Some fun First State events to dive into this weekend.

1. Southern rock icons 38 Special will heat up Kent County with some classics.

After more than three decades together, 38 Special continues to bring their signature sound to over 100 cities a year. Their many gold and platinum album awards stand in testament to the endurance of a legendary powerhouse.

With sales in excess of 20 million, most associate the band with their arena-rock pop smashes including “Hold On Loosely,” “Rockin’ into the Night,” “Caught Up in You,” “Fantasy Girl” and many more.

38 Special will headline Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway at 9 p.m., Friday. COST $22 to $55. INFO or 674-4600.

2. “tick, tick…BOOM!” smartly depicts a struggling artist who explores how much stress he can handle.

Jon will soon turn 30 years old. The rarely successful composer is on the brink of falling into oblivion. His girlfriend, Susan, wants to get married and move out of the city (tick). His best friend, Michael, is making big bucks (tick…). But Jon is still waiting on tables and trying to write the great American musical (BOOM!).

With instantly appealing melodies, “tick, tick…BOOM!” is strong enough to captivate a broad range of audiences.

The production, presented by Bootless Stageworks, runs at St. Stephens Church, 1301, N. Broom St., Wilmington at 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday. COST $22. INFO or 887-9300.

3. Popular drag queen Magnolia Applebottom is returning to Sussex County for another funny, musical performance - this time with a Halloween theme.

But don’t wait too long to get your tickets, because this show is on pace to sell out.

Applebottom is silly, collected and knows how to put a smile on any face. A midlife crisis at its finest, Magnolia Applebottom is a world-class cabaret performer from Mississippi.

The drag queen will take her throne at the Milton Theater, 110 Union St., at 8 p.m., Friday. COST $13 to $20. INFO or 684-3038.