It’s summer in the South Sound! The sunny skies, the days that seem to go on forever. But how to celebrate? The area isn’t full of options this year. You just gotta know where to look, what to do — and just as importantly, what not to do. For instance, don’t forget your mask. Your mission, should you, ahem, choose to accept it, is to have the perfect summer Wednesday during a pandemic. The whole day stretches before you.
BICYCLES: 2nd Cycle exists to educate, support, and advocate for Tacoma cyclists. The shop sells used bikes and bike parts as well as hosts educational programs from their shop on Hilltop Tacoma. Today, 2nd Cycle hosts Back Alley Bike Drive, an afternoon drive for bike and bike part donations at their shop’s back alley between Martin Luther King Jr. Way and J Street, which can be accessed from South 13th or Ernest S. Brazil Street. The 2nd Cycle staff will be masked and social distancing to make the donation zone as safe and hands-free as possible. The staff will; think you’re a lot cooler if you wear a mask. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 2nd Cycle, 1205 M.L.K. Jr. Way, Tacoma
BEER FLIGHT: Ohio native and UNSUNG Brewing founder Mike Crea — who is certified by the Cicerone Program and earned a diploma in brewing technology from the Siebel Institute in Chicago — brews small batches of craft beer in Tustin, California, but sells a majority of them up north from a modernized century old marmalade factory in Anaheim, the sudsiest town in Orange County. Founded in 2015, comic book fan Crea drinks West Coast IPAs while watching superhero movies, but he and the crew brews all styles. Today, Peaks and Pints presents a to-go flight of UNSUNG beers. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 3816 N. 26th St., Proctor District, Tacoma
VIRTUAL CONCERT: Rolling Stone offers a new IGTV series called “In My Room,” which kicked off with a performance by Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson in his California home. “We’ll be releasing episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 3 p.m. ET on Rolling Stone’s Instagram — with legacy artists and newer names; with artists across genres and across the globe. It will be an intimate, unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss,” states rolloingstone.com. “We’re all experiencing this pandemic in different ways — and we’re all in this together. Artists need our support, and they can also help get us through troubled times. We’re looking forward to giving fans a glimpse into the many ways music can help and heal.”
THE ARTS: Through Oct. 25, 2020, the Washington State History Museum will host the 15th Annual In “The Spirit: Contemporary Native Arts Virtual Exhibition,” showcasing American Indian artists and artisans of the highest-caliber, many of whom live and work right here in the Pacific Northwest. The annual exhibition is obviously presented differently this year, with links to the 24 works art, plus curator and artist statements. Many of the works are available for purchase. July 16-Oct. 25, 2020, washingtonhistory.org, image credit: Lily Hope (Tlingit), Chilkat Protector, 2020. Chilkat weaving on thigh-spun merino and cedar bark warp, merino weft yarns, tin cones, and ermine tails. Sydney Akagi Photography
FARMERS MARKET: Founded 150 years ago, Steilacoom is the state’s oldest incorporated town. Of its oldest buildings, 32 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including houses that look as if they belong on Nantucket, with fruit trees, spirea, rugosa roses, and plots of vegetables. Speaking of vegetables, the Steilacoom Farmer’s Market runs this afternoon with typical market fares, plus goods from the The Bath House Co. and Wild Heart Sipping Vinegar, as well as dinner by Lumpia Love, Griddlers Gourmet Grilled Cheeses and Gypsy Doggs. 3-7 p.m., corner of Lafayette and Wilkes, Steilacoom
MUSIC: The pandemic presents an entirely new challenge for musicians. The last time such fearsome microbes scared revelers away from concert halls and bars, radio itself was a novelty and the drum set hadn’t been invented yet. There is no road map for this, and musicians are scrambling to find ways to handle COVID-19. Musicians have to think outside the box, which is sometimes means actually outside. The Old Town Summer Concert Series is back, as much as it can be back. Amped up acoustic female power-duo Megan and Heidi perform tonight playing original songs and covers such as “Brown Eyed Girl” and “Harden My Heart.” 6:30-8:15 p.m., Job Carr Cabin, Old Town Park, 2350 N. 30th St., Tacoma