Lakewood Film, Art and Book Fest celebrates creativity

Among this year’s films selections is the popular “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which will be shown on opening day, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m. Credit: IMBD

The 7th Annual Film, Art and Book (FAB) Fest will be held Sept. 13, 14, 15 at the Sharon McGavick Conference Center, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Bldg. 23. The event includes eight award-winning films, juried art show, 38 authors, book signings, art demonstrations, performance by Lakewood Playhouse, music, Nisqually Tribe display, prizes and much more. FAB is free and open to the public, so mark your calendars and get ready to have some fun.


Opening day, Friday, Sept. 13, will feature three outstanding films. Things kick off at 1 p.m. with the acclaimed “The Last King of Scotland.” The film stars Forest Whitaker, who won the “Best Actor” Academy Award for his portrayal of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, and co-stars James

McAvoy and Kerry Washington. Be advised, the film is rated R for violence. 

Other opening day films include the charming, warm- hearted “Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and the magical, critically acclaimed Woody Allen film “Midnight in Paris.” “Marigold Hotel” (PG) shows at 4 p.m. and “Midnight in Paris” (PG-13) shows at 7 p.m.

Admission and parking are free. All seating is on a first come basis. Doors open at noon and a concession stand will be available. Come early and enjoy the author and art exhibits before the films. 


Artsfest is that part of the Lakewood Film, Arts and Book Festival that focuses on creating art of nearly any medium. This year, the competition of the fine arts segment will be judged by Ron Snowden, a well-known watercolor artist residing in Puyallup. In addition to judging the art, Snowden will demonstrate his styles at his table in the atrium of the McGavick Conference Center during the three-day run of the event.

On Sunday, Sept. 15, he will take the stage for his final presentation of his watercolor process 3:30-4 p.m., prior to the awards ceremony.

To submit your work – painting, sculpture, photography/digital – go to, click on “Artfest” and download the appropriate application form. Instructions for mailing and submitting digital images for your work are included.


This year’s Film, Art and Book (FAB) Fest celebrates the works of many local authors. On Sunday, renowned local author and humorist Dorothy Wilhelm will tell stories from her latest book, “True Tales of Puget Sound.”

For a complete film schedule and more FABulous details, go to

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