Fiestas Mexicanas 3:30-9 p.m. Friday, 1-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Lincoln Park, 303 Crawford Ave., free 888-6240
Happy “El Grito,” the Mexican Independence Day! Wenatchee is celebrating with two days of dancing, live music and an amazing array of authentic Latin cuisine. The headliner Saturday night is Montez de Durango, a Chicago-based durango band that built a huge following in the U.S., Mexico and Central America.
The Fail Safe Project, Identity Unknown 9 p.m. Friday, Clearwater Steakhouse & Saloon, 838 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, $5 670-8233
Friday the 13th, no better night to rock. Don’t miss The Fail Safe Project, a band that’s shared stages with Puddle of Mudd and Bullet for My Valentine and was named Spokane’s next big breakout band by Metalholic Magazine earlier this year. Wenatchee’s own Identity Unknown will finish off the night with a mix of originals and danceable rock favorites.
Liverpool Legends 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Performing Arts Center of Wenatchee, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave, advance tickets $19-$29, show day $20-$35, pacwen.org 663-2787
Hand-picked by Louise Harrison — sister of the late George Harrison — these actor-musicians are as close to the Beatles as it gets. Nominated for a Grammy Award last year, the Liverpool Legends have toured the world and played with the original Beatles drummer, Pete Best, and Denny Laine, co-founder of the band Wings. The Fabulous Four’s grand entrance around 7:15 p.m. promises to be a show in itself. Wenatchee police will escort the band’s white limo with their new squad cars and block the Ave as a mob of screaming teens and paparazzi swarm the band. Beep-beep, beep-beep, yeah!
Yury Konyshev, Ben Ellis Reception 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Cashmere Art Gallery, 120 Cottage Ave. 669-4851
This is your last chance to get your portrait painted by Yury Konyshev, an internationally-known watercolorist. He’s being featured with local Ben Ellis at Cashmere Art Gallery for their monthly Second Saturday reception. Stop by for amazing local art, finger foods and live music by guitarist Kirk Lewellen.
High & Lonesome 7:30 p.m. Friday, Cashmere Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive, $3 cover plus $8-$11 donation, cashmerecommunityconcerts.com 548-1230
Bring on the banjos! The Cashmere Community Concert series begins with the High & Lonesome Band, a group of Seattle’s best bluegrass musicians reunited after a 20-year hiatus.
Eli Young Band 7 p.m. Friday, Deep Water Amphitheater, 455 Wapato Lake Road, Manson, $49-$214, ticketmaster.com 687-6911
You might have seen the Eli Young Band on Leno or Letterman, or maybe you’ve heard their No. 1 singles “Crazy Girl” or “Even if It Breaks Your Heart” on the radio. Fresh off a tour with Kenny Chesney, these guys are kind of a big deal. Their latest album, “Life at Best,” debuted in the top three on the Billboard and iTunes country charts.
Leavenworth Blues Festival 5 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday, Leavenworth Festhalle, 1001 Front St., $37.50 advance weekend pass at tickettomato.com, $45 weekend pass at the door, Friday pass $20, Saturday $25, leavenworthblues.com.
The blues loves company. After a nearly sold out crowd last year, the blues festival expanded to two nights for its second year. And, locals (Chelan and Douglas county residents) get a $5 discount on tickets. Expect good food, microbrews, a cigar bar and a hoppin’ stage. On Friday: The Julie Duke Band, Junkbelly and the ‘44’s. On Saturday, Nolan Garrett, Tuck Foster & the Mossrites, The Tommy Hogan Band, Sammy Eubanks, The Randy Oxford Band. Don’t expect The Randy Scott Band and the reality show, “Chasing the Dream.” The two had to cancel at the last minute when they couldn’t make logistics work.
Reception and movie with Estella Leopold 5:30 p.m. Friday, Barn Beach Reserve, 347 Division St., $10, wenatcheeriverinstitute.org 548-0181
The Wenatchee River Institute hosts a meet-and-greet with Estella Leopold, UW professor emeritus of biology and the daughter of Aldo Leopold, the man who shaped the modern environmental movement. Take a seat at 7 p.m. for a screening of two documentaries: “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” and “Out of the Mist: Olympic Wilderness Stories.”
“Starstruck” Gala & Auction 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, 7409 Icicle Road, $100, icicle.org (877) 265-6026
Icicle Creek Center for the Arts hosts a glittering outdoor dinner party. The benefit gala will feature aerialist Julie Istvan, live music, Hollywood-inspired surprise guests, wine tasting and an amazing spread of food by Ivy Wild that deserves a spotlight of its own. On the auction block: An original lithograph by Dale Chihuly, a seven-day cruise, season passes to Icicle Creek’s “The Met: Live in HD” series and a weeklong resort vacation.
Farmer Consumer Awareness Day 6:30 a.m.-dusk Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, various locations in Quincy, quincyfarmerconsumer.com
Quincy gets rolling early for its annual food extravaganza celebrating who grows it, how to eat it and the land that makes it happen. Hot air balloons take off at 6:30 a.m. at Parties on the Green. The grand parade begins at 10 a.m. White Heron Winery hosts a $25 all-you-can eat chef’s challenge (think “Iron Chef”) with live music by Seattle alt-rock band Norrish Reaction. At dusk, head back to Parties on the Green for a balloon glow and fireworks show. On Sunday, sign up for a geology tour (buses pick up at the high school) or check out geology documentaries all day at the Performing Arts Center.
George Bluegrass Festival Monday through Sept. 22, George Community Park, 403 W. Montmorency, by donation 797-5632
It’s a pickin’ party too big to pack in a weekend. All week long, a variety of bluegrass all-stars will teach workshops and take the stage. Performers include Blue Smoke, Slipshod, Brad Keeler & Trio, Convergence Zone, North Country and Pickled Okra.
— compiled by Rachel Hansen, World staff