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Category: Fairs & Festivals


Vicci Martinez is Free For All on Sept. 22

Tacoma singer and “The Voice” finalist Vicci Martinez will perform at the Fall Free For All on Sept. 22 in Tacoma.

The annual community arts festival sponsored by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts features over 50 music, dance, drama, film and children’s events over two days. Best of all – it’s free.

Martinez’s acoustic performance will take place at the Pantages Theatre at 9 p.m. And yes, it’s free.

Here’s the catch – It’s small, but important:
The event requires email registration to gain wristband pass access.


LouieFest returns with iconic ’60s bands The Sonics, The Wailers, Moby Grape

It’s been on a four year hiatus but now LouieFest, the rock and roll music and art festival, is back with a bang. The weekend features a power house trio of iconic 1960s rock bands: The Sonics, The Wailers and Moby Grape.

The weekend kicks off on Friday with The Sonics at the Pantages Theater and LouieFest takes over the outdoor spaces at Tacoma’s newest attraction: LeMay-America’s Car Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

“Cars and rock and roll – A connection made in heaven,” said LouieFest co-organizer Randy Sparks.
For the first time since the 1960s, Tacoma’s own

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Get yourself down to Art on the Ave today – but don’t expect to see Vicci

Art on the Ave Festival, the ever-growing arts and entertainment spectacle in Tacoma, promises to have a record crowd today. Don’t miss out.

Read our advance story here.

Despite rumors, Tacoma singer Vicci Martinez will not be performing, her manager told me last night. (Martinez performed last there last year fresh off her third place finish on “The Voice.”)

The festival runs 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sixth Avenue between Cedar and Trafton Streets in Tacoma.


Lots of free family events including Art on the Ave, Pride Festival, rhubarb, carnivals and more this weekend

It’s a weekend full of community festivals. Here are some happening all around the Sound.

Annual Pride Celebration noon-5 p.m. July 14, Pierce Transit Park, Broadway, Tacoma. Free. 253-383-2318, Read our story about the event at:

Art on the Ave Tacoma’s annual art festival featuring a mobile glass Hot Shop, live music, artist vendors, “grub crawl” and much more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on Sixth Avenue between Pine and Trafton streets. Admission is free. Read about the event at:

PowellsWood Storytelling Festival featuring local and national story tellers, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today. Free

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LouieFest returns to Tacoma – at LeMay

It’s been on a four year hiatus but now LouieFest, the rock and roll music and art festival, is back and it’s coming to Tacoma’s newest attraction: LeMay – America’s Car Museum July 28-29.

Forty bands on four outdoor stages will make up the entertainment during the two day festival.

Highlights include:

– Moby Grape

– Tacoma’s The Fabulous Wailers, who first recorded “Louie Louie.”

– 1,000 guitar sing-along to “Louie Louie.” Bring your own guitar and play with the pros.

– Local art, vendors, beer garden and children games/activities

WHEN: 10 a.m. to dusk,

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Going to Freedom Fair today? Here are highlights and tips

The party that Tacoma throws for itself every Fourth of July –
Freedom Fair - begins in a few hours along Ruston Way.

Here are some highlights and tips:

Freedom Fair opens at 10 a.m.

Today’s airshow begins at 1:30 p.m. but most of the jets performing in the show will make a practice run starting at 11 a.m. Go early and you’ll have two airshows in one day.

A highlight of the show, the F-22 Raptor, has already been making practice runs this week over the bay. The highly maneuverable Air Force stealth fighter

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Craig Morgan to perform after Puyallup Rodeo

Country music’s Craig Morgan will perform at the Puyallup Fair on Sept. 8 following the rodeo, it was announced today.

Tickets are on sale now.

Morgan has 14 Top Ten hits including “Redneck Yacht Club,” “Almost Home,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” and “Tough.”

Morgan will perform after the Puyallup Pro Rodeo, Justin Boots Playoffs that start at 6:30 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center.

Tickets are sale now at the Puyallup Fair website, or by phone at 888-559-3247, daily, 8 a.m.–8 p.m. PST. To save the convenience charges, purchase tickets in

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Christopher Lloyd drives his DeLorean to Emerald City Comicon

UPDATE (March 13): Christopher Lloyd will not appear at this year’s at Emerald City Comicon. Replacing him is fellow “Back to the Future” actor Lea Thompson. Thompson is known for her role as Michael J. Fox’s mother, Lorraine McFly.

Thompson’s other credits include the lead role for four seasons on NBC’s “Caroline in the City,” “Red Dawn,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” “SpaceCamp” and “All The Right Moves”.

Thompson will be replacing Lloyd for the SIFF screening of “Back to the Future” and Q&A at the Uptown Theatre. Lloyd has apparently signed on with a sitcom and couldn’t make his schedule work with his ECCC appearances.

Christopher Lloyd, the actor known for playing eccentric characters since the 1970s, is coming to Emerald City Comicon in March.

Lloyd had a part in the classic 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” but didn’t shoot to fame until he played The Reverend Jim Ignatowski on TV’s “Taxi.” The character had to be one of the most eccentric and quirky ever put on the small screen at the time.

Since then he’s starred in the “Back to the Future” film series (only the first one was worth watching), “The Addams Family” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” I’m going to stop there, not because his resume his lacking but because it’s too long. He has over 25 movies and TV appearances in 2011 and 2012 alone.

I’m not even sure how he’s going to find the time to fit in an appearance at ECCC. But, apparently he is.

Two other guests recently announced are voice actors Billy West (“Ren and Stimpy,” “Doug”) and John DiMaggio (“Transformers,” “Batman: The Brave and the Bold,” “Kim Possible”). Emerald City Comicon runs March 30-April 1 at the Washington State Convention Center.
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