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Beerfest, antique tractors, outdoor movies and free concerts and other events this weekend and beyond

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on July 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
July 6, 2012 3:00 pm

Joel Young of Tacoma samples a 777 Scuttlebutt Belgian Trippel ale during the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival Saturday Sept. 3, 2011. Dean J. Koepfler/staff photographer

Today–Sunday
With more than 200 world-class beers from 16 countries, the Seattle International Beerfest is sure to give you a wide tasting experience. Stake out a spot on the big lawn at Fisher Plaza at Seattle Center for a weekend of listening to live music and trying beers that aren’t normally in your neighborhood pub. If you’re a real beer aficionado, check out the live Lambic blending and tasting event. Purchase admission online (seattlebeerfest.com) in advance for $25, or pay $30 at the gate Friday and Sunday and $35 Saturday. You also will get an official SIB glass, 10 beer tickets and express-line entry. Admission is good for the entire weekend. You must have your glass and wristband for re-entry. Hours are noon-10 p.m. today and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday.
Mark your calendar, the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival is scheduled for Sept. 1.

Saturday-Sunday
Discover the history of the gas engine at the 31st annual Antique Gas Engine and Tractor Show this weekend. Check out working antique engines, tractors and trucks. There will be a swap meet, crafts and antiques, radio-controlled model boats and an antique-tractor pull. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds, 32 Elma McCleary Road, Elma. Admission is $4 for adults and kids get in free.

Saturday and Sunday
The weather is getting warmer and it’s time to head out for the CinemaGig Outdoor Movie Night. Bring your chairs and blankets and get comfy for two movies: “Ghostbusters” plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at Donkey Creek Park, 8714 N. Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor; at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, “Monsters vs. Aliens” plays at Skansie Brother’s Park, Jerisich Dock, 3207 Haborview Drive, Gig Harbor. The free movie series will show films throughout the month. Go to gigharborguide.com for a complete schedule of upcoming movies.

Tuesday and Thursday
Danny Vernon
has built a reputation of delivering Elvis. Vernon is performing in two free concert series this week. See him first at the Summer Sounds at Skansie at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Skansie Park, 3207 Harborview Drive in Gig Harbor. See him again at University Place’s Free Summer Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Curran Apple Orchard Park, 3920 Grandview Drive W. Both concert series will feature bands and musicians throughout the summer. For Gig Harbor’s upcoming concerts, go to gigharborguide.com; for University Place’s upcoming concerts, go to curranappleorchard.com.

Thursday
If you love jazz and enjoy music in the laid-back atmosphere of outdoor concerts, you’ll want to check out the Jazz under the Stars free concert series. Going on 14 years, the series will feature jazz artists throughout the summer. This week, it’s Sommer Stockinger and the Kareem Kandi band at 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Mary Baker Russell Music Center Amphitheater, Eighth Avenue Court South and Wheeler Street South in Parkland. For a complete list of upcoming concerts, call 253-585-7602.

Wednesday
Known for their profane and humorous lyrics as well as their exaggerated on-stage personas that re-imagine and parody the glam metal music and lifestyle of the 1980s, Steel Panther has been performing for more than 10 years. The band found mainstream success with their 2009 album “Feel the Steel” thanks to the single “Death to All but Metal.” See them in a 7 p.m. show Wednesday at ShowBox SoDo, 1700 First Ave. S., Seattle. Tickets are $20 at showboxonline.com.

Saturday
With four Grammy Awards under their belt and having sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, Boyz II Men is best known for emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Enjoy classic hits such as “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee” when they take the stage with special guest Salt-n-Pepa at the Tulalip Amphitheatre, 10400 Quil Ceda Blvd., Snohomish. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show Saturday are $45-$65 through Ticketmaster.

Saturday-Sunday
Train lovers will enjoy the ride through the Cascade Foothills to the top of Snoqualmie Falls this weekend on the Scenic Antique Train ride at the Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. With a purchased tour pass, you can ride the train to the Railway History Center to enjoy a docent-led tour of the exhibits in the Train Shed, then re-board the train and continue your trip. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Round-trip fares are $10 for children, $12 for seniors, $15 for adults and free for kids younger than 2. The Train Shed Tour pass is $5. For more details, go to trainmuseum.org.

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