The Blues for Food Fest mixes organic gardening, community gardens and food banks with classic blues to provide an alternative to the big holiday music festivals. The festival will feature bands such as the Randy Oxford Band, Junkyard Jane and Kim Archer. Proceeds benefit the P-Patch Trust, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent hunger by promoting community gardening in Seattle and supporting programs that distribute food to those in need and help people grow their own food. Hours are noon-9 p.m. at Magnuson Park, 6344 N.E. 74th St., Seattle. Tickets are $10-$20 at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, go to bluesforfoodfest.org.
Take the family out to see the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at ShoWare Center 625 W. James St., Kent. Boom A Ring combines thrills such as illusionist David DaVinci’s eye-popping tricks, the Barons of Balance leaping from thumb-thin low-wires and the Urias Family riding customized motorcycles at high speeds. There also will be elephants, jugglers, flying trapeze artists and more to marvel. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. tonight; 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday; and noon Monday. Tickets are $7.50-$64 at showarecenter.com.
Painful, thuggish, annoying and oh, so delicious. The Bremerton Blackberry Festival revels in all aspects of the blackberry and features a children’s entertainment stage, vendors, chalk art applications, Berry Bike Race and USS Turner Joy tours at the boardwalk in downtown Bremerton. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday. Learn more at blackberryfestival.org/festival-info.
End your summer with a wild weekend during the Get Out of the Rut celebration at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, 11610 Trek Drive, Eatonville. Learn about the breeding habits of hooved animals such as deer, sheep, elk and moose. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Special activities are free with admission of $8-$18. Call 360-832-6117or go to nwtrek.org.
With chart-topping hits such as “Me Duele” and “Caminos Diferentes,” Roberto Tapia mixes Latin rhythms with touches of hip-hop and electronica. He’ll perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Tickets are $38 through Ticketmaster.
Billed as a “little orchestra,” the Portland-based, 13-member group Pink Martini will perform its fusion of jazz, Latin, lounge music, classical and old-fashioned pop at 7 p.m. Saturday at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $35-$55. Go to ste-michelle.com.
Listen to the cool jazz sounds of trumpeter Chris Botti at 7 tonight at Chateau Ste. Michelle, 14111 N.E. 145th St., Woodinville. During the past three decades, the jazz instrumental artist has recorded and performed with artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sting and Joni Mitchell. Tickets are $52-$62.50. Go to
New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne just dropped the album “Tha Carter IV.” This larger-than-life artist consistently hits the hip-hop and R&B top ten chart. With his style and beats, Lil’Wayne has made an indelible stamp on his genre. He will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday at the White River Amphitheater, 40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road S.E., Auburn. Tickets are $23.75-$83.75 through Ticketmaster.
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