What to do with your weekend, October 14th-15th


McMenamins Spanish Ballroom, Saturday, October 14th, 2023

4th Annual Rocktoberfest, 1-10pm

$30 advance, $35 at the door for 10 tokens and a festival glass. Admission is free. All ages welcome.

Tickets: https://event.etix.com/ticket/online/performanceSale.do?performance_id=37550954&method=restoreToken.

About Rocktoberfest: Celebrate fall with 18 beers and six ciders, local harvest beer, fresh-hop ales, and imported German Bier! At this music-meets-Oktoberfest, you’ll find a variety beers and ciders from McMenamins and guests, food specials and live music.

Live Music

1-3pm * Kapelle Blaser

4-6pm * Kyle & Darin

7-10pm * House Band of Lakewood

Source: McMenamins


Goldendale Observatory 50th Anniversary

OLYMPIA — The Goldendale Observatory, perched on the Columbia Plateau in the town of Goldendale, will celebrate its 50th year of operations this weekend.

Washington State Parks, which acquired the observatory in 1980, will host an event at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14 to mark the occasion. The family-friendly event, which is free and open to community members and astronomy fans, will feature light refreshments, speakers, educational programming, live views of the sun streamed from the solar telescope to big screens and replays of that morning’s annular eclipse.

A Discover Pass is required to park at the observatory, but the park will have shuttles to and from Goldendale High School between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. for the event.

The Goldendale Observatory houses one of the largest publicly accessible telescopes in the nation. In the 1960s, four amateur astronomers associated with Clark College built the facility’s current 24-inch Cassegrain telescope.

A chance stopover in Goldendale on a scouting trip for a home for the telescope led the four telescope builders to meet with the town’s mayor. Thus, they made the decision to site their telescope in Goldendale. Bank loans, a federal grant and donations funded construction, and the building opened Oct. 13, 1973.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the park’s long-time Interpretive Specialist, Troy Carpenter became an early adopter of virtual programming. The park live streamed programs on YouTube and Facebook, using technology adapted for the telescope, and thus bringing the wonders of astronomy to laptops and living rooms worldwide.

Back in-person for some time now, regular programming by appointment is interspersed with public events to observe eclipses, comets, auroras and more.

What: Goldendale Observatory 50th Anniversary

When: Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m.

Where: Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site

1602 Observatory Dr.

Goldendale, WA 98620

Shuttles will run to the Observatory from Goldendale High School, 525 E. Simcoe Dr. during the anniversary event. Please call State Parks’ East Columbia Gorge area office at (509) 773-3141 for more information.

Source: Washington State Parks


Tacoma Studio Tour

October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm, Various locations around Tacoma. Free and for all ages.

You are invited inside the working studios of 79 Tacoma artists to learn about the artistic process and purchase one of-a-kind creations. All studios will have a demonstration or hands-on activity for visitors. This is a self-guided tour.

Visit the Tacoma Studio Tour Webpage for all the details including your Tacoma Studio Tour passport and an interactive map so you can plot your own custom tour course.

Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win! -Stamp your Studio Tour Passport at each studio address you visit. Collect at least 7 stamps, send us the page by November 5, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour. One entry per person.

Source: City of Tacoma