A public open house is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 19 at the new Performing Arts and Event Center in Federal Way. Andy Hobbs, the Mirror

Public invited to tour Federal Way’s new Performing Arts and Event Center

Federal Way’s brand new 716-seat Performing Arts and Event Center will open its doors to the public for the first time with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Local elected officials will lead the event, which runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. Admission is free all day with guided tours every 30 minutes.

Entertainment schedule for the main theater

Noon: Federal Way Chorale

12:30 p.m.: Federal Way Symphony

1:30 p.m. Harmony Kings Chorus

2 p.m.: Jet Cities Chorus

3 p.m.: Tacoma City Ballet

3:30 p.m.: Maru Dance Group, Korean Dancers

4 p.m.: Soprano Wonjin Kim

4:30 p.m.: Steinway Artist James Jelasic and Tenor Jon Lackey

Entertainment in the Piquette Room

11:30 a.m.: Book It Theater

12:30 p.m.: Storytime by King County Library

1:30 p.m.: Valerie Seagrest, traditional food educator

2:30 p.m.: Centerstage Theatre Arts Conservatory

3:30 p.m.: Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall

4 p.m.: Poetry open mic

Entertainment in the West Lobby

11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.: Federal Way Youth Symphony

Noon, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Tacoma City Ballet

12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.: Limelight Performing Arts

Entertainment in the VIP Lounge

1 p.m.: Federal Way Chorale

2:30 p.m.: Harmony Kings Chorus

3:30 p.m.: Jet Cities Chorus

The PAEC’s first big event kicks off Sept. 9 with “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album release. The Beatles tribute band is performing one night, beginning at 8 p.m. Sept. 9, at the PAEC, 31510 Pete von Reichbauer Way S. Ticket prices for the event are $80 and $125. They are on sale now at www.fwpaec.org or by calling 253-835-7010.

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