own Reggie Watts has made his name as a comedian and musician. He was the opening act for Conan O’Brien on The Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour and appeared as the musical guest on his show. He recently recorded material for his Comedy Central special. See him at 8 p.m. Sunday at The Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle. Tickets are $19 at stgpresents.org.
Help judge 15 comics as they grab a microphone and compete for cash and prizes in the Grit City Comedy Competition at 9 tonight. Each comic will perform for five to six minutes and judging will be a combination of audience and judge scores. The top five move on to the finals at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. They will join the top three comics from Carmen’s Comedy Club contest. Tickets are $11.90 at brownpapertickets.com. Grit City Comedy Club is at 445 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma.
It’s a slice of Americana at the free Milton Days Parade and Picnic from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-
3 p.m. Sunday at Triangle Park, Milton Way and Oak Street in Milton. Enjoy a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, music by The Great Pretenders, Rock and Roll Magic, Triple Treat and the Milton Idol Finale. Activities for kids include the Chalk Art Walk. Go to cityofmilton.net.
Hailing from Portland, The Decemberists are known for hit singles “The Rake’s Song,” “Down By the Water” and “This Is Why We Fight,” to name a few. Touring in support of their most recent release, “The King is Dead,” they will play at 7 p.m. Monday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond.
Tickets are $31. Go to stgpresents.org.
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