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Free festivals, car show, some bluegrass, salmon and Downtown block party happening this weekend

Post by Mary Anderson / The News Tribune on Aug. 18, 2012 at 6:00 am |
August 17, 2012 3:50 pm

The hood ornament of a 1940 packard Convertable is a thing of beauty at the last year's Classy Chassis Car, Road and Truck Show

Classy Chassis Car Show annual events featuring great cars, live entertainment and more, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 19, Sumner Downtown Association, 906 Kincaid, Sumner. Free. 253-720-9846, sumnerdowntown.com.

Bonney Lake Days featuring live entertainment, family and kids activities, food and more, 4-9:30 p.m. Aug. 17, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 18, Allan Yorke Park, 7203 W. Tapps Hwy. E, Bonney Lake. Free. 253-862-8602.


Olalla Bluegrass Festival
with a great lineup of local and regional artists, food and more, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 18, Olalla Little League Field, 5795 S.E. Hovgaard Road, Olalla. $10-$40. 253-857-5604, olallabluegrass.com.

Hudson Bay Day and Salmon BBQ featuring historic demonstrations, live entertainment, and of course salmon, Noon-4 p.m. Aug. 19, Fort Nisqually Site, Center Drive and Civic Drive, DuPont. Free admission. 253-267-5267, dupontmuseum.com.

If you can’t get enough of trains, then this weekend you’ve got a fun free event: Snoqualmie Railroad Days. The 74-year-old Snoqualmie Railroad Days is held around the Northwest Railway Museum and celebrates the area’s railway and Indian heritage. Train rides, wagon rides, a Grand Parade, three stages, food, wine, beer, arts and kids’ activities are offered. New this year is an appearance by Dan the Lego Man, the Tacoma-based Lego whiz who’ll bring enough bricks to keep everyone occupied for hours.
The details: 5-9:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Free. The Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie. 425-888-3030, railroaddays.com.

Tacoma Downtown Block Party
Tacoma’s downtown merchants are putting on another block party, and this time you get to be a part of it – literally. This Saturday afternoon and evening, the Opera Alley block (Court C between South Seventh and Ninth streets) will be humming with live music, a DJ dance party, beer gardens with local brew, live painting, food, dance and more – and you get to join in.
“At this festival the line between producer and consumer is blurred,” say organizers on their website, and stuff you can do includes a costume photobooth, chalk drawing, mural painting, body painting, a community canvas, music jam, origami, puppet making, mosaic and sign making plus games from life-size chess to jump rope, hula hoops and four square.
Food will be for sale by local merchants Puget Sound Pizza, the Hilltop Pop Shop and more. There’s even a DIY PB&J booth. A DJ will play from 8 p.m.
The party is organized annually by downtown businesses and residents.
The free event runs from 3-10 p.m. Saturday at 709 Court C. (Opera Alley), Tacoma.
For more details, go to dtownttownneighbors.com

rosemary.ponnekanti@thenewstribune.com

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