Independence Day Celebration 1 p.m. today, Walla Walla Point Park, 1351 Walla Walla Ave., free, 888-3282
Start off your Fourth of July weekend with a bang — literally. This year’s firework show features anywhere from 18 to 20 food vendors starting at noon, kids activities with inflatable toys at 2 p.m., and four live musical acts starting at 5 p.m., including Franci Fry, Chelsey Craven, Beth Whitney and headliner Josh Wilson. The grand finale — the fireworks show — kicks off at 10:15 p.m. The show is funded 100 percent by donation. If you’d like to donate, contact Caryl Morrell at 888-3282.
First Friday 5–8 p.m. Friday, multiple venues, free, wenatcheeworld.com/blogs/wenatchee-first-fridays
Discover your artistic side with July’s First Friday events in downtown Wenatchee and throughout the valley. Art on the Avenue, Two Rivers Gallery, Tumbleweed Bead Co., Lemolo Café & Deli, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, and handful of other businesses will be hosting local artists of every medium and many are offering refreshments. For a complete list of participating businesses and galleries visit their blog on wenatcheeworld.com.
2013 Summer Concert Series 7 p.m. Fridays through August 23, Centennial Park, 130 S. Wenatchee Ave., free 881-0347
Modern Kin and Poor Folks, Live Well will kick off eight weeks of live music at Centennial Park this Friday. The Summer Concert Series, put on by Caffé Mela, offers free music every Friday until late August.
On the schedule:
Friday: Modern Kin, Poor Folks, Live Well
July 12: The Horde & The Harem, The Wicks
July 19: St. Paul de Vence, Le Wrens
July 26: Junkbelly, Gideon’s Daughter
Aug. 2: Davidson Hart Kingsbery, The Swearengens
Aug. 9: Mugsy’s Groove, Kevin Jones Band
Aug. 16: Michael Carlos Band, Queens of Seven
Aug. 23: Surprise headliner, Bellamaine
Snatchee Records 3rd Annual Zombie Pub Crawl 6 p.m. Saturday, Wally’s House of Booze, 322 S. Wenatchee Ave., $5 663-1433
Calling anyone and everyone who is 21 or older and feeling a little … undead: Snatchee Records is putting on its third annual Zombie Pub Crawl, from Joe’s Log Cabin to Wally’s House of Booze. This night of the living dead will end at 10 p.m. with two live bands at Wally’s House of Booze: a Misfits cover band, Children in Heat, and hip-hop punk rock band, Fresh to Death.
Alex Haley Presents Comedy Night with Andrew Rivers, Adam Norwest 9 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, $5 884-7605
Andrew Rivers has performed in 25 states in the U.S., despite his youth. Adam Norwest has been doing improv and stand-up comedy since the age of 13 and now boasts plenty of professional shows and even a couple of stints on TV including the show “Man Up, Stand Up.” The duo has been recognized for their amiable and energetic style, and acclaimed as a show you do not want to miss.
Luis Alberto Urrea 7:30–9 p.m. Friday, Snowy Owl Theater, 7409 Icicle Rd., free, tickets available at A Book For All Seasons and Avalon Music 548-1451
With any luck you can still grab a seat to Urrea’s presentation of his novel “Into the Beautiful North.” Urrea has won multiple awards for his poetry, short stories, novels, and other writings and is currently a professor at University of Illinois-Chicago. His presentation is the grand finale of the Bicultural Fest in Leavenworth starting at 1 p.m. It will feature nature walks, cultural foods, live music, and booths with local art.
“Where’s Waldo in Leavenworth?” Daily through July 31, multiple venues, free 548-1451
No matter how many times you’ve spotted him, Waldo can’t seem to stay found, and now he’s lost again — this time in Leavenworth. Similar to Chelan’s popular “Where’s Waldo?” event, participants grab a passport and get a stamp or signature for each Waldo they spot in a participating shop. Get enough and you can win stickers, coupons, and even an entry in the drawing for a deluxe six-volume “Where’s Waldo?” book set.
“The Sound of Music” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12-13, 18-19, 23, 25-26; Aug. 2, 7, 10, 13, 17, 22, 24, 27, 29, 31; Sept. 1, Ski Hill Amphitheater, 10701 Ski Hill Dr., $14-$30, leavenworthsummertheater.org 548-2000
The hills of Leavenworth are most certainly alive with the sound of music this summer, thanks to Leavenworth Summer Theater’s production of “The Sound of Music.” Opening night is this weekend, but this is the program’s 19th summer putting on the show, and it’s bound to be good. But if you plan on seeing it this summer, you better hurry, tickets are going fast.
International Chamber Music Festival 8 p.m. Sunday–July 27, Snowy Owl Theater and Canyon Wren Recital Hall, 7409 Icicle Road, $20 pre-sale at icicle.org, $22 at the door, festival pass $115 548-6347
Looking for a bit of sophistication this summer? Nothing says sophisticated like the International Chamber Music Festival’s seven concert series, featuring classical music played by the Avalon Quartet, Volta Piano Trio and other esteemed artists from around the world. To complement the classical repertoire, those in attendance are invited to enjoy a glass of wine and soak in the forested peaks of Leavenworth in the newly constructed Snowy Owl Theater or the Canyon Wren Recital Hall.
On the schedule:
Sunday: Opening Gala
July 12, 13: “In the Shadow of Tchaikovsky: Treasures of Russian Chamber Music”
July 19, 20: “The Many Faces of Brahms”
July 26, 27: “The Best of Europe”
Huey Lewis and the News 7 p.m. Friday, Deep Water Amphitheater, 455 Wapato Lake Rd., Manson, $43-$153, ticketmaster.com 687-6911
Boasting a series of hit singles in the 80s and a spot on the “Back to the Future” soundtrack, Huey Lewis and the News are pretty big news — and now they’re coming to the Deep Water Amphitheater. You can see them celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album “Sports” Friday.
Highway 97 Flea Market 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Sunday; Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso, 23041 Highway 97, Orondo, free 682-1514
A beer and wine garden, the music of The Wicks, Blackburn, and the Jennan Oaks Band, and a two-day long flea market? That may the dictionary definition of the perfect weekend. Stop by Lone Pine Fruit & Espresso’s flea market, “Where Junk Meets Funk,” and find any array of hidden treasures. The event is family friendly and there’s parking a-plenty.
Methow Arts Fest & Fourth of July Parade 11:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. today, Twisp River Park, $5 kids 6 and up, $7 adults 997-4004
The festival this year, themed “Art sparks the Imagination,” will bring a dozen or so local artists like Jeffrey Winslow, live music — including DJ SpaceyJ and a high-energy Celtic show by the Gothard Sisters — along with a pie eating contest and other hands-on crafts activities. Sport some fiery attire to fit the theme and join in on some of the fun.
— Compiled by Holly Thorpe, World staff