OK, Bumber-haters: We know you’re out there. The annual arts festival at Seattle Center is simply too crowded/too expensive/too overhyped for many of you. No argument here — we say, to each his own. So for you, this Labor Day weekend, we have a list of five recommended A&E events in other corners of our fair region, starting in Tacoma …
1 Taylor Swift
7 p.m. Saturday at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 E D St., Tacoma; sold out.
OK, the show is sold out, but you can probably still score one or two seats on the secondary market. And it’s no surprise that tickets are in such high demand. As Owen Smith recently wrote in The Seattle Times, “Swift, now 23, occupies the upper echelon of superstardom, and her music and image define mainstream appeal.”
2 Bothell Blues Festival
Opens 11 a.m., music noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Country Village, 23718 Bothell Everett Highway, Bothell; $17 (425-483-2250 or www.BothellBluesFestival.com).
Bothell promises “blues, BBQ and beer” Saturday at the Country Village Shops. On the lineup: Stacy Jones Band, The Wired!, The Chester Dennis Jones Band, Eric Freeman and Palmer JCT.
3 Issaquah Valley Trolley rides
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Issaquah Valley Trolley Depot, 150 First Ave. N.E., Issaquah (www.issaquahhistory.org/issaquah-valley-trolley).
This one sounds fun for the kids: A half-mile ride on the historic Issaquah Valley Trolley, weather permitting. The cost? A donation of your choice.
4 Guided tour of Columbia City
11 a.m. Sunday, Rainier Valley Historical Society, 3710 S. Ferdinand St., Seattle; $5, no reservations necessary (www.rainiervalleyhistory.org).
Maybe you’ve been looking for an excuse to explore historic Columbia City. Why not spend the day there Sunday? Start with this one-hour guided tour of the landmark district, and then stick around to shop, see a movie at Ark Lodge or eat in one of the area’s many restaurants.
5 M.L. King County Labor Council Labor Day Celebration
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Lower Woodland Skateboard Park, 5201 Green Lake Way N., Seattle; free (206-444-1851 or mlkclc.org).
Workers unite — for fun. Union members, families and labor supporters are invited to celebrate Labor Day with live music, food and children’s activities at Lower Woodland on Monday.