Come celebrate the area’s pioneer heritage when Meeker Days takes over downtown Puyallup this weekend. More than 200 vendors will offer their wares, and food and entertainment will be ongoing at three stages: The Main Stage off 2nd Street Southeast, the Pig Out Stage on 2nd Street Southwest, and the Community Stage at Pioneer Park. A new Teen Zone will feature a lounge area, games, giveaways, treats, and a skate park with ramps, rails and wedges with ongoing professional skate demonstrations. The activities and fun begin today at noon and goes until 9 p.m., then runs 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m .Sunday. Admission is free.
Randy Travis made a name for himself in the world of county music in the mid-1980s. He has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including 22 number-one hits. In the late 1990s, however, he changed his musical focus to gospel music. He’s coming to the Lucky Eagle Casino, 12888 188th Ave. S.W., Rochester, for an 8 p.m. show Saturday. The show was sold out early this week, but check online for late-release tickets.
“In the Spirit: Contemporary Northwest Native Arts,” opening Thursday at the Washington State History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, highlights art that reflects world views shaped by many cultures through time and was selected by a jury of local experts in Native American art. It was organized by the Washington State Historical Society and The Longhouse Education & Cultural Center at The Evergreen State College. Meet the artists at the opening ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday. Four awards – Best in Show, Celebrating the Northwest, Celebrating Tradition, and Celebrating Innovation – will be awarded and voting will begin for the People’s Choice Award at the event. The exhibit runs through Aug. 26. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; admission is $7-$9. Call 253-272-3500 to learn more.
Known for hits such as “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack,” the B-52s have been writing, singing and performing their own brand of New Wave/punk/pop music since 1977. They will be performing at 7 p.m. concert Thursday at Marymoor Park, 6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway, N.E., Redmond, as part of its summer concert series. Tickets are $45-$65 and available through Ticketmaster.
Improv artists from around the globe have gathered in Seattle for the annual International Festival of Improv winding up this weekend. They’ve come to hone their craft through workshops, exchange of ideas, performances, and camaraderie, but the rest of us benefit when they show off their talents in nightly performances at the Market Theater, 1428 Post Alley, Seattle. This year’s festival features improvisers from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and the United States. Showtimes are 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15 and available through brownpapertickets.com.
It’s going to be a weekend full of fun in Burien at the Wild Strawberry Festival, Fathers’ Day Car Show and Carnival Days. There will be live entertainment at the Town Square Stage, a break dance competition and vendors. The car show on Sunday will feature more than 200 cars, music from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and a chili cook-off. If you love the thrill of rides, there will be plenty to choose from in the Carnival Days section of the festival. Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; carnival rides are separate fees. Get all the details at discoverburien.com/events
Help the Swedish American VASA Lodge celebrate 100 years at its open house Saturday. The Swedish community has a long history in Tacoma and you can learn all about it at the event from 1 to 5 p.m. that will feature memorabilia, family histories, artifacts and more. President Don Barrett and lifetime member Shirlyanna Sargent will share memories during the program. It’s all at Normanna Hall, 1106 S. 15th St., Tacoma.
Singer/guitarist Susan Tedeschi and her guitarist husband Derek Trucks are both heavily steeped in the blues tradition, yet open to far-ranging influences including rock, gospel, jazz and World music. Billed as the Tedeschi Trucks Band when they play together, each has also earned Grammy nominations for their individual music. They also collaborate with other musicians as Soul Stew Revival. They will perform together tonight at 7:30 p.m. at The Paramount Theatre, 911 Pine St., Seattle. Tickets are $28.75-$64.25 and are available by phone or online; 877-784-4849, stgpresents.org.
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